Riding Words in the Streets 
Here's a creepy bit of info. For me to write WEASEL in the streets around Highland Creek on my bike, I need to ride exactly 66.6km. Oooh... spooky!



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You Want Bath Salts? Seriously? 
Now, I know that I'm awfully far removed from anything resembling teen culture these days, so I don't claim to have any insights into what they are or are not into or what they do and don't know about.

So maybe someone with more insight can help me out here.

Had anyone heard anything in these parts about the drug known as Bath Salts before the incident hit the news about some naked guy trying to eat another guys face in Florida?

There's an article in the Star today about some kid trying to find some to buy so he could sell it to his friends. By all accounts, he appears to be a complete idiot, but that's beside the point.

What I can't figure out is why there would be anyone out there who, having heard the stories about what this drug apparently does to you, is thinking "Hey! I want to try that!"

I mean... some kids think drugs are cool and don't grasp the impact they can have on the rest of their lives. Just a fun way to kill some time, I guess. But when something new comes out, and the only news of it is that it can turn you into a raving psychotic, do you really think THAT is the experience you're looking for??

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You Want Me To Pay For Your Sample? 
Something interesting happened on the way to work this morning. Some folks had a little display set up to hand out samples of some new shampoo or something. It was a "men's scalp treatment" of some sort.

Before handing me the sample though, they said that it had some medicinal ingredients and thus they were required to get a "penny payment" for it. It would go to charity, they said.

Did I have any spare change?

So I didn't get the sample. The whole thing seemed suspiciously like complete bullshit though. Are they just making this stuff up? Does anyone know if there's any such regulation on the books that would make this reasonable, or did their marketing people just come up with this BS to make people think their product is something out of the ordinary?

If so, do they think people will respond well to being lied to?

I have a reason to question the validity of this. I've been given a lot of samples of a lot of different products while walking to work, and this is the first time this sort of scheme has ever been mentioned. If there were some rule about this, then shouldn't I have been asked for money for my Red Bull sample? It lists medicinal ingredients right on the can.

If that's a bit of a stretch, then what about the bottle of Motrin tablets I got last week? Am I being led to believe that this shampoo has more "medicinal ingredients" in it than ibuprofen pills?

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What's the Point of "No Name"? 
Back in the day, "no name" was a generic moniker for store brand products. They were supposed to be cheaper because they didn't spend money on marketing.

At some point, Loblaw's capitalized on this by actually calling their store brand "No Name". We all know the plain yellow packaging. That was clever on their part, and all well and good.

Now I'm confused though. I saw a TV commercial for No Name products. Isn't that completely contrary to what they're supposed to be?

I thought we were supposed to believe that they were cheaper because they didn't spend money on marketing. So if they're spending money on marketing, beyond just store displays to the point of actually airing TV commercials... then why are they cheaper? Where are they cutting the costs from?

A lot of people think store brands are cheaper because they're inferior. To be sure, many of them are... but now it would seem that they should be expected to be. I mean... if they're not saving money on marketing... then what's the point?

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In Installed Windows 8 And It's Annoying 
Last night I installed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a virtual machine so I could play around with the new interface and see what all the hubbub is about.

My initial reactions really aren't positive. With the new Metro interface, I really got the impression that it probably works well on a tablet, but it's a big hindrance on a workstation. Everything jumps to full screen mode. There's no obvious way to close programs. Solitaire doesn't work in a remote desktop session. How the hell do you break Solitaire??

The interface seems to randomly jump back to the old style now and then, depending on what program you run, but it's still missing any sort of traditional start menu to run other programs.

I found that there was a general lack of tool tips on icons so I had no idea what they did, and right-clicking stuff never seemed to do anything of value. I guess you can't right-click with your finger on a touchscreen, so they just didn't bother with it.

Overall, I'm really quite disappointed. I understand the convergence of operating systems between phones and tablets. Apple did it, and Google did it, and it makes sense.

Converging the desktop interface just doesn't make any sense at all though. I mean... why do I need to keep hitting the Windows key to get out of programs? Why can't I just click on the other window to go do something there... besides the fact that there seems to be no other windows.

I know this is just a preview and there could be major changes coming. I HOPE there are major changes coming. Otherwise I suppose it'll be Windows 7 for the next generation for me. Why not? I'm still running Windows XP at work.

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