Bug-a-salt is here!

Got mine today (I was one of their project funders) (of course with it being cool very few targets of opportunity):

Killing bugs. With salt.

Killing bugs. With salt.

 

Bug-a-salt.

 

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Funny apartment complex name – RPR Village

This is in the Medical District here in Fort Worth-

I suppose VDRL Court was taken

I suppose VDRL Court was taken

For those not in on the joke: RPR

Quantas mechanics have another work hazard

Ten foot pythons in the engine compartments/flap operators:

Snake clings to wing of Qantas plane – video | World news | guardian.co.uk_640x480

Click the link, I didn’t embed it here as I cannot turn off the autoplay.

From The Guardian.

Great Moments in Amazon Kindle tech support

I want to preface this by saying the technical problem I had was of my own doing, and once I talked to someone who had a clue it was fixed in two minutes.
Then, there’s this unintentional comedy! I went to the Amazon Kindle support page, as I’d tried their email support and they couldn’t even be bothered to try, I got ‘please open a chat window’ as their response email.
A chat was begun:
You are now connected to Amazon from Amazon.com.
Me:my kindle fire DH 7″ seems to think it’s in the UK. The .com button in the lower right of the keyboard displays .co.uk, and when searching for websites it always offers the .co.uk ones as the recommended ones.

I’ve checked my country setting under manage my devices (US). Serial Number: ####

Amazon:Hello.. This is Sweety from the Digital Team.
Welcome to Amazon Digital Chat.
I am glad to help you.
I am very sorry to hear about this.
[pause]
Let me look into this.
[pause]
Since your query is regarding the Kindle, let me help you by transferring you to our Kindle Specialist. Please be on hold.
A Customer Service Associate will be with you in a moment.
[this is after telling the Amazon support page my problem is with a Kindle to start the chat...]
You are now connected to S*** from Amazon.com.
[I have changed this persons' name so they won't get abused like they should be]
S***: Hello, my name is S***. I’ll be happy to help you.
Me:hi
[long, long pause]
?
S***:I checked and see that your Kindle has been registered under Amazon.com.
Me:Good.
S***:Is there anything else I can do for you today ?
Me:Yes. Fix the problem, or even pretend you understand what it is.
S***:I’m sorry.
Could you please rephrase the above sentence?
Me:Here is my problem:
my kindle fire DH 7″ seems to think it’s in the UK. The .com button in the lower tright of the keyboard displays .co.uk, and when searching for websites it always offers the .co.uk ones as the recommended ones.
I’ve checked my country setting under manage my devices (US). Serial Number: ####
I want my kindle to understand its keyboard, and it itself aren’t in the UK, and to stop behaving that way.
S***:I can confirm that your Kindle is registered under Amazon.com. Your Kindle with serial #### is Kindle Fire HD.
Me:Would you be so kind as to transfer me to the next level or technical support please?
S***:Sure, [me].
Could you please provide me the best possible phone number to connect you right now?
Me:[a phone number]
S***:When your phone rings, please answer it.
You may hear ringing while we connect you to Customer Service.

Your call is now connected.

 

Yep. That happened.

I then spent 10 minutes on the phone with a first level tech person, and an escalation got me to ‘Todd’, who was sharp, and had my problem fixed in about 2 minutes.

Still. Comedy support gold.

12 STI’s of Christmas, 2012

My yearly Christmas favorite, reposted:

Courtesy of the British National Health Service (click the banner):

Hmmm.

NSFW. Funny, but Unsafe for work,unless your work involves STD’s in which case it’s required.

It’s my seasonal favorite post, and I hope it’s one of yours.

Not the STD’s, the funny song with equally amusing illustrations. The backstory, from a previous blog post:

I have seen several searches of this blog for the British National Health Services’ “12 STI’s of Christmas“, and wondered why. The answer: the NHS site no longer carries the wonderful show, for reasons unknown to me. As for the searches, I guess the Christmas season has people thinking about sexually transmitted infections (diseases on this side of the Pond) set to Christmas tunes.

Merry Christmas!

Funny present

Got this from one of my several (fun to work with) boss-colleagues…



Ha!

(This, by the way, is the closest I get to swearing on this site; real life, well….)

The astonishing interactive map that show EVERY bomb dropped on London during the Blitz | Mail Online

I thought I knew rather a lot about WWII (for someone who didn’t live through it), but was completely shocked at the graphic representation of all the bombs that struck London:

If you’ve ever wondered how close London’s landmarks came to being blown up in the Blitz, a new interactive map has the answer.

The Bomb Sight project allows people to zoom in on a map of the capital to see the damage inflicted during the heaviest period of bombing by German planes.

via The astonishing interactive map that show EVERY bomb dropped on London during the Blitz | Mail Online.

Astonishing.

Best article first-author, maybe ever

[blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/cardionp/status/276145727883866112"]

Following the link gets us:

Made me laugh…I might be 12 today.

A physician takes his flu vaccine under protest

Good, well written rant-

A physician takes his flu vaccine under protest

by Doug McGuff, MD on November 27th, 2012in Physician

To hospital administration,

I am writing this letter to inform you that when I take my mandated influenza vaccine I will be doing so under protest and with the understanding that failure to do so could result in loss of my ability to earn income for myself and my family. Unfortunately, I do not qualify for any of the exemptions allowed by our facility. Since I am not religious, I have no religious objections, I am not allergic, and I have never had Guillane-Barre as a result of a flu vaccine. My objection to the vaccine is based on rational evidence and moral indignation.

via A physician takes his flu vaccine under protest.

Dr Seuss Does Malaria « Contagions

Terrific!

This Malaria map was illustrated by Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, during World War II to educate young GIs. According to the Naval Department Library, this map was printed on the back of a Newsmap (two sided poster) that showed the five war fronts in 1943: Russia, Italy, “air offensive”, southwest Pacific and Burma.

via Dr Seuss Does Malaria « Contagions.

Excellent primer on Malaria (and Ann!).

via @doctorgrumpy @docgrumpy on Twitter

Argo – a bad movie review

Tonight I took a beautiful woman to dinner and a movie, and I chose (with assent) Argo based on the recommendation of friends. I have good friends.

I won’t actually review the movie, that’s what Rotten Tomatoes is for.

I will tell you a funny story.

We were driving away from the theater (all of 6 in the hall on a Tuesday night) when I said: “Hey, a movie where the Americans are the good guys”,

to which my lovely wife said

“Well, it’s about actual Americans”.

There ya go. A movie review.

 

PS: I need to learn to write with fewer I’s.

Well, that’s at least new

Tonight we had house alarm false #3 in about 6 weeks. Geez. Gift baskets for my neighbors.

To the alarm panel I go, and it tells me it’s a glassbreak downstairs. This isn’t good, as were I looking to break into the house I’d do it though the basement (and thus the glassbreaks, motion sensors, punjii-pits and laser traps).

So, to the bottom of the stair I go, and for the first time in my house I’m getting really spooked: someone is breathing heavily on the other end of the long room! I sweep the room behind me, and go to have a look, with the Voice of Doom in my right hand and a suddenly tremulous flashlight in the left. I clear the entire area, and nobody there, but the sound remains.

Then I hear a sharp noise behind me. I looked up to hear sound coming out of a glassbreak detector. Freaky. As I was about to curse the alarm manufacturer, hot water dripped on me.

Glassbreaks will alarm and make audible noise when you run water through them, turns out. The leak is in the dishwasher discharge on the floor above. Water and breaker are off to the dishwasher, and Monday will be calls to the trades.

Yes, by the way, this is the same ceiling the dishwasher dropped during the kitchen remodel several months ago. I have high hopes it’ll stay together and dry out well, though the dishwasher needs a different kind of union to the discharge piping.

I’m going to have the flashlight examined, too.

8 Pound, 9 Ounce Baby Born on 10/11/12 at 13:14 | CNSNews.com

That’s all the story you need to read, right there.

8 Pound, 9 Ounce Baby Born on 10/11/12 at 13:14

Des Moines baby a numerologist’s delight

via 8 Pound, 9 Ounce Baby Born on 10/11/12 at 13:14 | CNSNews.com.

The most entertaining celebrity political endorsement of the century

I’m not endorsing the candidate, just the ad.

 

Steve Martin is terrific.

An Elegantly Icky Solution

Entertaining and medical!

I’d love to shield the identify of the patient in this story. But I can’t, and you’ll understand why in a minute. It’s not that I’m worried about a HIPAA violation or a law suit. After all, the patient was my mother-in-law. She and my father-in-law – Pop Pop – have moved in with us . . . so they aren’t going to sue anybody. And while I hesitate to embarrass my soft-spoken “Mom Mom” with the details of this tale, I have to tell this story straight. Here goes.

via An Elegantly Icky Solution.

Sounds like something we need to try earlier.