Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Well, as Grumpy would say, I'm agin' it. (More after the jump.)
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Comparing current Leno to Tonight Show Leno I must conclude: Jay left the Tonight Show because the writing was too good.
1/13/10 Update: Reading some articles about the NBC Leno/O'Brien controversy it looks like O'Brien signed a contract five years ago to begin hosting the Tonight Show in 2009. Also, admittedly it looks like the writing on the Leno Show got much better after it settled in. In all their wisdom the NBC executives promptly canceled it... Then in an even brighter moved decided to screw over my Irish-American peep. We don't take that well. #TeamConan
Now I see that Schlage has a lock that can be locked and unlocked from a cell phone. From anywhere. The Jetsons side of me says, "Squee!" But the cautious side of me is concerned about the whole new security paradigm that I would need to worry about.
But, hey, maybe if I'm living in the future there aren't any security concerns. George Jetson never seemed worried about it.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Ok, so... do you remember when FedEx bought Kinko's? To me this rang with the possibility of Reese's Cups. Two great things that taste great together. I still called the store Kinko's (kinda the way that I call Reese's a peanut butter cup) even though they changed the sign to FedEx Kinko's. But today I just noticed that they changed the sign to FedEx Office. It's like the chocolate got rid of the peanut butter. What's up with that? Further, this makes me feel like they are waiting for me and my breed to die off because I know that for years (possibly years and years) I will continue to call it Kinko's. I will refer to it as Kinko's when talking to friends and co-workers. When I'm looking for another one I will ask people if they know where the Kinko's is. Kinko's has my share of mind and I'm perfectly happy with that. Good luck, FedEx, on making me change. I think of you when something absolutely, positively has to be there overnight, not when I need a copy of my D&D character notes (which, uh, yes, is why I was there today).
One entertainment from this, of course, is that it shows how Generica (the parts of America that are so generic that they are identical from place to place) has recreated in odd ways the feel of small town America. In another ten years knowing what used to be Kinko's will be like old-time directions. Instead of "remember old Johnson's field where that cow used to stand, take a left there" it will be "you know the place that used to be Kinko's, it's right next to that."
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Actually, I'm kind of shocked that Scalzi got the reaction he did. I assume that he posted because somebody stepped over the line (thanks, whoever you are, for going and screwing it up for the rest of us). But it's obvious that he is as "in touch" with fans and budding authors as anyone ever has been, so a wag of my finger to those who are giving him a hard time. Yes, he can be a bit... hmmm, overbearing? Short? Touchy? Aggressive? But it doesn't take much reading of his blog to get the sense that yes, there is a grouchy bear side to him but he's also playful and interested in others.
I just want my kittens and bunnies.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Last week, in a case involving a former police officer from the University of California at Davis and a blog called the Vanguard of Davis, a Sacramento judge ruled that anonymity on the Internet is not absolute.via The Chronicle, reported in Sacramento Bee
Sunday, September 13, 2009
We blame the abolition of the Board of Tea Experts (aka Board of Tea Appeals).
Get on the issue, Tea Association, before we insist that another Imported Tea Act be passed.
Until we clear this up, my favorite "Earl Grey" is from California (does that technically make it Awesome Dude Grey?). Thank you, Ceylon Teas, for not sucking.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Quite often I doubt that companies really know what they are selling. In case you were wondering, yes. The gas was more expensive at the BP.
Congratulations, bloggers, it looks like we have solidly made it into stage four with The Pioneer Woman Cooks starting out in the Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers (#15) as a presale. Having hung out a bit on her blog I believe that she will do well with this new book.
I also notice that Waiter Rant's book is available at fine bookstores everywhere, spotting most of them at college bookstores.
Now the bloggers are laughing, all the way to the bank.