Sharkzilla vs Dinosaurus Rex: Battle for Tokyo

The Trailer for Sharkzilla vs. Dinosaurus Rex: Battle for Tokyo. Blockbuster movie coming Summer of 2016. Made this with the kiddos a while ago. Finally edited it together.

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Blockbuster memories

Ah Blockbuster… blech!  Now that Blockbuster is gone it’s time to reminisce about those bygone days. Things I remember about Blockbuster:

It must’ve been the summer after my freshman year of college that I worked at Blockbuster. I didn’t want to go back to my computer warehouse job even though it was pretty easy and paid well. I was afraid I’d wind up working in a warehouse  forever

Everyone should take a retail job at some point. It will hammer home how important politeness and manners are. I knew that dealing with the public would also be useful experience as I’m normally pretty introverted.

Working at Blockbuster really demanded that I talk to strangers. We had to greet everyone that came through the door. We had to sell the “Blockbuster Rewards” plan to everyone that came to checkout. If we didn’t give the long-winded speech about why the rewards program would be good for them then we got in trouble. Often people signed up just to get the immediate free movie rentals. I think it was a $30 a month subscription which was not worth it, but many people bought it anyway. Along with selling them a subscription service, we also were supposed to get their CC number on file so that we could auto-bill them if they were late which seemed scummy. By the time all the selling and collecting of info was done it seemed to take 20 minutes to checkout each customer. There were long lines on Friday & Saturday nights, customers were visibly frustrated, but we had to keep selling or get in trouble!

Each rental tape had a barcode on the back of it that we scanned in and out to keep track of inventory. There was always the possibility we missed scanning a tape back in, but there was also a fear that a customer who had a late rental would sneak it back into the store and place it on the shelf then tell us they returned it on time to avoid paying the late fee. Each day when the store opened I received a printout with a list of barcodes and movie names and my job was to go check to make sure that those videos weren’t out on the shelves.

The store closed at midnight. Sometimes after we closed we’d do a full inventory count on every single movie. It would last for hours until the early morning light.

There were TVs installed throughout the store that played a short promotional tape on a loop. Each tape seemed to contain a few movie trailers, one pop music video, and a commercial or two. Every few weeks the tape was swapped out with a new promotional tape. For the first few minutes it was exciting to see what movie trailers were on it, and to hear the new song! Quickly it became obnoxious to hear the same Britney Spears song over and over again, and then your brain would tune it all out and the tape faded into the background, until suddenly your brain picked up on it again and it made you feel crazy.

I think what I learned while working at Blockbuster is relationships matter. Some Corporations will treat their customers as badly as they can get away with. Abused customers and will fight back anyway they can. If people don’t like you, they will leave as quickly as they can when a better option comes along. Facebook’s contempt for their own customers reminds me a lot of Blockbuster and I predict things will not end well for them.

Good riddance to any company that treats their customers badly.

How I tumbled down a river – The 2014 Quinebaug River Race

I didn’t know what I was getting into…

 

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My brother-in-law said “hey you want to enter a canoe race?”  An excuse to paddle down river in early spring sounded like a great idea. He recruited my father-in-law and I recruited my brother and the four of us entered the All-American Quinebaug River Race. They were #30 in a 14 foot green Old Town canoe, and we were #31 in a battered blue 12 foot Lincoln canoe.

I was unaware that this canoe race had class II rapids.
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Damn Good Developer Available

I was informed on Friday that PongoResume is laying off all its developers. This puts a lot of great developers back on the market.

One such developer is my good friend Glenn Gervais aka “RabidGadfly“.  I worked closely with him at both Pongo Resume and before that at Hasbro inc. His primary focus has lately been on Flex 4.5 application development. Before that he built and maintained a very popular games portal for Hasbro written in Flash(AS2). We also worked closely together to build a massive custom content management system written in Coldfusion using the Modelglue (and Coldspring) framework that helped to manage marketing information for Hasbro.com. Beyond that he completed hundreds of smaller projects that each helped save the day in their own way at Hasbro. He was also something of a mentor to me and for that I will always be grateful.

If you could use a Flex/Flash/Coldfusion guru on your team and you are in the Massachusetts or Rhode Island area you should contact him directly at:
Thank you.

Snots by the Lots

You’ve got snots by the lots
And snoogies and boogies
You’re nose is all rosie
You’re feeling all woozie

You’ve come down with a cold
You’re of age now my child
You’ve been to the breeding grounds
Where great germs roam wild

Day care and the doctor’s
The mall food court’s bathroom
you tasted everything
and licked a baboon

So now you are soggy
crusted cranky and crabby
there’ll be no sleep for you
(‘nor for mommy and daddy)

But fear not my child
for some future day
you’ll return to good humor
and go out to play

 

 

Sam is sick so I wrote this poem for him with a suggestion from a friend.