Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Tuesday Trivia

3Sears is using spyware to monitor their online ("My SHC Community") customers' online habits. Buried deep down in the privacy statement users must agree to before signing up for SHC is this, to my mind, very alarming statement:

"Once you install our application, it monitors all of the Internet behavior that occurs on the computer on which you install the application, including both your normal web browsing and the activity that you undertake during secure sessions, such as filling a shopping basket, completing an application form or checking your online accounts, which may include personal financial or health
I don't remember the last time I bought anything from Sears -- and I've never shopped their Web site. And now, I never will.

3You can stop paying $1.00 a pop for Directory Assistance calls from your cell phone. Google now offers a free 411 feature. Simply dial 800-GOOG-411 (466-4411). The computer asks you where and what you want and responds by offering to connect you for free, as well as giving you the address and offering to send your request as a text message.

3There is also a service called FREE 411. Just dial 1-800-FREE-411 and there is no charge. This might work better for many of us as Google 411 works only with business listings. 1-800-FREE-411 works with everything -- as long as you don't mind listening to a 15-second ad. I, for one, don't mind listening to a quick ad to save a buck.

3I'm not touching allegations contained in Andrew Morton's unauthorized biography of Tom Cruise (St. Martin's) which include (1) that Cruise is the #2 man in the Church of Scientology and (2) that Cruise's and Katie Holmes's child was actually conceived using stored sperm of the late L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology founder. Eee-yewww!

3Residents of Reeves, Louisiana, have been cursed with the telephone prefix 666 since the early 1960s, and Christians in the town have been complaining ever since. As a result, residents now have the option of changing their prefix to 749. All righty, then.

3There seems to be a glut of new "reality" shows ready to hit the airwaves -- and small wonder with the writers strike and the fact that "reality" is cheap to produce. I loathe "reality" TV. Ugh. One can have a little fun with it, though -- like this.

TWISTED LINGUISTICS had a little fun with these Words Gone Wild, too.

dollars verses sells - Selling poetry for a buck a pop.

explainted - Detailed analysis of a complaint.

you don't gain wait - You lose when somebody is late.

pubic allegations - Gossip about the state of someone's privates.

don't let anyone cause you greef - Great balls of fire, it truly grieves me that I don't know WTF greef is.

writers, painters, ect. - I know what writers and painters are, but I have no idea what the heck ect is.

roll models - Turning models over so they don't get bed sores, or throwing them down slick, waxed lanes in hopes of knocking down pins.

Oh, yeah -- I forgot Dressup Day yesterday, so let's play today. I have on brown pants in a tiny check, ivory lace-trimmed top, and brown flats. And you?


Kanrei said...

I was going to ask if you were feeling better, but is is obvious you are. What I do not understand is why you want the rest of us to feel bad. L Ron Hubbord sperm??!!! Thanks for the mental picture. I would finish this post, but I have to go vomit now.

g-man said...

I wonder how that sample was produced? Electro-Shock? Manually? Nocturnally?
Please tell Kanrei NO talk of puke!

I'm wearing Khaki Pants..
Tan Shirt
Black T-Shirt
White Sox
Brown Shoes
Blue Boxer Briefs
A Big Smile...

Kanrei said...

Got it...

Dead man's sperm: check!
Vomit: NO CHECK!


Serena Joy said...

Oh, Kan, I'm sorry I made you vomit. I just report the news, though, and sometimes it makes me puke, too.:)

Galen! Blogging from work? Yeah! That's how it SHOULD be. I am NOT going to think about how that sample was obtained. No way, no how. Ugh! I'd have to elbow Kan out of the way at the puke trough.:) Your outfit passes inspection, especially the Big Smile.:-)

It's okay, Kan. You can stop vomiting now. I won't talk about dead man's sperm any more.:-)

VE said...

Maybe Tom Cruise is really a clone of L Ron Hubbard and is using a Tom Cruise mask ala Mission Impossible. Maybe we're all just digital characters in a Sims II - Tom Cruise expansion game?

David said...

Not touching Cruis always strikes me as a good strategy.

Roxan said...

As much as the little Cruisette looks like her dad, maybe Tom is the real clone.

Serena Joy said...

Oh, thank you, VE, for positing that theory just when I was starting to believe that maybe I just might be real.:-)

David, in this litigious society, I think you have a point. Thanks for visiting, and I hope to see you often.:)

There is that, Roxan. Although, the Cruisette is a dead ringer for her mommy, too.:)

David said...

Having been on the receiving end of legal threats by the CoS, trust me you just do not want to go there.

Serena Joy said...

Yikes, David! I like to push the envelope a bit, but not into the gaping maw of high-powered lawyers. I'll just "suggest" that CoS is one scary bunch and leave it at that.:)

Pink said...

oooh this is fun

pink fleece pyjama top, underpants and a big duvet. Oh and brown slippers with mouse heads like headlights


I'm commenting from work today too, if you can't tell ;)

Charles said...

First two items, very good to know, third is interesting, knowing that Cruise and Kidman adopted, and that Kidman is now pregnant. I was wondering why that was.

greef - acronym for gentlemen reading elementary economic fancies. Now to figure out what elementary economic fancies are.

ect. - abreviation for ectoplasmic beings aka. ghosts.

NYD said...

From now on every time I see a tom Cruise interview I'll be expecting him to pull off a mask, a la Misson Impossible, and reveal that L. Ron Hubbard is not actually dead, but has replaced him.

Charles said...

I'm wearing a yellow Izod shirt, dark gray slacks, gray boxers, took off my socks and shoes already.

Serena Joy said...

I am so jealous, Pinks. I'd like to work in my undies under the duvet. And let me tell you, I would literally KILL for those mouse head slippers! I need to change jobs.:-)

Yeah, it certainly does make one wonder, Charles. Generally, where there's smoke, there's fire somewhere close by, but God only knows what the truth is. Excellent definitions. I think I may know what elementary economic fancies are. It's my paychecks!:)

Yowzer, NYD! That's a scary proposition.:)

I've always thought yellow and gray makes a good combo, Charles. And everything's better sans shoes.:)

Little Wing said...

That is horrible what Sears is doing!
I also read that about T. Cruise GAG.....BLECK!
I can only hope it isn't true about the OLDER THAN DIRT SPERM! BLECKKKKKKKK!!!!
Did they have to re-liquify it????
Was it like powdered??

Serena Joy said...

Nope. Nope. We can't think about that, Little Wing. Old, reliquified, powdered, reconstituted, freeze dried, smoked, frozen, canned, or otherwise preserved -- nope, can't think about it. We'll all end up back at the puking trough.:-)

Charles said...

It's not like Katie Holmes tasted it, on the other hand Tom...
Now, I'm gonna barf. Laughing and barfing, aren't going to mix well.

Serena Joy said...

Okay, Charles, that did it. Everybody line up. We're all going to go have ourselves a nice therapeutic barf now.:-)

Little Wing said...

Ok I feel better now, Serena!

Serena Joy said...

Oh, great. My blog is now an official pukefest. LMAO!:-)