Now you too can enjoy my Inbox without the annoying spam. Every week I get some amazing e-mail. Some amazing because of the sheer cluelessness of the sender, some because of the time and energy that went into crafting them and some are just simply amazing.
Last week there was the guy who thought the Sony Music Executive was harassing him on CD Baby, so he sent a message to his MySpace profile. Despite not actually posting the message the guy went and got the MySpace profile deleted anyway. Some people just won't allow the Internet to be fun. I also made this comment...
Next, I just need someone emailing me claiming to be the guy who posted the message, but who really isn't. I think some heads might explode then.
Of course that had to happen...
Date: Aug 22, 2007 1:10 PM
Subject: CD Baby poster
A couple people took the Wil Wheaton and robot fighting story a bit too seriously...
Date: Aug 25, 2007 5:57 PM
Subject: robot fighting
So, you thought it was a *good* idea to make fun of the dog fighting
scandal in the news? In other words, you don't think there's anything
wrong with dog fighting. heh
I read your spoof article on Vick(with robot fighting) and saw the joke in it, but just wanted to know if you're saying that you see nothing wrong with animal cruelty? 'Cause Animal Cruelty is associated with Psychopathy/Sociopathy. In other words, those doing the acts are sick bastards and dangerous.
For the record, I'm against dog fighting and animal cruelty. I guess people can take whatever meaning they want from the article. My point was to just write a funny article. I guess, one deeper meaning could be that when athletes do it dogs die, when geeks do it, robots die. I guess we should stop worrying about the violent video games and worry more about the kids playing Madden 2008.
More people wrote in on my experience with Comcast. Most of them followed along the lines of this one...
Date: Aug 22, 2007 12:00 PM
To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
No doubt, Comcast tech support sucks, but I may have an explanation as to why the tech recommended swapping the cable around.
Most people who call tech support are just as stupid as the people who work there, so the root of most of the problems they call about is simple. I am sure that you, like me, first would have checked to make sure that everything was plugged in properly before calling. Not everybody is smart enough to do that. I'm also sure that when you, like me, get frustrated that it's taking four hours to fix something that was working 10 minutes ago, you might forget to check if all the connections are still connected. The tech knows this to. He also knows that if he tells you (or me) to first check and make sure everything is plugged in and the power is turned on, you are going to roll your eyes, lean back in the chair, wait a few minutes to make him believe you are actually taking his ridiculous suggestion seriously, then condescendingly tell him that of course you wouldn't miss anything that stupid. Instead, if he tells you to switch ends, he gives you an out.
You go to do it, see it wasn't really plugged in and fix the problem. You tell him it works now, quietly thank him for his brilliant idea and thank god there is no charge for your stupidity. He knows the truth, you know the truth, but it's these little white lies that allow the world to keep spinning without all of us giving in to the urge to throttle the guy on the other end of the line. Why he wouldn't accept the fact that it was physically impossible to swap the ends of a 50' cable going through walls I can't explain, but maybe this tells you why he suggested such a silly thing in the first place.
My problem wasn't with the guy telling me to switch the ends of the cable. My problem was with his reaction after my comments. At the end of it, I'm not so sure he didn't believe that switching the ends of the cable would actually fix the problem or not. I mean, BBelievers have to have jobs somewhere, don't they?
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It would be no great shame
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