Saturday, December 31, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Still love the Whopper, though.
Monday, November 28, 2011
So there's two buses that run along the corner of Chandler and Ray. One is the 72, which turns north on Ray. I take the 156, which keeps going on Chandler.
So the other day, I see the 72 and to my surprise, it pulls up to the Chandler bus stop. I think maybe it has the wrong sign, so I ask the driver, "Is this the 156?"
The driver says, "No, see the sign" with the word "idiot" clearly left unspoken but intended.
That kind of irritates me, but I can't let it go, so I ask, "Don't you normally turn off on Rural?"
The driver says, with the same bored "you're a moron" tone, "Rural is up there."
So I look up at the sign behind him reading, "Rural Road," and weigh my options. Clearly the driver missed his turn and didn’t notice. I could help him out by pointing out his mistake and getting him to turn around. Which I would have, if he hadn't been such a jerk.
So I just said, "OK," and watched him drive off.
My satisfaction when five minutes later, I see his bus roaring back down Chandler and screeching around the corner back onto Rural cannot be overstated.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Monday, September 05, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Friday, August 05, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
I thought I'd perform a public service and inform the Four Points Sheraton, AT&T, and anyone else who might be planning this kind of crap that there's no such thing as "wired Wi-Fi." Apparently no one told AT&T that "Wi-Fi" is certified as a wireless Internet connection. In fact, "Wi-Fi" stands for "wireless fidelity*." The idea of an Ethernet connection being called "wired Wi-Fi" is like calling radio a "picture-less movie." It doesn't make sense.
* To all the nerds out there, I'm aware that Wi-Fi started as a meaningless pun intended to remind us of "hi-fi," but the fact is that even the Wi-Fi Alliance refers to it as meaning "wireless fidelity."
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
I've seen Curious George in movies, TV shows, and books for decades, and it just occurred to me last month that the Man in the Yellow Hat looks like a banana. No wonder Curious George hangs out with him. To George, the Man in the Yellow Hat is like a gigantic, talking, walking banana. Kind of changes the whole nature of their relationship. Now I imagine an episode of Curious George where the Man in the Yellow Hat slips in the bathtub and breaks his neck and dies. Then Curious George seizes the chance he's been waiting for and eats him. Then Curious George gets a taste for human blood and goes on a rampage. And the police come and shoot him to death in a furious gun battle.
Yeah, that's the kind of thing I think about when I watch my kids' shows.
Monday, June 13, 2011
You are seeing the basic version because we think your Internet connection is slow - Switch to standard versionTo me, it seems a little confrontational. It sounds like, "You are seeing the basic version because your Internet connection sucks. Get a new ISP, loser. Or switch to standard version, and prove us wrong, and we'll apologize." Okay, maybe I'm reading too much into it, but still...Google, mind your own business.
Friday, May 20, 2011
"Allow Google's location service to collect anonymous location data. Collection will occur even when no applications are running."
You have to have a check in the box next to it in order to use any of Google's navigation services. So what's the problem? Is nobody reading these things? If you didn't want it to happen, you shouldn't have checked the box.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
The problems start when you start the app. Sometimes it will play a full-screen video advertisement when it starts up. You can skip it, but it's just a roadblock on my way to the fun.
Then you get into the levels, and a banner advertisement will appear. It used to be in the lower-right version of the screen, where it overlapped some scenery, so it was out of the way. I guess that was too out-of-the-way, because they moved the banner ad to the upper-left corner of the screen. Coincidentally, that's smack-dab in the actual game-play. On some levels, it's just an annoyance. On others, it actually blocks your view of part of the structure you're trying to destroy, requiring you to move the level around to see what you're doing. It actually interferes with my game-play.
I understand that Rovio decided that problems with the pay system on the Android Market would keep them from making as much revenue as the iPhone version, so they made it free. I would politely ask Rovio to re-consider and release a paid version of Angry Birds without advertisements. I think there are a lot of customers who would pay to get rid of those ads. If you're one of them, click here to sign a petition. We can show Rovio they can make money on this app through direct sales, just like they did on the iPhone.
UPDATE: I just found out a few minutes after I posted this that Rovio Mobile is developing an in-game payment system called Bad Piggy Bank. Finally.