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  • gregpress 8:46 pm on October 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dexter, John Lithgow,   

    Great Tweet 

     
  • gregpress 7:37 am on December 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: anti-intellectualism, books, Christmas, poor parenting   

    The Problem with America 

     
    • Ealer 2:19 pm on December 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      you spelled anti-intellectualism wrong.

      • gregpress 5:05 pm on December 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I am clearly a product of this broken society.

      • gregpress 5:12 pm on December 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        It’s been fixed. Thanks.

  • gregpress 12:44 pm on October 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alan Siegel, clear communications, TED (Technology-Education-Design)   

    Simply Put 

     
  • gregpress 7:09 pm on September 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Akron, American Express, Cashback, Cloverfield, Dan Auerbach, Eastbound & Down, Entourage, FIFA Soccer 11, Friday Night Lights, Grooveshark, Hung, Lee, Live Free or Die, MLB '06: The Show, Molson, Ohio, Patrick Carney, Private Practice, Rescue Me, Rest Stop, Sons of Anarchy, Sony Ericsson, The Black Keys, The Gates, The Go-Getter, The O.C., Victoria's Secret, Zombieland   

    The The Black Keys Mix 

    Here it is.

    The The Black Keys Mix

    Why a “mix” and not a “playlist?” This compilation was created for the 90-minute mixtape‘s successor, the 80-minute CD-R.

    “But, Greg, why not just make an 80-minute playlist for your portable MP3 player?”

    I don’t own a portable MP3 player, my car has a CD player and I have a few CD-Rs, purchased in 2002 from OfficeMax (free with rebate), waiting around to get sweet tunes burnt onto them.

    Now, WordPress.com charges for the privilege of embedding audio files, so please enjoy the ultimate, 26-song The Black Keys mix in the above-linked-to Grooveshark playlist and/or in the following YouTube videos.


























    The Black Keys.

     
  • gregpress 7:53 am on August 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: $, ATM, automatic teller machine, Carousel Checks, checks, Checks in the Mail, Checks Unlimited, cheques, EZShield Check Fraud Protection Program, lazy, overdraft, personal checks, personal cheques, Walmart, WalmartChecks.com   

    New Checks 

    Buying checks is tough for lazy people.

    After running out of checks the first time, I joined a new bank. I rationalized this decision by saying to myself, “It’s closer to home than the other bank (easier to make deposits) and–BONUS–I now have the freedom to use a whole new galaxy of ATMs without suffering the indignation of paying $2+ for using out-of-network machines!” Because I still direct-deposited money into my old account, I set up an automatic transfer to feed the new account so I could use the new bank’s checks.

    Because I didn’t put enough effort into this process, I ended up underfunding my new account and getting slammed with overdraft fees–$30 or $35–on at least two occasions.

    Seething with anger after the second (or third) time this happened, I marched into my old bank with the idea that I would get new checks and, eventually, suggest to my new bank that they could “take a hike!”

    Not wanting the bank teller to think that I was cheap, I went in with a deposit (or some other routine banking business) to give myself an easy out if the price of new checks was too high (“Oh, I wasn’t here to buy checks anyway, I was just wondering what they cost for when I really need them. That deposit will be all for today. Thank you, ma’am.”).

    I forget exactly how the awkward exchange went down, but I ended up walking out of there with around six temporary checks.

    The teller just printed them out. That was it. And, they were free! I had stumbled upon a golden loophole.

    At this point, I still had my automatic transfer going from old bank to new. The temp. checks would let the new account build up for a while, so that when I ran out of them and go back to my new bank’s checks (of which I had several left), I wouldn’t have to worry about the overdraft fees. Perfect!

    Because this was a terrible plan that would fail once I resumed regular usage of the regular new bank checks, during the course of my temporary check usage, I changed my automatic deductions to accurately reflect my monetary needs, to avoid any future overdrafting.

    It was smooth sailing after this simple auto-deduction tweaking.

    My temporary checks eventually ran out. And so did my regular checks. Because I couldn’t go back to my old bank for another set of temporary checks (“They must have a detailed tracking system making sure freeloaders don’t take advantage of the loophole!” I convinced myself.), I went to my new bank for their temporary checks.

    I’m now down to my last, temporary, check. Hence this blog post.

    It was going to be a review of all the millions of check-buying options on the internet, punctuated by mini-reviews of Carousel Checks, Checks Unlimited, Checks in the Mail, WalmartChecks.com, and the EZShield Check Fraud Protection Program. That was too daunting a task, so I thought I’d share my check-buying history and buy some checks with Walmart.

    They’re not as expensive as Checks in the Mail ($11.98 for 125 checks), and just around as cheap, but not cheaper, than the others. So, instead of doing further research, I’ll assume this means the quality is decent. And, a Yahoo! Answers TOP CONTRIBUTOR says I shouldn’t pay extra for the EZShield protection, so I’m not gonna.

    Next steps:

    1. Stop blogging and buy the checks–linking to my old bank.
    2. Cancel the auto-transfer to my new bank.
    3. Transfer new bank money to old bank.
    4. Sever any remaining ties with my new bank to punish them for perpetrating such outrageous overdraft fees on me (which may or may not have since been eliminated thanks to new laws), so that they’ll think twice before ever crossing me again!
     
    • Dan 2:56 pm on August 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Outstanding.

    • Kasey 8:48 am on August 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Greg – check out http://www.checkadvantage.com/personal-checks.html.

      Check Advantage offers personal checks for $10.95. By the way – when you get them from Wal-Mart you’re really getting them from one of the big check suppliers. One big corporation helping another big corporation out.

      You seem like the kind of guy who’d root for the little guys.

      Oh – and you’re right about EZ Shield too.

  • gregpress 11:33 pm on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cat shower, Google Replay, Google Updates, Library of Congress,   

    “Cat Shower” Enters Library of Congress 

    Evidence of “Cat Shower 2 (Woody Style, very funny and cute) 修行猫ウッディーのシャワー2″‘s popularity has been officially preserved for pop culture historians of the future by the Library of Congress.

    The federal library announced on April 14 that it acquired the entire Twitter archive.

    Following is a partial view of the “cat shower” archive courtesy of Google’s awesome new social media “Updates” search, also announced on April 14.

    This obviously incomplete tweetgraph only spans back to Feb. 2010, but “soon,” Google promised, we will have access to all tweets since the beginning of Twitter time: March 21, 2006.

    To perform a Google Updates search, you have to do a regular Web search, click on “+ Show options…” and then “Updates.”

     
  • gregpress 10:10 pm on April 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: awesome, Chris Farley, dates, Indiana Jones, Indy, John Rhys-Davies, monkey, Raiders of the Lost Arc, Sallah   

    Bad Dates 

    Remember when Indiana Jones was hanging out with Sallah, the guy with the red hat, and Indy was hungry, and he grabbed a few dates, and then he tossed one in the air, and just as it was about to land in his mouth, his buddy Sallah grabbed it, and then they both looked at the monkey, who was actually a spy, and was eating the dates before, and was dead on the floor now, and then he said, “Bad dates,” remember that?

    That was awesome.

     
    • Brost 2:21 pm on April 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Best blog post to date

      • gregpress 5:39 pm on April 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, sir.

  • gregpress 11:09 pm on January 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 1968, A Class Divided, cure, Frontline, Iowa, Jane Elliott, Made to Stick, Martin Luther King, MLK, PBS, racism, The Cure for Racism   

    The Cure for Racism 

    The day after Martin Luther King was assassinated, an Iowa third-grade teacher began teaching a lesson her students would never forget: A Class Divided.

     
  • gregpress 10:56 pm on December 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bernie Sanders, health care, Morning Joe   

    Health Care “Reform” Explained, Partially 

    Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders spoke honestly about the health care reform bill this Tuesday, Dec. 22, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe: watch from 4:09 on.

    –I couldn’t post the video snippet from msnbc.com because wordpress.com doesn’t allow Flash😦

    Merry Christmas.

     
  • gregpress 11:31 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: New Jersey, , Twitter lists   

    My Twitter Lists: NJ 

    New Jersey politics

    New Jersey news

    [Twitter list tutorial]

     
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