Another Record Traffic Day

July 12, 2007

Oy. This is the third-busiest day in this blog’s history, setting a new third record for traffic.

What is wrong with you people?!

I also see that this blog has now shown up on Techmeme again.

For Christ’s sake, this is not a tech blog!

It’s not!

Tech blogs use emotionless language carefully crafted not to upset their access to sources and free loot.

Fuck that!

I’m not a techie suckup. Homey Don’t Play That.

Homey Don’t Play Dat
(For those wondering, the Homey image has already been in online storage here.)

I kicked every tech site/blog out of my blogroll because of such suckup-ery. (Some good sites were included in that eviction, but it’s not my goddammed job in life to play tech referee!)

So if you intend to visit this site to get a daily dose of Good Tech Shit, you’ve deluded yourself. I’d rather post entries about writers or Heather or Eng or the band Girls Don’t Cry or other things. Virtually anything but tech. When I do tech, it’s solely because my interest has happened to intersect with a news item or a piece of hardware I can fondle. Other than that, pffft! No tech for you!*

*I see in my excitement over the iPhone I violated my own edict about not linking to tech reviews by indeed linking to an iPhone review. Eh. Tough shit.


Bah! So Much For The Electronic Age! Image Storage Delayed For At Least Eleven Days (Maybe More)!

July 12, 2007

Instead of getting a Green Dot debit card, I went the legit bank route. Set up a bank account to get a real debit card. That plastic card will arrive in about a week. OK, fine.

Then I go to set up my PayPal account.

I hit the first speedbump.

It will not accept just an account number to transfer funds. It wants the full routing number that appears on a paper check.

Thing is, my bank account is a checkless one. It’s all debit card-based. I don’t have anything beyond an account number.

But beyond that is a second and even worse speedbump: PayPal states an EFT will take — can you frikkin believe it? — 3-4 days to happen!


What do they do, send out squirrels to get the cash from my bank account?

WTF is this days delay business? I could understand 24 hours — and even that would be pushing it. But 3-4 days?

When I made the deposit at the bank, it was reflected immediately at their ATM. That’s called good customer service. (OK, fine, whether I could have actually withdrawn anything is another story, but at least the ATM display was reassuring as well as pretty!)

Yet PayPal is gonna say, Yo, dig it, even with mad modern shit like EFT and ACH and all the rest, we’re gonna make you squat like a POW for a few days before we deign to let you do anything online.

I know PayPal is owned by ebay. But the way it operates, it’s acting like Sony!

So I’m stuck until the real live plastic debit card arrives next week.

And even after that PayPal might again want that 3-4 days delay to dispatch their damned squirrels to get the funds.

And then once they have the funds, how frikkin long will it take them to send it to WordPress so I can finally have fekkin image storage space again?!!?

Yeah, yeah, This Too Shall Pass. Like a bad bowel movement!

The Yellow Submarine iPod Won’t Die!

July 12, 2007

Back on January 23, 2007, I posted Apple’s Yellow Submarine Video iPod?

Not only did I break that news, I also coined the term “Yellow Submarine iPod,” which was then picked up by everyone else (few of whom bothered to discover its point of origination).

I kept at this on January 24th with Steve Jobs: The Sixth Beatle?

And then again on February 5th with Apple Vs. Apple Settlement Coincidental?

And finally on the introduction date that made the most sense, February 20, I posted Apple: Should John Be Smiling?

So what rears its head again after all that waiting waiting waiting that came to nothing? This:

Get set for Apple’s Yellow Submarine Beatles iPod

What I’d like to figure out is what the heck Beatles anniversary date is coming up that I don’t know about that would make its introduction perfect timing! Bueller? Bueller?

Update: Consulting The Beatles Timeline there are these immediate possibilities (in chronological order by year, not day, date):

August 18 (1962)
Ringo Starr joins Beatles as their new drummer

October 5 (1962)
LOVE ME DO / P.S. I LOVE YOU (single) is released (Parlophone Records).

August 11 (1964)
MOTION PICTURE: “A Hard Day’s Night” is released (running time: 85 minutes)

August 15 (1965)
56,000 fans show up at Shea Stadium, New York.
This was the Beatles’ largest crowd on any tour, and
also the largest rock concert attendance to that point in time.

August 23 (1965)
MOTION PICTURE: “Help!” is released (running time: 92 minutes)

I don’t think so:

July 29 (1966)
Lennon’s “We’re more popular than Jesus” comment appears in “Datebook”


August 29 (1966)
Beatles final U.S.A. performance held in San Francisco’s “Candlestick Park”

August 26 (1968)
HEY JUDE / REVOLUTION (single) is released (Apple Records) sells 6 million copies world-wide

August 20 (1969)
The last time all four Beatles would record together in studio.

Who Would Play Heather Johnston? Who?!!?

July 12, 2007

Barbie Bandits – This Will Be A Movie

Playing the two girls:

Ashley Miller – Lindsay Lohan
Heather Johnston – Hopefully not Paris Hilton!
Michael Chastang (Miller’s Boyfriend) – Haley Joel Osment. A bit of a departure, but he’s about the right age and can shake off the goody goody image he has from his child movies.

It’s got it all. Except a black man. Go to be politically correct haven’t we! Perhaps Lawrence Fishburn could play the arresting officer?

I let him know he’s too late with that idea.

Previously in this blog:
Barbie bandits category
Heather Johnston category

The In(sane)ternet

July 12, 2007

Essay: Hypocrisy, Schizophrenia and the Wired World

The wired world is floating on a web of falsehood. At call centers, they aren’t called their real names, but depersonalized “Lisa” and “Sue” who, one finds, are actually “Lakshmi” and “Shanti.” That’s unfair, that’s untruthful, that’s cheating. It seems the corporates are out to cheat and grab in the guise of improving productivity. The work they insource (my own term!), is usually grunge duties that would cost a lot to get done in their own back office. But that’s the way the world is being run, and it seems the purveyors of appeasement can’t do a thing about it. And, believe me it is schizophrenic: the way identities are westernized; the way youth are trained to talk and behave in an alien manner, and persuaded into thinking that being westernized is better than being what they really are, i.e., desis.

If Only!

July 12, 2007

xkcd: Elevator