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GonzoGeek vs. Comic-Con 2011

It's finally here. The biggest geek weekend of the year, San Diego Comic-Con International, starts tonight.  We've got a four-man crew out in California to deliver as much coverage as we can manage over the next five days. The only thing standing in our way is the 100,000 other fans lining up to get in each panel. Stay tuned for posts throughout the weekend. You can also follow Bruce, John and Matt on Twitter. Stephe hasn't taken the social media leap yet, but you'll hear from him thi...

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Julian Assange, Evolution, and Good Will Toward Men.

I recently engaged in a conversation with someone very near and dear to me which followed/yielded the following chain of thought.  A story regarding Julian Assange came on the news. My cohort remarked with a combination of dismay, annoyance, and disgust, that the guy was a menace to our continued existence. Not just hers and mine, or our country’s, but humanity’s. She suggested that his actions were intended to provoke an unraveling of the social order and could even be apocaly...

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GonzoGeek to Cover Austin Comic Con

Stephe and I have attended the Texas Wizard World Conventions every year since their inception. Those conventions have historically been held in Arlington, Texas. That was until last year when they cancelled the Con altogether.  This year, Wizard got back on the horse and moved the Con to Austin, Texas. We're going again, and, for the second time, we're going as media.  That's right, GonzoGeek will be there to cover it all for you. "We are pleased to return to Te...

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The Fourth Law of Robotics: Voter Early, Vote Often

My dad recently asked me what my ideal candidate for political office would be.  I thought about it for a second...

'Robot.'

'Haha...seriously.  You have to vote for a person.'

'Okay...robot.'

'Alright, son.  I'll play along.  Why a robot?'

'They have no party affiliation.  They do what they're told.  They don't need food or sleep or recognition.  They don't suffer from indescretions or hypocrisy.  You pretty much know what you're getting when you send them to congress.'

'Thought about this much, son?'

'Nope.  Just kind of going with the moment.'

Now, with the mid-term elections around the corner...I stick with the decision.

I'm voting for robots.

And I'm asking you to, too.

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The Dell Saga Part 2 - More of the Same

A while back, I wrote a long venomous post about my horrific experiences with Dell customer service over the course of the first six months of 2010.

To my great surprise, Lorna from the "Dell Cares" department responded to the post.

What follows is the email exchange I had with Lorna regarding the situation.

I'd like to say we were able to resolve the problems, but I can't.

Enjoy.

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Would You Like My Vote With That?

I’m a sucker for market research.

Will I ‘Definitely’ do them, ‘Maybe’ do them, or ‘Not Lkely’ to do them?

Definitely ‘Defintely’!

Marketing is slick.  You might not realize it, but most everything you see on TV, hear on the radio or read in a magazine is filtered through people like me.  Ever hear of ‘cheesy queso’ sauce?  Nope?  Then you owe me a big thank you.  While some in the group thought is sounded ‘rich’ and ‘cheesy’ and ‘delicious’, I suggested it be slathered all over a carne-beef burger served on a pan-bread bun, topped with lechuga- lettuce and a cebolla-onion slice.  Call it the Redundant’s Spanglish-Special.  I’d like to think that I, personally, put an end to cheesy queso sauce.

I’ve put food on your table, beer in your fridge, a phone in your pocket, and gotten you laid.

Aren’t you glad you know me?

Anyway…

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An Open Letter to Michael Dell From A Frustrated FORMER Customer

Dear Mr. Dell,

Your customer service sucks!

Wait. 

Let me back up a step.

For Christmas I was given the very generous gift of $1000 in Dell/Amex gift cards (5 x $200) by my mother-in-law.  I was thrilled and looked forward to using those certificates toward some items I had been researching, namely a digital SLR camera and a netbook, both of which are featured prominently on your company's website.

Before I got to the major purchases, I bought a GPS, an auxillary hard drive for backup purposes and a wireless mouse.  The total on these purchases was just over $200.  I put them in my shopping cart and tried to check out.  That's when I hit my first snag.  It seems that no matter which "coupon code" or "gift card" section of your check out process I tried to enter the number into, it wouldn't take.  Okay, that's annoying but workable.  I called your customer service number and was able to give the number to the associate over the phone.  The gift certificate was applied and I paid the balance.  No real problem to speak of.

A few weeks later, I found the DSLR camera I wanted to purchase on sale for $399.99 on your website.  I placed the camera in my cart and called customer service to give them the gift certificate numbers to pay for my purchase.  Remember, the certificates were for $200/each so I gave them $400.00.

After going through the order, and giving the CSR the gift certificate numbers I was told that he couldn't use the gift certificates because they totalled 1 cent more than the purchase price.  1 CENT!

To say I was incredulous would be an understatement.  I couldn't believe that a CSR for a multi-billion dollar company like Dell was unable to make a 1 cent adjustment on a $399.99 purchase, especially when it was an adjustment in Dell's FAVOR!

The CSR was unable to help me so I cancelled the order in frustration.

That's when I ran into a bigger/different hassle.

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This Could Be Trouble

Orginally found at tackyraccoons.com.

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It must be Wednesday

The longer I'm on this planet the clearer it becomes to me that it doesn't matter what system of government one lives under or when they do it....the ruling elite will take care of itself, and everyone else can either suck from their teet or find some other way to shuffle through (hopefully) happily.

--Chris Smith, 6/30/2010

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I find it very interesting that the mainstream media does not label or use the term "terrorist" when talking about the Christian Militia's we've been hearing about.  Planning to kill police officers, planning violence against the federal government, and cache's of weapons and explosives...but that's not terrorism.  Now if they were brown and Muslim guess what they would be called?

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