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Diversions

All worry about looming disaster and no play makes for a bored and boring climate change blogger, so here are some carbon-neutral things that I like.  Hope you enjoy them, too!

 

“Don’t Mess With Granny”

  • Here’s a great cover of  “Don’t Stop Believing” by a young classical Greek student, Sam Tsui, who sings lead, harmony, and back-up! It’s really fun and well-done. Sam and his friend and recording buddy Kurt Schneider were on the Oprah show this week. Apparently they were set to record a duet with Sam and a young woman, but at the last minute she didn’t show up. Rather than cancelling the session, Sam’s friend Kurt, the instrumentalist, suggested that Sam sing every part separately. Then, they used some digital magic to piece it together into the creative illusion that you see. Their videos (they’ve also done a Michael Jackson medley)  have gotten millions of hits on Youtube.
  • A quirky video – “Cows With Guns”:

  • 3 memorable “Oh Sh*t” moments:

  • As a Canadian who lives on a lake in northern Ontario, I can appreciate this video, “Canadian Ice Fishing”:

  • We recently upgraded from our satellite internet service to DSL, after a frustrating 5 years of crappy service.  Here’s the email my husband sent to the folks at Xplornet, for posting on their webpage testimonials.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as he enjoyed writing it!

I have used Xplornet satellite internet service for around five years because until today I could not get cable or DSL internet and my only other option was dial-up.  Xplornet service was so slow at times that I considered going back to dial-up and often felt like throwing things while I waited in frustration for Xplornet to decide whether it was willing to load my e-mail page or not.  If I hadn’t already spent nearly a thousand dollars having the dish installed I might well have left but instead I optimistically “upgraded” from the $70 per month “Eternal Wait” package to the $100 per month “Glacial Transfer” package.  I could have upgraded further to the yet more expensive “Super Snail” or even “Ultra Molasses” packages but decided to restrain my losses.  While I have to admit that the long periods of slow and intermittent service which I had come to expect were occasionally and inexplicably punctuated by brief spurts of service which approximated “high speed”–usually around 4 a.m.–these happy episodes weren’t frequent or long enough to be of very great consolation.  At first I tried calling Xplornet technical support in the naive belief that I had an unusual problem which someone there cared about and would help fix but my conversations all seemed to follow the same path:

Me: I have a problem with my high speed Internet service.  It’s not actually high speed.

Them:  Really!  No one’s complained about that problem before (nudge, nudge, wink, wink).  You’ve probably been downloading large amounts of data and the server limited you.

Me: No, actually I just got on to try to check my e-mail.

Them: Then your computer must have been downloading large amounts of data behind your back.

Me: No, I just turned it on.

Them:  Then you must have spyware or a virus or possibly your computer’s processor is faulty.

Me: It’s a new computer and it works fine in every other respect.

Them: Maybe aliens have created a force field around your house which is blocking your satellite signal.

Me: I haven’t noticed any aliens around.

Them: Maybe they’re invisible.

Me:  Anyway, how do we fix this problem?

Them: We fix it by you uninstalling and re-installing all your software, disabling your anti-virus program, running your computer in safe mode, upgrading your hard drive and then replacing your entire computer.  And if that doesn’t work, get rid of all your pots and pans and buy new ones.  Let us know how that works.  Thanks for choosing Xplornet.

And thank you, Xplornet, for making me value high speed internet now that I finally have it.  If I meet anyone who needs the kind of service you provide I’ll pass your name on.

  • Here is another video, “Total Eclipse of the Heart – Literal Version” (rated #6 Viral Video of 2009 by Time Magazine) that had our whole family laughing:

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