few weeks ago, i ordered three pairs of shoes from zappos.com. i got a pair of simples, asics running shoes, and a pair of doc marten’s. ordered sunday night, received tuesday by ups.
Dr. Martens 1461 Series Black Smooth UK 14(US Mens15) M
Asics Top Seven™ Dolphin/White Men’s 15 M
Simple Original Sneaker Sand 15 M
why is this a big deal? see those 15 M indications on the right? they’re hard to come by in shoes that don’t suck. if i wore hideous basketball shoes or tacky dress shoes, it’d be easy. this site has “search by size” right on the search page. couldn’t ask for more. oh, except the `true to size’ ratings with customer comments (“these are wide on me and i thought i had wide feet.”) tonight, they have 1982 pairs in my size. ok, so i don’t want track cleats, but still.
i’m always happy to find a company doing good business with good customer service. free shipping, 365-day free shipping return, and price matching discount for 110% of the difference (online or off).
i drove through the walgreen’s drive-through, yesterday. there was a vinyl window cling on the glass between me and the pharmacist that read “medicare”. i saw it as “mediocre”. wonder if that means anything.
a couple years ago, i was riding in the back seat of someone’s car. we were returning from lunch in the middle of summer. the back seat had that perfect combination of filtered sun, warmth, ambient noise (muffled voices from the front seat), and squishy seats. i wasn’t falling asleep, but zoning out pretty heavily. i’d pick up random phrases from the front seat (“almost 400 horsepower… but that’s not 68-pin scsi… i can’t eat edamame…”). the words “five pound block of cheese” grabbed my attention. i leaned forward and said, “did you just say five pound block of cheese?” appearantly, they had not.
andrew registered fivepoundblockofcheese.com, a couple years back. it had a wildcard forward for
my senses lie more (fewer false positives get filtered?) when i’m tired.
i wondered what i could have bought for $40 million. a big party, or…
- buy 60 ferrari enzos (and gas) or 4790 Kia Rios
- hire lawyers to file 2000 patents
- completely finance 209 frozen yogurt franchises (and have enough to buy yogurt for your neighbors)
- get 50,000 botox treatments on your forehead
- spend 3595.5 years at louisburg college, including room and board (or 891.8 at harvard)
- burn 8,620,689 acres of grassland
- go to space
- 4000 prosthetic legs (maybe for victims of our habit of leaving land mines all over the world?)
- 80160 mini macs
- more than 8 sony jumbotrons (or 4000 used ones)
- 4000 kilograms of crack cocaine (if you’re willing to bargain shop)
how much cash is that, anyway? it’s this much: times 40.
i find it really offensive that this much was spent on the inauguration. note that clinton’s cost $29.6M. i’m not making a political statement, just wishing we would use the $ for something useful for someone. ok, so my suggestions aren’t useful… fine.
nicole and i have been planning a trip to europe for awhile. don’t remember exactly how i ran across these pictures, but the millau bridge in france has just been added to the list of places to visit.
it’s a pretty suspension bridge with the deck hanging off one side of the towers.
the tallest tower is 280 meters tall (918 feet) and the entire bridge span is 2.46 kilometers long (1.55 miles).
i liked one of the proposed oakland bay bridge east-span replacement designs and this bridge is 7 spans of the part that i liked.
living in the silicon valley for the past 7 years has clearly invaded the only remaining unconnected synapses (the rest were connected storing useless facts or soaked in good beer).
fremont voters decided on measure FF in the november election. the election signs read “vote yes on measure 255″ to me. even more sad, the second thought i had wasn’t “doh! wrong context!” it was “doh! is that 0-based (255) or 1-based (256)!?”
i had a similar experience this morning. driving my daughter to school, we tailed a silver corvette with the personalized license plate “DRMBLVR.” my first thought? “wow, proclaiming belief in digital rights management… here? that’s brave.” clearly, she meant to proclaim her belief in dreams. i guess i believe that dreams exist, too.
side note, what is it with corvette’s and personalized plates? there are three parked on my side of the building at work. that’s down from four or five, last year. there’s clearly something about the personalities of the population of people that decide to drive vettes that also makes them decide that they want personalized plates. if i could pull make, model and plates for a large enough population of cars, this would be fun to check. maybe i’ll interview someone.
nicole and i had a conversation about how my grandmother used to say ‘your room looks like a tenement.’ i realized in the course of the discussion that i had no idea exactly what she meant. tenement connoted ‘poor,’ for nicole. if that’s a common definition, this could have been a somewhat offensive thing to say.
i had just associated the work ‘tenement’ with ‘messy place’ and had expanded it (from context in other circumstances, i’m sure) to also mean ‘rundown.’ roget’s (offline) uses the word poor only in the second definition. wikipedia isn’t very helpful, here.
as an aside, tenement.org is the lower east side tenement museum. they define their mission as:
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum’s mission is: to promote tolerance and historical perspective through the presentation and interpretation of the variety of immigrant and migrant experiences on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a gateway to America.
something to add to the list for some future visit to nyc.
in the end, we chalked my grandmother’s use of the word up to the same era that saw people regularly use ‘oriental’ and ‘asian’ interchangeably.
buying halloween candy at the grocery store, last night, i noticed an almost entire aisle of candy canes. dept. stores and “christmas” stores, sure… start in july. but grocery stores?!
no wonder we have a hard time finding dried cherries for thanksgiving.
so, i’m driving to work and the most amazing religious postcard scene breaks through the clouds. just as it does, ac/dc’s ‘who made who’ reaches it’s first crescendo. conclusion? angus young is god.
“i found god on the butt rock station.”
i got a catalog in the mail, on saturday. it was filled with professional greeting cards, open house postcards, and a pile of other crap targetted at realtors. this isn’t suprising, as the previous owner of this house is a realtor.
curious, i flipped through it and ran across a “happy birthday” card with a serene photo of a dinghy. i’m 99% sure that this is a boat that my late grandfather, henry “grubby” douglass built. the picture in the catalog is quite small (~1″x1″) and the picture on their website is also tiny (127×176), but it really looks like the “grub tubs” that he built.
i also found a reference a two to my grandfather the most interesting of which is an excerpt from “multitudes: the unauthorized memoirs of sam smith“:
During these years, Harry Parker set the sailing standard towards which I strove. So it was with alacrity that I accepted his invitation to crew in the New England men’s sailing championships. Harry, Grubby Douglass and Gardner Brown — the three best sailors I had ever known — had won the Maine championship, but the New England races were in boats that required a four man crew.
the rec room in my grandparent’s house in south freeport had trophies stashed in cabinets, but i can’t remember what was engraved on them.
maybe i’ll order a box of these horrible cards, just to see if it really is a grub tub. then again, maybe not.
Hacking Microsoft Barney
40 support.microsoft.com articles on barney
(including “ActiMates Barney: How to Play with Barney” and “ActiMates Barney doesn’t Play Peekaboo when His Eyes are Covered”