It has been one heckuva weird day. I wish I could go into details, but it's work related and I tend to shy away from work blogging, as you know, unless it's pretty mundane things like non-work discussion with coworkers. Those are about as close to "work" blogging as I get.
To make up for it, how about a Snippet Wednesday? Copacetic?
My mom sent me the link to this video yesterday. Just too good. I had to share it.
See? I'm not the only one who thinks the publishing industry should bundle electronic copies of books with printed ones. And this affirmation comes from a published author! Thank you, Bill Bryson. You're one smart cookie.
I was going to bemoan how I hate having to set our DVRs (both a Comcast HD-DVR and an HD TiVo) at the beginning of the new TV season for all the new shows we want to try (of which there are plenty and of which we continue to watch very few beyond the first couple of weeks), but then the next Snippet happened...
...Our latest Comcast bill came in the mail. Two years ago, we had Comcast only for cable at home. But then they offered us a bundle deal we couldn't pass up and wound up switching our home phone and Internet over to them as well. That promotional rate is done, clearly, based on our last bill which jumped more that 25%. Since we're not in a contract, I tried negotiating with them on the phone and they couldn't help me save to offer to cut half our channels for a savings of only $10 per month. So I contacted AT&T (our wireless provider) and they made an offer that saves us more than $75 per month (almost a 40% drop in overall cost) to let them bundle our wireless, home phone, Internet, and cable into a U-verse package. That savings includes the fact that we would no longer have to pay the monthly fee for TiVo service and the required Comcast cable card.
Admittedly, U-verse scares me as I've heard very mixed reviews of it. Some people hate it, but my in-laws love it. The same can be said of Comcast, too, of course, but we've had no problem with them for 12 years until this wallet gouging. AT&T will guarantee the price I was quoted for two years and only require a one-year contract. So if I don't like the new pricing after two years, I'm gone.
Yes, this would be the ideal time to switch to more Web-based TV, but I don't have the patience to relearn how to make it all work and to have to teach it to Katie, her mom (who provides in-house daycare for us), and then Nathan (although him adapting to it probably isn't that big a deal). I've griped about the possibility of having to use multiple services to watch all our shows in past posts. To quote Roger Murtaugh, "I'm getting too old for this shit."
I've got an idea for a short story I want to write. Semi-auto/biographical mixed with more than a bit of fiction. And I'm thinking of posting it here in multiple parts. One part a day for, maybe, a week? I know some of my fellow bloggers have done stuff like that in the past. Does that seem like a good idea or does it kinda muck with the general feel I've established around here lo these last many years?
Or do you have a suggestion for a better place? I thought about Thrice Fiction, but Dave2's admission that they've had hundreds of submissions makes me think I don't stand a chance and I don't think I could handle that sort of rejection (Anyone? Anyone?).
Well, I'm outta here, folks. Have a good night!