first ebay item every sold

Posted September 28, 2006 by jimbox
Categories: bullsh

just some trivia for ya…

What was the first thing ever sold on eBay?

In late ’95, Pierre made history when he sold eBay’s first item — a broken laser pointer he had originally bought as a cat toy.

History of the Manhattan Landmark Destroyed on September 11, 2001

Posted September 13, 2006 by jimbox
Categories: Uncategorized

Never forget.  about.com helps us remember.

World Trade Center — History of the World Trade Center Towers

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true. new yorkers.

Posted September 2, 2006 by jimbox
Categories: bullsh, rantings

this gmail rss link i stumbled on has new yorkers down to a pat.  how many times have i grown irritated trying to long stride past a group casually walking 4 abreast.  or the annoyance of having to shoulder twist to avoid bumping a group gathered outside after leaving a restaurant or show only to block the sidewalk.

Fodor’s Travel Wire | New York City Survival Guide

New Yorkers have a reputation for being rude, but locals are really friendly as long as you don’t get in their way. The best way to experience the fabled rude New Yorker in action is to cause a delay. So decide what you want before you get to the front of the line, don’t dither around the ATM, don’t stop smack in the middle of the sidewalk to check your map, and don’t saunter along slowly six abreast. If you need directions, move to the nearest street corner and wait for the light to turn red, and then ask someone for help while they’re waiting to cross the street.

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yuck, spam. some tips to prevent it.

Posted September 2, 2006 by jimbox
Categories: rantings

even as a network admin i didnt know some of these tips.  as with everything- education is the key.

if you’re tuff enough to handle your email by actually thinking before you act- you can minimize your spam with these tips.  if you’re simple and get exhausted at just the idea having to be proactive about your email… enjoy your spam.

Most Popular Anti-Spam Tips, Tricks and Secrets – About Email

Spam, spam and spam. How to avoid spam, how to filter spam, and how to complain about spam are the items on this menu of junk mail fighting tips.

screw back the cellular providers and their contracts.

Posted September 2, 2006 by jimbox
Categories: bullsh, rantings

we’re americans… we hate commitment.  we think it violates our “freedom”… whateva that means.

but to cater to that wonderful mentality there’s this site that frees us from the mind control of mobile service providers.

want out of your cellular contract?  look here.
want to take over someone elses’s contract?  look here.

Resellular – Droping Calls? Drop your Contract!

Tired of those long 2-year contracts? Of course you are…and so are we! Thats why Resellular has established an online marketplace to eliminate early termination fees
and long phone contracts.

mean what you say.

Posted August 18, 2006 by jimbox
Categories: observations, rantings

so i’m grabbin some fast food lunch today at BK’s…

i sit behind a young girl and what appear to be her three children also having lunch. the oldest was a girl around 6-7 years old. next was a 4-5 year old boy. and then there was an infant in the porta-craddle at her side. while the girl only appeared to be in her mid-twenties at most, i can’t say for sure if they were her kids- but here in urban-land babies come unto girls in early adolescence.

well, by now you’ve probably conjured a stereotypical image of what i might say: frustrated young mother… babies having babies… kids screaming… running all over the place. the ordinary wouldnt be much to write about. what amazed me was the extreme opposite of any stereotype.

the two toddlers were extremely well behaved. not fidgety, not fighting for attention, not protesting. all in all they were all pretty quiet, but the mother did periodically talk to her children and take moments to coo and smile into the craddle of the infant. quite pleasant and i admired their dynamics.

so as i sat there i debated whether they were her kids or what. my impulse was to find rhyme and reason for not being stereotypical. after they finished their un-hurried lunch and prepared to leave, there was an inclination to their composures. the young boy had one of the beloved fast food happy meal toys. he was attemping to break it. it seemed he might have been trying to taught his mother who said to him, “it’s not mine, break it if you want. but if you do i’m gonna throw it away.” he couldnt resist- he broke it. the mother swiftly took it from him and threw it into the trash. it gets more intriguing– no protests, no tears. yes he looked disappointed, but he appeared to know he asked for it in some way. and only moments later the mother warmly gave her infant more coo’s and smiles. i was impressed.

i can only assume the mother’s solid demeanor is testimony to the parental practices of being sincere. no threats, no false promises, no anger- just a strict adherence to her words. and her words were not extreme or without warrant. wow.

live by example and mean what you say.

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there’s always good.

Posted August 8, 2006 by jimbox
Categories: bullsh, rantings

so i didnt get the job at google. yeah- i was disappointed and i could argue some inconsistencies in the process but in the end it makes no difference.

when i got the news today i was a lil’ upset and maybe even “offended,” but upon reflecting on it i realized my frustrations were not about the job itself, but rather some financial escapes i hoped to find in the job. to explain- my financial situation has gotten heavy recently. while it shoulda been stressing me out, i was relatively unconcerned as i had expectations of soon being back on the full-time work force. the skew from this expectation and the fact my financial situation became much more of a reality is what really roused my emotions. but i’m okay with it…

i’m glad i didnt get the job. two great things have come from *not* getting it. big things. important things. 1) i’ve come to realize the depths of my relationship with my girlfriend. we’ve had a bumpy path to where we are and many of the situations have caused some doubts to accummalate. this “bad luck” was a path to dissipate those doubts. my girlfriend was extremely supportive and positive during the interview process- but was even more supportive, nuturing, and caring when i gave her the bad news. i admit, i had hesitations in telling her, but her true beautiful self showed brightly in the situation. i love her so much. she’s a keeper.

and what else? instead of looking for a path to escape my financial burdons i instead decided to pull myself up by my own boot straps. while the escape route to the full-time job would’ve worked it really woudnt have taught me anything. i’m gaining something much more valuable by digging myself out on my own. i coulda wollowed in the hardships to come, but i chose to take responsibility and make things better.

i’m sadded by not being entitled the opportunity to work at what appeared to be a good place, but i’ve gained things so much more valuable to my life.

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