December
31
Filed Under (CITRT, Geekspeak, Humor, Work) by Justin on 2007-12-31

I recently overheard someone say “just because you are necessary, doesn’t mean you’re important!” I think this applies so well to the field of IT and while it’s funny, it might also make some of us do a harsh reality check.

It’s a bit ironic that only days after hearing that comment, I saw Get Me the Geeks! on 60 Minutes last night. Overall, it’s probably the most interesting 13 minutes of “news” I’ve seen on any of the major, national networks in several years. I found two bits within the story particularly entertaining:

Software companies will try and convince you it’s a hardware problem and hardware companies will do the reverse. According to one survey, 29 percent of all callers swear at their customer service representative, 21 percent just scream. The rest presumably are too exhausted to do either.

I’ve experienced this first hand before (the hardware/software dance) and it’s not particularly fun, especially when a mission-critical system is involved. Luckily, as a geek myself, I know what signs to recognize in the support person’s pre-written scripts and as a result, you can typically socially engineer your way in to getting whatever it is you want from the person on the other end of the line. I’d be interested in seeing the rest of that survey and what the other response choices were, because I seriously have a hard time believing that only half of callers get to this point of anger. I have a feeling another good chunk end up just getting frustrated, hang up without a resolution, and then call their favorite neighborhood geek.

This is the other thing that struck me as just… well, I’m not sure…

Dr. Donald Norman is an uber-geek – a professor at Northwestern University and one of the preeminent engineers in the country. He helped set the technical standards for high definition television in the U.S., but he had to hire a geek to set up his own TV.

I’m sorry, but is it really that complicated or is “PhD” just another way to spell “dumb” maybe? It really is a relatively simple process, especially with the advent of HDMI! Even before HDMI and we were using component video cables, it’s pretty simple: yellow to yellow, red to red, white to white. Done.

Anyhow, if you’ve ever had a funny experience with tech support or are at all a geek, you’ll enjoy the piece I think. Check it out.

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December
20
Filed Under (Humor, Politics) by Justin on 2007-12-20

I got comments, both on and off-blog about the Merry Tossmas video I posted the other day, so I thought you’d all enjoy this email that was forwarded to me by my dad.

For my Democratic “friends”:
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice Not to observe religious or secular traditions at all.

I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures.

And to my Republican Friends:
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and may God bless you and yours in 2008!

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November
19
Filed Under (Humor, News, Politics) by Justin on 2007-11-19

Poll numbers continue to show Huckabee climbing, with many of them showing him in second place in Iowa. The campaign definitely has traction and is still gaining momentum. Governor Huckabee premiered his first television ad yesterday morning on Fox News, and I have to say, it’s the most refreshing political advertisement I’ve seen in a long, long time.

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October
19
Filed Under (Humor, TV) by Justin on 2007-10-19

I picked up Season One of “The Office” a few weeks ago and I have to say – I am hooked. I watched the Pilot episode earlier this week and tonight, I’ve watched four more. It’s absolute gold. I love the chemistry/tension between Jim and Pam. Something about the cinematography too just really sets the show apart. And yeah, it’s pretty funny too.

I can’t wait to grab the rest of the seasons and get caught up!

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October
08
Filed Under (Humor) by Justin on 2007-10-08

This was forwarded to me from my wife. I even left in her smart little comment in the second paragraph. This is just another of example that “true things are the funniest”

Men Are Just Happier People. What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can be President. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park. Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress: $5000; Tux rental: $100. People never stare at your chest when you’re talking to them. New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood, all the time!

Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase (EXCEPT YOU JUSTIN HEHE). You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.

Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes – one color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can “do” your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.

You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier.

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October
04
Filed Under (CITRT, Geekspeak, Humor) by Justin on 2007-10-04

If you follow my blog, you know that Pearls Before Swine is my favorite comic strip ever. Today, they have quite an appropriate strip posted today, considering I’m at the RoundTable.

Pearls Before Swine for Oct 4 2007

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September
13
Filed Under (church, Humor) by Justin on 2007-09-13

Seen in #citrt on Freenode:

jthompsonic: !forecast atlanta
ianb: hah!
itbot: Today: Hi 86 Lo 69, Chance Rain Showers. Precip: AM 31% PM 48%
itbot: Tomorrow: Hi 81 Lo 67, Rain Showers Likely. Precip: AM 70% PM 50%
ianb: !forecast hell
itbot: Today: Hi 72 Lo 53, Mostly Sunny. Precip: AM 0% PM 15%
itbot: Tomorrow: Hi 68 Lo 43, Rain Showers. Precip: AM 40% PM 21%

Funny, that’s not what the NIV says…

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July
23
Filed Under (Humor, Politics) by Justin on 2007-07-23

Shortly after my post about RightNation last week, Brandon emailed me a note to check out Free Republic. I’d heard of FR before, but never really checked it out. I got a really good chuckle this morning when I hopped over there and found this headline: Bush Proposes Sending Transformers™ to Iraq:

July 17, 2007 – Increasingly frustrated by the Iraqi government’s failure to meet a series of defined benchmarks, President George W. Bush today proposed sending a group of giant robots known as the Transformers™ to Iraq.

Aides to the president were vague as to when Mr. Bush arrived at his new Transformers™ strategy. But sources say that he devised the plan last week, shortly after a surprise visit to a multiplex in Bethesda, Md.

It links to a Newsweek satire piece, which is pretty enjoyable to someone like myself who really enjoys a well-written piece of satire. We all owe Brandon a big thanks for directing me towards FR.

All together now: “THANKS BRANDON!”

Hat tip: Brandon

PS: Does that make it better, Pookie?

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