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T-Mobile replaces phones with refurbished phones. They misrepresent what they are doing.

September 25, 2013

T-Mobile is fraudulently providing customers whose phones have malfunctioned with other phones that have previously malfunctioned – in other words, they are sending refurbished phones rather than new phones as replacements. These refurbished phones are some of the same ones that have been malfunctioning, or they are knockoffs from Asia. And T-Mobile claims they don’t have control over this process. Unbelievable.

Michael Wilbon: Mediocre writer

December 16, 2012

I wrote this a while ago on www.myredskinsblog.com. I’m including it here too.

Michael Wilbon, formerly of the Washington Post and now of ESPN, hates the Redskins and D.C. He now has called D.C. a “terrible” sports town. Sounds like Wilbon is upset now that D.C. teams are finally doing well again. He was on the bandwagon in the 1980s and early 1990s when the Skins were winning Super Bowls. I guess Wilbon just has to project his own personality onto other people. He is a sorry, no-account fraud who rips D.C. because he thinks it’s not cool to be from here. Wilbon, we’re sick of you kissing up to athletes. You’re past your prime. You’ve jumped the shark.

If you want to read about D.C. as a sports town, click here.

The Buying Company on Amazon.com

August 15, 2012

Do not buy anything from The Buying Company on Amazon.com. I paid for a 4g phone and they sent me a 3g phone, and their response was basically, “Screw you.”

MSNBC needs to get rid of the Dallas Cowboys star

November 30, 2011

MSNBC has a blue star as its political logo that is exactly the same as the Dallas Cowboys star. They need to remove it immediately.

Earthquake rocks Washington, D.C. area

August 23, 2011

Earthquake rocks Bethesda at 1:50 p.m. Tuesday.

I was in La Madeleine in Bethesda eating lunch. The place started shaking like a train was passing by. Ground felt slightly like a trampoline. Lasted about 10 seconds. felt a very small aftershock afterwards. People started running out. Throngs of people standing outside office buildings in Bethesda.

Reports state that it was a 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered about 100 miles south of Washington, D.C.

Kornheiser and Wilbon: sick of hearing about New York and Chicago

March 24, 2011

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon constantly talk about New York and Chicago on Pardon the Interruption. It’s as if they are ashamed of the last three decades that they have spent in Washington, D.C.  It’s so weird to hear Kornheiser on PTI say, “I’m a New Yorker” and to hear Wilbon say things like Derrick Rose of Chicago is a hands down choice to win the MVP in the NBA even though others like Dwight Howard, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kevin Durant are equally deserving.

Kornheiser has been in Washington for half his life – 31 years, yet he loves to tell everyone he’s a New Yorker.  Both Kornheiser and Wilbon completely ignore the championship history of the Washington Bullets, yet they’re perfectly willing to acknowledge the championship history of the Redskins.  Kornheiser is always talking about the 1970s Knicks.

Never once has he mentioned the Bullets.  I’m just tired of hearing these Washingtonians constantly talk about their previous hometowns.

Has the Undertaker returned to D.C. sportsradio?

October 6, 2010

The call came in to the Mike Wise and Holden Kushner show on 106.7 the Fan shortly after 11 a.m. today.  The voice was deep, a little gravelly, and sounded familiar.  The caller’s voice was close to the phone, and he talked in sort of an authoritative monotone.  Dave from D.C. called in to say Randy Moss was past his prime after his trade to the Vikings and also said the Redskins need to build with youth. When was the last time the Skins had two young players like Ryan Torain and Brandon Banks? the caller asked.  Wise said it was a good call.

Could this have been the Undertaker calling?  The same guy who called Sportsradio WTEM all the time in the early 1990s but then mysteriously stopped a few years later soon after they mandated no more calls from people with nicknames?  (WTEM was then called the “team.” It was 570 on the AM dial.  Now it’s “ESPN 980″).  I have analyzed the call on the podcast, and my conclusion is that this was the Undertaker.  The Undertaker doesn’t ask you a question – he tells you the way it is, then you react to it. Kushner tried to shut him down, but you don’t shut down the Undertaker.

Later in the day, I heard Doc Walker on WTEM talking about the Undertaker but he was referring to Caps GM George McPhee. Quite a coincidence, but the real Undertaker had called 106.7 the Fan that morning.

Here’s hoping the Undertaker is back and he keeps calling both stations.  Maybe he has been back and I just haven’t been listening that much.

Comedian Greg Giraldo dead at 44, reportedly from accidental overdose

September 30, 2010

It was pretty shocking and weird to be watching the Daily Show last night and hear Jon Stewart mention the death of comedian Greg Giraldo at the end of the show.  Giraldo died yesterday, four days after an accidental drug overdose, possibly from prescription medication.

Giraldo was a great comedian, and in my opinion, may have been the best in the world.  I’m not just saying that because he’s dead.

I’m a good judge of comics.  In the early 80s I thought the best comedians who regularly went on the David Letterman show were Jerry Seinfeld, Richard Lewis, Jay Leno, and Dennis Miller.  All of them made it big, though Miller became a political commentator — very boring, Leno became vanilla, and Seinfeld had one of the greatest shows ever, though I like Curb Your Enthusiasm better now.  Lewis had the least commercial fame, but continued to be one of the best comics in the business.  A little like Giraldo.

I first saw Giraldo about ten years ago on Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd,” a show in which comedians would sit around a table and talk about issues of the day.  The show was hosted by Colin Quinn.  Of course, it was one of the best shows ever so they had to take it off the air.

I saw Giraldo perform at the Improv in Washington, D.C. five years ago.  It was overall a decent performance, but disappointing because expectations were so high.  He was clearly drunk or high during the set.  It always struck me as odd because he didn’t seem like the type of comedian who would need to do that.

In the last several years Giraldo came to prominence because of his spectacular performances on Comedy Central roasts.  His delivery, material, and ability to trash people in a good natured way was legendary.  A running joke was that comedians like Larry the Cable Guy were millionaires while truly great ones like Giraldo were relatively unknown and probably not making a lot of money.

It’s not good to be so much smarter than most people like Giraldo was.  I just read tonight that he was a graduate of Harvard Law. His honesty was like that of another great, late comic, Robert Schimmel, who also died recently although Schimmel had cancer.

RIP.

Getting responses to email: I give up

August 24, 2010

I’ve decided to retire my “Statement to responding to email” (mikefrandsen.org/2009/01/05/no-reply-at-all/) from my email signature.  Since I put it up there it hasn’t increased the percentage of people who respond to emails that require a response.  Luckily most people respond when a question is asked or an important email is sent.  As for the rest, I guess I’ll just have to guess whether a non-response means the person was just busy and overlooked responding, or whether I am supposed to read between the lines and figure out that when people don’t respond it means they disagree with the email or something.  Also see mikefrandsen.org/2010/05/14/responding-to-email.

Best shows on Discovery, Science, History channels

August 15, 2010
Sometimes as I’m writing on my laptop, I’ll have a movie on TV on in the background for inspiration.  When there aren’t any good movies on, which is about 98 percent of the time, I’ll switch the TV to a series of channels next to each other including the Discovery, Science, and History channels.  There are a few more in that area too.  There are some really good shows.  Sort of reality but dealing with nature.  I rank the best of them with a couple of notes below.
  1. Man vs. Wild – On a recent show, Bear Grylls killed an Octopus by biting between its eyes, then ate it while it was still twitching.  He gets dropped off in places like the Arctic, Northern Africa, and tropical islands and has to live off the land and make it out.  That’s versatile.
  2. Monsters Inside Me – This is a great show about parasites.  People go to the doctor, they dismiss their problems, and later it’s found that they have some kind of parasites.  It makes you wonder how often people have them and they go undiagnosed.
  3. Rivermonsters – Jeremy Wade goes fishing for giant fish.  It always helps to have a dramatic British accent.
  4. Deadliest Catch – The camera follows several fishing boats who go off the coast of Alaska to catch crabs.
  5. MonsterQuest – It has jumped the shark a bit because so many of the stories are about Bigfoot, but it’s still pretty cool.
  6. Through the Wormhole – With Morgan Freeman, they discuss space, time travel, and other interesting stuff.
  7. Pawn Stars – Maybe this doesn’t belong here, but it’s a great show.  A pawn shop owner works with his father and his son to buy stuff people bring in.  Only in real life I never find old junk that I can sell for a lot of money.
  8. Mythbusters
  9. Dog the Bounty Hunter
  10. Intervention
  11. Ax Men
  12. How the Earth was Made
  13. Ice Road Truckers

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