August 23, 2008
Filed Under (Noted in passing) by transom

One of the touted features of Amazon is its recommendation engine. I have to admit to loving Amazon (some months too much!) even when I pay sales tax on every purchase. But I find the recommendation strangely useless.

If you purchase often, you end up spending more time weeding the engine than shopping from it. For example, I tried some coffee beans from Amazon (they were on-sale and I was out – so why not). Now my recommendation engine lists bag after bag of coffee beans – just because I ordered a bag of coffee beans.

It would seem smarter for Amazon to ask me if I liked the coffee and would like to re-order (something that is surprisingly difficult to do on Amazon – you can subscribe, but re-ordering is hard.)

And while we are talking grocery shopping on Amazon – why can’t I get a listing by cost per unit of measure. For commodities – it would make it easy to spot a bargain. Try comparing coffee prices on Amazon – there have to be over 40 different quantity combinations and no easy way to compare the price per oz.

I love Amazon. I just don’t love how hard it is to love Amazon.

August 17, 2008
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by transom

I can’t let the death of my cat go by without remarking on it (but there is nothing to see here – move along!) This is for me, not general consumption.

One half of my personal comedy team – Bob & Ray – died this week. Apparently he had been suffering from hyperthyroidism and by the time the symptoms caused a trip to the vet, the end was near. Despite the vet’s best efforts, he just slide downhill very quickly.

I adopted Bob & Ray from the Lancaster PA Humane shelter over 12 years ago and we have survived many the adventure including a cross-country airplane trip. Ray was my buddy. He was everybody’s buddy – he never met anyone he wouldn’t try to coax some attention out of – and all of us were suckers for him. He even loved the mice that found their way inside from the woods. I don’t think he ever killed one (although a few died of exhaustion) – he just played with them until I could coax the mouse into safer place for extraction to the outside.

Ray was amazingly brave – he once rushed past me to confront a raccoon that had invaded our deck. The raccoon quickly backed off the deck and Ray was very proud of himself for several days.

He was also responsible most of the destruction of my furniture. Why use a perfectly good scratching post when there is a untouched piece of furniture that needs to be clawed up. And he loved to talk – all hours of the day (between naps), he would walk around his house talking up a storm.

Bob will not miss being the target of the cat ambushes and is quickly adjusting to her role as sole cat (a position that she has always thought was hers.) But Ray will be deeply missed from both of our lives.

August 08, 2008
Filed Under (Opinion) by transom

It’s a intellectual curiosity thing!

I am learning to get online myself, and I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself. … I don’t e-mail; I’ve never felt the particular need to e-mail. I read e-mails all the time, but the communications that I have with my friends and staff are oral and done with my cell phone. – John McCain

Even my father who was in the generation before the Senator has mastered his computer and bravely tackles new projects betting he can figure it out.

August 01, 2008
Filed Under (Cracks Me Up!) by transom

I think it bothers me that I found this funny. I have been working with computers for too long.

July 23, 2008
Filed Under (Foodie) by transom

Microwave Popcorn with Black Pepper and a good gewürztraminer

Not that nutritious but hey, it was in the pantry.

June 20, 2008
Filed Under (Cracks Me Up!) by transom

I am shocked that they left taxidermy and paint ball off of this list.

eHarmony About You Advice – 5 Hobbies Women Find Sexy: “If there’s any love lesson worth noting, it’s that sexiness has little to do with the way a person looks. What’s more, passion for a hobby—a love for something outside oneself—is incredibly alluring to the opposite sex.”

June 12, 2008
Filed Under (Cracks Me Up!) by transom

A wealthy old lady decides to go on a photo safari in Africa, taking her faithful aged poodle, named Cuddles, along for the company.

One day the poodle starts chasing butterflies and, before long, Cuddles discovers that he’s lost. Wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.

The old poodle thinks, “Oh, oh! I’m in deep doo-doo now!” Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the leopard is about to leap, the old poodle exclaims loudly, “Boy, that was one delicious leopard! I wonder if there are any more around here?”

Hearing this, the young leopard halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees. “Whew!”, says the leopard, “That was close! That old poodle nearly had me!”

Meanwhile, a monkey who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard. So off he goes, but the old poodle sees him heading after the leopard with great speed, and figures that something must be up. The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard.

The young leopard is furious at being made a fool of and says, “Here, monkey, hop on my back and see what’s going to happen to that conniving canine!”

Now, the old poodle sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back and thinks, “What am I going to do now?”, but instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn’t seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old poodle says “Where’s that darn monkey? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another leopard!”

Moral of this story is:

Don’t mess with old farts…age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill! Bullshit and brilliance only come with age and experience.

April 07, 2008
Filed Under (Cracks Me Up!) by transom

As a former human OnStar for a select group of geographically challenged drivers, this made me laugh. (via Crunchgear)

January 10, 2008
Filed Under (Cracks Me Up!) by transom

There is no way any cat owner (or business executive) won’t get a laugh out of this EDS commercial from a couple of years ago.

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