Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Lexus + algae = ?

Okay, I've replaced the keyboard -again- after that last Nigelpalozza. I think some of the other good bubblebloggers are on top of this but as I am on the SacBee news feed this showed up: Mosquito Bubble

Lexus in the driveway, algae in the pool, NOD in the mail.

69 comments:

BJ said...

First, murst and all that... anybody here??☺

Anonymous said...

Cursed! To never be first and now I missed out on Murst!

LOL said...

Thoist!

LOL said...

OT but we now know that KC owns more than two shirts.

The Original Kevin™ said...

As we know,
There are known knowns.
There are things we know we know.
We also know
There are known unknowns.
That is to say
We know there are some things
We do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns,
The ones we don’t know
We don’t know.

The Dude said...

Dammit....Dammit....Dammit
I am relegated to the lower level of loosers. Next thing you know I'm going to have to get a looser W-2 job. I am forlorn

Rob Dawg said...

"As you show homes for sale or visit unoccupied properties, please assist us by reporting unmaintained swimming pools, ponds, fountains etc. to the district," states a letter being e-mailed to 6,500 agents today by the district and the Sacramento Association of Realtors.

We get jaded. This is a huge warning sign. 8 months into a home price collapse and we've got a problem with dangerously unmaintained properties? This means these people cannot afford the utility bills and enough to pay a pool service. They have a home (duh) so they have credit cards at the very least. Look in your wallet dear reader of prudent behavior. How much would you owe if those slivers of plastic were all maxed out? Were they all maxed out could you pay them back? Ever? No. Your credit cards are the same as is in these peoples' pockets. They aren't going to pay back any dirty penny either. Green pools are real bottom of the crisis stuff. This early is ominous.

Rob Dawg said...

I can only imagine a box of Mrs. Dude's shattered crystal in the dining room as Dude rushes to respond to the EN alarm.

BJ said...

@Dude
Man, you got to get it together.. 33 minutes after initial post!!

Aspeth said...

Unofficial data is showing that Sacramento is home to more idiots per capita than any other city in the United States.

Early hypotheses specuvested that Salt Lake City would lead the nation, but even with the state's rampant inbreeding, still only made the Top Five.

Sources are unsure if California's governator is an unchecked link in the region's high dumbass count.

Akubi said...

Can someone explain why I can no longer find my blog by Googling "6 Degrees of Casey Serin"?

R-Boy said...

can someone post thee text of the sacbee article for those of us who dont want to register

Rob Dawg said...

Aspeth, it is too soon to start passing out the Ignobel Prizes in Economics.

Sacto sure but Las Vegas will crash later but harder and Phoenix is bigger and shakier. Two named storms at any one landfall and any Florida Metro vaults to the top of the list. Persistent $4 gas and the Inland Empire gets the brass ring. See? Sacto is pretty bad. Indeed da Governator today is finally coming to grips with the structural deficit. Not good for Sacto. Weather's been getting crappier too. July and Sacramento are not two words you want to hear in the same sentence.

Keep Sacto in mind but hold off on the statue.

Rob Dawg said...

New front in war in mosquitoes

Real estate agents urged to report untended pools, ponds.

By Jim Wasserman - Bee Staff Writer
Published 12:00 am PDT Monday, May 14, 2007

Thousands of unsold and empty houses in the Sacramento region are fast becoming breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

As the region's housing slump creates more vacant houses and a growing excess of homes in transition between buyers and sellers, Culex mosquitoes that can spread the West Nile virus to birds, other animals and humans are thriving in uncared-for swimming pools, garden ponds and yards flooded by broken sprinklers, said David Brown, manager of the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District.

"A 5-gallon bucket can literally produce a thousand mosquitoes a week," Brown said. "Multiply that by the surface of a pool and you see how many mosquitoes can affect an entire neighborhood. These mosquitoes can fly one to five miles."

Sacramento Association of Realtors spokesman Greg Vlasek said there are 9,672 houses for sale in the mosquito district's Sacramento and Yolo counties coverage area alone.

Nearly 1,400 have swimming pools.

The district is calling in a new cavalry in its war on mosquitoes: real estate agents.

"As you show homes for sale or visit unoccupied properties, please assist us by reporting unmaintained swimming pools, ponds, fountains etc. to the district," states a letter being e-mailed to 6,500 agents today by the district and the Sacramento Association of Realtors.

Brown said the plea -- a first for the district -- follows growing numbers of complaints from Sacramento and Yolo county residents about algae-filled swimming pools, small kiddie pools, spas and ponds in their neighborhoods.

It's also happening in Placer County.

"When a home is in transition, things aren't always maintained as much as they should be," said Dr. Jamesina Scott, vector ecologist for the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District.

"Mosquitoes that develop in an unmaintained swimming pool will fly a minimum of one-fourth of a mile and some of them can easily fly two miles. Within that radius you can appreciate how many homes there are."

The glut of houses that are empty or for sale is aggravating what's already expected to be an earlier West Nile virus season than last year.

Mosquito control officials say late spring rainfall followed by high temperatures yielded an ideal combination for mosquito breeding.

Their aim now is to find and treat as many uncared-for pools as possible with larvicides and fish that eat mosquito larvae.

"Every time a female mosquito lays her eggs, it's 100 to 300 at a time," said Sacramento-Yolo technician Lisa Fitzgerald, spraying larvicide into a filthy green pool at a vacant house in Carmichael on Friday.

"She also puts a scent on the water that says, 'This is a perfect place to come lay your eggs.' "

Fitzgerald didn't know the status of the house along busy Fair Oaks Boulevard.

But it was like more and more houses she sees now -- home to a murky backyard pool that eventually prompted complaints from neighbors.

"There's a lot of houses for sale where the pool isn't being maintained," she said.

"I was at a pool at just a beautiful house. The backyard was just beautiful. Then there was the pool. It was in foreclosure."

Fitzgerald finished spraying, then dumped in a dozen minnow-sized fish to eat larvae that grow into adults in seven to 10 days.

"They'll maintain it until it's drained," she said.

As real estate agents add mosquito patrol to their duties, there are more than 14,000 homes for sale in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. Most are on the market two months or longer, according to Sacramento-based researcher TrendGraphix.

The rising number of foreclosures is also emptying out more houses in the capital region. More than 1,500 homeowners lost homes to banks the first three months of 2007 in Amador, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties, according to La Jolla-based DataQuick Information Systems.

Add to that a large but unknown number of empty houses owned by investors.

At the height of the region's housing boom in 2004, more than one in four Sacramento County home sales were to investors, according to DataQuick.

The U.S. Census Bureau says a record 2.8 percent of all homes are vacant as the sales slowdown continues.

"We just want Realtors to check, peek over the fence if there's a suspicion there's a problem like that," said Vlasek, the Realtors association spokesman.

"If they're out on one that's in foreclosure or unoccupied, please report it to vector control."

Fitzgerald, for one, welcomes the help.

"They know where the empty houses are before we do," she said.

NoDebtWhatSoEver™ said...

r-boy, don't click on the link, instead copy and paste it into your browser

http://www.sacbee.com/101/story/178766.html

(They seem to have some dumbass redirect in place if you click on a link to access the page).

Jake said...
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Anonymous said...

all of these mosquitoe-larvae eating fish that are dumped into the putrid pools......... what happens to them when the pool is drained? will there be mass genocides of these little fishie dudes that are being exploited for their larvae-eating abilities?

i'm calling peta.

Anonymous said...

Rob! Fuck you, and fuck your daughter!

Rob Dawg said...

Jake, your question is actually very complex as is the answer. Yes, it isn't difficult to clean your own pool but...

1. These are irresponsible numbnutz who are maxed out on credit losing their houses regardless.

2. The influx of cheap labor has made it cost effective to pay people while the homeowner works their various jobs.

3. There's a lot of rich people that distort the general perception of what is normal. The Paris Hilton effect.

jiggy said...

what a freaking little pussy, hiding behind "anonymous". scared to come out of the shadows where all of the other slimy, creepy, crawlies hide?

jiggy said...

that was directed to anonymous @11:08 am btw :)

Rob Dawg said...

Ooops. Looks like somebody found where Great Aunt Prudence hid the Elderberry wine this time. Pardon any inconvienience as I clean up after the ugly drunk.

Benoit™ said...

I took a look at some of the "extra photos" that went with the C-Net article. I particularly liked this one. The standard peach fuzz "VanDyke" that hasn't grown in months. The vague 1000-yard stare. The murse strap. The designer shirt. The feminine haircut.

The gaydar™ meter exploding due to overload. Would make a perfect pic to troll the Sacramento craigslist "romantic encounters" crowd. Hell, forget gay, hook the kid up with some females.

Really though, he looks like a rather stylish homeless man. Which, in a way, I guess he is. :-p

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 11:08 AM:
Real display of class, Bozo... Leave the man’s daughter out of it, shit for brains!

king friday the 13th said...

oh yeah phoenix is gonna crash, and crash hard. If you've ever had the pleasure of flying into PHX, I urge you to look out the window. you will see vast tracks of empty land as far as the eye can see.

traffic is almost as nightmarish as orange county. I have been in a trafic jam at 4am on I-10. everytime I see a traffic jam, I weep for the polar bears.

The Dude said...

Due to my lack of high tech skillz, Snowflake handles all that stuff for me.....but since he's busy setting up his sweet server, I'll pose the question here for all you loosers.

Can't Dawg see 11:08 Anonopussy's IP and ban/block his ass?

Mozatta said...

Ah ha, so Snowflake is responsible for cancer and other deadly diseases.

The Dude said...

NAR Speaketh

"NAR President Pat V. Combs, from Grand Rapids, Mich., and vice president of Coldwell Banker-AJS-Schmidt, said a flattening in home prices is encouraging. "It appears the worst of the price correction is behind us," she said."

Whew!....glad to know that THIS is the bottom...now I can sleep at night.

Anonymous said...

Those NAR guys sure call bottom a lot. The big question is: Do they call Nigel, or Casey?

The Dude said...

Good point....somebody needs to find out if Nigel signed off on that statement; otherwise, it's not "official". After all, he does have an award winning blog and a pond with fish and stuff.

Rob Dawg said...

Dude, I can but the sicko rolls IPs and any bulk blockage is giving in to the tard. You know think about it. Who have I so pissed off so much that this is warranted? Of course no one but that isn't the point. My best guess is that this toad is trying to hurt me only because they can't really hurt me. If I were arrogant beyond my skills or nasty without justification or exhibited some other fatal personality flaw they'd be satisfied right? Jealousy is an obvious answer. Wow, talk about setting low goals for oneself.

Rob Dawg said...

Snowflake is responsible for cancer and other deadly diseases.

West Nile is no laughing matter.

Stephanie J. said...

@Benoit™
You know, the more I look at that kid, the more I think he should just give up his dreams of Real Estate, and take up modeling.

He's got the perfect features for it, and that patented look of self-absorption that these male models have. I can totally see him in a magazine, toting some trendy clothes and leather DKNY murses or something.

Nigel's Guest Blogger said...

If you need a laugh, the genius amongst us, Flailing Forward, apparently was contracted by Gold Medallion homes and put together a gem of a jingle for them:

Let's All Sing Along!

Take a listen, made me laugh! (Based on their real company song!)

NotAnOptimist said...

@Stephanie J.
He can be the "what NOT to wear" model.

Stephanie J. said...

@ the Anon Troll
STFU

Trolling doesn't make you relevant; it just reveals that a collosal loser you are.

Ogg the Caveman said...

@ Stephanie J:

He could be the "before" guy in home gym commercials.

Mozatta said...

@ Rob

And cancer is?

The Endgame Is Afoot said...

@ Benoit

Thanks for the link to the extra pics.

KC looks like s--t in those pics. He's aged a couple of years so far this year, and doesn't look like he's had a haircut yet this year. Looks depressed.

Quite an image! Who wouldn't want to partner with him on a $1.5B casino!!

flailing forward said...

Thanks, NGB.

@ Rob
I got the standard "go away" response back from Blogger about RCS. I also emailed the FBI to see if they could tell me where to go to find out if the guy was breaking any laws. Their response:

"If you have been threatened or think someone's life is in danger,
please contact your local and/or state police immediately!"

In other words, go away. Helpful aren't they?

Anonymous said...

He has a new entry people

Akubi said...

Benoit,
I wonder how much $ KC (or his corporation) spent highlighting his hair for the photo shoot.

Jean Valjean said...

@ANON 12:21

cut-n-paste it here.

there are those of us who have sworn going to his site.

Unless you ARE SnowShit (apologies if you aren't) and are trolling for hits.

R-Boy said...

Uh, please cut and paste that, the last article, and the comments, BECAUSE I CANT ACCESS HIS SITE STILL!!!!

Rob Dawg said...

And cancer is?

Cancer is unregulated unsustainable exogenously induced growth. What Casey did to the housing market.

R-Boy said...

nevermind, i can sometimes access his site...i see he has two sponsors now for text links...bad foreclosures and austin real estate or something

flailing forward said...

Casey has two latest posts. 8 times out of 10 you get

Server error!

The server encountered an internal error and was unable to complete your request.

Error message:
Premature end of script headers: index.php


Dudes, his new server is SWEEEEEEEEET!!! Oh, Heekee....

Agent #777 said...

Server error!

The server encountered an internal error and was unable to complete your request.

Error message:
Premature end of script headers: index.php

If you think this is a server error, please contact the webmaster.
Error 500
iamfacingforeclosure.com
Tue May 15 22:25:40 2007
Apache/2.0.54 (Debian GNU/Linux) mod_auth_pgsql/2.0.2b1 PHP/4.3.10-18 mod_ssl/2.0.54 OpenSSL/0.9.7e

Agent #777 said...

Maybe try the direct link:

http://iamfacingforeclosure.com/223/foreclosed-hated-and-down/#more-223

lawnmower man said...

Casey's latest, paraphrased:

Waaah, I can't keep my server up! GoDaddy sucks! I'm gonna go back and leech of Zewg for a bit longer! IT'S NOT MY FAULT! Oh, the sweet sweet traffic I missed!

PS: Galina wants me to shut the blog down! I'm trolling you with that nugget now so you'll come back for the next post! Seeya haterz!

flailing forward said...
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Benoit™ said...

His latest piece of dreck:

Foreclosed, Hated and Down

I don’t mind being foreclosed and “The world’s most hated blogger” but being down really REALLY sucks!

With the CNET coverage yesterday (and also a Podcast and a similar article on ZDNet) being down all day was very very bad.

My old provider has been coming down quite often because my site has been going over the CPU usage quota a lot. So I wanted to switch it over to dedicated for some time. My old provider was taking a loooong time to get the dedicated server provisioned…


I didn’t want to risk anymore downtime so I went ahead and bought a dedicated box from GoDaddy.com. Go daddy’s crappy server didn’t work even though I followed the instructions precisely. They also refused to give me support since I bought the bare-bones self-supported server for $80.

So I switched the site back to my old provider yesterday, knowing that I may come down again if the site hits the CPU limit (it’s a semi-dedicated box and they don’t want any one site to tie up the CPU too much). I can put in a ticket and they will bring it back up but there will be 10-30 mintues of downtime. That’s still better than being down the whole day!

But at the same time the semi-dedicated server is free, thanks to Zewg.com. So I can’t complain too much. I just wish we planned this out a little better.

I’m told I will be in the slideshow at #3 position on the front page of MSN tonight midnight until 9am tomorrow PST.

This is the worst time to have server downtime!! All you other bloggers, learn from me and make sure your blog has rock-solid hosting. You never know when you get featured somewhere and get tons of traffic over night.

Speaking of traffic and exposure (and haters)… my wife wants me to shut the blog down. She has had enough and she has very valid points. So I have a very hard decision to make. I will save that for another post.

Benoit™ said...

Damnit, Flailing... heh. Jinx!! I called it first, that means Rob deleted your post ;-)

lawnmower man said...
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Benoit™ said...

Actually, you're the one with the Blogger account, so delete your own post... ;-)

Mine has the cool bold highlight for the post title... hehe

Sprezzatura said...

He won't shut it down. It's too valuable.

He's trolling again, just like he said in the CNet article.

The Original Kevin™ said...

God - being 'down' sux™?? Spent all that time trying to get back up? What of his debt? Sad that it is down because after all this NEGATIVE attention he is afraid people won't be able to visit his blog?

What an idiot.

Legion said...

Hey guys,
Unless Nigel says real estate is tanking, it ain't tanking. Remember, his blogs are authoritative and award winning and he never lies...man does this guy even believe his own bullshit anymore?

Personally, when I wake up in the morning, I toss out the NYT, WSJ, and local paper, fire up the computer and head on over to the DHC site to catch up with the world.

By the way, the stock I once owned but sold when Casey mentiones stocks went down another 60 cents yesterday...so lesseee, 15K shares X 60 cents = 9000.

I swear numbnutz has really saved me a lot of money recently! I should have sold and then shorted it instead.

The Original Kevin™ said...

Oh yeah, thanks for reminding me Sprezz.... Now I can look at it as an attempt at entertainment.

lawnmower man said...

You're the one with the Blogger account, so delete your own post... ;-)

Yeah. My deleted post above was a sweet three-peat. Damn you both.

Anonymous said...

Check it out guys.

Google "most hated blogger" and Casey is in the #2 spot.

Perhaps he could start a blog about being "a worldly famous hated blogger?"

Oh, of course, Nigel would need to start one too.... his would be of an "unknown award winning blogger hated by those who hate the worlds most famous hated blogger."

Oh - and W-2 girl is NOT Galina.... You all know her, however. Hints: She's not Steph, nor is she T.

R-Boy said...

IP Address 209.159.98.# (COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS)
ISP COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS

Countrywide says hello to casey.

Sprezzatura said...

Snowflake's mad IT skillz are pathetic, and he is completely illustrating the principal of "you get what you pay for" when it comes to hosted services. He's too cheap to pay for what he really needs -- a solid dedicated server and real tech support -- so instead he is willing to deal with flakey comments and occasional downtime from the 'free' host. And this from the one asset he has that actually is capable of producing revenue.

His talent for doing exactly the wrong thing is unending.

Legion said...

Must be nice being owed money by this toothpick and reading about his trips to tahoe, a new video camera, buying a new server (Of course it was cheap and he couldn't get it working), I'm sure godaddy.com are thankful for the free plug "Go daddy’s crappy server didn’t work even though I followed the instructions precisely. They also refused to give me support since I bought the bare-bones self-supported server for $80."

No Casey, it couldn't be because you are a moron right? So now he goes crawling back to Heekee.

"All you other bloggers, learn from me and make sure your blog has rock-solid hosting."

I guess Casey thinks his blog is the Mecca of blogging, where bloggers all over the world visit to learn from the master. We are learning from you cAsey, unfortunately, once again, it's what NOT to do.

flailing forward said...

Oh - and W-2 girl is NOT Galina.... You all know her, however. Hints: She's not Steph, nor is she T.

Xena? (looks up hopefully)

Sprezzatura said...

haha. maybe she's Ogg?

Mort said...

Dude in the pool is hoping tits for tats. I'm guessing.

Ogg the Caveman said...

Did I miss something? Who's this W-2 Girl?

Arthur Wankspittle said...

flattening

Did we have flattening in our buzzword list?