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.


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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.


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


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


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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