Uverse Outage

Last Thursday my AT&T Uverse service suddenly failed; I dumped the TV service a while ago, but losing phone and Internet was quite unpleasant. AT&T put a new WiFi unit in the mail; it arrived the next day, which I appreciated. However, it didn't work properly either.

So I called AT&T and convinced them to send out a technician, who was to come the next day between 12 and 4. But that would 2 days without phone and Internet.

Our technician arrived early and went down to check wiring. He came back up to say something is funny, because HQ shows us as being lit up but nothing was reaching us; if it were faulty wiring or damaged wiring inside the walls, we would have to deal with the landlord.

In the end, it turned out that some other technician had mistakenly plugged our line into someone else's socket. How frustrating.

Pokey Lafarge

Last night I went to see Pokey Lafarge perform in Indianapolis. A friend who is an accomplished guitarist prompted me to go. I'm glad he did.

There were perhaps 300 people in the hall, with its carpeted floor, thick columns, and concave ceiling sections with suspended lights. The barricades were unnecessary as the crowd was a tame all-ages one. Pokey said $20 was still plenty to him, that he appreciated us parting with it to see him though he had intended the tickets to cost less.

Interaction with the audience genial and frequent between songs. We got his input on the techno he could not escape during their European tour, reassurance that his merchandise was American-made, and version of the one metal number he knew. The audience included plenty of interesting characters, some of whom danced. For part of the show, a guy who seemed to have just walked off the Allison production line was so into it that he seemed to be channeling Gene Gene the Dancing Machine from The Gong Show.

The night's pairing was curious, too.

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Junked over Ads

Over time I have gotten heartily sick of ads. As a student, I have no money to waste on the products; most would have no appeal even were I earning a good income. Ads were a good reason why I scrapped cable TV, although its high cost for 220 channels of tripe that was a worthless distraction from my studies played a greater role.

Today I deleted a second or third iOS app because of the obnoxious ads. They are annoying when the play in a small part of the screen, as with The Weather Channel's app, for which I would pay to end the ads. But apps that require a user to sit through a stupid TV ad before the app can be used are too much.

The ads that increasingly are required to watch things on YouTube have had the effect of my immediately quitting a YouTube video that opens with an ad. The constant ad assault seems to be an American thing: I do not recall ever being forced to sit through even a second of an ad when viewing YouTube content in Japan.