Rachel Maddow gets a little preachy but on the other hand, it is somewhat deserved. Hard to believe that 31 years ago, Transocean was responsible for the the same thing they are dealing with now.
I’m not usually one to jump onboard with Internet viral videos, but this Greyson Chance kid has talent. It’s worth watching these two clips, if you are one of the few people who hasn’t already seen them. Here’s a link to him performing an original song on Ellen yesterday and below is a clip I was able to embed:
So far Windows7 has been treating me fine. But I need to connect to a VPN system that isn’t compatible with Windows7 64-bit yet. So it was suggested that I try the XP Virtual PC. Good idea, I thought and free from Microsoft, so I’ll give it a try.
To start things off, you have to answer the questions about platform and OS, etc.. Then you get a download page with three buttons and you need to download all 3 pieces – clumsy, and one of the pieces is 500 Meg. Hmm… strange, but I’ll give it a little more leeway. So clicking on the first thing to download tells me it is going to check for Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA). Whatever, I thought. So the web page overlay fails and it dumps me to a secondary web page where it says it will check. That page fails too with a cryptic error message saying a system error was encountered. I then found a page where I was able to ask Microsoft to check my system to make sure WGA could run and it passed all the checks. So at this point, the WGA check is failing on my new Dell laptop that came with Win7.
But I haven’t even gotten to the stupidest part yet. So I decided that I would need support and therefore I clicked on the WGA e-mail support link. This is the reply I got from Microsoft:
From: Microsot Care Team [email@example.com]
Thank you for contacting Microsoft Genuine Advantage.
Sounds like more of a technical issue please contact the Genuine Advantage for diagnosis and they will then be able to get you over to technical support if needed.
Genuine Advantage 1-866-530-6599 24/7
Jordan Microsoft Online Support
Not only is the message useless and cryptic but did you catch the “From”? Microsoft is spelled wrong. The name of the corporation itself. How sad is that?
John Paul II seemed well on his way to sainthood but there may be a snag. Apparently, one of the criteria for sainthood is that there must have been a miracle and the one in JP2’s dossier regarded a nun who JP2 cured of Parkinson’s desease. Not only is it ironic that the miracle he supposedly performed was to rid a nun of the very same desease that would take him down, but now there is some question as to whether or not the nun ever had Parkinson’s.
My immediate thought: how much easier it must have been to become a saint 500 or 750 years ago. If JP2 was going for it then, the sainthood application would have sounded something like “nun had shakes, prayed to JP2, shakes gone, therefore saint” and that would have been it. But now, they know exactly what desease the nun was assumed to have had and they will now be able to scientifically test to determine if she actually had it. For anyone up for sainthood these days, miracles are going to be a lot tougher to claim with science on hand to demystify.
Everyone in the Boston area knows about Ace Ticket, the local ticket reseller known for having tickets to everything and charging insane premiums for those tickets. And everyone in the country knows about Ticketmaster, the nationwide ticket selling monopoly who imposes absurd service charges on tickets while providing less service than a local service-charge-free box office does. So what’s not to love about a feud between Ticketmaster and Ace Ticket!!?
Here is a video showing 8-year-old hockey player Oliver Wahlstrom’s amazing spin move on goal. I think it was a little bit of a showboating opportunity for him considering that he knew he was going to be on TV. But still, seeing this kind of puck control from an 8-year-old is unreal. Wahlstrom shoots a few times but it his shot that starts at 1:26 that prompted this post.
Funny if you don’t know The Office, hilarious if you do. (This is part 3 – parts 1 and 2 weren’t nearly as funny but if you want the setup, they are on nbc.com.)
I don’t know when this started, but in the non-satellite-image view on Google Maps, you can now see individual property lines for some cities and towns. It could be that some towns have always had them and just finally got around to my town but it is still impressive to see. Even more impressive that the lines appear correctly, considering that our lot lines are pretty strange due to the nearby town line. And the lots on the other side of the town line are correct too with just a slight discrepancy in a few places where there’s a sliver of land that appears to belong to neither town. I wish the borders to the cities and towns were visible (beyond looking for continuous lines through the property lines!). Now that property borders are visible, it would seem that the city/town borders would be a no-brainer. I wonder if there’s a reason Google Maps don’t show that yet.
Google also now includes periodic street numbering on the streets and the numbers for mine are off – but we’ve known for a while because when you ask for our address, Google Maps puts it a few houses away. I’m also interested to know if that’s correctable. After all, the number is wrong on every map system and navigation system I’ve tried. It almost seems like it would be easier to renumber the houses at this point!