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Jun 272008

Marvel’s Wolverine and the X-men will come to TV in 2009 thanks to NickToons. But that’s not all that’s a coming. We will also get Ironman: The animated series!

 Each will offer up 26 half hour episodes and give us all a reason to set our Tivos.

Check out the new trailer for Wolverine and The X-men (Marvel must have cleared up their little spat with the Foo Fighters).  🙂

But wait you also get…

Another animated feature film on DVD this fall. NEXT AVENGERS: HEROES OF TOMORROW. That makes five.

Jun 262008

OMG! I will never, ever, ever (and might I add ever) buy anything from a Spencer’s Gifts store again, I picked up a toy for a friend the other day and it turns out he no longer needed it so I went to return it.

Check out this scam, they will no longer give you your cash back. I had no idea they had changed their policy to something so ridiculous. (Tiny sign in the store was hidden behind junk on their counter.) Maybe they are heading toward bankruptcy like Sharper Image. So I guess the next thing Spencer’s will try to pull on me is telling me my store credit in the form of the gift card (they forced on me) is no longer valid.

Really what kind of rip off is this? I paid in cash I should be allowed to get cash back. I would understand if I was returning something that was used or opened, but the toy was unopened mint in package with the receipt!

When a company reduces their customer service to zero it is usually a sign they aren’t doing well and could care less if you ever come back. I for one will never set foot in another Spencer’s Gifts since they in essence stole my twenty bucks.

So I beg of you do not buy anything from this rude retailer. But if you have to be sure to pay with your credit card so you can get your money back or at the very least issue a charge back on the card when they refuse to give you your money back.

Now I am stuck with twenty dollars credit at a store I never wish to set foot in again. Maybe I should sell it on ebay with a full explanation as to why it is for sale for less than the value along with a warning about buying from Spencer’s at all. Even if it does not sell at least I will get people to notice how stupid a no cash refunds policy is for a big company like Spencer’s Gifts is.

Jun 252008

The Lego Star Wars Deathstar has reached new heights with the new Battle inside the Death Starâ„¢! This is not just a Lego model it is a playset to beat all playsets (and maybe it should at a $400 price tag). Look at everything this cool Lego set has to offer.

Lego Star Wars Death Star Lego Star Wars Death Star Lego Star Wars Death Star

  • Includes 25 heroes, villains, droids and creatures!
  • Includes 6 new and exclusive minifigures and droids only found in this set: Luke Skywalkerâ„¢ (Stormtrooperâ„¢ outfit), Han Soloâ„¢ (Stormtrooper outfit), Assassin Droidâ„¢, Interrogation Droid, Death Star Droid and 2 Death Star Troopersâ„¢!
  • Lego Star Wars Death Star MinifigsAlso includes Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobiâ„¢, C-3POâ„¢, R2-D2â„¢, Princess Leiaâ„¢, Chewbaccaâ„¢, Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight), Darth Vaderâ„¢, Grand Moff Tarkinâ„¢, Emperor Palpatineâ„¢, 2 Stormtroopers, 2 Emperor’s Royal Guardsâ„¢, R2-Q5â„¢, and mouse droid!
  • All-new Dianogaâ„¢ trash compactor monster!
  • Movie-authentic Death Star environments include the Superlaser control room and target monitor, Imperial conference chamber, TIE Advanced hangar bay with moving launch rack, Emperor’s throne room, droid maintenance room, detention block, trash compactor, and much more!
  • Rescue Princess Leia from the detention block cell, then escape through the secret hatch to the trash compactor below!
  • Reenact the final duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in the Emperor’s Throne Room!
  • Death Star measures 16” (41cm) tall and 16½” (42cm) wide!
  • TIE Advanced measures 3½” (9cm) wide!

Lego Star Wars Death StarRecreate the action and adventure of the Star Wars™ movies with the ultimate Death Star playset! This amazingly detailed battle station features an incredible array of minifigure-scale scenes, moving parts, characters and accessories from Episodes IV and VI on its multiple decks, including the Death Star control room, rotating turbolaser turrets, hangar bay with TIE Advanced starfighter, tractor beam controls, Emperor’s throne room, detention block, firing laser cannon, Imperial conference chamber, droid maintenance facility, and the powerful Death Star superlaser…plus much more! Swing across the chasm with Luke and Leia, face danger in the crushing trash compactor, and duel with Darth Vader for the fate of the galaxy!

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Jun 242008

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Jun 242008

Every day it seems that my allergies get worse. The other day I had a pretty bad allergic reaction to a co-workers perfume. I have always been overly sensitive to strong smells especially if my sinuses are infected or if my seasonal allergies are in full bloom (so to speak). But this was more than mere sensitivity. My throat felt like it was closing, my voice changed, my breathing became labored and my eyes were burning.

As my symptoms progressed I started to get scared. And I did not have my eppy pen with me. Idiot!

So I called my doctor to see if there was anything I should do. The nurse I spoke with told me I was just sensitive to smells, true but this was more than that. I was having the same type of allergic reaction as if I just ate celery. (That’s right I said celery.)

Thank god my co-worker was out of the office for most of the day so I had a chance to clear the air and start to feel a little better. My voice never did get back to normal until the next day. Overall I felt lousy for the next couple of days.

I am often affected in this way while out shopping. At least then I can leave the building and go home where I can breath. I can’t just come and go at work.

Jun 242008

Small businesses often have inappropriate email addresses like or This is not at all professional and often makes your company look as if it is not legit.

It really does not take too much time or money to set up a professional email with your own domain name. All you need is a good, low cost hosting company. Look for companies that offer shared web site hosting as this will lower the cost per month for their services. A great option is they offer email services for less than $7 per month or set up a nice web page to go with that new professional email address for less than $10 per month.

With a little more information about your company and a professional email address you’ll have customers that are more confident in your abilities as an actual business. A business should never have an AOL, Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail email account when professional email and web hosting are so affordable these days.

Jun 232008

My little blog has gotten some national attention. Last week a writer from The Christian Science Monitor contacted me about my post on dogs in the office and why it is not always a benefit. He later called and interviewed me. His article is in the paper this week and is also posted on line.

Thing is he totally twisted what I said. I guess that’s what reporters do make the facts or quotes fit into their story, their opinion. He also didn’t read my post or decided no one who reads his article will ever come read my original post so it wouldn’t matter how he changed my Comments around.

I guess what bothers me the most about his article is that I told him my main complaint about dogs at the office was my allergies. I am very allergic to dogs. Just being in the same room triggers it, I get itchy from head to toe, hives on my face and hands, a really bad headache and my eyes get watery and itchy. That’s all from one dog. We rarely have more than that at work, but if someone else brings a dog in it really compounds the problem. I also told him that if a co-worker had a german shepherd that came to the office I would not be able to come to work as I am deathly afraid of that breed of dog. I had a really bad incident as a child and the trauma has stayed with me to this day. The article makes out as if I am afraid of all dogs, not true. In fact I actually like dogs they just make me sick.

I guess I can live with the creative licenses taken in the article. He just needed me to be the bitchy voice of opposition for this positive article on dogs at the work place. Even though I was misquoted I am glad to be that nagging little pain in the butt for the next company that wants to set up a policy to allow their employees to bring their dogs to work.

I did a little research and I think people like myself with severe allergies could have some recourse through the Americans with Disabilities Act if their employers ignore them in favor of the dogs.

See for yourself by reading my orginial article One Person’s Office Perk is Another Person’s Nightmare – Dogs at the Office and then compare it to the quote at the site Why more offices are going to the dogs.

Jun 212008

I just got the WALL-E soundtrack, well actually score, the other day.

WALL-E sound track is pretty good. I have always been a fan of musical scores while I work. The lack of lyrics is less distracting for me. Listening to this music, which is some times, interrupted by robo-speak and sound effects has really gotten me hyped up to see the film, I could live without the two songs from Hello Dolly, but perhaps once I see the film their inclusion on the sound track might make sense.

For more information on the WALL-E Soundtrack CD head over to

Jun 202008

What the hell is wrong with Microsoft? Why in the world would they change the default file type of one of the world’s most used office programs?

Microsoft Excel 2007 (as well as Word and Power Point) now have an XML based file format. The new Excel file extension is .xlsx, which of course cannot be opened with any of the older versions of the program.

Thank god I remembered we had one computer in our office that was new enough to have the latest version of the software on it. (I forgot because I never use the Microsoft Office 2007 products because I simply don’t like them.) At first I wasn’t sure that it would even be able to save it as the old version as the company that sent me the file could not figure it out and told me that was the only available file format.

I really hate the new tabbed browsing with in the new office programs and where the heck did they go with the good old fashion text menus?!? They hid them is what they did. I finally figured out how to find their help file (tiny little question mark was eluding me). The text menu where you have the option to choose SAVE AS is now hidden behind the little office logo at the top of the screen on the left-hand side. Who would have thought to look there? Not me. Can you make it any harder folks?

For those of us that do not have access to a brand spanking new version of Excel Microsoft has kindly [insert sarcasm here] created a tool (not sure if this is available for Word or Power Point) for us backward people who cannot upgrade every time they release a new, improved [insert said sarcasm again] version.

You can download this lovely little Excel 2007 to 97-2003 conversion tool at Even though it is free it does come with a cost. You will have to install all the updates for your version of windows before installing the converter. Which can take you a few hours, if like me, you are a little behind on your XP updates (who know they were up to XP Service Pack 3, not me).

For those of us with little time there is also an online converter, but this might not be an option if you too have a confidential file you need to convert like I did. However, unlike the Microsoft compatibility pack you do not need to have Microsoft Office installed on your PC to convert the file.

I am pretty sure that if I am going to have to continue to use the newer versions I am going to have to pick up a copy of the book Office 2007 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies.

Jun 182008
I Want It Wednesday: LEGO Mindstorms

I love robots and I love Lego. So what better combo for me than a Lego Robot? I have the first version of the Mondstorms system and really need to get myself the new one. I love the new functionality and the new look (not such a fan of the technic sets so I was […]

Jun 162008

This little piggy won’t be going to market. At least that’s what the farmer says. Little Cinders, a saddleback pig, has a phobia. She’s afraid of dirt (mysophobia). Go figure. A pig that can’t play in the mud. The fine folks at the Northern England farm fit her with a pair of little rubber boots […]

Jun 152008
Unicorn Found

Okay so it is not an actual fantastical beasty. Not the typical mythical horse with a single horn on its head. Rather it is a deer born with one horn in the center of its head was found in Italy. A genetic defect, but cool anyway. Probably how the whole thing got started in the […]