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This rare post and its icon are dedicated to the memory of Jimmy Dean.
Just called Columbia House DVD to cancel my membership (given that it's been at least two years since I've bought anything from them).

The first level menu had seven items. None were to talk to a rep or cancel a membership. The second level menu had five items. None were to talk to a rep or cancel a membership. The third level menu gave me my balance ($0.00) (and something I'm sure was an item on the first menu) and the options to return to the main menu or talk to a rep (finally!).

That's tactic #3 in preventing people from cancelling their memberships. Tactic #1 was requiring you to call instead of canceling online.* Tactic #2 was switching from a toll free number to a Pennsylvania one.

* They'd say it's for security reasons, but is hacking in my account really easier than calling with my account number and address? Given how often the post office gives us the wrong mail, I suspect someone gets our now and again, too, so I don't think so.
12 March 2010 @ 03:16 pm
I started to make some rice a couple days ago, but ended up not. I put equal parts rice and water in a bowl and put some plastic wrap on top. But before I put it in the microwave, we decided we didn't need more rice after all. (We had ordered Chinese food, and the restaurant didn't give us much rice.)

So, today I happened to notice the bowl and took the plastic wrap off to find: fluffy "cooked" rice! Turned out pretty well, though I'd add a bit more water if I did this again. Also, I have no idea how long before all the water was absorbed, so how efficient this is is up for grabs.

And, of course, this was cheapo instant rice, so I'm not sure how well it would work with higher quality stuff.
08 March 2010 @ 01:38 pm
I've had over 25 (25.1, to be exact) Bookmooch points for ages, and they never have any books I want.

This is me annoyed. I wonder how much Bookmooch points go for on the black market.
Yes, I know, I haven't posted in ages. But I felt this was too important not to warn everyone I could. I was just browsing the net on my (Mac-based, naturally) iPhone when I suddenly received the following alert:

It is to laugh.
13 July 2009 @ 11:09 am
Got this when I attempted to participate in an online survey while using Firefox 3.0:

"This survey requires recent versions of popular browsers to function properly. If you have Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 or earlier, Netscape 3.9 or earlier, or AOL 4.0 or earlier, please upgrade your software. Once you have upgraded your browser, please return and take our survey."


Note, to the best of my knowledge, this survey was not posted in 1998. ;) I was invited by a company today to participate.
11 June 2009 @ 11:34 am
Found this little beauty on the threshold of our back door.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that's a weed inside the house (though just barely). Surely I've outdone myself this time.

Think I'll leave it for a while and see how it does. Hopefully I'll remember to pluck it before it becomes a tree.
23 May 2009 @ 12:08 am
Note to Comedy Central: Don't bother showing a Kat Williams special if you're going to censor every three words. I haven't got a clue what the audience is laughing about.

(And then they're apparently going to show Chris Titus' last special during their uncensored "Secret Stash" time slot -- despite the fact that he hardly swears in it.
13 May 2009 @ 11:01 am
Why, when I call the number on the back of this Pier 1 gift card to find out the balance, does the nice imitation lady on the other end tell me the value in Canadian dollars?

(Pier 1's HQ is in Texas, oddly enough. No idea where their gift card division is.)
I find it very annoying that when I (re)search on eBay and Amazon, books that I want to sell either sell for about a dollar or aren't selling at all, but used books that I want to buy are going for near cover price.