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 healthI 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?