I'm wondering about solutions available to block incoming telemarketer calls, particularly technology solutions.
I am currently a Comcast residential subscriber (phone/internet/cable) receiving at least two inbound calls a day from telemarketers.
What would those of you with interest in this area recommend for me? I have a couple of MIDI keyboard controllers, one as part of an M-Audio Venom. What I need now are some more sampled sounds--strings, piano, etc. to use with my band. The most important thing is cost, so I'm looking pretty much at vintage stuff.
My middle daughter, Sydney, age 7, was being bullied in her new class. She responded by writing a song called Believe In Yourself. She wrote the lyrics and melody all by herself.
I found it catchy enough that I came up with some chords.
Let's get some good ole barnson.org discussion going! Let's discuss gun control. I know Matt & Ben have strong, differing views on this, so we should be able to get some good discourse going....
My views are that I agree that in a perfect world. they're be no reason for guns, guns are primarily used to kill people, and we should get rid of guns. If you want to hunt, use a bow and arrow or muzzle-loader and give the prey a chance.
Recently, Mother Jones published a widely-circulated study suggesting that armed citizens have never stopped any mass shootings in the USA. It's important to know how these things are counted, though. If the shooting doesn't boast a sufficient number of deaths -- at least four dead -- then it just doesn't count. That's a lot of mass shootings that just don't count as such.
Let's take a look at what else doesn't count.
Support: "Why didn't you escalate this issue earlier?"
Me: "I don't actually care if it's fixed. The two points of my ticket submitted over three months ago were:
"One: To demonstrate the workaround I'm using, and
Several bills assaulting your right to keep and bear arms were introduced to Congress on Monday, January 7, 2013. Among other things, these bills seek to register semi-automatic firearms. Noncompliance will be met with police raids of your home, seizure and destruction of your property, fines, and imprisonment.
In this age when conspiracy theories abound and you can find entire communities devoted to group-think, finding dragons in the clouds and believing them to be real, I think it's a great idea to revisit Michael Shermer's Conspiracy Theory Detector. Summary below the break.
Conversation with my staff over the phone in India today. I love colloquialisms.
Me: "In this case, our application is just the canary in the coal mine. "
Them: "A what?"
Me: "A canary in a coal mine. If it is dead, it's not because it had a pre-existing health condition."
Them: "What health condition did it have?"
Me: "... Uh. It was poisoned. By being in a coal mine."
This morning, I decided to sit down and analyze some statistics, and from them I arrived at a hypothesis that I still need to validate. What do you think?