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Thursday, December 13, 2021

A fairly lousy day today culminated with the discovery tonight that my cellphone wasn’t working. Apparently, the wet weather that was dumping on NYC this evening sufficiently soaked through my winter coat to somehow short out the phone. (Curiously — and luckily — my iPod Touch, which was also in one of the coat pockets, wasn’t affected.)

Sucks. I’ve had my problems with this phone, and frankly haven’t been particularly careful while handling it. But still — I need a phone.

The timing is pretty bad, too. My Verizon Wireless plan provides for a replacement/upgrade phone, but — oh the irony — it doesn’t kick in until December 27th. Meaning that if I want the discounted new handset, I’ll have to go two weeks without a phone.

So, I’m doing the only thing I can do tonight: I’m turning to my blog’s archives to attempt a resuscitation. What have I got to lose? Either the phone is dead, or a few hours overnight on low-level heat can cure what ails it. In the meantime, I’ll have to bum phone calls from various sources, including for voicemail checks.

I wonder: Can I actually go a couple of weeks without a phone? My chief concerns are business-related, but realistically, the end of the year should be fairly slow for me anyway. And I could use the imposed excuse to make myself less accessible. We’ll see.

UPDATE, 12/14/2007: Hoorah! I put the battery back in this morning, fired the phone up, and it came to life! No apparent ill effects. That low-level heat application seems to work. Crisis averted.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 12/13/2007 10:59:09 PM
Category: Tech, Weather
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So now that I know that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad maintains a blog, I’m thinking about adding him to my blogroll.

Hey, traffic is traffic. I’ll overlook the social repression (ironically, against other bloggers in Iran) if Ahmadinejad throws back some reciprocal-linkin’ love. I’ll end up with a bunch of comments in Farsi, but you can’t be too picky when it comes to user-generated content anyway.

Besides, it all comes back to the overriding maxim when it comes to blogosphere relations:
ass essed
Actually, take that phrase — “Most bloggers are assholes we just pretend to like each other because it’s good for traffic” — and sub in “politicians” for “bloggers”, and “power” for “traffic”, and you’ve got your overriding maxim for international relations, too. Maybe all world leaders should keep a blog!

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 12/13/2007 09:10:02 AM
Category: Bloggin', Political
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