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?

California foie gras

According to a news article I read this morning, foie gras will be banned in California as of July 1. The practice of force-feeding ducks to fatten their livers has been deemed to be too inhumane.

According to a news article I read this morning, foie gras will be banned in California as of July 1. The practice of force-feeding ducks to fatten their livers has been deemed to be too inhumane. Continue reading “California foie gras”

Online news, idiotic comments

I wrote a set of filters that could be plugged into Adblock Plus in my web browser, preventing comment sections from appearing on the websites of many major newspapers. Recently I upgraded to a new computer without first copying the filters, and I appreciated anew how sane they’ve kept me.

The worst part of reading the news online is I find myself getting sucked into reading the idiotic comments that accompany nearly every article at every major new site. Continue reading “Online news, idiotic comments”

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.

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.

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”