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Monday, September 29, 2008

Mmmm....Bat....

This just in from the hotbed of breaking news: Cedar Rapids, IA. As reported on kcci.com:

It wasn't just the caffeine that gave an Iowa woman an extra jolt after she had her morning coffee. It was also the bat she found in the filter.The Iowa Department of Public Health said the woman reported a bat in her house but wasn't too worried about it. She turned on her automatic coffee maker before bedtime and drank her coffee the next morning.She discovered the bat in the filter when she went to clean it that night. The woman has undergone treatment for possible rabies. Health officials said the bat was sent to a lab but that its brain was too cooked by the hot water to determine whether it had rabies.

This is why people who drink GOOD COFFEE change their filters and grounds before making it! Better yet, use a French press, which crushes the bat, allowing it to better infuse the brew.

Squirrel Alert: Aerial Assault!

I get up very early each morning and feed the dogs. On several occasions I had noticed "something" flying into the tree just outside the back garage door. I would only catch sight of it out of the corner of my eye, and it was so fast I could never tell what it was.

Until this morning.

As the dogs were eating my attention was once again caught by a grayish-white flash in the backyard floodlight. I stepped through the doorway and looked up into the tree. There, scurrying up the trunk, was a little flying squirrel.

This means the vermin that have already invaded our home have now called in air support. The Squirrel Threat Level remains at HIGH.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Vacation Stadium

It's heartwarming to see the Yankees be able to experience the rewards afforded them by their age and experience.


Yankees Building New Vacation Stadium In The Hamptons

Friday, September 19, 2008

All You Need to Run Internet Explorer 8.


This just in:

Supercomputer maker Cray Inc. today announced that it teamed up with Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp. to produce a desktop supercomputer. That's right. It will sit on a desktop. And maybe just as surprising, it has a starting price of $25,000.

So glad Microsoft got involved with the project! You wouldn't want this computer getting a big head by being able to go too fast!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Some Day My Prints Will Come

Has your printer quit working, claiming it's out of ink, refusing to print another page until you buy a replacement ink or toner cartridge? Chances are it's lying to you. Farhad Manjoo, writing for Slate.com, shares what he found out.

In many cases you can get those prints flowing again by "tricking" your printer into thinking you have replaced the cartridge. It isn't that difficult. Printers aren't that smart. Manjoo does point out, however, that inkjet printers are a bit harder to fool. Why is that? It's all about the money:
Inkjet makers have a lot riding on your regular purchases of ink -- and they go to great lengths to protect that market. In 2003, the British consumer magazine Which? found that inkjet printers ask for a refill long before their cartridges actually go dry. After overriding internal warnings, a researcher was able to print 38 percent more pages on an Epson printer that had claimed it didn't have a drop left. Lawyers in California and New York filed a class-action lawsuit against Epson; the company denied any wrongdoing, but it settled the suit in 2006, giving customers a $45 credit. A similar suit is pending against Hewlett-Packard.
Check out the article and see what you can do to fight back against Big Ink.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Chris Sings the National Anthem

Our friend and fellow Haranguer, Chris Wilde, had the privilege of singing the National Anthem before the Twins-Tigers game on Friday, Sept. 5. Here's video of his performance:
Congrats, Chris! Well done! (And shame on that unpatriotic jerk who tried punching you at the end.)

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