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90 feet to free tacos for America

Taco Bell will give away one free taco to every person in the US who wants one if any player steals a base in the World Series. How random is that? What does base stealing have to do with tacos? Why only hard shell tacos? Why between 2 and 5pm? Are the Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox players all slow runners? What a strange promotion, but hey… a good excuse to leave work early if it happens.

Steal a base, steal a taco.

The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism

I don’t even know which information source got me to do it, but this week I recorded Bill Moyers Journal on PBS. I didn’t really know what to expect, but I’ll be damned if the topic wasn’t about the conscience of American capitalism. Something that, when I’m not thinking about… you know… tv shows, I think about way too frequently. Bill Moyers’ guest, John Bogle, was voicing the thoughts that have been going on in my head for a long time now. Okay, well, he has a far more knowledgeable take on it, but we arrive at the same conclusion. He is the author of “The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism” and it was both heartening and disturbing to hear what he had to say. I’ve put a hold on his book at my library and look forward to perusing it. I’ve got Greenspan’s book on my library list too.

Money has been becoming a larger concern and it just blows my mind the way I see some people spend it. It was reassuring to me when some of my like-minded friends vented about the same thing when we were driving somewhere last week. It’s not just me who is frustrated by the indiscriminate way that some people handle their money while other hard-working people end up paying for the others’ actions in the long run. Will those people get their comeuppance? Is that mean of me to say?

I am trying to become a smarter consumer and more frugal person. I get some help from The Consumerist on that, but it still worries me to hear some of these rich old men raising red flags about the economy. How can you feel comforted when the president says, “You know, you need to talk to economists. I think I got a B in Econ 101. I got an A, however, in keeping taxes low and being fiscally responsible with the people‚Äôs money.” What a tool. I don’t think that Bush should be allowed to use the words “fiscally responsible” without first saying “My administration is not”.

Thank you, Amazon

I like iTunes. It’s a handy thing, but I hate that there is Digital Rights Management all over the content. It hasn’t stopped me from shopping there, but it’s just kind of a thorn in my side. When iTunes introduced iTunes Plus, I went with that. You get music at a higher bit rate at a 30% higher cost ($1.29 per track), but no pesky DRM. I am a believer in not pirating music. I don’t download music illegally. I don’t distribute music illegally. It just bothers me that it’s there. I think it’s stupid… just as stupid as having music in an AAC format rather than mp3 (which, in fact, bothers me as much as the DRM).

Well, yesterday Amazon rolled out an mp3 store which has tracks and albums available at a lower price. All mp3 format. All DRM-free. All 256kbps bit rate. Cue the angel chorus here. I don’t like the store format as much and they have somewhat fewer selections (presumably because there are certain labels *cough*Sony*cough* that just lurve the DRM). I also wish they had the option to shop with a shopping cart, not download each track as an individual purchase. iTunes makes it very easy to shop with their recommendations, flashy front page and free music Tuesdays. Will I stop shopping iTunes? Nope. But I won’t simply buy from them to buy from them. I am not a mac fangirl and I will go where I can get the best deal for my money without having my purchases locked up in a secret envelope. So thank you, Amazon.

Simple Living Manifesto

I stumbled across this little gem today:
Simple Living Manifesto: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life
Okay, I didn’t really stumble across it… To give proper credit, it was linked to by swissmiss, whose blog I subscribe to via RSS. Google reader will be the death of me.

Anyway.

I love it! 72 is a lot, but just glancing over them, I see that it’s something I need to read and take to heart. First on the list is filtering through all the useless stuff I do online. Although it was through some useless stuff that I do online which led me to the manifesto in the first place…

I have a confession

Confession with a small “c”: I am wearing farty shoes today. With each step I take, my heels in my boots say “poot, poot” and I can’t help but worry that people around me think that I have uncontrollable flatulence. So I do that little trick where I make sure that every step makes the noise so people know. Then the sole of my boot, if I drag it the wrong way, makes a pretty obnoxious noise too. I can’t always duplicate that noise though. I hate walking out the office and having that be my goodbye noise.

Galaxyquest

I’m too old, because the fireworks in my neighborhood are too loud. Since I can’t really go to bed early I decided to pop in a movie since there’s nothing on television this week. Okay, there was… the History Channel was showing a marathon of The Revolution, but I was turning the television on and off between tasks today and didn’t want to get sucked into watching tv all day.

So I popped Galaxyquest into the DVD player. If you haven’t seen it, I’d recommend it. If you have seen it, I’d recommend watching it again. A nice, light comedy. Sigourney Weaver is so funny, plus she shows a little extra cleavage toward the end. Can’t complain about that. I’m not a huge Tim Allen fan, but the rest of the cast makes up for it and he actually does a pretty good job. And Alan Rickman is so good. It’s funny to see ol’ Severus Snape with a latex alien thingie on his head. Oh, I can’t wait to see Harry Potter next week!

Keith Olbermann says Bush and Cheney Should Resign

July 4th falling on a Wednesday has made this whole week strange. One day off in the middle of the week, lots of people missing from work, nothing at all on television. So after a quick trip to the library for the first time in years, I turned on the television while I ate a late dinner. The television turned on to MSNBC and Keith Olbermann’s Countdown. My jaw literally dropped. I almost stopped watching to call a friend to turn her television on to watch this, but I was glued and I didn’t know how long it would last.

This man speaks so eloquently and he said exactly what I’ve been feeling about the whole affair. It’ll never happen, but thank god for the free press. Rock on, Keith… You’re doing well to fire up the left.


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