remote post test

So the first update to my livejournal in probably over a year will be done remotely via the new jabber interface. I must say, it's kind of cool to see livejournal enter the world of instant messaging, especially if it means helping out the popularity of a good protocol like jabber.

I do so love being a vegetarian.

haha... Just got a phone call from a "grocery-related" survey... It went a little like this:

"Does anyone in your household consume beef at least once per week?"
"Nope, no meat whatsoever."
"Oh.. hmm.. well, that's the end of the survey"

Get rid of Comcast!

Have you ever really looked at your cable bill, and realized how much
money you are spending? When I realized that I was paying about $45/month (after
tax) for standard analog cable, I felt robbed. After researching a bit, I
realized that for the same amount of money, I can get a 4-tv DishNetwork setup.
This is all digital, more channels (it even includes Sirius radio), supposedly
better quality than digital cable, and even does the same on-demand kind of
stuff. For the same amount of money. So I signed up. Then I called comcast to
cancel, and they offered me $25/month off of my bill for 16 months if I signed
up for a digital package. This is a great deal, so I called and cancelled my
Dish order. When I called Comcast back to take the deal, they said I had been
misinformed, and that the $25/month deal was only if I wanted to sell my
satellite equipment to them (I don't have any, and won't have to buy any -- it's
all included with my Dish plan). Screw them. They lied, they won't get my
business again, and I'll pass along the word that they're the horrible company
that they seem to be, and encourage people to switch to Dish or DirecTV (I only
went with Dish because of price, so have no particular loyalty to them). On that
note, if anyone is interested in Dish, let me know -- if I refer you, they'll
lower my bill. Saving money is always nice.

Wiki Cookbook

I've always disliked wikis, mainly because they seem silly and have a very annoying name. However, they really are a near-perfect solution for writing documentation, and as much as I want not to like them, I have to admit that they really do shine in this area. Aside from cool projects like Wikipedia, Wikimedia also has a really cool cookbook. I found this a few weeks ago, just as I was thinking that it would be cool to have a place to go and type information about ingredients, techniques, etc. It's really empty at the moment, so if you know anything about food or cooking, go over and add an entry or six.