Pumpkin Scissors

I just finished this series which was recommended to me by both Maxxius and Artemyst. This series was really good and funny. Had a slight resemblance to Full Metal Alchemist, but maybe because both are comedies and relating to the military.

Spoilers: (Show)

I can’t wait for Season 2.

Any way, episode 18 contained a bunch of hilarious scenes with Stekkins, the little Sergeant Major girl. There are 2 versions of each video (large: 640×480 and small: 320×240), displayed respectively in that order.

Welp, I learnt a new Japanese phrase today: 一人上手 (hitori jouzu) which translates to literally “alone skillful”. However, according to the captions, it’s slang for masturbation. Stekkins goes and calls Machs the one-man machine! In fact, he’s the best one-man machine in the Empire. However, everyone hears it as he’s the number one masturbator in the empire. Check out this clip (work safe):

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Then I found Stekkin’s finishing move to be awesome! And to name it Pumpkin Scissors and chop the guys head. Haha!

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Finally, she has the Lunatic Dance, where she goes Pa-Pa-Pa-Pumpkin, La-La-La-Pumpkin. There’s 2 versions of this song and one during the episode where she gets caught doing the dance and in fact, they used this song as the ending in this particular episode:

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pumpkin scissors - lunatic dancepumpkin scissors - lunatic dance

Random Crap

First I wanted to say Happy Birthday Stanman!!!

Then I just wanted to comment on how beautiful this past week was. The sun was out and everything was just gorgeous. With continuous rain for months, I think everyone’s happy that finally the sun is smiling.

Have you guys used the new Bank of America online login. There’s something about their new interface that really bothers me. After I enter my password and hit “Login”, it immediately displays this message underneath the password box:

Your request is being processed, Please wait…

Which always makes me think that I entered my password incorrectly. Maybe it’s just me.

According to Bloglines, my rss feed has 5 subscribers!

Today’s Japanese phrase is 匂い (nioi – odor; scent; smell; stench). It can refer to the general scent/smell, or if you use a different tone, you can refer to something that stinks/smells bad, like in English when we say, “It smells.” Another kanji for nioi is 臭い, which uses the kanji for stink/smells bad.

I worked from home today as I received a note that UPS needed my signature in person to deliver this package. Usually they just leave it at my front door or request that I sign on the back of the note and they’ll just drop it. But this one specifically had those 2 options crossed out and said I had to be here in person. I thought since it’s Friday, it’d also be nice to work from home. So when the doorbell finally rang, I went to open it. I believe this is the first time I’ve seen my UPS guy here. He goes, “Oh! You’re here.” He was already writing a 2nd note for me. At first I thought that was somewhat rude. Ring the doorbell and assume I’m not at home. I guess that’s usually the case, but this one required a signature in person, so you’d think he’d wait some time before actually writing the note. However, I forgave him when I saw how big and heavy the box was. I guess it would be rather stupid to have to carry this big box up the stairs and then back then if no one was home.

Site was down earlier today

Not to sure what the cause was, but my site was down earlier today for almost 9 hours. Email, FTP, and even SSH worked fine without any problems. Trying to connect via the browser just kept timing out.

Dreamhost didn’t really have any notice of what was going on, and a couple other people were also experiencing this.

According to InternetSeer:

Recovery Alert

Your Web Site is no longer on error

URL: http://www.krunk4ever.com
Time: Fri Mar 30 07:46:50 EDT 2007
Total Time on Error: 8 hours, 48 minutes, 37 seconds

It wasn’t too bad since a majority of those hours would be where people would’ve been sleeping. Besides me that is…

Oh well, at least it’s back up.

Another Roomba

So during the past week or the week before that, Costco had the Roomba Scheduler on sale for $210 (instant discount). I couldn’t resist and purchased a 2nd one. You know how lazy someone is when they won’t bother moving the Roomba between floors. Now I have a Roomba on my first floor and a Roomba on my second floor, scheduled to clean my condo twice a week. Haha.

At first I thought it may have problems returning home since there’s now 2 active base, but when I got home that day, both were able to find their way back to their own base without any problems. If returning home does become a problem later on, I think scheduling them to run on different days or different times would work.

Anyway, I had contacted Roomba customer support as the plastic piece on my dirt/trash bin was falling apart after only 8 months of usage. Plus I’m not a heavy user, just 2x a week, unlike people I’ve talked to who run it everyday. So I decided to contact Roomba customer support and see what I could do about it. It should still be under warranty, and if not, I can always return it to Costco for a new one.

Here’s our email exchange (each response was received within 24hrs):

My Roomba’s dirt/trash bin has this piece of plastic is ripping off. I’ve purchased this at Costco about 6 months ago and the unit’s been working great. I schedule it to run twice a week and it does a decent job besides the times it gets stuck inside my power cords and underneath my desk.

Anyway, I’ve attached pictures of what is ripping from the dirt/trash bin and was wondering how to get that replace. I believe my item is still under warranty.

Thank you.

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Toland H.

Dear Toland,

Thank you for writing. We apologize for the inconvenience. We would be happy to send you a new dust bin and filter frame free of charge. We need you to please respond with the following information so that we can process the order:

– Your Roomba’s serial number. The serial number is on a white sticker in the battery well which is visible when the battery is removed. To remove the battery press inward on the release tabs at each end of the battery simultaneously and then lift the battery straight out.
– The original date and location that the Roomba was purchased

Where can I find the product code for my robot?

Thank you,
Heather A
iRobot Customer Support


Here’s the information you requested:
Date of Purchase: 7/25/2006 at Costco (Issaquah, WA – store #110)

I can scan my receipt and take a photo of the serial number if needed.


Toland H.

Dear Toland,

Thank you for contacting iRobot Customer Support.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Unfortunately, the dust bin is currently on a backorder. As soon as we receive them into the warehouse, your order will be shipped to you. At that time you will receive an email confirmation with the UPS tracking number.

We have sent a filter frame to you. You can expect it to arrive within 7-10 business days via USPS first class mail.

Check out our improved iRobot Customer Support Site…

For online access to your support issues, please click on our registration link: >>My Support Profile,
which can be found in the upper right section on www.irobot.com/support.

To submit an inquiry click on the Email Us icon on the right panel of this support page.


iRobot Customer Support

Pretty cool…


I had updated my blog email (was starting to get spam) and didn’t realized that the admin email was still pointing to the old one. All emails being sent to my previous blog email were automatically deleted. Therefore, when comments came in asking for approval, I never got them. I just realized today with a queue of 12 comments that I needed to approve, delete, or mark as spam.

If you had submitted a comment earlier that needed approval and it was “legit”, it should now show up.

Amazon.com Context Links

So I got an email from Amazon.com via the associates network a few days ago:

Dear Amazon Associate:

The Amazon Associates program is thrilled to announce the release of the Context Links Beta!

Context Links are a quick and convenient way to add links to your website and monetize your content. Context Links automatically identify and link relevant phrases within your page content to Amazon products, unlocking new ad inventory and saving you the time from having to manually create links. You can add the links to your pages in minutes, and we provide a wealth of options to customize how they are displayed.

You create the content. We’ll link it.

I decided to give it a try, but if you guys find it annoying, please let me know. Somewhat neat that it scans my page and automatically creates link in text that are already there. Most of them are pretty much on target, but then you get stuff like Kirkland Signature linking to KitchenAid Gourmet Essentials 10-Piece Hard Anodized Cookware Set, which doesn’t even have the phrase Kirkland Signature on the page.

The tool they provide is pretty configurable allowing you to include or exclude the following:

  • Logo
  • Product Image
  • List Price
  • Amazon Price
  • Customer Rating

and the ability to change to any colors you want. I haven’t played much with the color scheme yet and I’ve left everything at the default.

There is also a setting to “Match exact product names”, which might solve my Kirkland Signature problem, but I’m going to give it a few days to see how it turns out.

You can also set how many links they’re allowed to create per page. By default, the number is 10. I actually think it’s not that bad since the link looks normal and doesn’t blink nor have any animation to draw your eye to it. It does pop up a box with more information when you hover over it, which may get annoying. But we’ll see.

Close Call

I had a very close call this morning.

For people who don’t know me, I’m a frequent +5-10er, meaning I usually drive 5-10 miles faster than the “suggested” speed limit. Today, as I was exiting my complex, there was a car coming down the hill. I believed if I hit my accelerator immediately, I would’ve been able to beat him, but I contemplated too long and had to wait for him to pass before making the left turn ending up behind him. You might not think much about 1 car, but given that I drive on a 1 lane street about 80% of my drive to work, getting stuck behind a slow car is no fun.

Anyway, on the next intersection, we both made a right turn. The speed limit on this road was 30MPH. We were both going about 40MPH as the distance between us didn’t grow or decrease. However, at the top of the hill, I noticed he turned on his right blinker and was about to turn into the park. There was a guy there waving at him, so I thought maybe he was helping a friend with car problems.

Then I noticed the device he had in his hand and the police motorbike on the side of the road. That was a radar gun

I was like in shock. If I had tried to beat him when exiting my complex, it would’ve been me caught by that radar gun. Throughout my drive to work, the only thing in my mind was, “Should I purchase a radar detector?” I’ve actually contemplated on a radar detector for some time, but never really decided I needed one. This is actually my 1st close encounter to getting a speeding ticket. Haha, I was also contemplating on which lawyer I would hire to fight my ticket, as Jeannie Mucklestone (a very popular choice in MS newsgroups) popped into my head.

I could only say I was lucky this time around.

Calculus Airband 2000

So a week ago, CheyBoyAhDi IMed me asking if I still had the airband videos somewhere. I scratched my head. For a very long time, they were were stored on my hard drive, but I was pretty sure I backed up them a year or two ago when I needed disk space. Disk space may be cheap nowadays, but during college, cheap still didn’t cut it.

Anyway, I said I would get back to him and began searching through my spindles and spindles of CDs and DVDs and I finally found it. It was labeled AirBand 2000.

For those who are unfamiliar with the term airband, it’s this traditional thing (well not anymore since Kimura has retired) that every Calculus class did for our Christmas party. I believe ours was called Winter Jamboree, but I could be confused between my junior year and my senior year. Yes, I went through two years of this, but unfortunately, I don’t have any records of my junior year. I won’t bore you with our propaganda about getting ‘5’s and being committed, but it was basically dancing in tune with cuts of random music of our choice. Although it may not look that great, it did take a lot of time and we had a lot of fun. I’ve decided to upload everything that I have online: Calculus Airband 2000.

I had burnt everyone in BC a copy of the performances on a CD, but there were extra stuff which I didn’t include such as the photos, the practice videos, and the slideshow. Back then I don’t think DVD burners were even out yet and only a select few had CD burners.

Each available video has too versions. Original encoded at 640×480 and small is re-encoded at 320×240. Video streams I believe were taken from AMonkeyJ’s camcorder. We originally had 2 (one shooting from each side), but I forget why, but the other one had malfunctioned pretty much at the beginning. The re-encodes were made after complaints of “long” download times and I don’t blame them. The performance videos are about 200MB each. The small versions are about 100MB each. If the streaming isn’t working for you, underneath each video is a Download movie link, which you can right click and “save link as”.

Performances: (original / small)

AB Period 0:
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AB Period 4:
airband 2000 - calculus ab - period 4airband 2000 - calculus ab - period 4

AB Period 5:
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AB Period 6:
airband 2000 - calculus ab - period 6airband 2000 - calculus ab - period 6

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When rewatching these, it was rather embarrassing. SueOn agreed and said they might’ve been better buried in my stacks of CDs and DVDs. However, if I don’t post them now, they’ll probably be lost forever.

The practice video is stitched together with scenes during class and during our airband practice. But for some reason, there was no audio track associated to these videos, and I no longer have any idea who has the source to these. Therefore, I just tacked on our airband music and looped it. I was thinking of syncing it with relative music and random voice tracks, but that project would be probably left for another day and time somewhere in the far far future. Be warned, this video is 1.5hrs long and the original encode is over 1GB.

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Then there’s the our famous ending slideshow. When I was rewatching our performance video, I was like, where the heck did we get that projector. I don’t recall the school having one. After asking SueOn, apparently it was his church and it all came back to me.

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Here’s the original mp3 of our airband song:

And finally some random photos taken during our airband practices: Calculus BC Airband Photos

Did I mention how embarrassed I am about rewatching these videos?

Oh yah, if you’re experiencing playback problems on Firefox saying you don’t have the right plugins installed, I found the fix: Firefox can’t play application/x-mplayer2 embeds. All you have to do is download those 2 .dll files and drop them into your Firefox plugins directory.


This past weekend, there’s been back and forth argument about rebates over at Consumerist.

I understand that Consumerist is pro-consumers, but when they make blanket statements like, “All together now: rebates are scams.” I feel very irked because that is so far from the truth. I don’t deny that rebates can be fishy and many people have had their rebate rejected, but to make a statement like all rebates are scams just is bad consumer knowledge. I guess my expectations of Consumerist is to educate consumers of the rights and powers and help when big companies and corporations try to bully us, but to mislead consumers I think is very anti-consumers.

So there are very common arguments made that rebates are scams. The most common one being rebates get rejected or denied and the horror stories people talk about when trying to get their rebate. I personally know many people who would not touch rebates anymore because they’ve been denied or rejected one too many times. However, I do have to say, getting a rebate is not as easy as what most people think there is.

First there is the fine print. Be sure to read over the fine print carefully, just like you would on a contract or application. If you think $10 isn’t worth your time to go over the fine print, then don’t bother even doing the rebate as you probably would miss something along the line. Most rebates get rejected because people who file these rebates forgot to include a certain item, the purchase date is outside the valid period, or silly things like forgetting to include your phone number. YES, SOMETIMES REBATE FORMS EXPLICITLY SAY THAT YOU MUST INCLUDE YOUR PHONE NUMBER, although I believe there has been a recently law that says phone numbers are no longer required, though I may be incorrect.

Things I always pay attention to when filing a rebate:

  • The dates when the rebate is valid
  • The postmark date required
  • Stores that the rebate is valid at
  • Limit per name/address/household
  • Items to include (i.e. receipt, rebate form, UPC)
  • Which items can be copies of (i.e. receipts) and which needs to be the original (i.e. UPC)
  • How long it should take the rebate to arrive (typically 4-12 weeks)
  • Contact information in the event I don’t receive my rebate within the time frame. Usually they’ll include a toll-free number and sometimes a website. Most rebate center websites also provides a way to communicate through e-mail.

Then there’s the rebate center itself. Just like banks, rebate centers also have reputations. If ABC bank offered you a ridiculous interest rate on your deposits or money you borrow from them, you don’t exactly sign the paper immediately without researching more about the bank. Or you wouldn’t fill out all your information on a credit card application just because you were mailed an application. You want to know more about the bank and credit card companies before you actually sign anything over or provide any information. Actually I need to restate that. Many people are actually dumb enough to just sign away their life like that, but MOST smart people research beforehand. I mean can you believe Payday Loans stores are actually thriving?

Another thing you must be sure to do is document everything and make photocopies of everything. I personally scan all my rebates and receipts into my computer, since I don’t like to deal with paper copies, but you should do what you prefer.

Anyway, lets say you do research the rebate company, find them reputable, and fill out the forms and mail it in. Your work’s not done. You still have to keep track, just like you would keep track purchases you made online. When you failed to receive a package, you don’t go screaming that online purchases are all scams. You contact the company and try to figure out what went wrong. Generally you can look up your rebate status online. If you rebate status doesn’t appear online after 6 weeks, it’s time to give the rebate center a call. Sometimes things can get lost in the mail or since these rebates are entered manually by hand, it’s common for things to be entered incorrectly into the system. A simple call can usually can straighten things out and if needed, they’ll ask you to email, fax, or resend the documentation. That’s why documentations and photocopies are important!

Another problem you may encounter is that the status of your rebate shows up as denied/rejected. First double check to make sure the reason you were denied/rejected is not valid. If the reason they rejected your rebate is invalid, you should call them up immediately and sort it out. Generally with a phone call or 2, and maybe some transfers of documentation, your rebate will be validated. You may think this is “a scam” by rejecting your rebate for an invalid reason, but once again, the human component here is the problem. That’s why if a rebate has online filing, I try to do that if possible because it limits the amount of human interaction that may cause any type of error. There have been times where really ridiculous reasons have been provided such as “You did not provide an email address.” when the person received an email about the rejected rebate. However, once again, a phone call should set this straight.

Even if they rejected your rebate due to a valid reason, you might still be able to turn this around. Don’t call and scream at the CSR, but by civilized and respectful as you’re trying to get them to do you a one time favor, which they are usually more than happy to do.

That isn’t to say that I haven’t encountered any rebate problems. If you recall my post 2 months ago: Bait and Switch, many others and I were being scammed by CompUSA. The rebate center there has been reputable and I’ve gotten my rebate from them many times without any problems. However, problems like this can still arise. After many letters sent to our state attorney general and BBB (Better Business Bureau), CompUSA finally gave in and approved everyone’s rebate. This is just one of the very extreme cases and as you can see, with unity, consumers will prevail in the end.

Another common argument against rebates is the fact that if they’re giving rebates, why not give the discount at the checkout counter. Why bother with this whole rebate dance?

There’s actually a couple reasonings for that. The most common one that I hear is that they actually keep your money and make interest off it for the month or two that they hold your money. I personally don’t think this is a very good reasoning and honestly, I don’t think it has much truth behind it. However, I’m throwing it out there because I hear it a lot.

There are 2 main reasons I can think of why rebates are used instead of instant discounts.

  1. First off, most rebates are provided by the manufacturer and not the retail store you’re purchasing at. Let’s say I bought a calculator at Staples that came with a manufacturer’s rebate. Staples has already paid the calculator manufacturer and when your purchase the calculator from Staples, you’re actually paying money to Staples and not the manufacturer. Lets say the manufacturer wants to move items off the shelf because they’re planning to ship a new model. There they introduce the manufacturer’s rebate because Staples isn’t the one paying you, it’s the manufacturer. One can argue that the manufacturer can give the rebate difference directly back to Staples for each calculator they sell, but I can explain why that’s not done in my next reason. I actually heard that any item purchased from Costco that has a rebate, you’re actually mailing the rebate to Costco, Costco pays you immediately, and Costco in turn gets the rebate money directly from the manufacturer. That’s why Costco is one of my favorite rebate centers that I trust.
  2. Not everyone files for their rebate. I believe statistically speaking, only 1/3 of all valid rebates get filed and paid, however with more and more high ticket items with large rebates being provided, I heard that number has gone up. But let’s just assume only 1/3 of all rebates are paid out, others either getting rejected for not following directions or because people forgot about it or never knew about it. Anyway, with that in mind, companies can increase rebate amounts to make products more enticing. Lets say that they could lower the calculator by $10 if they gave an immediate discount. $10 off a $200 calculator might entice some, but not much. However, if only 1/3 of all rebates gets paid out, they can provide a $30 rebate, and by this redistribute the savings. In the end, they’ll end up getting about the same amount, but for those who are thorough and get their rebates will get a bigger savings. Those who are lazy and forgetful would have ended up paying full price. With a $30 rebate, it’s more enticing to people than just a $10 discount.

With that said, I end my rant. I think rebates are good, but they’re not for all people. Just like the stock market. People who only invest when everyone’s says its a good time, are people who will lose the most and then end up saying: the stock market is a scam.

Random Crap

Decided to split this off after the other post got too long.

The Perry Bible Fellowship – Hard Read – another reason why you should never get caught reading cliff notes.

Silverbrook’s Memjet printer technology available late 2007, company says (from Derek) – The company has released astounding videos of desktop, photo and wide-format printers that print pages and photos 5 to 10 times faster than products from current printer market leaders HP, Canon, Epson and Lexmark. This printer is amazingly fast and the colors are awesome.

Search With Kevin (from Cari) – Apparently K-Fed has a search engine. It’s somewhat like Blingo where he’s giving away prizes, but unlike Blingo, he’s giving away prizes no one wants: Kevin Federline Autograph 8×10, Kevin Federline T-Shirt, Playing With Fire Autograph CD, Entry into Autograph Sweepstakes.

Super Mario Level 1-1… In Line Rider (from Cari) – Recreating the first level of Super Mario Bros. using Line Rider. It was too funny not to share, especially the ending (which I guess is only funny if you’ve messed around with Line Rider at all).This guy really had a lot of time on their hands.

Toys that should not exist (from Digg) – some of these are hilarious.

No money for stamps? Advertiser happy to helpFor Dutch consumers who wish to save 44 euro cents (30 pence) on posting a letter, there is a solution: an advertisement on the back of the envelope. I wouldn’t mind doing that.

Malaysian DVD pirates want sniffer dogs deadMalaysian movie pirates have put a bounty on the heads of two sniffer dogs who busted a fake DVD ring with a seizure of discs worth about $3 million (1.5 million pounds), media and officials said on Thursday.

Inside Japan’s Puzzle Palace (from Digg) – Will there be another puzzle craze after sudoku? Perhaps kakuro? What about nurikabe? If so, chances are it will spring from a Japanese company called Nikoli, run by the self-proclaimed godfather of sudoku, Maki Kaji. Check a flash version of these new games that have been mentioned.

Bill Gates to finally receive his Harvard degree (from Digg) – It’s not like he needs it to beef up his résumé, but the world’s richest college dropout finally is getting his degree. Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, will speak at Harvard University’s commencement ceremony in June and, like all commencement speakers, will receive an honorary degree from the institution.

Automakers say: Look at cars not womenSouth Korean carmakers plan to cut down on the number of scantily clad models at the Seoul Motor Show hoping people will look at the cars instead.

New Jersey thieves snatch $12,000 in underwearThree brazen New Jersey shoplifters made off with nearly $12,000 (6,100 pounds) in women’s underwear by stuffing the goods into bags designed to foil anti-theft equipment at a Victoria’s Secret store while the shop was open for business, police said.

STOP MOTION DRUMS by the “Hyperactive Beatbox” guy (from Artemyst) – A guy with no musical training creates a great song using stop motion. This is the same guy that made “The Human Beatbox” or as other … all » people call it “Hyperactive“, Lasse Gjertsen.

Picture on the dust (from Digg) – This guy drives his car around just to get enough dirt on his windshield so he can draw on it. His drawings are rather good.

Husband rips wife’s eyes out after she refuses sex (from Digg) – Mohamed Hadfi, 31, tore out his 23-year-old wife Samira Bari’s eyes following a heated argument in their apartment in the southern French city of Nimes in July 2003 after she refused to have sex with him.

Housewife convicted of frying husbandA Brazilian housewife was convicted and sentenced to 19 years in prison Friday for killing her husband, chopping his corpse into small pieces and frying it.

There’s just some crazy people in this world…

Beautiful Night Shots Of Yokohama, Japan (from Digg) – Great night shots of Yokohama which is the third largest city in Japan at night. The large Ferris wheel is one of the largest in the world with a capacity of 480 passengers and at a height of 112.5 metres. If the night shots entice you and still can’t get enough of it, here’s a Quicktime Panorama VR of Yokohama of which you can actually spot out some of the landmarks. 18 more pics afte the jump.

Advanced Test Pattern for THX Optimizer (from SD) – All US versions of the feature film Cars were shipped with an encoding error on Pixar’s Advanced Test Pattern within THX Optimizer. In an effort to provide you with the best possible set up tools, Pixar and THX will send you a complete version of THX Optimizer and THX Blue Glasses. Please submit this shipping form to receive your copy of THX Optimizer (including Pixar’s Advanced Test Pattern). From okayplayer: Just in case its needed the actual ISBN is 0-7888-5798-3

Dont Bother Me (from Angelus) – another awesome routine of smidget! This guy does this amazing DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) performance with flips and moonwalks and a bunch of other crazy stuff.