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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

This one is for LadyK....the only person in the world who misses me...

So i'm conducting an interview with myself to give an update about what is going on....

You can probably figure out the question by my's like one of those deduction tests or something.

1) Yes, i am alive.
2) Yes, i am still a nut about grammar.
3) Yes, the "i" does still not count in my rules.
4) No, I don't still play Dealdash. In fact i haven't even looked at the site, watched it, or analyzed it.
5) Yes, you can consider it some type of Dealdash rehab situation. No more penny auctions. No more spending my time watching Dealdash and commenting. I did love it. And i do miss it.
6) Well, i had to quit because i had to focus on some real life things. Like money, jobs, and mortgages. As in - i needed money, therefore needed to work, so i could pay my interest-only mortgage (we won't talk about that right now).
7) No i can't seem to make any kind of living as a writer even though that is what i would like to do. Only Lady K and my parents would by my book.
8)Well, the only way i think i will come back to blogging is through my other site...wikiwikiworld...i have to get that up and running again. It is based more on life beyond dealdash. Like real life things and stories. Which i tended to end up writing about on Dealdash, but maybe on a regular site more people would check me out.
9)Yes, there are still only a select few people who think i'm entertaining. Do my dogs count?
10) I actually do have a real life. I think i explained at one point that i am a "hot nerd." That pretty much still sums it up.
11) No, i haven't had any more crashes on my mountain bike. 
12) No, I can't actually believe that i still get hits on this website. It makes me warm and fuzzy inside.
13) No, i have never gone back to IHOP for breakfast. But i did go to a Denny's and didn't order anything off the healthy menu. I believe I got some type of egg. I realized at these places you have to order a biscuit and gravy. No one can really mess up gravy. Then you poor the gravy over the eggs and everything tastes like gravy.
14) I actually do have alot to say on the subject of "gravy." I don't know how many people really give gravy props, but i have alot of thoughts about gravy. Mental note - blog about gravy.
15) So yes, i am actually at work right now, so i should probably end my self interview.

Until we meet again....

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Yes, One more time about being on hold

Ok, i really am finding that when i am on hold, it is a great few minutes to check dealdash and blog a bit. And surprise, i am on hold.  I'm bitter about the under $1 wins they have posted.  But that seems to be my norm.

But here is what i really want to say:

Has every single automated phone system in the world "recently changed their menu"?  You know what i mean right? "please listen carefully as our menu has recently changed." I don't think i have come across a menu that hasn't recently changed. Have you? I mean seriously??

I am so sick of recorded voices demanding me to pay attention because they did NOT change their menu in the last 5 years. They just say that so you pay attention. It is really not cool.

So what i am proposing is a National Automated Phone System regulation to be passed. There is a set amount of time you can have your recording say that the menu has recently changed. There is a time limit. Maybe 3 months or something. Because you usually don't have to call some of these places all the time. You don't remember what button to push so you are going to listen to the recording anyway. So i guess if you call on a monthly basis, you will need this information about a recently changed menu. But the rest of us who call only once in awhile are already going to listen to the darn menu options because we need to make the right choice. We actually don't care that it changed because we don't remember what it was like last time we called. So don't give us the b.s. "pay attention" moment. It wastes 2-3 seconds of our lives. We are already going to spend the next 10 minutes on hold waiting for you, so give us back this 3 seconds of life. And don't sternly tell me to pay attention. I'm not in kindergarten.

So after the set period of time, you are required by law to make your automated phone message no longer say that the menu has recently changed. Because it hasn't. Real people always tell us what to do, so don't have a recorded voice tell me what to do too.

Friday, November 18, 2011

DD411: Well well well - What do we have here....

Yup. I could possibly be the worst blogger ever since i post so infrequently now. I know i always give excuses but they are legit! I don't have time to watch DealDash any more, let alone re-join and play. it is a sad day for me to admit that. In fact, i was thinking i should clean out my accounts on all the sites i have been on. I bet i have bids left all over the place. if i can even remember which username and password i used for each site. that's the only problem when you change things up too much...
Contrary to popular belief, i do have a real job and have a major client who takes up every ounce of my time. Then, in my limited free time, i build two companies that i own. NOw i'm not patting myself on the back has made a little money and the other has made a big fat zero. So when i get these companies up to an amazing level, i'll be the deal dash king. For real. maybe i'll have my own penny auction and make my own rules and anyone who annoys me gets a time out. i have monstrous ideas about how to makes a super fun PA.

Anyway, i have updates -
Kindle Fire fiasco part 1 and 2
Major frustration about certain stop signs

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

DD411 - Am I The Only One?

Yeah, yeah, people are bidding on stuff. I've been traveling and unable to follow deal dash with my usual zeal. And i am still super bitter when i see computers sold for $0.45. Remember i have regressed to the "it's not fair" view of deal dash. So i hate seeing that. It ruins my day.

So instead i want to throw something else out there.

Am I the only one (notice use of capital I - this means i am being super serious. See this all helps to create emotion and emphasis subtly) who thinks the new iphone is NOT ok? I mean they are basically creating a little personal machine that can kind of "think" on its own.   Is any one worried about this? Is it just me?  It is creeeeeeeepy. Has no one actually watched War Games and Terminator Series recently? Haven't we learned what can happen in an over computerized world? SKYNET! JOSHUA! We have already seen what can happen if a computer self-realizes and goes rogue. Did we not learn a lesson from Arnold? Everyone launched nukes at each other accidentally and then machines take over.  It's called Judgement Day people. I suggest you rent War Games, Terminator 1, 2, 3, (but not that random one that was stuck in there before Salvation came out).  Then you may look at your iphone differently.

I think the new iphone is getting too close to making machines too powerful. That is my thought for the day. I'm sure i will have more to say about this. I will end with a mangled quote from the late genius Michael Crichton ( i know i am butchering this quote - my apologies in advance).

"Scientists are so busy inventing all the things that they could, but they never stop to think if they SHOULD."

i'll have to look the real quote up later. But you get my point. Now go watch the world be destroyed by thinking machines and have a healthy fear of your new iphone.