RBCP on CNBC’s Corporate Terrorism

So today…got the invitation for CNBC first thing in the morning. The kids and I had breakfast at the cafe around the block. Around 1pm, we drove to Portland. Hung out at Lloyd Center mall for about an hour. Emily did some ice skating while me and Payton watched. Then went to the studio, about a mile away from the mall.

Sat around in a waiting room for awhile, then went into a studio. The interview was via satellite, so it was just me, the kids and a producer. Hooking me up to the show (I think it was based in NYC) required the producer dialing a few numbers on a couple of phones and leaving them off the hook. Once that was done, I could hear the show in my earpiece and I guess they could hear me. Strange that the audio seemed to be done via a few phones, even though they had the video feed going too. Kind of makes me wonder if I could get the phone numbers they use and hijack the phone lines. Muhaha… The first thing I heard once my audio was working was some kind of promo mentioning Wal-Mart and terrorism. When I heard that, I’m thinking, “Oh great, they’re going to yell at me for being a mean person…” Jammie told me later that they’d called it Corporate Terrorism. I was all worried before the interview that they were going to say that terrorists could use my methods of bothering Wal-Mart to overthrow the U.S. Government.

The interview lasted maybe two minutes. It went okay, I guess. I didn’t get ambushed and the anchor guy was friendly enough about it. I was all prepared for them to ambush me. On the drive to Portland, I’d decided if they called me horrible I would just agree with them and tell them when I wasn’t harassing Wal-Marts, I was out beating up old ladies in the street and setting small animals on fire. But that didn’t happen. He asked a few questions and I answered. I was thrown off a few times and stuttered a little. They played the Christmas Bows call and the call where a customer asks me for directions to the store. And that was it, it was over. The producer from New Jersey talked to me afterwards and told me that I did great and she thought the segment went flawlessly. It was a really fun experience overall. Big thanks to everyone who hounded me into going. And thanks to everyone who left suggestions and encouragement in my previous LJ entry.

The lady in the studio with us laughed when she heard Christmas Bows being cued up before the interview. And she smiled and chuckled as they were played during the interview. After it was over, she asked me all about phonelosers.org and said she would have to visit it. She wanted to know if we’d really taken over a Wal-Mart’s paging system like that and she was surprised when I told her it was actually the Fred Meyer store just a mile or 2 away. I’d told the producer that it was a Fred Meyer too, I guess she just wanted to go with it being a Wal-Mart so it would match the story better. That and half the country has probably never heard of Fred Meyer. The studio lady remarked how incredibly well-behaved my kids were and Payton talked to her nonstop about random things for 5 minutes after the interview was over.

The kids and I went back to the mall and had supper in the food court and then saw Cheaper by the Dozen 2. Payton continually called it Mine, Yours and Ours 2. Pretty witty for a 6-year-old. Played a few games at Tilt afterwards and then drove home.

A few people were supposed to record the TV show but so far all those have fallen through. Jammie’s dad screwed up his attempt to record it (damn adults and that modern VCR technology), her friend Rob completely forgot and Apok0lyps’ Tivo didn’t work. Gordo said he got it recorded, so maybe we’ll get it from him. I’ll put the video up on phonelosers.org when/if I get it.

Boston Herald and CNBC

Yesterday, some lady from the Boston Herald emailed me, wanting to do a phone interview with me regarding PLA’s Wal-Mart site. I told her I’d much rather answer her questions via email and she agreed. I didn’t get put into the article too much, I think mainly because I don’t really oppose Wal-Mart as much as she’d hoped. Here is the article from today’s Boston Herald. And here is the email of questions that I answered for her.

I’m not sure if my answers will be very useful to you, since I’ve never worked for Wal-Mart and I don’t really have an objective. But here you go…

Are you “Joe the Peacock”? (I saw that you live in Alton, Ill., but the link to Joe’s ”mentally incompetent” website has a Georgia address)

Nope, Joe can be reached at joe@—–.com. He lives in Georgia. I used to live in Illinois but I just moved to Oregon a few weeks ago. Joe might be able to give you some better answers than me, regarding Wal-Mart.

Did you formerly work for Wal-Mart? If so, in what capacity, during what period and where?

I’ve never worked for Wal-Mart before and I’ve never attempted to get a job there. I’m merely an occasional shopper there.

Do you shop there now or have you?

I try to never shop there. Sometimes it can’t be helped since they’re open later than most of the other large retail stores or they might have a certain product that the others might not have, such as a kids toy or something. I’d say I probably end up in a Wal-mart 2 or 3 times a year, but I make it a point never to make any large purchases there. While I realize that their prices are quite often lower than the other major stores, I stay away from them simply because I don’t like what they do to communities.

What do you have against the company that would make you spend time on doing a Website like this?

If you look at phonelosers.org, you’ll notice that everything I do stems from just way too much time on my hands. Even if I loved Wal-Mart, I probably would have made this page. Just as I put together the Fred Meyer page at http://www.phonelosers.org/issue/pla025.html or the 7-Eleven page at http://www.phonelosers.org/issue/pla008.html. I spend lots of money in those places. It just seemed like a funny idea when I originally put it together, which was 4 or 5 years ago.

I could say that it’s because of a few bad experiences I’ve had with the Wal-Mart in Wood River, Illinois, which are written about at http://www.brad-carter.com/consumer_alert.html. But it’s not. It’s all in good fun to me.

What’s your ultimate objective?

As far as Wal-Mart goes, I don’t really have an objective. I don’t really care for the Wal-Mart company and as a result, I try never to shop there. My Wal-Mart page honestly has nothing to do with my dislike of Wal-Mart. Since the ideas on it are so generic, really they could be applied to any retail store. I just really enjoy making entertaining content for other people to enjoy, and the Wal-Mart page is a result of that.

Lastly, are you being straight with me? I realize that this could be a prank…

Come on, do I seem like the kind of person that kids around? :)

Good luck on your article. I realize my answers are probably useless to you since I don’t have any kind of serious ultimatum with them. I’d be happy to answer any other questions for you, though, if you have any more.


I thought it was pretty retarded that she asked me if I was being straight. Here’s where the bizzare part of the story is…a producer from CNBC read the article this morning and emailed me, asking for my phone number to do an interview. I replied that I would prefer to just answer the questions via email if that was okay with her. After a few emails, we finally end up talking on the phone and she talks to me a lot about the site. In the end, she ends up wanting me to drive to Portland to do a live interview with the host of the CNBC show “On the Money.” I politely decline. She even offered to send a car for me.

Then I tell Jammie and Joe Peacock about the encounter. Both Jammie and Joe relentlessly encourage me to do it. Then murd0c starts in on me. Finally, my weak mind gives in. I’m going up there later today to talk live, via satellite, to Anchor Dylan Ratigan. It will be approximately a 4 minute segment starting around 7:40pm EST. They’re going to play some of the sound clips from the Wal-Mart page, including one that has murd0c in it. I just finished editing that clip for her to make it more TV-friendly.

I fully expect to regret this somehow in the end. The producer assures me that they’re not going to ambush me and call me a horrible person for encouraging people to give grief to Wal-mart. She says it’s going to be a “fun” segment. Something about that doesn’t click, though, since it’s a money program. I’ve never seen the show, though, and I’m too lazy to Google it. The producer seemed genuine in her phone calls and her emails, although she gave me lots of fake-sounding encouragement. We’ll see how it goes. Even if it turns sour, it’s not every day that I get to be on a nationwide TV show. That’s probably what those people on Jerry Springer think, right before Jerry spends an hour making them look like fools.

Anyone have any suggestions? Other than encouraging me to rip off my clothes on live TV and scream, “OMG HAX!@#$”


Hooray for productivity…

I don’t know why, but I’ve been working on phonelosers.org about 800% more than I normally do lately.

  • Worked a lot today
  • Wrote a new script for displaying random things all over phonelosers.org. Now instead of 50 lines of code, it’s 5 lines of code. My webhost (Cal) should be happy about that since there’s about 10 randomized things on phonelosers.org.
  • Completely revamped my advertising methods. Put it all in a flat file database. This means nothing to anyone reading this, but it’s sure going to make things easier for me. I ripped apart the PHP code from my homepage’s guestbook, found the part that looks at a database and turns it into html, and used that to display ads on phonelosers.org. Did hours worth of advertising junk this evening while the kids did their homework next to me. Guess that’s why it took hours, I kept having to pause and help them. I still need to strip some stuff out of the script to make it a little smaller, but it works. Most importantly, I learned quite a bit about php today.
  • Made a Shoutbox on phonelosers.org! I’ve been wanting to do that forever but none of the PHP shoutboxes I found would ever work on phonelosers.org even though they worked on my homepage just fine. Finally I just wrote my own, using a combination of PHP and Perl. I got hacked on the first day that I put it up – somebody forwarded the shoutbox page to a porn site. Fixed that and haven’t had any problems since then. Once I learn PHP a little better, I’ll get rid of the Perl portion of it.
  • Fixed the Fruitwall – people can post on it again
  • Did a few more anti-spam robot things so that they can’t as easily auto-spam the comments sections all over phonelosers.org. I set up a log to tell me exactly how much spam I’m preventing. Today it prevented 12 spam posts. Yesterday it prevented FIFTY-FIVE spam posts. (I spelled out the number to make it look more dramatic.) Last week I set it up so that all comments have to be manually approved by me now which eliminates 100% of the spam. But now that I’ve done this new anti-spam thing, the spam doesn’t even get to me. I’m only deleting a couple a day. Stupid spammers, they should die.
  • Modded the guestbook on my home page again to deter automatic spamming. So far I’ve gotten ZERO spams there since I did it.
  • Hey Stella – I found a really simply form-to-email PHP processer. I’ll get that working on your site tomorrow if you want.
  • Put the random Christmas banners on the top of the website last night. Jammie made one of them and I put it up this morning.
  • Worked on the PLA book a lot this week.
  • Got the kids a bed finally! Really nice bunk bed for $200 – 1/3 of what it cost at the furniture store.
  • Bought a new table for the kids room today for Legos.
  • Hooked up a hub to my modem and got my Vonage line running again. Now I’ve got twice the free long distance at only double the price!
  • Did Christmas shopping for the kids
  • Took back the $29.99 trash can I bought at Fred Meyer and got a refund. I didn’t know the City of Albany provided our trash cans for free!
  • Finished reading Mentally Incontinent
  • Paid tons of bills

Jammie & #rock

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005: Since I’ve been back, nothing too exciting has been happening. I’ve mostly been working a lot and doing very little else. I’ve been emailing Jammie a lot and catching up on the past 9 years with her, which has been nice. She visited me in 1997 during a road trip through Ohio and I haven’t really talked to her much since then. Oh yeah, I should correct my entry above – Jammie is not actually the founder of #rock. She gave me a nice little history of the channel so I’m now sharing it here since it’s such an important part of PLA heritage! Hopefully she doesn’t mind…

I was not THE founder. I was like… I guess 3rd? How it happened… back in like September 1995 (I think) I got on the internet and got one of my friends to set me up on irc. I was usually on #stuy95 (my high school) but they were kinda boring and didn’t pay enough attention to me so I went searching for greener irc pastures.

So I went onto #teen and just sat around looking for someone interesting to talk to when KCobain came into the channel and said he wanted people to start a channel with him called #rock. Me being the grunge maven that I am was all for it. So I left #teen with KCobain (who was 12 yrs old and later changed to vel0ciTY) and joined #rock. The only other person in the channel with me was Z3nsless1 or however he spelled his screenname. KCobain went to go recruit other peeps and me and hank bonded.

First few months it was a cool little rock channel. Lots of people came in that were un-PLA related and it was a lot of fun. Made some friends from that time that I still keep in touch with. Then a few months later hank gave ops to apok0lyps and zak and well… the rest is history. Man, I hated you guys :)

Isn’t this just the most informative journal entry ever?? Back to my boring life…yesterday I met a couple old friends and we ended up eating at Subway together. That’s about the highlight of my week so far. I came home from vacation to a slightly corrupted hard drive on my office computer. I have all my important stuff backed up so it’s not that big of a deal, but what a pain in the ass. Windows XP won’t boot. I went to Target and bought a new 160 gig hard drive that I haven’t gotten set up yet. I’ve been running off of the laptop since I got back. I think I might get to work on making my office computer work before I get to bed tonight.

January 2004 Entries

Saturday, 1-24-2004: Did a lot of nothing all day. I don’t have the kids all weekend so I’m bored. I worked on my bathroom a lot, something I’ve been neglecting for a few years. Finished up a wall and ripped out the old wall. Tonight me and Tricia went to see Rent at the Fox Theater in St. Louis which was good, but would have been better if we were sitting closer. Next time we spring for good seats.

Sunday, 1-25-2004: During the night there was an ice storm so everything outside is covered with a sheet of ice. It took me 15 minutes to get the ice off my car windows so I could go get a McGriddle. I stayed in pretty much all day after that, doing a lot of updating and fixing of phonelosers.org, mostly to the links page. In the afternoon I went to pick up Tricia from work which meant another 15 minutes of chopping the ice off my windows since it’s been raining all day. We went by Taco Bell for some supper and I snapped a picture of the manager after he gave me my food. Here’s the picture:

taco bell manager

Wednesday, 1-28-2004: Emily got out of school early today. Neither me or Colleen knew about it because the previous 2 days were snow days. So Emily was put into the after school program and I picked her up an hour later. Me, her and Casey went sledding for a few minutes at Vanprater Park, then came back home.

Thursday, 1-29-2004: After work, I set up a streaming PLA radio thing to play pranks on. Went to Tricia’s and we made a cardboard box car for Jordyn. Then I drove to Brighton to see what cars were parked at Zach Peters house. None. I ended up getting slightly lost and went to Jerseyville first. Today I did a lot of phone searching for Zach. I’m trying to figure out where he’s working. I took Purry to the vet today to have his tail looked at. He got into a fight with something. They recommended it be chopped off! So I’m going to pick him up tomorrow and he won’t have a tail.

Friday, 1-30-2004: Picked up the kids from school and took them sledding. Payton only rode down the hill once and I think Emily did 2 or 3 times. It was freezing out but I wanted to take them since tomorrow is supposed to be even colder. We had pizza for supper with Tricia and Jordyn.

Saturday, 1-31-2004: Stayed home all day with the kids. Bonnie brought Christian over around 10:30am or so and I kept him all day & night. We also had Ryan over a lot during the day and Jordyn, Chelse and Keirstan. So the house was pretty full and noisy. Gina stopped by to pick up a computer and drop off her own.

Lying Murd0c

Monday, 4-21-2003: Worked, around noon I was talking to Rob and we decided to go meet Murd0c at the airport who never showed up. Came back home and worked a little more. I wrote an update on phonelosers.org about the airport incident which is here.

Monday, 4-28-2003: Worked all day. I decided I needed a VCR for my porch camera so RijilV rode around town with me looking for a cheap VCR. Plus we messed with drive-thru freqs. Found out that we can talk to Taco Bell from my house.

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