Sunday, May 3, 2015

Bison Cooler Review And Coupon Code

What do you look for in a five day cooler? For me, personally, I wanted one that could be used for a variety of outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, camping and hunting After doing a lot of research into the which cooler is the best outdoor cooler, I went with the 50 quart cooler from Bison coolers (formerly known as Brute Box) and have not been disappointed.

Bison coolers offer five different roto molded coolers, and have recently introduced a 12 can and a 24 can soft cooler. I use my 50 quart Bison cooler in the outdoors all the time, especially when I'm out on a long camping trip with the family. The ice retention is far superior to any other high-end cooler that I have ever used and it sure cut down on the need for ice runs during our camping trips. Bison coolers are built true to size which means, when they say it's a 50 quart cooler, that's an honest assessment of the amount of available space. The latches on the lid of a Bison cooler ensures that you'll get a closed seal to keep the inside very cold. Some other 5 day coolers on the market have a hard vacuum suction on them which makes them very hard to open.  But, not Bison coolers. They have dual drain plugs on each side of the cooler so you can open the cooler anytime you want.

Best of all, Bison Coolers are made in the USA, so you know that when you buy a Bison cooler, you can do so with pride. Need an extra incentive? Use the following Bison Coolers coupon code to get $15 off your next purchase: .

Monday, April 27, 2015

Schoola Coupon Code

Schoola is a website that allows parents to donate gently used clothes to raise money for their schools. Right now on you can snag FREE shipping and $15 in credit. The Schoola discount code gives you enough money to buy a few individual items or an entire outfit. Hundreds of items are under $15, in fact you can several items shipped to you since some items are as low as $2.99! Just use code HURRY at checkout to score your FREE Shipping! To get the FREE $15 Credit you must be a NEW user. By following this link to Schoola, you'll activate a coupon code that gets you the $15 credit.

Free shipping is for a limited time

Monday, April 20, 2015

I Accidentally Called A Cruise Line Scammer

I was making a tech support call the other day and must have mis-dialed, because I ended up connecting to some "Free cruise" scam. The way these scams work, you get offered a free cruise only having to pay nominal "port fees". Once you pay those, you get forwarded to another agent who tries to have you pay for even more upgrades. If you actually try to go on the cruise, you will be told that you need to attend a number of time-share or other high-pressure sales presentations in order to get your boarding voucher.

Here's the call. I kept the guy on the phone for about 10 minutes before deciding that it was time to pull the plug:

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

On The Sesquicentennial Of Lincoln's Assasination

150 YEAR AGO TODAY: April 14, 1865. Richmond had fallen. Lee had surrendered. The long and bloody Civil War was over. It was Good Friday. It was a time to rejoice. The Lincolns sat at Ford's Theater watching "Our American Cousin" starring Mary Lincoln's favorite actress, Laura Keene. Halfway through Act III, Scene 2, the character of Asa Trenchard, played that night by Harry Hawk, utters this line, considered one of the play's funniest, to Mrs. Mountchessington: "Don't know the manners of good society, eh? Well, I guess I know enough to turn you inside out, old gal — you sockdologizing old man-trap." During the ensuing laughter, John Wilkes Booth, a famous actor and Confederate sympathizer who was not a member of the cast, fatally shot Abraham Lincoln. Familiar with the play, Booth chose that moment in the hope that the sound of the audience's laughter would mask the sound of his gunshot. He then leapt from Lincoln's box to the stage and made his escape through the back of the theater to a horse he had left waiting in the alley. Lincoln would die the next morning, April 15, at 7:22am.

This past weekend, I was part of an production where re-enacted the play and the assassination. It was a very moving event and there was nary a dry eye in the theater after each of the three performances. Audiences experienced the same joy everyone else felt on that day so long ago, and then, with a single gun shot, felt it ripped away from them. That's a testament to our playwrite/director and the entire acting company that worked so hard to bring it all to life.

I played John Wilkes Booth in this re-enactment and it was a very intense thing to be seen as responsible for such a heinous act. In the re-creation below, you can see my friend portraying Lincoln as laughing at that final joke. I like to think that Lincoln's last feeling was one of levity.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Home Security Scammers Call Again

I got a robo-call from the Home Security scammers again. The call began with an automated, interactive female attendant which then transferred me to a live salesperson. When speaking to him, I  messed with him by:

  • Saying I wanted to talk to the lady again because I thought she was flirting with me
  • Misunderstanding "home owner" as "homo-er"
  • Telling him that, as someone who gives a sales pitch, he must be a "pitcher" rather than "catcher". 
By far, the most interesting part of the call for me was when the sales rep said "You know how women are. It's all about the money". It just seemed to be too far off script.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Choice Home Warranty Calls Me Again....TWICE

Choice Home Warranty has been calling me looking for Albert Cosby, and, each time they do, I launch into my Fat Albert impression. Most of the time, it's met with outright hostility, so much so, that you'd think they'd pull my number out of the system. Yet, for some reason, they keep calling. One guy was actually pretty cool about it and we had a good laugh. I asked him to take my number off of the call list. Here's the call:

Less than 24 hours later, they called back. This time, I got a guy named Frank whom I talked to before. He wasn't very happy to be speaking with me again:

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Family Protection Security Calls Me.

I got a robo call from (618) 690-0276. On the other end was an interactive robo named Andy that employed voice recognition technology and then forwarded me to an agent trying to sell me a home security system. These guys try to claim that they work for GE Security, but, they don't. And they might actually offer a security system, but they do so at an incredibly inflated price. I have a particular disdain for these types of callers as they make their living bilking money out of older folks. I had this guy on the phone for nearly 10 minutes, at first messing with him, saying a bunch of goofy things. Some highlights include:

  • I told him I loved technology and had a highly technical Japanese toilet
  • I claimed to be a shut-in who was afraid of being stuck on the toilet
  • I confused "motion sensor" with "emotion sensor" and got excited that the security system would be able to sense my emotions.
  • Me burping several time
  • Upon hearing that a person's home is broken into every 13 seconds, I wondered why that poor person didn't buy a security system and wondered how he'd have anything left taking after being robbed so often.
Once I blew my cover, I lit into the guy on the other end of the phone for earning his money by cheating folks out of theirs. In this guy's attempt to prove he was legit, he gave me another number to call, (310) 362-3060 which ended up to be an invalid number as well.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Goat Simulator

I had been hearing about Goat Simulator from by daughter for the better part of the week. She had seen a "Let's Play" on it from one of her favorite Youtubers and wanted to get it. So, once her report card came back clear, I broke down and bought Goat Simulator for her. Of course, I had to try it out myself in order to make sure it was appropriate.

The developers over at Coffee Stain Studios made Goat Simulator as a fun project for Game Jam and didn't intend to release it to the public. Once public outcry motivated them to release it, the put a little polish on it, slapped a $10 price tag on it and released it out into the world. And, for a $10 game, it's a lot of fun. You're a goat. And you run around head-butting things which leads to horrific screams and Michael Bey-esque explosions. It's basically a "pewdiepie" game. What I mean by that is that it's a game made for the express purpose of filming yourself doing things like blowing up a propane tank and then laughing or screaming your head off, then you run over to the next thing you can interact with and repeat the process so that you get enough footage for a small Youtube clip.

That being said, I haven't had this much fun just mucking about in an open-world game in a long time. Goat Simulator is a fun game to just turn your brain off and explore in. There's a lot of hidden unlockables around the game world and there are a number of zany achievements to try to get. And I haven't even explored any mods yet.

Basically, Goat Simulator is the stupid popular game of the month. It's funny, amusing and worth a bit of cash, but soon enough, we'll all move on, but we've had fun with it, and that's all that matters. I'd say kiddo and I both got $10 worth of entertainment out of it.

These PETA Protestors Won't Appreciate The Irony....

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Brain Storm Elite Calls Me....Twice

There's a supplement out there called Brain Storm Elite that supposedly helps you with focus, memory and other cognitive functions. They called looking for Clovis early the other morning and Clovis expressed concern about explosive-diarrhea as a side effect. The call got cut off. About an hour later, another rep from Brain Storm called and, by then, Clovis figured that he wanted a supplement that would make him forget things rather than help him remember. That particular rep doled out some life-coaching advice for him and then hung up when Clovis claimed to have "A PhD in Awesome!"

As nice as these two reps were, I have no qualms about messing with them, given the rampant reports of Brain Storm engaging in billing fraud. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Google Shuts Down SoftCard

In a move that should upset about four people, Google has acquired and destroyed SoftCard, the NFC-based (tap-n-pay) mobile payment system developed by Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Originally known as ISIS Wallet when it was launched in 2010, SoftCard had to change its name in 2014 in order to avoid confusion between it and the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which was also known under the abbreviation "ISIS". In order to drive users to Softcard, carriers intentionally blocked competing NFC payment systems such as Google Wallet, so, the brain trust behind Softcard are reaping what they've sown here.

My own experience was that, while Softcard had a better UI than Google Wallet, Softcard's ability to actually work was very hit and miss, so I hardly ever used it. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bosley Hair Restoration Doesn't Handle Merkins

I got another call from Bosley Hair Restoration recently. The rep was really polite, so I was able to keep her on the phone for nearly ten minutes. During the course of the call, I pretended to think that Bosley wanted to help me with hearing loss and wondered if I could get super hearing out of it. The poor rep even sat through me musing about potential super hero names and even listened to my super hero theme song. Further into the call, I tried several times to delicately ask if Bosley only replaced hair on one's head. Eventually, I was able to get the rep to tell me that Bosley doesn't restore hair where the sun doesn't shine.

Monday, March 2, 2015

There's Too Much Poop On Mount Everest

Nepal's Chief of Mountaineering, Ang Tshering, has recently said that human waste left by climbers on Mount Everest has become a problem, causing pollution (poo-lution?) and threatening to spread disease on the world’s highest peak. Nearly 700 climbers and guides make the ascent each season and, when they do, they leave all of their feces and urine up there. “Climbers usually dig holes in the snow for their toilet use and leave the human waste there,” Tshering said, adding that the waste has been “piling up” for years around the four camps on Mount Everest. Nepal’s government has not come up with a plan yet to tackle the issue of human waste, but the government imposed new rules last year requiring each climber to bring down to the base camp 18 pounds of trash, which is the amount it estimates a climber discards along the route. Climbers either bring down 18 pounds of trash of forfeit their $4,000 deposit. Guess which one they're probably going to do?

Suffice to say that the feat of climbing Mount Everest has diminished quite a bit since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's first trek in 1953. It's certainly still a hazardous and hostile environment, but, when you've got hundreds of inexperienced tourists going up there for that all important #TopOfTheWorld selfie, waste management isn't going to be a priority. And Heaven help you if you die up there, because you won't be coming back either. If you're up for some heartbreak, just do an image search for "Everest bodies". We've essentially turned our tallest mountain into a mountain of shit. Organic matter will decompose up there, as there are several varieties of fungus that live happily in the sub-zero temperatures, but that decomposition happens at a snail's pace. Maybe if we just wait it out, global warming will melt all the snow and the shit will come flowing down with everything else in a big shit avalanche. Shitvalance? Shitnado? I think I just wrote Sci-Fi Channel's next disaster movie.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Choice Home Warranty Scam Is Looking For Fat Albert

I've been getting a lot SPAM lately from a place called Choice Home Warranty, so I decided to fill out one of their web forms. I listed my name as "Albert Cosby". Within 24 hours, I got a call. Initially, the guy on the other end was pretty amused by my Fat Albert impression, but, when Albert took umbrage at having his weight called out, things got a little heated. Soon, Bill Cosby himself had to intervene. The salesman seemed to enjoy my bad Bill Cosby impression at first but grew increasingly frustrated when I wouldn't let him get a word in and hung up about three and-a-half minutes into the call.

The number they call from is (732) 947-5442

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Legal Help Center Calls Me

I got a call yesterday from a lady claiming to be from "Legal Help Center". My caller-ID reported the number as (702) 224-2006. Basically, I got called by a group of virtual ambulance chasers hoping to cash in on class action lawsuits against manufacturers of faulty trans-vaginal mesh p[roducts. The lady on the other end was sticking heavily to her script, so when I told her that I would have no need for a trans-vaginal mesh lawsuit since I was male, she seemed a bit confused as how to proceed. 

The number they supposedly called from, 702-224-2006 is one that has been used for the past 12 months to push various scams like medical research, health insurance, etc. It's obviously connected to a boiler-room call center staffed by foreign workers. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Bosley Hair Restoration Calls me

The folks over at Bosley Hair Restoration called me recently. Seeing as I had just gotten my hair cut a few hours previous to the call, I wasn't really in the mood to talk about hair transplants. So, after the rep went into her pitch, I remarked that I didn't know that Tom Bosley was still alive. The lady on the other end didn't seem to know who Tom Bosley was. Must not have been a Happy Days fan. I then told her that I would love to see a movie about Tom Bosley eating beans. Before I could make a pitch for a Kickstarter project to finance a Tom Bosley bean-eating movie, the lady interrupted me, called me unprofessional and hung up on me.

I didn't even get a chance to work in a Charlie's Angel's joke. Maybe next time.

PS: RIP Tom Bosley. 1927-2010