Monthly Archives: August 2007

U.S. Americans

I’m not really a fan of posting youtube videos as content, but this is too good to pass up.

I realize that beauty pageant types aren’t typically expected to be rocket scientists, but … wow. Just… wow.

EDIT: Apparently there are others that feel that U.S. Americans, South Africans, and Iraqis don’t have enough maps, so they’ve made a site where you can donate your maps! Please! Think of the children!

Module for the Controlling of TV

Apparently the girl I talked to last week wasn’t as much of an expert technician as she seemed… I got the parts delivery from Polaroid today, and well… yah.

[TV Control Module]

Apparently the “control module” is Polaroid’s way of describing “everything except the screen and plastic case”. There’s only two or three connectors that connect the module to the LCD and power, so I could easy replace this if I wanted. I have no desire to void my warranty though, so I’m going to let an ‘expert’ do it. Hopefully Polaroid follows up like they said they would and schedules a repair appointment. I’d like to have my TV back.

TV Update

I've been going back and forth with Polaroid over the past week, and my TV still isn't fixed. I am making progress though.

I called customer support last saturday, figuring that I could just wait on hold with my bluetooth headset while I was cleaning my apartment. After about 20 minutes waiting in their phone queue, I got through to one of the most clueless support reps I had ever dealt with. I described the situation with all the relevant details – how my TV had died about a month after I bought it, and had been at the shop for two months, and how it was now back at home. I told her that the repair place had sent the TV back to me without making any effort to fix it because they couldn't get any information from Polaroid about parts or service manuals, and that someone from Polaroid just told them to send it back to me. The last point needed some clarification, because she asked me at least three times whether the repair place had fixed it or not. After she placed me on hold for about five minutes, she came back online, obviously unconfident in what she was saying. She said that she had to get in contact with her supervisor, and that he would call the repair shop for ther confirmation of the events, and then call me back, most likely on monday. I thanked her, and set off for more waiting.

Monday came and went with no call from Polaroid. I called them back on Tuesday and had to completely reexplain the situation because there was no record of my call on saturday, or of the promise to give me a call back. I explained what happened, and the girl I talked to was utterly unconvinced that the repair shop was being honest with me because “Polaroid would never offer an exchange for a TV that hadn't even been repaired yet.” Apparently a TV would need to be repaired at least two times before they would even consider an exchange. I said that was fine, but also explained that I needed a resolution to this, since my TV had been out of commission for three out of the four months that I've owned it. Apparently she was an expert technician as well as a customer service rep, because she was able to diagnose the exact part I needed from my description of the problem. She said that Polaroid would be mailing a new control module to me, and that they would schedule a visit with a different repair service to come to my apartment and fix the TV with the new part. This makes me a bit hopeful, but not really.

We'll see what happens in the next week or two.

Pink Floyd – Keep Talking

I’m not really one for posting random song lyrics, but this one describes almost exactly how I feel right now. It is really amazing that a song that you’ve been familiar with for a large portion of your life suddenly strikes you with meaning when events in your life change your perspective…

For millions of years mankind lived just like the animals
Then something happenend which unleashed the power of our imagination
We learned to talk
There's a silence surrounding me
I can't seem to think straight
I'll sit in the corner
No one can bother me
I think I should speak now ___________ Why won't you talk to me
I can't seem to speak now ____________ You never talk to me
My words won't come out right ________ What are you thinking
I feel like I'm drowning _____________ What are you feeling
I'm feeling weak now _________________ Why won't you talk to me
But I can't show my weakness _________ You never talk to me
I sometimes wonder ___________________ What are you thinking
Where do we go from here _____________ What are you feeling

It doesn't have to be like this
All we need to do is make sure we keep talking

Why won't you talk to me _____________ I feel like I'm drowning
You never talk to me _________________ You know I can't breathe now
What are you thinking ________________ We're going nowhere
What are you feeling _________________ We're going nowhere

Why won't you talk to me
You never talk to me
What are you thinking
Where do we go from here

It doesn't have to be like this
All we need to do is make sure we keep talking


I’ve got a good working listing set up for the event log I was talking about in my last post. I still plan on adding some more stuff to it. like the ability to move around in the log, but that’s for later. I’ve got chores I need to do today.

You can access the event page from the Events link up in the menu bar, or by clicking here.


Out of boredom-induced creativity, I decided to update the site to incorporate a Facebook/Twitter-like status readout. I can update it from my phone, so I can update the thing even when I’m not around a computer. This way, my mom can see that I actually am alive, but just not in the mindset to post something more elaborate. While I was at it, I made it so the status update process will update my Facebook status as well. I found some code here that made it downright easy.

Since the site only shows the latest status currently, I’ve decided to implement an event log of sorts in order to show the past status updates. This will also show when I add or edit new posts, or when someone comments on the site. I’m going to try to make it so it will update when I add something to the wiki or photo gallery as well, but I dn’t know how easy that will be. There will probably be an RSS feed for it once it’s done.