Cry me a river (or listening to the “poor” wealthy folk whine about taxes)

Some whiny wealthy law professor by the name of  Todd Henderson writes for a blog hosted here on wordpress.com (as is the one you’re reading now). He recently posted an apology for a post he had made a few days prior.

The blog post he was apologizing for was titled We are the Super Rich and was located here.  But (per the above mentioned apology) he took it down.  But thanks to the friendly folks over at Google. You can still view it via Google Cache.

But just for shits and giggles, I copied the text from the cache of the original and have posted it below for you to mock along with the rest of us “poor folks”.

We are the Super Rich

The rhetoric in Washington about taxes is about millionaires and the super rich, but the relevant dividing line between millionaires and the middle class is pegged at family income of $250,000. (I’m not a math professor, but last time I checked $250,000 is less than $1 million.) That makes me super rich and subject to a big tax hike if the president has his way.
I’m the president’s neighbor in Chicago, but we’ve never met. I wish we could, because I would introduce him to my family and our lifestyle, one he believes is capable of financing the vast expansion of government he is planning. A quick look at our family budget, which I will happily share with the White House, will show him that like many Americans, we are just getting by despite seeming to be rich. We aren’t.
I, like the president before me, am a law professor at the University of Chicago Law School, and my wife, like the first lady before her, works at the University of Chicago Hospitals, where she is a doctor who treats children with cancer. Our combined income exceeds the $250,000 threshold for the super rich (but not by that much), and the president plans on raising my taxes. After all, we can afford it, and the world we are now living in has that familiar Marxian tone of those who need take and those who can afford it pay. The problem is, we can’t afford it. Here is why.
The biggest expense for us is financing government. Last year, my wife and I paid nearly $100,000 in federal and state taxes, not even including sales and other taxes. This amount is so high because we can’t afford fancy accountants and lawyers to help us evade taxes and we are penalized by the tax code because we choose to be married and we both work outside the home. (If my wife and I divorced or were never married, the government would write us a check for tens of thousands of dollars. Talk about perverse incentives.)
Our next biggest expense, like most people, is our mortgage. Homes near our work in Chicago aren’t cheap and we do not have friends who were willing to help us finance the deal. We chose to invest in the University community and renovate and old property, but we did so at an inopportune time.
We pay about $15,000 in property taxes, about half of which goes to fund public education in Chicago. Since we care the education of our three children, this means we also have to pay to send them to private school. My wife has school loans of nearly $250,000 and I do too, although becoming a lawyer is significantly cheaper. We try to invest in our retirement by putting some money in the stock market, something that these days sounds like a patriotic act. Our account isn’t worth much, and is worth a lot less than it used to be.
Like most working Americans, insurance, doctors’ bills, utilities, two cars, daycare, groceries, gasoline, cell phones, and cable TV (no movie channels) round out our monthly expenses. We also have someone who cuts our grass, cleans our house, and watches our new baby so we can both work outside the home. At the end of all this, we have less than a few hundred dollars per month of discretionary income. We occasionally eat out but with a baby sitter, these nights take a toll on our budget. Life in America is wonderful, but expensive.
If our taxes rise significantly, as they seem likely to, we can cut back on some things. The (legal) immigrant from Mexico who owns the lawn service we employ will suffer, as will the (legal) immigrant from Poland who cleans our house a few times a month. We can cancel our cell phones and some cable channels, as well as take our daughter from her art class at the community art center, but these are only a few hundred dollars per month in total. But more importantly, what is the theory under which collecting this money in taxes and deciding in Washington how to spend it is superior to our decisions? Ask the entrepreneurs we employ and the new arrivals they employ in turn whether they prefer to work for us or get a government handout.
I’ll let you decide for yourself what to think.  I rather liked how it was picked apart over at the Daily Kos, myself.
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My thoughts on the 9th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001

My heart and thoughts go out to the families and friends of those who were victims of 9/11.  I’ll never forget that day (or the whole week that followed).

I was on my way to work when I learned of the attacks.  I was at a bus stop, waiting for the bus, when I called my mom about something on my cell phone.  She just assumed I was calling about the attacks.  Then she told me. It was about 90 minutes after the 2nd plane had hit the World Trade Center.  I remember thinking and saying that it was  like something out of a movie.

When I arrived at work (was working a 11-7 shift), they had TVs on and tuned to CNN. The office was unusually quiet.

I was a Travel Agent in a call center then and it was weird not getting any calls for days.   I remember a group of us in the office (about 15 of the 80 or so that worked there) gathering to pray (I’m agnostic, but joined them anyway). We were all crying.

I also had a preplanned flight (several days later) for myself that was almost canceled (well all flights had been canceled but the question was, would mine be reinstated – it was for the Saturday following 9/11).  I got a call the night before from the airline stating it was and to arrive at the airport 2 hours early.

There were armed national guard troops walking on the tarmac and standing on the roof of the concourses and terminal.

I remember the captain thanking us for flying @ that time. And saying a few words about 9/11.  The cabin was 3/4 empty and deathly quiet for it’s 2 1/2 hour duration.

I also had no TV at home that week. I couldn’t afford to pay my cable bill at the time so my cable had been cut off.  I lived in an apartment where rabbit ears would not work.  So I missed most all of the TV coverage for days.  It was 2 weeks later that I got my cable back.   I had to wait a year for the first anniversary, when networks replayed the tape of several hours of coverage that day.  I remember crying all over again.  It was just amazing to me that this all happened.

With that said, the next person who says “never forget” is gonna get bitch slapped! Trust me, I won’t forget!

I’m Sorry Firefox

….but it’s over.

 

Out with the old. In with the new
firefox chrome

 

We had a good long run (I’d been with you longer than anyone else), but I’ve found someone new.  She’s younger and faster and has most of what you had to offer me (even the really geeky stuff).

Most of all, I’m impressed with how fast she is (no matter how I try to slow her down)

So Firefox, we can still be friends, but it’s just not gonna be the same any more..

 

All my love,

Scott

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Google’s Brilliant Super Bowl Ad

I’m taking this opportunity to write my first blog post in many months.  I guess I’ve not had much to say (at least not that anyone would find interesting anyway).

I’m one of a handful of Americans that did not watch the Super Bowl yesterday. But one of ads from the game caught my attention even before it aired..

Google had he most brilliant (yet simp0le and heartwarming) ad of all. 

I first heard about it by accident the day before the game and decided to check it out.

It turns out it’s an ad that was first Internet-only and had been up since November as part of Google’s Internet Only marketing campaign known as “Search Stories”.

I must have watched the ad 20 times by now. I’m a sucker for romance, what can I say (yes I’ve been known to watch chick flicks and like it)?

It actually made me cry.

Romance aside though, it does a great job of demonstrating what that little search box can do.  I’ll be a lot of people who watched had no idea that they could use Google to quickly translate, get flight arrival/departure information or it’s use it a a combined Yellow Page/mapping function (and all from the home page).

Overall a very effective ad. 

Tom Maurstad of The Dallas Morning News summed it up best when he named it the best of the Super bowl and wrote:

….No flash, no special effects, just a love story told (and told really well) through a procession of search questions, The arc from the unentangled beginning (student questions about programs in France) to the final "how to assemble a crib" is just beautifully, sweetly done. It deepens your appreciation of the Google brand and what it does. You know, like advertising is supposed to and Super Bowl ads almost never do.

Anyway, enough already. As of this writing, I’ve been gushing about it for hours.

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My Sleep Clinic Visit (followed by the mashed up car).

My doctor thinks I may have sleep apena.  I sleep 2-4 hours at a time around the clock (I’m up 4-8 hours in-between).

She sent me to a sleep clinic. I was there last night.  It’s a very interesting procedure.

They hook you up to lots of wires (EEG, EKG, blood oxygen level, REM, breathing rate) and monitor your sleep for 5-6 hours.

It’s too bad it doesn’t last longer.  They actually let me sleep in an extra hour (I arrived at 10:00 pm and left just after 6:00 am).

I found it very difficult to fall asleep as I’m normally either already up, or just waking up from one of my many daily naps.

I estimate it took 2 hours to fall asleep.  During the night I managed to pull one of the sensors off one of my legs (EKG) and they came in and put it back on.  I also woke up twice during the night and I guesstimate it took me around 20 minutes to fall asleep afterwards.

Nevertheless, the experience was very interesting.

When you check in they give you a notice on the risks of driving while you are tired. Unfortunately it’s geared toward someone heading out on a long trip and not just 2 miles away.

After leaving the clinic, I stopped at a Sonic that was just a few doors down the street for breakfast.

As I was pulling in to the parking spot I managed to scrape the front driver’s side door against the menu stand. I heard this combined scraping and crunching sound as I did so.

I then backed the car (borrowed from my mom) out and noticed three vertical scratches that were (more or less) parallel to one another on the door.

But the worst part is, that when I got back into the car I found that it was very difficult to roll up the window and that I could only get it up to the point where it was still a 1/4 inch open.

The side mirror also needed to be re-adjusted and I fond that when I did so, it lurched at one point as it was moving around (it is power operated).

So I pulled back into the space, ate my breakfast and headed home.

I went straight to bed as I was still quite tired and slept till about 11:00 am.

Now I have to figure out how to break the news to my Mom (she will go apeshit I’m sure – not that I blame her). 

Apparently the door is also bent. I hope to god it’s just the door and not the frame.  You would never know it’s bent by looking at it.  It otherwise seems normal (save for the scratches). I was barely moving when this happened. I can’t believe the fame itself would be bent.

I suppose she can say she was driving the car for insurance purposes. I have no idea what this will cost, but I’m also flat broke at this point.

I’ll try to post some pictures here at some point.

I’m a nervous wreck right now.

UPDATE: She was surprisingly cool about the whole thing. She’s not sure if she’s going to live with it for now or not.

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Geek Shop-O-Rama!

I’m broke now, but I’m Happy!

Amazon.com is happy with me too. :0)

I got me two of these:

& one of these:
http://bit.ly/New-2TB-Hard-Drive

& one of these:

http://bit.ly/new-video-card

& because I’m all thumbs when it comes to tinkering with electronic hardware, I’m gonna have thsese guys open up my computer and put it all in. (well actually, the old Video Card is being replaced with the new one). :0)

Ooops almost forgot.  A month ago I bought this:

http://bit.ly/TV-Card

But I never got around to getting it put in the computer, so that will be done when the other stuff mentioend above is also.

I’ll have a total of 4 hard drives in the computer (5TB of storage – up from 1) when this is all done.

It’s almost like I got a new computer! 😀

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Michael Jackson Tribute Song

Apparently I (@angrykeyboarder) was the only person on Twitter (who obviously doesn’t spend all day there like many do – I prefer FriendFeed) who wasn’t aware of this.

Diddy (@iamdiddy) got a group (The Game featuring Chris Brown, Diddy, Polow Da Don, Mario Winans, Usher and Boyz II Men) together and quickly wrote and recorded a tribute song to Michael Jackson and posted it on the Web for all to download.

I just (approximately 11:00 PM, Pacific Time) read about it here.  You can download the song from this page.

Very impressive work by all parties concerned.

I can’t believe I was so late to the party. I live on these Internets.

What do you mean you no longer carry 2-litre size Diet Coke?

Dear Safeway.com,

For weeks you’ve been indicating you no longer carry the 2-litre size bottles of Diet Coke online.

I forgave you the first time, but after that I got increasingly annoyed.

This makes no sense, whatsoever.  Online you offer Diet Coke in cans, 16-ounce bottles and more, but no longer in 2-litre size bottles?

Why then, do you still carry other Coke products in 2-litre size bottles?

Take a look at this screenshot. Please help me with your logic here?

Screenshot of Safeway.com

Note the 2-liter size bottles of Diet Dr. Pepper listed. Now, I realize that Dr. Pepper isn’t a Coke product, but for all intents and purposes, it is in my areas (Phoenix) being that it is distributed by the local Coca-Cola botteler.  So agan.. why no two liter Diet coke?  You had it for over 2 years and suggently it’s gone.

But here’s the kicker. You don’t fulfill my order at a warehouse. You fulifll it at an ordinary Safeway store (this one happens to be the closed to my home – about 3 miles away).

Now, if I go into that store guess what I can find there?

You go tit? Lots and lots of bottles of Diet Coke in the 2 liter size.

WTF?!?!?



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Amazon.com & Wasteful Packaging.

These are photos of a box and it’s contents shipped to me from Amazon.com The contents consisted of two CDs and a Magazine. The box was big enough hold this 100 times over. Can you say absurd? I knew you could….
The box right after it was opened.

Part 1 of 7: The box right after it was opened.

A closer look
Part 2 of 7: The box right after it was opened. (A closer look)

Starting to remove the massive amount of bubble insulation
Part 3 of 7: Starting to remove the massive amount of bubble insulaton

Here’s the massive amount of bubble insulation after I had unfurled it.
Part 4 of 7: Here's the massive amount of bubble insulaton after I had unfurled it.

Contents of the box after all the bubble insulation was removed
Part 5 of 7: Contents of the box after all the bubble insulaton was removed

 

The big envelope had bubble wrap on the inside and contained the Playbill Magazine you see here.  A slimly bigger envelope could have held that and the two CDs combined.
Part 6 of 7: Contents of the box after all the bubble insulaton was removed (Part deux)

In the end, this is what I (got sans insulation and envelope).
Part 7 of 7: In the end, this is what I (got sans insulation and envelope).

Someone suggested to me that Amazon.com uses "standardized packaging" to save on costs.  However, I often order 2-3 CDs at a time and that same amount of merchandise has arrived from Amazon.com in small (almost form-fitting) boxes, big envelopes with bubble wrap insulation, medium sized boxes with some bubble insulation like you see above and lastly the box as shown above (that one takes the cake).
I’m glad I didn’t pay for shipping. 🙂

P.S. If you are curious as to what I ordered, you will find it here and here.

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Mother’s Day HDTV Adventures

For the past 2-3 years my Mom would often drop (not so subtle) hints that she’d like me to get her an HDTV.  I put her off because I felt that if I waited a year or two, the prices would drop to make one “reasonably” affordable.

To make a long story short, I just ordered her one this past Saturday with the hope that it would get here by Mother’s day.

Unfortunately, it’s due to arrive the day after, but I figured I had an “out” because I also ordered 2 HDMI cables at the same time and they were to ship separately.  I ordered all from Amazon.com which just happens to have a warehouse here in Phoenix.  The cables came from that warehouse and arrived yesterday.   The TV shipped from their warehouse in Irving, TX.

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Anyway, I figured I’d just tell her that the cables were “part one” of a two-part gift (or something to that effect).

cables

This is what actually happened:

Mom: “Gee Scott, thanks for the cables. Just what I always wanted” (sarcasm)
Me: “Oh you’re welcome, glad you like them”.(sarcasm)

Mom: “So why did you get me cables?”
Me: “Well these are HDMI cables. They are for combined digital audio and video signals over a single cable
Mom: “OK, but why did you get them for me now”?
Me: “They’re for your HDTV”
Mom: “I don’t have an HDTV”
Me: “You will soon”
Mom: “C’mon, you’re not getting me an HDTV”
Me: “OK then, I’m not.”

End of discussion.

I have no idea what she’s thinking, but things have since gone on as if the cables never arrived.
I’m not going to bring up the subject again unless she does or when the TV arrives (which ever comes first).

My mind has been blank lately.

Everything I’ve thought of that seemed (to me) worth saying has shown up on FriendFeed, Twitter, identi.ca and/or Facebook.

But since you’re subbed to my RSS Feed (and you are, aren’t you?) it doesn’t matter,  since you’ve not had to come back every so often to look for something new from me. 😀

Fear not, I’ll find something to bore you with here before too long…

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111 Reasons why I love Mozilla Firefox

  • Adblock Plus – Ads were yesterday!
  • Adblock Plus: Element Hiding Helper – Helps you create element hiding rules for Adblock Plus to fight the text ads.
  • Add Bookmark Here ² – Add a menuitem “Add Bookmark Here…” to Bookmarks Menu.
  • Advanced Dork: – Advanced Dork: gives quick access to Google’s Advanced Operators directly from the context menu.
  • Auto Context – Automatically shows User Popup Menu if text is selected
  • Autofill Forms – Fill out web forms automatically
  • AVG Safe Search – Guard against clicking malicious links.
  • BBCode – Adds Formating (BBCode/HTML/XHTML/etc.) to the context menu for Blogs and forums (PHPBB and others).
  • Better Gmail 2 – Enhances Gmail with a compilation of useful features written by Greasemonkey user script developers. All scripts copyright their original authors. Click on the script homepage in the Help tab for more information.
  • Better Lifehacker – A compilation of the best Greasemonkey user scripts for Lifehacker and other Gawker Media blogs.
  • Cert Viewer Plus – Certificate viewer enhancements: PEM format view, file export, trust configuration
  • Character Identifier – This extension adds a context menu item for selected text that provides more information (from the Unicode database) about the characters selected.
  • Chrome List – Lets you take a peek at the files under the hood of your application and add-ons.
  • Chromifox Companion – Installs Chrome like toolbar buttons on the Navbar.
  • Clean And Close – Adds a Clean And Close button to your download manager.
  • Clear Fields – Toolbar buttons that clear various fields 🙂
  • CLEO – Create multi-addon install package (Cleopack)
  • ColorZilla – Advanced Eyedropper, ColorPicker, Page Zoomer and other colorful goodies
  • Configuration Mania – More Advanced (hidden) configures
  • CopyFeedLocation – Allows you to copy the location of a detected feed to the clipboard.
  • CustomizeGoogle – Enhance Google search results and remove ads and spam.
  • Deepest Sender – Post to blogs directly from Firefox.
  • Delicious Bookmarks – Access your bookmarks wherever you go and keep them organized no matter how many you have.
  • deskCut – Create desktop shortcuts from the context-menu. Windows and Linux (KDE/GNOME) supported.
  • DictionarySearch – Looks up selected word in an online dictionary
  • Download Statusbar – View and manage downloads from a tidy statusbar
  • DownloadHelper – Download videos and images from many sites
  • DownThemAll! – The mass downloader for Firefox.
  • EditPrefs – Add a Preferences option to the Edit menu (just like a *nix Firefox)
  • ErrorZilla Mod – Implements a useful error page when a website cannot be reached.
  • Exif Viewer – Extracts and displays the Exif (Exchangeable Image File), IPTC-NAA/IIM (International Press Telecommunications Council / Newspaper Association of America / Information Interchange Model), and IPTC Core (Adobe XMP, Extensible Metadata Platform) metadata, as stored by digital still cameras, in both local and remote JPEG images.
  • FacePAD: Facebook Photo Album Downloader – Quickly and easily download entire photo albums of Facebook
  • FEBE – Backup your Firefox data
  • Feed Sidebar – Displays the items from your Live Bookmarks in the sidebar.
  • feedly – A magazine-like startpage
  • Fire.fm – Get your daily music fix from Last.fm.
  • Firefox Search Sidebar – Enjoy searching through multiple search engines with one query, and managing search plugins through one interface.
  • FirefoxView – View pages and links loaded into IE in Firefox
  • FireGestures – Executes various commands with mouse gestures.
  • Fission – Progress bar in the address bar (Safari style).
  • Flagfox – Displays a flag depicting the location of the current server
  • Flashblock – Replaces Flash objects with a button you can click to view them.
  • FlashGot – Enables single and massive (“all” and “selection”) downloads using the most popular external download managers for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and FreeBSD (dozens currently supported, see Extension’s Home Page for details). FlashGot offers also a Build Gallery functionality which helps to synthetize full media galleries in one page from serial contents originally scattered on several pages, for easy and fast “download all”.
  • Flickr Buddy – Get your flickr friends’ updates.
  • Font Finder – Get all CSS styles of selected text.
  • Fotofox – Upload pictures to your preferred photo sharing services.
  • FoxReplace – Lets you replace text in web pages. You can define a substitution list and apply it automatically or at your own discretion, or make individual substitutions. You can use this as a filter, or just for fun 🙂
  • FoxyTunes – Control any media player from Firefox and more…
  • FxIF – View EXIF data in image properties
  • GMarks – Shows your Google Bookmarks in the sidebar.
  • Google Gears – These are the gears that power the tubes! 🙂
  • Google Notebook – Allows notetaking while browsing
  • Greasefire – Automatically find Greasemonkey scripts on Userscripts.org
  • Greasemonkey – A User Script Manager for Firefox
  • gui:config – This extension provides advanced settings
  • Harmony – View artist information and scrobble the music you listen to on Pandora or in FoxyTunes. Harmony is an unofficial user-produced add-on and is not endorsed by Last.fm nor Audioscrobbler.
  • History Submenus – Adds submenus to History Menu for previous days’ history.
  • IE Tab – Enables you to use the embedded IE engine within Mozilla/Firefox.
  • is.gd Creator – Provides easy access to the is.gd URL shortening service
  • Java Console
  • MeasureIt – Draw out a ruler to get the pixel width and height of any elements on a webpage.
  • Media Converter – Video downloader and converter
  • Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant – Adds ClickOnce support and the ability to report installed .NET Framework versions to the web server.
  • More Tools Menu – Unclutter the “Tools” menu by moving new items to a “More Tools” menu.
  • MR Tech Toolkit – MR Tech Toolkit power tools for all users. (en-US)
  • MySocial 24×7 Bar – FriendFeed Companion
  • Neo Diggler – A URL manipulation tool for power users
  • Netscape Link Pad – Sidebar to save interesting links for later without cluttering your bookmarks.
  • Open In Google Chrome – Open websites directly in Google Chrome
  • OperaView – Open pages in Opera from Firefox, Mozilla, Flock and Netscape 8 context menus.
  • OPIE – Import/Export extension preferences
  • Password Exporter – Export and import your saved passwords.
  • Paste Email (original) – Paste email addresses and more into text fields.
  • Paste Quote – Lets you paste text as forum quotations from the context menu.
  • PDF Download – Allows you to choose what to do with a PDF file: download it, view it with an external viewer or view it as HTML.
  • Platypus – Dynamically create GreaseMonkey scripts.
  • Refractor for Prism – Create Prism applications directly in Firefox
  • Router Status – Shows the current status of your router.
  • SamePlace – Extensible, multi-network instant messenger
  • ScribeFire – A full-featured blog editor that integrates with your browser and lets you easily post to your blog.
  • Send Tab URLs – Send a list of browser tab URLs to email, Web mail, or the clipboard.
  • Shareaholic – Share stuff easier and faster via e-mail, sharing and bookmarking sites like Digg, Facebook, Google, MySpace.
  • ShowIP – Show the IP address of the current page in the status bar. It also allows querying custom services by IP (right mouse button) and Hostname (left mouse button), like whois, netcraft. Additionally you can copy the IP address to the clipboard. This extension was formerly known as ipv6ident. License GPLv2 only.
  • Skype extension for Firefox – Skype extension for Firefox
  • Smarter Wikipedia – Adds a “related articles” box to Wikipedia and enables searching of selected text from popup bubble and context menu
  • SmoothWheel – Scrolls the document smoothly when scrolling the mouse wheel
  • Song.ly – Song.ly lets you share music links on Twitter and other services
  • StumbleUpon – StumbleUpon Toolbar
  • Stylish – Customize the look of websites and of the user interface.
  • Tab Counter – Counts the number of open tabs.
  • Tab History – Links opened in a new tab retain their history.
  • Tab Mix Plus – Tab browsing with an added boost.
  • Text Complete – Adds shortcuts / autocomplete functionality to text fields.
  • TinyPaste Uploader – Upload selected text to TinyPaste
  • TinyUrl Creator – Convenient tool to create small url redirects from longer ones.
  • TubeStop – Stops the auto-play of YouTube videos.
  • Tumblr Post – Posts photos, videos, quotes and links to your Tumblr tumblelog.
  • Twitbin – Twitbin is a tool that allows you to interact with your twitter friends and followers right from your browser sidebar.
  • TwittyTunes – Post your tunes to Twitter using FoxyTunes, and more…
  • Ubiquity – An extension that allows for the use of dynamic commands in Firefox.
  • Unhide Passwords – Shows contents of password fields in cleartext.
  • Uppity – Navigate up one level (directory).
  • URL Fixer – Fixes common misspellings in URLs entered in the address bar.
  • User Agent Switcher – Adds a menu and a toolbar button to switch the user agent of the browser.
  • Wappalyzer – Wappalyzer tracks the distrubition of software on the web and shows you which is used on the page you’re currently at.
  • Web Developer – Adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.
  • Xmarks – Bookmark Sync and Web Discovery
  • xmpp4moz – XMPP integration layer for Mozilla
  • Yoono – Yoono Toolbar, People Powered! (build 15601_15617)
  • Zemanta – Contextually relevant suggestions of links, pictures, related content and tags will make your blogging fun again.
  • Zoho Notebook Helper – Helper extension for Zoho Notebook Online Service.

Now if you try all these out yourselves, just keep in mind that Firefox will go from being a very fast browser to one that’s slower than molasses uphill during January in the Yukon.

But then, my priorities are different than most….

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Tickemaster fees are obscene.

I guess its been a while since I bought any event tickets but I do recall buying a number of Theatre tickets over the years through Ticketmaster (most recently in 2007) and I don’t recall these kinds of fees.

This is a screenshot of my receipt from a recent single concert ticket purchase.

Ticketmaster Inovice Screenshot

WTF?

What is the difference between an “order processing charge” and a “convenience charge”?

Buying a ticket from you is “convenient”?  Where can I buy a ticket for this concert that won’t be emblazoned with the Ticketmaster logo?

One way or the other,  we get them from Ticketmaster.  How convenient!

Call it a service charge! That’s what it is.  And why not add your so called “order processing charge” into it.

How might you otherwise get me my tickets without processing my order?

I think that should be s “SF Charge” (as in you’re a stupid f*ck for paying it).

Oh yeah, I know I could have saved some dough at the box office, but c’mon.

Utter bullshit.

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“Watchmen” – The Critics Rave!

Check this out

“The reverence is inert, the violence noxious, the mythology murky, the tone grandiose, the texture glutinous. It’s an alternate version of The Incredibles minus the delight” – The Wall Street Journal

“Zack Snyder’s film version of Watchmen is a grim and grisly excursion into comic-book mythology… fundamentally immature, self-pitying and sentimental”. – The New York Times.

“Artificially stylized and inappropriately cartoonish”. – Los Angeles Times

“The movie is embalmed.” – New York Magazine

“:Long, dull and sinks” – The Washington Post

It’s failure is one of imagination – The Village Voice

Ratings Image Incoherent, overblown, and grimy with misogyny, Watchmen marks the final demolition of the comic strip, and it leaves you wondering: where did the comedy go? – The New Yorker

“The moviemakers are too busy digitizing ice castles on Mars to bother with much in the way of meta-commentary. Or, for that matter, with personalities.”  – NPR

“As the story proceeds, however, it grows plodding, convoluted and forgettable.” – USA Today

“Chokes on its gluttony” – Minneapolis Star Tribune

“The film’s storytelling and image-making lack originality and vitality.” – Baltimore Sun

“Lacking the humanity to understand why it should not be taken lightly.” –The Salt Lake Tribune

“Oddly flat” – The Arizona Republic

“*1/2 stars out of ****” – Chicago Tribune

Damn!  I wanted to go see it last night (I like going on opening night), but I had to rearrange my sock drawer!

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Internets Overload

I came across a blog entry titled “RSS, Twitter, and Information Overload” on Francine Hardaway’s Blog, which I found very interesting and intriguing.

It reminded me of a dilemma that I myself (as well as millions of other Internet users) continually face.

This is particularly true of those of us of the surprisingly small number of Internet users who make use of RSS feeds.

Ms Hardaway is not the first person I’ve come across who has this sort of dilemma.  It’s become quite common. 

My issues here are even more extreme.  Unlike most people, I have no life.  I am disabled (due to rather extreme depression) and therefore, I have no job and lots of free time.  I spend virtually 90 percent of my waking moments on the Internets and I’m still overwhelmed!

I am subscribed to over three hundred feeds in Google Reader.

And guess what?  I rarely use Google Reader other than to add even more RSS feeds!

Most of what I read on the Internet is stuff I come across randomly (or from links to pages via Digg, Reddit, Mixx, StumbleUpon and so forth).  Before I discovered RSS several years ago, I used email subscriptions in place of it. And I never got around to canceling about 30 percent of those subscriptions.

I get “breaking news” email alerts from CNN and The New York Times.  And more often than not, those alerts are how I land on said websites.  Once I’m there I end up reading not only the :”breaking news” item, but other stories that catch my attention.  Then something will intrigue me in one of the stories and I’ll do a Google Search and the rest is history….

I’ll often do a Wikipedia search on something I come across and just like back in the day, when I had a set of encyclopedias, I’ll end up reading far more articles than I intended.

I can literally spend half the day reading Wikipedia articles. And I often make corrections and additions to them.

So who has time for RSS (and Instant Messaging, Usenet, Mailing Lists, Twitter) and all of the other things you can find on the Internets?

I don’t,and as I said, I spend all freakin’ day and most of the night here.

So how does anyone with a life (i.e. a Job, family, social life, etc). manage any of this?

I’ll be damned if I know.

I discovered Twitter a few years back and found little use for it. But lately, I’ve begun using it more and more. And for what?  Mostly I share links I come across with the strangers out there who choose to follow me.

And don’t get me started on sittes like MySpace and Facebook..

And to top all that off, I discovered FriendFeed fairly recently (for those who don’t know Friendfeed is a way to keep up with others Internet activity.  – you can see my FriendFeed page for an example).

To recap, there is waaay too much information out there and how people with lives can attempt to manage it is beyond me.  I have no life and I can’t manage it at all.

But what am I going to do about my dilemma?  Nothing, of course…

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Blog Redecorating

If you’re reading this directly on the site, you might have noticed some major changes.  I decided to put a little time and effort into it and remodel.  It’s much better than before. I hope you like.

If you you’re reading this from a feed then please stop by the site and check it out.

It’s still a work in progress.  I’m considering adding a few more pages.  Stay tuned.

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President Obama’s Address to Congress

Awesome, no?

One of his best speeches, ever.

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Crazy Phoenix Weather

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Just for comparison, in Singapore where it’s currently summer, the forecast for Tuesday  is only 5 degrees (90° F/32° C) warmer than the forecast for Phoenix.

I know a lot of people in Phoenix love this, but it’s just to dam warm for my taste. This is wintertime, not summertime.

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WTF?!?!

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The New York Post is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.
Boycott all things News Corp (including but by no means limited to, 20th Century Fox Films, Fox Television Network, Fox Sports Channel, Fox News Channel, HarperCollins Books, Parents Magazine and many more) and their advertisers.

WTF was the New York Post thinking?

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Some Handy Windows 7 Taskbar (Superbar) Modifiers

 

 

[via WinHelp Online]

Shift + Click on icon

Open a new instance

Middle click on icon

Open a new instance

Ctrl + Shift + Click on icon

Open a new instance with Admin privileges

Shift + Right-click on icon

Show window menu (Restore / Minimize / Move / etc) Note: Normally you can just right-click on the window thumbnail to get this menu

Shift + right-click on grouped icon.

Menu with Restore All / Minimize All / Close All, etc.

Ctrl + Click on grouped icon

Cycle between the windows (or tabs) in the group

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