Mr Dinkles

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For fun I’ve added a webcam on Becky’s guinea pig, Mr. Dinkles.  I’m not sure how well this will work, planning to have it upload every sixty seconds so we’ll see if it updates.

 

 

Old 78′s

Finally got around to transferring some old recordings of Joseph Lanzetti (Judy’s grandfather) to the computer.  Al from The Loft Recording Studio in Bronxville copied our old 78 RPM records to audio cassette a number of years ago.  I used Audacity and a Tascam US-100 to copy the tape to our PC and then process as MP3.  The recording is a bit scratchy, but amazing to hear this moment in time.  I am hoping to add more as time permits, but the conversion is time-consuming and life is busy.

Stubhub Fail

Judy and I have a partial season ticket plan with the NY Islanders.  The plan includes all the local rivals, and we had a pair of tickets to see the Isles play the Devils on December 28.  That wound up being a conflict as we were celebrating Christmas that day with some of the family, so I decided to try StubHub to sell my tickets.  The process of listing the tickets was seamless, they even allowed me to scan and upload the tickets as PDF files.  A few days after I listed the tickets they were sold, and the money was deposited into Paypal.  Seemed like it had all worked out well.

About 7:15pm on December 28 I received an email from StubHub telling me the venue had refused entry to the purchaser of my tickets.  They refunded the buyer and charged my credit card for the sale transaction.  When I contacted them they told me that the venue (Nassau Coliseum) doesn’t accept scanned tickets for entry to events.  Not much I can do at this point other than wonder:

1: Why does StubHub allow listing scanned tickets if venues don’t always accept them?

2: Why can’t the Coliseum accept a scanned ticket when they can tell it’s valid via the barcode?

Anyway, just a warning if you are planning to sell tickets on StubHub.  If you have actual tickets (and not the downloaded PDF tickets that Ticketmaster provides) then you need to physically ship tickets to the purchaser.