Tuesday, March 28, 2006

You gotta love it.

I just got a phone call. Check it out.

Me: Hello
Woman's Voice (WV): How are you today, sir?
Me (not recognizing voice): Who is this?
WV: I'm calling on behalf of ICR, a national research foundation..
Me (interrupting): What does ICR stand for? (I already knew)
WV: It's a national research foundation..
Me (interrupting again): That would be NRF. What does ICR stand for?
WV: It's just a name for a national research foundation..
Me (interrupting yet again): I'm not interested. (I hang up)

Cold calls for donation rely on the person called believing that you represent a worthy cause.

In order to maintain that belief, this woman apparently was not allowed to tell me she was calling on behalf of the Institute for Creation Research.

That's understandable, too. I'd sooner shoot myself than support that crap.


Monday, March 20, 2006

The Geek makes a brief appearance

I bought the anime series Mospeada on DVD.

Not Robotech. Robotech remains a cherished part of my youth, but the fact is: I can't watch certain episodes anymore. The dialog is terrible. The plot just doesn't make sense.

The DVD's I bought are the original anime series. They are in Japanese, with English subtitles.


Sunday, March 19, 2006

Time Travel movie

I just saw this movie, 'Primer.'
It's about these two engineers who accidentally build a time machine.
It's very disjointed, and I think I'll need to watch it again to form any real opinion about it.
Although it isn't a comedy, it had what I think is the funniest time-travel one liner ever.

"Man, are you hungry? I haven't eaten a thing since later this afternoon."


Friday, March 17, 2006

Of Mice and Trains

Soon after I moved, I noticed that my wireless mouse and keyboard were occasionally not working right.

-- Interesting note - Right now some girl is walking past my house yelling profanities at someone. From the context, it's probably her boyfriend. Ahh, young love. --

Anyway, mouse and keyboard. At first I thought the problem was with the units themselves. Batteries? Nope, still happened. Both going bad at the same time? Possible but unlikely. Receiver going bad? maybe. I was trying to answer some questions before any in depth troubleshooting, (That wireless communications technician certification has to be good for something.) When I noticed something. When they are acting funny, I can always hear activity at the trainyard across the street.

My mouse and keyboard both operate at 27 MHz. Does anyone know if trainyards use this frequency (or a close one) for control or communication?

It's very annoying. I may have to try to find some that use a different frequency.


Sunday, March 05, 2006

In which sci-fi crew do you belong?

You scored as Serenity (Firefly). You like to live your own way and don't enjoy when anyone but a friend tries to tell you should do different. Now if only the Reavers would quit trying to skin you.

Serenity (Firefly)


Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


SG-1 (Stargate)


Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


Moya (Farscape)


Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


Enterprise D (Star Trek)


FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)


Which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
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