Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Couple Funny Photos (with Edits)

I was browsing some shareapic galleries today and found a couple pictures I thought everyone could enjoy.

Youtube Generation - PLAYer The Pussycat Dolls, PCD Members, Funny Chunky Monkey Expression ICANHAZIPOD, PLZ!? Portable Radio in Third World Country
As always, click to see the larger versions!

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Giveaways are GOOD

Two very different ideas spawned two giveaway sites with only a few minor differences in their website names.

1) Giveaway-A-Day
    "Giving Away 1 Prize A Day, 365 Days A Year!"
GiveawayADay - A prize per day, 365 days per year!

I've won three times (Fandango Bucks, Chevron GC, Amazon GC) and although there was a shipping error on the second one, it was resolved amazingly fast via email. Their customer support is out of this world (in a good way - not literally!). I don't know how they can give away so much free money, but I love it!

2) Giveaway-of-the-Day
    "Free Licensed Software Daily!"
Giveaway of the Day

They make deals with software companies to give everyone free copies of programs you'd normally have to pay for! Everything from screensavers to file converters to image editors to CD/DVD burning progs to random stuff like police sketch software or biometrics analyzers. They also have a "Game Giveaway of the Day!"

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Friday, November 21, 2008

There Just Aren't Any Good Jokes Left Out There!

You might be saying that very thing if you don't know where to look, but now the University of California Berkeley will bring the funny to you... via Jester.
Rate a few simple jokes and Jester will begin pumping A+, Class A, Number 1 humor through your internet connection, straight onto your screen.

Here's an example of something it spat at me:

A couple of hunters are out in the woods in the deep south when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn't seem to be breathing, and his eyes are rolled back in his head.

The other guy whips out his cell phone and calls 911. He gasps to the operator, "My friend is dead! What can I do?"

The operator, in a calm and soothing voice, says, "Alright, take it easy. I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead."

There is silence, and then a gun shot is heard.

The hunter comes back on the line. "Okay. Now what??"

Pretty funny in my opinion, as it very well should be, since UC Berkeley scientists have completed several versions of Elegentaste, the engine running the Jester joke recommendation server.

Enjoy your new found happy days, laughing all the way, to the next joke!

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Never Choke in a Restaurant in the South!

...or do, it's up to you!

Via Email:

Two hillbillies walk into a bar. While having a shot of whiskey, they talk about their moonshine operation.

Suddenly, a woman at a nearby table, who is eating a sandwich, begins to cough. And, after a minute or so, it becomes apparent that she is in real distress. One of the hillbillies looks at her and says, 'Kin ya swallar?'

The woman shakes her head no.

Then he asks, 'Kin ya breathe?'

The woman begins to turn blue and shakes her head no.

The hillbilly walks over to the woman, lifts up her dress, yanks down her drawers and quickly gives her right butt cheek a lick with his tongue. The woman is so shocked that she has a violent spasm and the obstruction flies out of her mouth. As she begins to breathe again, the Hillbilly walks slowly back to the bar.

His partner says, 'Ya know, I'd heerd of that there 'Hind Lick Maneuver' but I ain't niver seed nobody do it!'

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Is Gexa Energy Price Gouging?

*** Update ***

The first of this month (April 2009) my roommate received a letter from Gexa informing him that their web security was compromised and that his information was made available to whoever hacked in. I'm assuming they tracked someone down who they suspect initiated the breach, because they continued that they were currently in the process of indicting the party responsible...

I long ago warned him about how shoddy that company is, so all I can say now is "I told you so."

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And if so, who do I contact?

**WARNING** - This is a particularly lengthy rant, so I'll summarize with bullet points at the end, in case you're not in a reading mood right now. That way, you can come back and catch up on all the mushy details some other time.

So it begins...

I've never been real happy with our electric provider, but recently things have gotten out of hand. I'm renting the spare room of a condo from a friend, so all the bills are in his name. He's been with Gexa Energy for his electric provider since he moved in, and possibly before that (he seems pretty loyal, even though the company has been bending us over, the last couple of months).

Which leads me to this scenario, and why I believe Gexa might be gouging:

When I had electricity in my own name in the past, I never saw more than a cent raise in "per kilowatt hour" charges over the span of any single billing period (possibly in the summer when the Texas heat is unbearable without air conditioning, so at least it would be an understandable increase), but the last three billing periods with Gexa Electric have shown an average 2 cents per billing period rise to the current 21.something cents per KWH!

Besides not wanting to pay an extra $100 a month for electricity, the falling gas prices got me to thinking that maybe something isn't right with this electrical price spike that's been occurring.

Three months ago (after the first few cent increases), I sent my roommate a link to http://powertochoose.org so that he could find a cheaper electricity provider, Texas is deregulated after all, and no one should pay more than they have to for electric services. He brushed it off saying he didn't see any companies with prices cheaper than what he was paying, or they weren't fixed/guaranteed prices, blah blah blah, etc... etc...; even though I specifically saw prices that were 4 cents/KWH cheaper than what we were paying at the time, I figured he didn't want to switch because of the hassle and possible fees related, so I understood and didn't press the issue.

Recently I did a quick search to figure out if there were potential coal sourcing issues (maybe somalian pirate ship hijacking concerns), causing the facilities burning it all, to need a couple extra hundred million dollars every month (21c/KWH x 2000 KWH/residence x minimum of 1 million customers), however, I found (not suprisingly) that the price of most American-based coal commodities has actually decreased over the last few months. Add to that, the recently reported 1 percent drop in consumer prices over the last month, and this skyrocketing electric cost just doesn't add up!!

I finally confronted the roommate again two nights ago and discussed switching providers again. I then followed up by sending him a link to http://houstonconsumerchoice.com (I couldn't remember the link I'd sent him previously and only discovered it after I perused my IM message archive), showing him specifically where to click to sign up for service with a fixed rate of 13.9 c/KWH, which is even derived from GREEN/RENEWABLE energy sources (typically a higher rate but better for the environment and green/renewable research & development). A 30% savings every month, fixed for a year, AND good for the planet!?!? I was flabbergasted!

And then it gets crazy. Instead of switching providers (showing that no-good-for-nothing gouging company that you're upset about how much you've been padding their executives' pockets), through some chain of events, my roommate has now signed up for a renewable resource plan from GEXA (to be furthermore known as the gouging devil incarnate), for 13 c/KWH!!

Any company which charges a steadily increasing rate of 30% over what they offer on a standard fixed-rate package (from what I understand, this is not a special deal of any sort), blows a red flag right into the stratosphere and screams price rape, in my humble opinion anyway (you can make your own decision).

In summary:
* Gexa has raised its c/KWH rate over 4 cents in the last two months (approx 1 c/month prior)
* Coal prices have actually decreased in recent months (coal being the number 1 energy source for electric plants)
* Gexa has fixed-rate plans offering prices 30% lower (not special introductory rates)
* Price gouging (to my understanding) is offering a service at a much inflated rate, when you can (and DO) obviously offer the same service for a much cheaper (reasonable and fair) price

So please, if you read all that, and you think the same way I do, AND you have a viable solution involving a way to punish Gexa and possibly get credited back some of the over-payments, I'd really love to hear from you!

Thanks, and happy hump day!

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Monday, November 17, 2008

I Don't Really Know What The Point Is...

...but it appears USA has never lost, and I intend to keep it that way! One click per IP per 3 hour time period. Vote for your country! It's completely free and no registration is needed.

So click on over there, show your American spirit, your national pride, and your red white and blue blood! Chant with me while you click: USA USA USA USA USA USA...!

Hope your week is off to a great start!

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Naughty and Nice Christmas Spice!

Triple Red Trouble
Ready to Box...Up Your Presents
Cowgirl Claus
Marilyn Monroe Elf?
Janine the Green Elf
BBWW Non-Lean Green Lovin' Machine!
A Beauty In White
Lost in Purple Land, Looking for Your Guiding Hand
Polar Blue Ice Breaking Stare
Comfy Pants, Shoe Close Up
Black Background Mrs. Santa Pose
Snowman Woman, Tight White, Coal Buttons
(click any image for the larger version)

As the old song goes: "It's the most wonderful time of the year!" Just with this small collection of pictures, you can finally see why.

Now if you're so inclined, you could also click on them to see the larger images of these Mrs. Claus, Santa's Helper, and Hot Elf beauties. While you're checking out the bigger versions, you will be able to lay your eyes on the rest of the gallery, full of smokin' outfits for your daydreaming pleasure. So much for Thanksgiving eh!?

Happy Holidays!

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