Monthly Archive: August 2004

Aug 31

Atkins Kills Twinkies

Well, not quite, but America’s disenchantment with sugary goodness* is spelling trouble for the manufacturer (and possibly bankruptcy).

* Note:  I don’t actually like Twinkies…too “yellow”-tasting.  Now if Peeps were to become financially unstable *that* would make me really sad.

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Aug 30

The funniest product rebate bundle ever:

From SlickDeals:

OfficeMax has Quicken Deluxe 2005 + Tech Solutions TS-4500 Confetti-Cut Shredder + 10-Ream Case of Multi-Purpose + $20 gift certificate for $60 – $20 rebate (in box) = $40 w/ free shipping.*

Cook your books, print the new versions *and* shred the old evidence! Excellent!

*The deal is over, sorry… I just found out about it yesterday (too late). Still funny, though.

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Aug 27

Stragely pleased with myself

So, Mimi Smartypants posted a link to a site of Self-Referential Songs, which is in a WIKI format. I’d known of WIKIs, of course, and see them and whatnot, but I’d never tried to actually add anything to one.

I plunged on anyway, and edited the page by copying and pasting and making changes to the pasted stuff. And it worked! Yah me! Yes, there was a tutorial, and yes, perhaps I should’ve started there, but I’m pleased I figured it out myself. (And yes, I’m aware this is not rocket science).

BTW, I added “Lonely People” by America. :-)

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Aug 20

Nothing to lose

I will preface this by saying that I thought this was a scam… Apparently it is not.

Basically, this is a really odd “points” promotion where you sign up for a free trial of something (like AOL — eek), then get five of your friends to sign up for trials (of any number of offers, not necessarily the same as you), then (one five people sign up) you get:

a free iPod.

really.

Unsurprisingly, the process can take a while, but it is legit (several URLs below discussing validity).  There’ve been allegations that it’s a pyramid scheme, but it’s not (at least according to the legal stuff I’ve seen).

Needless to say, I’ve signed up (with a Rhapsody account that I’ll cancel in a month and that I created using a one-time only virtual credit card number). 

I don’t genuinely expect five other folks to sign up using my referral link, but what the heck… it could happen, right?

My referral link, should anyone care to use it:  http://www.freeiPods.com/default.aspx?referer=8170787
I’m calling this one nothing to lose…

Validity:
http://substitute.sphosting.com/freeipod.htm
http://www.gearlive.com/archives/2004/07/freeipodscom_of.html
http://finance.lycos.com/qc/news/story.aspx?symbols=WIRED:100&story=200408172241_WRD_64614_200408171841

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Aug 09

The cutest thing ever

Yesterday morning while we were spending a few hours on the beach prior to heading home, we got incredibly luckily and got to see thecutestlittlethingever.

Normally sea turtle eggs (which are laid in the sand dunes) hatch in the middle of the night and then the little guys crawl from the nest to the brightest spot on the horizon, which is normally the sea, due to the light of the stars and moon reflecting off the horizon (in fact, many beachfront communities have a curfew on lights so that the lights on the houses don’t confuse the little guys).

Apparently yesterday there was one little guy who’d gotten stuck trying to climb over a root and hadn’t made it out to the ocean before morning. The volunteers left him alone as long as possible, since they’d rather not interfere, but eventually it got hot enough and late enough in the morning that they decided a little assistance was in order.

I was out swimming (and Jeff was “sunning,” having actually lowered the umbrella under which he’d hidden most of the weekend!), when Mary Jean hollered that I needed to come over and see. So I slogged back to shore (somehow the last 20 feet of getting to the beach are always the hardest) and joined the group of about 15 people who had gathered around and were staring at the sand.

A tiny little turtle was painstakingly making his way seaward. His little flippers are ill-suited for land maneuver, so it was sort of a scooting thing, rather than a walking one. And oh so sloooooooowwww. We all cheered when he made it to his first wavelet, which, of course, carried him forward a foot and a half…before washing him back two and a half feet. So he struggled forward again, this time catching a wave (yes, we all thought of Finding Nemo) that carried him into deeper (three inch!) water, where he could properly swim.

Sadly, I didn’t have my camera, but he looked like the one on this page (scroll down a bit). Maybe as big as the palm of my hand (and much cuter).

It was truly nifty getting to see something that I’d read about since I was small (we used to rent a house at the same beach when I was a child). So tiny. So determined. And soooooo cute!

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Aug 05

Heading to beach

I’m quite excited as I’m heading down to the beach for a three-day weekend tonight!  I’m going down to DeBordieu to visit my roommate from high school and her husband (and two kids).  Sun!  Fun!!  NOT WORK!!!!

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