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Apparently, I have been summoned by the “7 things” internet meme… This is where you divulge 7 things that people may not know about you and tag 7 more people. I am wondering how I get paid for this. It is a ponzi scheme, right?

The details of my life are quite inconsequential.

1. My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My father would womanize, he would drink, he would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Some times he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy, the sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament.

2. My mother was a fifteen year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet.

3. My childhood was typical, summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we’d make meat helmets. When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds, pretty standard really.

4. At the age of 12 I received my first scribe. At the age of fourteen, a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum, it’s breathtaking, I suggest you try it.

Uh, just kidding… Of Course, the previous points are a joke.

Here we go:

When I was five, my family moved to Germany so my dad could help with the post World War II occupation, you know. This was in 1977. (Wow, I am  old.) We lived in Augsburg for 3 years. I was quite aware of the Cold War at the age of 5.

I enrolled in my Junior year of college and never paid the tuition and never showed up to class, instead, I played guitar in a band that was nearly signed to a major record label. of course, these things just never turn out the way you want them to. My band played some pretty big shows opening for Blur once, and other indie bands such as Medicine, The Leaving Trains and Catherine. We recorded at the same studio as Smashing Pumpkins and occasionally hung out with some of them. Ahhh, hanging with Rock Stars at 20 years old… those Were the Days.

I saw the Orb in 1993 and renounced rock music for techno, starting a fledgling techno music group in Chicago. I DJ’d at some pretty huge Raves back in the day. Some of my music is on SoundCloud.

Back in 1995, Netscape went public, I finally set up a PPP account at in Chicago. My boss at the time told me the “internet is a fad, the future is in the CD-ROM”. I quit my job and went to work at Northwestern University where they have had an internet connection since 1981. I taught myself HTML. I was into the web.

My wife and I eloped to Italy for a wedding in Florence. We spent a month in Italy, Croatia and Germany and probably spent as much money as the average bride spends on a dress. I HIGHLY recommend it.

I worked at Industrial Light and Magic for 18 months and that is all I can tell you about it, except that it felt more like working at IBM than a tech company on Tatooine (it WAS also a lot of fun).

My wife and I have 2 children, Cecilia – 5 and Henry – 1. Last year we moved back to the Chicago area, bought a place in the woods and are adjusting well to country living.

That about sums it up. I am supposed to tag 7 people now: @shorlander, @dao (is he on twitter?), @limi, @faaborg, @pastith, @ratcliffe_mike and @neonux

>Arrived 8:30. Benefits, meet new boss again, collect new ThinkPad! w00t!

Install Ubuntu 8.10, all goes well (bad cd media withstanding). apt-get installed all Mozilla dev dependencies.




hg clone mozilla source. starting to play with building Firefox. I am going to learn a lot.

This is exciting. I am hyped

>I figure I have been sitting on the “blogging sidelines” long enough. I am also starting a new job that has very little secrecy involved *for once*. Yay!

I am going to try and post technical related things that will help me later and I hope others as well. I plan on getting sidetracked by many other topics as well.



>eFax sucks

2006/05/03 — 1 Comment

>I wanted to cancel my efax account… it is very difficult to do. You have to chat with some offshore worker online and have to threaten them with reversed creditcard charges and BBB complaints:

Begin Painful Transcript:

Welcome to chat.
The session has been accepted.
{Craig H.} Hello, David. Welcome to our j2 Global online chat service. I am Craig, your Online Support Representative.
{Craig H.} I’m sorry to hear that you wish to cancel the account. Could you please provide me your Fax number and PIN for verification purposes?
{david} # is (312) 275-****
{david} looking up pin now
{Craig H.} Okay.
{david} pin is ****
{Craig H.} Thank you for the information. Please give me a moment while I pull up your account. In the meanwhile, may I ask you why are canceling the number?
{david} I never use fax anymore
{Craig H.} David, I can understand that currently you do not need the service, since you don’t use much. In the current situation as a special consideration, we will waive off the monthly fee for two months. You can use the fax service without paying any monthly fees for the next two billing cycles. Please feel free to contact us at any time. This way you will be able to keep your local fax number, which will enable you to send and receive any pending faxes with your number.
{Craig H.} Your eFax account will be credited with $**.** so that you may utilize our services without being billed our monthly fee for the next two billing cycles.
{Craig H.} Since you will not be charged any monthly fees for the next two months you may keep the account till then. If at all you find that you need our services during this period, then you will still have the account. If however, you still feel that you do not have any use for our services by the end of the two months credit period, then you can always contact us back anytime.
{david} No thanks. you need to cancel it now. thanks.

*** 2 – 3 minutes go by ***

{david} are you cancelling my account?
{Craig H.} David, I understand that you don’t need the service. You have been offered two months credit since your are our esteemed customer. Since you have already paid for the month, I suggest you to retain this number at least till the end of two months credit offer as you will not be charged any monthly fee for the two months.
{Craig H.} I suggest you to make use of your account till the end of credit period.
{Craig H.} As a good will gesture to continue our association we will offer you an additional gift balance of $10 along with the monthly credit which will enable to send up to 100 additional fax pages free of cost anywhere in USA & Canada. It could indeed be very helpful (as we have found so, with many customers) to keep the account during this period to see if the need ever arises for our services. If so, you will still have the account. If not, then no harm has done. You can always contact us back at the end of this period and intimate us of your decision to continue with the service or not.
{Craig H.} After completion of the 2 months credit period, if you feel that the fax number does not serve your purpose, you can get back to us immediately without any further obligation to stay back. We are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Please feel free to contact us at any time.

*** 30 seconds go by ***

{david} if you do not cancel my account today i am going to ask my credit card company to place a hold on all future charges
{david} you need to cancel it now, thank you
{david} I will also report you to the better business bureau. i seems like you are trying to pull a fast one on your customers by not allowing cacellation via the “may account” login on your website
{Craig H.} Daid, I am sorry to make you upset. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused to you.
{Craig H.} Just wanted you to take benefit of 2 month credit period, till you finally decide.

*** Another pause ***

{david} so you are cancelling my account now right?
{Craig H.} As per your request, your account have been cancelled. Billing for your number (312) 275-**** will cease immediately.
{david} I have finally decided that my accounjt is not needed, you should cancel my account now, thank you.
{Craig H.} I’m sorry that you are leaving eFax. At eFax, we are continuously improving our products and services. Please do consider us if your faxing needs should change in the future.
{Craig H.} Is there anything else you would like me to assist you with?
{david} absolutely not

End of painful transcript…

what assholes

Last modified: Wed May 3 11:14:54 CDT 2006


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