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Battle of teh Interwebz Ads

Posted 2009.12.22 17.57 in Computers/Internet/Technology

I don’t even remember where I was surfing when I spotted these two ads on the edge of my screen. Normally my filters are very good at blanking this stuff out so that I can no longer see it, but when something comes along that is funny or ironic, the filters know enough to pop it into my awareness.

So here’s two ads offering quick ways for people to earn lots of money. I’ve underlined the bits that I thought were funny at the time.

It might not be so funny now, I’m not sure.

Anyhow, I have to question the whole concept – I mean, if these people have proven ways to make money, why would they want to share them? I mean, just do it yourself and then you have all teh moneez!

 

Rants, Rages, Babbling

Posted 2009.12.22 10.13 in Pointless Blather

I get that it’s a busy time of the year for retailers, and for the postal system. But this comes as no surprise to anyone – especially retailers and the postal system. And incompetence and callousness just make me seethe at times.

So I placed an order, back in November in fact. No big deal, nothing special, just ordered some regular stock items from a store. I’d have gone in person but their retail shop doesn’t have the same line of merch. Anyhow, so I’ve ordered from these guys before. Very good communication, they let you know the order is received, then when it’s being picked, then when it’s shipped, then they send you tracking info.

Except this time, it got as far as received, then just silence. Finally after a week, I emailed them (they provided a contact address for questions). More silence – I emailed two or three times in total and never got so much as a peep from them. Pointer: Don’t provide a contact email address if you plan to not answer customers’ emails.

So I called. Spoke to someone but it wasn’t her department, someone else handles that. They transfer me. I get disconnected. Grumbles.

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Paranoid Theory Eleventeen-Dash-Three

Posted 2009.10.21 14.17 in Pointless Blather

Doing the accounting for three businesses plus my own self-employedness, I tend to fill out a lot of tax forms on a regular basis. Today while doing three sets of tax forms for one of the two levels of sales tax, I suddenly had the following paranoid thought:

Can the government detect how many times you said the word Nitwits while filling out their forms?

Not that I was saying it a lot mind you… and I certainly wasn’t referring to them. It was completely unrelated. Honest.

I envision there is some kind of machine that the tax forms get fed into… obviously it scans the paper to work out how much money you owe them, and also analyses your handwriting so they can tell if you need to be put on some sort of watch-list… but does it also have the ability to extract audio data that the paper was exposed to?

I’m going to be up all night worrying about this now…