Gift Card Conundrum

This is a tad off topic but I’d like help understanding why people on Ebay are paying more for gift cards than their face value. I’m selling an Amazon gift card for $40. Don’t tell the person that gave it to me. I actually found the nice photo frames I wanted at Michael’s so I…

Schumpert Menu Line

Last fall I posted the number for the Schumpert Hospital Cafeteria Menu. If you call the number 318-681-4564 you’ll find that this Shreveport Louisiana Medical center (pictured) has a daily menu recording, with a very special voice. George, the gentleman that records the daily menu, has a deep southern accent and enthusiastically lists the food…

Coupon Printer . exe

The “Your Money” section of KUSA / 9News has a section listing grocery coupons.   Today they featured it on the front page of their site, so searching for some crazy deals I clicked and found $1 off Frosted Flakes.   (Yeah I know it’s not great, but I’ve never clipped a coupon online so was curious…

Museum of Robots

I saw the below linked article and photos of the “Museum of Robots.” Without giving it more than a glance I thought, “Cool. I wonder where they’re at?” It took me a minute on their site to realize that this wasn’t a real museum. Well it IS a museum, but not brick and mortar. The…

Definition of Hacking

Right now thousands of headlines are blaring “Sarah Palin’s email HACKED.” Just like with aviation stories, the terms used are grossly exaggerated or just plain wrong.  The most commonly used or overheard words are headlined as fact, in a mad rush to break the story.   Speaking of juicy stories,  Bristol Palin’s voicemail is also on…

Getting on the Grid

I’m a fan of Walt Mossberg’s WSJ Technology column. Here he is talking about the future of technology and interaction at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Especially interesting is the first 10 minutes of this presentation. He predicts how some of the vernacular associated with the internet and communications will soon fall by the wayside. For…

Fonolo Looks Awesome

I read the Consumerist regularly.   Its a great consumer advocacy site, and has interesting articles and finds mixed in with some gut wrenching horror stories. When I read this post on Fonolo my interest peaked.  They’re offering a solution for a problem that everyone hates: IVRs, or Interactive Voice Response Systems. The only thing more…

It Would Be Fun to Run a Newspaper

Post title courtesy of Charles Foster Kane – who I believe would agree with my assessment below… I read the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News online almost every day.  Even if I’m busy a quick scan of both sites provide me a stomach full of what’s happening in the city.  Even though these two…