Category Archives: Random

Years later

I think I was an intense gamer as a child. When I had free time, I loved my Gameboy, Nintendo and Super Nintendo. My fingers got really sore from hours of playing Street Fighter 2.

If I was at my godparents’ house, I’ll admit to being fidgety while my godfather watched a documentary or NFL game. (Please, just a few levels of Super Mario Bros 3. I have a Game Genie, so it’ll be quick.)

I was a tad annoyed with assignments in high school that required me to watch—or listen to—a news program, as the material would be discussed the following day in class.

Today, I don’t want a gaming system. I love podcasts, documentaries, and long form articles/posts. Crazy.

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The inner perfectionist needs to be punched on occasion

I’m not posting [words and photos] as often as I should, and the blame goes to my inner perfectionist.

While I’d like to think I have plenty to say and share, my fear is to sound mediocre.

Fortunately, your encouragement (in the form of visits, comments, referrals) keeps me motivated. Thanks!

I have about twenty drafts that need additional thought. I’ll look into those.

I'd prefer to opt in, thanks

Why did you add me to your email newsletter without my permission? (Strike 1.) Where’s the unsubscribe link? (Strike 2.) Why did you paste everybody’s email address in the To field? BCC Please. (Strike 3.)

Please read “Stop adding me to your email newsletter” by Chris Brogan.

When you’re done, setup an account with MailChimp. Then, you’ll have a legitimate email newsletter with a subscribe form for your website, an unsubscribe link in your emails, and keep your recipients’ email addresses safe.

Don't fear USPS First Class or Parcel Post

I returned a pair of shoes to 6pm.com a few days ago. It hurt because of the return shipping cost, but at least they’re not sitting at home, unused.

I opted for USPS Parcel Post ($11.57) for the 3 pound, 15 ounce box, along with Delivery Confirmation for $0.80. The website estimated its arrival in 7 days.

Here are the tracking results:

  • Acceptance, April 07, 2010, 2:29 pm, TEMPLE CITY, CA 91780
  • Arrival at Unit, April 09, 2010, 8:51 am, SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY 40165
  • Delivered, April 09, 2010, 9:15 am, SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY 40165

It traveled 2,100 miles and arrived at its destination in 1 day, 18 hours, and 46 minutes.

In comparison, USPS Priority Mail would’ve been $15.30, or $3.73 more than Parcel Post.

My point? If you’re mailing something that isn’t time sensitive, you don’t need USPS Priority Mail.

Side note: USPS offers free Priority Mail supplies. But, is the difference saved – when using First Class Mail or Parcel Post – negated when buying your own supplies? I suppose you would save money if you’re reusing boxes. Keep that in mind.

AT&T broadband price increase?

I read my AT&T bill for the February 2010 and got freaked out:

PRICE CHANGE NOTICE

Attention AT&T High Speed Internet Members: Starting with your March 2010 bill, the monthly rate for your AT&T High Speed Internet Express, Pro or Elite plan will increase $3 (or $3.01) per month. For details and rate information for your specific plan, please go to http://support.att.com/dslupdate or call 1.866.417.6819.

(My emphasis added in bold.)

I have the Pro service for $30/month. So, twelve months from when it starts increasing, it’ll be $66?!

The text is unbelievable. Someone please clarify.

Related: FCC Commissioner Calls For Examination Of Broadband Price Hikes (MediaPost, March 10, 2010)

Almost broke my LG Dare

This morning, I accidentally dropped my LG Dare cell phone from about five feet high. It seemed to work fine.

Later that afternoon, I tried to take a photo. “Camera start error.” What?!

Fortunately, a search at HowardForums brought me to this thread. Applying pressure around the lens area fixed the problem. (I didn’t hear any snaps or pops, but I’ll take it.)