Going to church

church service

Begins: Sun, 05 Aug 2007 at 9:45 AM

Ends: Sun, 05 Aug 2007 at 12:30 PM

Location:

2390 W. Broad St.

Athens, Georgia 30606

USA

For the hell of it, I’ve created an event i.e. going to a Baptist church with my friends, P and J. I’ll hopefully go to lunch afterwards or I suspect I’ll be too tuckered out to do much. I stayed up till 5.35am reading a book by Ken Follett called “A Place called Freedom”. To say it moved me is saying the least. The fact that I refused to sleep till I’d consumed the whole book should tell you something. Go check the book out from your local library, now! The next book I’ll be feasting my eyes on is a book by a renowned ethnobiologist from Harvard who teased out the ingredients in Haitian voodoo that caused the phenomenon of zombie-ism. I can’t remember the title of the book right now, but it’s a must read for those who poo-poo the occult.

We are a fraudulent people.

Well, a lot of us. I am thoroughly nauseated at the collective mindset of people. I’m getting reacquainted with NBC’s Dateline and right, watching an episode called “To Catch an i-Jacker“. This means they’re tracking (and hopefully catching) those people who nabbed ipods that were planted by the dateline crew. They use a bunch of scenarios like leaving your ipod on a table at the food court, or leaving it in your car, etc. It’s absolutely disheartening the way people just took these gadgets without a scintilla of hesitation. The most infuriating thing for me is the smugness of the crazy teens who did a lot of the pickings. It made me almost wish that they would’ve gotten charged with crimes because they would be the sort of people who would get away with murder if they knew they could get away with it! What disgusted me a lot more was how either a man or woman (who is part of a couple) would take the ipod and not a word of protest or even an argument from the other party. I’m not going to pretend to have the cleanest hands, but I know that Matt is one of the most scrupulous people I know. If I had the thought, he would look at me like I’ve grown two heads and lecture me (lovingly. :)) on the error of my ways. The thieves range from teenagers, college kids to old married couples! I particularly laughed at the college kid’s (a sophomore) explanation of how she had gotten shafted before. Ergo, she needed to even the score. Also, she said she didn’t know that they could be tracked or else she wouldn’t have done it. See what I meant about getting away with murder?! Now, the way Dateline was able to track the people down was through their voluntary registration of the product via iTunes or online. After this episode, I’m sure that people are finding ways to not register ipods to prevent being found out. I have never owned an iPod and will not because of the same reason I’ll never own a Mac. Overpriced pieces of turd. It’s like buying name brand clothing and regular clothing without any appreciable difference in quality. I’ll stick with my tried-and-true alternatives: Windows, Creative, etc. Please check out the video and leave your comments.

Careless whispers and companies that could care less

This post is backdated because it was on my old Drupal site. I was a former Gas South customer and I was treated very badly. Enjoy my story.This song (Careless Whispers) was recorded on my Creative Zen Sleek Photo from a radio station. Matthew introduced me to George Michael and his songs. Apparently, this song was first released as a solo George Michael single, while he was part of the pop group Wham!. So, I fell in love with this one in particular. Enjoy the song. While you’re listening, I’ll take the time to burden you with some trouble I’ve been having or had (hopefully). When picking a company to provide a service say gas, please choose wisely. I didn’t and I tolerated this particular gas company’s service until when I decided to quit due to a change in my living situation. The first thing they did was hit me with a cancellation fee that I hadn’t been advised of. Naturally, I challenged this fee and it took them over 1 month to investigate and remove this $50 cancellation fee. Well, I didn’t pay the initial final charge with the $50 bill tacked on. In a little over a month after the matter was resolved, I got a letter from a debt collection agency about the account which was overdue. To say I was blindsided was an understatement. They sent my account over to collections without so much as a “Hey you — pay or collections-here-we-come letter”. I paid the bill the day after I received the letter from the external collections agency and then, called this company (it’s Gas South, for the record). I have all my cell phone records and distinctly recall asking the CSR (customer service representative) for a final bill to be sent to me. This never happened. During my call to Gas South this time around, I got the call escalated and it reached a lady who pulled all the tricks they teach them at customer service school. First, she claimed that during my last call to confirm if the case had been resolved, that I hadn’t requested for a bill to be sent. I should have requested for a call transcript, but it slipped my mind. Then, the next thing was my inquiry into their reporting procedures. Apparently, it’s 45 days from issuing the final bill and 30 days from when it’s due that it’s first sent to Gas-South’s internal collection crew. They’re supposed to get in touch with the customer and then, forward it to an external collections agency if the customer doesn’t pony up the money. I never heard anything from Gas South. The last time I called them was 06/08/2007 and I was so occupied with things like my parents coming down, my wedding reception, etc. I’ll be the first to admit that I should have been on top of things. Nevertheless, it doesn’t give a company license to fast-track things as they please without regard to due process. I’ve since lodged a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and I am in the midst of drafting up a letter to their headquarters. That way, I’ll have my complaints on the books and their system.

Update: I’ve found a Youtube video of his performance of the song so enjoy it!

and here’s just the mp3 of the song:

Working with Nero and Grandcentral Beta!

Well, Google acquired GrandCentral awhile back and I signed up to be the recipient of an invite. I just got mine today and signed up. It basically gives you a number that you can be reached at which will also call your phones. It aims to be a central repository for your voice messages and voice calls. Go ahead and visit GrandCentral & don’t forget to sign up for an invite or simply ask yours truly by dropping a comment. 🙂 Meanwhile, I’ve got video of my reception that was on the 23rd of June. My dad took it to Circuit City to get it recoded to DVD (directly from his Hi8 camcorder). Well, I’ve been having some trouble creating a good .ISO file (using ImgBurn at first and then, Nero Recode). Now, Matt bought some Maxell DVD-R’s with “Sequential Recording” that don’t seem to be compatible or working. I’m pissed and I hope he saved the receipts so we can return them a.s.a.p.Update: The fake DVD-Rs from Maxell (never even heard of them!) were returned for the tried-and-true Memorex 16X DVD-Rs. They are working fine and I’m burning up a storm over here. I just read a note by a former college alumnus and it left me feeling heartened. It is definitely a suit-to-scrubs story in this alumnus’s terms. I’m just going to count my own blessings in this corner of the world.

Viva la revolucion!

Sorry to have such a dramatic title. Well, I have switched webhosts again. The circumstances were less than optimal, but I’ll repost a brief recap. of all that transpired. Essentially, my plan with Awardspace expired on the 13th of June, 2007. I emailed support asking to be reverted to the free plan pending my decision to upgrade or not to upgrade. I was essentially told to either poney up the money or say buh-bye to my data. Their response was: Sorry but we cannot convert your account from paid to free, so if you do not renew it we will have to close it when it expires (which is today). Please create free account and move your files there if you want to continue using our hosting services.If you have any other questions do not hesitate to contact us again. Sorry for the inconvenience. I was teed off and disappointed. Needless to say, I emailed support back telling them, requesting a few days to get my data offline.

And this time, someone else responded with the “complex technicalities” involved in moving from free to paid: Our clustered system is designed in that way so we move the entire account from the FREE server to a different one – PAID physically. The account is not just upgraded but moved to a different server physically. In case of non payment (renewal) of your account there is no way at this stage, to move back the account. You can still continue using our service if you sign up for a FREE account again and move your site there. We hope you understand our policy as we have never wrote or stated that in case of upgrade, next year if you decide to quit the service we move back the account on a FREE server. As per your request you have 5 business days to download your web site. Thank you for reading. No shit, Sherlock. I am positive that if I had pushed my case, Awardspace would have capitulated because their technicians admit not having anything of that sort in their terms of service agreement.

To make a long sojourn short, I found another webhost that has a free year of hosting whereafter I may decide to stick with them. Their price tag is pretty steep, but if they don’t give me any trouble, they might earn my money. I am currently on the J2-VDS hosting plan with Jumpline for a year of free service. So wish me luck in navigating this new system. In the meantime, I am preparing for my parents to come all the way from Nigeria to see me and my husband, pretty soon. My post-wedding reception is coming up on the 23rd of June and I’ll get to eat/drink/have fun. Mark your calendars!! Oh, lest I forget, check out my gallery which is slowly being repopulated with the mass of pictures I had before.