Archive for March 2006

House Hunt Update

So if you’ve been paying attention you know we didn’t get our first choice house – twice. We’ll call that house Tisdale. We loved Tisdale, but it’s gone, we’re over it. Even if it came back on the market I would no longer be interested.

Since then we placed an offer on another house in the same neighborhood, we’ll call this one Gault. We offered the asking price, to which Gault’s owner countered with 2K under asking and us paying all closing costs. Gault seemed to be an over-priced fixer-upper to begin with, so we were underwhelmed.

The same day we got that news (yesterday) I saw M. We’ll keep the street name quiet for now, as my realtor has made me paranoid about divulging anything on a house in play. We’re submitting an offer this morning, as M is bigger, better and cheaper than Gault. It’s also on a beautiful tree-lined street with friendly neighbors, cute puppies, and singing birds… and it’s about 3 seconds from the Lovely Wife’s work. I’m pretty sure the sun always shines there, but not too brightly, and that it never gets too hot or too cold. We’ll never get it.

Yahoo Sucks

This is very long, and probably boring to anyone but me, but I’m pissed, so here goes…

My domain was registered with Yahoo. I wanted to transfer my domain to a different registrar. Because it is a .org domain, I have to get an auth code from my current registrar. I asked them for one. They said they couldn’t give me one since I was really registered through MelbourneIT, and I would have to cancel my service with Yahoo so they could transfer me to MelbourneIT, then I could transfer away from MelbourneIT to who I wanted. Still with me? Ok. So I did all that.

On January 24th, I cancelled my Yahoo service and sent the following email to them:

My account has now been cancelled. Please let me know when my domain has been released to MelbourneIT.

No response.

February 1st:

Can you please let me know if my domain has been released to MelbourneIT and, if not, how long this will take?


March 4th:

This is my third email requesting that you please confirm whether or not my domain has been released to MelbourneIT. Please respond.

Still nothing.

On March 21st I sent my forth email, but this time I copied (Terry Semel is Yahoo’s CEO) to see if that would make any difference:

This is my fourth email requesting that you please confirm whether or not my domain has been released to MelbourneIT. Please respond.

Lo and behold, I got a response the next day:

Thank you for writing to Yahoo! Web Hosting.

Your domain name has been released from our reseller list. You should
receive an email shortly from Melbourne IT, the domain registrar, with
your domain’s new Registry Key.

You must now manage and renew your domain name registration directly
with the domain registrar.

Please do not hesitate to reply if you need further assistance.



Yahoo! Customer Care

Finally, I got them to transfer me. Oh Happy Day. But wait… on the same day, from MelbourneIT, I get this:

Dear Licence Holder,

This notice is to inform you that that the License for your Domain Name expired on 08-Mar-2006 and has now been >>DEACTIVATED< < _______________________________________________________________________ WARNING****THIS DOMAIN NAME HAS BEEN DEACTIVATED AND WILL BE DELETED ________________________________________________________________________ Please note that this Domain Name has been deactivated. This means that the web site and any e-mail services attached to this Domain Name no longer function. >>> Payment is required IMMEDIATELY to reactivate this Domain Name.


So Yahoo waited 3 months to transfer me to MelbouneIT, 3 months during which I couldn’t check my status because Yahoo made me cancel my service with them, and by the time they finally got around to it my domain name had expired. Now MelbourneIT is sending me a threatening sounding email trying to get me to renew with THEM, the people I’ve been trying to get away from for the past QUARTER-YEAR.

I just sent an email to MelbourneIT asking for the auth code I should have had 3 months ago, I’ll give them 3 days, them I’m copying their CEO.

Again with the house.

So the house that we wanted, and then lost, went back on the market again at the end of last week. We don’t know why, as there were supposed to be several backup bidders, but it did. I haven’t been saying anything about it here because I didn’t want it to dominate my posts, but then I didn’t really post anything else because it was dominating me. So we bid again. And we lost again. I told our realtor that I’d just wait for it to go on the market again so we could bid on it a third time. I’ll just stalk this house for the rest of my life, waiting for it to become available so I can bid on it over, and over, and over. Or not, whatever. Houses are stupid.

Corpse Bride

18. Corpse Bride
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (Widescreen Edition)

Not bad, but as far as goth stop action full length theatrical releases go, you and I both know it’s been done better.

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

17. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story (Widescreen Edition)

I was a little wary of this after the relative disappointment of Wedding Crashers, but it was much funnier. More people got hit with stuff, and there were ball jokes. Lesson: don’t overthink the comedy.

Maria Full of Grace

16. Maria Full of Grace
Maria Full of Grace

I’m not sure what I think of this movie, I just saw it and I don’t think it lends itself to an immediate review like the last movie (or the next one). First impressions: acting was very good. Story was interesting. I don’t know if I understand why she ran, it felt like it was needed so we could meet some other people and make the movie longer. We’ll see how it sits in a day or two.

The Chronicles of Riddick

15. The Chronicles of Riddick
The Chronicles of Riddick (Widescreen Unrated Director's Cut)

I started watching this already thinking of how I would make a little joke about it here and move on. Well, I won’t. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a good movie, but it is a good bad movie. I wanted mindless sci-fi action and I got it – with some good costumes, sets, and original bad guys. I expected some wooden acting and some bad dialouge and I got it – but I also got Judi Dench & Thandie Newton (that’s one and a half Oscars). I consider it a victory for this movie that it made me want some of the story lines to be fleshed out more (who are the Elementals?). I still wouldn’t go see a sequel in the theater, but I’d probably rent it.

Anal Explosion

Well, that title is sure to get me a couple of Google hits. I’ll warn you now – if you have a sensitive constitution, stop here.

So, last night The Lovely Wife noticed that our dog, Gretchen, was worrying her… posterior. She checked it out and it looked a bit swollen. This was about 10:30pm, so we decided to take her to the vet in the morning. The next day I was getting ready for work, so TLW took her to the vet. I’ll let her take it from there

Big Fish

14. Big Fish
Big Fish

Funny, touching, could’ve been saccharine but wasn’t, really sweet and well done. Ended a little abruptly, I thought, but that’s a small fault. Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I must admit… I misted up a little… fine, there were maybe a couple of tears.

General News

The Lovely Wife has hit spring break running and started posting on her blog again.

SXSW is about to start and I don’t have a badge, a wristband, or any money, despite a concerted effort to make some this weekend.

On the bright side there are at least two people I haven’t seen in too long who are coming to town this week. Chris and Ethan, I’m talking about you, call me, we’ll get a beverage.

We haven’t found a house yet, but now, instead of being afraid that there was one house for us and we didn’t get it, I’m more afraid that there are 50 houses for us. And I have to choose one. That sounds kinda tedious.

I have this Friday off, because I am Patrick and it is St. Patrick’s Day. Yes, there will be drinking.

That’s all for now. Carry on.