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30 January 2009

U-Verse Problem #1

Apparently, you can only pause live TV when you're watching on the DVR.  They call it a "whole house DVR" because you can watch recorded shows on any TV receiver in the house... but you can only schedule recordings directly on the DVR receiver.

So if I'm up in my bedroom watching TV and I want to record a show... I have to go downstairs to the main TV and record it there (or use the internet...)

Anyway... Adrienne is going to be annoyed by this.. I might have to move the DVR to the bedroom...

I wonder if there's a U-Verse app for my ipod....

Posted by rickroot at 1:42 PM | Link | 0 comments
28 January 2009

AIG to pay $450 million in bonuses - using Taxpayer money

What the hell?


The specifics:

About 400 workers at New York-based AIG’s financial products unit may get $450 million in two installments, said two people familiar with the situation who declined to be identified because the plan is confidential. That is in addition to about $619 million in retention pay going to 4,200 executives and employees at subsidiaries including life insurance.

Seriously?  These are the people that the government has bailed out not once but twice, and has seen a significant percentage of the financial sector bailout money - something like a hundred billion dollars of taxpayer money.

This is just wrong.

Retention bonuses?  They really feel like they need to keep those people that drove the company into the ground? FIRE THEM ALL.

I sure wish I got a million dollar bonus.

Posted by rickroot at 9:16 PM | Link | 0 comments

Why would anyone expect Republicans to support him?

Let's say you're a republican congressperson.  Why would you support the economic stimulus package proposed by the Democrats and President Obama?

I mean, really?

Let's pretend for a minute that you think it does have some good things in it, and you know the economy needs something.  You know damn well it's going to pass, so why not support it, knowing there's not a damn thing you can do to stop it?

And that's exactly why none of them supported it.  Even those that would've otherwise voted for it in a truly bipartisan effort, their votes were simply not needed, and rather than support the President, the Republicans suddenly decided to tow the party line.

The fact is, their votes were irrelevant, and supporting the measure would only embolden the Democrats and President Obama.

F'ing politicians, all of them.

To his credit, I think Obama did do what he could to get bipartisan support.  But it's a lot harder to get the support of people whose votes are irrelevant, as the republicans votes were in this case.

At least Obama had them take out the millions of dollars for condoms. 

God I f'ing hate Nancy Pelosi.  Can't Obama tell the dems in congress to make someone else speaker of the house?  Yes, I know he can't.  But c'mon.  Get her outta here and put someone sane in charge.

Posted by rickroot at 9:11 PM | Link | 0 comments
21 January 2009

Snow Day = School on Saturday

So, Emily is in a year-round school.  We love it.  She goes 9 weeks then gets 3 or 4 weeks off.  Her "track" gets these 3-4 week vacations in September, December, March, and June.  It's nice because she doesn't have these long periods of time with no school, and we can take vacations when most other kids in the country are in school.  Like our trip to Disney World last September.  No lines, it was awesome.

Anyway, one of the disadvantages of the year round schedule is that there is NO room for make-up in the calendar.  When Emily tracks out for 3 weeks, another group tracks in.  The school is 100% full of chilfdren all year except the week of July 4th and the week of Christmas.

So, because school was cancelled yesterday (due to snow) and today (due to icy roads), Emily's make up dates are this SATURDAY, and Saturday, April 4.

Why April 4, you ask?  Well.... see, this is the last week of school for kids on track 2 (or 3).  Which would mean they'd have to come in for school on Saturday the 31st in the middle of their trackout.  I guess April 4th was the next available Saturday (after this Saturday) that all three current tracks will be tracked in.


Sorta takes the fun out of a snow day when you have to make up the date on a Saturday, doesn't it?

Posted by rickroot at 8:15 AM | Link | 0 comments
15 January 2009

I've seen 103 out of these 239 films

SUPPOSEDLY if you've seen over 85 films on this list, you have no life. Mark the ones you've seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, go to your own Facebook account, paste this as a note. Then, put x's next to the films you've seen, add them up, change the header adding your number, and click post at the bottom. Have fun.

(x) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
( ) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
(x) Neverending Story
(x) Blazing Saddles
(x) Airplane
(x) The Princess Bride
(x) Anchorman
( ) Napoleon Dynamite
(x) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
(x) Anger Management
(x) 50 First Dates
(x) The Princess Diaries
( ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
( ) Scream
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
(x) American Pie
(x) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
(x) Harry Potter 1
(x) Harry Potter 2
(x) Harry Potter 3
(x) Harry Potter 4
(x) Resident Evil 1
(x) Resident Evil 2
(x) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
( ) The Village
(x) Lilo & Stitch
(x) Finding Nemo
( ) Finding Neverland
(x) Signs
(x) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
( ) 13 Going on 30
(x) I, Robot
(x) Robots
( ) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Universal Soldier
(x) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
(x) Along Came Polly
(x) Deep Impact
(x) KingPin
(x) Never Been Kissed
(x) Meet The Parents
(x) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
(x) King Kong
(x) A Cinderella Story
(x) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
( ) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
(x) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
(x) Halloween
( ) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving Xmas
( ) Flubber
( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
( ) Practical Magic
(x) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
( ) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
( ) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards
(x ) The Day After Tomorrow
(x) Child's Play
(x) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
( ) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
(x) Nightmare on Elm Street
(x) Sixteen Candles
(x) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
( ) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
(x) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Slevin
(x) Ocean's Eleven
(x) Ocean's Twelve
(x) Bourne Identity
( ) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
( ) Predator
( ) Predator II
( ) The Fog
(x) Ice Age
( ) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
(x) Curious George
(x) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
(x) ET
(x) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
( ) Maid in Manhattan
(x) War of the Worlds
(x) Rush Hour
( ) Rush Hour 2
( ) Best Bet
( ) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
( ) She's All That
( ) Calendar Girls
( ) Sideways
(x) Mars Attacks
(x) Event Horizon
(x) Ever After
(x) Wizard of Oz
(x) Forrest Gump
( ) Big Trouble in Little China
(x) The Terminator
(x) The Terminator 2
(x) The Terminator 3
(x) X-Men
(x) X-Men 2
(x) X-Men 3
(x) Spider-Man
(x) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
(x) Catch Me If You Can
(x) The Little Mermaid
( ) Freaky Friday (the original, not Lindsay Lohan)
(x) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
(x) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek
(x) Shrek 2
( ) Swimfan
(x) Miracle on 34th street
(x) Old School
( ) The Notebook
(x) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf's Tribe
( ) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
(x) The 40-year-old Virgin
(x) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(x) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(x) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(x) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(x) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(x) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
( ) Baseketball
( ) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
( ) Elf
(x) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
( ) American History X
( ) Three
( ) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
(x) Monsters Inc.
(x) Titanic
(x) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
( ) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard
( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
( ) Hulk
( ) Dawn Of the Dead
( ) Hook
(x) Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
( ) 28 days later
( ) Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
(x) Waterworld
( ) Kill Bill vol 1
( ) Kill Bill vol 2
( ) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
(x) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) The Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
( ) Army of Darkness
(x) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(x) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(x) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks The Battle For Endor
(x) The Matrix
(x) The Matrix Reloaded
(x) The Matrix Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
( ) Evil Dead 2
( ) Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
(x) Silence of the Lambs
( ) Hannibal

Put "I've seen... out of 239 films" in the subject line and repost it.

Posted by rickroot at 7:37 AM | Link | 0 comments
09 January 2009

Inauguration Tickets for $25? TODAY at 1pm!

Saw this on CNN ....

Posted: 10:46 AM ET

The Presidential Inauguration Committee announced Friday that five thousand tickets for the bleachers along the inauguration parade route will go on sale Friday at 1 p.m. ET on Ticketmaster.
The Presidential Inauguration Committee announced Friday that five thousand tickets for the bleachers along the inauguration parade route will go on sale Friday at 1 p.m. ET on Ticketmaster.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Presidential Inaugural Committee is releasing tickets Friday for bleacher seats along President-elect Obama's inaugural parade route, but they likely won't last long.

After all, some estimates of the crowd gathering around the National Mall are as high as 3 million people and the committee is only releasing 5,000 tickets.

Still, those parade-goers who feel especially lucky can log on to Ticketmaster.com at 1 p.m. ET to try to score the coveted tickets. They cost $25 each and individuals can purchase a maximum of 4.

"We are very pleased to make these tickets available to the public as part of our commitment to holding the most open and accessible inauguration in history," said Presidential Inaugural Committee Executive Director Emmett S. Beliveau. "The Inaugural Parade is a celebration of America, and we are working to make sure that as many citizens as possible can take part in this historic tradition."

Of course, those who don't get tickets can still line up along the parade route — they just won't have a place to sit.

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