An Enormous Post


Fake Steve Jobs (aka Dan Lyons) wrote an amusing piece
in his blog today. As you may have seen, Microsoft was planning to sponsor an entire episode of Family Guy. It was to be 30 minutes and sans commercials. The payoff for them was having all sorts of Windows7 references built into the show. Microsoft, aka The Borg, has pulled out. Fox claims they’ve got a new sponsor — it would be ironic if it were Apple. 



I continue to not “ get” Twitter. In my last blog post I wrote “I still find no point at all to Twitter. Do I have one? Sure, but I don’t use it much. Does one really need to delve into the minutia of someone’s life to the minute.” My friend, Daniel Haun, left a snarky comment about that on Facebook. He said, “The point to Twitter is ego masturbation.” I liked the comment so much I Twittered (Tweeted?) it. I think that’s a bit ironic.



Another friend, Liz, commented “If you really still think that about Twitter, you’re definitely not following the right people I don’t know who else you’re following, but you’re following me. Don’t I post interesting stuff?” Yeah, a lot of your stuff is interesting. But that’s not the point. It’s the insane minutiae that people post on a daily basis. I figure at least half
the posts most users make, shouldn’t be made. I don’t care, nor does anyone, that you’ve been waiting in line for dinner for 5, 10, 15, 20, etc minutes. Yet people insist on posting stuff like that. I don’t “get” it.



In regards to commentary (again on my previous blog post), I am going to start correcting my posts when there are errors. Broken links, I’ll just fix when people point them out via email. If they’re pointed out by comment, I will still fix them but post a comment that it’s been corrected. Simple typos will be fixed. But if anything needs to be corrected correcting and it’s significant, I will use the time honoured strikeout feature. As always, any new commentary to an old post (a rarity) is clearly marked with the date added. To be clear, I always appreciate corrections to the blog, through prefer e-mail. Comments are for comments and discussions.



In news almost nobody will care about, I’ve added a classifieds section on the PHMB but it’s in the members only area. Because I was feeling contentious, I called it “YormarksList” (as in CraigsList) because everything in the topic is for sale — and that’s Yormark, everything is for sale. These are all advertisements of a sort and what better name than his? If you’re a hockey fan, please take a moment and join the board. I really do think you’ll enjoy it. When the official board changed to the new format about a month ago, our traffic spiked. Bad for them and good for me: they forgot the one thing that was most important. They forget “know your customer and what (s)he wants” and their activity has plummeted from what was in the off-season. Yeah, the season started and traffic went down instead of up. Censorship and a bad user interface is a guaranteed fail.



I have been thinking of taking up a collection to get a Panther jersey with the name “Yormark” on the back
and “666” as the number. With everything it’ll be around US$160. Everyone who contributes will be allowed to wear it to games. As John mentioned if we all take turns wearing it, at some point he’ll wonder how many of them are out there, even though it’ll be only one. The point will be at every game, someone will have it, wear it to the game and take at least one lap of the lower bowl before the game, and at each intermission. I will keep the jersey in the off season and be responsible for care and cleaning — if you want to clean it during your possession, that’s up to you. I’ll have to get XL so everyone can wear it. I might be able to squeeze in a L if nobody needs the XL. In the corner where the “C” for captain goes, we’ll have the official logo of Yormark
(for which I will pick up the cost.) If there are leftover funds, they will be donated to Habitat For Humanity — in Mr Yormark’s name — and everyone who donates will be given a full accounting of every last penny. If I do not collect enough, your money will be returned.



Dave sent me this link about the New Facebook (which is replacing the old New Facebook.) Users are totally up in arms. I really hate it, but just don’t have the energy to do anything about it. You know, the bottom line is if they want to fuck up their service, let them. I don’t like it because Facebook now unilaterally decides which posts you see from which friends. You can block someone, but if someone’s not blocked, you don’t see everything they write. If you go to their page, you’ll see you’ve missed stuff. Of course you can use the live feed which picks up more, but even if you select it, it eventually returns back to the new news feed. Which is what everyone hates.



In regards to my Saturday post about AvMed. I got my prescription today. It’s amazing what a very firm, demanding, and polite but threatening letter will do. I demanded a written apology, told them I am their worst nightmare and will dog them relentlessly as long as their ‘staff’ feels they know more than my doctor. I told them every time they fail to comply with my doctor’s orders, I will file a formal written complaint with the state (and you all know I will, too). They, as I said, figured out that they should go bother someone else. Again, I am not asking them to do anything that I asked: I am asking them to do what my licensed medical doctor asked. I do not feel anyone that has not personally examined me and my case has the right to override what my doctor says. And this was stupid. The new pill costs half of what the old one cost. Seriously. How stupid can you get? Oh, and the lady never called me back as predicted. As a side bonus, the pharmaceutical company that makes the new drug picked up the tab on this first order (well, all but $5 of it).



I wasn’t going to post Nucor news, but there is news and it’s on the company Facebook page. I have no comment on an individual level. I only say, we’re working on a filing if we can meet all the technical requirements. I’ve never seen anything so complex and confusing. No wonder those lawyers charge $2k or more per hour. Our corporate WiFi is working well (still) and from a technical standpoint the Vista and Windows7 laptops (our employees property, not ours) work with the least problems, though I am loathe to admit it. The Windows XP systems running XP Home are the worst.



I had mentioned visitors by country to the Interstate Screw Corp web page. Here’s a summary from 1-1-09 through 26-10-09. There’s an Excel version which is cooler because each country has the flag in front of it, but there was no practical way to post that here. I can e-mail it if anyone is terminally curious.

Countries
Pages
Hits
United States
us
54,820
355,033
Russian Federation
ru
4,470
5,330
China
cn
2,895
12,822
Japan
jp
2,325
2,839
Spain
es
1,542
2,612
Romania
ro
1,424
1,802
Canada
ca
1,402
6,782
Germany
de
1,159
1,885
Taiwan
tw
695
4,561
Great Britain
gb
524
2,533
Ukraine
ua
493
587
India
in
429
2,439
European country
eu
419
934
Chile
cl
419
3,567
Peru
pe
378
3,005
Jamaica
jm
345
2,461
France
fr
324
769
Colombia
co
314
2,037
Latvia
lv
310
353
Hong Kong
hk
304
1,136
Argentina
ar
297
1,891
Venezuela
ve
271
2,364
Mexico
mx
260
2,081
Netherlands
nl
252
493
Malaysia
my
216
1,534
Cayman Islands
ky
182
1,845
Sweden
se
171
590
South Korea
kr
165
1,082
Aruba
aw
163
1,395
Ireland
ie
162
2,190
Israel
il
158
712
Australia
au
139
996
Brazil
br
137
754
Panama
pa
131
1,138
Costa Rica
cr
129
1,351
Singapore
sg
128
762
Bahamas
bs
123
1,000
Antigua and Barbuda
ag
118
952
Turkey
tr
115
734
Dominican Republic
do
115
1,112
Italy
it
102
488
Austria
at
102
273
Guatemala
gt
100
636
Barbados
bb
98
686
Ecuador
ec
97
1,075
Thailand
th
97
536
Puerto Rico
pr
94
900
Egypt
eg
76
598
Ghana
gh
73
679
Hungary
hu
70
211
Suriname
sr
70
1,039
Greece
gr
69
529
Former Czechoslovakia
cs
66
192
Poland
pl
61
325
Portugal
pt
59
231
Haiti
ht
58
402
Philippines
ph
53
351
Trinidad and Tobago
tt
53
431
Czech Republic
cz
51
151
Iran
ir
47
264
Switzerland
ch
44
261
El Salvador
sv
44
324
Virgin Islands (USA)
vi
41
429
South Africa
za
41
189
Indonesia
id
39
207
Uruguay
uy
37
637
Finland
fi
36
245
Anguilla
ai
35
213
Turks and Caicos Islands
tc
34
287
Pakistan
pk
34
282
United Arab Emirates
ae
32
277
Denmark
dk
29
160
Nigeria
ng
28
196
Saudi Arabia
sa
27
101
Belarus
by
27
72
Moldova
md
27
27
New Zealand
nz
26
68
Qatar
qa
24
24
Bulgaria
bg
21
99
Belgium
be
21
136
Vietnam
vn
20
141
Nicaragua
ni
19
158
Norway
no
19
153
Guam (USA)
gu
18
138
Belize
bz
17
149
Guyana
gy
13
156
Slovak Republic
sk
11
68
Lithuania
lt
9
32
Slovenia
si
6
44
Angola
ao
5
15
Malta
mt
5
23
Luxembourg
lu
5
5
Senegal
sn
5
15
Ivory Coast (Cote D’Ivoire)
ci
4
4
Kuwait
kw
4
15
Bahrain
bh
4
4
Croatia
hr
4
39
Jordan
jo
4
13
Estonia
ee
4
13
Yemen
ye
4
64
Bolivia
bo
3
31
Georgia
ge
3
15
Cuba
cu
3
36
Namibia
na
3
3
Saint Kitts & Nevis Anguilla
kn
3
38
Lebanon
lb
2
2
Cyprus
cy
2
2
African Regional IPO
ap
2
2
Netherlands Antilles
an
2
12
Bosnia-Herzegovina
ba
2
10
Paraguay
py
2
12
Myanmar
mm
1
1
Syria
sy
1
1
Tunisia
tn
1
1
Bermuda
bm
1
1
Uzbekistan
uz
1
10
Afghanistan
af
1
11
Gabon
ga
1
1
Iraq
iq
1
1
Kazakhstan
kz
1
27
Morocco
ma
1
4
Ethiopia
et
1
1
Liechtenstein
li
1
1
Armenia
am
1
30
Algeria
dz
1
2
Sri Lanka
lk
1
10
TOTAL VISITORS –>
80,788
454,208

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