Friday, June 30, 2006
Yip Yip Yip Yip Yip Yip
via Sago Boulevard
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Happy Blogging Birthday To Me!
I've been on the Internet for almost 12 years now, and I've never stayed with one thing for at least a year. Chat rooms, message boards, Usenet, online groups, etc..., but I've found the J-Blogosphere the most enjoyable of them all. A special thanks needs to be given to DovBear, whose blog sucked me into this wonderful alternate universe. 13 months ago I had never read a blog. One day at work I somehow stumbled across DB and got immediately hooked.
What a long strange trip it's been so far. I hope it doesn’t end.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Once Again, A New Template
Way To Go Chaim!!
A Diamond In The Rough
But most of the time, the Times just prints drivel like today’s Op-Ed. I’m sorry, but anyone named Clark Kent Ervin shouldn’t be allowed to write. At least not under his own name.
Monday, June 26, 2006
So Much For Moving To The Holy Land
What Has Become Of Our Religon??
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Back To Square One
Friday, June 23, 2006
A Splash Of Cold Water
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Knicks Fire Brown...
Editorial Of The Day
Great editorial in today's Wall Street Journal.
Combatants who fail to obey those laws--by not wearing distinctive military insignia or targeting civilians--are not entitled to its privileges. If they were, the very purpose of the Convention would be rendered a nonsense. And this is why the
U.S.has refused Genevaprivileges to the enemy combatants at , which we hope is an argument heeded by the Supreme Court as it decides the Hamdan case. Guantanamo
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Customer Care Representative From Hell
An incredible video from CNBC shows an AOL customer trying to cancel his account, but a phone rep won't let him do it. What customer Vincent Ferrari got when he tried to cancel his account was a lot of frustration.
It took him 15 minutes waiting on the phone just to reach a real, live person.
And, what happened next was recorded by Ferrari on audio and lasted about four minutes:
CLOCK READOUT - 00:00
AOL REPRESENTATIVE: Hi this is John at AOL... how may I help you today?
VINCENT FERRARI: I wanted to cancel my account.
AOL: Sorry to hear that. Let's pull your account up here real quick. Can I have your name please?
VINCENT: Vincent Ferrari.
CLOCK READOUT - 00:30
AOL: You've had this account for a long time.
AOL: Use this quite a bit. What was the cause of wanting to turn this off today?
VINCENT: I just don't use it anymore.
AOL: Do you have a high speed connection, like the DSL or cable?
AOL: How long have you had that...
AOL: ...the high speed?
AOL: Well, actually I'm showing a lot of usage on this account.
VINCENT: Yeah, a long time, a long time ago, not recently...
CLOCK READOUT - 01:47
AOL: Okay, I mean is there a problem with the software itself?
VINCENT: No. I just don't use it, I don't need it, I don't want it. I just don't need it anymore.
AOL: Okay. So when you use this... I mean, use the computer, I'm saying, is that for business or for... for school?
VINCENT: Dude, what difference does it make. I don't want the AOL account anymore. Can we please cancel it?
CLOCK READOUT - 02:21
AOL: Last year was 545, last month was 545 hours of usage...
VINCENT: I don't know how to make this any clearer, so I'm just gonna say it one last time. Cancel the account.
AOL: Well explain to me what's, why...
VINCENT: I'm not explaining anything to you. Cancel the account.
AOL: Well, what's the matter man? We're just, I'm just trying to help here.
VINCENT: You're not helping me. You're helping me...
AOL: I am trying to help.
VINCENT: Helping... listen, I called to cancel the account. Helping me would be canceling the account. Please help me and cancel the account.
AOL: No, it wouldn't actually...
VINCENT: Cancel my account...
AOL: Turning off your account...
VINCENT: ...cancel the account...
AOL: ...would be the worst thing that...
VINCENT: ...cancel the account.
CLOCK READOUT - 03:02
AOL: Okay, cause I'm just trying to figure out...
VINCENT: Cancel the account. I don't know how to make this any clearer for you. Cancel the account. When I say cancel the account, I don't mean help me figure out how to keep it, I mean cancel the account.
AOL: Well, I'm sorry, I don't know what anybody's done to you Vincent because all I'm...
VINCENT: Will you please cancel the account.
CLOCK READOUT - 03:32
AOL: Alright, some day when you calmed down you're gonna realize that all I was trying to do was help you... and it was actually in your best interest to listen to me.
VINCENT: Wonderful, Okay.
CLOCK READOUT - 03:39
"I've never ever experienced anything like that," Ferrari told CNBC.
He recounts how the AOL representative - as a last resort even asked if his dad was home.
"I think I could've put up with everything, but at the point when he asked to speak to my father, I came very close to losing it at that point," said the 30-year-old Ferrari.
Ferrari then posted the call online, and the response was tremendous.
AOL sent him an apology and said the customer service rep was no longer with the company.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Another Post Up
Frivolous Lawsuit Of The Day
Better yet, don’t ignore all of this. Take some damn personal responsibility, and stop blaming everyone else for your stupid mistake.
Wal-Mart's First Shul
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Humanitarians Or Criminals?
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Busy Day Today
I don’t know where to start.
Monday, June 12, 2006
Lakewood Internet Ban...
We had guests this past Shabbos, a young kollel couple who were in town for a simcha. In the guest room, there is a computer. They asked if they could use it. I resisted the urge to ask them if they had permission from their Rosh Yeshiva, as I doubted that the husband needed it for business. I also resisted the urge to check the browser history and forward the contents to his shv'er.
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Some Things Should Be Kept Private
The article doesn't mention blogs, but I've always followed one rule: Never post anything that would embarress you if your blog-anonymity is blown.
Friday, June 09, 2006
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Turning Nice And Crispy Right About Now
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
A Dating Post
So the other night, I go out on a shidduch date. Really nice girl, and we have (what I thought), was a really nice time. No awkward silences, the conversation went well, etc. I couldn't have scripted a better first date.
Call the shadchan the next morning, say I had a really nice time and want to go out again.
A few hours later, shadchan calls back and says that while she had a really nice time, she just didn't see it, but she thinks I'm perfect for one of her friends, yada yada yada.
So naturally, I'm disappointed. I thought for sure she would want to go out again. The way I figure, unless you're 100% sure, it's always worth a second date. I don't know if the girl was 100% sure, but if she was, I can't blame her for not wanting to go out again. Lord knows I've said no after one date countless times.
So what I want to know is- would you rather have a really nice time on a date, oblivious to the fact that the other person has no interest but keeps up the facade through out the whole date (for the sake of being nice), or would you rather get the sense from him/her that this aint happening and have a lousy time as your date shuts down on you?
One leads to apprehension after the date as you wait for the shadchan gets back to you, hoping that the girl/guy wants to go out again, and then you get all disappointed when you find out that they are not interested. The other just means you have a lousy date. Which would you prefer?
DovBear Is A Moron
Repugs are phenom. succesful on the radio because their brand of politics is rediculously simple, as it is made up (mostly) of lies, smear and fear mongering.
Democrats are less succeful on the radio. No one approaches the Rush/Savage/Hannity numbers. Why is that? Are you really saying that among all the radio hosts in the whole wide world the Democrats can't find someone capable of doing big radio numbers? Why do you suppose that is?
Republicans work better on the radio than democrats for the same reason people buy japanese cars over americans: they offer a superior product.
Are you really in law school? Is your father the dean?
I concede they supply a superior product. Wasn't that obvious? What I want to know is why the Democrats can't do it, too. We can identify elements of Japanese and American culture that explain why one country is better at producing cars than the other.
But when I identify what I think are the elemets of republican culture that make them more succesful on the radio, you reply: "They put out a better product??"
Your brilliance leaves me dumnbfounded.
The product is conservatism. It's superior .
As to why conservatism is superior, well that's for a whole other post.
Potatoe chips sell better than oranges. Are potatoe chips superior?
False choice. They're not 2 brands of the same product. But conservatism and liberalism are 2 approaches to the same thing, and conservatism is generally superior.
Monday, June 05, 2006
So Suit Me
Not my firm.
Except for Fridays, it's all suits, all the time.
When I interviewed, one of the attorneys mentioned it offhand. I never asked if it would apply interns as well. So on my first day, I wore a suit, hoping that someone would tell me, "Oh you don't have to wear a suit", or something like that.
Well, that didn't happen. So now I wear a suit everyday. Thankfully, as an Orthodox Jew who goes to shul every Shabbos, I have a closet full of suits. But I wonder- if someone else had my job, what would he do? The job doesn't pay enough to buy a new wardrobe. How many second year law students have more than one, maybe two suits?
Yeah, it's a hassle wearing a suit everyday, I'm still learning the art of matching a tie to a colored shirt. But on some level, I think it's pretty cool. I may not know anything about practicing law, but I sure look like lawyer.