Out of the Blue

Well, my access to the internet seems to be back in order, and I imagine that some repair people burned some midnight oil, which is appreciated. I wish I could say I appreciate Verizon's phone support as well, but being outsourced to someone who speaks English just well enough to be able to read the script in front of them, but unable to really converse is a little frustrating. At one point during a pause I asked her: "Are you aware I keep asking questions, but you don't respond?" Her silence was the perfect confirmation of the point. Her supervisor was more knowledgeable, which gave him just enough insight to completely misdiagnose my problem, claiming that because he saw a strong connection on my end, I must need "new drivers for my router" (yes, that's really what he said). I give him credit for following-up, however, as he actually called this morning to inform me that the problem was on Verizon's end, something I had long ago concluded. Humorously, he said the problem was persisting, and he would call me when its fixed, so when there was a problem on their end, he insisted there wasn't one, and now we have the reverse.

Meanwhile, the steam pipe explosion in Manhattan yesterday made MrsBlue's commute home a several hour nightmare, and we had a fireworks show that freaked out my poor Hudson the wonder dog. So, basically the only resident of the BlueTower who didn't have a rough day yesterday was the Gunnar-man, but every day is a good day for Gunnar.

Restored Links! Thanks Ant.
Link of the Morning: The Ultimate Gaming Flowchart.
Stories: Squirming Larvae Pulled From Man's Head.
Thousands of bees won't leave man's home.
Science!: Urban Footprint: Rainfall Patterns Changing. Thanks Mike Martinez.
Lunch break boob jobs. Thanks jimnms.
Auction: Boy gets £44,000 in eBay parcel. Thanks Nick.
Media: Silent Hill 2 Meets A Night at the Roxbury.
What if MC Escher created a video game?
JDAM Test.
News Anchor Can't Stop Laughing At Falling Model. It is pretty damn funny.
Follow-up: Professors in Colorado Receive Death Threats for Teaching Evolution. Thanks Mike Martinez.
Teh Funny: Dilbert.