Archive for June, 2007

30
Jun
07

Worst Plane Seat?

After reading this screed, one can only assume that it is 29E. BTW, I filed this under rants because it is one… even if it is not mine.

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30
Jun
07

Decadent Lobster

Simple but effective…

Lobster w/ Cognac & Caper Sauce

1 lb Lobster meat (tails, claws, legs) cut into bite size morsels
Flour for dredging (season with a dash of cinnamon)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 small shallot, minced
1 stick butter
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons capers
1/4 cup Cognac (use the good stuff)
Dredge the lobster lightly in the flour. Melt the butter over medium-high heat in a saute pan. When the butter has melted, add the garlic, shallot, and lobster. Turn the lobster after about a minute. Let it cook for another minute (2 minutes total). Stir in the lemon juice and capers.Remove the pan from the heat, pour in the cognac and ignite it. When the flames have subsided, grab two forks (one for your significant other) and eat it right out of the pan…

This post is (hopefully) participating in Electric Venom’s linkfest

30
Jun
07

iPhone Voided

So you stand in line all day to be one of  the first suckers, er, lucky consumers to purchase an expensive gadget. What’s the first thing you do with it? Why void your warranty, of course!

30
Jun
07

Supreme Court Screws Consumers?

It has long been a pillar of US anti-trust law that a competitive retail market was supported by making it illegal for manufacturers or sellers to agree on fixed prices. Of course, this device was easily circumvented. Manufacturers who wanted retailers to always sell at a given “suggested” price and never discount were able to enforce their intent by conveniently being out of supply when discounting retailers needed to purchase inventory. On June 28th it was reported that the US Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, stated that manufacturers could, indeed, set a fixed price for their products and forbid retailers from offering discounts.

Does this bode well for consumers? Or does it merely codify that which has already been taking place? It’s certainly one of the most pro-business rulings that I have heard of in a very long time.

29
Jun
07

iPhone Suckers?

Were you one of the poor souls in the US who was so desparate for gadget acquisition that you waited in line to buy an over-priced toy that runs on the secondary network of single carrier that could wind up costing you upwards of $2,000 over the two year contract that you probably signed…?

29
Jun
07

Bus Birth Control

LOGAN, Utah – A 76-year-old woman has been barred from the bus station after giving unwanted birth-control advice to mothers with large families. “I think it’s wrong. It’s a violation of my First Amendment rights,” Laura Stevens said. She was arrested Tuesday for trespassing, a misdemeanor, according to police records. “She’s been making comments to some of the Hispanic passengers that they should be on the pill, that they’re taking over our society,” said Todd Beutler, general manager of the Cache Valley Transit District.

This is gonna go over really well. I thought folks in Utah were all about big families?

29
Jun
07

Congrats Craig

I’m not a big baseball fan. The game just never captured my imagination. But for the past 20 years, Craig Biggio has been playing baseball for the hometown Houston Astros. Last night, the Astros beat Colorado 8-5 at home at Minute Maid Park. Biggio also became the 27th player in the entire history of major league baseball to reach the 3000 hits mark. Truth be told, the Astros have pretty much sucked this year and Craig’s performance has shown that he is most certainly at the end of his career. That said, this is an overwhelmingly bright spot in an otherwise dismal season. Way to Craig!