The Unbearable Banishment: cell phone jammer: the backlash begins

Sunday, March 15, 2009

cell phone jammer: the backlash begins

Someone from San Diego landed on my blog using the following search phrase:

How to get past a cell phone scrambler

Oh, is that so? Is it a war you’re looking for? You want a piece of my jammer? Who are you? Some smarty-pants pencil-pushing desk jockey from Verizon?

I’ll lay odds that if your tech guys invent a way to override my cell phone jammer, my tech guys (whom I’ve never met. They’re someplace in Hong Kong.) will invent a device to override your cell phone jammer override device. Pretty soon my bag will be weighed down with electronic espionage and counter-espionage gadgets.

I don’t mean to get all George W. Bush on you but bring it on, junior. I found out firsthand that when I respectfully ask someone to lower their voice, all I get is a dirty look and a suggestion that I go fuck myself. I didn’t want to get all illegal-Chinese-electronics on your ass but my hand was forced. I will fight for my right to nap on a quiet train.

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Over the weekend I was listening to Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black. I hadn’t heard it in quite a while and I forgot how great it is. It’s a shame she’s such a train wreck because, ladies and gentlemen, that album is the real deal. It’s compelling and listenable from beginning to end. Nowadays, I only ever hear of her when she’s being picked on by the British tabloids. I hope like hell she can pull her shit together one of these days because I’d love to hear more from her. Poor girl.

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I have a vicious bout of the old ennui this afternoon. Maybe it's the relentless gray skies. Perhaps it’s too much Amy Winehouse. Hope it passes real soon.



Blogger Please Don't Eat With Your Mouth Open said...

Back to Black is such a good album. One of my faves, I dig it out every so often - there's not many albums you can listen to the whole way through without skipping a track.

As for cellphone jammer war - if people choose to be obnoxious with their phones, they must face the consequences...

March 15, 2009 at 4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think scrambler is different than jammer. The searcher is probably looking for ways to eavesdrop on scrambled rather than "open" cell phone transmissions.

Or, possibly, trying to unlock a stolen phone.

I admire your willingness to rise to the challenge, however.


March 15, 2009 at 5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Winehouse has emphysema, right? Even if she gets her shit together - she isn't going to be singing for too many years.

March 15, 2009 at 6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think rob is right - scrambler is different.

but i'm delighted to know that Captain Justice T. Jammer is undeterred in his quest!

March 15, 2009 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Jo: That’s true! Generally, I don’t put this on unless I have the time to listen to the entire album strait through uninterrupted.

Rob: Scrambler! Jammer! What’s the difference?! Stay out of my way.

Annie: Emphysema? Is that true?! I hadn’t heard that. I hope not. What a waste.

Daisy: GRRRR. I’m pretty tough in my anonymity. Got help me if I ever have a face-to-face confrontation.

March 15, 2009 at 8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn I wish my speakers were working - I love that song

March 16, 2009 at 5:22 AM  
Blogger Digital Fortress said...

I will join your coalition of the willing if Operation Cellphone Jammer escalates to full out hostilities.

March 16, 2009 at 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worry that is Winehouse does get her demons (ie addictions) under control her music will suffer. I hate to say but some people do better work when their lives are a mess.

March 16, 2009 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Nurse M: You have to find a way to hear this song. It’s not the album version. It’s just her and an electric piano in a studio. It’s fantastic. Get some new speakers! And don’t forget a floor woofer.

DF: Thanks for your support. You’ll have to wear an armband, learn a special hand shake and get a tattoo on your ass.

Pop: Some people? Are you thinking of anyone specifically?

March 16, 2009 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger Barlinnie said...

I recently had an inquisitor land on my blog after searching for 'Hugh Hefner's private number'

Now do I look like the type of fella who would have the number to hand of anyone with such a bad syrup?

Don't answer that!

March 16, 2009 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger A Free Man said...

That Amy Winehouse album was great, but I think that's all she's got in her. One hit wonder. Probably dead before 30.

March 19, 2009 at 5:21 AM  
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