A blog by Jacob
It is the year 2018….
Facebook stops working….
No one notices
Today is April 1: April Fools Day. Unfortunately, I think our celebration of this “holiday” has deteriorated. We’ve gone from playing clever pranks after which everyone can laugh, to lying to people and laughing at the victims because they had enough trust to believe what was said.
These provisions were intended to protect both the safety and privacy of Fort Collins residents. Since both of those things are important to me, I placed my address on the do-not-solicit list.
I rarely have problems with solicitors. Occasionally I get someone knocking on my door who wasn’t paying close enough attention to their list. I usually remind them that we are on the no-solicit list and they very apologetically leave (quickly). However, tonight’s solicitor was particularly dumb.
Some girl with a Direct TV badge came knocking on my door in the dark at about 7pm. I informed her that I was on the no-solicit list. She responded that she would gladly take us off her Direct TV list. I told her that I shouldn’t be on her list in the first place, because I’m on the no-solicit list. As I noticed that she didn’t have the city-issued solicitor badge, I informed her about the Fort Collins law and told her that it is illegal for her to be knocking on any doors without a permit, especially not doors like mine which are on the no-solicit list. She told me that she was new to the area and was unaware of the solicitation laws, apologized, and left.
I usually feel a little bad when I have to tell a solicitor that they’ve made a mistake. I mean, they’re just trying to do their job. But what happened next with this Direct TV girl made me wish that I was a little more firm and direct.
Two minutes later, she knocks on my door again. When I open the door and she sees me, she says, “Have I already knocked on your door?” To which I respond, “What are you still doing knocking on doors? I told you it is illegal!” She runs off, probably just to knock on my neighbor’s door.
The poor girl. Apparently she was not with it enough to figure out which doors she has knocked on, but then to make the mistake of knocking on the same door twice with the guy who lectured her on the solicitation laws.
I saw this from a BYU Police Beat:
Oct. 4 – A woman was reported grilling chicken in the library. She said it was for a project requiring students to break a social norm.
I have to say, that is a little better than the time that I baked bread in the Computer Science T.A. offices in the basement of the Talmage building. I had everything measured out in a bread maker. Brought it all in and plugged in the bread maker, and had bread a couple of hours later.
I may be a computer geek, but I also appreciate correct grammar, and I’m seeing some inconsistencies in text of the popup notice.
Since the noun “pages” is plural, I would expect it to be used with a plural form of the verb: “are.” Instead, I’m seeing “pages is not” which is certainly incorrect. But I am able to explain it away because you could read it as, “The product offering, Google+ Pages, is not ready for everyone.” In this case, it might make sense to keep the verb in the singular form.
But wait! If you read the explanation text, Google suddenly refers to pages as “them,” which is certainly plural.
So what is it, Google? Is your Google+ Pages offering not ready? Or are you still releasing them to everyone?
It happened on July 27, when the woman – who doesn’t want to be identified – told police she thought she’d been burglarized. The missing item? Just one: her remote control.