June 29th, 2010

monkey pirate

Cold Ride

An interesting weather phenomenon today. A first in my experience. There was atmospheric condensation that was slightly too heavy to be called fog, but far too light to be called rain. It's not that there were drops of water falling from the sky - but rather enough water in the air for it to condense on anything that happens to be there.

All very interesting, except I was on Bluesephalus, the trusty Vespa this morning. Further, I'd neglected to wear a jacket. So as soon as I got under way, water starts to condense all over me. Only it's only a tiny amount of water, so the wind from zipping along the highways and byways of Los Angeles is more than sufficient to evaporate it just as fast as it condenses.

What kind of reaction is evaporation, class? It's an endothermic reaction! Which means it leaves the surface on which it occurs colder than before the reaction. So in addition to the wind on a cold and misty morning, I've got a constant cooling reaction occurring all over my body. This makes for a cold commute. I was sure I'd arrive at work pretty damp, too - moist, even. But no, just cold.
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monkey pirate

PirateMod sucks

Ages ago (more than two months) I ordered a passel of stuff from PirateMod. I got a sweatshirt from them before that I really liked, and hey....pirate! So I was inclined to like them. Well, they never shipped any of the stuff I ordered, some of which was for pyr8queen for our two year anniversary. Obviously that didn't arrive in time.

I wrote to them and wrote to them and never got a response. I began to think they'd gone out of business and scarpered with my dosh. Finally I looked them up, and found a phone number. I wrote and told them I was going to contact the BBB, as well as file in small claims court to get my money back. I also called and left a message to that effect. They finally answered.

That was over two weeks ago, and despite their promises, they only shipped three of the 7 things I'd ordered. They also promised to send along some extra swag to make up for it, which they did not do. I just want my money back for the stuff I didn't get at this point.

Anyway, if you're ever tempted to order from PirateMod, let me urge you not to do so. They won't ship you your stuff, they won't respond to any questions about orders, and all together, they give pirates a bad name.
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