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25 January 2006
Sources disagree on the distribution of colors in an M&M package. Machines can sort colored candies, but to my surprise there is no web tool (that I could find) where you can input the results of your own M&M purchaes and look at data from users across the web.
Posted by Drew at 13:35
24 January 2006
...the best I ever had.
I know you keep your high-quality test equipment at home in your lab, but if you need an inexpensive second set of electronic testing tools for the car or office, you could do worse than this kit from American Science and Surplus for $15.
Whaddya mean it's geeky to have a multimeter in the car?
Posted by Drew at 09:40
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I know some contributors have OEDs, so if anybody could look up the etymology of "February" and tell me why it's so F'd up, I'd sure appreciate it. Whoever thought an english-speaker could pronounce this word must have been drinking out of leaden vessels.
Posted by Drew at 14:54
16 January 2006
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I've re-implemented my website (in textpattern) to have a blog of my very own. As per the typical pattern, there's just one post so far :) It's at http://www.rainskit.com/.
If you notice anything funny-looking in your various browsers, please let me know.
Posted by truist at 13:12
14 January 2006
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...or in other words, I really need to rant about US Air and this is the place I've chosen to do it.
But first, the ranking:
Least shitty: American
Most shitty: US Air
I travel a lot and I've traveled most on these four airlines so I have some good info here. And just to qualify things for the people who don't know me: I'm intelligent, I'm not quick to judge things, and I'm generally a good passenger. These are valid opinions shared by lots of frequent travelers. And I'm giving them to you for free!
Here's what I know:
American is generally a good airline. They haven't gone bankrupt, they have good leg room on most flights, they're generally on time, they're generally nice people, they generally have good service, and their mileage program is sane. All my issues with them have been minor. The only problem is that they don't have great routes (for me) to everywhere. And the other only problem is that their website makes me re-enter my phone information whenever I want flight status info texted to me. Generally, they're my carrier of choice.
Thank you, American.
Again more positive than negative, but they're not as good as American. But they do apologize for their mistakes. And they will not, under any circumstances, let you transfer miles with them to anything else. Even if you only have 8,000 and that's not enough to do jack with. Don't get locked in to them.
A lot of people think United is ok. Those people all don't live in Chicago and/or don't fly United much and/or are already super-platinum-executive-elite-status with them. If you live in Chicago you know that they're incapable of flying on time, or making connections. If you don't fly them much, they might not have had the chance to go out of their way to treat you like an old dried-up useless cow. And if you're already super-platinum with them they'll treat you well, and you know that you're at the only elite level that actually has any rewards that are useful, and that they're the only carrier that goes to all the worldwide destinations you go to.
And they're bankrupt and getting out of all their bad earlier decisions by screwing employees and business partners, and they're not making money but they're still coming out of bankruptcy.
In other words, I suggest that you have some other less-expensive airline treat you like shit, instead.
Very much like United, except worse. Especially in Philadelphia, which is a major hub of theirs. Worse like:
1) Flights consistently scheduled for times that are known to be impossible
2) Service staff and airport staff that are very friendly but totally incapable of doing their jobs
3) They never, ever, under any circumstances update their sign displays or their website with flight information. Especially if a flight has been delayed. Especially.
4) They have no way to sign up for pages when flight status changes. Not that it would matter, given #3.
5) Their exit row seats on the smaller planes aren't any bigger, and it appears to be physically impossible to get the door open if, say, the seat is occupied.
6) Pricing schemes that will happily screw you if you don't book early enough, or if they think you're a business traveler, or if it happens to be January.
7) They'll happily make you wait at baggage claim for 90 minutes for your bag to arrive, and then have you discover that the bag is soaked, your clothes are wet, and your books are ruined. There will be no apology or explanation for said problem.
Ahh, we arrive at the source of the problem. But I feel better now!
Anyhow, fly American. Don't ever fly US Air. If you must, fly Continental or United. Beyond that, I don't know.
Posted by truist at 01:50