My mom’s friend adopted this lovely dog after he was abandoned by his previous family. His name is Shaun. Shaun had always been very good at eating all his food. Every last bit that was, he ate it. One day he started leaving a little bit behind. He wouldn’t eat everything, no matter what. He always left a little behind. Every morning when my mom’s friend checked Shaun’s bowl, the food was gone. That was very strange, because Shaun always spent the night by her side. One night she decided to investigate the food situation. She waited quietly by the food bowl and then, in the middle of the night, a cat came through the window and ate the remaining food. She noticed the cat was actually pregnant. A week or so later the cat came into her house and gave birth to 6 little kittens. Shaun took care of them as if they were his own babies. My mom’s friend adopted the cat too (her name is Meow) and they took care of the kittens until they all found a loving home. Nowadays Meow and Shaun live happily together as a family and they each have their little bowl of food.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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Friday, November 25, 2011
Sarcasm seems to exercise the brain more than sincere statements do. Scientists who have monitored the electrical activity of the brains of test subjects exposed to sarcastic statements have found that brains have to work harder to understand sarcasm
Thursday, November 24, 2011
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Sunday, November 20, 2011
This rainy SF Sunday inspired me to make ham and bean soup (Mark Bittman's recipe with some tweaks) and some cornbread. I got to cook with ham hocks for the first time! It's a soul food kind of day, I guess. So, to balance out the southern influences, I'm pairing dinner with this tasty 2007 Buena Vista Carneros Pinot Noir as my little dash of the West coast. I hope you have a nice meal tonight too.
Friday, November 18, 2011
|Actual emails sent to me today|
Dear Barnes & Noble,
I know bookstores are going through rough times right now, and I truly sympathize. I'm a book lover through and through. I also know you purchased Borders Books' intellectual property which included its customer database and the Borders.com name. So, as far as you're concerned, I'm your customer now. Fine. I enjoy your stores. I have nothing against you.
But, when you toss out these casual discounts in an auction-like manner, I have to ask, "What price dignity?" Is the desperation so palpable that the lack of my taking action in the course of 51 minutes caused you to give away 10% more margin? Can you really afford that? Do you even believe in the inherent value of the product you sell?
Perhaps I'm reading too much into it. Perhaps you just had two different emails for me (I have them all routed to one central account by the way) and you chose to offer two seemingly different Todds actually different discounts. Ah, but there's the rub. Now I feel bad for all those who only got offered a 30% discount. Can't you just treat all your new customers the same. The loyal ones will rise to the top. And they will buy because they were probably going to buy from you anyway.
Good luck with the conversion of Borders' old customers. I truly hope they all go to you and not just Amazon. I want them to stay in the bookstores, touching the books, sharing recommendations with engaging booksellers, and participating in their communities. Sorry Amazon, but you just can't offer that.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
New Fancy Food on Broadway may have a lot of selections, but they don't exactly have fidelity to their labeling. Picture me standing at the sandwich wrap case carefully reading the labels. Then imagine me trying to reconcile what I can see with my own eyes with the description. Buffalo chicken wrap. Really? I don't see chicken. And some ingredients are scratched out, including the chicken. I think it was a veggie wrap. I thought I'd play it safe and get turkey. I'm 99 44/100ths percent sure that there is another form of meat in this wrap besides turkey. Salami? Pepperoni? Spicy coppa? And the mystery condiment may have a blue cheese tang, but I wouldn't bet my soul on it.
So, wish my tummy luck. It may need it. Let my epitaph read "He was starving!"
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Dear Pope Ratzinger, do this.
Dear School Principals, do this.
Dear University Presidents, do this.
Dear Company President, Bar Owner, Factory Manager, Church Deacon, Adults of any kind, do this.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Andreas Gursky's "Rhein II" is now the most expensive photograph in the world. It's fine, I guess, but I wonder what could I get for this photo I accidentally took of a bowl of tortilla chips?
"accidental tortillas" by Todd X.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
I always thought the bionic ear was a little lame compared to the Six Million Dollar Man's bionic eye. But, other than that, Lindsey rocked. RIP.
UPDATE: I may have been exaggerating about the RIP. When I see black and white photos of people, I just tend to assume they're dead.