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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Yahoo's spam blocker

I've got a yahoo mail account, and it's usually been pretty good at blocking spam emails. It seems to err on the side of blocking more than it should, which I normally don't have a problem with.

However, something weird happened earlier today.

This morning I was going to work and wanted to have a long url handy, but didn't want to hand write it out. So I emailed it to myself with my yahoo account (that is, from my yahoo account to the SAME yahoo account) so I could check it remotely. Fine and dandy. I get to work and I have one new "Bulk" mail message. I look, and it's MINE. Clearly I sent it just to me, with no attachments or anything, and a subject of "hi me".

Isn't there something slightly wrong with spam filtering your own emails?

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Finger Lickin' Good?

KFC has some weird policies on what they are willing to sell.

I've always been a fan of their boneless honey bbq chicken. Six pieces of chicken, covered with a tasty honey bbq sauce. The problem? It's not always available.

For the last three months or so, I've gone into local KFCs and gotten this meal, and it's been good. All of a sudden last week, "We don't have it anymore". I reluctantly got the "boned" version instead, complaining to myself on the way out.

Now, do they really not "have it" anymore? KFC sells boneless pieces of chicken, right? And I can see that huge tub of sauce from the counter. How hard is it to dip the chicken strips or whatever into the tub of sauce? There's even a strainer thing it looks like just for that purpose. In fact, I've seen the workers take chicken nuggets, dip them in the sauce, and that's the meal.

Maybe it's a summer thing only? But it's still July. Makes no sense.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Home Run Derby

I've never been a big fan of Chris Berman. His home run commentary has always been annoying. "Back back back back...GONE!" is not the problem, but it's the way he says it, with such overemphasis. Someone clearly hits a 500+ foot home run, and he attempts to put drama into it with that phrase.

Last night I shuddered continuously as he not only did that, but added a phrase onto the end. The All Star Game this year is in Detroit. Fine. But almost every time someone hit a ball, you'd hear:

"It's back back back...baaaccckkk...GONE!...ALL THE WAY TO...[insert local city here]".

I wouldn't be surprised if he had a list of cities around Detroit in front of him, that he would refer to when a home run was hit. If it looked like a home run, he'd go to the next city on the list and end that phrasing with it.

Thus Chris Berman is really annoying me right now. That adds to his normal annoyance since he has that football equivalent: "He could go ALL...THE...WAY". Since I hate football with a glowing ember-like passion, that makes it even worse.

I mean, I understand having a catch phrase, but his are just painful.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

In the Groove

I have been fortunate enough to discover something that is beyond "pretty good", better than "decent", and puts "alright" to shame! In reality, what I have found is the newest ripoff of Dance Dance Revolution ("DDR"), but I mean "ripoff" in the most amazing possible sense.

DDR has been my only source of exercise for the last three years (unfortunately typing and moving a computer mouse don't up the heartrate), and I've enjoyed it greatly. My complaint has always been it's mostly blah music. For most people, the music is fine, they enjoy it and so on. But for me, a progressive house/trance fan, the music has not been not so good. DDR is full of cheesy stuff, ESPECIALLY DDR Max 2. There are some high points, mostly on Japanese mixes ("bag" comes to mind), so it's not all bad.

Enter "In The Groove". I saw it at Best Buy and said, "eh why not". It is made by RedOctane after all, a company which produces the amazingly high quality Ignition Pad. It came home with me and I started it up. The first song in the list was a rock-esque song..."Here we go again", I thought. But then I played some more...and more...and more...and finally stopped when I could hardly move and was feeling a bit natious.

It's almost ALL electronic music! Track after track with a heavy house beat and various synths thrown in, with a few decent hip hop tracks too! The songs are much longer (another complaint about DDR) with more steps, and harder. I passed two different songs in particular that had over 520 steps! And one of those had a harder skill level than that with 800 some odd steps.

Plus it's got a ton of modifiers, an insane marathon mode, and battle mode. There are already rumors about "In the Groove 2", and I'll be picking that up for sure.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Alf

Another random quote watching an episode of Alf. It's the second episode actually, where they rent an RV and drive out into the woods.

"When I get bored, I eat vowels"

Monday, June 20, 2005

Saddam and his Cheetos

No comments here, just a line taken from an Associated Press article on Saddam Hussein while incarcerated:

"For a time his favorite food was Cheetos, and when those ran out, Saddam would 'get grumpy,'".

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Hyperbole and Therapy

Recently I've seen a few funny things on tv. First off, the whole Michael Jackson crap. Clearly it is impossible to convict a rich celebrity. On that note though, I flipped by CNBC or one of those news channels, and some laywer was being interviewed about the whole case. He said, "We have to ignore the use of hyperbowl in this case". Two sentences later, "hyperbowl" again. He actually meant "hyperbole", pronounced "hyperbolee". I was stunned a man being interviewed for his intelligence twice mispronouncing a word like that.

Then there's Alex Rodriguez. He was Sportscenter's "Sunday Conversation" a few weeks ago, and most certainly said, "Therapy is very theraputic". Thanks A-rod! I can't blame him too much though, it seems most sports figures have problems like that (Shaq!!). And he's probably still upset over his cheap shot on Bronson Arroyo in the ALCS last year.