Posts tagged fail
Posts tagged fail
My DSL had been down ALL weekend. So first I talk to an AT&T rep from India who tries to determine if it’s working, he can’t make it work, so he orders a tech to come out to my apartment here in an Oklahoma City suburb and look at it. Tech comes within the hour and says my modem is bad. So he sells me a new modem for about $70 and that fixes everything. I’m back up and running. That’s Monday, September 10.
Tuesday, September 11 in the evening I go to the mailbox and I’m overjoyed to find my package from Amazon with my new art book by Irene Brady, but I also have this letter from AT&T. Something tells me to open it because it’s too thin and not like their usual crap selling something. The letter says the following:
“As part of AT&T’s ongoing commitment to deliver the best possible internet experience, we’re making service improvements to benefit all of our customers. Within the next 45 days, your current service will change to AT&T U-verse ® High Speed Internet Service. You’ll be able to enjoy faster Internet speeds and, where available take advantage of next-generation communication and entertainment choices! In order for your new service to work you’ll need new equipment – which will be provided to you free of charge. Since there are impacts to your AT&T High Speed Internet You, the account holder need to contact us now to ensure a smooth transition.
WTF? So why the hell was I sold a brand new DSL modem for a service that’s being discontinued?! I’m so mad I can’t see straight. I feel like quitting AT&T altogether, just kill my home phone AND DSL right now and buy me a smartphone and just use Internet off my phone. Seriously, when it comes down to it, Internet is a luxury and definitely for people like me who are out of work or for whom money has not been coming in the last couple years.
Dumping AT&T would certainly free up $80/mo. I can have an iPhone on Virgin Mobile for $35-$55/mo. Plus, I can access the public library’s computers if I need a larger screen. Maybe I’ll buy a Kindle Fire. But this whole thing is bull. I have never had cable TV EVER don’t want it now, and I certainly don’t want U-verse’s higher billing. Years ago I quit AT&T’s long distance and bought phone cards and then a mobile phone because they were screwing me around back in 2004. I should have learned my lesson then. Then again, the choices are still somewhat limited in the Oklahoma City area.
I need to consider how to run my gallery on just a phone or a tablet. And I don’t have much time.
OK besides being creepy as hell, there is something very unnatural in the pose of the boy, the way he is holding the spoon, even the angle of the can. It almost looks like a pre-teen’s face is on a toddler’s body. All of which illustrates very well that you can have technical proficiency and still come out with a failed drawing or painting.
This little tomato represents the sum total of my harvest this summer, making this year’s attempt at patio gardening a complete bust. Despite being labeled a “heat-tolerant” variety, he plant it came from fried in our intense summer heat despite diligent watering. In fact, just about all my plants have fried, including my beautiful croton plant that I had overwintered and was immortalizing in oil pastels a few weeks ago. Really hate that. Two plumbago plants have bitten the dust as well, hating both the intense heat as well as my attempt to shelter it inside with me but near the patio door where they could get light. I normally don’t suck this badly as a gardener, but this year has really bruised my ego! It’s not the plants’ fault, 110 degrees every day for weeks would be hard for any plant other than a cactus to deal with, even ones that grow wild in Africa!
Wow. I just saw some ink drawings that make what I do look like utter crap. So disillusioned. Going to bed.
Tuesday night’s homework: rendering cat fur in oil pastels. Although basically a fail, I will go back to my trusty reference book, Kenneth Leslie’s classic “Oil Pastels: Materials & Techniques for Today’s Artist”, and see if I can figure out why I didn’t get the results I wanted. It’s only a sketchpad page, so no biggie, and you see here the kind of notes I make to myself when I’m learning a new technique.