Inept Customer Service Series | Saturday, November 1st, 2008

This is from an item that I ordered on October 7th:

Late Shipping

Nothing I've ever ordered from the U.S. via USPS had ever taken more than 7 business days from the time I submitted the order until it arrived on my doorstep. It took one week for the company to process the order (all items which were marked "in stock"), nearly one week for USPS to fully ship it... and then it spent ten more days at Canadian customs.


More Mac vs. PC... | Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

mac vs pc

'tis funny 'cause 'tis true! ;)

(((relatedly, anyone far enough from the echo chamber to notice how ridiculously bullshitty their "performance charts" are? No matter that previous Macbooks were, for all intents and purposes, basically unable to run Call of Duty 4 - the "New Macbook" does so 6.2x faster! Last time I checked, 6.2 times zero is still zero. Forget that my two year old Dell still has a better video card than any Macbook Pro on the planet... form over function. Apple really has become the Chrysler of computing.)))


Digital representations of reality | Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Find the least contacted community in the most underdeveloped corner of the world, and you will probably find kids with sticks playing with ants (assuming the area isn't dominated by siafu). The insect's charm is understandable. In ants, we find tiny but industrious creatures that work together to build cities and surmount obstacles far too great for the individual. We enjoy observing and meddling with these miniature societies, because in them we see our own.


Workout Podcast Number One | Saturday, October 18th, 2008

"What are you listening to?" she asked me, as she yanked my cheap, wrap-around headphones off the back of my neck and put her ear to them. She's cute, about 25, and not in the superhuman shape you'd expect from someone in her line of work. Her figure is quite average, actually. She wears 80s headbands and countryside doo-rags, which would come off as depressingly hipster if she wasn't half-Greek. Because of her heritage she can pull it off, and now it just makes her looks hip, sans stir.

I'd never had a personal trainer before. Whether through sheer confidence in my limited knowledge of nutrition and exercise, or uncertainty in the same, I never got around to being ok with the idea of someone intently watching me work out. It's actually kinda creepy.


Obama rents ad space in video games | Thursday, October 16th, 2008

via The Escapist:

The Obama campaign has taken out ads in nine EA games for the Xbox 360 that will feature on virtual billboards and other in-game signage. "It reaches an audience that is typically very hard to reach - young males, roughly 18 to 34," said EA rep Holly Rockwood, who declined to say how much was paid for the advertisements. "That's very appealing to our advertisers."

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