Wednesday, October 15, 2008

On some users

The (insert your favorite user here) Factor: a common phenomenon in technical support, in which a user (often petulantly) reports a problem, but claims to be too busy to troubleshoot the issue or to provide any meaningful information. These users enjoy being in the role of Victim: not only are they able to be the victim of computer problems, but they can also claim to suffer from IT harassment (for information) or IT neglect (because tech support cannot resolve the problem… the same problem about which they will give no information.) Common phrases include, “How long will this take? I don’t have time for this!” and terse emails (usually with upper management copied in) that simply say things like, “It still doesn’t work!!!” or “This is still a problem!!?”

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

More excellence from the Bozeman Chronicle Police Reports

From the previously recommended Bozeman Chronicle Police Reports:
10/02/2008: - At 6:28 p.m., a man wanted to know if it was legal for him to write profanities on his vehicle.
10/09/2008 - In order to get free burritos for a local restaurant, two men needed to get their picture taken with a Bozeman police officer. Police obliged.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Kookaburras postcard

Kookaburras - postcrossing
Originally uploaded by Alhazred

Another older postcard, sent to a postcrossing chum in Finland.
On back:
Kookaburras (Taronga Park),
Sydney, Australia

Here's a rather charming postal mail story

This Sunday Independent article shows the UK post office at its best, I think:
We may be living in the era of the email, but one young illustrator has proved that the art of correspondence is far from dead. While working for her degree at Glasgow School of Art Harriet Russell decided to find out exactly what lengths the men and women of the Royal Mail were willing to go to to ensure the safe delivery of her missives.
To put them to the test she concealed the addresses of 130 letters to herself in a series of increasingly complex puzzles and ciphers. Among the disguises she employed were dot-to-dot drawings, anagrams and cartoons. The answer, it seems, was very far indeed. Amazingly, only 10 failed to complete their journey back to her.

LSS tournament CP-2008-P-00025 - yeesh, that game didn't go well

A truly cringeworthy game on my part:
[Event "CP-2008-P-00025"]
[Site "LSS"]
[Date "2008.10.01"]
[Round "-"]
[White "Taylor, Mick"]
[Black "Stibal, George"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteELO "833"]
[BlackELO "1868"]
[EventDate "2008.10.01"]

1.e3 d5 2.Nf3 c5 3.d4 e6 4.Bd3 Nf6 5.c4
Nc6 6.Nbd2 dxc4 7.Nxc4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Nxd4
9.exd4 Qxd4 10.O-O Bd7 11.Be3 Qd5 12.Qb3
Bc6 13.Rad1 Qxg2# 0-1

Can be replayed in all its glory here:

Stuff I Collect - Militaria

Stuff I Collect - Militaria WW2 WWII First 1st Allied Airborne pin OPA ration token (1 blue) WW1 U.S. Shipyard Voluntee...