Archive for January, 2009

Obama Disappointed Cabinet Failed To Understand His Reference To ‘Savage Sword Of Conan’ #24

January 31, 2009

Yes, it delights me to no end that Obama’s a comic book fan. And yes, I love the Onion.

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Writing

January 27, 2009


Yeah. It’s like that.

Check your Interest Rate

January 22, 2009

I logged into my primary credit card account yesterday to make a payment after cashing an insurance reimbursement check.

While looking at the summary page, I was startled to see an interest rate percentage of 14.99%

Um.

Hold on here, crackerbarrel.

I have a variable interest rate of 6.55%. I’ve never seen it above 9.99%. I went back through my statements from the three months prior. It ranged from 7.1% to 8.5%.

My interest rate had nearly doubled overnight.

I gave my card company a call. They capitulated pretty quickly (why does it suprise me so much that I can get what I want so easily after that insurance fiasco?).

Apparently, Citibank has rewritten the lending terms. They’re not offering my rate anymore (at least not for me), but what I could do was reject the terms and just let my card expire on the expiration date, which is in 2011. This lets me carry the rest of my balance at my old interest rate until that time (yes, I can still use the card, too. I’m just rejecting the new policy). She’s going back and adjusting the finance charge for this month to reduce the month’s inflated interest.

The idea behind this is that interest rates, hopefully, will have improved by 2011 and I’ll be able to sign up for another term with my old interest rate (of course, I plan to have this card paid off by then, but because it has the highest credit limit, this is the one card I did want to keep on hand after both are paid off).

What I find hilarious is that Citibank raised thier interest rates RIGHT AFTER getting their share of the bank bailout money. Go Citibank! That’s some awesome customer service, there.

Moral of the story: a very quick, easy phone call can save you 50% in interest payments.

How many people don’t actually notice it when their interest rate goes up? How many people just go, “Well, shit, that’s the way it is?”

Please check the interest rate on all of your credit cards.

That is all.

OmniPod Improvements

January 20, 2009

How I got three boxes worth of pods with a 20% failure rate, I’ll never know. I actually suspect that until recently, that was the order of the day for Omnipod. Over the last three months, Omnipod has made some improvements.

We’re down to a respectable 1% failure rate. I think the last one that failed was over a month ago. The shipment I just got also includes a much better adhesive, which is good news for people like me who are always knocking their arm against doorways. I just smacked myself good while walking through my closet and hot damn but if that thing didn’t stay affixed to my arm.

The new adhesive does irritate slightly more. I noticed an urge to scratch around the edges a few times, which I didn’t really notice so much with the other ones. But that’s well worth getting and keeping those things on.

My blood sugar (barring today’s miscalculation of how many carbs are actually in Subway flatbread) has been great. My mood’s improved. Life is generally awesome. I can’t wait to see what my A1c is on Friday.

Socking it Away

January 16, 2009

As much as I get on about not saving enough money (I’m trying to find a way to put $50 a month into a savings account), I realized when I did a detailed review of my paycheck this week that I’m actually putting $100 a month into the company 401(k).

You forget how much it is when you just fill out the percentage box on the 401(k) form.

I’m feeling slightly better about approaching 30.

WTF?

January 16, 2009

The little weather bar underneath my Vista gadgets clock says it’s -13 outside. -13, seriously?

SERIOUSLY?

You know, in Alaska, I got this type of weather, sure, but it included perks like northern lights, low population density, and liquor.

In Dayton, not so much.

Also, I’m really not prepared anymore for weather like this. Maybe I’ll call in cold.

Chilly Beans

January 15, 2009

It’s supposed to be -25 tonight.

Holy crap, what is this? There’s a reason I’m not in Fairbanks anymore.

I think I may be saving the gym for tomorrow. I don’t have proper snow boots or gloves for this type of weather.

Look What Arrived Today…. OmniPoddery

January 12, 2009


Doesn’t look like something that should have taken that much effort, does it?

Images We Should Be Protected From

January 8, 2009

Whew! I’m glad my government censorship agencies are on the job!

What are you doing in the Spring of 2010?

January 8, 2009

I’ll likely be in Peru.

Well, that’s what I was supposed to be doing, but I’ll likely be promoting God’s War instead, as it looks like it’ll be pushed back from a Fall 09 to a Spring 10 release date.

This is due mainly to all the craziness at my publisher currently (and in the publishing world in general). I’d figured this was likely to happen cause, you know, the book was sold a year ago and… no copyedits as yet. It was sort of inevitable that the book would be pushed back.

I don’t have too many complaints – the book’s still being published, and 2010 will likely be a better time to be a debut author (2010, man, look at that, that’s like the future or something).

In the meantime, a Spring 10 release date means I’ve got to wait even longer before selling more books (my publisher gets first right of refusal on my next book, which I can’t present to them until I deliver book 3). And in the short fiction world, well, I haven’t been writing much of it. I figured I’d just churn out books happily…

Now I’m feeling like a seriously slacker writer. Nothing of mine will see print until 2010? Bummer.

So, I’m back to toodling with some short fiction pieces. There was a time when I strove to keep about 10-15 stories in the mail all the time. Whatever happened to those days? Ok, well, I guess I sold the sellable stories, is what happened, and then never created more.

Yeah, yeah.

I’m working toward creating a backlog again. It’s been kind of refreshing. I’ve been stuck in the GW world for so long that I think a part of me has gotten bored and stale with it – which is funny because it’s an awesome world – I’m just so brain-rutted about it that I’ve ceased to be able to push my imagination as far as it needs to go, in some instances, and I can see that when I’m going back to rewrite book 2.

We’ll see if some short fiction can help jutter something loose.

P.S. Peru will be way better in October anyway!!