Flotsam and Jetsam
My home page, start
page, index page , whatever you want to call it. The truth
be told, it has never really materialized in the manner I somehow
concieved. You see, the idea was that there would be this,
almost daily chronicle of stuff going on in and around my world.
Things in the outside world, things on the inside world and
I was hoping that my homepage would almost look something like
a periodical, multiple columns, all kinds of cool stuff to
look for, etc. Well, there certainly is a lot of "stuff" of
which the coolness factor is certainly left to the casual viewer.
I am thinking of doing something different, new, but I don't
know what exactly. For now I figured the key was to get all
this old stuff off and put it...where? Well, right here for
now. On the Hank Flotsam nd Jetsam page as part of the HankNow
THE WORLD AT LARGE
A few years ago Citibank placed
ATM's in every Blockbuster store.
I thought it was a brilliant idea, but I guess the world was not
ready, so after about 6 months they pulled the concept. Now they
are trying again, this time they chose 7-11's.
Even more brilliant in my opinion. Finally a fee free ATM everywhere
I need one. Here is the Citibank
OK, I have been buying my shoes at Zappos.com almost
exclusively for more than a year. Free shipping, they come to your
door, free shipping back if you don't like them...But it was not
until the other day when I made good on two of there offers, a
365 day return policy (return for a full refund
if unworn) and 110% price protection (if
you find the shoe anywhere else for less they refund all difference
in cost, sales tax included! at 110%) that I said. "that's
it!", these blokes are going onto hank.com
Yeah, Flickr is pretty
cool. I guess in essence it is no different than any other image
hosting site, but you can do cool things like this:
These are some of my photos, the artsy
fartsy kind, that I have hosted at flickr.
Faxes and Cells
Don't know why, but over the last few weeks I have had
some seriously cool phone stuff going on, here's the rub:
need one. You can get a free eFax account
and have a fax number assigned to you. Then your faxes just show
up in your email. That's it. They have a MAC and PC compatible
software widget for reading them and saving them as .pdf files.
$20 a month nationwide phone service?
I Just signed up for one of the VOIP phone service called Packet8. $20
a month for nationwide service, International rates are dirt cheap,
you can port your existing number over to the service, but here
is the coolest part. When you leave town, you can take the phone/modem
anywhere in the world and you will still be available at your home
number. Just plug the modem into any high speed internet line and
you get a dial-tone. That's it!
phone sim card
I use ATT/Cingluar for
better or worse as my cell provider. The whole thing is crazy right
now, but the bottom line is that Cingular (which bought out ATT
on paper) does not have a clean way to add Canada to my service
agreement temporarily like ATT used to ("Canada Calling" for
$35.). So now I find out all I have to due is get my phone "unlocked" which
Cingular will not do for me and then I can use any SIM card I want
and buy a local pay per minute card while I am in Canada (I am
going to Vancouver for a few months to work). But here is the cool
part. Bongo Wireless will
unlock my phone for my over the internet for $40. Now that is service.
AND, I can pay with Paypal to boot
After years of wondering
what would ever become of the Aero Theater on Montana
Ave. in Los Angeles, the American
Cinematheque West has finally opened. It is
amazing, it is wonderful and it is pretty much
the best thing to happen to the Westside of LA
since the beach was created about 4.6
billion years ago. In the first month I saw: Lawrence
of Arabia, 2001:A
Space Odyssey, Patton, Andrei
Your Picture Here
Time has run out on a test
program being conducted by the site. Photostamps.com.
They have a temporary agreement with the USPS to test market custom
designed postage. The USPS is reviewing how things went and will
decide whether to continue the program within 90 days. You can
send a note to this guy if you want to add your thoughts.
Nick Barranca, VP Product Development
United States Postal Service
475 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Room 5012
Washington, DC 20260-5012
I had some made, they are awesome. High quality images, given the
size. Cost $17 bucks a sheet.
They may not be the "best
sox in the world", but at this unbelievable price, I couldn't
I was in the checkout line at Wild
Oats market the other day and previewed some nice, soft, 100%
organic socks for $8.99 a pair. I made a mental note of their website
and when I got home low and behold I find out that I can I save
a bundle buying socks online. Maggies
Organics sells "irregular" pairs in sets of 5 pair
for $15. versus $8.99 pair retail, that would be $3 dollars vs.
$9??. Are they comfy, heck yeah.
I saw a cool blip in this
months Dwell magazine about
this company that is making high end lenticular folding maps. That
sounds cool enough. The first one they are publishing is for New
York City available for $17.95 from their website Urban
the name for the process that yields those ridgy, kinda 3-D plastic
images. Like a really cheesy TV screen toy with two images that
alter when you tilt the screen back and forth?
I thought it would make
a great gift for someone visiting NYC. I might have to buy one
The credit card that
I just hate shit like this.
I use my Citibank ATM/Debit card for most all my daily transactions
(funny to note that recently in NYC and everyone thought I was
crazy when I asked to buy stuff with a debit card), anyway, they
issue the cards for 4 years and after about 6 months the mag stripe
gets so worn down I have to ask for a new one. Two times ago I
did this and they me a new card with the same number on it, thereby
causing zero inconvenience to me who keeps my cc info online at
many shopping destinations.
Six months later when the
new card became useless I found out that it is IMPOSSIBLE for
Citibank to issue duplicate cards. Multiple levels of CSR confirmed
that this has never or will never happen.
I walked into a Citibank branch and showed them the duplicate
cards there was a lot of head scratching, they xeroxed the dupes
and then I felt better.
I am not sure why they
don't figure this out a little better, but for now I will just
get a new card every 6 months.
How can you not buy shit
on the internet?
Patti had a great idea
on how to get Jack to eat
some vegetables. Make the juice extraction an activity, then
when he drinks it--poof, secretly he is getting his veggies. So
I look online and find the one I like, the Waring
JEX 328, highly recommended at eOpinions and
at reasonable price. ($99 MSRP). The street price is $79. And
the best deal I can find through one of my favorite comparison
shopping sites (Yahoo Compare)
with shipping is $84. OK, not bad. I didn't have time to make
the purchase so it was a week later and I decided to look one
more time. This time trying a different price comparison engine
(PriceGrabber) I get
a hit for $39!. I am sure
it is a mis quote, but follow the URL anyway to SmartBargains and bought
it for $46.94 shipped. Now, I have seen the thing at Jamba juice
for $99. Go figure, that is less than half price and I don't
even half to carry it home.
I recieved a letter from the payroll company that serves much of
the film industry for an unclaimed paycheck from the year 2000!
Good news for me, I guess, but it sure made me think about all
the pay checks that don't get claimed. The letter states that
if they do not hear from me the dough gets sent to the California
state Controller (so that's what he does?) where it will remain
indefinitely, unless claimed. The website has claimed over $200
million in 2003. The only person I checked other than myself
had $57.79 waiting for
them. How can that not be worth a mouse
$40 Printer, Almost
I need a second printer
and thought I would pass along that after monitoring eBay and
looking through the grey market discount electronics places from Yahoo
Shopping, I am very happy to say that the best deal is from
Epson direct. They have refurbed
units in all price ranges, many come with free shipping. total
cost to me $42 delivered
Many of you have
no idea that I have a list of some the the "best
items hank has ever discovered" right here on the
website. Well, the astonishing news is that one of those
items is on SALE and
after receiving my ten pairs of J. Crew boxer briefs, I am
one happy customer. They ain't gonna last long.
I recently started a funny and informative
thread about earwax and ipod earbuds at ipodlounge.com
Did yuou know that 30 million
workers are subject to hazardous noises in the workplace
and that OSHA's acceptable
sustained noise level is 85 db's, which is the equivalent
to one kitchen blender crushing ice 3 feet away. And finally
that there is a free hearing test over the internet right
here, right now.
Almost Free Wireless
Did you know you can
get one of the highest rated wireless routers for $25 from
Amazon. Jeez, I mean at that price even if you do not have
an internet connection it is too good to pass up on.
MR814 802.11b Wireless 4-Port Cable/DSL Router
Price After Rebates:
Costello last night at Royce Hall. what a great show.
Talk about a performer who is at the top of his game. He
played with Steve
Nieve accompanying on Grand Piano. It was beautiful.
Sang many songs accapella, wonderful renditions from just
about every album. But that is not what I am posting.
the tail end of the third number (a beautiful piece from
North that I am unfamiliar with) a guy yells out "Radio,
Radio" over EC's last sustaining note. You could hear
a pin drop in that joint.
Elvis, finished the song, gets drink of water and returns to
the mike with: "Only an asshole like that could live in
LA", to uproarious applause. The guy then goes: "You
know what I'm talking about Declan!", and with finality
Elvis drops his head and points to the back of the hall. extolling: "And
you know where the exit is!" It
was perfect. The guy left in a huff and if I hadn't been there
I would have thought it was rehearsed.
For his seventh encore, Elvis came out and did Radio, Radio.
was one of the best
concerts I have ever seen