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Bullet Sunday 150

Posted on Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Dave!Sweet! It's the 150th edition of Bullet Sunday!

• AT&T FAIL! I am quickly becoming disenamoured with the AT&T mobile service for my iPhone. At first, everything was swell and I found the service to be on-par with Verizon, my previous mobile provider. But as more and more people jump on the iPhone bandwagon, AT&T's service keeps getting progressively worse. When I was in Las Vegas, I tried to place a call to Jenny across town (who also has an iPhone). We could not get a call to connect for more than a few seconds no matter how many times we tried. Then when I was in Alaska, I was barely able to make phone calls or use data over Edge in any port. I can only guess that the service is overwhelmed whenever cruise ships pull into port (which must really suck if you're a local). You'd think AT&T would build more capacity for these obviously high-use areas, but no. They don't even have 3G. It's as if AT&T is totally shocked over the massive success of the iPhone, and never bothered to prepare otherwise. Dumbasses. If Apple is smart, they'll choose NOT to renew their exclusive contract with AT&T and spread the congestion around on other networks. Which is where I'll be if AT&T doesn't get their shit together.

• Ghosts! I like Halloween for a lot of reasons, bit the biggest? THE CANDY! In addition to Candy Corn, which is one of my favorite sweets, I like all the "fun-sized" versions of my old favorites. Even better is the "special edition" items that are released just for the holiday. Like GHOST DOTS! It's one of the best candies ever...

Ghost Dots Boxes

Dots Ghosties!

Awwww... cute! And delicious! Even though the pieces all look the same, they are actually flavored just like the original DOTS candies. The package says "Which Flavor? Which Ghost? IT'S A MYSTERY!" which just makes a fun candy even better!

• Bears! After going through the 317 photos that were worth keeping from my trip to Alaska, I've come to the conclusion that I love bears. Of all the images I took, the pictures with bears are far-and-away my favorites...

Tree Bear

Another Bear in a Tree

Lazy Bear

Hello Lazy Bear!

Lazy Bear Walks Away

One day I've got to plan a vacation that revolves around bear-watching. That would have to be one of the best trips for a photographer ever.

• Search Me! Today is Google's 11th birthday! Amazing how in all these years that no other search engine has come along which can touch it. I had hopes that Microsoft's "Bing!" would at least pose a challenge and up the search game, but so far I've been unimpressed. Here's wishing Google more innovation (and a little luck!) for another 11 years.

Goog11e Graphic

And now I suppose I really should finish unpacking so I can start re-packing for next week. Life. She is a viscious circle, no?


  1. Etienne says:

    Arrrrgh! AT&T!! Even though iphone is the most fabulous instrument in the universe I’ve refused to give AT&T another dime ever since, years ago, I got sucked in by their telemarketers when I had a landline. Of course, I let MCI suck me in too but, at least I got some satisfaction when they went belly-up. I definitely do not miss those daily calls to change my phone service.

    (BTW We all know what wild bears do in the woods but, I bet they even have good sense enough not to pee on the side of the road.) Love the pix

  2. Faiqa says:

    Is *that* what’s going on with my iPhone?! I thought I had a virus. What. It could happen.

  3. AT&T – yes! Me, too.
    Halloween candy – yes! Me, too.
    Bears – awwww, those pictures make me a believer. Yes, me too.

  4. kapgar says:

    I saw those Ghost Dots the other day and was tempted to buy them, but didn’t for whatever reason. Makes no sense since I love Dots. Now I’ve gotta.

    I always thought you disliked AT&T. Not sure why. But I do agree they need to shore up certain areas and have portable booster units available in areas that might need it on a temporary basis. You have no idea how much AT&T sucked at Pitchfork. Those Tweets of mine were a pain in the ass to send. And they were text messages, which, if I recall correctly, require less resources on a network and, therefore, should’ve gone through much more readily.

  5. Avitable says:

    I thought yesterday was “Spell Everything Wrong Day” and that’s why Google’s logo looked like that.

  6. Hilly says:

    Oh my GOD, those DOTS look awesome! I’m one of the few and the proud that love DOTS so I am going to have to look for those ghost ones. Even though I rarely eat candy these days, I say a big bowl of candy corn and ghosts is in order, dammit!

    I’m also still amazed by those bears and how close you were. It’s breathtaking, for sure.

  7. Sybil Law says:

    I must get some of these ghost Dots!!!
    Bears are super cool – completely agree. Love the pictures. 🙂

  8. B.E. Earl says:

    I don’t recall from you last set of photos, but did you see any other types of bears while in Alaska? Or just black bears?

  9. delmer says:

    My complaint with AT&T is that their VM delivery is worse than even Nextel’s was.

    Many times I’ve picked up the phone and had it alert me to “five new voice messages.” I’ll check them and four of them will be a week old — and I’ll have not had any notification of them prior.

  10. Bears are cute. Until they try to rip out your throat. Not cool.

  11. Ren says:

    I’m disappointed that those ghost Dots don’t have faces on them. It is cool that they are the regular flavors in disguise, though.

    Bears and bears and bears, oh my!

  12. John says:

    Don’t know if you know this, but in Google Reader there is “& nbsp” (exept without the space between & and n, I hadto do that to get it to not show up as a space)after the end of each bulleted entry. Dot’t know if that can be fixed!

  13. Etienne says:

    I wonder if Verizon likes LOSING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS to AT&T because of iphones? I was praying they’d buy into it when AT&T contract expired recently. I can’t imagine them capturing any part of that market with any device, now… short of one that perhaps prints money.

  14. martymankins says:

    Google is 11 years old? I was amazed to find out Netflix is 12 years old.

    Reba loves DOTS, so I may have to get some of these Ghost DOTS for her to try.

    Bears… Bears… Bears. Still amazing that you were that close.

  15. claire says:

    I love bears too. Always psyched when I manage to see them passing through my backyard in spring. My bear photos aren’t as good as other shots I have, but they are still among my favorites.

    I really love your bear(s)-in-tree shots. Missed seeing a baby bear climbing up a tree out back the only time we know of it occuring which still kills me.

  16. kilax says:

    I love DOTS. I will have to look for the Ghost Version! Especially if they come in a smaller pack that will keep me from overeating them.

    Bing is such a joke. I usually just use it to search for google, if I somehow get there by mistake.

  17. Sarah says:

    Mmm….I love candy corn.

    Really I just love candy in general.

  18. whall says:

    I’ve been on AT&T for a loooong time, and at least in Austin, I’ve not noticed an iPhone-induced issue. I still have the same issues as always, which are mostly minor.

    I guess you’ll just have to, um, bear with it.

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