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Eric: Completely random Necropost.

Hey all. This is random because I'm up to my neck right at the moment.

However, for the record? Apple Premium Repair Dispatch has unexpected hold music. Wakefield's "Say You Will" just passed by, and now it's Tori Amos's "A Sorta Fairytale." Which makes for an odd state of mind while you try to find out if your onsite repair service tech is stuck in an ice storm or not.

Posted by Eric Burns-White at January 18, 2007 11:06 AM

Comments

Comment from: MasonK [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 19, 2007 11:28 AM

Clearly, they have the iTunes Music Store on shuffle.

Let us know if the Beatles come up, okay?

Comment from: Dave Van Domelen [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 19, 2007 12:01 PM

Heard a tidbit from a recently-married grad student here today you might be interested in. Titanium rings can shatter, which is why he got tungsten carbide for his wedding band. :)

Comment from: 32_footsteps [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 19, 2007 1:56 PM

It would be sheer genius if you could actually select your hold music from one of a small number of iTunes promotional tracks. In fact, I'm going to prevent Apple from reading this topic so I can sell the idea to them and make millions.

Comment from: miyaa [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 19, 2007 2:56 PM

Hmm...do the Swiss Army Knife folks make a Swiss Army Wedding Band?

Ironically enough, when you're put on hold for in getting your Windows program fixed, you tend to get John Tesh and Yani music.

Comment from: 32_footsteps [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 19, 2007 3:05 PM

You're going to have to explain this use of "irony," Miyaa. That sounds remarkably appropriate to me.

Comment from: miyaa [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 19, 2007 8:03 PM

Sorry, ever since Alanis Morresette started singing, I've had trouble figuring out what actually would be construed as irony.

What's really sad are those companies that offer to turn the cremated remains of your loved ones into artificial gems. Some say it's the perfect way to be remembered. I don't think I want to be turned into a artificial diamond or ruby. Just seems to tacky to me.

Comment from: B. Durbin [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 19, 2007 10:53 PM

Yeah, I'd prefer that my skeleton gets turned into a biology aid. And the primary figure in undergraduate practical jokes.

What?

Comment from: Merus [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 19, 2007 10:57 PM

Remember this handy rule: the irony in 'Ironic' is that it is a song about ironic situations where the situations are not actually ironic.

I like to keep in mind the Dolphin rule: say you have a dolphin that's been badly hurt, and Sea World nurses it back to health, spending millions, then has a big party to release it. When it gets eaten by a killer whale half a minute after its release, that is irony, as you have an expectation set up (the dolphin has been given a second chance at life) being unexpectedly reversed (killer whale). Similarly, you would expect the many examples of unfortunate situations in a song called 'Ironic' to actually be ironic, but no! none of them have an expectation that's being unexpectedly thwarted. Not even the guy who was scared of planes crashing, and then is proven right when he gets on a plane and it crashes.

This is also why irony is fashionable amongst the disaffected.

Comment from: Denyer [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 20, 2007 12:26 AM

"ever since Alanis Morresette started singing, I've had trouble figuring out what actually would be construed as irony."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/weekend/story/0,3605,985375,00.html

Comment from: miyaa [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 20, 2007 3:22 AM

"I would strongly urge you not to read any more footnotes, they are only here to make sure I don't get in trouble for plagiarising."

I'm going to have to put that down the next time I write something that requres footnotes.

Comment from: Jason [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 20, 2007 1:33 PM

Hey, since this is a necropost, can I necrocomment? I took a look at BOTG when it was mentioned about a week an a half ago. I really like it... does anyone know how often it updates? It's been the same page since I went there the first time.

Comment from: Paul Gadzikowski [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 20, 2007 2:56 PM

Jason, I'd guess about once a week, because it has updated once since the 'snark. But that's just a guess.

Plus, I did look the site over for Jones' update statement and he hasn't one.

Comment from: Jason [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 20, 2007 3:41 PM

Paul: Yeah, it updated on the 9th (which is when I read the snark, so I missed that last update). That puts it at 11 days and counting. I'd just be kinda... disappointed?... if I found this cool new comic and it only updates every few weeks. 'Cause with my memory I'd basically never see the thing again, until it gets mentioned someplace like here.

Comment from: kirabug [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 21, 2007 4:06 PM

"I don't think I want to be turned into a artificial diamond or ruby. Just seems to tacky to me."

Dunno about that -- if it's that or being buried in a vault where I'll never become one with the earth, I'd at least like to look nice -- but I do find that it makes a great threat against my parents.

"Dad, so help me, if you keep giving me crap about [thing he's giving me crap about now], when you die I'm going to have you turned into a rock and then introduce everyone I meet to you. I'll walk up to randomn strangers and hold out my necklace and yell, 'Hey, wanna meet my dad?'"

Comment from: Dave Van Domelen [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 21, 2007 6:27 PM

Mark Gruenwald had part of his ashes mixed in with the ink for the tradepaperback collection of his Squadron Supreme maxiseries. Now THAT is a cool way to be disposed of. And, in some cases, you get recycled again when the paper is pulped....

Comment from: gwalla [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 21, 2007 10:12 PM

I must be getting lysdexic in my old age. At first I thought that said "Apple Premium Despair Dispatch"

Comment from: 32_footsteps [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 22, 2007 7:18 PM

You know, I'd have to ask, but I think my dad *wants* me to turn him into a ruby and try to freak out strangers with his crystalline corpse. It would appeal greatly to the morbid part of him.

I'm still not sure what I want done with my corpse. I'm wondering how much it would be to have all the flesh removed and having my skeleton bronzed. That's be an interesting way to spend eternity. Plus, my family would never have to worry about my corpse rising again as a zombie. Instead, they'd have to worry about me as an armored skeleton, which is much cooler.

Comment from: Bequita [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 22, 2007 8:24 PM

A counter comment, from a not so recently married not so grad-student researcher... our wedding bands are titanium, and I've never heard of them shattering. I'm particularly hard on jewelry, which is why we picked it.
In fact, the only people that seem to note titanium shattering are message board type postings - not the most reliable of sources - whereas titaniumera.com notes that tungsten carbide is very brittle, and may shatter with high impact. (Wikipedia also notes this as a property of tungsten carbide.) Titanium carbides are pretty brittle I believe, but wedding bands are generally made of an aircraft grade titanium alloy, not the carbide.

The aircraft grade alloy DOES tend to get scuffed, I freely admit. And it will catch fire if it gets hot enough. But if your wedding band has caught fire, you have bigger problems to worry about.

Comment from: Starline [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 23, 2007 10:17 AM

Aw, no Studio 60 post? I thought this last episode was awesome and I wanted to hear what you had to say about it.

Comment from: iconoclast [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 23, 2007 11:59 AM


"What's really sad are those companies that offer to turn the cremated remains of your loved ones into artificial gems. Some say it's the perfect way to be remembered. I don't think I want to be turned into a artificial diamond or ruby. Just seems to tacky to me."

What, a Redneck Memorial Service? ™

Comment from: Plaid Phantom [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 23, 2007 9:22 PM

But if your wedding band has caught fire, you have bigger problems to worry about.

Hehe. One ring to rule them all, one ring to... hold on, my hand just caught on fire. Gimme a minute.

Comment from: miyaa [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 23, 2007 11:11 PM

32: Man, I'd hate to be in a room with your bronzed skeleton and Bruce Campbell.

Okay, so if your wedding ring spontaneously combust during the ceremony, is that a bad sign?

I do know that a gaming shoppe I used to hang out had one of those $190.00 One Ring Replicas from the movie. That ring was like a size 21. It wasn't so much a ring as it was a bracelet or a bangle. It was huge!

Comment from: Paul Gadzikowski [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 23, 2007 11:25 PM

That ring was like a size 21. It wasn't so much a ring as it was a bracelet or a bangle. It was huge!

Maybe that's to simulate the relative size to a hobbit of a ring that would fit Saruman? No? No, the damn thing is supposed to size itself to the wearer, innit. Nevermind.

Comment from: Dave Van Domelen [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at January 23, 2007 11:47 PM

Wear it over a gauntlet.

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