Archive for May, 2010

Marketers are pricks, I have proof.

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Back when I was a kid, every year we’d have school photos taken.  Nothing new, right?  The school would take a basic photo, and if the parents opted to – they could pay for fancy backgrounds, and various photo packages.  It was simple, it was easy, it was fair.  This practice hasn’t changed, however…

Now, later in the year, they take another batch of photographs, this time a little more artsy, outdoors, professional GOOD photos of the kid posing by a tree or something similar with a big smile on their face.

Then they send a packet home full of these photos, keychains, etc, with each child.

“If you want to keep them, pay us.”

My friends, while it works – I find that practice to be absolute bullshit.

It’s one thing to tell parents in advance, like normal photo day, that pictures will be taken, and again give them the option to buy a package.  It’s something else entirely to pull this sort of crap and extort cash from parents, especially after using the kids as marketing tools.

Working on a new recipe this morning…

Monday, May 31st, 2010

GF Caramel Yellow Blondie layer cake.  Top layer is yellow cake, bottom layer is blondie, between the layers is caramel glaze as well as over the top.  In my head I think it will work… LOL

Add another PS2 to the ‘sold’ list.

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Needed something that’d both allow me to get my TV and Xbox back, as well as provide leverage for discipline for the kids…  So I picked up a used PS2 at Gamestop, a copy of Lego Batman and Lego Star Wars, and set it up in my kids room.  With this new toy is a massive BOOST in the hand-eye coordination, reading comprehension, and FUN factor in their lives, but also I believe it will be a great way to keep them in line, and also put a stopper in the boredom that can come from rainy days stuck inside…

That, and those LEGO games are addictive, so I’ll probably be playing when they’re asleep anyhow. 😉

Oy

Monday, May 31st, 2010

I really gotta wonder what is in the back of some peoples heads when they’re tailgating a motorcycle.  I’m coming home last night from running some errands, it’s hot, and muggy out, my facemask is coated with mosquito shrapnel, and this jackass in a Toyota is on my ass from the moment I hit the 30 zone in Warwick.  I proceed to let off the gas until I’m doing 15 mph, as he is so far right as to pass me at the first available opportunity ON THE RIGHT.  So I speed up to 30mph, he backs off for 2 seconds, and again is on my ass.  So we get up to the traffic light between Main and Kings, it’s red, so I stop, look, and flip him off.  I see this grand-baby boomer yuppie prick flipping me off right back and flailing all over the place.  Seriously, I don’t get people sometimes.

Busy, but fun, day. :)

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Got the wedding registration thing out of the way yesterday, woke up this morning at 5am to go fishing, spent a few hours at Glenmere lake in Florida, then a few more hours on the Wallkill river off of Oil City Rd.  Only managed to land a single smallmouth Bass but the weather was absolutely perfect and I”m currently reminded as to the importance of SUNSCREEN (agh).  Went out on the bike for a bit to run some errands, and now I’m parked on the couch in the A/C, watching Star Wars and just kicking back…. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh

Tips for dealing with the ADMIN.

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

First, if you’re doing your job, I”m not looking over your shoulder.  I’m simply walking past, most likely to deal with someone who is NOT doing their job…

Like the person playing video games, tweeting, and running meebo through https to defeat my firewall block.

Oh wait… I can block all of that?

Guess I’m not looking over your shoulder anymore either.

Last, but certainly not least, if an external customer pisses you off, don’t copy and paste the content of their email and part of their address to your blog, that’s just stupid.

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Caught this snippit off of Consumerist… essentially pointing out that the only difference between actual advil, and generic ibuprofen… is price.

I must disagree.  I prefer Advil because it tastes better.

That’s right, I said it, the main reason I prefer Advil to the CVS brand is because of the tasty candy shell.

What I really want to know is how Excedrin can get way with selling a product focusing on migraine relief that is exactly the same as plain old ordinary Excedrin… what’s the point?

My hobby…

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

My hobby for the past year or so has been baking… if I had it my way, it would be my job. I’ve got a website dedicated to it called tothecakes.com which I haven’t done much with since I first got it running since once the holidays passed, so did a majority of my business.  My area of expertise?  Creating gluten, lactose, and soy free desserts that can not be distinguished from their normal counterparts.

Tonight for the Christ Church pot luck dinner, I made a chocolate brownie cake with a hit of orange essence that had a frosting I threw together from scratch which tasted just like an orange creamsickle.  It got devoured. 🙂

Hopefully once things slow down a bit in my life, I plan to dedicate more time and effort into the baking business, but for now I’ll settle for the satisfied looks I get from people who try my confections. 🙂

Sarcasm?

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Sarcasm is an art. Used sparingly, it is funny and witty. If you use it with every breath, you will sound like a petulant child and should be BEATEN SEVERELY!

Slowly getting up to speed here…

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

I still need to export all of my attachments from the old server to this system, as well as finish moving all the links from my blogroll over. Lastly – I want to get that theme I was using copied over, I can’t recall the name but I’m hoping I can get that done this evening after work.

Riding in today, somehow an ant found its way into my helmet (rather disconcerting since it was hanging on my bedroom door previously), so all of a sudden I’m seeing this creature the size of a runaway Toyota popping out and walking around inside my facemask. Still can’t find my gloves either. Yesterday I wore my isotoner driving gloves – which were too !@#$ing hot… Today I’m wearing my Weider workout gloves. With temps rumored to hit 3 digits this afternoon, quite the day to be out on the bike.

Hoping this afternoon to crank out some gluten-free brownies with orange essence in them for the pot luck at church tonight, we’ll see!