What the HECK did I do?

I only put the dumbfuck mountain parody poster up a couple of days ago. And now, when I Google on it...

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Fake Mohammed cartoons

The origin of one of the fake "cartoons" has been solved:

http://tailen.livejournal.com/9995.html

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Finally got my my refund from IKEA Conshohocken

Like the subject says, after:

  • Two phonecalls, one unreturned voicemail, and 1 email to IKEA,
  • Two letters to the BBB,
  • One phonecall and two letters to my credit card company,
  • And one letter to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection

...I finally got my refund of $359.34 from these people. For a purchase made in August.

Man, what a bunch of jackasses they were. I had to go to ALL this trouble just to get a coherent response out of them. I think it was the Attorney General's Office that finally got their attention, since they are the only entity that can actually bring legal action and hence, you don't want to do anything to get on their bad side. Smiling

I think I'll go back to buying my furniture from K-Mart and Staples. I never had this level of problems from them.

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Regarding my political views

Just in case anyone thinks I support Bush or the war in Iraq, I'd like to take the opportunity to clear that up:

That is all.

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More Muhammed Updates

Tailen has been hard at work writing more updates:

http://tailen.livejournal.com/8986.html
http://tailen.livejournal.com/9223.html

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Buy Danish!

While doing some more reading about the whole "Death to Denmark" thing from the extremist Muslim groups, I came across a series of blogs urging people to "Buy Danish" goods, in an effort to help offset the bullying boycott from Arab countries.

Here's a list of Danish businesses and brands to patronize:

Here are some banners for your website or blog. There's a cool corner logo there, along with Javascript code to place it in the upper right of any page. It is the same one that's on the upper right corner of this website at the time of this writing.

Here is a link to one of the more popular blog entires on the topic.

Please, won't somebody think of the cows?

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On the subject of Muslims, cartoons, and this whole Danish flag burning thing

Tailen made an awesome LJ post that goes into all sorts of details on what happened regarding this whole issue.

http://tailen.livejournal.com/8856.html

My thoughts on this whole thing:

The strength of the reaction rather surprised me. Before reading the above post, I had wondered if folks with an agenda were inflaming the situation just to push a political agenda. Sadly, it seems that it is indeed the case.

In fact, the folks who started it all were Muslims that live in... Denmark! They moved to the country so they could escape oppression, then engaged in their very own form of oppression by trying to bully their own country's government into censoring an independent newspaper. Talk about being a bunch of complete and total hippocrates.

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How to make Drupal hog CPU cycles

Well, I had a fun weekend. It all started on Friday:

Web Host: Dude, your Drupal installation is taking up too much CPU time.
Me: How much?
WH: It's spinning the CPU for 60-90 seconds on a single page load.
Me: Oops.
WH: Here are the times and URLs it's happened.
Me: Hmm... those correspond to my crontabs...

So, after some more investigation, and placing of debugging hooks into poormanscron, I determined that the search module's search_cron() is chewing up lots of CPU time and even timing out in some cases.

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Identity theft and check fraud

Here's some articles of interest:

Banks hang fraud victims high and dry - One reason why I think debit cards are a Really Bad Idea. Among other things, the article mentions how fraudulent charges on credit cards must be refunded in accordance with Federal Law. Debit cards are regulated under no such law.

8 signs you may know an identity thief - Chances are, you DO know someone is may have committed identity fraud.

10 ways to stop identity theft cold - Self explanatory. One thing I learned is that you should NOT carry your Social Security Card in your wallet, in case the wallet gets lost.

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"Farting myself to Mars"

In the middle of a technical conversation about some obscureness regarding little endian multi-byte words, a co-worker just remarked to me:

"I could have explained that to you at one point, but that was many moons and many MANY shots of tequila ago. Right now, I have a better chance of farting myself to Mars and surviving the trip than explaining it to you!"

I did not ask for him to prove his claim.

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