Life Update

16 08 2013

In our last episode, I wrote, in part:

So, it’s been a while since my last update, and I’m happy to report that all is well here. I met the love of my life, she moved in with me (more on that story later), and I got a Nook HD+ from Barnes & Noble.

Well, obviously I have been busy, and I am happy to report that all of the quoted things are still happening. I am now engaged to the love of my life, she still lives with me, and I still have a Nook HD+.

Here’s the scoop, people. This entry will most likely shutter this blog forever. I don’t write for any particular audience here (like duh), whereas I do on Facebook, and even then I do it Facebook style and not long-form like I do/did here. So I suppose I will pass this along pour le monde and if anyone finds this edifying, fantastic.

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Another Mission Accomplished

4 07 2012

I wanted a Northern Pike, and I got one.


Awww yeahhh.

This one’s for you, Grandpa.

Halftime Adjustments

24 06 2012

I can’t say I have been fishing for a lifetime, it just feels that way when the fish aren’t biting.


Being a process-minded person, and being new to fishing, I’m starting to learn that sometimes bullheads aren’t only found in the water. If you look hard enough you can see its reflection in the water.

Yes, I’m talking about one of my bad fishing habits: Sticking to my guns.

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Hello, I’m a Lesbian

27 12 2011

…film reviewer. I review lesbian films! Or is that films with lesbians in them? Or, as Coupling would have us believe, do I just enjoy porn? After all, as Coupling also tells us, it’s sex with a greater… density… of women! Brilliant!

I suppose some context and back story is in order. It all started when /harp music

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Unsolicited Praise for the Sony BDP-S280 Blu-ray Player

17 12 2011

New rule: [Jerks] can’t write online reviews for anything electronic, ever again.

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the idea of online reviews, in that not everyone is going to have the same experience with a given product and it’s nice to know that it’s not just you who got a lemon. And another one after you exchanged it. And another one after that. (Looking at you, Best Buy house brand.)

But fundamentally, don’t submit a 1-star review (out of 5) for a device that serves a primary purpose and bitch moan and groan about how some arcane side feature wasn’t to your liking.

ZOMG this HDTV sucks bcuz it doesn’t render 2180P like my HD cable says it can do waaaaaaah waaaaah

(Product: 720P 32″ HDTV, says it right on the label and the freakin’ BOX)

After my Best Buy nightmare, which I will defy conventional wisdom by not retelling in agonizing detail, I took a flyer on a refurbished Sony BDP-S280 Blu-ray player at the local outlet mall. My thought was that since Sony, you know, invented Blu-ray maybe they have a clue how to make a reliable player.

Hey! They do!

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Unsolicited Praise for COD: Modern Warfare 3

12 11 2011

Yes, I know I am not 14, and have a job, and don’t live in my parents’ basement, but for some reason my MO has been to have one shoot-em-up game in my inventory. For the longest time that was a PC game (back when I used Windows for my operating system) called Dark Forces. It was a Star Wars game and the cartoony violence was fun while it lasted.

These days, I have a Wii (yeah, yeah, talk to the hand) and my shoot-em-up game was, hmmm, the tank game on the “Wii Play” disc. Eventually it became the Lego® Star Wars game, and thanks to kid-sitting my (now) ex-neighbor’s son, it evolved into Call of Duty: Black Ops.

All things considered, I liked Black Ops on the Wii mostly because I hadn’t seen it on a high-def console like the Sony Playstation or the X-Box. The kid across the hall preferred to play Modern Warfare 2 so that’s how we partitioned off the user experience between consoles.

One day, I saw Black Ops on the Playstation and it ruined my Wii experience forever. Not enough to buy a Playstation, as I really am not a gamer and my paltry Wii game collection keeps things nicely balanced.

This past Tuesday, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (MW3 from now on) was released and it’s like this, yo:


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Outside Looking In: The Spanish Prisoner

6 05 2011

The Spanish Prisoner, a scam dating back to 1588, is alive and well on the Internet. In its original form, the con artist tells the victim that he is in touch with an aristocrat who has been imprisoned in Spain under a false identity. The alleged prisoner cannot reveal his identity without serious repercussions, and is relying on the con artist to raise the money needed to secure his release. The confidence artist offers to let the victim supply some of the money, with a promise that he will be rewarded generously when the prisoner is freed, both financially and through marriage to the prisoner’s beautiful daughter. However, once the victim has turned over his money, he learns that further difficulties have arisen, and more money is required. By this time the victim is both emotionally and financially invested and rather than lose the money he has already put out will invest more. This will continue until the mark is cleaned out and the game ends. (Cite)

Reminder to the kind-hearted: Prisoners in the US have few, if any rights.

This means that concepts like “identity theft” reserved for civil society to be outraged by and protected from do not necessarily apply to the incarcerated.

Case in point: Singles ads for inmates.

Some years ago I interviewed Matthew Lesko (the “free money from the government” guy), who defended his “free money” books from accusations of fraud noting that yes, the information was often (if not entirely) public information but he took the extra step of compiling it in book form.

Barring possible exceptions, inmate listings are public information. And as inmates do not have internet access, if singles ads for inmates exist, it’s because somebody on the outside put them online. I do not contend that all such ads are automatically fraudulent. But some quality time using Google in the course of doing research for these articles has exposed this cottage industry to me and I consider myself fortunate that I am not including the inmate population in my online dating repertoire.

Because apparently, many people stand to have their hearts broken. And in fairness to the inmates, I am not sure that’d even be the wiser.

For example: “Convict Mailbag” sends along a heartfelt plea for consideration from Michelle Brown, doing time in Texas for robbery.

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