Friday, December 30, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Her low-rider pants revealed at least a quarter-moon. I had to bite my tongue not to blurt out, "Also, where is the eyewash?"
What is seen, cannot be un-seen. Regrettably. Think of me as an Old Phart if you will, but I just don't appreciate seeing the posterior cleavage of total strangers.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Well, freaking FINALLY, the FCC is telling TV advertisers to lower the volume of commercials. Gotta love bureaucrats -- it only took two and a half years from the time of that first article until there was concrete action to report today.
FCC tells advertisers to CALM down, lowers the volume on commercial breaksCommercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (or CALM) -- which aims to keep the sounds coming out of your flat panel even-keeled -- has just been adopted in a ruling by the FCC. Starting next December, ads and promos will have to remain in-step with the audio levels of scheduled programming. While the affected parties have a full year to get their acts together, the main burden of enforcement lies with broadcasters and MVPDs like Comcast and Verizon FiOS. So, come next holiday season, you'll be able to tune in and tune out without being blown away.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
I got a damaged item from an Amazon seller last week. Two emails requesting an exchange went unanswered. Today I got an email from them requesting feedback. "Please leave a 5 in all categories".
I'll give them a 5. I'll give them five fingers in a knuckle sandwich.
I got back on Amazon and basically dropped the gloves. I told them i was displeased that they found the time to request feedback from me, while ignoring my two emails to them about exchanging the defective item. Moreover, if I don't hear from them by Wednesday, I will file a claim with Amazon and request a refund.
I think I'm being MORE than fair. More fair than they might deserve, frankly. But they get one more chance. If they don't start the exchange process by Wednesday, they're dead to me and I file a claim.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
This Flyers/Rangers Alumni Game gets better and better!
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Monday, December 05, 2011
But I digress.
My main hint to all those who are setting up their Christmas decorations is this: it looks best when you choose either a secular OR a religious theme. Not both. Santa was not present at the Nativity, nor was Frosty the Snowman. Neither the Magi nor the shepherds were accompanied by reindeer, nor did they present gifts of candy canes to the Holy Child.
When I was walking my dog last week, I passed a display that included three snowmen, a Nativity, and three Santas. I thought, "What the heck is this? The Three Wise Snowmen? We Three Kringles of Orient Are?"
But even this mixture of secular and religious pales beside the display my friend's neighbor put up a few years ago. That house had an enormous illuminated Nativity on their lawn, and a couple feet away was a huge, also-illuminated sign: SANTA STOP HERE". The first thought that came to my mind was, "Santa didn't come down the chimney to stick gold, frankincense and myrrh into the Christ Child's Christmas stocking. Sorry."
Anyway, let me reiterate: please do decorate, as it makes the world a prettier place. But pick a theme and stick to it. It looks better and makes more sense.
Sunday, December 04, 2011
Saturday, December 03, 2011
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Well, today was a busy day. It started off with my first interpretation of the new Mass translation. Today was the day that the Church began using the new translation of the Roman Missal. I had the opportunity to read through everything last night, so I was not bombarded by brand-new things this morning. Everything went all right, but I'm still aggravated that they changed some of those things at all. Some parts of the Mass, they should have left alone. MHO.
So from there, I headed over to the fourth meeting of the Italian Museum committee. We had a dinner meeting at Café Valentino. First was meeting, then was dinner. We got a lot accomplished during the meeting part, and the food was absolutely fantastic. When I say phenomenal, I mean it.
I even had 2 inches of wine. That might not sound like much, but my norm is 0 inches of wine. I can't even remember the last time I had more than a sip. The last time I can think of was about eight or nine years ago. So now between the work, the food, and the wine, I'm very sleepy. I think I'll take a nap. :-)
Friday, November 25, 2011
Burglar Breaks Into Home to Dry Off, Check Facebook Page
Too bad he won't be able to check his Facebook page from JAIL!
When I opened up her crate door, Mini was still half-asleep. She toddled out of the crate slowly and carefully, as befits a little old lady doggie. But one part of her was moving normally. Her tiny little tail was wagging like mad.
I said to Mini, "I see your TAIL is awake. The rest of you, not so much, huh? I can relate. I'm not a morning person, either." :-)
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Monday, November 07, 2011
On Saturday, we had a meeting of a new PA-based deaf-blind group. We also had a tech demo there. One of the deaf blind members had created a special braille device when he was at Temple University. It allows for a very large display of one braille cell. This is useful for people who have limited finger sensitivity. They can connect the device to a keyboard or computer. Then they place their entire hand, or forearm, or any part of the body over that braille cell, and read the letters one at a time. Our deaf-blind friend JEJ, who lost the ability to read braille two years ago, was able to understand the braille letters on this device. He said he NEEDS this device in order to resume reading books again. He used to read constantly and he really misses doing it. So the engineering students at Temple are going to get a list of specs in order to build a device for JEJ. God willing, this will all work out. Let us pray.
I just dictated this entire post, with a few manual corrections for some unusual words, via Siri on my iPhone. My hands are killing me right now, so typing is tough. Technology can be a godsend.
Sunday, November 06, 2011
Saturday, November 05, 2011
Friday, November 04, 2011
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Ok, what the Sam Hill is wrong with the weather? We've had slushy snow falling all freaking day! Since when is October 29 supposed to be slushy or snowy?
Fortunately, most of the mess has melted, though it's accumulating on cars and grass. And to call the temperatures "unseasonably cold" would be putting it mildly.
I hope it improves by Monday, or the local kids will have to go trick-or-treating in mukluks. Sheesh.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
So anyway, there we sat, waiting for a northbound local train at
To make a long story less long, this inebriated fellow had dropped his cell phone between the train and platform, and was quite angry about it. So much so that he began yelling profanity at top volume.
That's when the security guard told Cell Phone Boy to calm down, and after the train departed, someone would attempt to retrieve the phone. Cell Phone Boy had some snideness to voice to the guard. Which set off the extremely petite young woman who was also awaiting a local train. If cell Phone Boy was 3 sheets to the wind, Petite Female was 2.5 sheets to the wind. So the two of them got into a drunken debate, standing face-to-face like cartoon characters, till Cell Phone Boy's buddy literally picked him up and carried him bodily away from the confrontation.
Before the local train left the station, we did get to see the express depart and someone from SEPTA retrieve the phone for Cell Phone Boy. Goodness knows if it still worked. But wven if it did, seriously... would YOU put a phone up to your face if it had been on that disgusting floor of the track area? EWWWWW. I say no way!
Friday, October 21, 2011
It started a few weeks ago when I tried to purchase a particular item from ThinkGeek, only to find that they were out of stock. I set up an email notification for when said item would get back IN stock.
The notice I just got was that ThinkGeek was discontinuing the item. BOO. So I went looking around for the same thing elsewhere, and found ONE left on Amazon. Not wanting to risk another "This item is sold out" issue, I ordered it immediately. And thus begins my Christmas shopping.
Thank God for internet shopping. I would much rather do my shopping at home than run out to brave the insane crowds, limited stock availability, and terrible parking that the malls have to offer. It saves time and gas, too, and the fact that the online stores are open 24/7 means that it's easier to fit the shopping into my schedule.
But anyway, it's beginning to look a little like Christmas around here. But just a little. I won't be shopping in earnest until a bit closer to the holiday.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
In fact, I dictated this entire post with my voice.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Friday, October 07, 2011
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The exhibit extends through several rooms in the museum. There are guards in the doorways between one room and the next. Most of the rooms had doorways at "12"00" and "6:00", allowing a person to go in and then view the images by either walking clockwise or counterclockwise around the room. In most cases, I was able to tell which was the logical "first" image to view in the room, because of numbers posted under the image that corresponded to the audio tour.
Then I got to the last room of the exhibit. My three friends had completed viewing everything, but I take my time absorbing detail so I was trailing well behind the rest of our group. I walked through the doorway into the last room, and found myself in a dilemma, as I wasn't actually sure which image to visit next -- the one on my left or the one on my right. So I turned and asked the guard which which picture I should walk to upon entering the room.
"Did you come in here from the Gift Shop?" (Which was located after the exhibit's exit.) "You know there's no re-entry into the exhibit once you leave..."
"No. I came in from that room." (Pointing at the room.) I wanted to know which was the first image to visit in this room."
"You know you're not allowed to re-enter the exhibit once you leave..."
"I *didn't* leave. I just got to this room. I wanted to know what order I should view the images in."
"Where did you come in from? The Gift Shop?"
"NO. I came in from THAT room," (pointing), "through THIS doorway," (pointing), "and now I'm in THIS room." (pointing). "I want to know if I should start viewing the pictures by going to THAT picture first" (pointing) "or THAT picture" (pointing).
"You can't come back in here after you exit."
"I DIDN'T exit. I came from THAT room."
By this time, JFM had come back to see where in tarnation I was, overheard the conversation, and said, "Start with that one over there."
Now why couldn't the guard do that? As far as I could tell, he was a native speaker of English. (Unless he has zero native languages to boast of, and after that conversation, I could very well believe it.)
And this guy has a full time job, but I have to work three different part-time jobs because I haven't been able to find full-time work. What's wrong with THIS picture?
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The only drawback is that the device is very generic and, even though it has a near-current version of Android (2.2), its half-baked version of the Android Market is less than ideal, and its native email and browser leave a lot to be desired.
So I am researching what I need to do to root the tablet. Slatedroid.com has got some methods to root the tablet and get it a more standard selection of Android apps, including the all-important App Market, plus better volume and faster performance. All for under $100. Then I'll be a well-pleased geek. :-)
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
CLICK HERE for my post, written on the fifth anniversary, of my experiences of that day. It's long.
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Besides the pang of grief at McCrimmon's untimely passing -- he was only 53 -- I was also specifically saddened to see that one of the funniest people on my Twitter feed, player Pavol Demitra, was listed among the victims. RIP, sir, I always got a snicker from your tweets.
It's just a crying shame, no matter if you are an avid hockey fan or never heard of the sport. Of course, every accident with casualties is tragic, but in this case, there are additional layers of grief besides the losses to families and friends in ten countries. The victims were also a significant part of a larger community, all of which is reeling at their loss. Pro hockey in general, not to mention the Kontinental Hockey League, and every league for which these people played and worked in their histories, is hurting right now. And as a human being, as well as a hockey fan, I hurt along with them.
Thoughts and prayers to all the bereaved, be they families, friends, or fans. RIP to the many people who've left us far too soon.
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Moyamensing Avenue has everything from twigs to moderate-sized branches down. (And one BIG branch that I'm glad didn't land on someone.) It's still windy -- watch out for your screen doors when you open them! They might just keep going! ;-) Other than that, we seem to have come through the adventure in one piece.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Mark and I just got home from JFM and JR's. The rain isn't quite heavy yet, but it's steady and the wind is picking up. One block we drove through had green, leafy broken twigs all over the street. If that's what their street looks like now, I hate to think of what it'll look like when the REAL wind hits overnight.
We took our wind chimes indoors, so they won't become a projectile at any point during the night. We expect sustained winds of 50 MPH with gusts of 65-70. There have been easily a dozen flood warnings today on the NOAA weather radio. Now we're getting tornado warnings issued for all over south NJ, including Atlantic City, and for several PA and NJ counties south of Philly. DISLIKE.
I called my parents. They're doing OK. They have a sump pump in the basement now, so there's less concern of having a flooded cellar. Other than that, everything's relatively quiet. And rain-soaked.