Monday, December 29, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Burger King travels over 20,000 miles to find people who have never heard of the WHOPPER and perform the world’s purest taste test.
If there is such a thing as a Whopper Virgin, then I am probably a Whopper Crack Whore, because all of my life I have preferred the Whopper over the Big Mac. This is skewed because McDonnald’s was not widely available in Puerto Rico until I was in college, so until I was 19 or so the Puerto Rican burger market was ruled by Burger King and Wendy’s.
Even funnier is that I lived my last three years of college in an apartment building that had a BK on the ground floor, and the exhaust from the kitchen blew into our courtyard. After a week living there, the last thing you want to do is eat a burger. I did not eat there for probably my last two years living in that building.
Along the same lines, in the Army we had BK’s on base, but no McDonnald’s. The Army and Air Force use a consolidated PX, so in Germany both Army and Air Force bases had BK and no McDonnalds. If you wanted McDonnalds you had to go out of the base.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I understand the logic of hyping up the Black Friday sales, but isn’t there a way to keep the competitive spirit and the thrill of getting that one good deal but without risking customers and/or employees getting hurt?
Here’s how I would do it:
1. Break the Black Friday flyer into zones. Any customer that walks into the store before a given time, say 7 AM, gets to pick a fixed amount of items from each zone. For example, only one console from the consoles zone (this keeps people from buying all of the 360s or all of the Wiis in one shot). Other zones may be more liberal, say up to 5 DVDs under $5, etc.
2. Setup the line just like an airline or bank line.
3. One person, 18 or older, per household.
4. One hour before the store opens, each person in the line gets a card with the discount codes for the sale. You can’t check out without the card, and the card won’t give you the sale prices unless you stay within the quota, plus there will be non-sales caps.
5. High ticket items are claimed simply by grabbig a ticket from a table. Walk the ticket to the cashier, pay for it, then they’ll carry the item for you outside.
6. Once inside of the store, the customer is free to roam at will. After all, it is a loss leader sale, we want them to buy our overpriced crap so we can make a profit! The tickets are only used for high value items on the Black Friday sales flyer.
Early shoppers still get rewarded for being there early. Per customer caps are enforced without drama (“computer says no, I can’t sell you three Wiis”). And there’s no incentive to run around the store and getting hurt or hurting somebody else. You are still free to browse the store, but the 100 or so items in the Black Friday specials are not going to be browseable.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
After reviewing his client’s income, assets, and personal budget Tuesday, Morgan Stanley financial adviser Henry Dalton determined that Jason Hutchinson, 43, could make the best use of his portfolio by dropping dead at the age of 62.
Financial Planner Advises Shorter Life Span | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
The Senate’s financial rescue plan may have a better chance of passage because it’s padded with pork that may be tasty enough to get reluctant House members to bite.
Spoonful of pork may help bitter economic pill go down - CNN.com
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
So Long and Thanks for all the Fish (via Fihshsticks)
I can’t trust an animal that is more intelligent than the average human (same reason I distrust cats).
If you are still not convinced, read this:
Dolphins Evolve Opposable Thumbs, ‘Oh, Shit,’ Says Humanity
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Then I started getting that sick feeling in my stomach — the one where you start to realize how good the Democrats are at losing elections. As much as I dislike the Clintstones, I have to admit that Hillary and Bill would not be letting themselves get bitch-slapped around by the Repubes the way Obama is.
Real Dan Lyons Web Site » Blog Archive Obama has become O-boring «
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
This is an upcoming product that is trying to exist parallel to the Amazon Kindle, but without trying to make itself too big a target for Amazon to crush it. The device doesn’t have a name yet, and so far it looks promising:
- It’s as big as a sheet of paper
- Battery time measured in days, not hours
- Touch sensitive screen
- Open formats
- Very thin and light
- Sturdy screen
If they can pull it off, it will bring competition to the Kindle, even if only in mindshare, which is always a good thing for us consumers.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
They probably won’t get much sympathy from their hard-pressed fans, but America’s stars of stage and screen are being forced to give up one of the traditional benefits of their celebrity status: private jets. The soaring price of aviation fuel, which is now twice the cost of a year ago, is adding tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of a typical flight, prompting members of Hollywood’s élite to think the unthinkable and ground their personal Gulfstreams.
Like we say here in Virginia: “tough shit.”
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The Fab Four - Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (via growlyman)
I got this song stuck in my head since I saw Across the Universe. The Across the Universe version is very original (and more than a bit freaky). I couldn’t find a real Beatles video, and the only clips from the movie sucked, so I started looking for covers. The best one is by the tribute band The Fab Four.
Monday, August 25, 2008
boomtown rats _ dont like mondays (via noCoffee)
What I really hate about MY Mondays in particular is the large amount of time spent on troubleshooting instead of writing new code.
There’s always something broken.
There’s always a customer demanding attention.
By the time I am done with the firefighting drills, most of the morning is gone. And on top of that, I still ended losing half my afternoon troubleshooting my own stupid project! Grr.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Dolores had no hobbies, made no contribution to society and rarely shared a kind word or deed in her life. I speak for the majority of her family when I say her presence will not be missed by many, very few tears will be shed and there will be no lamenting over her passing.
Dolores Aguilar, 1929 - 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
It is my heart-warmed and world-embracing Christmas hope and aspiration that all of us, the high, the low, the rich, the poor, the admired, the despised, the loved, the hated, the civilized, the savage (every man and brother of us all throughout the whole earth), may eventually be gathered together in a heaven of everlasting rest and peace and bliss, except the inventor of the telephone.
Mark Twain, Christmas greeting, 1890
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
THE HOLLIES - He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (via lmj22)
Wikipedia has a fascinating entry explaining this song, its origins and connections to popular culture.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
“One of these days I’m going to cut you into little pieces,” by Pink Floyd.
This is a live piece, performed at the amphitheater in the ruins at Pompeii.
Quiin is All-Write
Best insurance against PJ writing on our walls, he would use those Magna Doodles until he wore them down. And the writing behavior is almost identical, except PJ also drew a lot in his. By the way, I am 37 and I can’t write as legible as Quiin.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Eating bacon doesn’t make you unhealthy. Being a fat bastard makes you unhealthy.
onomatopoetic, in reply to “Ham and bacon keep us healthy,” claims meat firm. At last, advertising we can believe in.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
The U.S. auto industry passed another bleak milestone Thursday as Chrysler stopped writing leases on new cars and trucks, marking the end of an era that allowed many drivers to enjoy cars they probably couldn’t really afford.
Leasing takes a lashing as Detroit cuts costs - The Driver’s Seat- msnbc.com
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I admire Apple. I love its products. But this is bullshit.
Real Dan Lyons Web Site » Blog Archive Imagine if any other CEO pulled bullshit like this «
Saturday, July 26, 2008
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Gas prices declined for the 9th straight day, falling below $4 a gallon for the first time in seven weeks, according to a nationwide survey Saturday by motorist group AAA.
Gas dips below $4 - first time in 7 weeks - Jul. 26, 2008