Archive for the 'rant' Category

I guess this is professional.

October 9, 2008

I’ve been spending more time digging through the online job sites with searches such as ASP.NET, C#, .NET, even (shudder) SharePoint. Decided to pop in “blogger” to see what was there — mostly as a follow-up to this post.

Came across this one:

Article Writer (From Home)

We are looking for a writers to bring our blog alive, to communicate and engage our visitors.

If you are interested in blogging about Massage, How to, benefits, commenting on new research or news about massage and related products or uses for products,we are interested in talking to you. A background in massage will be helpful. is the blog

Get exposure for your writing and opinion. We are looking for both a featured blogger and for guest bloggers. Our Featured blogger should write about 4 times a week, with a consistent posting schedule, and have a strong interest in massage, this role will pay $50 a month. If you have blogged before and have an interest in massage issues this might be the right role for you.

If you are familiar with blog promotion, writing with search engines in mind, linking to other sites to improve our search ranking and creating a buzz, there may be additional opportunities. 

$50. Apparently blogging for someone else pays less than sewing swooshes on Nike shoes in China.

They’re going to get some high-caliber stuff for their 50 cents an hour.

A Giant AIG WTF! Someone needs a good house burning present.

October 7, 2008

After a day spent cutting corners, canceling cable, baking bread for the kids, writing, this is the kind of thing that makes me look forward to the more and more likely uprising in this country. It ain’t going to my head carried around on a pike.

Revolutionaries (with pitchforks and torches): “Sir, did you spend nearly a half million dollars on colonics, pedicures, facials and golf last week?”

Me: “No, but I just read an article you might be interested in.”

(grunting and shuffling as the mob turns)

Me: “Hey guys! Wait up!”

Hot off the presses. As if the $5MM bonuses weren’t enough…

The Washington Post is reporting that a whole mess of AIG assholes just spend a shitload of money at a posh resort in California — a place that no one reading this could afford (in a good economy).

The tab? Read on:

And just last week, about 70 of the company’s top performers were rewarded with a week-long stay at the luxury St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, Calif., where they ran up a tab of $440,000.

At a House committee hearing yesterday, Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) showed a photograph of the resort, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, and reported expenses for AIG personnel including $200,000 for rooms, $150,000 for meals and $23,000 for the spa.

Apparently only like 10 executives went along. Whew!

I want felony charges brought — right, fucking, now.

Anyone else’s head about to explode?

Privatizing Gains, Socializing Losses

September 20, 2008

Can you imagine if Bill Clinton had been in office and done what Bush did with AIG? Everyone should watch Gretchen Morgenson and Floyd Norris explain this mess.

Click here to see them on Bill Moyers.

EA Relents (somewhat) on Spore DRM Backlash

September 20, 2008

Will Wright’s Spore is far and away the most anticipated video game of the past few years. We’ve seen game play videos for the past few years and each time it looked more and more promising. I watched and waited for it to arrive.

It was released on September 7th to a hugely negative response almost everywhere, mostly based on DRM (Digital Rights Management).

EA decided to add what many deemed as an oppressive DRM system to the game. Most people are more or less resigned to the fact that DRM exists and is a part of their media-buying life. iTunes does incredible DRM business and all those games selling on the iTunes App Store are proof that we’ve learned to live with it, if done mostly transparently. 

This is where the big stink starts. They set it up to allow three activations — total. After that, buy another license. Until hardware and operating systems are bullet-proof, this is a guaranteed fail. Many people I know rebuild their Windows machines at least yearly, so after two years, you’re on borrowed time.

Amazon’s reviews are currently at one and a half stars — almost entirely based on DRM:

The organized campaign of bitching seems to have worked — at least a bit. Electronic Arts has backed off slightly on the DRM scheme to allow 5 installs and the ability to de-authorize machines.

Read EA’s release here at

iPhone GPS Issue?

September 1, 2008

Thought my phone was defective. Turns out it’s not.

My GPS went AWOL and wouldn’t come back no matter what I tried (rebooting, turning “Location Services” on and off and on and off and on and off, wandering around in the middle of a football field on a cloudless day staring at the heavens, cursing at the phone…).

I dug through every menu and just before setting up the appointment with those smug bastards at the “Genius Bar” I went through the menus again and found the “software reset”.

Where is it?

Settings –> General –> Reset –> Reset All Settings

Fixed the GPS issue for sure. I get the reticle bounce and then five to ten seconds later the little blue dot appears. Apart from fixing the issue I’d hoped it would, it doesn’t seem like it affected much besides shuffling all of the application icons insanely. I’d seriously love to know the algorithm they used for that.

I’m hoping it helps with the absolute abysmal battery life I’ve been getting too. Something clearly was not right.