Crazy In Home Depot

I bought one of the Aliph Jawbone blue tooth headsets a little while ago. It is totally badass. Now I’m one of those losers that walks around with a piece of technology hangin on his ear. Honestly tho I only wear it when I’m talking on it. At all other times it resides in my coat pocket. Sure I’m a dork but I’m not a total tard. A couple evenings ago I was in Home Depot getting some light bulbs and other domestic type stuff and I happened to be talking to a very good friend of mine while I was shopping. At the end of my 4 mile hike around Home Depot I decided to dod the self check out thing. I’ve never done it before and the voice in my ear goaded me into trying it out. So I did. It is less intuitive than I hoped and so I was commenting on that as part of our conversation. I provided a very editorialized step by step and critique of the process. It was actually pretty fun. It turns out tho that there is a worker there that moniters the whole area and is ready to help out. Here’s the good part. He was standing to my right well within earshot. I wear the Jawbone on my left ear… yep… you guessed it. When I looked his way he was clearly sizing me up and trying to determine if I was high, drunk or if I had a 14 IQ. Either way he was clearly not headed over to help me. He looked rather scared actually. There are not a lot of headset users here on my tiny technologically backward island so it’s not something we’re used to seeing and accepting. I’m at the point now where I love having it on cuz people just get so confused. Am I talking them? Maybe. Maybe not. I’m never going to see these people again what do I care? I’ll take the humor.

Local Ads But I’m Not Local

I used to live in Calgary, AB. That’s about 600 miles from where I live now. I still listen a Calgary radio station on a daily basis and of course I listen to it over the net. I like the music and it’s kinda nice to hear Calgary news and stay sorta pluggin to the hometown vibe.

The station streams through a nice little pop up player and when you first launch it you have to sit through an ad before the the actual stream starts. It’s an ad for local Calgary business. It’ s been the same business for as long as I can remember. Something they’ve started doing lately is every 90 min or so they pop up a message that says “Click here to keep listening”. If you click it the stream continues uninterrupted.  If you don’t click it in time it changes to “Click here to resume listening”. At that point you are subjected to the ad again before the stream comes back. I’m really fine with all that and it makes some sense to me to get some more ad play but there’s a bigger question…

If I was in Calgary would I be streaming the station? No. So why put local ads in it? So close to being on target but yet so far.

On the Do Follow Bandwagon

Installed the plugin and activated it. easy peasy.

Twitter Tools Test

Finally found an updated version of Twitter Tools. It was well hidden.

I’m A Twit

yep – I swallowed the blue pill and signed up for twitter. I gotta say it’s kinda like crack. I now know that Danny is at Disneyland and going on rides and that Vanessa is having ziti for Buffy night. My life is measurably better now. For those of you that care you can follow me at www.twitter.com/oilman.

Ever Wonder How Google Employees Report Spam?

Well they have their own internal spam reporting tools of course. If you work at Google you simply type http://spamreport/ into your G branded FireFox browser and voila. I can’t say I’ve actually seen what’s at that internal URL but I can tell you it’s highly promoted and visible around the ‘plex and around multi monitors. When I was there a couple weeks back with Greg he swiped the scanned document below off a bulletin board and in a round about sort of way I swiped it from him – hehe. Did I say swiped? no. It was on the floor and I’m sure it was near a garbage can. How much you wanna bet that Matt himself did the fancy artwork?

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Rollin Like a Rockstar

When I’m on the road and generally hangin with my fellow rockstar it’s all about how we roll. We drink top shelf booze, ride around in limos, get invited to cool pre-launch events and private parties, get to wander around the Googleplex stealing the http://spamreport posters and looking for booze and all manner of other rockstarish things. It’s how we roll…until we get home. I’ve been home all weekend and here’s how we roll on the Friesen homestead:

  • swimming lessons – I have to go in the pool with the kids
  • cleaned the garage – 3 hours
  • washed the wife’s minivan – my truck is still filthy
  • mowed the lawn
  • hung pictures
  • mounted smoke detectors in the kids rooms full of inflammable toys
  • fixed the broken gate latch
  • cleaned the bbq
  • watched Bob the Builder, My Little Pony, Caillou, Dora the Explorer and more
  • took the kids to the pumpkin patch to pick pumpkins (that will rot on my doorstep)
  • changed various burned out light bulbs
  • read books while a 2 yr tried poopin on the potty again and again
  • organized the recycling bins

And that my friends is how I roll. Now I’m off to watch Veggie Tales…

The Good, The Bad, and The Downright Shitty

I watch a fair bit of TV. I have 2 little kids so by the time we’ve fought through dinner and baths and clean up and snacks and video and bedtime stories about all I have left in me is enough energy to crack a beer or three and collapse in the La-Z-Boy and let big media have it’s way with me. The show I’m currently watching it on the downright shitty list so I felt a summary recent brain melting activity was in order. Some shows are new and some are old series  I’ve been catching up on.

  • Bionic Woman – new – shitty
  • My Name is Earl – new season – as fun as ever
  • The Unit – new season – Go Joe!!
  • Battlestar Galactica – the new one – lovin it but I always want them to have better technology. C’mon you can travel at lightspeed but you can’t sort out a planet with out a paper map?
  • Angel – recently finished the whole series – fantastic – killer final episode
  • Heroes – Season 1 – just over half way through – way too cool
  • Prison Break – compelling and can’t stop watching it but way to unreal
  • Private Practice – gave it whirl cuz let’s face it she’s hot – thumbs down on this crappy spin off
  • Corner Gas – best thing Canada ever produced. Tax Man is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen.
  • Pathfinder – movie – complete and utter suckage – totally shit on a stick horrible flick (but I did watch it all the way through)
  • 5 second video of cheerleader getting run over by a whole football team smashing through a big piece of paper with their logo on it – funny shit and could watch over and over again

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