Apple iPhone commercials, Siri

I’m somewhat surprised by Apple’s recent iPhone commercials featuring Siri. Are these advertisements supposed to lead us to believe that actors like Samuel L. Jackson, Zooey Deschanel, and John Malkovich have such uninteresting lives that they pass their time having conversations with their phones? If so, what should we expect from their movies?

Tax Day whimper

I left some time this morning before work to photocopy my 2011 business tax returns and to get my first 2012 payment in the mail. I was surprised by the lack of activity both at Kinko’s and at the post office. Kinko’s had a copier ready when I walked in, and the line at the post office was only about five minutes long. After my own flurry of activity over the past few days, Tax Day arrived with a whimper.

Last-minute tax filing

The blogs I follow have been eerily quiet today. I guess I’m not the only last-minute tax filer. I already have an estimate good enough to request an extension, but I’m determined to beat the deadline this year. I have roughly 32 hours to go.

Meat Friday

Today is Easter Friday. It’s a so-called Meat Friday because the Catholic tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays is set aside on solemnities, and the entire first octave of Easter is a solemnity. So what does my wife plan for dinner tonight? We’re meeting her sister for all-you-can-eat fish fry. Where was that two weeks ago during Lent? Tonight I need an all-you-can-eat steak fry.

Unusual: A two-dollar bill in my change

I suddenly felt hungry on my way home from work this afternoon, so I decided to stop at a Dunkin’ Donuts for a small coffee and a donut. The bill came to $2.71. I gave the cashier $20.76. He gave me back a ten, a five, a one, and a nickel.

And a two. Continue reading Unusual: A two-dollar bill in my change

The price of free chicken

Basha’s, a local supermarket chain here in Arizona, has been recently promoting rotisserie chickens for $4.99. I haven’t tried one yet, so I don’t know if it’s a good price or not. For me, the more interesting part of the promotion is the store’s guarantee that chicken will be in stock between 4 and 7 pm or it’s free. Continue reading The price of free chicken

Kentucky Fried Chicken: new menu, same lousy service

As I was reading Wise Bread this morning, I found a coupon for a free two-piece grilled chicken meal at Kentucky Fried Chicken. I was telling friends this weekend, I’m a little surprised Kentucky Fried Chicken is pushing its new grilled chicken so aggressively; it seems to me the grilled chicken fad started and ended over a decade ago. However, free is the right price, and since I missed out on their free offer last week, I thought I’d give the coupon a try today. Continue reading Kentucky Fried Chicken: new menu, same lousy service

Upgrading memory on the Mac mini

Several months ago I bought a 2 GB RAM upgrade for my Mac mini. Admittedly it was a total impulse buy. I saw the price, thought it was a bargain, and snagged it. After the new memory arrived, I finally decided to look into how to install it. That may have been a mistake. It turns out there was no guidance from Apple for upgrading RAM in a Mac mini. The official position was to take it to an Apple Store, which would undoubtedly have cost much more than the memory. Unofficially, there was a tutorial available in the Mac Forums, but it looked complicated enough that I didn’t want to undertake the project until I was prepared to see it through. So, for all these months, the modules have been sitting idle on my kitchen counter. Continue reading Upgrading memory on the Mac mini

First experience: Sonoran hot dogs in Phoenix

On a flight home after a Presidents Day vacation with Kathryn, I read an article in the USAirways in-flight magazine about the Sonoran hot dogs sold by street vendors in Tucson. The description made my mouth water. A Sonoran hot dog is a hot dog wrapped in bacon and fried in bacon grease, served in a bakery roll with mayonnaise, pinto beans, diced tomatoes, onions, and whatever else is available. It sounded delightful. When we arrived, I wondered aloud whether similar hot dogs were also sold on the streets of Phoenix. The next day, Kathryn asked around at the hospital, and one of her co-workers said the only place he knew was at 20th St. and Indian School Rd., and only after 6 p.m. We sort of forgot about it after that. Continue reading First experience: Sonoran hot dogs in Phoenix