Efforts to understand, improve, or do less harm to the world around me.


Friday, December 30, 2011

Next generation consoles? Or just buy a PC?

Edit: Sorry, I screwed up when this was initially written; I realize there's no article attached to this.


Apart from the "motion controls" mentioned at the end, almost this entire article is just an argument for buying a PC and gaming with that:
  • Backwards compatibility
  • VoIP options
  • Update management
  • Video services
  • Mods
Why buy a console?  Why buy whatever the "next" console provides?  Apart from the simplicity, PCs are obviously just better.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Fuck Petland

If you are a customer of Petland, stop going there and be sure to tell them why (as well as sign the petition).  Sadly there's only one protest going on about this.

More on this.

Bad support experience

So a few weeks ago I was really loving the great Rhapsody service which allows you to listen to entire songs before you buy (awesome!) when I had an issue: I pressed pause and got up.  When I sat back down and pressed play I was hit with white noise at FULL VOLUME.  It was deafening.  Whoa.

I thought this was scary enough that I should send something about it to support.  My response was one of those generic ones followed by another message 3 days later:

While we typically respond in less than a day, its taken us much longer to get to your issue.

Due to this delay, we believe you may have already contacted Rhapsody support again by either phone or chat and had your issue resolved.

If you did not reach out again to Rhapsody support and still need help, please reply to this email and we'll make sure you get the help you need.

My response:


This reminds me of a "wait for it and maybe they'll go away" method of issue resolution.

Waiter: Hey I know you didn't like your food.  Did someone else come out and bring you different food yet?

Airline: Hey I know we didn't take you to your destination.  Did you already get a flight somewhere else or would you like us to take you where you initially wanted to go?

My cat: Hey I know I peed on your stuff.  Did you want me to keep doing that or did you put litter all over the house yet?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Magna Carta? That's one of the Transformers, right?

The ACLU's action page on how to help stop the legalization of indefinite detention.  Its taken almost 800 years, but we'll finally edit out the basic protections set out in the Magna fucking Carta.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

David Cross on breakups

Although the only similar breakup in my life happened now years ago, I found an uncharacteristically honest bit by the comic actually made me feel better.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

1/2 of US GDP goes to banks

I'm mostly posting this because I'm a close follower of the news, but was stunned when it was covered by -- of all people -- the Daily Show.  Additionally, the fact that it was secret and kept hidden from Congress, which has long held the 'power of the purse' is disturbing at the minimum.  Wow.

Slate has a good breakdown.