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: I bought some gummy bears (not Gummi Bears) yesterday. On the bag it says:

Reg. $1.75

Yes, they printed the "regular" price on the package underneath the "discounted" price. I've decided to assume that the designer of the package was really stupid and thought people would fall for that, since that's more parsimonous than the assumption that everyone in the world is really stupid and would actually fall for that.

I remember a furniture place in LA that, when I was a kid, had a "CLOSE OUT SALE!" banner hanging permanently on the side of the building. This banner was not intended for years and years of constant use, and I remember it being old and tattered. It's probably still up there, although between then and now it may have been replaced by a similar sign in Korean.

It occurs to me that the gummy bear package might be intended to fool little kids. I can't see little kids buying these huge packages of gummy bears, though.

: Kevin Maples sums up our current problems with a Futurama quote:

I had this awful nightmare - there were all these ones and zeros all over the place ... I think there was even a two.

: It's odd to see praise of LyX on a page as poorly-laid out, stuck in the newspaper metaphor, as this one is.

: Has anyone ever purchased and eaten a sopapilla within the state of California? If so, tell me where. I find it very strange that I've been unable to find sopapillas anywhere in California, but that you can go five miles into Oregon and every Mexican restaurant has them (they're terrible, but they have them).

: Every weekend I use my newfound wealth (still my interpretation of a regular salary) to buy books. This week I got more David Brin (Brightness Reach, I think--second Uplift trilogy, first book), Ringworld, Interesting Times, and the literary equivalent of one of the things in the "1000 Things You Never Knew Existed" catalog, Umberto Eco's The Island of the Day Before. I had no idea he'd written another novel.

I'm going to get some books at the used bookstore in Bakersfield when I go there next week, and then I'm going to hold off until I finish all these books.

: Listen up. I'm only going to say this once. Nature is not your friend. Nature wants to see you dead. The best you can hope for from nature is total indifference.

That's all for now.


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