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22 February, 2010 / Erik

iPhone: Day Two

Following the aborted attempt to buy an iPhone Saturday night, I went to the slightly closer AT&T Store to make my purchase. It seems  16 or 17 hours made the difference and the network was available again.


While I was in the shop getting the pitch on their U-Verse service, a local Southern California newsman came into complain about his service the previous night. I couldn’t make out the whole thing, but it seems the network shut down may not have been planned. Local newsman found his iPhone could not connect to the network and got some dubious tech support over the phone. The people at the AT&T store were pretty understanding; some of the problem was outside their control and the local newsman never pulled the “Don’t you know who I am?” card.

So, now I’m part of that Legion of the Damned known as iPhone users and Hell has never looked so good.

NOTE: Due to various arcane discounts and plans, I don’t have the option to leave AT&T. The lovely new Android phones are not an option. With that lock-in in mind, I chose the iPhone. Also, I chose to wait until Apple had made three product revisions until opting in. Just like I did with the iPod. Despite being fascinated with technology, I tend to exercise caution in most cases.

20 February, 2010 / Erik

iPhone: Day One

Me: I would like to purchase an iPhone, please.

Apple Guy: I can’t sell you one. AT&T shut down the network. If you got here 15 minutes ago, I could’ve sold you one.

And thus my adventure with a smartphone begins.

8 February, 2010 / Erik

The Rainwater Martini

A few weeks ago at the Comic Reel, I made a joke about drinking a Rainwater Martini during my weekend send-off. A recieved email from readers asking how it is made and why the recipe can’t be found on Google. After a few false starts, a reader named Colin Byrd offered the following recipe which is quite good and will be known as the Rainwater Martini.

1 ½ oz. Grey Goose vodka

1 ½ oz. Tanqueray Ten gin

2 thick slices of cucumber

Basil sprig for garnish

Muddle one cucumber slice in the bottom of your shaker.

Add vodka, gin, then ice.

Shake vigorously.

Rim martini glass with fresh basil.

Strain and pour martini into glass.

Garnish with second cucumber slice and basil sprig.

5 February, 2010 / Erik

Satellite Show. Rise.

The Satellite Show returns again in easy to chew blog form. A different author everyday and new topic every post. From Special Victims Unit to Food & Wine, your Satellite Show returns to flambe culture and throwback a few Rainwater Martinis.

1 February, 2010 / Erik

The Room Responds: Episode Three