Archive for February, 2009

Vegas Penny Slots

The penny slots may seem like a cheap way to gamble, but at a miniumum 40 cent bet, these are actually more costly than the quarter slots.  The creators have done a great job making you feel rich and willing to play big.  $5 equals 500 credits.  This makes it much easier to be lots of ‘credits’ at a time.  You think it’s just pennies.  But this minimum bet at 40 and a max at 200, what’s the difference in playing a $2 slot?  Perception.  I can afford to loose pennies.  I don’t want to lose $2 per spin.  But in the end it’s all the same – kudo’s to you, inventor of ways to scam people.

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February 27, 2009 at 8:44 pm 1 comment

PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps

Have you ever had these? They are good, but they always leave me with somewhat of a stomach ache. Looking at the plate, I’m pretty sure the owner of PF Chang’s saw a huge money maker.

Let’s take all the leftover bits of food from each meal, toss it on a plate and serve it with some leafs of lettuce. Customers have already paid for the meal that resulted in the left over food, 5 leafs of lettuce will cost us 30 cents, and we can charge $7 for it as an appetizer

February 20, 2009 at 10:07 am 1 comment

Assistant to the Traveling Secretary

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It occurred to me that although George Constanza’s official title was “Assistant to the Traveling Secretary” (ATS), we never saw said person in a show. Somehow little lowly ATS George got an office with a view, interacts only with George Steinbrenner and a Mr. Wilhelm, and has unrestricted access to players.

And all because he did the opposite.

February 19, 2009 at 3:58 pm Leave a comment

Mail Trucks Always Look Funny

It struck me yesterday that no matter where you live, a mail truck will always be oriented steering-wise opposite to most cars. It must be hard being a mailman driving to work in your ‘normal’ car, then driving for 8 hours from what would be the passenger seat, and then returning back to your car. I’m sure it gets easier, but I would think that the process of driving for a mailman is more thought intensive than for the rest of us. And to top it off, he/she has to be sorting, dispensing, and collecting mail all along.

February 18, 2009 at 11:18 am 1 comment

Do you have 15 minutes?

JARED: what the manager should ask is

do you have 5 minutes to talk, 15 -20 optional minutes to go over what i didn’t think through, and 2 hours -4 hours to implement something real quick

February 13, 2009 at 3:47 pm 1 comment

Maximizing Traffic Flow

As much as I hate driving in Michigan (road conditions, number of drivers on the road, etc), I have to hand it to the engineer who decided to make the left turn arrow at the end of the light. In other locations, drivers get a left turn arrow at the beginning of the light, allowing cars to turn unobstructed. But then you get a few cars hanging out in the middle of the intersection waiting to turn who end up going on the yellow or red light to clear the intersection. This not only increases the risk of an accident (misjudging oncoming cars stopping at the yellow light) but can delay traffic from starting to cross once they get the green light. By having the left turn light at the end of the light signal, the entire left lane is moving. This allows the last few cars that in the other sequence would be sitting in the middle of the intersection to safely clear, because they don’t have to wait for oncoming traffic to stop and to get their car moving.

February 9, 2009 at 11:03 am Leave a comment

Late Last Call

I went to a hockey game Monday night and in the third period, the beer vendors started announcing last call.  Normally this wouldn’t have registered so much with me, but tonight it did.  Why?  There were exaclty 4 minutes and 22 seconds left in the game.   This didn’t seem like an adequate amount of time to consume (and enjoy) a 16 oz beer and leave the stadium.

February 4, 2009 at 1:27 pm 2 comments