In a post to TESC Crier, there’s a note about a phishing scam that targets Washington State Employee Credit Union members: Two new email Phishing scams are targeting WSECU members.Â The email appears to come from WSECU. In fact, it comes from an fraudulent source shown as ([email protected]) The two e-mail subject lines are: Enroll… Continue reading Phishing goes local
The PSE outage line reports 700,000 estimated without power in their service area, and days if not a week to restore power to everyone. … but, you know, at least that power generator you bought for Y2K is useful now … as long as your gas supply holds out. Get your syphon ready to pull… Continue reading Welcome to a taste of post-abundance
Maybe it’s just me, but is handing out free eggs by the dozen such a good idea when there’s a protest about reproductive women’s rights going on? Thiftway, buddy, pal, that’s a bit like rudely refusing to offer candy on Halloween and, instead, handing out free rolls of toilet paper. You know, every chicken egg… Continue reading Who’s the smart egg that thought of this one?
I only noticed this yesterday, but Mervyn’s is closing in the Mall. This was announced as far back as January at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Layoff Tracker. Mervyns LLC said Monday that it will close 20 stores — including all 13 in Washington — by next year, affecting more than 1,400 positions, as the struggling retailer… Continue reading How sane is it that to survive retail makes us insane?
Apparently, having pastors ship in out of town customers isn’t a sustainable business model. Hmm, let me think. Free butter or women’s rights … women’s rights or free butter … Yeah, not so hard after all. Suck it, Thriftway.
I’ve been meaning to write something about this for a long time. This won’t be a perfectly thought out piece. It’s been years since this stuff was in my head, so it is what it is. In thinking about net neutrality, I was remembering back to the early, early days of DSL. At the time,… Continue reading If you use DSL, you’ve already lost …
So, the ship that the stryker group has been loading into has left. The action in Olympia surrounding this was a 10 day attempt to blockade the vehicles as they moved through Olympia to the Port. I had the opportunity to participate in the send-off event as the ship left the Port. I took some… Continue reading The send-off of the Pomoroy and a tale of two workers
On a lark, I checked Zhonka’s website and learned something I did not realize: Founded and managed by experienced Internet pioneers from OlyWa.net … I had mentioned OlyWA in previous posting in relation to smaller ISPs being purchased by telecoms, in this case OlyWa purchased by ATG. So, now it turns out that at least… Continue reading Zhonka is the new OlyWa
Via OlyBlog, “local ownership of local resources“: “today’s paper reports that the Olympia city council took action to reclaim our water rights at the brewery. As I understand it, the current owner is in danger of defaulting on his loan. If he does, then the water rights will go to his lender in California or… Continue reading Eminent domain and water rights
Around the Port everything is labeled “Swantown” and I just got around to looking into why. Apparently named after one of the first european settlers in Olympia, John Swan, the Swantown Slough is an area that was filled in under, essentially, Plum St. and the remaining East Bay area. The Salish called it Cheetwoot. The… Continue reading Swantown and Marshville née Cheetwoot
A poster about Chez Cascadia caught my eye last night. Apparently, there’s an independent hostel in Olympia. It looks like it’s new, not something I just managed to miss. At $16/day, that’s a great option for visitors to and travelers through Olympia. It’s not clear to me if they have online booking up and running… Continue reading Chez Cascadia, Olympia independent hostel
Interestingly, as I turned on the TV this morning, the question being asked on Family Feud was: “Who has the biggest ego in America?” Let us just set aside the fact that it should have been “… in the US?” shall we, for now? This is almost a tabloid wish-list. The survey says: President Bush… Continue reading One poll President Bush is winning
Via “Downtown group seeks cash“: The group thatâ€™s getting the new downtown improvement district off the ground is running low on cash. The Olympia Downtown Association will start collecting dues again from its members, and has asked the city for $23,850 to support its programs and launch the improvement district. Interesting choice, journalistically, to not… Continue reading Business group can’t budget?
Via The Olympian, “Builder: Fees could kill condos“: A developer planning to build 100 condominiums downtown says city, school and development fees are too high and could kill the project. Wait. Wasn’t this the project that was going to build parking into the building also and was a great example of multiuse design and density… Continue reading Can’t afford to build in downtown?
Via The Olympian, “Lane cut from Capitol Way“: But council members Joe Hyer, Jeff Kingsbury and Doug Mah werenâ€™t ready to make that decision Tuesday night. In a vote about having 3 or 4 lanes on Capital Way, one could easily be forgiven for thinking that the result was a division along party lines. Mah,… Continue reading Split along “party” lines …
Via WorldNetDaily: Where are America’s emergency food supplies?: The U.S. has been giving away a lot of food in recent years. So much food, in fact, has America given away that its own emergency food reserves are shockingly low. Higher density living also removes at a further distance from land they can collectively use to… Continue reading Brother, can you spare some locally grown food?
There’s this bass player Jean Baudin that does an amazing version of the Mario theme on an 11 string bass. (Have you seen that? Mario 11-String Bass) well, I found out that he’s also in a band called “nuclear rabbit” … there’s mp3’s on the site: Nuclear Rabbit As a strange bonus, here’s a guy… Continue reading Nuclear Rabbit, Amy Denio & Sadhappy
Yeah, not so much for their editorial slant, really, but they have very prominently placed a great number of direct RSS feeds. Wish the Olympian was as good in that regard, but at least, and certainly not ideal, the Olympian is a source for Google news, so one can search past articles. For example, try… Continue reading Kudos to the Tacoma News Tribune
So, now I try to call the Good Guys, and their number has been changed to an 800 number. Instead, I go to the website and find that: After more than 30 years of providing the best in high-end entertainment products, along with unmatched service and support, our freestanding stores are closing, and the Good… Continue reading Good Guys gone?
I wanted to call the local Best Buy to see if they had replacement Tivo remotes in stock. So, I dial the number and get their voice system. I say that I am interested in talking to someone in a department. I select the TV, Video and other products department. Then, I am given three… Continue reading Best Buy’s unforgiving call routing system