Happy Halloween From Bulwark Exterminating

We’re just days away from the scariest holiday of the year. We’d like to wish all our customers, friends and families a very, happy Halloween. Remember to be safe and have lots of fun.

Take a minute to enjoy a new Halloween video. There are ghosts and goblins…and then there is THIS guy!

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Rat Causes Power Outage On ASU Campus

Power across the western half of Arizona State University was out on Monday after an apparent rat found its way into one of the substations and shorted out the equipment.

Fox News’ Kelly Hessedal reported that the outage caused many professors to cancel or hold their afternoon and evening classes outside, and only a few students stranded inside some elevators needed to be rescued by Tempe Fire Department.

Rodent Causes Power Outage at ASU: MyFoxPHOENIX.com

While weather related reasons cause the majority of complications, it is not uncommon for small animals to disrupt transformers and fuses, causing temporary loss of power.

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UberTwitter Makes Uber-Mistake

I got an email just a few minutes ago from Twitter informing me that UberTwitter has officially been suspended.  I don’t use UberTwitter, but this still comes as a big announcement.  Let me share a few pieces from the email and I’ll make a few comments on them as we go along.

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First off, I would definitely like to know what policies were violated.  I’m not a developer, and it would serve no real meaning for me to know what policies were violated, other than the fact that I love good gossip and I’d at least be able to sound like an industry insider.

I’m not here to judge anyone.  If the folks at UberTwitter want to be doing some shady stuff, then that’s their business.  And if Twitter wants to suspend them, that’s their as well.  Like I said, I don’t use it, so it doesn’t affect me whatsoever.

Even more than the suspension, the aspect of this announcement that really surprises me is the following statement.

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More than 100 apps daily? Really?!  Maybe I’m missing the definition of and “application”, but how many UberTwitters, and TweetDecks, and HootSuites are there?  I know there’s a lot.  But enough that over 100 are getting axed each and every single day.

Let’s do the numbers on that.  Let’s say 100 suspended apps a day for a whole month.

100 x 30 = 3,000

So, Twitter is telling me that around 3,000 apps are suspended each month.  Now, let’s assume that getting suspended is in the minority.  That means there are thousands upon thousands of Twitter apps in use.  That just seems a little odd to me.

Now again, maybe I’m missing Twitter’s definition of an “application”. Are these figures including bots and automated programs that spam us real users all day long.  That kind that bombed my account after I simply mentioned “Taco Bell” the other day?  It definitely sounds like an opportunity to inflate some company numbers while making an important announcement that affects a “larger number of users.”

As a sports guy, this reminds me of when stadiums claim they have sold out that night’s game, when in fact they have not.  Maybe they gave some remaining tickets to some local charities.  Or maybe they still count tickets sold as opposed to fans actually in the seats.  Maybe not all the season ticket holders are at the game that night and there are empty seats in the lower bowl, but “technically”, the game is sold out.

Just some interesting thoughts on an important announcement that in no way, shape or form affects me either directly or indirectly.

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Tim Hightower Races Beanie Wells In 40 Yard Dash

I’m not exactly familiar with all the drills and activities that happen in the NFL.  Maybe a few, but not all.  So I really have to wonder just how common it is that players would have an interest in the 40 yard dash right before a game.  I know this is an important measurement in places like the Scouting Combine for upcoming rookies.  But right before a week 14 regular season game?  And someone who is already a starter? Wouldn’t they be scared of pulling a hammy?!?

One of our esteemed employees here at Bulwark has the occasional weekend gig of working at the Arizona Cardinals’ home games.  He helps with the equipment before and after the game, and during game combs one of the team areas, collecting cups and towels.

Our colleague, who shall remain nameless, brilliantly captured this never before seen footage of Tim Hightower racing teammate Chris “Beanie” Wells in the “40″ before their game last Sunday vs. the Broncos.  Any debate as to who the starter for the Cardinals should be is answered right here. Remember, you saw it here first!

And thanks to our high school videographer for editing and posting it on his YouTube channel.

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