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FAILPOINT 2: THE CONFUSENING
 
  

05/20/09 @ 06:50:03 pm, Categories: Baka-chan vs. Stupid People, Life of Baka, 418 words, 1175 views  

(Continued from previous entry ‘FAILPOINT’)
Wow. We’ve moved I think through several stages of dementia with this thing now…

Having decided we were going to go with cable, we called Failpoint and ended up going through all manner of stupid crap with them. Basically, it came down to the fact that the work order had been closed, and they were going to open another one…so we told them that this whole thing has caused us to have to keep the apartment for another month and not to bother opening the new work order, and that we’d get back to them if anything changed. (The part about having to keep the apartment was a lie, but at this point, we were annoyed to hell with their incompetence.)

So, this afternoon, I go over to the apartment, and there’s a curious package on my doormat from FedEx. It seems to have been sent by Failpoint and it contains…my splitter and DSL phone filters. Basically, the entire self-install kit minus the modem I already had. What. The. FUCK.

Then something occurred to me… Upon opening the phone box out in the hall, I found that our line was now hooked up. (A tester revealed it to not be energized, but it was hooked up!) There was also some new thing in there, covering where the service comes in.

Now we’re fucking confused. No, wait… I think FAILPOINT is confused. So my father calls Failpoint to see if— given these new developments —they could give us a better estimate than before. This is the only time I wasn’t present to at least hear his side of the conversation. (I was too busy next door playing KoF on my Neo-Geo hardware.)

When I asked him how that went, he said that first they said that he had given them the wrong address. (No. We gave them the right address, but it doesn’t EXIST as far as they’re concerned.) Then they said that the notes said my father called them, upset, and canceled the work order. (You can bet your ass he was mad as hell, but he did NOT cancel the work order, THEY did. He told them to hold off on making a new one.) They finally told him if we wanted it done, they could give us phone on the 29th. Seeing as how that’s a day AFTER Comcast says we’ll get cable, that was the end of the conversation, and probably any further dealings with Failpoint.

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FAILPOINT
 
  

05/19/09 @ 08:56:55 pm, Categories: Baka-chan vs. Stupid People, Life of Baka, 870 words, 1128 views  

So, let’s go over all the stupid shit that has thus far been involved in getting phone and internet on in the new apartment…

On the 1st of May, we called Failpoint and told them we were moving and we need to have internet and phone on in both places until we’re finished moving in. We were told it wouldn’t be a problem and that it was being turned over to another team who would call us when there was a date. When we still hadn’t heard anything by Monday afternoon I decided we needed to call them again… That’s when we were told that they were unable to open a work order because they couldn’t find an ‘Apartment 1′ at that address. (But they have Apartment 2) After some back and forth we convince them that we are not wrong about the apartment number, meaning they would have to add the address to their system before a work order could be opened. It came down to a guarantee that we would have a dialtone on the line no later than (But not much sooner than) the 14th, and that we would get a call. Okay, first of all, what the hell? WHERE IS OUR TECHNOLOGY?

So, the 14th comes…and nothing. Not a damn thing. Amusingly enough, Failpoint HAD been on-site, to do an install for the movie theater we share a wall with. Way to go. My father half-jokingly prodded the guy about the pending work and he said he couldn’t do anything about it without a work order. (Of course not.) Anyway, we call them to find out why we still have nothing and who didn’t do what. Apparently the problem was that the work order still didn’t note that an Apartment 1 had to be added to that address in the system. Yes. That’s right. After two weeks, Failpoint still couldn’t verify the existence of our new abode. We were basically given a 50/50 chance that the request could be processed, but that more than likely nothing would happen until Monday. When the system had apparently accepted the request, we decided to take what we could get.

Sunday, we spent the evening engaging in MAXIMUM RISKY phoneline installation. See, for the last ten years or so, our apartment was used as a part-time home/office for the owner of the building and the Ben Franklin store downstairs. So, he had the phonelines and a run of ethernet brought up from the store. Before that…god only knows. The only other existing phone wiring for that apartment looks like the original installation from the 40s. The wire crumbled at the merest touch… So, we drilled a hole out into the hallway to run new phone wiring to the box. (Because seriously, how much you want to bet if Failpoint actually DID show up, they’d find no wiring whatsoever into the apartment and LEAVE?) We were intending to bring the phoneline down in the bedroom closet, so we could put the modem and network switch in there, which would put it on the other side of the wall from our computers. This was made easy-mode by the dropped ceilings, since we could just staple the wire anywhere on the wall above the ceiling tiles.

Anyway, we ended up leaving the job half finished because it was getting too dark and we were starving for some foodins.

Monday afternoon, with Failpoint failing to accomplish anything as far as we knew, we called again. Nothing had been done. At all. What’s more is the person we got this time seemed to have trouble reading notes, as it took a while to get us all on the same page… It was suggested that this work order be closed, and they could open a new one that contains the correct information, because it would apparently be easier than having them fix the current one. Long story short, we were getting nothing done until Friday the 22nd. (And even then it was likely to be them simply telling us when something might happen…again.) Fuck you, Failpoint. You had your chance. You are basically suggesting that it will have taken you more than a month to do a simple line activation. That’s not time we have, so you’re done.

So what do we do now? We call SoVerNet, the local alternate phone/DSL provider. They at least had the common decency to TELL us that it would take them 20-26 days. We thanked them and returned to weighing our options. Cable? Hmm. So, we call Comcast. Tell them we’re moving to XX Main Street in Middlebury and want cable service. “Apartment 1 or Apartment 2?” Fucking sold.

So, faster internet, digital phone with unlimited long distance and local calling, and it’ll be easy to add TV if we want it at some point. Fuck it. Let’s go. They say a technician will be out between Noon and 4PM on the 28th to check the line and give us the self-install kit. The only real downside is that now the new phoneline we installed won’t get used.

Well, Verizon sure got a good deal on all their copper when they sold out Vermont to Failpoint, too bad WE all got fucked.

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Footprints stretch into the distance.
 
  

05/15/09 @ 07:36:21 pm, Categories: Life of Baka, Gaijin Hero, 114 words, 1127 views  

So, today was my father’s 60th birthday. Poor guy didn’t even really get to celebrate. We spent the whole day laboring towards the inhabitation (Not actually a word) of our new apartment.

For some strange reason, despite being even busier than usual AND intending to tear down the site and start over, I have been posting far more frequently than I used to. Go figure.

At any rate, expect further updates on the apartment.

And, if anyone’s wondering about the post title, it was inspired by some lyrics by the pillows:

どんな靴を履いてても
歩けば僕の足跡

(Donna kutsu wo haite’te mo Arukeba boku no ashiato)

“No matter what kind of shoes I wear, if I walk, I leave footprints.”

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SPESHUL SERCH!
 
  

05/15/09 @ 01:00:30 pm, Categories: Baka-chan vs. Stupid People, Life of Baka, 227 words, 1334 views  

Why me? WHY? Oh god I am so glad I have ops in #tokyotosho.

[05.15/12.24.11] * Joins: AngelOfDeath (AOD@I.NEED.NEW.ANIME)
[05.15/12.26.46] <AngelOfDeath> can yall add a section on to the website that only searches for the poasted subfiles like the .ass and .srt

What?

[05.15/12.27.01] <Baka-chan> Hey, I have an idea.
[05.15/12.27.10] <Baka-chan> You could learn how to use the fucking site.
[05.15/12.27.27] * +Jigsy seconds Baka-chan’s idea.
[05.15/12.27.37] <Baka-chan> FOR INSTANCE, if you want to find .ass files, you could SEARCH FOR THEM.

I didn’t imagine this would dissuade him, it’s shaping up to be that kind of morning.

[05.15/12.27.49] -NickServ- Password accepted - you are now recognized.
[05.15/12.28.10] * Kittie sets mode: +o Baka-chan
[05.15/12.29.04] <@Baka-chan> If you ever utter one more fucking word before I forget how stupid you are, I am going to MURDER YOU FROM THE INTERNET.

Well, he was warned.

[05.15/12.32.01] <AngelOfDeath> you should learn how to accept ideas from others without critisizing them
[05.15/12.32.17] <@Baka-chan> Listen, slapnuts.
[05.15/12.32.22] <@Baka-chan> IT’S A FUCKING SEARCH ENGINE
[05.15/12.32.38] <@Baka-chan> IT DOESN’T NEED ‘SPESHUL’ PAGES TO SEARCH FOR A CERTAIN FILETYPE.
[05.15/12.33.07] * Baka-chan sets mode: +b *!*@I.NEED.NEW.ANIME
[05.15/12.33.09] * AngelOfDeath was kicked by Baka-chan (I ever see you again I’ll murder you for real.)

Why do stupid people insist on making me act like this? I’m going back to bed. =__=

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NO ESCAPE
 
  

05/15/09 @ 03:08:25 am, Categories: Life of Baka, 296 words, 814 views  

I’ve spent a cumulative two or three hours in the new apartment today, which still doesn’t have a single stick of furniture in it. I ran my R/C car around in circles in the livingroom until the batteries ran down. That was highly amusing. I didn’t manage to take the pictures I was going to, because it was so damned cloudy today the lighting in the apartment was lousy. (There is electricity, but the two largest rooms don’t have ceiling fixtures and I haven’t moved any lights over.)

Remember my rant about Fairpoint a couple weeks ago? They did us again. At the beginning of the month, they told us they could get internet and phone up in the new apartment, BUT. It wouldn’t happen until the 14th. (Don’t even get me fucking started.) Well, the 14th came and went, and no contact from Fairpoint. So we call to find out WTF is going on. Guess what? They couldn’t determine that ‘Apartment 1′ in that building exists. They can verify the main address (The store) and they could verify an ‘Apartment 2′, but they could not VERIFY THAT MY FUCKING APARTMENT FUCKING EXISTS…FUCK! So, they did NOTHING. Didn’t even call and tell us it was all cocked up. In fact, we were told that “Well, if you had called earlier…” God.

In the time this has taken, I could have:
1. Broken into the CO and ascertained what hardware they’re using.
2. Scoured the internet for documentation on said hardware.
3. Broken into the CO again and set it up myself.
4. ??????
5. Billed them for my time. (Read: PROFIT!)

Seriously. There is no way this is not completely ridiculous. FAILPOINT

At any rate, I spent a bit of time ‘exploring’ the apartment, getting a feel for the different rooms, etc.

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SHINTASTIC LAH
 
  

05/09/09 @ 10:15:34 am, Categories: Baka-chan vs. Stupid People, 387 words, 1136 views  

So, I woke up to Rizon staff seeking me for some reason…

[05.09/09.28.56] <annie> Baka-chan you there?

This could have been in regards to any number of things, but luckily the problem wasn’t mine… Reading up a little revealed what was going on…

[05.09/09.27.31] * Joins: Shin_Getter (Insert_ran@61-64-125-111-adsl-kao.dynamic.so-net.net.tw)
[05.09/09.27.36] * Shin_Getter is now known as abc
[05.09/09.28.16] * Joins: annie (a@Staff.Rizon.Net)
[05.09/09.28.48] * Quits: abc (Insert_ran@61-64-125-111-adsl-kao.dynamic.so-net.net.tw) (Killed (annie (Don’t ban evade)))

Surely this is going somewhere hi-larious.

Read more! »

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Progress is being MEH
 
  

05/07/09 @ 06:46:25 pm, Categories: Baka-chan Brings The Funny, Life of Baka, Pretty Pictures, 121 words, 1176 views  

I have so much going on right now, and half of it isn’t even the fact that I have to MOVE OUT OF MY APARTMENT.

Anyway, before everything got crazy I HAD made some progress on that drawing but abandoned work on it for the time being. I still have to completely redraw the hand so it no longer sucks. ;(

I don’t know why the website is being a bastard and no longer letting me use ‘a’ tags, but I think when the dust settles, I’m just going to rebuild the site on WordPress or MovableType (Preferrably WP because I’ll need to know WP later when I make a ComicPress site) Then I’ll have to start porting over the old posts.

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You can keep your flying cars
 
  

05/05/09 @ 02:29:39 pm, Categories: Life of Baka, 177 words, 795 views  

Could we PLEASE have a CIVILIZATION here? We are men, we have technology, DO SOMETHING! ARRGH!!!

What the fuck, Fairpoint? Why, why, why, why, WHY is it going to take TWO WEEKS to get the phone and internet turned on NEXT DOOR so I can move my computers over? We had wanted to be moved by the 15th, that is obviously not going to happen now if I have no reason to move my core operations from their current location. Failpoint

*sigh* So yeah, I’m having a bit of a day.

Anyway, because I am an incredible nerd, I pre-vis’d the new livingroom and virtually arranged the furniture :P

Here are some concepts:

http://media.giantpachinkomachineofdoom.com/blog/2009-05/images/lroomconcept2.jpg From the front door.
http://media.giantpachinkomachineofdoom.com/blog/2009-05/images/lroomconcept1.jpg Towards the front door.
http://media.giantpachinkomachineofdoom.com/blog/2009-05/images/lroomconcept3.jpg From my desk. (Obligatory preview of my DLP projection setup)

Sorry for the big ugly links, for some reason I can no longer use href tags on this PIECE OF FUCKING SHIT.

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