Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Microsoft Beats Up Apple, Steals Its Lunch Money

Via my blogless brother Tom, Microsoft is getting ready to launch its Surface tablet in October:

It features a seamlessly integrated kickstand that lets you rest the device on a table without an accessory, and Microsoft will offer two covers that double as keyboards to enable laptop-like usage.

Now, obviously I will still never buy one of these, because touchscreens are stupid, but I find it hilarious that those "geniuses" at Apple didn't think of the kickstand & keyboard/cover.

Of course, if I really want to type and control my screen's viewing angle, I'll just buy a laptop, but kudos to Microsoft for addressing two of the most glaring conceptual flaws that all tablets suffer from.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Fun Facts About the 50 States Is Now an E-Book

The complete e-book version of "Fun Facts About the 50 States" is now available at Amazon.com.

If you don't have a Kindle, you can download free Kindle apps for your web browser, smartphone, computer, or tablet from Amazon.com

If you're cheap or broke, or just want to see if it's any good, the original blog posts are here, minus a few tweaks, proofreads & updates.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Yeah, This Is Where I Lived for 4 Years

[via There, I Fixed It]

In the Navy, this is your bed. It's about 2 by 2 by 6, and the mattress is about 2 inches thick.

You get used to it.

Outside of Mr. 6'11, tall guys usually just learned to sleep on their sides with their knees up.

On the bright side, even enlisted guys' bunks have the "flimsy blue curtain of pseudo-privacy."

Monday, July 16, 2012

Once a Bank Teller, Always a Bank Teller

[Via lolcats]

Most people look at this and see a cat and cash.

I check details.

There appears to be $570,000 here, assuming the cat's blocking a pattern.

The thickness of the stacks looks about right for 100 bills in each stack, although with only a few exceptions, you can't tell for sure that any of the bills in the stacks are actually $100s except for the top bill.

I see there's a small-portrait 100 in the collection. Most of those stopped circulating around the year 2000. I suspect the guy's been collecting for a while.

I see 3 piles that still have bank straps around them. Those aren't Federal Reserve straps. Those are after-market. And given the variety of colors & designs available, this makes me think that all three of those came from the same bank. And if you withdraw $10,000 or more in cash, the bank has to fill out a report to the IRS. I wonder if the guy knew about that when he got the money?

Strange that the guy's OCD made him have all the portraits facing the same direction, yet the 3 bank-strapped packs aren't in the same row or touching.

The single rubber bands aren't very tight, since the packs don't curl. This money is wrapped for storage, not transportation.

So I'm thinking this guy's a hoarder who's been saving up for a while. Probably to buy a $570,000 house with cash. Thus the picture, so as to mark the accomplishment of his goal.

If he were just hoarding cash, he'd have taken the pic at a round number, like $600,000. Or more likely $500,000. And Mr. OCD definitely wouldn't have added that last row of 7 packs unless the number were significant.

Friday, July 13, 2012

I Miss These

Sorry guys - cardboard just doesn't keep burgers warm.

Also it doesn't dissolve in gasoline.

[Via Ward World, who waxes angry, profane, and nostalgic on the changes at McDonald's over the years]

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

More Ethnic Groups Should Be Cool Like This

From National Journal:
The lobbying and policy shop Strategic Health Care is hosting a "White Trash Reception on the Hill" next week.
So whaddya think, is the white trash party a fun idea or over the top?


Wish some of the professional victim gangs out there had a sense of humor well-developed enough to laugh at their own stereotypes.

Friday, July 6, 2012

I Agree, This Should Count As a Superpower

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I should know, I hand-sewed a teddy bear for my girlfriend once. Took me MONTHS.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Thanks for Being Honest

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz [emphasis mine]:
When it came to championing the health care legislation, President Obama made sure that al though everybody -- the vast majority of Americans have health insurance coverage, we want to make sure that if you're a free rider, if you roll the dice and get sick and use the emergency room as your primary access point for health care. Those health care costs are going to get shifted to all of us. And if you choose not to carry health insurance, this legislation says you're going to pay a small penalty so that we don't have to pay for you rolling the dice.
Wrong answer, Debs.

You're not just penalizing emergency room users who refuse to pay their bills, you're penalizing EVERYONE, whether they pay their bills or not.