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Holy Crap, Morrissey sucks.

May 1, 2009 2 comments

At a coffee shop (still Thunderbird), and they’re playing Morrissey.  I can hear it through my earplugs.  Shoot me now.

Categories: music, WTF?

tornadoes and trailer parks

April 27, 2009 Leave a comment

i’m sure this topic has been expounded upon numerous times, but why is it that tornadoes seem to mostly target trailer parks?  Apparently, tornadoes hate the economically less fortunate.

Categories: WTF?

Sounds like an airplane

September 29, 2007 Leave a comment

one of the scariest things I’ve ever experienced is the AC ramping up at my office after business hours are over or on weekends.  like most buildings, AC is turned off or the thermostat is turned up after business hours to save on energy costs, but it is turned on at intervals to keep the temperature relatively acceptable and to flush the building’s air.  well, when it ramps up at my office it sounds like an airplane is roaring toward the building, aiming for a spectacular crash.  it is seriously loud.  i work on the 22nd floor of a 23 story tower, so it scared the shit out of me the first time i heard it.  i ran for the window to see if there was anything outside when i noticed the ‘airplane’ sounded much quieter by the window.  then i realized it was just the AC.  

Categories: WTF?

METRO coffee has been given a death sentence

April 18, 2007 Leave a comment

i’ve written about Metro coffee before – it was pretty much where i started drinking coffee when i started architecture school. it was conveniently located across the street from school, was open 24hrs, and had free wifi. slowly, as all the independent coffee shops on the Drag begin to wither and die, so too did my love for Metro. their coffee became brown water. they stopped staying open 24 hrs (in their defense, they claim that the smoking ban killed off most of their late night business, which is probably true). they stopped accepting credit cards – this one i can’t understand at all. the amount of money that they save in credit card transactions probably doesn’t compare to the amount of business they lost. but they’ve stayed open on that policy for over year, so i must be wrong. for all of those reasons (mostly the shite coffee and lack of credit cards), i stopped going to Metro.

aside from Metro, the only places to get coffee in walking distance of the architecture school are Starbucks at 24th st. and Java City in the Union. both are corporate coffee chains, but obviously Starbucks is the larger of the two. a few weeks ago i found out (from a Java City worker) that they’d be closing up shop this summer. why would they close up? they’re the only coffee shop in the immediate vicinity. wait for it… wait for it… b/c this summer Starbucks will be opening up in the Union, directly next door to where Java City now stands. fantastic. we will now have 2 Starbucks w/in 2 blocks of each other, and no other coffee shops in walking distance.

i only have 2 things to say to this dastardly turn of events:

  1. thank god i’m graduating next month and moving to a firm downtown where there still exist a few independent coffee shops.
  2. go read my friend’s new novel: National Darkroast Day.
Categories: Austin, food, WTF?

MSN Web Messenger: the antithesis of a web app

April 12, 2007 Leave a comment

i couldn’t log onto my MSN IM account through Meebo today – it said my password was incorrect. that’s pretty odd since i haven’t changed it. so i decided to try to log in to any MSN page that uses Passport, the username and password system for most Microsoft services. i immediately found that MSN provides a web based messenger, but lo and behold! what a shock! i could not log on b/c i WASN’T RUNNING WINDOWS. microsoft continues to baffle me for the way they alienate users. instant messaging is an internet platform. it is not, ideally, platform specific. there are loads of different clients out there already that allow you to log into nearly every IM service, and microsoft does, in fact, put out an MSN Messenger client for Mac – though why anyone would use it when there are lighter and cleaner options like adium (which connects you to nearly every IM service in existence) is beyond me.  so why stop there? why put the restraint on web users that you be using windows in order to access the web messenger?! the whole point of web based apps is that they are accessible anywhere, from any platform!

here’s the message from the MSN web messenger site:
You must have the following to use MSN Web Messenger:

  • A web browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or later, Netscape 7.1 or later, or Mozilla 1.6 or later, running in Microsoft Windows.
  • An Internet connection (56 Kbps or faster recommended)
  • A Microsoft® .NET Passport. If you have a hotmail.com or msn.com account, you already have a Passport.
  • Popups enabled for this web site if you are using popup blocker software like the MSN Toolbar
Categories: tech, web, WTF?

McDonald’s Arches as Breasts

April 4, 2007 1 comment

i heard this theory in my American Architecture class last semester. the idea was that the golden arches were designed to subconsciously resemble breasts, causing a primal desire to eat – ideally at mcdonalds. the professor echoed what we were all thinking – this theory is ridiculous.  but he acknowledged that every time since he’d heard the theory he couldn’t help but think of boobs whenever he saw a mcdonald’s sign. now i have the same problem. and maybe you will, too.

golden arches

Categories: architecture, haha, WTF?

what constitutes breaking news for CNN?

March 15, 2007 Leave a comment

it strikes me as odd that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed confessing to be the mastermind behind 9/11 and other terrorist attacks does not warrant a red or yellow ‘BREAKING NEWS’ banner on CNN’s homepage, yet the death of Anna Nicole Smith does.

911mastermind.png

Categories: WTF?

honeywell and customer service

March 2, 2007 Leave a comment

the thermostat in my house died the other day – digital readout was completely gone.  the thermostat in one of my last apartments was battery operated, so i figured maybe all it needed was a new battery.  i tried pulling the thermostat off the wall, but it felt more like i was going to rip it out instead of neatly disconnecting as it should.  perhaps this thermostat was tied directly into some wires on the wall?  highly unlikely, but i wasn’t going to mess it up, so i left it alone.

i decided to check honeywell’s website, as it’s a honeywell thermostat.  to go through support, as w/ most products, i needed the model number.  interestingly, this thermostat had no model number.  anywhere.  being a tech geek, i know where to find model numbers, but there just wasn’t anything on this hunk of plastic.   so i continued through the support section looking for troubleshooting info.  they provided a method for finding the model number if you couldn’t find it yourself – this involved identifying your thermostat according to a set of provided criteria: is it digital?  does it have a flip cover?  is it battery operated?  does it have 6 or 2 buttons?  etc.  it appeared that my thermostat was not battery operated, and i knew it was digital, had no flip cover, was programmable, and had 4 buttons.  my thermostat didn’t fit into any of their neat categories, and therefore they couldn’t tell me where to find the model number.  i found that pretty funny.  my thermostat also looked nothing like any of the thermostat pictures they showed.

i finally got to an email form (it was mentioned that if all else failed, i could call them, but they never showed a phone number anywhere, no matter how many pages i clicked through).  the email form asked a lot of questions, such as what is the model number, etc.  i filled it out to the best of my knowledge, but in the comment box i wrote: “i have a honeywell thermostat that seems to have completely died – the digital readout doesn’t work. i can’t find the model number of this type in order to troubleshoot.”

i just received a reply from honeywell: “We would be happy to assist you however; we need the model number of the thermostat.”

Categories: haha, tech, WTF?

the majority is inherently dumb

February 1, 2007 Leave a comment

an underground ad campaign consisting of LED lit cartoon characters is somehow misconstrued as a bomb threat:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/02/01/boston.bombscare/index.html?eref=rss_topstories
the only difference between these ads and others that have been plastered for years around major cities is that this time instead of paper, the ad consisted of lights. even more ridiculous than this being construed as a bomb threat is the type of remark released by the Boston authorities, displaying their complete lack of understanding of not only advertising (b/c sometimes, it really is off the mark) but more importantly reality. their remarks show that they live in a greater reality distortion field than created by Steve Jobs. here are their remarks from the CNN article linked above, and here is the culprit mistaken as a ‘bomb’.

“Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis called the stunt “unconscionable,” while Boston Mayor Thomas Menino called it “outrageous” and the product of “corporate greed.” Democratic Rep. Ed Markey, a Boston-area congressman, added, “It would be hard to dream up a more appalling publicity stunt.”

Categories: creative, haha, media, WTF?

best of craigslist: austin

January 4, 2007 Leave a comment

i wasted probably about 25 minutes today reading through some ‘best of’ austin craigslist posts.  here are some i’d like to share:

fuck you cell phone, fuck you lamppost.

pooping at work

why does this piss me off so much?  GET IT RIGHT… (i particularly liked this one)

7 out of 8 ain’t bad… 

Categories: Austin, haha, WTF?