Archive for May, 2009

It has happened

Posted in Uncategorized on May 29, 2009 by Budd Black

They have blocked my access to Vox from work.  Drats.

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I Hate Comcast

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 21, 2009 by Budd Black

My internet went out so I called there very helpful robot at 1-800-Comcast.  The robot narrowed down that I was having internet problems and had me speak my problem into the phone.  It even gave examples such as, "I cannot connect to the internet."  This example was my problem, so I said, "I cannot connec to the internet."

5 minutes on hold listening to all the great services that comcast provides and assurances that someone would be with me in a moment.

Ooooh, it is ringing.  "We are sorry, all operators are busy now.  For further assistance, visit our website."  *click* *dialtone* 

I kind of lost my temper at this point.  I am lucky my phone still works and that the neighbors didn't call the cops.  I so wish that comcast wasn't my only choice for high speed internet. 

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Beauty Schools

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 18, 2009 by Budd Black

I am starting to lose faith in the beauty school system.  In the past years, the price of a haircut has gone up double, but the quality of a haircut has gone down.  I think beauty schools are really just party schools with raging keggers at the sorority parties every night.  The school itself doesn't care because it is only worried about its football program.  Heck if half the students weren't scholorship athletes, the teacher could probably enforce some standards.  All beauty school degrees shouldn't be considered the same.  I don't want someone that majored in nail decoration cutting my hair.  It isn't my fault that there isn't much demand for painting flowers on fingernails.  Sure she took some basic studies courses in haircut theory but that doesn't qualify her to cut my hair. 

Why do they always ask me if I am sure that I want my haircut the way I asked for it.  Hello, I have been getting my haircut for over 3 decades.  Half of that time I have been getting it my way.  I know how I want my hair cut.  I don't,however,know how to do your job, so quit asking me what guard is normally used.  Speaking of guards, you cut the top of someones head with scissors in the civilized world. 

Don't get your haircut at:

Style America in La Vergne, very bad haircut but I was in and out in less than 5 minutes.

SportClips in Antioch (yeah, I should know better than to even be in Antioch), took twenty nice fade but my hair is as uneven as my grass.


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QotD: Birth Order

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 12, 2009 by Budd Black

What is the birth order in your family? Do you think it has an affect on your personality?
Submitted by aynge.

In my family the oldest people were born first.  I think it would have really screwed me up if I would have been born before my parents or grandparents. 

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Now Available

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 11, 2009 by Budd Black

Yesterday, I Will: an Anthology is now available on Amazon.  This is the collection that has my short story in it. 


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Into Thin Air

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 8, 2009 by Budd Black

This book that recounts the disaster of the May, 10 1996 Everest disaster is excellent.  Jon Krakauer was a member of a commercial expedition going to the top of the mountain.  The group consisted of three guides and several recreational mountain climbers.  Another group, very similar in makeup, was ascending at the same time.  The two large groups made a series of small errors and lapses in judgement that ended in the death of five people, including three of the guides. 

This was an amazing book that was written very well. Krakauer paints a picture of people that become single minded on their goal.  I relate to this as when I was training for my Marathon I hurt my knee on the final twenty miler before the race.  I ran the race anyway and even though my knee felt like someone was ramming an Ice pick into the side of it from about 10 miles on to the finish, I kept going.  I didn't know what I was doing to my knee, I just knew that I had prepared long and hard for that day.  I had also spent quite a bit of money to pay for the training, the race, and getting there.  Nothing was going to stop me from getting to the finish line.  So, I vaguely understand what these people were feeling as they kept climbing long after they should have stopped. 

This book has some language and presents some very disturbing death scenes, so it may not be for everyone.  It is a very good book and most will not be able to put it down.  The very last line of the book is very haunting and really closes the book well.  An amazing read.   

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The Uninvited

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 5, 2009 by Budd Black

Let me preface this review by saying that I am a huge fan of the Korean movie that inspired this, A Tale of Two Sisters.  So I knew the twist and could see it coming from a mile away.  They dropped a second twist that the Korean version had.  Emily Browning did a pretty good job, as did the other women, but the dad character wasn't very good in my opinion  I watched the extra features to see if they mention the Korean movie.  They do and they admit to westernizing the story.  They also say that the Korean movie was very complex and they had to make it simpler.  If you are going to watch both movies I would watch the American version first.  If you only watch one make it the Korean Tale of Two Sisters. 


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