Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign


Johnny Atsign Logo 2ANNOUNCER: From Westminster, it’s time for—

SOUND: Old fashioned telephone bell rings four times.

JOHNNY: (Groggy) Johnny Atsign.

PRO BONO: (Telephone Filter) Good morning, Johnny. Did I wake you?

JOHNNY: Ah, yeah. It’s 5 o’clock out here on the West Coast.

PRO BONO: (Telephone Filter) Sorry about that, but this is important. You’re done out there, aren’t you?

JOHNNY: I’ve run down all the leadd we’ve got.

PRO BONO: (Telephone Filter) OK. Look, I’ve got you booked on a 9 am flight from LAX to Chicago. There’s more digging to do there.

MUSIC: Theme up and under.

ANNOUNCER: The Lickspittle Broadcasting System presents W. J. J. Hoge in the transcribed adventures of the man with the action-packed Twitter account, America’s fabulous free-lance Internet investigator …

JOHNNY: Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign!

MUSIC: Theme up to music out. Continue reading

Missing Mail


Ever quick to step in it, Bill Schmalfeldt has posted a reaction to the motion I filed yesterday in the Kimberlin v. The Universe,et al. RICO Madness concerning lack of service on court filings to me by The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin (No, I won’t link to it.). Apparently, TDPK gave him the tracking number for the piece of mail that I was supposedly sent, and Schmalfeldt has published the USPS tracking information associated with it.BK_missing_mailI took that information over to the Westminster post office this morning. Although USPS policy is to hold such mail for 15 days after the first delivery attempt, there isn’t any mail being held for anyone at my address, and I have received no notice of attempted delivery. The Postal Service has opened an investigation.

There are some clues to what might have happened in the tracking information.

First, look at the time the notice was left—9:55 am. The mail for the route I am on usually doesn’t leave the post office for delivery until afternoon. In fact, while I was at the post office around 11 am this morning, they handed me today’s mail because it had not gone out for delivery yet.

Second, look at the time between Sorting Complete and Notice Left—2 minutes. In order to make it from the post office to my house in 2 minutes, the mail truck would have to average over 50 mph through downtown Westminster while going through at least three traffic lights and two stop signs.

Given those clues, I wonder … was the mail was misaddressed? In any event, I look forward to hearing the report from the USPS.

UPDATE—There is a third clue in the tracking information. There is no scan entry for Out for Delivery.

UPDATE 2—According to USPS Guidelines, if mail is being held, a second notice should be delivered on the fifth calendar day following the first attempt at delivery. I received no such notice on the 23rd.

Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign


Johnny Atsign Logo 2ANNOUNCER: From Westminster, it’s time for—

SOUND: Skype ringing once. Handset picked up.

JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.

ZOA: (Telephone Filter) Johnny, it’s Zoa. How’s that report coming.

JOHNNY: Check your email. I set you a final draft a couple of minutes ago.

ZOA: (Telephone Filter) Ah hah. It just popped up.

JOHNNY: OK. I’ll drop a hard copy off at your office in the morning. Will you need me for the trial?

ZOA: (Telephone Filter) I don’t think so. I get in touch if I do.

JOHNNY: I’ll keep the date open just in case.

MUSIC: Theme up and under.

ANNOUNCER: The Lickspittle Broadcasting System presents W. J. J. Hoge in the transcribed adventures of the man with the action-packed Twitter account, America’s fabulous free-lance Internet investigator …

JOHNNY: Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign!

MUSIC: Theme up to music out. Continue reading

Bonus Quote of the Day


He has thought the thing over and has recognized his folly; he is reproaching himself for not having followed your advice always. But there he is, converted by your words, and wiser now, so that he will no doubt alter his ways in the future and always believe in none but you.

—Second Semi-Chorus, The Wasps, Aristophanes

Potemkin Healthcare


Potemkin Websites All The Way Down is the headline on Ed Driscoll’s post at PJ Media about the Obamacare IT disaster.

I’m not sure that’s accurate. If enough layers are shoveled away, we may find something more like the Battleship Potemkin with a crew that refuses to eat the rotten meat.

Let it burn.

Ray Dolby, R. I. P.


Ray Dolby, has died. All of the obituaries will mention his staggeringly important contributions to audio engineering. I will point out one more. While still a student, Ray worked at Ampex where he was one of the co-inventors of the first practical color video tape recorder. He not only affected what you hear (and don’t hear), but how you see it as well.

A moment of silence, please.