In the late 1990s, BluBlockers ran a bunch of Tv Infomercials. One of those featured the "Rapper" guy. I don't know why, but this part of the infomercial seems so memorable.
You can buy BluBlockers online just about anywhere including Amazon and eBay.
Bank Account Problem
This week's video will go down as a classic moment for scam calls.
I have been getting a lot of these scam calls and over the past few weeks have been playing with them. My home and cell number must be flagged and last week one of the callers threaten to kill me.
Bank Account Issue
Listen in on this short exchange about some Suspicious funds in my bank account.
Background picture is from Columbia, California from 2002.Originally I thought this was a bank call but it was something to do with my Social Security number. Not sure how the two of them are related. I am guessing when you are not from this country, anything is possible.
KRONs Daybreak Business Report
This week's video features KRON's Daybreak Business Report from the KRON morning broadcast on September 18, 2000.
In this report find out about how Qualcomm CEO is in trouble and what Joe Montana is up to off the field.
In this report the Dow is at 10,901.75 and the NASDAQ is at 3,821.11.
Today the Dow closed at 35,227.03 and the NASDAQ closed at 15,225.15
Amazon Scam Call
This week's audio clip is nice and short. This is the Amazon iPhone scam that is going around. Basically, a recording tells you that someone has ordered an iPhone off of your account.
The "Amazon Representative" will issue you a refund if you screen share your computer. (Instead of just canceling the order and refunding any charges as any other company would do.)
This is the cleanest version of the introduction part of the call that I could get:
The call was short because I asked too many questions that weren't on the operator call sheet.
This week's media collection features six classic commercials from 1998.
- Small Solder Movie Trailer
- Walmart - Clown Commercial
- Jack in the Box - Featuring the Taco Bell Dog
- McDonalds - Eddie the Echo ordering a McDouble
- Wendy's - Chicken Nuggets for .99
- Blockbuster - Prisoners Commercial
Watch the Video
Health Insurer Quotes
This week's audio sound byte is another robot auto-dialer fail.
I got this call earlier this summer. This is a robocall for the Health Insurer Quotes (pretty generic company name eh?) The call was never able to transfer to a live operator.
These types of calls are illegal. There's no way to track the call down. Even the number that they tried to call (773) 207-1080 is a dummy number.
Listen to the Call
Travel to Cape Cod
This past Thursday, I drove down to Orleans, Massachusetts from Hopkinton, Massachusetts. I took out the GoPro Hero 9 and set up the Time Lapse.
My TimeWarp Default Settings on GoPro Hero 9: Resolution: 1080, Lens Wide, Speed Auto, Speed Ramp: Read Speed, Schedule Capture: Off, Duration: No Limit, Timer: Off, Zoom: 1.0x, EV Comp: 0, White Balance: Auto, ISO Min: 100, ISO Max: 1600, Sharpness: High, Color: GoPro, Wind: Auto.
Watch the Trip!
In the following video, I used the default TimeWarp settings. When I got to the Borne Bridge, I enabled the real speed and then went back to Hypersmooth once I was on the Cape.
Video was shot on November. 4, 2021.
This is interesting because the trip started at 4:30 pm, and ended around 6:30 pm. This means the video starts in light and ends in darkness. It's a good way to see how GoPro handles low light in Hypersmooth mode.
Senior Health Services
Recently I have been overwhelmed with phone calls from Senior Health Services. These calls are targeting senior citizens who may not know these are scam calls.
Here's a sample of one of the calls:
Facts About These Calls
These are phishing-type calls. The caller is trying to get as much personal information from you as possible. This is why these calls always start by asking your age.
Sometimes these calls start with a robot answering, sometimes it's a real person.
The calls come in bunches. The first set of calls start around 9 and the last one is usually around 7:45 pm.
If this was a litigate call, why wouldn't they say that in the caller id? Why do they need to spoof the caller id to think it is a random call?
According to the real Senior Benefit Services company, these calls are coming from various Pakistan call centers.
This week's video media features some classic commercials from California. These aired around the late 1990s.
- Al Checchi For Governor of California
- Taco Bells 12 Taco Shells for home
- Computer Learning centers
- SouthWest Airlines - "Finding Inspiration"
- Chevron Cars
- Chia Herb Garden by Terra Cotta
- Sprint PCS
These came from a couple of VHS tapes in my collection. The quality isn't 100% great.
The SouthWest Airlines looks pretty similar to the Morgan and Morgan commercial. (People blowing leaves in front of the house.) I checked and the house is different in both commericals.
Classic 1990s Commercials
The Laura Ingraham Show
Back in 2004, it was a tight race between Massachusetts Senator John Kerry and President George W Bush. The race was pretty tight as both sides were hitting the campaign trail pretty hard.
Laura Ingram had her radio show - The Laura Ingraham Show - in full swing. She spent much of her show making fun of John Kerry and praising George Bush.
In this audio clip from just hours before the polls opened, listen to how Laura tries to convince people to not vote for John Kerry. It's kind of interesting to listen to this clip 17-years later.