February 14th, 2003

leaves

It is by will alone I set my mind in motion...

Ah, yes, the gift of caffiene.

This morning's batch turned out a little weaker than it normally would be. I'm not too sure how that happened, but I do know that the sweetness level is accurate. And the caffiene content is just fine (leg be twitching without choice from me). So, I need to experiment (yet again) with these new grinds and try to figure out how to get the flavor back up without also increasing the caffiene potency or letting the bitterness overcome the sugar.

Ah yes, this is an art form indeed. An art form which I can happily devote my life to.
leaves

okay,

normally I've stopped posting links to the news bits I read. I figured it was all being duplicated as most of you read the same stuff I do, so it was a pointless venture.

This, though, is funny enough that I simply *HAD* to link to it. In short: Opera is pissed at MSN for purposefully sending Opera browsers incorrect code which makes the MSN webpage render immproperly. Thus, Opera released the "bork edition" of their browser which functions just like their normal browser in every respect except one: it translates the MSN web site into bork-speak!

I just love the way they are not just bending over to MS and instead decided to throw something back at them.
oil

well, *this* sucks...

grrrr..

So, yesterday I tried to get some money from the ATM and I find myself presented with a nice little red window saying my account was unavailable at this time. I've had this happen before so I brush it off without much concern. I go back later in the day to try again and meet with the same friendly red window. This is starting to be of some concern, but with the day being as busy as it was I didn't have time to call the bank on it.
This morning I try again and find myself presented with this nice red window once again. This time, I have a few minutes so I actually get around to calling the bank. A pleasant lady kindly informs me that my card is "in transition" and thus cannot be used anymore. Why they don't just say it's "dead" is beyond me, but this is beside the point. So I ask them if there is any particular reason *why* they decided to kill my card without notice, and they say that they sent my new card out to me and it should have arrived now, which is why their system automatically killed my old card. I inform this nice lady that I have not received any such card and was actually starting to wonder where it may be (current one expires this month). She said she'll mark the new one as lost and re-send another card (after verifying my address and such) as the old one was sent the 19th of Jan and surely would have arrived by now had there not been any problems. She says the new new card should arrive in about 5 days, at which time I can start using it with my old PIN and such. I thank her for this and ask if she can re-activate my old one till then, at which point she says that's not possible with their system.

So, the upshot of all this? I'm card-less for about a week now. Fortunately there are two local branches within easy walking distance of here, but still it's a bit of a bitch having to go in to do my business. I much preferr the ATM, as the ratio of idiots using the ATM seems far lower than the ratio of idiots doing banking at the teller counter. All this, right before the weekend when I usually do all my shopping and other errands. Now I have to carry cash for all this stuff.