Category Archives: Rant


Chat rooms and Parent and Malls!

I’ve been chatting online on and off for about 16 years now – yes, I’m that big a Geek – and as I’m now 29, you can see that I started chatting rather early on. 16 years ago, the only chat services were the ones that no one really knew about – just computer people – so the chat was rather “normal” as were the majority of the people. Sure there was lots of GeekSpeak, but it wasn’t a breeding ground for non-Geek weirdos; a subtle but very pointed distinction. For the most part, parents didn’t know about chat rooms, but if they did there was less to worry about, given the people online.
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The Rising Price of CD’s

This is a monopolistic industry. It’s outrageous and frankly, I’m pretty pissed off about it. It’s been something of a slow rage to me, but here’s the end result of it. See, I started listen to music when vinyl was on its way out (because it wasn’t trendy anymore) and cassette tapes were in the mainstream. OK, fine, I was around for 8-Track too, but that’s moot because I never had one of my own. Cassettes sucks. They were fragile lil things, constantly breaking, unspooling, melting in the sun and sounded like crap. Dolby-B/C never did anything but muffle the highs and every tape player had a slightly different speed to it, so music never sounded the same from machine to machine. Oops, got techy again. Anyway, I what I’m trying to say is I was around for the DAT debacle and the introduction of CD’s.
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Flickerstick

I know that the say after the new Rush CD was released you would expect to see something about it here… however, I FORGOT TO BUY IT! *sigh* So what am I listening to lately? Flickerstick. It seems that they were one of the bands involved in some VH1 contest – I have no idea. I heard about them from a friend of mine and they were well worth picking up. They are a cross of the Goo Goo Dolls, Ben Folds Five, and Eve 6 – since all of THEM are great bands, in my opinion, I find Flickerstick to be a great find… besides, as they’re new and there seems to be a shortage of new stuff these days. Anyway, go pick’m up – well worth the $14 (or MP3 surfing, not that I would condone such things!)

T-Mobile: Bad Coverage in CT

Well, it happens every now and again. You get “bad” customer support and you have to take matters into your own hands. My target today? VoiceStream. Now, before I get into this debacle, the people at VoiceStream have been great. It’s my frustration with their technical support information (or lack there of) that is the problem. The people have done everything that they have been allowed to do – their management gives them some “scripts” and “suggested actions” and that’s all they have to work with, so I don’t fault them.
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Costanza on Tipping

Maybe it’s just me, but have you ever had one of those “ideas” pop into your head that make you feel like you’re living in a Seinfeld episode? Or worse, you witness something that makes you so exasperated that when you finally start thinking clearly again, you realize that you could have been George in a Seinfeld episode? I have. I think of them as Costanza-isms.
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Coffee Bean on the Half Shell

I’m a coffee addict. I admit this freely. I am a Slave to the Bean. It’s not a pretty addiction, but there are far worse vices out there, legal and illegal, that I could be chained to. I know my limits – I have little willpower for such things, and I’m not a quitter, so I wouldn’t even play with the addictive drugs that are out there. So I’m a BeanHead. Having said this, it is very, very dangerous to fuck with my Bean. Plain and simple.
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Suzyn Waldman

A couple of years MSG Networks made a “radical” decision and put their first woman play-by-play broadcaster on for Yankees baseball. The sporting world yawned as such a move, but the media at large went ga-ga over the fact that a woman was going to announcing games in a “Man’s World”. Me, I didn’t care really, provided the announcer in question was worthy of the Yankees – I come from the times of the Scooter, who would miss plays during the game because he was busy talking about his wife’s lasagna. It was entertaining, even though it might not have been the most “intensive” sporting broadcast – lets face it: baseball is great live but you usually need more than just stats when watching it on TV. So I was almost optimistic with a new broadcaster.
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Israeli Conflict

The last few days I’ve been watching the Israeli crisis with the rest of the world. First question I have is why is it a crisis? Who’s surprised, really? People have been fighting there for at least three millennia. Have we evolved so much that there wouldn’t be fighting there? Duh. Be that as it may, fine: call it a crisis. Want to know what’s causing this crisis? It’s easy enough, from my point of view – screw those people that have degrees and long winded speeches on CNN. This is simple.
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Problems in the Media

I can bet you anything that this will be one of those reoccurring things throughout this web site – complaints about the Media. There’s a lot of gripes I’ve got with this nebulous group that has such a driving force in our society today… there’s never a shortage of complaints, with the largest one I have being Clinton’s election and then re-election, but today I’m going to point the finger at an even large target: the mass populous.
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“Let’s Go Yankees”

For those of you that haven’t met me, I’m a Yankees fan. I was born into the Pinstripes with a strong hatred (speaking in the form of sport rivalry, of course) for the Red Sox. I was there in the dark years of the 80’s. I would leave school for the summer, and the NYY would be in first by 4 games. I’d return in the fall and they would be in last by ten games. I’m not the type to jump on a bandwagon; win or lose, they’re my team. I’m also a hockey fan and while I do follow a team (Rangers, since ’89 so don’t start any of that “since 94” shit with me – the 1940 chant still rings in my ears) I’m a fan of the overall game. I have a jersey collection of about 15 different teams – college, Olympic, minor and pro – and I’ve been known to wear many of them on occasion. With baseball, I have a similar collection, but with the exception of one Bridgeport Bluefish jersey, all the jerseys are for only one team: the Yankees. I’ll wear no other.
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Domain Name Finally Registered

You would think that when you register a domain name and they tell you it’s 24 hours, it would be 24 hours. Even 36 hours… even 48 hours would suck, yet be not TOO bad… how about seven days? That’s how long it took for VeriSign to get me this domain. For the last seven days, I’ve spent money waiting for VeriSign to get their plug outta their collective asses and get this domain “processed” whatever that means. I filled out the paperwork correctly; they fumbled. Not only did they fumble but they ran me around in a circle everytime I called – at least they answered the phones quick enough. Could have been nice to have gotten an answer that was useful – would have been a nice change of pace.
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Happy April’s Fool Day

Over the holiday weekend, one of my relatives asked at least four times what we “all did before we had these damned cell phones” in our lives. This tickled me on a number of levels… I mean first was the “damn” on Easter… a quick dip into the pool of irony never hurt anyone – unless you go into the pool within the first 30 minutes after eating a meal – so that wasn’t too bad. But I was of two minds with the whole technology gripe.
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Maxima Drivers

I’ve recently formed a new stereotype in my mind’s eye that I felt like sharing… Maxima drivers. They all suck. And I mean suck bad. Don’t tell me you haven’t noticed? I can’t tell if there’s a 90% blind spot around the car, or if the drivers choose not to look. I haven’t figured out if it’s the overloading of horsepower in the engine or there’s some type of airborne pollen in the car’s climate control system that make the drivers drive too fast or just completely recklessly. I don’t know. Maybe they screened people in high school gym classes and that’s the group the Nissan targets.
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Rush

Random music notes… no pun intended. Latest thing I hear is Rush is slating their new CD (Vapor Trails) to be out soon. Now, before I start to take crap from people out there, let me say this: there’s no way that just three people should be putting out this kind of sound. They’ve been together for over 25 years, so they know each other’s styles well and frankly, they’ve done every type of music conceivable. That earns my respect as a musician; if you don’t agree, you suck. Probably a Rolling Stones fan at that, too. Talk about a lack of talent, those guys should have never gotten their first contract much less been going on all this time… I hear Charlie Watts needs an extra 100 volts from the local CPR machine to keep him going before each show… anyway, Rush fan’s can check out http://www.atlantic-records.com/rush/index.html!