raves and rants

Bike Thief

August 17th, 2011 Posted in Funny | No Comments »

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Children’s House

December 4th, 2010 Posted in Charity, Children, Family, Youth | No Comments »

Every day at the Auce Crisis Centre Namiņš, several dozens of Auce’s little citizens receive dinner and clothing for free. These are children who have become victims of domestic Read the rest of this entry »

Apple iPad Pros and Cons

January 30th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

apple-ipadWas pretty interested in Apple’s iPad before it was announced. The name doesn’t bother me like it does others and I prefer it over “iTablet” or other earlier guesses out there. After watching Steve Jobs’ presentation I found myself making a quick list of pros and cons for the Apple iPad . . .

Pros:

  • Simple, easy to use device for common and casual tasks (internet, email, book/magazine reading, etc.)
  • You have some productivity applications (iWork)
  • Great book reader (I’d prefer the iPad with backlighting to a Kindle with it’s e-ink – that requires good lighting and has a horrible UI in my opinion)
  • Wireless
  • No data contract (month to month)
  • Large screen
  • You can dock a keyboard
  • Great photo viewer (albeit expensive)
  • Runs all the iphone apps
  • Good movie player (although only 4:3 dimensions)
  • Good for presentations (create, edit, and present)
  • This is a big iPod Touch with some of the experiences better (using applications, reading books, viewing maps, watching movies, web browsing and game playing)
  • You don’t have to use it on your lap like a netbook
  • Great battery life
  • Pretty cheap for a launch price

Cons:

  • No camera
  • No phone (although you wouldn’t hold it up to your ear, you should be able to use a bluetooth)
  • No usb
  • No media card reader
  • No HDMI out
  • No 1080p
  • No multitasking
  • No flash (although HTML5 might ultimately kill flash, too many websites use flash today)
  • No ergonomic typing (without the tethered keyboard)
  • 4:3 screen
  • No tethering (without jailbreaking it)
  • It’s still expensive. I’m an early adopter, but I think it’s still too expensive.

Conclusion:

I’m may wait for the next generation. Too many cons on the list and not as many pros as I would have liked for the iPad.

Top 20 Dwight Schrute Quotes

June 10th, 2009 Posted in Funny, Raves | 106 Comments »

Dwight Schrute

Before getting to the Top 20 Dwight Schrute Quotes, let me start by sharing what got me on this list creation:

Last night I picked up a replacement iPhone 3G. I decided after swimming with my old one (and drowning it) that I could live without the iPhone 3G S for a year and didn’t want to extend my contract with AT&T (who I loathe).

Anyway . . . (I tend to ramble a bit before getting into the subject of my post) . . . I decided to put a custom ringtone on so I could pick up calls from Camille while I’m at work. I start thinking I don’t want a song, I want something funny. A good movie clip. My first thought goes to Fletch, which has more quotable lines than any movie I can think of (hey, I think I’ll go buy Fletch on iTunes now that I’m thinking of all those funny lines . . . . bought!).

Now, for the point of this post:
My next thought is the Office and Rainn Wilson’s character Dwight Schrute. He has more quotable lines than any TV Show I can think of right now. The first one that comes to mind is where he’s talking about the problem with women and that they have weak arms. Hahahahahaahahahahahah!

Ok, so without further ado, here’s the Top 20 Dwight Schrute Quotes:

  1. When my mother was pregnant with me, they did an ultrasound and found she was having twins. When they did another ultrasound a few weeks later, they discovered that I had adsorbed the other fetus. Do I regret this? No, I believe his tissue has made me stronger. I now have the strength of a grown man and a little baby.
  2. I am faster than 80% of all snakes.
  3. I don’t care what Jim says, that is not Benjamin Franklin. I am 99% sure.
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ProFlowers Review: Scam, Ripoff, Fraud, Complaint – EasySaver Rewards

May 28th, 2009 Posted in Rants | 50 Comments »
Proflowers Wilts

Proflowers Wilts

I thought ProFlowers was a good company. The shipping was fast, the flowers looked pretty decent (not as good as their photos).

I was wrong. They have either partnered or are part of the company EasySaver Rewards. In purchasing flowers through ProFlowers they automatically (without telling you) sign you up for a membership account with Easy Saver Rewards. The only benefit is they get to automatically ding your credit card $14.95 a month.

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