Bandwidth Frittering and Shutterbuggery by Jay Lee
Bat Terrorizes Local Software Company

In my job, one of my responsibilities is to oversee incoming trouble tickets and make sure the support staff is routing them correctly.
I was working on something when my co-worker Luis asked me about a particular ticket that had just come in and how to handle it.

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There’s something you don’t see everyday. A trouble ticket about a bat loose in the building.

Even more distressing was this bat was on my floor.

I told Luis to pass it to facilities and to contact the facilities manager so she could contact animal control, which he did. But then he decided to go have a look and in the process of checking out the bat it took flight across the length of the 15th floor and buzzed my desk.

Did you see that episode of The Office where they discovered a bat living in the ceiling? It was the episode titled “Business School

I can now tell you from personal experience that having a bat flying loose in your place of work is not nearly as amusing to experience as it is to watch.

When it was reported as a barely moving, half dead bat I was just a bit put off, but mostly uninterested. Now that I could see the thing flying around the office I, of course, had to get in on the action. It eventually landed itself near the ceiling where the window blinds are.

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As I was snapping a few shots for the record I did begin to question the sanity of getting too close to what could easily be a half-crazed, sharp-toothed, erratically flying rabies delivery system. That was when the Dwight Schrute quote from the same episode sprang into my forebrain:

“Whenever I’m about to do something, I think “would an idiot do that?” and if they would, I do not do that thing”

Animal Control eventually came and took the bat away.

I Can Has Widescreen

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Picked up a 24″ Westinghouse L2410NM LCD to replace my aging 20″ CRT.

Wiggum 2008

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I was amused to find the Wiggum For President site and then a little disappointed when I realized it was an official Fox project rather than something that had spawned spontaneously (spawntaneous?) from the melting pot of the insidious and unpredictable WWW.

Still, you gotta love the slogan “Hop On The Wiggum-Wagon”

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XM Joy

Driving home the other night I heard the last part of Tam Lin by Fairport Convention and most of the Yes song “Siberian Khatru” …

XM almost makes me wish my commute was longer.

Power Outage

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The power to the house went out right at sunset. As it got darker I noticed that there didn’t seem to be any power on the whole block.

Computers down, Internet down, TV down…
Only functioning technology is the camera.

Time to shoot the darkness!

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Cthulhu dot com

fhtagn-dazs.jpgI have owned the domain cthulhu.com since 1998 when it inexplicably became available to be registered after being one of the first Internet domains created. I’ve generally had the domain pointed at baldheretic.com or geekradio.com as I’ve been quite lazy about creating any Cthulhu specific content. There’s been the odd thing here and there, but nothing lasting or involved.

What with it being an election year I decided to throw something up and voila! Cthulhu For President now has an official site. I’m still looking for content and direction. I’ve got feelers/tentacles out to my like minded friends so we’ll see what develops. If you know any artists or writers that might want to contribute, send them my way.

Right now the site has been put up on stumbledupon.com so it’s getting a lot of hits and is in the process of going up and down, along with the other sites hosted on the server, so don’t be feel compelled to tell me you can’t reach it if you can’t reach it. I am already aware.

Flowering Pear Tree

My poor pear tree. The weather’s been so weird that it didn’t drop it’s leaves until last month and now it’s already sprouting new ones and flowering…

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Robot Building

On our way to dinner tonight Cynthia and I were both struck by how much the new hospital building going up on I-10 near Gessner looked like a giant robot…

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Interestingly enough, there’s a whole Flickr group dedicated to photographs of things that look like a robot and it’s called, you guessed it, “Things That Look Like A Robot

File Sharing

Lori Jones here in Houston got a letter from lawyers representing the RIAA indicating she is being sued for copyright infringement to the tune of over half a million dollars. Apparently her daughter had downloaded and installed Limewire to share music.

According to the lawsuit the half-million dollar price tag works out to $750 per infringement. That’s $750 per song. Pretty steep considering you can purchase the songs at the iTunes store for 99 cents a pop. On the plus side, they are willing to settle for a one time fee of $4,000.

You can see the whole story here.

Jeff Ehling from the local ABC affiliate station here in Houston, TX called me to setup an interview. Since I had taken the day off we did it in the comfort of my living room.

Strangely, this time I was only referred to as:

Jay Lee who hosts a radio program that specializes in computer issues

Negativland

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Mark Hosler holds a copy of the infamous U2 single.

Took the time to go to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center @ The University of Houston to listen to Mark Hosler speak about media and Negativland (wiki).

I’ve been a fan of Negativland since the early 80’s and used to play their stuff on the old Wake Up And Smell The Coffee program I did back in the day and it was a treat to get to listen to him speak.

The most entertaining anecdotes were the details of the U2 lawsuit and the David Brom axe murderer hoax.

The discussion ranged from fair use and copyrights to culture jamming and touched upon things like Youtube and P2P file sharing as a cheap and effective means of mass distribution for digital artists.

My friend Chuck Ivy was able to record the presentation so perhaps there will be a copy of it available soon.

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