Disclosure: The original pepper spray photo is here. I though the image was too dark in comparison to the 1967 photo above it, so I adjusted some of the mid-range and high-range tones using Levels and Brightness & Contrast in Photoshop. It had the effect of making the spray stand out a bit more. If you want an un-‘shopped image, go to the original.

Surprisingly aggressive marketing from Google

I love all things Google. I really do. If only more companies would follow a “don’t be evil” philosophy. So, it was surprising when I encountered a surprisingly aggressive sign-up strategy for Google Offers, Google’s daily-deal email service (the Google version of Groupon).

I was on the NYT site, and saw this in-body ad:

I was curious, so I clicked on it, which led me to here:

I clicked NO (which I circled red so you can see it easier). I already am signed up to too many of those daily deals. I’m not using them and I’ve been going through the process of un-subbing. So, imagine my surprise five minutes later when I check my inbox.

I didn’t sign up for this. I very clearly clicked on the NO button.

I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and chalk this off to a bug, but if it’s not a bug, then shame on somebody. Tisk Tisk.

Your Own Private Dictionary

You know how your computer underlines¬†your misspelled words in red? If you use a word a lot but your dictionary doesn’t know the word, you can stop it from “correcting” you by adding the word to your dictionary by right-clickig it and choosing the “learn” or “add to dictionary” choice. ¬†Your computer will keep a list of these words.

Since no two people will have the same list of words, this strikes me not so much as a fingerprint as it is a bit of personality – part of the computer’s soul; its unique, ongoing ¬†logomachy.

If you have a mac, your list is here:  ~/Library/Spelling   Go check your list out!

I haven’t had my lovely Macbook Pro for very long, so I haven’t added many words to her custom dictionary. My list is short, yet revealing. When I look over my list, every word has meaning to me – some more special than others.

Here are the words I have told my computer to Learn so she stops correcting me:


On Bank of America, Wells Fargo & not being a hypocrite

Wells Fargo banker thinking up new fee strategies

I’ve been carping on my friends lately that they should dump Bank of America. Their latest scheme to extract money from their customers comes in the form of a $5 monthly fee for debit card use. I’m hoping the $5 monthly fee can be sufficient impetus to finally dump that shitty bank.

I’m a proponent of Arianna Huffington’s Move Your Money Project. ¬†By proponent, I mean a booster: someone who touts the principle as one worth following. Though as much as I’ve touted the project, I still have an account at a national, too-big-to-fail bank: Wells Fargo.¬† I have my main accounts with Wells Fargo for the simple reason that there is a Wells Fargo ATM across the street and a Wells Fargo branch a block and a half away. This convenience is hard to give up, but I dislike being a hypocrite even more than giving up the convenience (and I do feel like having a Wells Fargo account makes me a bit of a hypocrite).

Since Wells Fargo is also planning on a debit card fee, I’ve decided it’s a great opportunity to open an account at a local credit union and move my money.

I have two to choose from, the San Francisco Federal Credit Union or the San Francisco Fire Credit Union.

The San Francisco Federal Credit Union has three stars on yelp and an ugly website, so they’re out.

The San Francisco Fire Credit Union has five stars on yelp¬†and a pretty website, so I’m going with them. Also, I can sign up online! After fifteen minutes suffering though some seriously annoying user interface issues on their website, I have an account! Yay!

If you’re going to join me in moving to SF Fire Credit Union, I suggest you go into their branch. The new-account stuff on their website is frustrating and may turn you off.