Saturday, January 13, 2007

Note to Brian:

Ok, time to walk W2 and me through this whole bittorrent thing. Can you suggest a client and places to find torrents?

Beep Just watched Statue of Liberty play -- HUGE balls Beep
Note to sci-fi geeks:

I must say, watching the Battlestar Galactica mini-series really gave me an updated perspective on the first two seasons.

Beep Need to watch season 3 Beep

Friday, January 12, 2007

Note to no one:

Sometimes I feel like taking a swim in the Genesee. Is that crazy?

Beep Beep.
Note to Matty Y, M.D. (a.k.a., The Veteran Affairs Hospital's Bi-atch):

Don't lie to us -- the Beep Beeps are what keep you going during the overnight "float."

Beep She winged that thing with EXTREME god damn prejudice Beep
Note to Liz:

At least your wild turkeys aren't the ones shown here:

South Park Wars

Yes, that's right. Turkeys are now battle droids. Btw, when I was looking for the link to the above trailer, I found a 12 minute animated short around the same concept. How much time do you have to have on your hands to make THAT thing happen.

Beep It's a trap! Beep
Note to the city folk:

Wild Turkeys are roaming around outside my office, again. This time, they're HUGE!

Beep ice, or no ice? beep
Note to Dr. Nick:

I may not be a trained medical professional, but I am pretty sure that hotpockets don't count as a healthy late night snack. Just saying.

Beep Beep.
Note to all:

Four words can sum up my newly-discovered secret to surviving night float at the VA hospital:

Hot Pocket Vending Machine

Beep I would've taken you all down at the Great American Weigh-In beep!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Note to Matty "CuppyCakes" Y:


Beep beep!
Note to Liz:

I too have had a hankerin' for a cupcake for a few days now. I'm told there's a place right in Coolidge Corner with fabulous ones, so I might have to track that down. I'll keep ya posted.

Beep Frosting! beep!
Note to Liz:

The reason your pending charge is $101 .00 is ... because it can be. Okay, maybe not. But the general idea is that gas stations, unlike most firms, create a pending charge for users BEFORE they offer their gas, instead of after. This is because of the nature of "pay at the pump" service -- basically they do not want someone to pay with a credit card that is either no longer active or has a $5 limit because the station owner (and not the actual gas company) eats the cost of any fraud or "drive-offs." Anyhow, when you insert your credit card before pumping gas, the gas station asks the card company (or interchange network... I can't remember which) to approve a "pending transaction" based on the fact that you want to purchase gas. Then, after you are done, the station's computer/card machine automatically re-contacts the card company with what the actual purchase amount is.

Now, there are two schools of thought on this. One is that the pending charge should be $1 -- just enough to make sure that the card is active -- or $100, an amount you are almost certain to be underneath. Now, I thought that to avoid inconvenience to cardholders (like you) most credit card companies were urging/requiring gas stations to use the $1 pending charge method. But apparently not yours. I am not sure, sadly, if it's your card (amex?) or your gas station that set $101 as the pending charge to use, but you could call AmEx and ask them. Also, you can try using other gas stations in the area and see if it continues to happen.

Beep Sorry for the long-winded explanation, but this is kinda sorta what I do for a living Beep
Note to the bakery:

Still want a cupcake. Actually forgot about it until I reread my original post.

Beep beep!
Note to all:

Can someone please explain to me why it is that every time I pay for gas using my credit card, it reflects a pending charge of $101? It's severely reducing my available credit and cramping my freewheeling, devil-may-care lifestyle.

Beep silly wabbit, gas doesn't cost more than fitty a tank beep!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Note to Pam:

Welcome to the dark side.

Beep Check out array functions! Beep
Note to anyone nearby:

I want a cupcake. It's getting kind of dire.

Beep beep!
Note to Self:

I'm so proud of you! You just made your very first VLOOKUP, anchored it with those dollar-sign thingies, and it worked perfectly. Tear...

Note to Self Pt. 2:

You are a giant nerd.

Beep At least Sky will understand this... Beep
Note to Matt:

I knew you'd post that.

Beep I'm talking about mindreading not on a plane! Beep
Note to Sam Jackson,

Who let these motherfuckin' scorpions on my motherfuckin' plane??

Beep I'm talking about scoprions on a plane! beep!
Note to all:

I am on hold. At least, I think I'm on hold. They said it in Russian, so they could have been cursing at me for all I know. Their hold music is a synth version of Bridge Over Troubled Water, on a continuous loop, skipping at least the first stanza.

Beep Woohoo, globalization! beep
Note to Brian, Liz, and Sky:

My turn to weigh in on Football players and steroids. Part of it, in my mind, is that each sport has it's own media-fueled (decided?) lines that should not be crosses. For baseball, steroids is the number one issue (some would say witch hunt). In basketball, it's fighting. Which is interesting, of course, because everyone loves a good baseball brawl (even the commish -- though he feels he has to suspend people), and in hockey fighting won't even get you booted from the game. For football, the main taboo is quitting on your team (i.e., giving unsatisfactory effort) and throwing your teammates under the bus (beep beep!). I personally think that ESPN and everybody else should be shunning Shawne Marrion as the lying, cheating, bad person he is. And NO WAY should he be allowed in the pro-bowl. But instead, they like to go after "club house cancer" Terrel Owens, because that is the bone that the sports media -- or maybe America as a whole -- has chosen to pick with football players.

Is this fair? No, not at all. But then again, life isn't fair. Anyhow, I agree with Sky that most of the NFL is probably on HGH, and if we figure out how to test for it, the league is done for. As for "the rules" seeing as I like a good baseball brawl as much as the next guy, I hope the "no fighting in pro-sports" mindset doesn't become too ingrained. So yeah, those are my thoughts.

B33P B33P

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Note to Brian and Liz:

I'll throw this out about the difference in perception of football and baseball steroid users... Because there wasn't steroid testing for so long in baseball, a large number of players started using, then were all caught at once. That created the image of a conspiracy, also fueled by the BALCO scandal. When baseball players are caught, we assume they're part of some larger plot, making it more offensive. Football players are assumed to "work alone".

I'm most amused when we accuse big baseball players of "obviously" using steroids, but don't have a problem with the disgustingly built bodies of football players. Finally, my guess is that football players would benefit a lot more from steroids -- increased strength and decreased length of recovery are huge. Stupid Americans.

For more socio-sport commentary check out Easterbrook's column.

Beep karaoke night Beep
Note to the doubters of Colgate Raiders Football:

Here's the stats line for Jamaal Branch, 2003 Walter Payton award winner --

Check ME Out

Now, ignoring the fact that he was only active for 2 games this season, and that since he graduated in 2004 I have no idea what he's been doing between graduation and week 16 of this season, scoring a TD on a pass out of the back field for the 2nd best team in the conference ain't too shabby! Anyhow, I know Brian is probably amused by this, and the rest of you are confused as hell.

Beep Is it wrong to hope that everyone else on the depth chart at RB breaks their leg in practice next training camp?? Beep
Note to those what can read:

This subject line appeared in my inbox today: "DealBook: Gap Said to Explore Selling Itself"

And it was from . . . The NY Times! Oh good! I thought Maxim was headhunting me for a position as the token female writer.

Beep Silly me, Maxim would have used "experiment with" or "delve into" beep!
Note to Brian:

This place East Coast Grill in Cambridge isn't exclusively BBQ, but their BBQ stuff is pretty tasty. What I'm particularly looking forward to is their "Hell Night". When I was there, we had some wings which were rated as 3 "bombs" of spiciness and, lemme tell you, they were quite spicy! Apparently on Hell Night, the mildest thing is 3 bombs and it goes up to 7.

Beep Workin' the overnight shift at the VA... beep!

Monday, January 08, 2007

Note to Brian:

We've been to a decent place near our apartment, and I've heard good things about this place:

Beep Beep
Note to Brian:

I don't know about BBQ, but I DO know it doesn't smell like ass today.

Beep beep
Note to all:

Uh oh...Happy learned how to add html links!

Beep Luddite quotient decreasing Beep
Note To Men Who are Sports Fans and Gaming Gurus!:

(This is an email I received from my company this morning. Verbatim. Men, do your patriotic duty.)

Men, we need your help. We are interested in your opinions about sports and games. If you are a sports fan or gaming guru, please take a few minutes to respond to the survey by clicking on the link below.

Please forward this email on to your family and friends who might also be sports fans or gaming gurus and willing to complete this survey.

Beep The Digitas Customer Research Team thanks you for your participation! Beep

Note to nouveau Bostonians:

I know your city has trees, train service that could use some improvement, and impossible to buy baseball tickets. Does it have any real bbq joints?

Beep Beep.
Note to Sky:

See Brian's post.

Note to Brian:

Yup, that's exactly what I meant. Lots of action on the BeepBeep this weekend while I wasn't checking!

Beep my mom and my sister beep

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Note to no one in particular:

Why is it that Mark McGwire never leaves his gated community and Rafael Palmeiro has disappeared, but Shawne Merriman is giving interviews to fawning ex QBs during halftime?

Beep Beep.
Note to Sky:

I thought you made this blog access-restricted to just our little bunch? Not true? If not, perhaps I should go back and put some "555's" in those numbers. On the other hand, I don't get many calls, it might be nice to feel more popular.

Beep Beep