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  • Ted Mann 8:50 pm on April 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Royal We tomfoolery 

    I’m always a big fan of Royal We sketches …

    The Last Two Single Friends on FunnyOrDie.com

    But for the love of sketch comedy, can we please refrain from expressions like “Ted here is a premature ejaculator” from here on forward?Please, Matt. It was funny the first time. Awkward the second. These days, it’s just plain cruel.

    Still funny. But cruel, too.

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  • Ted Mann 5:40 pm on May 28, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Long time no see 

    Poor TurkeyMonkey. I’ve been a very bad caretaker of this beloved crossbreed mascot name. But fear not: I’m not about to let the domain registration slip. And I plan to get back to my regularly scheduled blogging any day now.

    Why, you might ask, have I been MIA for so long? Have I gone rogue?

    The short answer is, yes. I have gone rogue. But I’ve also been working diligently on two other websites lately, Suburbarazzi and Fix Hartsdale Parking. And as any blogger or webmaster knows, one only has enough attention span to run two websites at any given time. Alas, TurkeyMonkey and Plugs have suffered. I don’t know if it’s too late to salvage the latter, but I’m not about to leave TM all abandoned. After all, those are my initials and all, so that would be like abandoning myself, or my cyberself, which is an existential crisis I’m not yet prepared for.

    Getting back to what I’ve been doing. … It’s been a busy few months. I’ll do my best to recap the top 10 busy-making things I’ve been up to below:

    img_6815.JPG1. Meeting Bill Murray. Actually, this just happened last night, at the opening of a new Yonkers restaurant called X20. I’m still completely giddy over the whole thing. It all eminated from a story I wrote about how the restaurant’s chef, Peter Kelly, faced off against Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America. Not only did Kelly win, but he beat Flay in a battle of the grill (Flay’s specialty). Anyway, last night was the show’s debut and Murray sat down right next to me and we got to hang for most of the night. I’ll post more details later, with pictures. But I just couldn’t resist sharing that right off the bat.

    suburbarazzi.jpeg2. Suburbarazzi: Speaking of celebrities, last fall I started up a blog devoted to the famous residents of the Lower Hudson Valley with my colleagues at InTown and The Journal News. Since then, Suburbarazzi has snowballed into something bigger than I ever imagined. The blog gets, on average, about 40,000 hits a month, and has been linked to from Gawker, Slate, and dozens of other sites. There’s also a celebrity stalker map on the site (an idea we blatantly ripped off from Gawker), photo galleries of recent celebrity sighting, and even a MySpace page. We’ve broken exclusives about DMX’s multiple arrests, the Rosie O’Donnell feuds, and the “sextortionist” who attempted to extort $125,000 from a Pepsi exec.

    A daily (or weekly) newspaper column may be coming soon. And we also now film a weekly TV segment for a local newscast on RNN based on the blog. Here’s the latest one, from last week:

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    3. St. Maarten: In mid-March, my whole family went down to St. Maarten for a week-long vacation and celebration of my dad’s bday. We spent most of the trip mixing guavaberry daiquiris, visiting a beach on the French side of the island (we stayed on the Dutch side), and chasing after either baby Phillip or baby Austin or Owen or Francesca or Winifred. It was great fun, though. Here are some of my favorite pics:

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    4. LoHud Blogs: Besides Suburbarazzi, I’ve also asserted myself as a leader in our company’s effort to build up its blogging presence. At The Journal News, I helped form a group of “Power Users” to (a) make the blogs better and (b) make them profitable. As for (a), we’re still working on it, but he have managed to get video and audio up, improve the look of the blogs, and make them viewable on mobile phones. As for (b), I got us plugged into Google AdSense program, which hasn’t exactly yielded big bucks yet, but it’s more than the zero dollars we were getting before.

    bilde-2.jpg5. Flight School: For the May issue of Rockland Magazine, I went to flight school. It was a bit unnerving since I had no idea that I would actually be manning the yoke during takeoff, but thankfully we all survived. I’d love to enroll in the school for more than just a few classes, maybe even take the time to earn my license, but I’ll need a lot more spare time and money than I’ve got right now. Anyway, here’s the story: “Winging It.”

    bilde.jpg6. Iron Chef America: As I mentioned before, I wrote an article about Peter Kelly taking down Bobby Flay on Iron Chef. What I really liked about this story, “Diary of an Iron Chef,” was that it was completely written from the POV of the profile subject. I wanted the byline to say, “By Peter Kelly, as told to Ted Mann” to reinforce the idea that it was an actual memoirish retelling of Kelly’s preparations for the battle. In reality, the story came about through a series of lengthy interviews I did with Kelly, but I really hope and think it comes across as his voice.

    img_5786.JPG7. Vegas Baby: For Mike Garrett’s bachelor party, I headed to Vegas with Craig, Gabe, and Mike’s best man, Jeff. We stayed at the Luxor, made a killing at the craps table, lost a killing at the craps table, and learned the do’s and don’ts of night-club line-hopping. Above all, I learned that Gabe (or perhaps an actor named Ryan that looks an awful lot like Gabe — Ryan Phillipe? Ryan Gossling? Ryan O’Neil?) is a babe magnet in the great state of Nevada. Outstanding.

    8. Neha got married … and I may or may not have lost a certain bet: We ventured down to NJ for Neha and Justin’s Indian wedding ceremony, which was a blast. The sight of Justin riding in on a drugged, pimped out mule through a Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot instantly became one of my top 5 favorite wedding moments. As for the question of whether or not Neha actually got formally married before her 30th birthday — let’s just say, I’m not pressing for any sort of confirmation one way or the other.

    9. Newpaper nonsense: In addition to blogging and TV, my job also took me into another (almost) entirely new medium: newpaper writing. I wasn’t exactly handling a beat or anything, but I did begin writing some stories for the paper this year, including one about FBI mole Robert Hanssen (timed to come out with the movie “Breach”) and another about Rosie O’Donnell leaving “The View.”

    10. Fix Hartsdale Parking: Last but not least: my crusade to reform Hartsdale’s antiquated parking system. It all started last December, when the hamlet’s ban on overnight winter parking kicked in. During the period from Dec. 1 to Mar. 15, we have absolutely nowhere to park our cars. The Hobson’s choice we’re forced to make is parking in the municipal lot behind an IHOP, where we have to feed meters 24 hours a day. It’s insane. This is the friggin suburbs!

    Apologies to anyone who has already heard this rant from me before, but I just couldn’t understand why a town as densly populated as this one wouldn’t have adequate parking for its residents. A simple solution, I figured, would be to simply abolish the ban on overnight parking (which is supposed to allow for plowing, even though the plows never operate during the midnight-6am ban), and instead institute some sort of snow emergency evacuation policy (like most cities have).

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    To help advance this agenda, I created a website — initially called Fix East Hartsdale Avenue Parking, and later shortened to just Fix Hartsdale Parking — using an open-source publishing software called Joomla. It was really easy to set up, yet nowhere near as easy as WordPress to customize. The good news is that hundreds of local residents found their way to the site and signed my petition. We even got articles in the local paper, editorials endorsing the plan, and we formed a committee to help lobby for parking reform in the town. The bad news is that this committe has thus far accomplished jack squat.

    The police chief came out against me, even going so far as to attack me at town hall meetings. Even though we had legislation written and backed by hundreds of people, I learned a sad fact of suburban life: The police chiefs control the local government here, not the elected officials. Not one of the town council people have yet challenged the police chief to date. I’ve still got my fingers crossed that we’ll accomplish something, but

    I’m not holding my breath anymore. The real solution, it seems, is to simply move out of Hartsdale. A lack of parking may seem like a trivial thing if you’ve never experienced it firsthand, but trust me, I’d take the crime in Philadelphia or the high rents in New York any day over the God awful parking situation here. Anyway, I’m cutting back on the parking crusade and getting back to important things: like blogging here.

    The parking reform movement’s loss is TurkeyMonkey’s gain.

     
    • James 11:14 pm on January 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Man. I just came upon your blog searching “Parking Hartsdale, NY”. Parking is crazy there. I’m seeing a woman there, or I should say, I’m not seeing a woman there because of their overnight parking ban. Greenburgh is off-the-chain crazy! I REFUSE to pay for those 24 hour meters behind IHOP out of principle.
      signed,
      a frustrated Yonkers man

    • Ted 1:08 am on January 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Couldn’t agree more, James. Parking ultimately was the reason we moved out of Hartsdale. It was infuriating. I feel your pain.

  • Ted Mann 7:54 pm on December 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    My best friend just stole Prince William’s girlfriend! 

    Well, not really. But my buddy, Dan Wheeless, did just get married to a girl with the same name. So ha! One less Kate Middleton for you, royal family.

     
  • Ted Mann 11:18 pm on October 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Girls Gone Flickr 

    Did I just see semi-nude photos of one of my good college friends on Flickr? Yes, I believe I did.

    Just one of the many fascinating developments going on over at Blog-o-Rama, aka Gwynne’s blog.

    And might I take a moment to say, hey, nice pedicure!

     
  • Ted Mann 11:11 pm on February 20, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    The Great GPS Dilemma 

    I’ve faced plenty of tech dilemmas in recent years: whether to go over to the Apple camp; which of the photo developing sites to use (I’m still going with dirt cheap Snapfish); and whether to switch over from Yahoo Mail to Gmail (right now, I’m still with Yahoo, but this incredibly cool new Gmail chat function has me reconsidering). But the one Hamlet-caliber conundrum that’s been bugging me for almost a year now is GPS navigation systems.

    TreoI have Andy to thank for getting me hooked on TomTom, the GPS software that gives you a 3-D, Outrun-like visual of the road you’re driving on, plus flashing arrows and sultry electronic voices to tell you where to turn. Andy turned me onto it with a jerry-rigged setup in his car, where his iPaq functioned as the screen, and the GPS signal came via a hardwired little pod. Later in the summer, Andy switched over to a Treo and bluetooth GPS, which looked really cool but had one unintended side-effect: any telephone call threw the phone completely out of GPS sync.

    Ever since those first glimpses of auto-navigation heaven, I’ve been pining for a GPS. Every time I get lost in Putnam County — which is, oh, every time I visit Putnam County — I think how much better my life would be if I was GPS enabled.

    TreoThe only problem is price. I’m just too damn cheap to fork over the $600-$1,000 for a stand-alone TomTom device. For me, the proper price point would be about $200, or the cost of an iPod. Still, even if I go for a more complicated, Diller-esque setup, the individual components add up fast. $300 Treo with Verizon plan + $250 for TomTom GPS bundle = $550. Even the used Treos on eBay and craigslist don’t come cheap. PalmThe Palm Tungsten E2 Navigation pack is a much bigger bargain at $400, but you don’t even get a phone out of the deal. VerizonTo complicate matters further, Verizon just announced the VZ Navigator Motorola V325 phone, which has everything in a nice tidy package, but it looks awfully stripped down. None of that TomTom 3D goodness.

    Still, at $80 (if I renew for 2 yrs) this is the only one that matches my price point. But is it worth pulling the trigger? If I wait another few months, will Apple finally come out with the Gen8 iPod, complete with GPS and Hologram functionality?

     
    • andy 2:55 pm on February 22, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Oh oh, watch out!

      [link]

      In-car navigation systems can be dangerous, report warns
      Don’t touch that dial (while driving), says Privilege Insurance…..

      😦

    • andy 2:58 pm on February 22, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      From that report:

      “Nearly one in eight did not even bother to check out a route they were unfamiliar with and simply relied on the technology to get them to their destination.”

      This is me 100%– Katie says I’m an idiot cause I’m not using my brain anymore and if the GPS cuts out for some reason, in the middle of the trip, we are totally lost. However, my Treo: keeps my contacts, my appointments (and beeps at me), all my email, my phone calls and tell me where to drive. And I like following its voice around town and thru the country.

      But come on, that NEVER HAPPENS. At least, if it does, I can fix it.

    • Gabe 9:36 pm on February 23, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      One in eight relied on the GPS and didn’t check the route? I’m amazed it wasn’t one in eight who did check the route. It’s like remembering phone numbers in the mobile phone age.

      I have always been in dire need of a GPS. I even imagined having something like it in the mid-80s, back when it would have been a national-security breach if I knew what the technology was. Especially since I was maybe 7 years old. Luckily, I’m stuck with public transit for the next few years and can sit out the price decrease.

  • Ted Mann 8:53 pm on February 16, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    TurkeyMonkey Endorsement: Proof 

    ProofEver since going to see a production of Proof in the Village last week, I’ve been meaning to plug it. The play — the first production in NYC since it finished on Broadway, I think — starred Dan’s girlfriend Kate Middleton who was riveting. I haven’t seen the movie or other theatrical versions, but I feel confident saying that she’d give Gwyneth Paltrow or Anne Heche or Mary Loise Parker a run for their money. Alright, maybe not Mary Loise Parker — she’s awful purdy — but definately the other two.

    The theater they’re performing in, Manhattan Theatre Source on MacDougal Street, is worth the $15 price of admission alone. It’s adorable, with a coffee shopish first floor and a second floor library stocked with bound plays. While the actual performance space is tiny (about 40 people, I’m guessing) and drafty, once the action heats up, it’s cozy and intimate. The play is only going through this Saturday, and I’m not sure if there are any more tickets. But if there are, go see it!

    And all you kids out there, stay in school!

     
  • Ted Mann 4:35 pm on September 17, 2004 Permalink | Reply  

    The Cereal Experiment 

    A few weeks ago, while helping Gabe move up to New York, we hobbled into a Panera Bread restaurant for lunch. Over a meal of $10 deli sandwiches, we got into one of those entrepreneurial brainstorming discussions, where you talk about some weird commercial phenomenon and figure out how you can exploit it. In this case, it was the yuppization of blue-collar food.

    Specifically, we were talking about how restaurants like PF Chang’s try to capture the experience of eating ordinary takeout Chinese food in a Pottery Barn setting. Likewise, the Cheesecake Factory is really nothing more than a pimped out diner. In Philly we have Jones, a Steven Starr restaurant that is basically like getting KFC in an ironic, hyper-cool Brady Bunch lounge. And isn’t the food at Maggiano’s an awful lot like your typical Little Italy restaurant, minus the opera singin’ waiters? The thing about all these places is that they’ve taken staple comfort foods and it with mood lighting, part-time actress waiters, hard wood, cloth napkins, and jazzy mix tapes.

    So, Gabe and I wondered, what boring, but essential, food could we repackage into a postmodern ultra-hip restaurant? Pizza’s already been done. Indian is just a little too unusual. Rice is just–well, rice. Way too postmodern (those who’ve heard the story of “divorced girl” will know what I’m talkin’ about). Ultimately, we couldn’t come up with anything, and decided to spend the rest of the drive debating the size of John Kerry’s bladder.

    As it turns out, there was an untapped comfort food, but we never came close. You gotta think supermarket. Think cereal. CEREAL!

    Imagine a “Seinfeld-esque” kitchen setting featuring homey kitchen cabinets stocked with familiar cereals. Right there you’ve got the design concept for Cereality, the new franchise that’s trying to do for cereal what Taco Bell did for Chihuahuas. There’s already a franchise in the works, set to open in early November. Most remarkable, it’s going to be right in the heart of Penn’s campus, next to the bookstore.

    The company’s slogan is “all cereal, all day, all ways.” The idea of custom-blending name-brand and specialty cereals, as well as hot and cold varieties, seems downright brilliant. I’m not sure I agree with the company’s press release, which touts cereal eating as a “habitual and highly personal” habit, with late-night compulsive tendencies. But no matter, this idea is friggin’ brilliant anyway.

    I gave up cereal long ago, figuring that it was devoid of nutrients and protein. But hearing about Cereality’s wacky concept, I’ll be one of the first to line up at the 1,500-square-foot cafe at 36th and Walnut.

    I’ll be there hawking my smashed sandwiches and homemade donuts, of course.

     
  • Ted Mann 9:45 am on July 8, 2004 Permalink | Reply  

    Reasoning with The Reason Hut 

    In June my friend Matt Johnson launched a multi-contributor, political blog called The Reason Hut. I’ve been frequenting the site lately and getting riled up about everything from Michael Moore to Enron. The polemical nature of Matt’s rants, and those of his fellow blogsters, makes the site occasionally repetitive—but always charmingly inflammatory. As the ill-fated senate campaign of Dick Zimmer liked to say, “Where do they fall on the liberal meter? Why, they’re so liberal, they break it!”

    The debates are at their best when a few opposing viewpoints creep in, as was the case with a recent, rambunctious debate about environmental politics. I couldn’t resist the temptation to comment on some recently reported green technologies, and, of course, plug my cousin Cam’s article on aquaculture.

    Yesterday’s post from Matt, defending John Edwards’s lawyerdom, excited me in a different way. Now, we all know that there are good lawyers and bad lawyers. (Hasn’t John Grisham has taught us that much?) Guys like Kerry, who exonerate wrongly convicted felons and indict malpracticing hair-plug specialists (see May 24 post), should be given the Medal of Freedom and treated to a cherry slurpee. But in the frenzy to replace Bush and idealize nearly everything Kerry does, is it really fair to acquit Edwards of his sketchy medical malpractice career?
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    • Matt 11:15 pm on July 8, 2004 Permalink | Reply

      Ted,

      I responded to the substance of your post over on Reason Hut, so I’m not going to belabor the point here. Thanks for the major plug! I love TurkeyMonkey, although it does feel a little out of character for you to write an impassioned screed here. Oh well, c’est l’ vie. Maybe when we have someone go on vacation, you can guest blog over at the Hut and give your opinions on issues other than hair-loss and wedding-planning a proper airing. Meanwhile, thanks for the Tim Calhoun quotes. I think he’s a politician of real substance in an era when substance is something to become addicted to.

      Later,

      Matt

    • Matt 3:31 pm on July 9, 2004 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Ted,

      You should check out this article in The New Republic.

    • Korey 11:58 am on July 10, 2004 Permalink | Reply

      I love seeing Ted proclaim, “What we need is government to step in.” Can you ever set foot in Summit, NJ again?

    • Ted 6:51 pm on July 11, 2004 Permalink | Reply

      No, with this post, Summit officially took away my subscription to the “The Hilltopper” and told me never to shop in the Short Hills mall ever again. But, from what I’ve heard, Montclair would now welcome my liberated liberal self with open arms.

      There was a fascinating story on This American Life about a Montclair Republican named Ken Kurson trying to run for NJ state assembly, and basically getting bitched at, harassed, tarred and feathered by the good Democrats of the town—simply by virtue of Kurson being a registered Republican. A link to the real audio segment is here. The piece, “Dems Gone Wild,” is the second act of the show.

    • Ted 10:39 am on July 12, 2004 Permalink | Reply

      Good article, Matt. Touché! I know it might sound like I’m siding with the Bush camp on this one (and the fact that the anti-medical malpractice speech referenced took place in Scranton, where Ana is currently doing her Med 2 rotation, doesn’t help), but please know that the last place I’m getting my info is from the current administration. My position is the accumulation of upteen op-eds, written by and about local doctors, healthcare workers, legislators and newspapers in Pa., to call attention to one simple fact: In a lot of specialties (surgery, OB/GYN), practicing in Pennsylvania is just a bad idea. The insurance premiums are so high as to make it financially unviable. The result? Good doctors go to other states that have one or more of the following: 1) caps on rewards, 2) more efficient and fair insurance providers, 3) a lower population of malpractice lawyers. One of the article’s points, that less than half of the money from liability insurance actually goes to victims, is a fair one. But where does the other half go? Mostly lawyers fees and administration costs.

      Granted, there are about a ga-jillion factors that go into determining medical costs in this country, and there’s no easy solution to lowering them. It would be great if healthcare companies were more efficient. A universal healthcare program would rock. And personally, I love the idea of low-cost mediation, instead of courtroom trials, as a way to resolve medical malpractice cases. Still, when I read about stories like the Edwards fetal heart monitor case, I get to thinking: He’s just about the last person who will ever allow, much less advocate, malpractice tort reform. Which I suppose means Ana and I better start looking for houses in Omaha.

  • Ted Mann 9:53 am on June 25, 2004 Permalink | Reply  

    A Date with the Shocker 

    The best email I’ve received all year arrived yesterday, courtesy of David Pizzi, my former assistant at Grey Worldwide. Dave’s message pointed me to http://www.marryblaire.com, where Blaire Allison, a 26-year-old Jerseyite who specializes in Bachelorette Party planning, has appealed to the web masses to help find her a husband by December 2004. Dave, as it turns out, isn’t just some dirty lurker on the girl’s site; he’s the “Man of the Week,” the latest date candidate offered up to her site’s readers for evaluation. Here’s an excerpt from the Dave page: “So – what do we think? I think he’s totally adorable! I just love a man in a suit!”

    Oh yeah, and I also dig a man who can administer the shocker!
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    • andy 2:00 pm on June 25, 2004 Permalink | Reply

      oh oh didn’t seem to go so well:

      “instead I was being asked more intimate questions about my life than I felt comfortable sharing on a first date…and he was freely sharing deep feelings of his.  That’s uncomfortable.”

      Bad Dave. Should have just gone right to the shocker

    • Ted 2:18 pm on June 25, 2004 Permalink | Reply

      UP

      The good news: Pizzi and Allison are still on the market. So, all you singletons out there, now’s your chance! Kori and Gabe, if you play your cards right, you too could be the next “Man of the Week.” And ladies, cross your fingers, you might be the next lucky shocker recipient.

    • Ted 2:39 pm on June 25, 2004 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry to mimic Andy’s post. We must’ve been writing at the same time.

      NB: For all you Portugal posters out there (i.e. Figo, Crisiano, Korey), the Postuguese word for “shocker” is “shustu.” I learned this from Ana’s cousin–God bless his soul–right before he offered to take me to a peep show in Lisbon.

    • andy shustu 8:28 pm on June 25, 2004 Permalink | Reply

      I beat you by 18 min! You are a slow commenter.

      🙂

    • Gabe 2:38 pm on July 6, 2004 Permalink | Reply

      A few comments:

      1. Underappreciated quote from Blaire: “Best of luck Dave! Although we ended awkwardly and uncomfortably I wish you all the best.” Awesome.

      2. Too bad for me: Blaire’s looking only for Jewish guys. Korey could pass for one way easier than I could.

      3. I think the correct pronunciation is more along the lines of “sushtu” although all of my memories of those weeks are drowned in some combination of vinho verde and that really strong Portuguese coffee.

      4. I couldn’t go out with a girl named Blaire anyway. It sounds like the name of one of John Kerry’s estates.

    • Taz 10:36 pm on July 13, 2004 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, but Dave never called Blaire back. Why do I get the feeling that what bothered Blaire wasn’t Dave’s “openess” but that Dave didn’t allow Blaire to talk about herself enough. Which she clearly loves to do. I can hear it now….”Enough about me, let’s talk about you. What do YOU think about me?” And since I’m baring my claws, I’ll go further. That girl is an averagely attractive woman who posted some highly air brushed photo of herself. And she didn’t even have the stones to post the negative feedback she’s received-check out her guestbook. She wants everyone to think the the public is totally behind her. About 80% of her guestbook entries are hostile/critical/brutal opinions from her “public.”

      Face it…she’s one of the thousands of averagely attractive women who have deluded themsleves into pining for guys out of their league. She’s no Maxim model, but her expectations would make you think she was.

    • Beo 5:46 pm on January 13, 2005 Permalink | Reply

      Is there anything wrong with Montclair State University? Some of us weren’t born with a silver spoon in our mouths, offering the luxury of not dealing with school loans or uptight ivy leaguers.

      Perhaps there is an insecurity issue with Mr. Mann, as his book knowledge may be advanced beyond Mr. Pizzi’s, but social interaction is nearing zero.

      He was able to write this article, so he’s not quite at zero…

  • Ted Mann 1:14 pm on June 21, 2004 Permalink | Reply  

    The Mysterious Case of the Missing Gmail Invites 

    When I heard that Google was offering email accounts with 20 gigabytes of storage space, I nearly gnawed my fingers off in excitement. For months now, I’ve been sick of my Yahoo! account constantly going over its storage limit–usually when someone emails me more than three or four pictures. So, I was like, sign me up, Google! Only problem: You need to be invited to join Gmail by someone who’s willing to part with one of their three precious invites.
    These invites have become a hot commodity, with websites auctioning them off for cash and/or body massages. My tech savvy friend, Andy, was kind enough to send one of his my way. But I never got it. He insisted that he’d sent it to the right Yahoo! address, but it was missing from my Inbox and my bulk file, and the only plausible explanation was that I’d accidentally deleted it. Or did I? As it turns out, there was another culprit. I just read a number of articles about how Yahoo! and Hotmail have been intentionally deleting or rerouting the Gmail invites. Those evil bastards!
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