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People, do not flush your meds!

First of all when did we start calling them meds?

Ok, so putting your old or unused medicine down the toilet is bad, umm kay!  We put enough crap into our water supply through all the scented cleaning products, soaps, shampoo (why does it need to smell like desert?), etc.  And how about all those unnecessary prescriptions that people do not even need but rush out to their doctor after seeing the commercial the night before, never mind the rashes, incontinence and other annoying after effects, you can now walk on the beach with your loved ones!

UPDATE: My friend Mike scanned this insert that was included in his latest water bill.

The IKEA credit card means you can afford it today!

On my way into IKEA today I noticed this sign. Perhaps someone needs to tell the Swedes there is a “credit crisis” going on here.

The curse of 64-bitness strikes again

After installing Vista SP1 under Parallels on my new MacBook, I decided maybe it was not as bad as I thought before.  I have been learning more about Vista and found some things I like about it, for example the new Backup application writes the backup to VHD files, wow Microsoft made a great decision with that one!

So tonight I was wondering what my options were for upgrading from my current Windows XP Professional X64 installation to a 64-bit version of Windows Vista (Edition?).  I found a Microsoft KB article Installation choices for 64-bit consumer versions of Windows Vista which has my specific scenario “Installing a 64-bit version of Windows Vista on a computer that is running Windows XP Professional x64.”  I followed the link to the Vista Upgrade Advisor download page and after running the installation file I am presented with this message.

Sorry, the Upgrade Advisor does not support 64-bit editions of Windows XP or Windows Vista.

Sorry, the Upgrade Advisor does not support 64-bit editions of Windows XP or Windows Vista.

 

 

Jury Service

I was recently summoned to appear for Jury Service. I have been called and served on one prior occasion. The environment could not have been nicer. We had a huge room with lots of seating, telephones for local calls, plenty of food and vending options, a cyber cafe room with computers and free Wi-Fi. The biggest problem
was the lack of activity. In the 7.5 hours spent in the room they only called for two pools of jurrors. The other cases either were settled or continued. I was hoping to be selected but apparently it was not in the cards today.

-Jurror 460

There is nothing new under the sun

I recently came across some materials that were mailed by Apple to me at an early employer.  I was particularly intrigued by the cover letter extolling the virtues of Macintosh/MS-DOS Compatibility.  The time frame had to be in the early 1990′s.  The products they were referencing were SoftPC and the Orange Micro Orange386.  The closing sentence “Thank you for taking the time to learn why your next MS-DOS computer should be a Macintosh.”  Is this some strange future prediction?  How interesting that today with the Mac product line transitioned over to the Intel processors, more and more people are making the Mac platform their Windows computer of choice.  Welcome to the 90′s again.

As a side note, I found it particularly funny that when doing some research the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article came up for Orange 386.

The Cows Can Be Trusted

 

I recently attended my first two shows at a local downtown theatre called Mad Cow Theatre.  I had heard of this theatre from a few years ago when a friend attended one of their summer workshops.  The two shows I attend were “Major Barbara” by George Bernard Shaw and “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue” by Quiara Alegria Hudes.  Both productions were well done, the former in the space called Stage Left and the latter in Stage Right.  They use a lot of humor and fun references referring to “the herd” and such.  I am looking forward to becoming a subscriber for the 2008-2009 season, and as such I signed up for their newsletter today.  On the confirmation page the sentence “Mad Cow Theatre will never give away, sell or release your information.  The Cows can be trusted.” just made me laugh out loud when I read it.

 

The Cows can be trusted.

The Cows can be trusted.

 

The Human Race 10K

Yesterday I found out that The Finish Line was sponsoring a local run for The Human Race 10K.  I went to the web site and registered even though I was not 100% certain that I would run.  My original Nike+ iPod accelerometer had a dead battery so I bought a new one at the Apple store.  I went to the store at the local mall at 6:30, met up with some people I knew and after everyone got their shirts and packets we finally started at 7:45 (it was scheduled to start at 7:00).  The sun was fully up and the temperature was rising already.  I finished in 1:15:31, not my best time but a good run in any event.

 

Delta preparing for in-flight data services?

I was recently on a Delta flight from JFK (New York) to MCO (Orlando) on a recently updated and modernized Boeing 757-200(E) which happens to be International configuration.  The first thing I noticed is that seat 1A is configured for crew rest with a small privacy curtain. The seat pitch was definitely not domestic, and they had foot rests and even quite fancy chair controls with two position memory even!  On the right front portion of the seat was a standard US grounded power plug and in the right arm rest a flip out video unit.  Finally I looked down to the left and noticed a small white piece sticking out.  I looked closer and it appeared to be a USB and RJ-45 port.  Could Delta be putting in the first pieces for in-flight data services?  I know JetBlue has been testing on-board wireless connections on their BetaBue aircraft, but the limitations make me believe this is of limited purpose.  

No Parking DRWAV

This is the sign I saw outside my brother’s parking lot in Washington Heights.  I stared at it for a few seconds before realizing what they intended to say.  No Parking Driveway.  Could this be a misplaced reference to the YouTube user drwav?  

Free chocolate courtesy of American Express

I was at the self-checkout at IKEA today and as I pulled my American Express One card the clerk minding the stations walked up and asked why I as using an American Express card. I explained that it was my card choice. She then asked if I had another card, would I still use an American Expess card, obviously this woman does not know me. I said “of course.”. As I finished checking out she walked back up to me and offered me either a milk or hazelnut chocolate bar, I opted for hazelnut. I directly credit American Express for my free chocolate bar. :)