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Some updates on stuff going on!

The A/V receiver seems to be on its way--matter of fact, FedEx reported it arrived in Orlando this morning, though it's not scheduled to be delivered until tomorrow. That was a little bit of an ordeal. I ordered it last Tuesday, and had heard nothing, so I e-mailed the retailer on Monday asking for an update. It's shipped, came the response, and I'll get an e-mail once the carrier scans it in. A bit light on details, frankly, so I kinda looked at it as a delaying tactic. But I still wanted the thing, and wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt, so I waited. Wednesday rolled around with no shipping notification, though. So I wrote again and said look, I need a valid tracking number by the end of the day or I'm canceling the order and reversing the charge. That seemed to do the trick--they passed me on to a guy who both e-mailed and left a voicemail, promising a tracking number, and sure enough I got a FedEx notification not too long after that. It could be a box with 22 pounds of rocks in it, I suppose, but at least SOMETHING is on the way. I'll believe it when I see it, of course.

I'd also ordered a new basketball post and hoop/backboard from Amazon, and they'd been dragging their feet on shipping too, until today. It did say the thing was out of stock with more on the way, and it's Amazon so I wasn't worried. But that finally shipped today, which is nice. Not set to arrive until Tuesday, for some reason. I'm hoping it gets here over the weekend, I could knock out that installation.

I finally almost finished the book I've been reading forever! Sheesh. I say almost because there are some appendices and footnotes I want to look through. Weird, though--usually if I have trouble getting through a book I just ditch it and move on to something else. Life's too short to slog through a book, you know? But this one.. it wasn't that I didn't find it interesting, or even that the writing style wasn't good. It's just.. the author liked to take 4 pages to say what he could have done in 1, which made 800+ pages out of what should have been 300 or so. Fascinating book nonetheless, though--it's They All Love Jack by Bruce Robinson, about Jack the Ripper. The guy took like 12 years to research and write the book, so it's definitely thorough. His premise is that there was never really any mystery about the identity of the Ripper, or at least there shouldn't have been. But because the Ripper was a Freemason like much of the establishment of Victorian England, the police effectively looked the other way and buried evidence to keep him from being caught. He also identifies--convincingly, I would add--his candidate for Jack the Ripper, which (spoiler?) was a man named Michael Maybrick, who was a musical star of his day. He can't prove it conclusively at this far remove, especially since much of the evidence has been lost or--oddly--remains under official seal even 125+ years later. But he certainly makes a good case for it. Interesting stuff if you're of a mind--just be prepared for a long read, with lots of rage against the Ripper himself as well as the men who conspired to see him go uncaught and unpunished.

Man, I am just incapable of making a short post, even when that was my intention. But oh well, most of you have been around long enough to expect that, right? Anyway, have a great weekend. :)

Date: 2016-12-16 10:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theidolhands.livejournal.com
That's wasn't long in my books and it had substance, so no harm there at all.

Amazon has been sucking for me, I'm really put off by parcels delayed for MONTHS without warning. No good at all for gifts or practical items you needed for work, etc. Plus...it's tricky & pesky to keep remembering checking on something for months -- easy to get ripped off. I've had issues with Ebay and the one thing Amazon made me receive by FedEx (there was no other way) was a disaster too, although I was lucky to get the item as it was left at the wrong address and ON A PORCH (lots of security). The person was honest, the parcel was large, and so they wanted the danged thing out of there.

So...I've resorted to returning to brick and mortor. Far more time consuming, less options, and what is known as "the San Francisco tax" when things are unduly marked up. Plus, right, CA steep state tax (that they laughably tried to raise this past election).

Had no idea there was over a 100 theories at this point or that such brutal slaying of women at that time of mass immigration and poverty had led to any confusion about specifically which murders were "Jack's". I just took a quick glance for at the last theory I'd seen that I had found convincing, but...now I've got more to think about on the matter.

Date: 2016-12-19 08:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cp.livejournal.com
Usually Amazon is quick for us--we pay for Prime because we're always ordering stuff, so it's usually 2-day shipping and occasionally next-day, which is nice. I'll order used books and whatnot which come from third-party sellers and take a while, but I expect that so it doesn't bother me. They did warn me that the basketball thing was out of stock at the moment, so I can't fault them on that even though SOME kind of indication (are we talking days? weeks?) would have been nice. Ah well, it's on the way now so that's good. :)

Yes, apparently there's a whole subculture of 'Ripperology,' people who study the Ripper phenomenon and history and posit theories about his identity. Mr. Robinson (author of the book I just read) shreds those people too, because they tend to accept as gospel the records and testimony of the police and courts of the time, and the point of Robinson's book is that none of that can be trusted because it was all manipulated to prevent the apprehension of the Ripper. And to my mind, he proves it pretty well. Critical evidence at the crime scenes overlooked, erased, or later disregarded. Witnesses who were never called to testify. Medical examiners changing their reports and testimony. All that sort of thing. Either the whole lot were totally incompetent (which can never be ruled out, of course) or they were actively scheming to create a mystery where there should have been none, and in effect encouraging the Ripper to keep killing. Quite chilling indeed, to think of it that way.

Date: 2016-12-17 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thewayne.livejournal.com
Wow, I hope the rocks have proper HDMI inputs! I heard they had problems with the IEEE specs for those. I got my Onkyo via Amazon, if you need to cut and run I can send you the model. It's been discontinued, and I got a refurb, but it's been 100% (except the bluetooth, which I've used less than a handful of times from my phone, cuts out occasionally and sometimes when it powers on the power relays sit there clicking on and off. Solution: turn it off for a couple of seconds).

Date: 2016-12-19 08:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cp.livejournal.com
I posted an update earlier--it was supposed to come Saturday but FedEx happened to show up 5 minutes before my wife got home. It was supposed to be re-delivered tomorrow, but they showed up today after all and my wife was home, so it's there waiting for me now. Can't wait to go home and see if they sent the right unit, or if it's a refurb or something. I won't trust these people until I see it's a new, factory-sealed, USA-branded unit. Stay tuned. :)

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