Category: Misc Tech

Gaming with Alice in Wonderland

So a friend sent me a gift they thought was hilarious. It is the Xbox game, “Alice in Wonderland.” Turns out. I love it ! This Alice is so far different from the soft spoken girl in the books and movies it is not even funny. Your first job is to escape from an insane asylum and turns out  you’re crazy as a bed bug. Traversing the psychedelic world of this game is a lot of fun and kind of hard, at first, as well.

You are able to upgrade throughout the game and use other characters to help advance through the various stages, as well as to kill the red knights who are mad difficult to kill. The higher and further you get through the game, the more difficult these knights are to kill.

The effects of the game are ingenious, and you will love watching it unfold, even if it is difficult.  I spent a tremendous amount of time in battle though, so be prepared for that. My fingers began to get a bit tired from hitting the buttons to much. I still have not reached the end  – and I am not sure I ever will. However, I will persevere and continue trying whenever I have the chance to play.

Filip Received His Shirts Today!

Remember when I shipped a couple of shirts and a catalog about guitars to my friend, Filip, who lives in Poland? Well, I mail them the standard postage rate on March 10 and he just got them today. That was not as bad as it could have been, as they told me it could take up to 6 weeks for him to receive them. So, I’m glad they arrived safely and did not take 6 weeks, but it was a long time. I guess if I need to send him something else later that I’ll have to pay for priority or express mail to get it there quicker.

He said that he is going to send me their new CD in a couple of weeks. He already finished the work on it and sent the tacks to the CD manufacturing people. I guess that’s what you call them. They are the ones who make the CDs and the printed cover inserts for the jewel case. Filip did all the production work and designed the cover art, too. That guy is so talented!

I can’t wait to hear their new music. They have a new drummer now and I hope he is a little more versatile than the first one. I am very critical of the sound quality of drums when they are digitized. If not produced right the drums sound like a bunch of clicks and it’s very annoying. The first CD leaned on the clicking side, so I mentioned it to Filip gently – so as to not hurt his feelings – and I think he took care of that on this next CD. We’ll find out soon!

Shipping to Poland Was Weird

My friend Filip who started his own rock band, Exposure, lives in Poland and asked me to send him a few things from here that won’t ship to Poland by the sellers. I don’t have a problem with that as long is it is all legal. So I read up on the Post Office web site and saw that there is a list of things you cannot ship at all, even more things that you cannot ship out of the country, and that you have to fill out a bunch of forms so the item can go through U.S. and Poland’s Customs. It’s complicated!

Anyway, I put two shirts in a Tyvek enveloped and a printed catalog of guitar stuff that he can’t find online. I took it to the post office and filled out the forms and the postage was not too bad – it was under $20. I told the clerk that I was relieved because I really had no idea how much the postage was going to cost. He looked at me with a funny expressions and said, “So, I could have told you it would cost $100 to ship and you would have been OK with that?” So I laughed and said, for $100 I would expect you to personally carry these shirts to Poland and hand them to my friend. So we all got a good laugh.

But the real surprise was that because I shipped them the standard, cheapest rates, it will take anywhere for 2 weeks to 6 weeks for them to be delivered. Six weeks!?!? The clerk told me that because I’m not paying for the express premium service, my package would be shoved to the back of the line and only included on a plane that had plenty of extra room for it. So, my package could actually sit in a Post Office warehouse for up to 5 weeks before they get a plane with a small load for it to ship.

Well, Filip send to send it the cheapest way and he didn’t seem too concerned about how long it will take, so I sent it off. He will let me know when he gets it so we have a good idea of how long to allow for any future shipments to each other.

 

My Bank is So Screwed Up

Money is tight and maybe its just me, but I always thought that the fucking banks are supposed to take money and put it in an account for you – its still YOUR fucking money, even though they are keeping it safe for you. Right?

So, I put my paycheck in the bank last week and I went to an ATM to get some gas money and the ATM wouldn’t give me any fucking money! I’m like, what the fuck?

So I go park the car and walk inside the bank and stand in line forever and when I finally get up to the teller I find out that the bank has charged my account some fees and there’s no money left in my account. So I just got paid and now I’m broke.

But then I ask what the fees are for and they tell me and it makes no sense. Like, when was I notified of all these fees? And they play it off and try to fuck me over about it. But it’s not making sense to me and I ask to see it on paper. Well, after all that bullshit it turns out that it was the bank’s mistake. Those fees were never supposed to come out of my account at all. So I’m like, give me my fucking money – I’m outta here.

I closed that fucking account and have my cash money in hand. When I get my next paycheck I’ll go open a new account at some other bank. I’m too pissed off to deal with any more bank shit today.

Looking at the Kindle

I love the Amazon web site and I find myself chopping there almost weekly instead of going to a regular shopping center, mall or store. I would rather buy something I like at a fair price and have them worry about finding the right size and color for me. I hate looking through racks of clothing or shelves of items trying to find the right brand or the right fit or the right style. Invariably there is every size and color on the rack except the one that I want.

Amazon has been heavily promoting their digital reader called the Kindle. It is featured on the front page of their web site and they even send me emails promoting it. I like the idea of one, but don’t know a single person who has one to give me an actual testimonial. If you have one, how about leaving me a comment about what you like best or if it has any shortcomings that you’ve discovered once you started using it.

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