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September 2nd, 2010
09:13 am


Oh, right, this thing
As you probably realize, I totally forgot this thing existed. With Facebook and Twitter, it's hard to find motivation to post things here. Is there anybody who cares about me at all who doesn't read those? Because you probably should. Anyway, not much new, although we are having another kid in March, which I suppose is good, except for the fact that we're going to lose our minds. Alas.

So what else is new?

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December 24th, 2009
09:01 am


Off all day, and home alone, and waiting for my toast to get toasted, so it inspires to write about tv that's currently interesting me.

Dollhouse - I'm currently watching some right now. I feel like the first half of each season had too many filler stand-alone episodes, but the second half of the seasons made up for it. On some level it's sad that it's ending, but really I'm just happy that we got what we did and that we're going to get a proper finish.

Lost - In anticipation for the super-exciting final season starting 2/2, and taking advantage of the fact that I can watch (well, mostly listen) to shows while working, I've been rewatching every Lost episode. I'm almost at the end of season 3 now, and, really, it's even a better show than I remembered. If you haven't been watching it, you're insane. You still have time to catch up! Quick!

Doctor Who - Speaking of shows I love ending, Doctor Who is going to have the end of it's current era in the next week. Two specials are airing in the UK on Christimas and New Year's, and for the first time they're airing on BBC America just a day later, which means I won't have to kill myself trying to download it. The show's going to continue next spring with an entirely new creative team and actors (and, honestly, if you're new to Doctor Who you might be best just waiting til it starts fresh to get into it), but these last two episodes of the (usually very excellent) current era are super exciting and I'm quite looking forward to them (as I suspect most of the UK, and very few people here, also are).

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November 16th, 2009
09:33 pm


Why I hate Amazon.com (and you should, too)
So, A few weeks ago, Amazon had a deal where if you spent $80 on two or more selected video games, you would receive a $40 credit by e-mail a week later (You can read about the offer at http://consumerist.com/5391505/give-amazon-80-get-video-games-and-40-credit, or see Amazon's page about it at http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000443011. I'm just getting back into video games after not playing for a while, so I decided to buy some Wii games. One of the games I really wanted was "Wii Sports Resort", and I was happy to see it was on their list (and, as of now, it currently still is). When you click on it in the list,you get to it's product page (http://www.amazon.com/Wii-Sports-Resort-Nintendo/dp/B001COQW14/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=videogames&qid=1258162342&sr=1-2) where at the time I ordered there was a box where you could choose your edition: "Standard" or "2 WiiMotion Plus Bundle" (it's gone now, apparently because they've sold out of the "2 WiiMotion Plus Bundle", but you can see it at this page: http://www.amazon.com/Limited-Wii-Sports-Resort-MotionPlus-Nintendo/dp/B002I0GEQ4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1258428470&sr=1-2). I knew my wife and I would both want to play, so I went with the 2 WiiMotion Plus bundle. There was no mention of the special offer when I checked out, but I expected that, since the terms of the offer said "The savings will not be messaged at checkout". I was a little nervous to order without having proof I was
getting the credit, but I've never had problems with Amazon before, so I trusted them.

Flash forward a week, and I've gotten the games and am enjoying them. After 7 business days, I didn't get my $40 credit, so I e-mailed Amazon and asked why. This was the response:


Your order didn't meet all of the qualifications for receiving this
promotional certificate. Specifically, as Limited-Edition Wii Sports
Resort Bundle with Two Wii MotionPlus was not a qualifying item, your
order did not meet the $80.00 minimum.

The restrictions for this promotion are on our website here:


Restrictions for promotional offers vary, so I recommend reading the
"fine print" details.

I hope this helps. We look forward to seeing you again soon."

I did check the "fine print" details as they suggested, and there was nothing in them about only certain editions qualifying.

Even after I explained the situation, they refused to change their mind, so, no, they won't be seeing me again soon and I thought people should be warned - DO NOT TRUST Amazon.com Promotional offers, since they apparently think it's perfectly ok to link to a webpage that lets you choose two versions of a product, only offer the special offer on one version, and not communicate this to the buyer in any way.

So, in short, my new mission in life is to let everybody know what jerks Amazon are, so they lose a lot more than the stupid $40 they won't give me. Join me, spread the word, DON'T SHOP AMAZON!

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July 30th, 2009
07:25 pm


As I mentioned on Twitter and Facebook, I'm officially going to have a permanent job again on August 17th. I'm rather pleased. The hourly salary is (by a little bit) the most I've ever made, although it's only 37.5 hours a week so my yearly salary is slightly less than I made a year ago (but a lot more than I'm making right now)(and, every Thursday morning off! And good benefits! 4% 401(k) matching AND an extra 5% contribution by the company!) And there seems to be lots of room for advancement. So, it's all really good. What's new with you?

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July 15th, 2009
08:08 pm


Boston/VT Trip, new phone, etc
1) Our New England trip is now totally booked. Here are all the details, for those who care:

Fly from O'Hare to Logan, arriving 1:40 p.m. on 12/9

Take either the T or the hotel shuttle (I haven't decided) to the Doubletree Club Boston Bay

Do something or other in Boston for a few days

Around noon Friday the 11th, take the T to Harvard Square and rent a car.

Drive to Windsor, VT, and stay at The Juniper Hill Inn

Go to a wedding and do whatever else people in Vermont do.

Drive back to Boston Sunday morning, drop the car off at the airport, and fly out at around 4:00 p.m.


2) I got a new cell phone, after my last one got washed. To a big cell user, my new phone (an LG CF360) probably isn't the most exciting thing in the world, but for me, I quite like it. Best looking phone I've ever had, and I like how it feels. Plus, if I get a microSD card it can play music, that's rather exciting. If I should have your number, feel free to give it to me, since I lost all my old ones.

3) I really like Barack Obama, especially when he's reminding the whole world who his baseball team is.

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July 10th, 2009
07:41 am


Cell phone Qs
So, my cell phone got washed (oops) and now it's dead (well, actually slightly alive and possessed, which is just scary). Anyway, I don't have much hope for ever using it again. It was just a low-level Samsung, and we're on AT&T. Now, my question is about swapping SIM cards, which I've never really had any reason to look into before. I know people do it, but I don't quite get how it works. If I can get my hands on another old phone that (hopefully) my family or friends have sitting around taking space, and put my SIM card in it, will it work? Or does it depend on the phone/network? I know things like iPhones and Blackberries are sometimes locked to certian networks, but are even cheap crappy phones like that?

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June 8th, 2009
08:59 pm


I'm alive
Just noticed I hadn't posted in 6 weeks. That's pretty much a good thing, though, because it's because I've been very busy because I've been working, which is good because it means I've been working. Still temporary, but all signs point to it not ending any time soon (and based on somebody else, might lead to a full time job in a few months). I work for an insurance company, doing data entry of new apps and some followup stuff (mainly on the web and in Word) for apps we have questions on. I know it sounds lame, but I actually quite like the job. Let's hope it continues to last.

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April 25th, 2009
07:23 am


I don't have too much to say, and I'm way too early (7:00 a.m. on a Saturday? WTF?) because Maura woke up and I'm being the good husband and letting Marisa sleep, so I'll post.

Work seems to be going well. It's a much bigger company than I've ever worked at before, but like I always said I wanted that. 9-6 is a really long day, but I'm sure I'll get used to it (but I really liked yesterday when I got to go home early because the AC was broken). My only major complaint is the pay, but hopefully I'll get hired on and that'll go up at some point.

Hmm, what else is new? Tinted Windows and The Hold Steady are both playing (different nights) at Taste Of Randolph Street, for $10 each I'd really like to go to at least one (but I bet I won't).

The White Sox kinda suck lately, but at least they're still in a horrible division so it'll be ok. We still have a chance.

That's about it, I guess.

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April 9th, 2009
01:47 pm


Good news, everybody!
So, after months of NOTHING, I finally got myself a new job out of nowhere. It's an temp job (of indefinite length) at Trustmark Insurance in Lake Forest, doing mainly data entry stuff.

Bad news: It pays a lot less than I'd like (and, once daycare is factored in, I'll be making less than I am now on unemployment).

Good news: Unemployment wouldn't last forever, so I have to take what I can get. And if they do hire me on, apparently the salary goes up. And it's a 41.25 hour work week, which helps a tiny bit with the money. And I've always said that the only way I could ever get a job is getting into a company and proving myself without having to interview, because I'm horrible at interviews, and I'm getting that chance. And Maura will get more time with her friends at daycare. And, best of all, it starts 4/21, right after a bunch of White Sox day games, so I won't miss them!

So, yeah, I guess the good outweights the bad. We'll see how it goes.

(Hint: if you read my Twitter or Facebook, you'd have known this yesterday. Just saying, that's all.)

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April 3rd, 2009
09:27 am


Been a while since I posted anything, partially because I post a bunch of stuff on Twitter, and partially because I don't have too much going on. But, I'll try...

- Yay Iowa! Maybe it's not such a lame state after all.

- Any Belle and Sebastian fan has to check out "God Help The Girl", their new sideproject thing. Not quite as exciting as actual new B&S would be, but it sounds like it might be pretty good.

- Almost time for BASEBALL. I'm super excited. Honestly, I'm not sure the Sox are that great, but they weren't that great last year and they still came through with an amazingly exciting finish and won the division. The division isn't any better this year, so we still have a shot.

- TV stuff - BSG ending wasn't perfect, but it was really good. I didn't like the last Lost very much, but it's still very good this season. Doctor Who Easter Special in a week, woo! And for those who've never seen Torchwood (which I recommend), it starts from the first episode tomorrow on BBC America

- Maura - Obviously, I'm still biased, but I still think she's really cute and smart and funny (and not just funny where she doesn't know what she's saying, she seriously has a sense of humor (sadly, more her mom's than mine, but I'll deal)). She talks a ton, remembers everything, and is doing really well with her potty training. The only downside are the tantrums, but, eh, she's 2, I guess I have to expect them.

- Still no real job news. But, hey, at least I'll get to watch day baseball, right?

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