Kinivo Headphones RIP

Posted on March 31, 2016
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My Kinivo BTH240 headphones have been a workhorse. I bought them when my wired headphones died my first week of work at my current job, and have used them pretty much all day every day since then. After 2.5 years, they have about had it. First the left ear started going out intermittently. Now, they shut themselves off randomly. It could be every hour or sometimes after 30 seconds. I just can’t hang with them.

I am moving up a tier in headphones (these ones were < $25) and going with the ones recommended by The Wirecutter, the Jabra Move wireless. I went with blue, because I don’t care what color they are and those were the cheapest.

The only bummer is that I completed my order about 25 minutes too late on Tuesday night so I won’t get them until tomorrow. As it happens, today is the day the Kinivos just became unusable. I’m hoping the fully over the ear cup of the Jabra headphones will help to serve as a noise suppressor when I travel or am in coffee shop type situations. Here’s hoping for the best. I’m counting on you, Wirecutter!

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Magazines are Dead

Posted on March 31, 2016
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Dear magazine I subscribed to only to keep air miles from expiring – no thanks, not renewing even for $1/year. #RecycledUnread

Truth bomb of the Day

Posted on March 29, 2016
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You can’t spell “diet” without “die”.

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Cannot Feel The Love

Posted on March 27, 2016
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I never saw The Lion King until recently. For a highly regarded movie, I don’t like it at all. Weak story, really lousy songs.

Easter Exchange

Posted on March 27, 2016
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While helping Punkin with the walkie-talkies that the Easter bunny brought her:

Punkin: “Thanks for that, doodle-oo!”
Me: “What did you call me?”
Punkin: “Doodle-oo. It means ‘coolest dad in the world’.”
Me: “Oh, ok then.”

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I’ll Tumblr For You

Posted on March 26, 2016
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I created a Tumblr account today. I didn’t particularly want a Tumblr account, but I needed one to ask Matt Fraction a question on his blog, which is a Tumblr. Since I’ve got one now, why not hook it to the POSSE setup and have this blog push to it (which is exactly the opposite of what Fraction and many others do; I’m my own dude.)

With any luck this will push over there, and then I will never think about the fact that I have a Tumblr again.

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Vote Brimp

Posted on March 25, 2016
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Hey @zdarsky I saw “VOTE TRUMP” written in the dirt on a truck and realized how easy it is to make that “DEVOTED BRIMPER”

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Baby Boomer Die Off

Posted on March 25, 2016
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I’ve seen some variation of the reaction to a celebrity death with “This is a horrible month/year/decade” probably 50 times in the last week. Buckle up, butter cups. This is barely the beginning, and expect this to accelerate dramatically for the next 20 to 30 years. The first wave of Baby Boomers are hitting 70. The death rate of celebrities and non-celebrities alike will accelerate as the bubble of people of dying age gets larger. All those musicians and actors you paid attention to between 1960 and 2000 are old, and all of them will die sooner or later. Welcome to sooner. This is the new normal.

PS – I still have yet to score a point in the Mad at Dad Musician Deathpool.

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Nice Try Hostgator Pt 2

Posted on March 24, 2016
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The best thing about @HostGator force shutting off my account is it made me move to @linode which I like WAAAY better.

Nice Try Hostgator

Posted on March 24, 2016
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So @HostGator wants me back as a customer. Unlike the Xmas they shut off all my sites for a week while spammers were DDOsing my blog

FYI

Posted on March 24, 2016
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Dear lady incensed you can’t return a thing you bought 15 months ago – this is standard policy on, you know, Earth

FYI

Posted on March 24, 2016
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Dear lady incensed you can’t return a thing you bought 15 months ago – this is standard policy on, you know, Earth

Dream Job Part 17

Posted on March 23, 2016
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Working until midnight? Check. On a thing that isn’t even really mine, just helping a coworker improve her examples in a course? Check. And conscripting a third coworker for a few hours of that to solve a technical hurdle I couldn’t get past? Check.

As Paulie Walnuts said in The Sopranos, “Welcome to the NFL.”

Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for March 19 2015 – Sick in the Lungs

Posted on March 19, 2016
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In this episode, I play a song from Man or Astroman?; I talk about making a living as a creative; I talk about the elitist hatred of podcasting since “anyone can do it”; I discuss Dr Thorne and Judd Apatow’s Sick in the Head and Pete the Cat.

Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, March 19 2016

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Bootleg Trollope

Posted on March 16, 2016
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I occasionally turn to the Darkweb when I look for something legitimately and find that it is not available anywhere. Such is the 1982 BBC / Masterpiece Theater production of Anthony Trollope’s The Warden and Barchester Towerst. I just finished Doctor Thorne, Book three in the series, and vaguely remember seeing Donald Pleasance in this when it was originally broadcast (and completely forgetting a young Alan Rickman was Obadiah Slope, the oily clergyman in the Stanhope camp.)

While I am sick and in search of comfort viewing, I sought this out. I had been watching the first few episodes of Monarch of the Glen as unchallenging material for slipping in an out of consciousness. What I didn’t realize until I looked this up is that Susan Hampsire, who plays Molly on MotG also plays Signora Neroni, the weirdo ingenue of Barchester Towers. I’m just suprised Hellen Mirren isn’t in it, since it was a British production from between 1975 and 2015. I thought she was required by law to be in them all.

And I didn’t realize until looking for the links for this post there is a brand spanking new production of Doctor Thorne, with Ian McShane as Sir Roger and Alison Brie as Miss Dunstable. Holy cow!

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It Smells Like Love

Posted on March 10, 2016
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Vicks Vaporub may be complete placebo, but when I smell it I feel like a little boy whose mommy loves him.

Drowsy

Posted on March 10, 2016
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Non drowsy cold medicine? F that! Give me the drowsiest shit you got!

Scene from an Airport Bar

Posted on March 8, 2016
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From the Phoenix airport :

Server: “Do you want another beer?”
Me: “I think one more might mean I’m too drunk to fly.”
Server: “You’re not flying the plane.”
Me: “I think that is a winning argument.”

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Flying the Dream

Posted on March 7, 2016
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OMG, do I really have a whole row to myself on this flight? Living the f-ing dream!

Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for March 3 2016 – Rating the Unrateable

Posted on March 3, 2016
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In this episode, I play a song from John Howie Jr and the Rosewood Bluff; I talk about the various sorts of things I mess up; how do people keep up with the various digital goods they have purchased? I wonder if I am clinically manic depressive; I talk about an ugly Facebook fight; why don’t I rate books I don’t like when I know the author?

Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, March 3 2016.

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