Archive for August, 2008

Here’s what I tweeted on 2008-08-13:

Posted by seoulfully on August 13th, 2008
  • the hardest part is not having a release point #
  • 1password on iphone kind of shitty #
  • more itunes/appstore/app update fail: #
  • itunes/iphone sync sucks #
  • @gruber @siracusa ppl say mad men glamorizes smoking, but for me it’s all about drinking… makes me want to drink so much #
  • i know it’s so the stands/judges can see their expressions, but i think gymnasts should do make for the HD audience #
  • just more and more pics of my dog #
  • this is just embarrassing how far ahead the US is in the 4×200 #
  • @kristenking hey at least you get a “free” tank of gas (though I have no idea if AAA fills you up or not) #
  • how do we investigate the age of the chinese gymnasts? i wouldn’t take away medals for underage kids, i’m just curious #
  • best phelps quote: “He’s not from another planet. He’s from the future, and his father sent him back in a time machine…” #
  • “… Sixty years from now, he’s only an average swimmer, but he’s sent him back here to mop up.” — British freestyler Simon Burnett #
  • @DCTenor1 i think i could eat it all, well dinner might be tough. #
  • wifey just told me monty peed in our bed. grrr #
  • my fave korean saying is “FIGHTING!” with the fist pump. #
  • @tstarks33 oh mr coffee snob. drink the black stuff that costs a buck at mcd’s! #
  • political analysts are idiots: obama’s not even allowed to go to the place he was raised. and a full fledged state #
  • retweet: @DCTenor1 @skwigg personality disorder test #
  • @tstarks33 you hate korean ppl? #
  • @tstarks33 you’re not alone, but you are crazy: #
  • polaroid is dead. long live polaroid. #
  • – PS3 ftw! reference BR player for criterion #
  • @danbenjamin not sure, i wouldn’t see why not (like iphoto/itunes/aperture). have you tried opt/click (ala other apps) to create new “lib” #
  • @danbenjamin btw, if you get an answer, could you let me know too? just started playing with imovie last week #
  • @closetcaucus wow… “if you’re going to worry about your health, go to college…” sheesh. #
  • i don’t know if i’ll ever get over the small urge to spit off balconies onto the pavement below #
  • who said EA wasn’t keeping madden fresh? #

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What are you?

Posted by seoulfully on August 13th, 2008

I’m an antisocial, obsessive-compulsive, schizotypal, borderline, avoidant, who’s almost paranoid.

*scores in gray are the average web score

Find out what you are here.  The explanations of the disorders on the results page and here, below:

Disorder Info

Eccentric Personality Disorders: Paranoid, Schizoid, Schizotypal

Individuals with these disorders often appear odd or peculiar.

Paranoid Personality Disorder – individual generally tends to interpret the actions of others as threatening.

Schizoid Personality Disorder – individual generally detached from social relationships, and shows a narrow range of emotional expression in various social settings.

Schizotypal Personality Disorder – individual is uncomfortable in close relationships, has thought or perceptual distortions, and peculiarities of behavior.

Dramatic Personality Disorders: Antisocial, Borderline, Histrionic, and Narcissistic

Individuals with these disorders have intense, unstable emotions, distorted self-perception, and/or behavioral impulsiveness.

Antisocial Personality Disorder – individual shows a pervasive disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others.

Borderline Personality Disorder – individual shows a generalized pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, self-image, and observable emotions, and significant impulsiveness.

Histrionic Personality Disorder – individual often displays excessive emotionality and attention seeking in various contexts. They tend to overreact to other people, and are often perceived as shallow and self-centered.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder – individual has a grandiose view of themselves, a need for admiration, and a lack of empathy that begins by early adulthood and is present in various situations. These individuals are very demanding in their relationships.

Anxious Personality Disorders: Avoidant, Dependent, Obsessive-Compulsive

Individuals with these disorders often appear anxious or fearful.

Avoidant Personality Disorder – individual is socially inhibited, feels inadequate, and is oversensitive to criticism

Dependent Personality Disorder – individual shows an extreme need to be taken care of that leads to fears of separation, and passive and clinging behavior.

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder – individual is preoccupied with orderliness, perfectionism, and control at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency.

Here’s what I tweeted on 2008-08-12:

Posted by seoulfully on August 12th, 2008
  • i wish i could use a mac at work… #
  • @tstarks33 don’t even want to know. hurting yourself doesnt take away the pain of no more KC… #
  • @tstarks33 madden is out for me. at least for a few weeks. a few weeks of family visits has put the kibosh on my money #
  • @danbenjamin WEEZER WEEZER (as I make the weezer hand sign, that’s close to looking like the wu-tang hand sign, i need a we-tang mashup) #
  • Way way too often I have to reset my iPhone to get a gps lock #
  • nose is bleeding… #

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Here’s what I tweeted on 2008-08-11:

Posted by seoulfully on August 11th, 2008
  • – Korean meets Tex-Mex for dinner #
  • phone is syncing, but it says i have no service and itunes says my phone number is n/a #
  • after calling phelps the best swimmer in the world he promptly came in 3rd, after the south korean swimmer, much to the wife’s delight #
  • @CarolLiang @jkottke best moment of the olympics thus far #
  • hmm, frenchies adi warmups look nicer than the usa nike warmups #
  • of course, oil drops to recent lows and all of a sudden back up $2 bc of fears from russia. #
  • “It’s not a major oil producer, but there are major transport links to Europe through that region.” #
  • the world is being manipulated by puppetmasters #
  • @LindsayG podcast linkage! #
  • currently on a morrissey kick #
  • we need a gmail fail whale! #
  • gmail imap is down too. my iphone won’t let me delete email #
  • happened last week too? #
  • #
  • woot! into gmail (clicked on link at top from igoogle) #
  • gmail don’t ever scare me like that again.. even though you are “beta” #
  • @CarolLiang it seems the outage was rolling and i guess the fix is too? hopefully soon for you! #
  • “Top-Rated Error 502 Fix. Free Download. 100% Guaranteed.” the top sponsored link n the google group discussion page for the current outage #
  • gmail still failing, sending multiple copies, despite saying not sent.. someone hurry and mock up gmail fail whale #
  • – not exactly what i had in mind, but close #
  • i want a gmail fail whale like this mobile me one: #
  • my gmail seems to be working like normal now #

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Here’s what I tweeted on 2008-08-10:

Posted by seoulfully on August 10th, 2008
  • phelps is a machine #
  • @Veronica third goal by italy v SK soccer was PATHETIC on SK’s part. SK’s national team is better than their olympic team #
  • are the olympics WORTH installing silverlight on my macbook? #
  • – He never sleeps with/by/near me anymore #
  • the nba on nbc theme!!! i love it! written by john tesh of all ppl #
  • – Getting a little too sunny for them #
  • i think coach k should play boozer more. he knows him, but more than that booz is the mix of dwight’s mean and bosh’s finesse. #
  • okay, stop shooting 3’s what’s that 1/10, 1/11? #
  • everyone was concerned with kobe’s ego through the games, but he is in heaven, teammates on his level… all he ever wanted #
  • @LindsayG not on a lazy sunday! i am trying to put together a lazy sunday morning mix. (btw, you shoot a d60? for some rzn i thought d40) #
  • great commercial with the BEST anthem rendition (marvin ftw!!!) by nike. but come on, not nike or not, show dwight… #
  • the anthem: #
  • Did Deron want to dunk on Yao more bc the team kept talking about Paul dunking on Howard? #
  • Weak sauce bush! Stay for the whole game! #
  • On court Kobe looks slender. Walking through hordes of Chinese looks buff as hell #
  • whatever composite wood the floor is made of for olympic weightlifting, i want it in my home #
  • oh noes out shopping with visiting relatives and I’m close to red battery! #
  • Word free mall wifi! #
  • Idrops = lifesaver. And WTF with everyone dying? Rip Isaac hayes #
  • – Put on my new sneakers. This plus my white polo and seersucker shorts are my go USA Olympic outfit #

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Here’s what I tweeted on 2008-08-09:

Posted by seoulfully on August 9th, 2008
  • the olympic venues are what architecture should look like. why are we mostly in bland glass towers? #
  • these drummers are fucked up impressive. even if sometimes the smiles are creepy big #
  • i want my tv as big as those lcd panels on the ground #
  • @peterrojas congrats again! #
  • that cg boat looks weak! shoulda hired pixar or dreamworks or someone #
  • @jkottke spot on comment on losing lauer, costas, and the chinese expert guy. #
  • they couldn’t get sponsors to run the opening ceremonies either commercial free or with limited commercial interruptions? #
  • one of my big issues with the flip is that when plugged into my macbook, the bottom is lower than the computer #
  • i TOTALLY had the idea of a flagpole with a blower attached so the flag is always majestically waving like 10 years ago!!!! #
  • how did the chinese expert just say the performers are doing KARATE????!??!!! #
  • is it wrong that i find it sad that korea just doesn’t sweep taekwondo? #
  • @CarolLiang as long as it’s not a brown recluse bite, if you feel like being disturbed search for it on youtube #
  • yao is big #
  • wtf? is bernie mac dead or not? no one is reporting it. everyone pointing to the sun-times story. a lot of places with stories have removed #
  • RIP bernie mac… what a talent… #

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Music is cool

Posted by seoulfully on August 9th, 2008

From Gizmodo I got this link to a cover of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy by a guy with a theramin.  It’s dope:

But the best part is the guy on the beat machine. He seems SO intense tapping out the beats.

Here’s the same (theramin, not beat) guy doing the Super Mario Theme:

AT&T still sucks, only just a little less so

Posted by seoulfully on August 9th, 2008

Here’s a comment I received from an AT&T rep.  I take her at her word that she is indeed from AT&T:

As an unfortunate rep on the phone representing AT&T in iDay as we called it. Yes the stores were not prepared. Also in our defense if we issue a credit even remotely associated with an iPhone, it’s our job. Who made that rule? Apple. Working with them on a regular basis (the visual voicemail is having a lot of trouble) i know that many of their reps are extremely rude and not helpful in the least bit. I put everything i have into every call i take. I get screamed at, cussed out and i’ve even had my life threatened because someone thinks taking an iphone to another country won’t cost anything. If you are using internet on your phone and you don’t have a package…. think about it. You’re getting charged. everything you need is online. Pay attention to your bill. read the fine print it’s there for a reason. every company has the same basic services! yes we mess up on occasion but i have NEVER not called a customer back. The job is incredibly difficult. Today i got yelled at because my customer didn’t know how to use a rebate card and choose credit not debit. but i was nice and explained everything but apparently it was my fault.? I agree that we should be able to give some sort of compensation for iphone customer’s with a bad experience. but first is it really a life or death situation? we’re all adults and patience is something we should have learned by now. but we can’t do things for customer’s with bad experiences because of the iPhone. Who set up the rules? Apple. I have bills to pay and I’m putting this out there for all AT&T haters….. would you loose your job so someone else could get a new cell phone they don’t HAVE to have? Me either.

I agree that she has a tough job.  I only call customer support when something’s wrong.  So of course I feel wronged and angry, but I’m always professional and courteous, if at times a bit short (as in terse).  I have no problems with the AT&T reps I dealt with on the day (save the one that manually ported my number, what sense does that make?).  They were all professional and tried their best to be helpful (though I never did receive confirmation that I was off the Small Business Plan, I guess I need to call AT&T again after all).

And in fact, after a few emails, I was actually contacted by AT&T Mobility Office of the Executive President.  Did I get anything free?  A month’s credit?  New features for free?  No.  But I didn’t ask for any.  And it wasn’t about getting anything for free (other than my skyrocketing blood pressure that day, the only thing I really lost was time, though a LOT of it, and a day’s worth of cell service).  Did I just want to vent?  Yes.  Did doing so via Twitter and this blog satisfy that?  Mostly.  It was nice to see that AT&T took customer complaints seriously and customer complaints weren’t just dismissed.

The corporate AT&T person I spoke with was great.  She informed me that people being placed on a small business plan rather than a family plan was a common occurrence.  HERE’s the problem.  Not the AT&T reps on the phone like yourself, dear commentor, though admittedly at times some are extremely unhelpful and their tones of voice are not exactly helping the matter.  But performing a job with a lack of competence or perhaps AT&T corporate needs to do better at training or quality control.  It cannot be that difficult to create a family plan without checking the small business plan box (I’m fairly sure I’m grossly exaggerating how simple/complex the process is, but the sentiment stands).

Even in store, when I finally received my iPhone.  The iPhone plans are set.  It’s a matter of minutes, business or regular data, and the features.  I already had everything set up on my account from the first phone.  Just keep everything, add my iPhone data plan.  Seems easy enough.  The store rep seemed to have some trouble with it, but someone came to help.  But lo and behold, my text message plan was not transferred.  So there was another whole day without a service.  Did I know this?  Not until the next day because there is no notice on the phone that texts are not being sent.  So that was a phone call with an extremely helpful rep.  Then of course there was the matter of being charged for early night and weekends on one line that I did not sign up for.  But that was another call and a credit issued.

So many reps are plenty helpful.  And they all have a tough job because 90% of callers (probably more) are just ready to dump all their anger and frustration on them.  But it doesn’t excuse the initial mistakes.  (Yes my family plan creation was on the phone with a rep not in store.  And per above, my text thing was a problem with an in store rep.)  And since customers can’t really get back to the root of the problem, the CSR they get on the phone is the person who gets it.  As the public interface of the company, its the CSRs job to deal with the problems.  Though I understand if it get really old, really fast to have people just dumping anger on you all day, every day.

Here’s what I tweeted on 2008-08-08:

Posted by seoulfully on August 8th, 2008
  • @Veronica is the adhesive kind of like post-it note adhesive? #
  • if one counts as half (and i do bc it’s not a true espresso based drink bc from the crappy work machine), i’m on 2.5 cups of caffeine today #
  • @danbenjamin – kubrick frames in the temples of glasses. might be a bit much for specs, but for sunglasses maybe #
  • apparently one of the hidden benefits of a possible obama presidency, uptick in white supremacist recruitment #
  • home, then for a run. way too nice to stay inside for very much longer #

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I need to blog more

Posted by seoulfully on August 8th, 2008

It’s a little pathetic how much less I blog these days. I was thinking of writing a ranting piece on a wired article I read but lost steam. Though now that the tweets appear here I guess that’s kind of a solution/compromise.