Fraud Much?

So. Last Friday afternoon I got frantic calls from both my Falcon office and my bank. Some jerk stole my credit card information and tried to buy $1,300 worth of jewelry with it on Wednesday. Nice try. It set off the fraud alert. It helped that on Thursday, I tried to renew air time without actually getting the card out of my pocket and mis-remembered my CVV the first time. Then the crook made a $1 pre-authorization at Apple on Friday, which was enough suspicious activity for the card company to call me. After I confirmed that yes, I bought…

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The Sorcerer & Jack and Rochelle Wrap-up

So, my month-long commitment to two shows is over. Both The Sorcerer and Jack and Rochelle closed Sunday afternoon, March 28. Obviously I wasn’t at both shows that day; I did my last run of J&R the night before, and played pit for The Sorcerer on Sunday while my replacement did projection at the JCC. I hate to say it, but there’s no way I’ll miss running J&R as much as I’ll miss playing pit for The Sorcerer. Normally I really hate to close a show, but Jack and Rochelle is quite honestly rather depressing, despite its overtones of romance…

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On Morning Matinées

Image by Micah Taylor via Flickr This morning, I had the dubious pleasure of waking myself at 08:00 to work a morning matinee of Jack and Rochelle. Not falling asleep until around 04:00 didn’t help things, but even getting just four hours of sleep would have been worth it if everything had gone as planned. But as it happened, this morning’s show was canceled for insufficient audience. OK, so Friday morning at 10:00 is kind of a strange time to have a show. The target audience is school groups, since most people are at either work or school; the only…

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A Thought About Efficient IT Administration

I’m kind of calling out St. Kate’s Enterprise Computing Services department in a way, because I want to know why they would schedule a restart-required software deployment an hour before the computer lab is to close. Can anyone with experience in Information Technology and management of company/school computer networks tell me why the times chosen to deploy new software are chosen? My experience last night of a new software deploy completely disrupting my very limited time on the computer happened at Saint Catherine University, which has a generally great library (unlike Concordia University in Saint Paul, though Concordia used to…

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Google Voice App Rejections: Catalyst for Cellular Openness?

If you haven’t heard, Apple rejected Google’s official Google Voice application several weeks ago (article from this week). However, I (at least) didn’t hear the news until recently, when it became known that Apple also began pulling other Google Voice apps from its iPhone/iPod Touch App Store. TechCrunch’s sources say that AT&T was behind the bans, and I’ll believe it. Now, I’m not an Apple fanboy, but I’ve been considering getting an iPod Touch lately. One of my roommates here at Emerson’s summer program (yes I know I need to blog about that too; soon, I promise) has one, and…

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I Never Thought I’d See This Happen…

Fires show up on the news all the time, right? Right. Fires happen in one’s neighborhood all the time, right? Uh, no… I never thought I’d see it happen in my neighborhood. But today, it happened. It got me out of the shower, too. (Yes, my schedule is weird, and late. Don’t bother me. 😛 ) My mother just happened to look out the window. It was really a luck thing; otherwise, I would have missed the beginning part of it. I heard the sirens as I was getting into the shower, but sirens are common enough in this city…

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Theatre Experience Q&A [via Facebook]

Facebook is teeming with chain notes like this. Usually I ignore them, but this one was actually interesting. So, I’m filling it out. Facebookers, I’m giving you guys a link to this post; Facebook is still not getting any content from me, besides statuses and comments. Without further ado, the “survey”: What was the first play you ever did? I believe it was The Wizard of Oz. I was a munchkin. (I was also seven years old.) What was your most recent show? Interesting question. The last show I was really “in” was Romeo & Juliet at Children’s Theatre Company…

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Auto-Flush: Self-Reinforcing?

Image by ancawonka via Flickr I was at a rather spiffy library today with automatic everything in the restrooms. It wasn’t to the extent of some places (airports and mondo shopping malls are worse), but there were a lot of sensors in there. When someone else came, did his thing, and just walked to the sink without doing anything, it got me thinking. What if automatic flush valves are a self-reinforcing product? Think about it. It used to be that one had to be very meticulous to always flush before leaving. Now, with all the automation, some people just ignore…

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