Mazed and Confused

WARNING: The following post is totally corny but somewhat “ah-maze-ing.” No, its not the corn maze itself, which is impressive…

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Non-Stop Flight? Depends!

When it comes to flying, I have some “issues.” Mental blocks, less than rational thought processes. But the latest cost-cutting measure announced by Irish discount airline Ryanair is something I can stand sit behind!

The airline has announced its reducing the number of on-board lavatories to make room for additional seating. (This, by the way, from the same airline that earlier toyed with charging fliers a fee to use the plane bathrooms.) Now, when flying the friendly skies it will be important to go, before you go. Don’t worry, the planes will still maintain one lavatory on board for those who insist on using the facilities while flying.

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Danger Lurking in Your Mailbox

Do you remember 10 years ago when it was becoming a scary thing to open the mail? In the weeks following the September 11th attacks details began coming forward about letters sent through the United States Postal Service laced with anthrax. Over a two month period nearly 20 people were infected with anthrax and five died, including Connecticut’s Ottilie Lundgren (a 94 year-old widow from Oxford).

Heading to the mailbox, for some, became something to have anxiety over. No longer was our biggest complaint about unwanted credit card offers and other junk mail. Instead, our treasured catalogs and cards from friends were now potential weapons. While the government officials asserted that Lundgren wasn’t targeted, it was almost more unsettling. Were random mailboxes vulnerable to terrorism?

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Netflix: Edit, Undo and Make a Qwik Exit


Rumor has it, someone at Netflix finally has somewhat of clue and they are nixing Quickster Qwikster. And according to the Daily Intel, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings new mantra is “I messed up.” (Collective: duh!)

It was one thing to change (read: jack up) the pricing structure, which I found made perfect cents sense. Then in a drunken rant of an email Hastings told customers the price change could have been handled better and by the way, the convenience of having one site to stream movies online and rent DVDs from was splitting up, because a few people still didn’t completely hate Netflix, yet.

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I’m becoming an Email Ninja. What are you doing?

A wise colleague recently enlightened me about the “inbox zero” concept and how it was helping to organize his work day. After a little pointing, clicking and searching on Google, I found myself desirous to become an email ninja!

In just a few days it has revolutionized far more than my inbox. It has helped me organize my work-life, clear a lot of stuff off of my plate, follow up on other items and even make time to tackle some long overdue projects.

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One Thing We May Have Forgotten from 9/11

Photo by: Thomas E. Franklin // The Record

No need to “remember,” as for many we have never forgotten the attacks on the United States of America that occurred on September 11, 2001. We remember where we were, we remember the emotions that we felt that day, or the lack thereof due to the shock. It was 10 years ago, but it seems like yesterday.

One thing we, collectively, seem to have forgotten was that spirit of unity that swept the nation 9/12/01 and in the days and weeks following. Marketplace Money‘s Bob Moon summed it up best: Read more of this post

Breaking News: UK Student Crowned Excel Champion

Excel 2007

But wait, this just in… More breaking news… A Microsoft Excel championship even exists!

Back to the first breaking news bit. Rebecca Rickwood, 15, was crowned champion of Microsoft’s Excel 2007, apparently she was one of the 228,000 people participating in nearly 60 countries.

I for one am still shocked such a competition exists, never mind the fact that someone won it. I am left to wonder, how well does Ms. Rickwood know her Excel 2010. That title belongs to Chen Xing of China. Read more of this post

U of Chicago: Got Books?

Students inside the Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago /

The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago amazes me. I think the technology behind their book storage system is cool, so I’m sharing a video that explains how it all works.

From the U of Chicago’s YouTube page:

The new Joe and Rika Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago houses cutting-edge facilities for preservation and digitization of physical books, as well as a high-density underground storage system with the capacity to hold 3.5 million volume equivalents. With its soaring elliptical dome and prime location on campus, the Mansueto Library’s Grand Reading Room, which opens May 16, 2011, provides an inviting space for rigorous scholarship in an array of fields.


You’ve Got Mail! On Second Thought, Maybe Not.

USPS Automated Postal Center

USPS Automated Postal Center

“You’ve Got Mail.” No, not that kind of mail. Snail mail, delivered to your mailbox via the United States Postal Service. However, according to the Postmaster General you’re not getting enough snail mail and the USPS may be forced to shutter some 3,700 post offices around the U.S. A list of possible closure sites was released, Connecticut has 15 offices on the chopping block, however most locations were the second or even third (or more) locations within a single city.

But, is this a bad thing? They are closing post offices because folks aren’t flocking to them.

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Even Fairies are Facing Budget Cuts

The Tooth Fairy Is Cutting Back — Daily Intel.

It seems that not even the Tooth Fairy is immune from the recession and budget cuts. In 2010, on average, the Tooth Fairy left $3.00 for each tooth collected. A year later, said fairy is leaving a mere $2.60.

WOW! Times have changed. I was lucky to get a dollar growing up in the 80s.

From the motion picture Tooth Fairy, Dwayne Johnson, Stephen Merchant and Julie Andrews.