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July 13, 2006

HOWTO: Get affordable bleu cheese ()

by fluffy at 5:34 PM
Axioms:
  • Bleu cheese normally costs $20/pound
  • The salad bar costs $7/pound
  • The salad bar has bleu cheese crumbles
Method: fill a salad bar cup with bleu cheese, pack it down, and add on just enough spinach leaves to make it qualify as a "salad."

Result: $7/pound bleu cheese (with a little bit of spinach).

July 12, 2006

Visualize 2 (, )

by fluffy at 2:59 PM

Phones: 2 down, a few to go (, )

by fluffy at 1:15 AM
Sold the T610 and X700. Still have yet to sell the Z520a and R520m. Also trying to sell the bricked N-Gage QD and the broken Motorola MPx220 (the latter really just selling as the accessory pack which comes with the broken phone). So far I've only goten one offer on the Z520a which was WAY less than I paid for it (compared to my asking price which is only somewhat less than I paid for it), and one interested nibble for the N-Gage but he lost interest when I couldn't give more information on what would be necessary to get it reflashed.

Honestly the Z520a is the only one I have left which I expect to sell at work. I should relist it on the for-sale list separately if I don't get any more nibbles tomorrow.

July 8, 2006

Major T-Mobile Security Issue (, )

by fluffy at 10:57 AM
We get more and more dependent on our devices, and more and more stuff is stored in them while they become more and more interconnected with everything else.

I've been with T-Mobile since 2001, and although they're still the best provider out there (in my opinion), they still have some pretty major potential problems. One particularly horrifying one is in terms of information security, which has been in the back of my mind for a few months, but which a well-publicized (and much more minor) issue with Sprint reminded me that I should really write about publicly, and this deserves a bit more than a comment on This Is Broken.

July 7, 2006

The Sidekick 3 sure looks and feels nice... (, )

by fluffy at 8:04 AM
...unfortunately, I won't know how good it actually is until T-Mobile activates my data service for it.

How long will it take? Who knows!

I love how they wasted no time in removing my T-Zones access when I changed plans but my account can't access the Hiptop APN yet, and every indication on the website makes it seem as if I won't get that access until the 25th. Ugh.

July 5, 2006

July 4, 2006

Guitar upgrade ()

by fluffy at 4:05 PM
I got tired of my crappy $80 Squier, so I decided to step up a little bit, and just got a new guitar (Epiphone Sheraton II, naural finish). Also, my microcube is okay for portable practice purposes but for stage and recording it's not very useful so I also bought a new amp (Marshall MG30DFX), which has a really awesome tone, and also a foot switch to switch between clean and distorted. Of course just a few days ago I bought a cheap/crappy distortion pedal, which I'll probably return since the distortion on this amp is way nicer, though the crappy pedal could be useful for vocal processing on the stage or something.

Now if only I could find a drummer so that Sockpuppet could become a real band (assuming Spud will play bass or keyboard for it).

July 2, 2006

PBS cooking show drinking game (, )

by fluffy at 10:15 AM
Do a shot if the host has a heavy accent. (Another shot if this makes them hard to understand. Another shot if this second shot makes them either impossible to understand. Another shot if this last shot makes you able to understand them perfectly despite the accent.)

Do a shot whenever the host says something like "I wish you could be here and smell this."

Do a shot whenever the host starts to eat directly off the serving platter.

Do a shot whenever the host has visibly almost messed up.

Do a shot when the host says not to worry about writing the recipe down because it's "on the website." (Do another shot if the website doesn't have the recipe.)

Do a shot when the host makes prolific use of a product which benefits them financially.

July 1, 2006

GJ T-Mobile (, )

by fluffy at 11:01 PM
So, when it comes to changing a minute plan, sure, they take a whole month for that to go into effect. But remove a feature like, say, the mobile Internet access, and they waste no time in shutting THAT off. Of course they'll still happily bill me for the whole month of access anyway.

I'd just reactivate it but I can't really be bothered. Of course that depends on how quickly they turn on Sidekick data access when the SK3 arrives. Knowing them, I won't actually see that until the 25th.

WTG T-Mobile.