Archive for February, 2007

Costco’s electronics policy change

Costco’s electronics policy change

Well, it was rumored since November, but it’s official now: Costco is changing its refund policy on electronics. You can read more about it in the MSN article, but here’s the synopsis: Customers have ninety days to return televisions, computers, cameras, camcorders, portable music players and cell phones. Costco will extend the warranties on televisions […]

Posted in: gibberish
More great news: H5N1 vaccine less effective than hoped

More great news: H5N1 vaccine less effective than hoped

CNN is reporting that the latest H5N1 “avian flu” vaccine is less effective than previously thought. The vaccine, now in clinical trials, is less than 50% effective. The vaccine for the more common influenza viruses are from 75 – 90% effective. Oh yeah, did I mention that the vaunted Tamiflu is not as effective against […]

Fight HR 1022!!

Fight HR 1022!!

About two weeks ago New York Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D), introduced HR 1022, which will ban just about any semiautomatic firearm in production today. The two biggest catch-alls are firearms that has the capacity to hold more than ten rounds — which is any semi-automatic rifle or pistol — or a large number of weapons […]

Posted in: guns
More information about Settlers of Catan on the Xbox 360

More information about Settlers of Catan on the Xbox 360

Gaming site Joystiq.com has an interview with Brian Reynolds, CEO and director of Big Huge Games, who is making the Xbox 360 version of Settlers of Catan. In case you don’t want to read the interview, here are some important points for those of us who have loved this table top classic game for years: […]

Posted in: games, link and run
Possible economic impact on ‘social businesses’ due to avian flu in the US

Possible economic impact on ‘social businesses’ due to avian flu in the US

With the notable exceptions of Costco, Wal*Mart/Target and the grocer, every store I frequent is what I call a “social business.” A social business sells luxury/optional goods or services. A restaurant, coffee shop, tanning salon, shooting range, doggy day care, bowling alley, roller rink. A vast majority of my time, and my income, go to […]

Posted in: gibberish, preparedness
GIMPing along

GIMPing along

I kicked off the Geeks In Moderate Preparedness topic and companion forum about four months ago. Like all things new, there was an initial rush of activity, with people registering for GIMPs (almost twenty at this point) and checking the forums a few times a day. The (important) rudimentary questions were asked, ruminated upon, and […]

Posted in: preparedness, site news
Cylon to Base Star, over

Cylon to Base Star, over

Weather permitting, I’m going on a motorcycle trip to Savannah, Georgia at the start of March. Because of the cold and fear over my exposure-blighted toes, I have been reluctant to ride for the last month or so. I took advantage of the holiday yesterday to ride one of my short routes to see how […]

Posted in: motorcycling
Chore gaming

Chore gaming

Until last year, I played massively multiplayer online role playing games for the better part of six years, starting with EverQuest during its launch in 1999. I spent the bulk of my time in Dark Age of Camelot and World of Warcraft. I also played quite a few other MMOs, including Shadowbane, City of Heroes, […]

Posted in: games, zombies
Well, I wouldn’t call it “fun.”

Well, I wouldn’t call it “fun.”

I saw an ad for Mensa in this month’s issue of Mental Floss, and I went to their Web site to see if Mensa had some sort of online brainiac quiz. Turns out that they do. The thirty questions “Mensa Workout” test is a battery of logic puzzles, sequence analysis, word questions, and visual games […]

Posted in: games, link and run
Well, I wouldn't call it "fun."

Well, I wouldn't call it "fun."

I saw an ad for Mensa in this month’s issue of Mental Floss, and I went to their Web site to see if Mensa had some sort of online brainiac quiz. Turns out that they do. The thirty questions “Mensa Workout” test is a battery of logic puzzles, sequence analysis, word questions, and visual games […]

Posted in: games, link and run