Random iPod Screengrabs


We’re hunkering down here in SoCal as we’re expecting some really strong winds to kick up shortly and tear the entire area to hell. But that’s okay because I’ve got on my monkey-print Snuggie.

What, don’t believe me? Here’s actual proof that I do in fact own one (since Ann bought it for me for Christmas):

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I know I may have said a few nasty things about them in the past but ya know, I tried it and I like it. So sue me already.

Anyway, back to the post. I was scanning through my Photo Album on my iPod the other night and it occurred to me that despite my iPod not having a camera, I had quite a few images stored on it. And I figured that since I hadn’t posted in a bit, sharing said images might make for an interesting post so you can once again see what it’s like to live inside this strange cranium of mine.

The reasons for the screencaps vary but the one dominating topic seems to be, as you would expect, spelling and grammar.

I download tons of apps for free using AppShopper which gives me time to try them out. If I don’t like them, I just delete them and everything’s cool. That’s a good thing because if I had paid for some of these apps and then saw the grammatical errors in them, I would have asked for a refund pronto. That seems like a great place to start, no? So here we go with the first one.

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Based on the horrible English in its description, I didn’t even bother to download this app. Kind of reminds me of the “I make pee-pee in your Coke” limerick.

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See, this is why I’m not allowed in pet stores anymore: I’m always taping the glass of the aquariums.

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Who is Sava Successful, and why are they thanking my supports?

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I like to brag, so I always sumit my high score on Facebook.

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“…you’re spacehips controls brake down…”? So these people can develop apps yet couldn’t pass a 4th grade English exam?

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Hmmm, okey then…

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Thinking I could use a little happiness in my life, I downloaded 30 Steps to Happiness. I was doing okay reading the daily tips until I got to this one. While the misspelling of beginning is obvious, people need to be better versed in the difference between everyday and every day:

  • Everyday: commonplace or standard, as in “That’s our everyday low price.”
  • Every day: occurring daily, as in “I pass that idiot cyclist who never stops at the red light every day on my way to work.”

This error ended my quest for happiness.

But alas, the spelling errors aren’t limited to apps.

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I was never a fan of Shakria.

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If your Facebook page is a tongue-in-cheek look at the English language, you best make damn sure that your posts are spelled right.

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This was a rant posted by a grocery worker on KTLA’s Facebook page at a time when we thought that their union was going to call a strike. While it was common for readers to sling insults about the intelligence of grocery workers (at a time when jobs are not easy to find and California being second to Nevada in unemployment), this courageous worker decided to step up and not only defend what their union was supposedly fighting for, but also demand that the media “quite making us out to be Stupid people.” It was pretty outrages, if you think about it.

With the grammar out of the way, let’s move on to the rest.

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I’ve been to Winnemucca, Elko, and Battle Mountain, NV. I know they exist despite their strange names. But I’ve lived in CA all my life and had no freaking idea there was a city named Alyeupkigna. That’s why I screencapped this one so I could Google it later.

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Wi-fi log-in screen, Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank, CA. This was when I worked on ABC’s The Whole Truth.

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Wi-fi log-in screen, The Walt Disney Studios, Burbank, CA. This was when I worked on ABC’s No Ordinary Family.

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“Hi, I’m Woody! Howdy howdy howdy!”

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I just thought this was a strange choice to include in a word puzzle game. “No artistic value”? I beg to differ. They obviously never heard of Edward Penishands.

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Leo Laporte’s yoga ball pops live on the air. See it here (starts at about 0:38).

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A few from Foo Fighters’ “White Limo” video. Yeah, that’s Lemmy from Motörhead and Dave Grohl wearing a COPS sweatshirt.

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Perfect for posting in a forum or something: “There is no hope for humankind.” You can also have it run through your head whenever you see a Kardashian on TV.

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Yeah, getting touched by a priest is never a good thing.

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Using the Alarmed app, this is the message my iPod displays once the alarm goes off. Message aside, I use this app daily and ditched my alarm clock.

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Oh, and here’s the most recent screengrab which I did just for this post. In looking at this woman you’d probably think yeah, she’s definitely attractive. White teeth, nice smile…in short, a pretty woman.

Pretty on the outside at least.

What led me to this picture was a rather disturbing story about this woman, a story that included her mugshot:

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It turns out that Kimberly Lindsey is – okay, wasa highly regarded scientist with the Centers for Disease Control but was under investigation for allegations of child abuse, which is bad enough.

But what makes this story worse? Sufficient evidence was uncovered during the investigation that she also allegedly partook in acts of bestiality with her pets.

While that could be another blog post in itself, I think I’ll just end it here before I get all crazy and stuff. I mean, this woman was a freaking scientist and a respected one at that. Turns out she’s as pervy and twisted and sick and evil as anything.

The mind boggles.

Anyway, I didn’t want to end this post on a low note but it seems I did. So aside from those last images, I hope you enjoyed all of the other ones along with the commentary I posted.

Ahem.

Hey, did I mention I’m wearing a Snuggie?

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Black Friday Deal: Virgin Mobile’s HTC Wildfire for $99.99 at Radio Shack


Hey, I hope you all are relaxing after your Thanksgiving meals. I know I am and we ate at 12pm. Gives you an idea of how much I enjoyed myself.

Onto the meat of the post. I just realized that Radio Shack will be offering Virgin Mobile’s HTC Wildfire S for $99.99, which is 50% off its regular price of $199.99.

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Now I know I may have mentioned in a previous post that I wasn’t in a really big hurry to consider this phone but honestly, at 50% off of its MSRP, I may be outside Radio Shack tomorrow morning to pick one up. I already ordered one online for Ann who occasionally has issues with her Optimus V freezing up. I’ve tried cleaning stuff out of it and it still does it now and then. This will be her Christmas gift from me.

Myself, I’m just thinking of it as an affordable upgrade which is what makes prepaid programs much more enticing. For a single Benjamin, I can upgrade my phone in less than a year’s time as opposed to being on a contract when I would have to wait until it was up (usually 2 years) before I can consider doing the same thing. Not only that, I’d be paying taxes on the full price of the phone even if I got it under contract for $50. And that ain’t cool* (READ UPDATE BELOW). By that logic, the purchase seems more than justified.

If you want to avoid the crowds (not that there would be any at Radio Shack but I could be wrong), you can order it online now or be like me if you can’t wait for the phone to arrive on your porch and hit your local bricks-and-mortar location at 5:30am.

It’s a good thing my local store is only a few miles away because I’m so crawling back into bed when I get home. And if you do get this one or the Optimus V at Target, don’t forget to use Ann’s Kickbacks code when activating: UJWQD9VW. Heck, or mine: dJWQc09H.

Enjoy the shopping season! With the exception of this, I’m done 🙂

*UPDATE 11/25/11: I bought one online Thursday and paid taxes (8.75% in CA) on the sale price (around $108). This morning, I went to my local store and ended up paying taxes on the full price (around $117). What gives?

  • $99.99 @ 8.75% CA tax = $8.74 (online price of $108.74)
  • $199.99 @ 8.75% CA tax = $17.49 (in-store price of $117.49)

Tweeted @RadioShack. Waiting for reply and will post reply/resolution.

The East Coast Family


Yet another dialog with Ann in which she plays a guessing game with me.

She started off by telling me she was watching Family Matters today – for whatever reason, I don’t know. I guess The Snorks weren’t on just yet.

Ann: Hey, guess who was the musical guest on Family Matters today?

Me: Boyz II Men?

Ann: No…

Me: ABC?

(Growing agitated)

Ann: No!

Me: BBD?

(Raises voice)

Ann: NO!

Yes, this is what it’s like to live with me. And poor Ann has dealt with it for 18 years.

In case it wasn’t painfully obvious, that was a reference Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly” and yes, I was wrong on all three guesses. Turns out it was All 4 One, yet another popular R&B harmony group from back in the ‘90s. Hey, at least I didn’t say it was these doofy honkies:

I could keep this list going and going all night long but for now, I really must move to the jacuzzi…ooh, that booty…smack it, flip it, rub it down, OH NOOOOOOOOOOO!

By the way, this is Post #900 on ye olde blog! Go me!

Virgin Mobile’s LG Optimus V for $10 at Target on Black Friday — Sort Of


If you’re in the market for either an 8GB iPod touch with iOS 5 or a Virgin Mobile LG Optimus V, or if you just want to buy someone something really spiffy this year, the folks at Target are aiming to make your wishes come true on Black Friday.

Provided things go as planned or as I think they might, the time you spend with all those lunatics beginning at midnight/Friday morning will be time well spent when you realize you could possibly leave the store paying only $10 for the Optimus V.

How so, you say?

Target is offering a $40 Gift Card with the purchase of an 8GB iPod touch which is being advertised at the unremarkable price of $195. That’s a whopping $4 off the MSRP if you’re keeping score but hey, don’t blame the bullseye for the lame markdown — you know how Apple is.

They are also offering the Optimus V for $49.99 which is a bargain among bargains if I’ve ever seen one. (In fact, I’m composing this post on my Optimus V. I added the images at home, however.) So putting those two facts together, one could surmise that getting the phone for $10 is possible if:

  1. The Gift Card is issued at the time of iPod purchase or is an on-pack promotion
  2. It doesn’t have any particular redemption dates

I’ve gotten free Target Gift Cards before and they’ve been pretty lenient about when they can be used. I’ve gone right back in the store and used them or given them to Ann who was behind me in line buying a few items.

So, if the aforementioned rules hold true, then all you’ll need to do is bring a friend — or your split personality if you have one — along with you when shopping. You go for the iPod and your friend grabs the phone. Once you have and pay for the iPod and get the $40 Gift Card, hand it off to your partner in crime for redemption on the phone.

BOOM! A $10 Android phone!

Between the two of you, you will leave the store paying a combined total of only $204 (plus tax, the iPod buyer paying almost all of it). About the only thing you’ll have to do is pay your friend back for the phone, say “Merry Christmas!” and let them have it, or fight it out in the parking lot while a stranger shoots a video of you two and posts it on YouTube with the title, “Two Black Friday Idiots in Target Parking Lot Fighting Over Phone.” Hey, it could go viral. You never know.

Any thoughts on this? Do you plan to do any BF shopping and especially, giving this plan a shot? I don’t. I’m done shopping. But if you’re not, I’d like to hear how it went so post your experiences in the Comments when you return. Or, if you’re on the Twitter, tweet if it worked by posting something like:

“Got Android phone for $10 @target. Thanks, holographicmeatloaf.com! @aeromat“.

The @aeromat mention is me, of course.

So get some sleep after your Thanksgiving feast and go for it. You can thank me later…if it works… 🙂

And hey, if it does work, give my wife some credit and use her Kickbacks code when you activate your phone: UJWQD9VW. We no longer have a home phone and she’s been burning through her minutes, so help her out!

Random Thoughts for November 19, 2011


Remember when Saturday mornings meant sitting in front of the TV and watching Looney Tunes until you puked or at least got tired of that goddamned Speedy Gonzales and what could be considered the very first undocumented case of ADHD?

Yeah, I miss those days, too. Now we’re slammed with crappy E-rated ‘toons that are no longer violent and therefore not worthy of our time.

That’s why I’m posting these, some more random thoughts that went through my head and had the time to jot down in my Palm Pilot. Um, Android.

Not that these are much more funny or have anything to do with Saturday morning Looney Tunes but there seems to be a lot of ADD going on here. I think. Maybe. I don’t know.

Oh, look! A poodle!

Let them begin!

(Points) Doppelganger! (Loudly) DOP-PEL-GAN-GER!

Well, pardon me while I burst into flames. (An homage to Incubus’ “Pardon Me”)

Of course fat people are big tippers. Someone made their food and it’s being delivered to them. That’s fat guy heaven right there.

So does this condition have a name? Because right now it sounds like bullshit.

Did you just call the coffee machine a “fucker”? (I actually said this to a coworker)

Man recalls the night he met his future wife in full detail. Starship’s “Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now” plays in background. Wife interrupts and says, “Hey, that wasn’t me! We met at the Wendy’s drive-thru window when I dropped a Frosty on your crotch!”

I used to be okay with you, but that was before I realized how fucking annoying you really are.

That’s nice, go away.

Ah, Christmas…the grand parade of lifeless of packaging. (An homage to Genesis’ “The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging”)

You know, you were on vacation for a week and it felt like you were gone for a month. You’ve only been back for 5 minutes and you’re already bugging the fuck out of me.

I was fine until that whole questioning-my-existence thing kicked in. Damn that Catholic church.

He threw a fuckin’ dinner roll at me! What a dick!

See, here’s the thing: I don’t fucking care.

Wow, who expected all those f-bombs?

You did, of course. Well, at least you should expect them coming here.

I could probably branch this Random Thoughts category into an entirely new blog but Jesus, I already have 3 blogs. I’ll stick to posting them here.

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