WalkScore is a web site that evaluates an address that you enter for how walkable it is to useful stuff. The results are cool because it lists the things that are walkable from the address and shows it all on a map. My address scored a 60 (out of 100) which is actually pretty good for not being in the heart of a major city and being on the fringe of our city. I was disappointed that my location didn’t produce a TransitScore, though, because some locations I entered did. And WalkScore did correctly return the raw transit data so I don’t know what about it made it not possible to return a WalkScore.
Note that I did find a glitch with one address where it moved me from the street address I entered to the downtown of that city. I tried a few times and it did the same thing. But when I returned to that address later, it did it correctly. So just be sure that the map puts you where you know the address is and then the results can be trusted. (I suspect it is a Google Maps problem that just gets passed through to WalkScore.)
Yes, you read that right. A guy was having lung trouble and thought his emphysema was getting worse only to discover it got a lot better when they took THE SPROUTED PEA OUT OF HIS LUNG! Here’s the report from ABC News.
“Gosh”? “Oh my gosh”? I don’t get it. Usher Raymond’s new song with Will I Am is named OMG and certain parts of the song seem to be narrating, umm, the heat of the moment. And for this occasion, Usher decides to go with “Gosh” instead of “God”? If this was Carrie Underwood, sure. But Raymond is no stranger to singing from the gutter (“Love In This Club”), so why such an odd choice of words? Could it be a fear of censorship? Or maybe it is a jab at censorship where it didn’t need to be done but they wanted to anyway to be funny?
Recently, we had David Guetta and Akon’s “Sexy Bitch” on the air. And while some outlets played it safe with the modified “Sexy Chick”, others went with the original including NBC’s Chuck airing at 8:00pm which used it as a soundtrack to a scene. Censorship: it’s f—– up.
Here’s a new low in phone scamming: Phone rings, caller ID says “V07270229190006”, I answer thinking “this will be good”. It exceeded expectations. A beep on the other end while they connected me to a human and the woman who comes on asks for Mr. wife’s-last-name (which is not mine). I asked who was calling and the woman, speaking with an Indian accent, responded with some made up name saying that she was calling from tech support and that there was a problem with my computer. I played along with “oh!, okay”. She asked me to go to my computer and type in a web address. At this point I just paused and flabbergasted, I asked “does anyone actually buy this stuff?” Her response was “get lost” and hung up on me!
In hindsight, I should have waited for her to tell me what address to visit. It would have been interesting to know what company was calling (although I suspect it would have been a challenge to figure out the real company from the address, it might have been doable).
With the World Cup only recently having concluded, how could I pass up a chance to see some international soccer right here at Fenway Park!? Celtic FC and Sporting Clube De Portugal played in a slightly smaller field stretched across the Fenway grass from visitor’s dugout to the bullpen (see picture below).
It turned out to be a good game which was a nice surprise, especially after some lame World Cup games – open play, good scoring chances from one side were answered with good scoring changes from the other.
Some of the chippy play and diving did work it’s way into the game, particularly in the form of play from Celtic’s striker Georgios Samaras who was ball handling in the box and drew a foul to get a PK. He didn’t even still have possession of the ball at the time he was “tripped” by a defender standing still that Samaras ran into but he made it look good and that put Celtic up 1-nil. Sporting’s goal was pretty, though, and that made me want them to win.
The game ended in a 1-1 tie. The announcer said “In accordance with FIFA Rules Of The Game, the final recorded score will be a 1 to 1 tie game. Penalty kicks will only be used to determine the winner.”. Classic FIFA statement! Anyway, the PKs went 6 to 5 Celtic’s way. But it was a fun game and I’m glad I got to see it.
The announcer said they had over 32,000 people. That’s not quite a sellout, but within a few thousand of a sellout. I’d love to see them repeat this kind of event every summer with different teams. It must be easier to setup for soccer than for hockey, at least!!
We don’t have any storage in our main bathroom so the extra rolls of our “Angel Soft” TP are stacked onto a stand with a post meant to hold four rolls. Sometimes we stuff a 5th roll on the top when the one in use is near the end and that 5th roll is just sort of perched on the 4th, not really over the post but stable enough.
This week, I noticed that the stand had been refilled and I needed to take a roll off to refill the one that was in use. And after I removed that top roll, I realized that there were 4 rolls still remaining on the post. That means that there were 5 fitting on the roll where 4 used to fit before. Now granted that 5th one did go a little higher than the 4th used to but it was clear that something was up.
The old rolls used to be 4-3/8″ wide while the new ones are 4″ wide. We didn’t change brands; the packaging didn’t change (although I did not check for size numbers before the plastic package was thrown out); and I’ll bet the price didn’t change. This is a clever way to not increase price while delivering less product meaning effectively that price per product did rise. It’s an old trick to deliver less product surreptitiously while keeping the price the same – bags of chips, cans of coffee, etc.. And I’m sure that the previous width of 4-3/8″ isn’t the width of the first roll of toilet paper – I’m sure this trick has been employed before. But the fact that it happened on my watch and that the only reason I discovered it was because of the way we stack the TP made me realize just how surreptitious Angel Soft’s size change is!
Here are the numbers. The width reduction from 4-3/8″ to 4″ inches is a 8.6% reduction in width. I don’t know if that really matters when it comes to usage since people probably just rip off the same length regardless of width. (Perhaps this could be marketed as a “green” savings!) But since you are paying more by volume than by width, the reduction in width decreases the volume of the typical double roll by 12.9%. (And yes, that number is after the center tube’s volume is removed because that’s just air that we don’t care about.) That’s quite an increase in price per cubic inch! But that’s uncompressed which means that there’s some air between the sheets that we don’t need to worry about. Probably the most accurate is the difference in area. Assuming that the 300 sheets per roll that is listed on the new packaging hasn’t changed from the old (and that assumption can’t be confirmed since I don’t have the old packaging and the new says “thickest ever” which might be code for fewer sheets) the difference in area is the same as the difference in width: 8.6%. It doesn’t seem like much but if the price had increased by 8.6%, my local price for a 12 pack of double rolls would have changed from $6.99 to $7.59. That’s still wouldn’t be a large dollar amount and you could argue that TP is worth it but that is the kind of price jump that you might notice.
Enjoy… and keep an eye out for Homer Simpson…
I’m used to Home Depot employees being mostly non-functioning types – the kind you’d rather not talk to and who would rather not talk to you. But recently, I’ve noticed that they’ve been trying extra hard to be nice. Sometimes, it’s pretty clear that they’ve been threatened to be nice and are forcing it. But ohmygoodness, on a recent trip to a Home Depot I started worrying about why everybody was so damned happy. And not in a fake way, but for real. I’m still stunned and it was 2 days ago. Everybody genuinely wanted to help and be nice about it. From the guy that just wanted to chat about the hat I was wearing to the woman who climbed up on some stairs looking for the item that the computer said they had and then checked around at other stores for me. Even the cashier was super nice as he handed me the slip talking about the survey. Usually I just nod politely and throw out the survey stuff but I’ll actually be filling in this survey and telling HD HQ how nice everybody was.