Archive for January, 2008



Good thing I checked to make sure I had enough before I left. Hungry and pissed off Cub Scouts are not fun.

  • Downtown Milwaukee will soon see a familiar character in a statue: “The Fonz” in bronze in downtown Milwaukee.
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Call it a tale of revenge gone wrong.

When Marie Lupe Cooley, … saw a help-wanted ad in the newspaper for a position that looked suspiciously like her current job … she assumed she was about to be fired.

So, police say, she went to the architectural office where she works late Sunday night and erased 7 years’ worth of drawings and blueprints, estimated to be worth $2.5 million.

Hutchins told one TV station he’d managed to recover all the files using an expensive data-recovery service.

Let me get this straight; The data is estimated to be work 2.5 MILLION dollars and this company had absolutely no offsite backup in place? You’ll notice how I’m giving the company the benefit of the doubt an assuming they actually had an onsite backup in place that this woman had access to and destroyed (honestly though, I’m guessing that they didn’t).

How stupid are people? It is so incredibly easy to backup/archive data nowadays its not even funny. By a DVD-R drive. Buy an exteranl USB dive. Hell, buy five. You can get 500gb external USB drives for under $125 now. Copy your data then take the drive/DVD home. Bingo. Automatic off-site storage.

Of course, if you value your data in the MILLIONS, spend a few thousand for a disk to disk to tape backup system and rotate the tapes out to a storage service like Iron Mountain. Its a hell of a lot cheaper than using an “expensive data-recovery service”.

About ago I wrote an entry defending Blockbuster and told everyone how happy I was with the service. Apparently someone at Blockbuster Total Access read my entry and decided “Someone’s happy? Crap, can’t have that. What can we do to screw things up?”

First problem: my turn around time has gone from two days to 3-4 days. Thats annoying. At first I just chalked it up to the holiday, but it still doesn’t seem to be getting any better.

Second: Their library seems to have suddenly gone to crap. It looks like any movie with a date before 2000 has jumped to ‘long’ or ‘very long’ wait.

At the start of December I started adding a bunch of older movies to the queue that I wanted the kids to see. We’re talking about ‘classics’ from when I was a kid. Movies like ‘The Goonies’, ‘Gremlins’, ‘Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure’…. you get the idea. If you look to the right at my Blockbuster queue listing, you’ll see that Pee-Wee is still sitting there at number one. Its has a date of 1985 and a ‘Very Long Wait’ status. Its been like that for almost two months. Why? Do they only have one copy for the Total Access service? All three of those movies are on the shelf at the Blockbusters local to my work and home (that how I rented Goonies and Gremlins).

Pre 2000 movies I currently have in my queue and their wait status:

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure – 1985 – Very Long Wait
SLC Punk- 1999 – Long Wait
Magnolia – 1999 – Short Wait
The Third Man – 1949 – Long Wait
Star Trek: Insurrection – 1998 – Short Wait
American History X – 1998 – Short Wait
Big Top Pee-Wee – 1988 – Long Wait
Time Bandits – 1981 – Long Wait
Panic in Year Zero/The Last Man on Earth – No Date – Very Long Wait
Waking Ned Devine – 1998 – Short Wait

Right now the only post 2000 movies I have in my queue that are currently not marked available are ‘The Kingdom’ and the first and second seasons of ‘The Wire’.

Way to go Blockbuster… you’ve managed to annoy a previously happy customer.

Not too long ago I discussed Christmas cards and the letters that some people send out with them. The letters have always annoyed me since they seem to fall into two categories. Category one is the “Look how much money we’ve spent on vacations, home improvement, new cars and every other damn thing. Aren’t we rich?” Category two is “let us list the death, destruction, fires, cuts, bruises, splinters and runny noses that has afflicted our family this past year.”. As you’ve probably gathered, these things annoy me. A few years ago, I decided to try something. I drew up our own family Christmas letter. One which was a complete and total lie. The wife read it, laughed and we decided to send it out.

Everyone believed it. When it was revealed to be BS, many people laughed but a few where extremely pissed off (these just happened to be the death a destruction letter people. Generally unhappy people to begin with). In any case… the most important thing? It worked. For 5-6 years, the letters stopped dead. We didn’t get a single one. They are starting to trickle back in. We received three this past Holiday (two ‘aren’t we rich’ and one ‘death and destruction’. The death and destruction letter had the added bonus of a ‘let us tell you about our church and how much we love it and how much god loves us’ after they’ve wallowed in misery for most of the letter telling us how much their lives suck).

And now, for your reading pleasure, I present ‘The [heavily edited] fake Christmas letter’ circa the late 90’s.

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I-Reporter’s wedding cake is a full-size likeness of herself

Do we even need to go into the idea that the new Husband will be cutting his Bride into little pieces to be served to all the guests?

Seriously though… if they were going to do this you’d think the Groom would be up there as well wouldn’t you? Isn’t he getting married as well? Have you even seen a wedding cake that had just a bride on it? How self centered do you have to be to do something like this?

(a small part of me really wants this to be some kind of prank/hoax)

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