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August 08, 2014

"21 Things You Should Always Haggle For"

Haggling never seems to work for me as described in advice articles like this one, but your mileage may vary.

August 07, 2014

"These Photoshopped Portraits Show How People Define Beauty In 19 Different Countries"

If the results are not due to just the idiosyncracies of the selected Photoshoppers, this is very interesting.

August 04, 2014

Pro tip: be careful using UPS

I ordered an unusual gift for my daughters. According to the UPS website, the package left Portugal on the evening of 6/25. It left Koeln, Germany on the evening of 6/26. It arrived in Louisville, KY on 6/27 and also in the city I live on 6/27.

The website then showed a day for scheduled delivery, but it didn't arrive. That was repeated twice more. There was no indication of failed delivery either on the website or via a note on our door or via phone call or e-mail to us. On 7/16 the website stated, "Scheduled delivery information is not available at this time. Please check back later." It had stated that for at least three days.

So on 7/17 I called UPS. I was informed the package was in Hong Kong.

The UPS supervisor characterized this as "highly unusual".

After that, other than a phone call from UPS asking me had I gotten the package--no--I've had no further contact with them about the shipment.

The shipper, without any fuss, offered to reship the package, free, via DHL. It arrived in a few days just fine.

August 03, 2014

"This Is The $20 Billion Future Of Manhattan's West Side"

How Hudson Yards will look.

August 01, 2014

"This Map Explains Why Midwesterners Find New Yorkers Weird"

I thought the answer might be "Because they are weird." But noooooooooo.

July 30, 2014

"The Worst Days To Do 19 Common Activities"

Worst days, supposedly, to eat out, to drive, and more.

July 24, 2014

"Serial Killers: The 6 Worst Hard Drive Destroyers"

#6--Human error--is, I'm guessing, the biggest threat

July 23, 2014

"18 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning In North Carolina"

I take exception to #10 but most of the rest made me smile or laugh.


What it means everywhere else: A bunch of cars going around in a circle for hours on end.

What it means in North Carolina: It’s a sport. It’s a religion. It’s a tradition.

July 21, 2014

"Why High Thread Count Sheets Are Usually A Waste Of Money"

I don't know how general the author's findings are, of course, but he argues that anything over a 500 thread count is probably not cost-effective.

"7 language habits that reveal your age"

Works for me.

1. Fun as adjective

Old school: "That would be a lot of fun."

New school: "That would be very fun."

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