Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Katrina anniversary

One year ago today, Katrina and the Waves brought their cheery pop sensibilities to New Orleans.

The band, of "Walkin' On Sunshine" fame, played to a packed house at the Superdome.

They were joined on stage by dozens of luters, bringing a medieval sound to some of their tunes.

Their manager, a Mr. Brownie, was pronounced by no less a personage than beer magnate Anheuser Busch to be "doin' a heckuva job."

New Orleans mayor and former Steely Dan member Donald Fagen arranged bus transportation for the thousands of fans to get to and from the concert.

Some concert-goers had to be turned away, so they climbed up onto their rooftops in hopes of getting a free glimpse of the show, which was odd because the Superdome is sealed up like a tomb.

After the New Orleans show, Katrina and crew went on to hit other cities on the Gulf Coast.

It's now a year later and people are still talking about the spectacle.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Scary Marketing

I realize that--unlikely as it may seem--August and October are separated by only 30 days, but do we really need Halloween decorations in the supermarket already??!!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Dell Part Deux

Some people are whining about how long the estimates were for Dell to send them a replacement battery for their ticking time bombs.

Last Thursday, I went to the Dell website and started the ball rolling for my replacement. Their e-mail said "Your replacement order has been received and you can expect to receive your new battery within 20 business days." Sounds like a lot, I'll grant you.

On Monday, I got this e-mail: "Your replacement battery has been shipped and you can expect to receive your new battery within 7-10 business days."

On Tuesday, I got the new battery. On Wednesday, I sent back the bad one in the same packaging with a prepaid mailing label. It couldn't have been simpler.

Stop whining and go online and order the damn thing. You should have no trouble receiving your new battery.

Now, I happen to be a consultant to a major US enterprise involved in...stuff. Today at work I learned of an interesting development related to the Dell battery recall, but I'm not going to tell you what it is, because my job does not involve making press releases. I've just never been in the position of having inside information before, even if it's not necessarily above the fold.

I wonder if Dell knows....

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

El Candor Pasa

Reporter: "What did Iraq have to do with the attack on the World Trade Center?"

President George W. Bush: "Nothing!"

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

I am the God of Dellfire!

...and I bring you a recall.

Lucky me: I have one of the recalled batteries! Yay!

I usually run my machine tethered anyway, so it's no big deal. Except for the part where I may have burst into flames all this time.