Category Archives: WTF?

Zipcar fail

I’ve been a user / member of zipcar for 5 or more years.  I don’t think I’m a heavy user by their standards, but I probably rent from them 1-2 times a month and there were periods when I was … Continue reading

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The wretched state of “healthcare” in the US, part 279

I have high blood pressure – well under control – but whenever I have to deal with the various health insurance layers of obfuscation I’m sure it spikes to dangerous levels. The latest is whether or not when BlueCross BlueShield … Continue reading

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The sad, confused state of healthcare in the USA 2014

I’m not going to get into the whole messed-up big picture of all that is wrong in the current state of healthcare – just give a micro example of the dysfunction that is endemic. I live in New York, and … Continue reading

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Dishonesty in business – a crisis of late capitalism?

After my latest experience of being lied to and misled by a business (Chase credit cards this time) I reflected on the peculiar pathology that seems to be all around us.  A certain subset of businesses (usually the larger ones, … Continue reading

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Apple launches three-factor security, incorrectly calls it two-factor

In 2008, when MobileMe was first launched, Steve Jobs was apoplectic at its flaky, poor functionality – he told the team that they “should hate each other for having let each other down” (source). iCloud replaced MobileMe, and in some cases … Continue reading

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Managing Contacts in OS X

This appears to be needlessly complex – at the moment I now have 4 or 5 different versions of each contact on the Mac Mini.  Thankfully the iPad and iPhone only appear to have a single version each. I think … Continue reading

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Don’t buy a Seagate Momentus XT drive if you have a Mac

I bought this hybrid 500GB drive for my old MacBook Pro and had endless issues with it.  If it wasn’t for the actual laptop beginning to die, I think I would have been able to ascribe more of the issues … Continue reading

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Politics

My friend Jen told me last night that I’m the most politically-charged non voter she has ever met.  Well, I’m not a non voter by choice, but she has a point. I believe in righting wrongs and fighting injustice and … Continue reading

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All I want to do is watch Region 2 DVDs

I’m from England, I also travel a lot to other parts of the world – South America, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, and Asia.  Sometimes I buy DVDs in those places that are not available in the USA. Currently those … Continue reading

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Winter in the UK

As a Brit, a Geographer, and someone has lived many places and traveled to many more; I am fascinated and puzzled by the British attitude to the weather. I could fill dozens if not hundreds of pages about various UK … Continue reading

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Embracing my feminine side?

According to urlai.com: “Text analysis raoulmiller.com is probably written by a female somewhere between 36-50 years old. The writing style is personal and happy most of the time.”

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American Express are thieves

In common with most of the rest of the parasitic “financial services” industry they don’t deserve to remain in business. Their latest bullshit is to inform me that the “membership rewards” I earned by charging over $100,000 in business travel … Continue reading

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How much does AT&T suck? Let me count the ways

My original iPhone is finally dying and I decided it was time for the iPhone 4 upgrade.  In fact, I tried to get on board that train the first day of release, but AT&T’s crappy website left me without a … Continue reading

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Die Antwoord in Brooklyn

If you don’t know who Die Antwoord are, go here to see the Ninja video and then come back. Kim bought me tickets to see them last Sunday and we trekked into darkest Williamsburg to the Music Hall for the … Continue reading

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Hot and cold

OK it’s weather rather than climate – but as we are in record-breaking heat in NYC, it’s record cold in Alice Springs. But Michael Mann used the word “trick” in a private email that was stolen and published, so clearly … Continue reading

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Helpful sizing advice from Nike

“If your body measurement is on the borderline between two sizes, order the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit.” Wow.  Add this to the list of things that really should never need … Continue reading

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Friday Sesame Street YouTube mashups

Elmo auditions for Casino with Robert deNiro (language NSFW) Grover sings a Sufi film theme from the 1970s (trippy) Cookie Monster sings along with Rammstein (Das Krümelmonster is an even better name! – er sagt “Nein!”) Bert and Ernie become brutal … Continue reading

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Two reasons why Melbourne / Victoria is the New Jersey of Australia

(probably most of interest to my American readers, but still… ) On my very first day in Melbourne I was walking down William street to Foster’s and I saw this strange sign (remember USAians, that Aussies, like all right-thinking people … Continue reading

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Snowpocalypse!

Greetings from the Aloft hotel in Ashburn, VA where I’m watching over 24″ (60cm) of snow fall and now blow all over the place.  It’s fun to be part of snowmageddon or sn_omg, but I’d much rather be home than … Continue reading

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Airport Food? Just carry Clif bars

It’s hardly original to criticize airline and airport food, but why not add to the voluminous literature on the subject? Well, airline food has pretty much disappeared so that rules out that area.  Except for international flights – but it’s … Continue reading

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