via Sean Bonner
I guess late one night during the 2004 Olympics, commentator Mary Carillo tried to insert a comedy sketch into a comparison of pro vs. backyard badminton. It’s kind of a surreal train wreck, as she comes across as serious without any crowd there to laugh at her jokes. Okay?
Who the hell is Christopher Burr? | via kottke.
Posted at Antique Evaluations, this old scan looks like it could have been typed by Nurse Ratched regarding Mr. Turkel. Almost.
If you like Alien/Aliens, and you like Predator/Predators, but felt let down by the Hollywood merging of the two in AVP… just hit play and full screen. In just over 20 minutes you’ll get what you wanted in the form of a fan-film created, filmed, touched up, and edited by one guy, Alex Popov. He claims he spent $500 and two years of his life on this.
Yeah, it’s a long video, but I swear it will be the best fanfilm you’ve ever seen, and worth the time. (via NeatoGeek)
I recently had one of the best dealings with a scammer who called my office, and I can’t wait for the next in a line of the ten or twenty who have attempted, in vain, to rip my company off. It’s an old scam, as Snopes points out, where the caller phishes for information like names, copier info, including serial numbers, and the like. They are the dregs of the business world, and all of us should be aware of their ilk.
From the article:
What have come to be called “toner-phoners” usually start by calling and pretending to double-check a copier’s serial number, then offering to reduce a company’s toner supply at reduced rates. What ends up being shipped, of course, is horribly overpriced product of exceptionally poor quality.
In my line, what usually happens is they get the serial number, ship the appropraite substandard toner, and invoice the accounts payable department, which usually pays it based on rote expectations. Here’s what happened when I answered the phone.
“[Company Name], can I help you?”
“Hey, how ya doin? This is Mike from A. L. Industries, just checking in with you.”
“What was the name of the company?”
“A.L. Industries. And we’re updating our files here…”
“Ah, A.L. Industries… okay. (my best Jon Stewart impression) Go on.“
“Uh, I think I’ll call back at another time.”
“You’d better not.”
“Oh I will!”
“You’d better not!”
If anyone is unaware of this, tell your friends and beef up on these guys. They are bottom-feeders.
(Image: the awesome Toshiba e-studio 520, a masterpiece of design and function.)
This will explain, should you be confused.
Incidentally, or I guess I mean while I have an opportunity, I have a tenuous connection with the show, “Pimp My Ride.” Q, the manager of the custom body shop who was a fan-favorite of the early years, was my roommate in North Hollywood while we attended classes at Los Angeles Recording Workshop. He was into audio, I was into video. Great guy… just don’t ever shirk cleaning the dishes. It sets him off.
If you’re out there Q, hope you still got that ridiculous necklace with an Acura logo on it.