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Telephone Spam/Scam Problem? Bring In The Robots.

Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

What about using the same technology phone spammers/scammers use, and turn it against them? The results can be quite entertaining.

Roger Anderson is a tinkerer, podcaster, and founder of the Jolly Roger Telephone Company, which works to disrupt the unsolicited telemarketing

The Jolly Roger service is $6.00 a year. Which seems like a bargain to some extent to keep telemarketers and robocallers from bothering us while wasting their time.


We’re Back! Did You Miss Us?

Just a quick notice to let people know that we are back.

Our staff either lost power or internet access and so we remained “dark” for longer than we would have liked.

We guess the main thing is that we are back up and running and will have a “real” post up tomorrow on the Cocoa Beach Board of Adjustment meeting.

We do want to thank Florida Power and Light for their efforts in working to restore power. More importantly, FPL did their level best to keep customers informed of expected restoration dates.

The same cannot be said of Spectrum. For an alleged communication company, Spectrum basically told customers to go away, stop bothering them and to stop asking when service would be restored. We called several times only to be met with a message of “we’re busy” and an immediate hang up of the phone. Apparently the powers that be at Spectrum didn’t understand that they were busy because they told their agents not to tell people anything.

Spectrum wins the award this year for lousy customer service.


The Art Of Misdirection.

Interesting topic.

Of course, we never would have thought one person to give a talk on misdirection would be a pickpocket.

Hailed as the greatest pickpocket in the world, Apollo Robbins studies the quirks of human behavior as he steals your watch. In a hilarious demonstration, Robbins samples the buffet of the TEDGlobal 2013 audience, showing how the flaws in our perception make it possible to swipe a wallet and leave it on its owner’s shoulder while they remain clueless.


Inside The Mind Of A Master Procrastinator.

We were going to post this earlier, but put it off.

Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.


September 11: A date That Will Be Forgotten.

(This is a repost from last year. Sadly, if anything, we see this being more and more true.)

On this day 15 years ago, (Editors’ Note: Now 16 years) the United States was attacked by a group of radical Islamists who hijacked multiple commercial airliners. The terrorists successfully crashed two planes into New York’s World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, bringing them down in a spectacular image that most anyone alive will forget. At roughly the same time, another hijacked plane was crashing into the Pentagon just outside of Washington, DC. The final hijacked plane was brought down by passengers in an open field in southwest Pennsylvania before it could hit its intended target of another building in Washington D.C.

As we always have done, Americans rose from the ashes of the fallen towers, the damaged Pentagon and the wreckage of planes to rebuild and strengthen our resolve against those who would seek to harm us and our freedoms. If nothing else, we do this for the memory of the over 3,000 people who were killed on that day.

Today, across the country, there will be speeches in remembrance of 9/11. There will be moments of silence. There will be calls for unity and peace hers in the US and around the world.

There will be people who will say we will always remember 9/11.

Sadly, the call to remember 9/11 won’t be realized – at least not for long.

We could be wrong, but we have history on our side.

It seems that generations always have defining moments within them – moments that leave an indelible mark on the conscience and psyche of those living at the time. While those living at the time seek to pass down the importance of that moment and when it occurred to succeeding generations, as time passes the memory fades and doesn’t seem to be important to younger generations.

Want proof?


Dear Irma, Please Go East. Is That Too Much To Ask?

UPDATE: We wrote this this other day before Irma’s massive shift to the west side of Florida.

Now we want Irma to go west. Far west stay away from us. Go out into the Gulf of Mexico and die.

As we write this, there is a slight movement to the east of Irma.

Every mile matters.

While we have lived in Florida for many years and many on our staff were born and raised here, Irma has us all wiggin’ out a bit.

Anyways, if you need to evacuate, get out. If you are hunkering down and riding the storm out, be safe.


Man (?) Sues To Have Marriage To Computer Recognized By The State.

Chris Servier and a facsimile of the love of his life.

We were going to write about Hurricane Irma but this is too good to pass up.

A man who claims to have married his computer in New Mexico has sued the state of Alabama for refusing to recognize the marriage, according to court records.

This is only the latest in a long string of such lawsuits filed by Chris Sevier, who describes his sexual orientation as “machinist.” Sevier has filed similar lawsuits in Texas and Utah and filed a suit in Colorado seeking to force a baker to make a wedding cake for him and his computer “bride,” according to multiple news reports.

Sevier filed a federal lawsuit in Alabama’s Northern District on Aug. 31 alleging his rights, along with the rights of individuals his complaint identifies as “an ex-gay” and “an ex-transgender,” were violated by Gov. Kay Ivey, Attorney General Steve Marshall and Blount County Probate Judge Chris Green.

In the filing, Sevier claimed he “married an object in New Mexico with female like features” and asked Green to either recognize the union or issue him a new marriage license. “Defendant Green issues marriage licenses to individuals who self-identify as homosexual, but he refuses to issue marriage licenses to zoophiles, machinists, and polygamists license on a basis that can only be described as procedurally arbitrary,” the complaint states.

And we wonder why the courts are so backed up.

While [Blount County Probate Judge Chris] Green’s office began issuing same-sex marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, state law does not grant him the authority to issue polygamist licenses or marriage licenses for people seeking to wed an “inanimate object,” he said.


Irma On Our Mind.

Like many people in Florida, we are keeping a close eye on hurricane Irma.

We have been amazed at the early preparations people have taken in the approaching of this storm. Not many people are waiting and seeing where it is heading. They are preparing for the worst and praying for the best.

In the stores we have visited, lines are long, but we have encountered very little hostility or rudeness. The staffs for the most part look frazzled, but they are keeping smiles on their faces too.

Probably our posts will be short for the next few days. If we get knocked of the air, you’ll see a bunch of videos daily.

That’s our plans.

If you are in the path of Irma, we hope and pray that you remain safe.


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