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T-Mobile Customer Service Phone Numbers – from T-mobile phone or Roaming

611 from your T-Mobile phone if you are in a T-mobile coverage area.

1-800-937-8997 otherwise (roaming)

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Only reason I am blogging this is because I had a tough time finding it through Google even though it is on their contact us page (I think it should just show up in Google excerpt instead of me having to click!)

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Free Xbox 360 Live Game – Undertow

If you are a XBOX Live 360 Subscriber and you had issues over xmas break, get on the marketplace and download Undertow – its free, the full game. That is the gift you get for dealing with issues.. get on it!

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The Commercialization of Music Makes it Worse..

So, this morning, after a night out on the town in Madison, I am listening to Pandora.. and the Rolling Stones come on. Rolling Stones! Classic..the song is “I’m Free”. The thing is, all it does is remind me of those stupid credit card commercials that use the song. (ok the nitpickers will say it was The Soup Dragons, but their version wasn’t popular).. Anyway’s, the point is, that the commercialization of music just makes it worse. I didn’t feel like listening to the song.

It is so prevalent in TV/Media today, companies take popular songs, use them as they are (maybe remixed or covered) or they take them and change key lyrics to match up with their brand identity. I hate it!

One of the biggest things is, you will hear TONS of Beatles songs in commercials. But NEVER by the Beatles. Just bands covering them or whatever. The thing is, 95% of people listening don’t even know it is the Beatles. They hear the commercial and think its a unique new song. Just because Macy’s took a good Beatles song and had some no name hip hop artist or rock artist play it, does not make it new.

I think I would be more OK with it if people actually knew the original songs that were used or at least knew that the songs on the commercials are just taken from old songs, but still to me it doesn’t make the songs better.

It is even funnier when the song in question has a totally different meaning than what they use it for. A few I think I can think of of the top of my head..

Ford – they used a song by Morningwood called “The Nth Degree”. They cut out the part where the band sings (spelling out) “M-O-R-N-I-N-G-W-O-O-D”

Macy’s (or some other shopping company) – They used a song by Fats Domino called “Whole Lotta Lovin” – basically once you get into the song it turns out to be about kissing, and then a little “bomp bomp” (he usually does it with his foot) in the song, you can figure out what that is…

Westminster Dog Show/Apple, others – They use The Caesars – Jerk It Out. oook…even if the song isn’t about that, you can kind of figure out what it might be taken as.. * note, this is the 3rd time I have blogged about this song – First Time, Second Time

I am sure I could go on here, but you get the idea.

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Best of Bootie 2007

Best of Bootie 2007 is out! http://bootieusa.com/bestofbootie2007/index.htm

Best of Bootie 2006 was awesome. It reminds me of playing Wii at Brye’s before the Holiday Party last year.. good times..

 

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Time to Reset?

The xkcd comic today says it all, which actually got me thinking about writing this post

 

Funny, yes. I think sometimes everything just needs to be reset back to zero. I remember back in the day, trying to beat Metroid on the NES and having to leave the NES on for days without shutting it off. Sometimes it would lock up – hit reset. Your computer every day, you probably reboot – time to reset! Development projects – usually they get to a point where there is so much bloat – for small programs and large (Vista was Microsoft’s attempt at a reset) – and you just say, lets start from scratch again, we can do it better.

High school to college – reset. When you move somewhere new – reset. Every year you have your birthday, xmas, new years – reset’s. Sometimes in relationships it is best to just reset – start over, forgive and forget, get back to ground zero – reset. Every day you wake up is another reset, another day to try something new, make something better.

Sometimes things just need to be reset, just to be reset – like the sign above. 2008 is right around the corner, and the new year is usually a good time to reset those bad habits, or just reset goals and timelines, and just get a fresh look on everything going on, should be an exciting year…

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iPhone Commercial Incorrect?

Just recently going back to the dark side, and getting cable again, I have noticed some new iPhone commercials on TV. There is one where they talk about kind of going on vacation, and show you all the things you can do with the iPhone to aide in planning, etc. If you watch closely, you will see the date is August 6th (a Monday) and the time is like 1:25 PM. But when they click on the stocks icon, it updates the stocks, but the at the bottom it says “markets closed” – hmm…

I’m not 100% sure either but then the phone rings, but it isn’t a ringtone that comes on the phone by default – weird. I looked for a couple minutes on YouTube/Google but couldn’t find the commercial to put up here or watch again, oh well 🙂

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Google Reader: Shared Items – Link Blog

Here is my Google Reader shared items link blog – http://www.google.com/reader/shared/10787205546622911766

The RSS Feed is here: http://www.google.com/reader/public/atom/user/10787205546622911766/state/com.google/broadcast

Check it out if you want to see what I find interesting, mostly going to be BI/Database/Programming posts I find that are useful.

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Total Geekdom: Ordering Pizza Via Text Message

So I read last week you could order pizza via text message now, from Papa Johns. Was feeling like some pizza last night, so I decided to try it out. I already had an online account at Papa Johns, to order delivery, so I went there and checked it out. I set up 4 favorite orders, and then texted FAV to 47272. You have to have your mobile set up in your online account so it knows it is you first.

Once I texted FAV, it texted me back with my 4 options I set up, and I texted back FAV1 to order my first favorite. It wanted me to confirm, so I texted Y1 to confirm. Since I already had it set up online to deliver to my apt, and the tip amount set, and to use my check card as payment, I didn’t have to do anything. 35 minutes later, the pizza shows up, I sign the receipt, and all is good.

I think the next logical step is for me to just “think” about pizza and they just bring it to me automatically.

 

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Today – 27 Years Ago…

 

WIOt

 

John Lennon was shot. What a sucky day. His memory lives on..

 

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Otis Redding…Madison

Unknown to me, Otis Redding actually died in Lake Monona here in Madison 40 years ago (on Dec 10th).. There are tributes going on all over the place here in Madison this week. One thing about Otis was that “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” was a posthumous release, and it became and #1 hit!

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