January 5th, 2008

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Dust Rhinoceros

Today has been computer day. I spent a huge chunk of it fiddling with it to very mixed results. It all started last night when I ran across a posting that audible was offering one free audiobook if you signed up for a free trial. What I didn't take into consideration is the fact that in order to keep people from pirating their crap, there are an incredible number of hoops to jump through. First and foremost, they have their own propriatory file extension which can only be played through a program you have to download from them. The files should also be uploadable to MP3 players, but I ran into repeated issues with my Creative Zen Xtra. I spent forever changing firmware and drivers and all sorts of other crap, at one point almost disabling the device permanantly and having to connect it to the downstairs computer to get it repaired. In the end, it was still all for naught. I just can't get the damn thing to recognize the player and port the file over. It did however offer me the option to burn the file to 9 audio cd's. Better than nothing right? Oh, did I forget to mention that during my spring cleaning of a couple of days ago I threw out an entire case of sealed and new cd-r's thinking I'd never have a use for them? I now have zilch left. I have no clue what to do about the whole thing now, but I'm thinking of just throwing in the towel and calling audible to bitch and cancel the free trial.

After the rigamarole with mp3 player, I decided to try to burn some dvd's to clear and backup my harddrive. Even after restarting the computer and stopping every single program I could find, I still burned a coaster for every dvd-r that survived. It also took around 20 minutes a go, regardless of whether it worked or not. I have no clue why it does this but my guess is that it's a lack of ram issue. It can't help that my dvd writer is an ancient piece of shit either.

To address the ram issue, I decided to actually open up the computer and take a look at the innerds to see what sort of ram slots I had avaliable. You would not believe the size of the dust balls all around the computer. All the air intake holes in the back were covered up with crap and the inside had a truly remarkable coating. I looked around but couldn't find anything even close to a can of compressed air. At that point, I came up with the pisspoor idea of just taking a deep breath, closing my eyes and blowing as hard as I could repeatedly into the case. I think I might now be dying of a severe case of coal miner's lung. Not that I could see with my eyes tightly shut, but I imagine the mushroom cloud of dust must've reached the ceiling based on the extended coughing fit I went through after taking a breath. My nose ran constantly for half a hour afterwards. All in all, it was mission accomplished though. I got the info I needed and with some help from Randy was able to identify the type of ram I should buy. After dropping $110 on newegg, I have 2 gigs of ram coming my way and I'm hoping that it fixes some of the issues I've had. If nothing else, I'm hoping it allows me to burn dvd-r's without making endless numbers of coasters.
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Who's an anime freak?

Alright, I need an anime or manga freak to step forward. One of you people who learned japanese just so you can read comics and watch cartoons without the need for subtitles or dubbing. I know there must be someone out there who qualifies and you have a chance to be useful.

I went and ordered a screen protector for my PSP from overseas and it arrived today. I just opened it up and there are no English directions. I have no idea what to do with the thing and I'm afraid to just go with trial and error. The images seem a little ambiguous to me. Are there actually 3 layers to this whozit? There are surely sticky surfaces involved and I'm sure that it'll fuck up if you muck with it overly much. So I'm hoping that one of you out there can take a look at some photos of the instructions and translate for me.

So someone cough it up. What am I supposed to do? Note: Practical jokes in translation will not be appreciated or considered humorous. I do not have to go and order another one of these if I can help it.
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You been here four hour!

'Hearty eater' says buffet banned him

HOUMA, La. - A 6-foot-3, 265-pound man says a restaurant overcharged him for his trips to the buffet line, then banned him and a relative because they're hearty eaters. A spokesman for the restaurant denies the claim.

Ricky Labit, a disabled offshore worker, said he had been a regular for eight months at the Manchuria Restaurant in Houma, eating there as often as three times a week.

On his most recent visit, he said, a waitress gave him and his wife's cousin, 44-year-old Michael Borrelli, a bill for $46.40, roughly double the buffet price for two adults.

"She says, 'Y'all fat, and y'all eat too much,'" Labit said.

Labit and Borrelli said they felt discriminated against because of their size. "I was stunned, that somebody would say something like that. I ain't that fat, I only weigh 277," Borrelli said, adding that a waitress told him he looked like he a had a "baby in the belly."

Houma accountant Thomas Campo said the men were charged an extra $10 each on Dec. 21 because they made a habit of dining exclusively on the more expensive seafood dishes, including crab legs and frog legs.

"We have a lot of big people there," said Campo, who spoke for owner Li Shang, whose English is limited. "We don't discriminate."

Labit denied ever being told he would be asked to pay more than the standard adult price.

The argument grew heated, and police were called.

The police report states, "The incident was settled when the management advised that the bill was a mistake and, to appease Ricky, the meal was complimentary."

Labit said he insisted on paying but was told not to come back. He complained that when seafood on the buffet line runs out, the restaurant only grudgingly cooks more.

Campo said the proprietress tries to reduce waste of quality food, he said.

"Food is for eating, not toys for your child," reads a sign posted on a wall in typewritten text. A handwritten addition reads "Or 20% added."

I'm thinking this must be bullshit. A waitress in a chinese buffet resturant with a southern accent? I'm calling shenanigans. We all know that no such individual exists anywhere in the world. That's where this guy went wrong in inventing or fleshing out his story for the news media. If he had instead said the waitress came over and told him 'You, you too fat. No eat shrimp. You eat broccorri.', that would have had the ring of authenticity.

You can't have a family that has run such resturants for over 20 years and not have accumilated quite a few shitty customer stories. I think the best was the guy who actually left the table after eating and went out to powerwalk around the building for 15 minutes and then came back, claiming he was trying to work up more appetite. Whackiness.