So, watch the photo blog, 'cause lots of pics are coming in the next few weeks.
Plus here I may recap my thoughts on Disneyland.
About JWS :: Been Busy Doing...Nothing Much?
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A 40-something geek (and husband and father), typical of many though I'm not much of a gamer. Professional software developer for 21 years, specializing in library design and user interfaces. Current focus is on html5 technologies. Past experience includes Java/J2EE and PHP/MySQL.
Hobbies include landscape and event photography (no, I'm not for hire - support your local professionals), morris and scottish dance, celtic music, renaissance faires, contemporary classical (anything Debussy and beyond), progressive rock, some (not all) sci-fi/fantasy genre works, and classic and (some) modern PBS kids shows. In a retro mood, I do still listen to classic 80s and acoustic new age guitar.
Yeah, I think the personal home page is finally done. 'Bout time...
There is a scam originating from this phone number. You are called (in this case, my wife was but they were asking for me) and informed you have been sued and must call this number 704-464-1068 (a Charlotte number, hence my reporting it to North Carolina). When you call, you are told about some credit card debt, usually a negligible amount (in this case, about $668) and that they have been trying to reach you for years (in this case, since 2009 going to 2011).Subsequent googling finds they may be associated with an Atlanta company, "Velocity Payment Solutions".
They may have some personal information on you but in my case it was almost 20 years out of date.
They also claim the client* is Wachovia, but Wachovia has been Wells Fargo for several years now**.
The main part of the scam is that they are willing to settle 'pennies on the dollar' (typical scam catch phrase) provided you give them your financial data. I of course did not. If I was really being sued, the settlement would still go through a proper collections agency that's BBB certified or directly through the bank itself.
After failing enough 'sniff tests', I googled and found others harassed by the same operation: http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-704-
464-0168/1 . At no point did I give them any new personal information other than the city I live in. As I did not lose any money, I have no need of 'resolution' - I just think this likely illegal operation should be stopped.
On Thursday in Australia, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne announced a ban on the playing of pop music at funerals, which, he said, are not to be described as “a celebration of the life of” the deceased.Dear Mr. The Archbishop.
According to the new guidelines published on Archbishop Denis Hart’s Web site:
Secular items are never to be sung or played at a Catholic funeral, such as romantic ballads, pop or rock music, political songs, football club songs.
Melbourne’s Herald Sun reported that the theme songs of sporting teams are among the most popular requests fielded by Australian funeral directors. The newspaper added:
Other popular songs included, “My Way” by Frank Sinatra, “Time to Say Goodbye” by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman and Bette Midler’s version of “The Wind Beneath My Wings.”
A list of more unusual songs played at Australian funerals, according to a cemetery contacted by The Herald Sun, includes: “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” by Monty Python, “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen, “Highway to Hel,” by AC/DC and “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” from “The Wizard of Oz.”
The guidelines also address secular readings, which are allowed, within certain limits: “an appropriate poem or reflection may be read after the eulogy, provided it is in accord with the Christian hope of eternal life.”
A spokesman for the Catholic Church said the ban has received a mixed reaction in Melbourne, the BBC reported.
20. I am never ever ever going back to school, and I decided this 14 years ago. Up until about 3 years ago, I was still having regular nightmares of walking into a class I'd been skipping out on (since I kinda knew the subject already) and then having the mid-term plopped in front of me, 2 days after it was too late to drop the course. The dreams have finally stopped, but I'm never going to put myself through that crap again. Ever.It came back last night, with a variant: I actually missed the mid-term itself, and was trying to figure out how to talk to the teacher about it without seeing the returned test with answers on it that everybody else in the class had in front of them.