Sunday, March 15, 2009

Drobo link

Link to and you could win a free drobo.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Boy, I'll tell you what.

We are in one hell of an interesting time.

Saturday, December 13, 2008


Trying out BlogWriterLite from iPhone.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Sunday, July 27, 2008

CVS hack: $45+ FREE per week.

Disclaimer: Company policy officially prohibits the following activity. By officially I mean that customer service reps at both store and corporate levels said so. I requested this policy's documentation in writing but was denied. They were not able to provide an excuse in print, by mail, or on the web prohibiting this activity.

0. We are talking about CVS Pharmacy retail stores here, not the software checkout management system.
- 24-hour and mall stores tend to work best.
1. Have a CVS extra care rewards card.
2. Buy something small every day
- Use your card (duh).
3. I usually get a $0.99 Arizona iced tea or a soda.
- Candy bars and gum work too.
- They have food.
4. Check out which are the nice or new or lax cashiers.
3. Get a "$10 off purchase of $50 or more" coupon back with each purchase.
- You have to rip it off your receipt.
- You will get other coupons.
4. Do this once a day for five days.
5. Go to CVS on the sixth day or later, but before coupons expire.
6. Check in with your cashier.
- Clear your plan with them.
6. Fill a shopping basket of merchandise totaling $50.00 or more.
- Get soda last because it is heavy.
7. Use the flyers, coupons, Extra Bucks and hyigene to help select products.
8. Check out at the register.
- Present coupons and card first.
- They already know your plan because you told them on the way in.
- Five coupons takes $50.00 off; zero minimum balance.
9. Enjoy.

* Notes:

- The registers will take as many coupons as you throw at them!
- You won't always get coupons back with every transaction.
- Associates may be "told not to" do this. Human factor is a big part of this hack.
- A good first line of defense is "It doesn't say on the coupon that they can't be used together."
- I have used this hack 6 times so far. 5 successfully.
- I have checked out with up to nine coupons on one transaction. My total came up to $92, I paid $2.
- Try to do this at your regular CVS. That way they know you.
- I have had to re-shelve a big basket full of stuff because I could not get the clerk or manager to accept multiple of the same coupon. In this case it was not my regular CVS, I didn't check in with the clerk before shopping, and they were about to close. Learn from my mistakes.
- Having a 24-hour CVS is handy.
- Have the customer service phone number in your cell phone. Again, this is still "against company policy" either way.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

If you are using a Sony Alpha camera...

...this is the list of lenses you can use.

On the right, filter by D lens compatible = yes.
Could not figure out how to do a direct link. Someone help?

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Hot deal. I can't decide which to buy.

Slice-of-Meat and Braised Pork cell phone charms via

Friday, June 27, 2008

Trying out some functionality in Aperture 2 re: Apple Video Tutorial

Like anyone else, I'm trying out Aperture 2. I was looking through the video tutorials and after the intro, number two in the huge series was on the power of the keyboard. Here's a windowgrab from messing with the Command Editor. But check the other movies too. Or should I say free suite of courses?

Thursday, June 26, 2008

A wagon for bands.

Been tweeting (see right) more than blogging lately.

Got some new posts upcoming. Let's see how this pans out.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

All the heavens for $0.01 USD

The "bad" news is there is no god.

The "good" news is there's energy, matter, and money.

Everyone I know says I'm in inordinately over my head.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Product photographer for hire.

I am now renting an additional small room for use as a simple photography studio in the Worcester, MA area only. I specialize in small product close-ups on white.

Really make your products pop! Stun your customers! Amaze your advertising department! Spice up your website!

Available by appointment only. No job too small! Turbo 15-minute sessions or on-site visits also available. I use a high-resolution, professional digital SLR camera and professional digital workflow software. Looking to build my portfolio. 24-48 hour turnaround.

You'll love the eye-catching details I bring out in your products!

I can provide prints and digital images in a range of packages. Let me set up a custom quote for you.


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Saturday, May 24, 2008


Dear sirs and mesdames,

I bet you only imagined these in your wildest dreams.


Now that I understand what this is all about, I assure you I'm just a quiet citizen using this medium to passively voice opinions and fiction. However I don't plan to stop writing in any demeanor unless asked correctly/politely.

Wow, we really do live in an incredibly interesting world. Thanks to those who keep us all safe. Cheers!

Dear Anything That Creates Carbon Footprints,

BASICALLY, I wish you would just quit dredging oil out of my planet. Fixing you is next on my list.

Eric V

The future is calling. There's a lot of beeps.

Mark my words I do believe that before we croak, we will see android companions regularly in society.

Not "just in Japan" with the dancing demo robots, or just in the lab.

I mean going out shopping, and seeing people with a humanoid robot walking alongside them. Carrying groceries. Fetching shoes and dresses in colors and sizes.

Or hanging out with you.

Or, I assume you've seen the movie AI,

"press ... -start- ... to begin your ... -blowjob.-"

... ... [noises] [actions] [sensations] [whirring] ... ...

"please insert ... -nine-ty- -nine- -credits- ... to continue the pleasure.

But I'm not kidding. We have the technologies and willpower to do these things. To create pervasive and incredible robotic products. And I promise you: over the next couple of decades there will be not only a market demand but also a total acceptance into society.

It will take time. Businesses and products like Segway and iRobot are going to become, let's just say... -a lot more.- A lot more.

And eventually we'll have one machine tell the other not to feed him. They'll only want more. They'll only want more.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Manufacturing Engineering Magazine.

This monthly magazine is the closest we engineers get to porno. jk.

Link. Feed.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Dear Shane Carruth,

...complete submission.

Eric V

Friday, May 9, 2008

It's seven past seven and those uptown fags are getting hungry.

But the avocados and cold cuts have gone bad.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

I wonder if you'd forgotten about this.

See how far they've come.

Three new Eve 6 songs autoplay here or here.

I am searching for a travel partner to the June 17 2008 concert in Stamford, CT.

Movie comments: "Teeth"

Listen. I watched the movie Teeth.

When I first saw the trailer I was terrified.

Not to bore you, but it's about a teenage girl who literally has a chomping set of teeth in/on/around her vagina. And the horny boys that make passes. And the agony their shafts and tips must experience from the gnashing of a shark-mouth-pussy.

This is the single deepest, most unifying fear of ALL MALES.

The film turns out to be extremely disturbing. And equally interesting. Actually pretty high quality. And if you allow it to be, a dark comedy.

"Congratulations! You've been chosen to win a free iPhone Two!"

and then the cumshot.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The science of tomorrow is literally happening tomorrow.

A serious question.

What if you could manufacture a real, living dragon. I mean what if you had the technology to print in three dimensions, molecule-by-molecule. Computer numerically control the print head so materials and reactions occur at the right place and right time. Then press the green button and spark life.

We're already printing living bacteria. As in, scientists warily agree that the output of these manufacturing systems are verifiably alive critters. Next is rats and plants, then people, then custom creatures. Of course there are technical and moral dilemmas; I think they will be overcome in short time.

With enough dollars and lawyers, I think you could get a real dragon out. Or a chain gang of siamese twin rock stars. Or a billion other things that weren't on the Ark.

And eventually we'll have one machine tell the other not to feed him. They'll only want more. They'll only want more.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Everything's polarized to hell.

If Edwin Land had a facebook account, he would wall you to get off of there and get on with two thousand eight.

Monday, April 21, 2008

This was organic; this is devolved.

I never go looking for beauty anymore.
I never scream what's going on.

I want enough skyscrapers to block out the sun.
I want to wake up choked and deprived.

I see a blanket of dirty permanence.
I see the future as tax class gray.