Programming note

I know my brog has been silent as of late.  This is not lost on me.  I have not given up on writing on a daily basis, I have not been gallavanting with my girlfriend instead, and I am not dead.

My brog is having some technical difficulties lately, and my orange brother is either in like Hawaii or Bratislava or Nicaragua or somewhere, so I’m not going to bother asking him to fix shit until he’s back.  Basically, there’s something about timestamping and the ability to upload images that’s making me not bother until it’s resolved.

For what it’s worth, I’m still writing daily, and will go on a retroactive posting spree when everything is back to normal.

Race to Geth ER

Legion is hurt.  Which ship gets Legion to Geth ER the fastest?  The Normandy, a Turian envoy or a Quarian vessel?

Seriously though, as a self-proclaimed typography snob, I simply cannot condone this message by Starbucks, regardless of how much of a slave I am to their product in general.

I get that creating racial awareness is something that perhaps the world as a whole might benefit from, in spite of how futile I may personally think it is, but I simply loathe when any word has to be broken up in an advertisement, much less twice.

Honestly, TO-GETH-ER?

Clearly, Starbucks thinks going minimalistic is the key to giving the message precedence, but it’s not like it ever hurts to have your logo slightly more predominant, even if it means increasing the size of message’s type.  Instead, by doing nothing other than a 4-2-4-2 letter pattern, I simply can’t get around the fact that it looks like “Race to Geth ER.”  Those bigot Quarians clearly have been fucking around with the Geth again.

As for the message and objective of this whole campaign, there’s really not much to say about it, other than the fact that I feel that there’s a little bit of exploitation of an attempt to advertise under false pretenses just a teensy bit.

However, I guess it’s not necessarily that great, because I think I’d be ironically amused if the next time I order a drink, “RACE TOGETHER” is written on my cup.  If it turns out that I’m the only minority in the establishment present when this occurs with a message on my cup, there might be some vitriolic snark incoming, but I’m outright refusing the drink and demanding a new one if they dare put a god damn hashtag on it.

Atlanta doesn’t give a shit about its south end

This morning, on my way to work I watched numerous police cars with lights blazing and sirens blaring speed past me, while I sat at an intersection.  They peeled into this shopping center that’s not terribly far from my home; but while only one of the cars went into the center itself, two of the cruisers literally drove into the grassy area and my girlfriend observed cops running upon exiting their vehicles.

As I resumed driving, wondering just what the heck was going on at this location not far from my home, several more police cruisers came flying down the road, headed to the scene of the incident.  My last count was seven cop cars in total that were seen heading there, and I couldn’t help but think that such necessity for police presence would had to have been something along the lines of armed robbery, hostages, or any other scenario that could only be construed as “very dangerous.”

Given the fact that such an incident was happening close to my place of residence, it goes without saying that I’m interested in knowing what it could possibly be.  When I got to work, I immediately started visiting all of the websites of the local media, hoping to get some answers.  WSB, FOX Atlanta, 11 Alive (NBC), CBS46 and even the oft-criticized Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Surely, one of them should have some sort of coverage of an incident that necessitated a large quantity of police presence.

Nope, nada.  Not a single one of them had any mention of any sort of incident that might’ve been the one near my home.  I then went to looking through every one of their Twitter accounts, and their Facebook accounts, hoping that, since it was still relatively fresh, perhaps a blurb or a mention of an incident down in South Fulton county.  Nope, nothing there either.

11 Alive had plenty to say about the University of Georgia’s spring football practice.  FOX really wanted their readership to be sure to tune into the season finale of Empire tonight.  And every single one of them found it imperative to let all inquiring Atlantans to be aware that the Popeyes chicken on Ponce and Boulevard had suffered a small fire.

Needless to say, I had no choice but to come to the conclusion that as far as Atlanta news priorities go:
Popeyes chicken > Potentially severely dangerous criminal incident

As it stands right now, I still have no idea to what happened at the shopping center near my house.  With seven cop cars at high alert, I have to assume it was something very perilous, at least involving firearms, violence and some probably very dangerous individuals.  Obviously, I hope that there were no innocent casualties, harmed officers or any other costly collateral damage.

But I still have no clue to what happened.  Although it’s safe to assume that it’s probably something else to associate negatively to my part of town, and one more reason to why my property value is beneath 50 tons of crap, and why I’ll never get my head above water as far as it’s concerned.

Because Atlanta prioritizes the reporting of minor fires at Popeyes over what could be lethal situations.

Because, of what the title of this post clearly states, Atlanta doesn’t give a shit about the south end of the city.  Everything south of Interstate 20, simply doesn’t matter.  If not for the existence of the airport in College Park, I-20 would be the de facto unofficial border of Atlanta.

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A bone to pick with UPS

A little while ago, I came home to find the dreaded UPS Signature Required slip affixed to my front door.  I was really, really looking forward to something arriving at my house, and the package door slip, regardless which carrier it’s from, is about the worst thing on the planet anyone wants to see when they’re highly anticipating something.  And in this particular case of mine, it was from UPS.

I have a camera on my property, so I have video evidence of the UPS driver delivering my package and then walking away.  Three steps out of my front stoop, he turned around, retrieved the package, and proceeded to fill out the slip that I would eventually find on my door later in the day.

I was puzzled by this.  This was not the first time I had ordered from this particular merchant, and the previous instance, no signature was required, and my package was delivered to my residence without any problems.

No problem, I figured that I could sign the slip and leave it on my door, and get my package the following day.  The following day, I watched the driver not only not deliver my package, but simply leave yet another slip on the door.  Now we have a problem.

Ultimately, I circumvented delivery, by opting to have the package sent back to the delivery center, and retrieved it myself.  But I wasn’t pleased with the fact that I had to make an 18-mile each way drive to retrieve my package, and upon inquiring from the UPS employees themselves, it was explained to me that signature on delivery was the only option allowed for me, which is why the driver did not leave it on day 2, in spite of me signing and leaving the slip on the door.

Thinking this was the decision of the merchant, I contacted the merchant, imploring them to provide more clarity on their shipping protocol, since they’re relatively new to the online store game, and a little minimalistic on descriptions of things in general.  I would hear back from the merchant, only for them to explain that they weren’t aware that signatures were necessary, and that it just might be an issue with UPS themselves.

To cut to the chase, when I contacted UPS, it was explained to me that UPS drivers have the discretion to choose whether or not to leave the package, or alternatively require a signature.

UPS drivers, choose whether or not I get packages.

I expressed my displeasure at that concept, and even more so that I was unhappy with the fact that the option to release with signed slip wasn’t even allowed in this particular instance; I was more than willing to absolve the driver of accountability, if they were to leave my package, and it was stolen.  I signed for it, it would be on me if it were stolen off my stoop.  But it was robotically explained to me that such was regular procedure, and that ultimately it’s the driver’s discretion whether or not they leave any package.  Also, that if I wanted to prevent this from happening in the future, I could enroll in My UPS Choice, which would give me more liberties with package handling; naturally for additional fees and charges.

Let’s be real here, I can’t hide the fact that my neighborhood comes off as kind of questionable.  And it wouldn’t be the first time that a package has vanished; it’s the reason why I have a camera now in the first place.

But knowing that it was the driver’s call to not leave my package paints an unfortunate picture about the situation as a whole.  It’s like looking back at the original clip, the driver leaves the package, and on his walk back to the truck it’s like he notices a black person walking around, and thinking he’s doing me a favor, he takes back my package and made it such that it required a physical signature.  Not even the option to sign the slip and put what he clearly figured was likely theft, on my hands.

Needless to say, I explained to the UPS agent that I did not like this procedure, and that if I have carrier options, I may consider alternates, and that if I absolutely have to use UPS, that I’m clearly going to have to ship to locations where drivers might not panic and try and play god over my purchased belongings.

Nobody wins with jaywalking

Long story short: Atlanta police officer inadvertently runs over pedestrian, killing him.  Family up in arms, accuses officer of speeding.  Caveat: pedestrian was jaywalking when it occurred.

What we have here is a scenario where nobody wins.  Pedestrian obviously loses, because he’s now dead.  Family loses, because they can point their fingers all the way, but a police officer isn’t going to get more than a slap on the wrist because he ran over a guy that was breaking the law, regardless of how innocuous jaywalking seems.  And frankly, the police officer himself is going to lose, because accidental or not, he’s got blood on his hands, and has to live with it for the rest of his life.

But the fact is, I’m most definitely pro-police in this debate.  Jaywalking might seem harmless, and I’m not going to pretend like I don’t capitalize on a deserted road when I have them to cross, but on that same token, I’d be on the side of the driver that ran me over if I were run over while I was jaywalking.  It’s still illegal and it’s still done at your own risk, with nobody but yourself to blame if you get hit while doing it.

Yes, it’s unfortunate that a life was lost in this whole debacle, but the fact of the matter is that the man was jaywalking, full stop and period.  I’ve driven on Metropolitan Road, it’s one of the few alternate routes that runs parallel with 75/85 Connector and a convenient path to and from Turner Field.  I know of the area in which this incident occurred.  And when it’s not the morning, everyone speeds down this road.  Hell, even when it is the morning and there are plenty of other cars on the road, there are still retards going 60 mph in the posted 35 zone.

I’m not condoning the act of excessive speeding, but much like jaywalking, everyone does it.  Including the cops, and including the one that hit the victim.  Two wrongs clearly do not make a right, here.

The bottom line is that the family can accuse the officer all they want, they’re not getting anything outside of verbal, and maybe some written condolences.  Daddy was jaywalking (not to mention wearing dark clothing at night) and frankly chose a poor spot to jaywalk, as it was right after the crest of a hill, where there would be no chance for anyone much less an officer have time to see someone that shouldn’t be in the middle of the road.

Now this is the part where I hope stories like this really make the thousands of idiot Atlanta jaywalkers think twice before strolling out in the middle of traffic, but who are we kidding?