Energy surcharge is bullshit

I get water delivery through water.com, and each month they tack on $2 for "energy surcharge."  I don't mean to single them out, but every time I see this it pisses me off, not just because of the $24/yr more I'm paying than their advertised price, but because this is scammy business practice that simply must stop.

Ever since the gas price spiked in the early-00s, companies with delivery fees have been adding this charge - which is fine, if you honestly believe adding this "surcharge" is necessary to cope with a temporary situation.  However, by now you should know exactly how much you need to charge to stay in business.  That means my water delivery bill should not show up as $25.99 and $2 surcharge, you should go ahead and fucking charge me $27.99 - and advertise this as your price.  The only reason companies would still have an adjustment/surcharge for an event from several years ago is either you are 1) incompetently slow to react to changes, or 2) unethically gouging me.  Which is it, water.com and a lot of other companies?


Blast from the Past

Looking through old pictures, I found this from 2002-03-09

At Swivel I used to pass by this place a few times a month, on the way to the Ferry building for lunch.  I don't have that sweatshirt anymore, but I'm thinking about buying a new one and taking a 8-years-apart picture sometime in March.  That should be fun.

Also, I miss fishing.

Comments from Posterous

Visnu Pitiyanuvath: wow, skinny

Hwan-Joon Choi: damn why does everyone keep saying that. i was probably like 165lb back then, 180lb now... web 2.0 free food 15 lb

Visnu Pitiyanuvath: maybe it's the bulky sweatshirt hiding your bulky 165 lbs.


note to self: languages to learn

delayed new year's resolution learn these languages/platforms this year:
  • python
  • haskell
  • erlang
  • xna, ps3 platforms
  • lua


postfix set up!

Trying to set up an email account at grizzlypanda.com so I can add it to LinkedIn... I was finally able to set up postfix on choibean.com (same apache instance), hopefully adding grizzlypanda should be easy.  I mostly followed the directions on linode.com while making some minor adjustments.  I also had to make changes to my MX record but I'm not 100% sure if that was necessary.  If this was a real full time job I think it may have been worth just paying $10/yr GoDaddy email account, but at least I learned something (kinda).