Monthly Archive: June 2004

The Joy of Pecks

The Joy of Pecks

The folks at Salon published a story this week on the professor of smoochology (ad-based access alert!), which, in their words, explains “how a nebbishy ex-academic who keeps changing his name wound up traveling around the country convincing total strangers to kiss onstage.” And while I knew him by one...

Goddess Gracious!

Goddess Gracious!

The Goddess Speaks: “Oh, Chinese stick fortune. Yin-yang fortune sticks, to be more precise. I decided to ask for a reading, because despite the fact that a Ouija card game once predicted that at age 25 I’d be a wealthy, philanthropic widow living on a desert island, I’ve maintained a...

Questions

Questions

From the “questions you didn’t know you wanted the answer to but are glad someone asked” department: When the zombies take over, how long till the electricity fails? Way more information than you probably need in the event of the end of humankind. Favorite quote? “After all, it’s not like...

Gimme a ‘G’!

Gimme a ‘G’!

Once again, Burt waxes about a tech topic dear to my heart in his weekly Bytemarks column: Google’s still-in-testing Gmail service. As a former EFF member and EPIC supporter, how could I surrender my personal correspondence to privacy-invading ad scanners? Well, one of the many answers can be found by...

An Unusual Cat

An Unusual Cat

The folks at Hawaii Public Radio like to talk about “driveway moments” — times when you’re listening to something so great, you find yourself just sitting in your car in your driveway just to hear the whole thing. Believe it or not, one such moment I had way back in May...

DCS Case #12621

DCS Case #12621

Yet another entry in the Annals of Dumb Customer Service, this one from United Airlines. My request? “What is my Mileage Plus account number?” Their response? “Thank you for contacting us. To obtain your Mileage Plus account number, please contact our Mileage Plus Service Center… You may email them from...