OT: Ticketmaster

So… pretty much any ticket you buy for anything has to be bought through Ticketmaster now, with “convenience fees” of about 25%. There’s no competition, usually no option of calling the box office to buy tickets directly, and often no option of GOING TO the box office to buy tickets directly.

Basically, Ticketmaster has a choke-hold on the market and gets their cut on everything.

It’s hard to imagine other fields where this would be even remotely legal.



How old would y’all say Gramma’s supposed to be? Because horrifyingly enough she can’t be a whole lot older than I am, and the things she says don’t reflect the world of my youth.

I think a lot of cartoonists (and other writers) have a fixed mental image of grandparents being of the same generation as their own grandparents, forgetting that time has passed: today’s grandparents came of age in the 1950s, 60s, or even 70s, not the 20s, 30s or 40s.

Totally OT other than the fact that the lightning was why today’s CIDU went up half a day late

robin computer

Okay, so big boom and the neighborhood went dark. Once power was restored and my wife switch on her computer (Compaq PC) this afternoon, this was the screen and the computer isn’t responding to any keyboard commands. We rebooted several times, with and without various accessories attached.

Any suggestions other than “Well, the computer lived a long and full life”?

(In hindsight we should have unplugged it to eliminate any chance of a sudden power surge doing damage, but that’s not the sort of thing you think of when everything’s dark at 4am)

מחוץ לנושא [OT]

I know there are a number of Israelis who visit here regularly, so perhaps somebody can provide some answers.

Saw The Band’s Visit yesterday (which takes place in Israel). Granted, my Hebrew education ended fifty years ago (almost to the day), so I know this will seem presumptuous, but a sign referring to cellphones as פלאפונים just looked very wrong to me (and when I got home, I couldn’t find any such translation).

And continuing my pickiness, one of the songs referenced “like a deer in the headlights.” Is this really a phrase in Israel? Do they have deer in Israel? Honestly that question had never occurred to me before yesterday — but even if they do, “deer in the headlights” just seemed awfully American.

(spoiler: the score was written by an American)