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On bias, birds and parents

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First some background. I love birds! I have feeders and houses all over my backyard. I watch them from my workspace every day. I know the times of the day certain birds come to the feeder. I log when the Painted Buntings show up every year. But there is something about Blue Jays.

When these beautiful birds show up at the feeder my heads says "ick, go away". Jays aren't particularly aggressive to other birds. They don't thrash seed from the feeder. There is nothing wrong with these birds, but I do know where this bias comes from, my parents.

They also loved to feed birds, but for some reason I never understood, disliked Blue Jays. They complained about them when they were at the feeder and scared them away all the time. Apparently this bias, some might call it hate, stuck with me. It's something I think about every time I see a Blue Jay. It's something I force myself to ignore and process through. I think about this when I say things around my kids. What am I teaching them to hate, or to love?


Cable companies don't want my money

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Just spent over an hour on the phone with various cable companies. I've had U-Verse for a little over a year on a "deal" price. The Internet isn't the fastest, but the cable selection and equipment is rather good and we've had zero issues during the year. When I signed up I was told, "oh don't worry, when the year is up you can call and get a new deal".  I called them last month, went into the "I'm leaving, lets make a deal queue".  Managed to work out a reasonable new offer/price.

Yesterday, I get a new bill....No change in price.

Call them back today, 5+ minute wait and finally make it back to the "lets make a deal" queue. No record of my last offer and no way to even come close to the same price! So, time to look at options.

Comcast has been sending nearly weekly offers in the mail to lure me back. The price isn't terrible and I know exactly what I'm getting into with them. I call the number on the offer.

  • First call. On hold for 5+ minutes, get a person with a headset so bad I can't understand what she says. I try to tough it out, but the call dropped for no reason.
  • Second call. 5+ minute wait. Get another person that I can understand. Start down the same, "what are my details" and call drops.
  • Third call. Another 5+ minute wait. Get a person I can understand, explain that this is the 3rd try and I'm getting annoyed. Manage to give her all my details and then ask about the offer I received in the mail. She has no clue, can't find anything about it. After a while, I give up, assuming maybe the offer isn't live yet in their system and will try again in a few days.

Second option. Wow!(/snicker... formerly Knology).

They don't offer any details on pricing on-line, so I call. Only took one call, but with a 15+ minute wait. Agent was helpful, but they just don't compete on speed, channel or tech. vs price.


Living in the "Know"

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It's done. Domain purchased and I put up a redirect from to here. Only a few incoming links exist, but the right thing to do.

Why My handle most everywhere has been Amblin for many years, so it made sense to use that here, hopefully my new hub.