Doggie Dreams… or something like that.

Listening to some music, I suddenly heard…

The damned oddest sort of… hard to describe. Refrigerator malfunction? Police siren in the distance? Small ailing banshee?

NOTA. My sister’s dog — a Yorkie — was attempting to howl like a wolf. In his sleep. It sounded pretty much like you’d imagine a Yorkie-sized wannabe-wolf would sound.

I’d been told about his sleepy time howls, but this was the first time I’ve actually heard it.

I would consider locking my door, should his carnivorous instincts take over, but he — demonstrably — can’t even jump up on my bed.


Freaking call of the wild. Buck he ain’t.


I predicted this.

When I relocated, someone mentioned that this area hasn’t been hit by a hurricane in several years. In fact, the most recent I can see was more than a decade ago, and it technically didn’t hit smack dab; hurricane-force winds were offshore.

Now, I’ve been told that I’m a magnet for trouble. So when told of the hurricane shortage I said, “I’m here now. We’ll get hit.”

Sure ’nuff, projected storm paths suggest we might get center-punched by Erika as a Cat 1.

Lawsuit: “We’re too damned stupid to turn off our engines.”

I don’t much like keyless ignition systems, but for other reasons.

Keyless Ignition Used in Millions of Cars a Deadly Safety Defect: Lawsuit
According to the complaint filed in Los Angeles federal court, carbon monoxide is emitted when drivers leave their vehicles running after taking their electronic key fobs with them, under the mistaken belief that the engines will shut off.

RTFM, dumbasses.

Resisting the urge to shoot my computer

TDS Nontelecom

My sister has Internet and phone service from TDS. Specifically, she has 1.5Mb/sec DSL. She’s not entirely happy with it.

TDS advertises a stand-alone 20Mb/s fiber optic Internet service. TDS has fiber running down the street. The head is approximately 40 feet from her house. She can’t get it.

Despite the fact that the advertisement doesn’t mention the restriction, nor is it mentioned in the order process (in fact, the automated, online system accepted her order for 20Mb/s), TDS will not sell the service to existing customers. The only way for an existing customer (even one who only has phone service) to get fiber Internet is to buy an Internet/Phone/Satellite TV combo package. Said package includes Dish TV. My sister once had her own Dish account but dumped it because Dish was too expensive. She sure as hell doesn’t want to buy a Dish combo package now.

So she gets by on that piddling 1.5Mb/s DSL line.

Until today. She got a notice from TDS that they’re increasing the price on her dinky line by some 25%. But…

They happily tell her she can dodge that price increase if she’ll just buy an expensive Internet/Phone/Dish TV combo package.