I’m sure it had nothing to do with my previous rant, but I’m happy to report that Comcast (at least in our area) has resolved the “dial 1 for long distance” defect. I know it’s actually by design, and probably required to meet some obsolete requirement, but in today’s day and age it was a defect.
I noticed it when I dialed-back a caller-ID number the other day — the call went through, even though it was clearly “long-distance” and my home phone doesn’t do anything special to add a 1… then I tried just straight dialing an LD number, and it worked no problem.
good stuff. soon I won’t have anything left to rant about.
now, I don’t think the first caricature is very fair — those who can afford health insurance and choose not to buy are just as likely to be joe sixpack as they are to be tea-sipping elites (is that who that first guy is supposed to be?). “…but I don’t want it” is too simplistic; “I can afford it, but it’s not a priority” is probably more realistic.
I know, because I was that guy (with a dash of “Super 18-25 year-old”) for a while. I believe the Kaiser plan I researched at the time was $125/month; but I was indestructable (and playing hockey at the time too, as I recall).
warning: lot’s of dropping of the F-bomb in this comic…
but it made me laugh… because seriously, I’ve watched them sitting there, waiting, knowing there’s no chance they are going to see action tonight, or this week, or barely a few times this season. click thru only if you promise not to be offended.
I’ve ditched BlogLines for Google Reader.
- You can ‘star’ items as you scan through the posts, and then visit the Starred folder to read everything that actually looked like it might be worth reading. I suppose you could do the same thing with ‘pinning’ in BlogLines, but this seems more straightforward.
- With a flick of the wrist (Shift+S), I can Share any post I’m reading, adding a brief comment if I like. This may replace 90% of the blogging I intend to do but never get around to. It posts the Shared items to a blog, which can be aggregated with RSS-goodness, and I have included it’s feed on the right under the heading ‘shared via Google Reader‘. Rest assured, friends, this is not some automated list of pseudo-related posts, it’s things I’ve actually read and have deemed interesting, funny, or pathetic enough to share with you (sometimes it will be obvious which, and sometimes you’ll have to guess). If you want to read everything, or add it to your aggregator, it’s here: http://www.google.com/reader/shared/03109981200084942580.
This way, when I don’t post for a day or two (or a week or two), there will still be new content for you to ponder — a view into what I’m reading and thinking. You can thank me later.
I thought I could wait until Google Voice goes live, but I can’t. They say it’s “coming soon”, in just a few weeks, but they’ve been saying that for weeks now. I’ve got their Google phone, but I can’t use their enhanced voicemail, transcripts, and other goodies — arg.
If you can help me, please let me know.