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Book Cover Meme September 7, 2007

Posted by caveblogem in Books, memes, Other.
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I got this from strugglingwriter, although Cavan, the originator of this meme is also on my subscriber list, so I would have seen it there.  Anyway, the rules to Cavan’s  A Book Meme are pretty simple. Here is a direct quote directly from his site:

Go to the advanced book search on Amazon, type your first name into the Title field, and post the most interesting/amusing cover that shows up.

I couldn’t decide which book picture to post, so I’m putting up both.

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I get the lego thing, but is that pig supposed to represent Danish Ham? 

Am I supposed to tag people with this, Cavan?  These things won’t go viral on their own.  I know, I’ll tag some book bloggers. I tag Kimbooktu and The Abused Book Liberation Project, oh, and The Superfast Reader.

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New Cell Phone September 6, 2007

Posted by caveblogem in Other, Verizon.
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When I was staying with my Mum and Dad in California we played golf.  It was a beautiful day, but by the time we finished it got really hot.  I was trying to call the office that day because I had a couple of things that needed to be done, despite the fact that I was technically on vacation.  So I put my cellphone in my swimming shorts and went to watch my son play in the pool.  Eventually, of course, he convinced me to go in the water.  So, three-week-old phone, completely kaput.

Since my cellphone is also my only camera, I wanted a replacement.  And I didn’t want to wait, because we were going to all sorts of cool places, leaving the next day.  I figured that since I had to buy a new phone anyway, I might as well get the one I wanted.  So I got one of these:

Casio G’zOne Type-V Cell Phone

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There are a lot of things I love about it.  It’s shock-resistant and water resistant.  It has a cool, odd, steampunk sort of look to it.  It is big, and easy to hold without accidentally pushing buttons best left unpushed.  It isn’t as shiny as other phones, has a sort of matte finish on the parts that you touch, so it doesn’t look greasy all the time.  It has some sort of hardware or software glitch, too, the result of which is that about half of the time people call me I only get word after the fact.  I could be staring at the phone and suddenly it will say I missed a call.  I particularly love this feature–I can avoid so many unwanted, inconvenient conversations.

One of the things that drove me a little nuts about it, though, is the fact that Verizon and Casio claim that it takes 2.0 megapixel pictures.  I say claim  because I am unable to verify it.  There is a setting on the phone for taking such pictures, but there is no way to download them afterward (no cable) and the phone won’t send it over the Verizon network (Verizon apparently only lets you send files smaller than 370k.)  So I wonder why they didn’t just claim to take 20 megapixel pictures, or 100, for that matter. You certainly would never be able to prove them wrong.

I went to the Verizon store in South Nashua, New Hampshire yesterday, to inquire into some other problems with my account, etc., which might be too complicated to describe adequately for the purposes of this blog (I say this because it took a considerable amount of time to explain it to their presumably trained staff.)  The people there, including both managers, the technical staff, and others (I talked to six different people) were so uniformly and monolithically (paleolithically?) unhelpful that I thought I’d make a special note of it here.  The little visit ended without accomplishing anything except the cancellation of part of my service contract, but with the suggestion, on the part of the manager, that I purchase a cable that some company has now come out with to download pictures from these things.  “It’s only $29.00,” she told me (and another guy that was there looking into the same problem), so that should solve the problem.” 

Depends how you define the problem, I guess.  The phone has only two ports.  One is for the headphone, the other for recharging.  I didn’t ask them where to stick the cable.  They can stick it themselves.

Creative Blogger Award September 5, 2007

Posted by caveblogem in blogging, blogs, Blogs and Blogging, memes, Other, Wordpress.
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A few weeks ago, when I was feeling particularly despondent about this blog, MoonTopples tagged me with the award below.

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It is always nice to receive such honors, even in that garish pink color.  So thank you Mr. Topples.  I have opened up a widget on my sidebar for this and other awards. 

The Creative Blogger Award is

For those who bring unique and creative elements to their blogs. For those who incorporate art, music, creative writing, photo’s, and other beautiful visual effects into their website. For those who put a unique spin on things and come up with new ideas. This award is for the artsy, the funky, the inventor, and even the rebel. This award is for those creative individuals who stand out from the crowd.

I am supposed to pick five people to which I then award this thing.  I’ll get to that in the coming week, I think, because last night, WordPress fixed the technical issues I was having.  I can now comment on other WordPress sites without being placed into the spam queue. 

I never realized how much of this blogging thing was contingent upon the interactions with other bloggers.  I suspected it, but until I was shut out of that world I just didn’t realize the full extent.  Hope this never happens to any of you, this Web 2.0 Shunning, dear blogger.