Archive for July, 2008

Home Depot Gift Registry

I was attempting to locate a friends wedding registry on the Home Depot website. I was unable to do so and he later told me that it wasn’t accessible online for some reason, but I came across some interesting search results on the HD website.

Do you see anything odd here?

Home Depot Gift Registry

Does HD really think they need to retain registry’s from almost 1 and 1/3 years ago? How long after a wedding/shower can you buy a present and still offer it as a wedding gift?

I’m half tempted to pu tin more common names on the HD search and see if I can turn up anything earlier than April 07.

July 31, 2008 at 9:32 am 3 comments

Stairs Two at a Time

Do you go up staircases two stairs at time? Do you go down two at a time?

I personally go up two at a time, but down in the singular. When I go up the stairs, I like to end at the top without having to take the last stair as a single. I’ve noticed some people do the opposite, starting with 2 stairs at a time and ending with with a single stair. I actually don’t have a particular starting stair, but usually know the staircase I am climbing and know whether to start on step #1 or step #2 to hit the top landing just right.

July 30, 2008 at 4:12 pm 5 comments

Security Question

“So you forgot your password huh? No problem, we can reset it and send you the temporary one” says the email from tech-support. However, after I login with the temporary password and update it, I get this screen. Any idea what’s supposed to be answered here?

Terrible Login Page

July 28, 2008 at 4:56 pm 1 comment

Dave and Buster’s Review

I went to Dave & Buster’s for the first time this weekend and had mixed feelings after spending a few hours there.

Pros

  • I liked the overall concept, a place to eat, drink and play. It’s a business venture I would take on, if it didn’t already exist
  • Although I didn’t eat a meal there, the main restaurant was removed from the loud and neon lit arcade area. There were a lot of tables and a bar available in the gaming area, so you had your choice of where you would like to dine.
  • A large grouping of bar-oriented games were also removed from the midway. These included pool, shuffleboard, darts, and a few others. There seemed to be plenty of each available.
  • The beer was on average what you would expect to pay at a typical restaurant, and you could get drink service in between skee-ball rolls.

Cons

  • Smoking is permissible throughout the building.
  • There was not a large variety of ticket redemption games, nor was there a large variety in the arcade games either. Driving and shooting games occupied a good 80% of non-redemption games
  • The prizes (although not expecting much) were geared towards adults. This would be a pro, but my 950 tickets didn’t qualify me to buy anything even remotely fun or useful. The prizes cost too much real money, therefore cost at least 4,000 tickets. This also meant there weren’t any 10 ticekt army men, sticky hands, or a section devoted entirely to candy like in a regular arcade.
  • You have to buy a rechargeable card from D&B to play any of the games. For each card, theres a $2 activation fee.
  • All of the games cost fractions of credits to play. Games varied from 1.7 to 9.8 credits per play. This made it hard to actually get the last few credits worth out of your card. You either had to reload (it $10 increments), plan the last 10 credits out according to game price, or hunt down that one game that you could play with your remaining 2.2 credits
  • Overall, I think the night got a 6/10. I may go there again, but I would probably do a dinner/card combo. And I would recommend to anyone going, the $10 card is plenty of credits!

    A bowling alley, some lazer tag, or some glow-in-the-dark golf could enhance D&B, and probably put it up to an 8 or 9.

    July 28, 2008 at 2:04 pm Leave a comment

Facts in Lieu of Post

Haven’t had a lot of stuff to post about lately, but I found a few things to maybe keep you entertained?

  • Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete
  • The elephant is the only mammal that can’t jump
  • Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different
  • The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words
  • Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
  • Average number of Americans killed annually by vending machines falling on them: 13

July 25, 2008 at 2:47 pm 2 comments

2008 Calendar

A local bookstore was selling 2008 calendars on the street yesterday. The stand had a large sign indicating that the calendars were 50% off.

With 205 days of the 2008 calendar year gone by, you would think the calendar would be at least 56% off, (205/365) and incrementing every day. The calendar included a 6 month condensed page, but it was for 2007.

Just a thought.

July 24, 2008 at 12:43 pm 1 comment

You Know You’re in a Room of Nerds when . . .

the computer of someone presenting crashes and four people pull out camera phones to take a picture of the error. “Ohhhhh, a parity memory error”.

July 21, 2008 at 1:36 pm Leave a comment

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