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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Like and Old Friend...Windows 7

I recently purchased my first computer with the Windows 7 operating system. Something about it felt very familiar. Perhaps it was the BSOD on the FIRST TIME I EVER TURNED ON THE COMPUTER. Sadly, Windows 7 notified me that it could not complete installation on the second boot because something went wrong previously. It is no surprise that this message also came up on the next 5 boots. Time to return the new computer.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

This Letter Makes No Census

I received this letter in the mail informing me that I will be receiving census forms next week. What a waste of money. The Census Bureau sent out over 120 million of these letters costing taxpayers millions of dollars. The rationale given is that it boosts return rates, saving costs in sending Census workers to follow-up with those that don't respond.

Here's an idea. Send follow-up letters to ONLY the people who don't respond before sending the Census workers.

This just doesn't add up.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Chick-Fil-A Promotion

I went to the Washington Wizards game on Friday 2/26/10. They were running one of their regular "In Game Promotional Offers" in the 4th quarter. If a player on the visiting team (in this case, the Knicks) is fouled and then misses both free throws, every fan wins a free chicken sandwich from Chick-Fil-A.

Every time a Knick player went to the line in the 4th quarter, the fans would scream like heck for their free chicken sandwich. And finally, a Knick player missed two free throws. High fives all around. Yay, everyone loves Chick-Fil-A. The announcer said "bring your ticket stub within one week to any area Chick-Fil-A for a free chicken sandwich."

So I stroll into Chick-Fil-A on Monday and triumphantly present my ticket stub. "One free chicken sandwich, please". Well, I guess the only people they forgot to tell about the promotion were the STAFF WORKING AT CHICK-FIL-A. My cashier finally called the manager over, and "Maria" anti-climactically announced: "we don't take these anymore".

So screw you, Chick-Fil-A, and your fraudulent promotion. I guess you figured no idiot would actually drag their ticket stub all the way in to the mall for one stinking free chicken sandwich. Well, this is one idiot who is finished with your overpriced chicken sandwiches and stupid cow commercials.