Misc blog postings

Misc Postings

Earliest: July 28, 2003Latest: March 4, 2018Total: 107

July 1, 2009

Michael Jackson

Just heard on Imus in the Morning today:

According to Soundscan, 9 out of the top 10 songs are Michael Jackson songs.


Jackson places a record 25 songs on the 75-position Hot Digital Songs chart (21 solo hits and four with his siblings), smashing the mark of 14 charting titles established by David Cook in June 2008. Jackson's Halloween radio staple, "Thriller," moves 167,000, which is good for second place on the chart behind the 203,000 shifted by the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling."

June 12, 2009

Nutro Cat Food Recall Experience

In mid May, we purchased a new kitten, which we named Sox. We needed food and supplies for the new kitten so we went to Petco in Framingham, Massachusetts. We were very excited about the kitten and were looking for good food for her. We feed our adult cat, Fenway, Fancy Feast and a mix of 2 Purina ONE dry foods and a Science Diet dry food.

In the store, we were met by a Nutro sales rep that went out of the way to explain all the advantages of Nutro Natural Choice dry cat food. She took us down a couple of isles comparing Nutro with other products, Petco and Science Diet. She took products off the shelves and compared the ingredients with Nutro. She went out of the way to explain all the benefits of Nutro products. She even had pictures of her cats that were using Nutro products.

Based on her advice, we purchased a couple of Nutra dry cat food bags, one for Sox and one for Fenway. We also got some wet Nutro kitten food for Sox. Just before we left the store, the Nutro lady wanted to give us coupons but stated she was getting them next weekend, so she took our names and said that she will have them the next time we come in.

When we got home, we opened up bag we got for Fenway and mixed it with his other cat food. We then put Sox's food in a container to keep it fresh. We put the food in air tight containers because its a great way to keep the cat food fresh.

On May 21st, 2009 Nutro Products announced a voluntary recall of select varieties of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Dry Cat Foods and NUTRO® MAX® Cat Dry Foods. According to the press release:

Consumers who have purchased affected product should immediately discontinue feeding the product to their cats, and switch to another product with a balanced nutritional profile... Consumers who have purchased product affected by this voluntary recall should return it to their retailer for a full refund or exchange for another NUTRO® dry cat food product. Cat owners who have more questions about the recall should call 1-800-833-5330 between the hours 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM CST.

The problem is that we don't have the bags anymore since we threw them away when we put the cat food in the containers. This evening, out of caution, we decided to replace all the dry cat food with new food. We purchased about $60 worth of dry cat food and threw out all the other food.

We are very disapointed with all the food that we had to throw away this evening. While we were at Petco, we told the guy at the store about the Nutro lady and he said, "Ya, that lady is a little crazy." Given our experience with Nutro Products, I think it will be a long time before we buy any of their food again.

June 8, 2009

Garden Time

On Saturday, we started our first garden. We decide to plant the following:

  • Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Radishes
  • Tomatoes
  • Acorn Squash
  • Pumpkin
  • Sun Flowers

We purchased some of the plants from Lowes in Framingham, they have a much better garden section than Home Depot. We found it easy to find people around to answer questions, and they had plenty of stock.

If all goes well, we should be picking some crop by Wednesday, August 19, 2009. Most of the seeds said its about 72 days to harvest. A co-worker said that most people start their garden around Memorial Day weekend.

This should be fun, looking forward to taking care of the garden.

May 19, 2009

How Stuff Work Podcast

On the way to work I have been listening to the How Stuff Work Podcast. There's plenty of topics to choose from and each Podcast last as long as my commute.

I started listening to them after downloading their new spoken word album, "Stuff You Should Know: Super Stuffed Guide to the Economy." Its a good hour long talk about how the economy works.

If you looking for an alternative to listening to the radio, I suggest trying the How Stuff Works Podcast. You can find them by searching for them in iTunes.

May 14, 2009

Quote of the Day

Found this Quote in a book, thought it was worth sharing:

"I once complained to my father that I didn?t seem to be able to do things the same way other people did.
Dad?s advice?
"Margo, don?t be a sheep. People hate sheep. They eat sheep.""
? Margo Kaufman

April 28, 2009

TruGreen Service

Yesterday TruGreen service came by and did their Early Season Application on our lawn. I was a little surprise that they came by. I was supposed to get a postcard to let me know when they were coming by, since our back gate is locked. I'll have to call them today to see if they applied anything to the back.

The Early Season Application only cost $29.95 which is a special promotion price. Here's the note that the specialist left:

What I notice:
Your lawn has quite a few violets and dandies. Some bare spot. Overall good health.

What you can expect:
Improved color/density and crabgrass/broadleaf weed control.

What I recommend:
Aerate/overseed to build turf density and improve soil conditions all more more oxygen/nutrients to the roots ($200)

They applied Barricade, for weed control and Triplet, for postemergent broadleaf control on our lawn. I'll keep everyone updated on the lawn condition using TruGreen

You can contact TruGreen at 800-888-9090 or www.trugreen.com. They are located in Franklin, MA.

April 17, 2009

Random Real Audio Playlist

I am working on updating some of the functionality on the Real Audio pages, including using a play list. This seems to be pretty easy functionality to implement based on some specs that I found.

The problem I am encountering is how the browser is mapping .m3u extensions. It turns out that if you have iTunes installed it will open the play list in iTunes. This won't work because iTunes can't play Real Audio sounds.

You can try a sample Random play list, which will play at least 5 random audio files from my collection.

I am working on making each Real Audio category have its own play list. Once its done, I'll add a new posting to the Blog.

April 15, 2009

Blood Donation

Today I donated blood at the Red Cross blood drive in the building that I am in. A question came up at the snack table afterwards:

How soon can I donate blood again?

Regulations in the United States allow people to donate whole blood once every 56 days. The waiting period between donations can be different for other blood components. For example, donating only platelets in a process called apheresis requires only a 3 day wait before a person can give again. Donating two units of red blood cells through a similar process doubles the waiting period to 112 days.

This means I'll be able to donate again on Wednesday, June 10, 2009. The whole process took less than an hour, some people took longer because they felt dizy afterwards. I had a slice of Pizza, some mini-chocolate chips and Grape Juice.

March 12, 2009

Blogging Ideas

If your are looking for a topic to blog about, here are at least ten ideas:

  • Find any productive websites recently?
  • Have you had good service at a store/resturant lately? Tell people about it!
  • What are your projections for next year? What new Technology will people be talking about?
  • Listen to talk radio and voice your opinion about the issue of the day.
  • What books are you reading now?
  • Read the latest Bills that the US Senate is considering.
  • Check out the latest Business PR Releases to see if there's anything worth commenting on.
  • Read a couple of Rec.Humor.Funny entries to get some ideas.
  • Use the Random article from Wikipedia to get a topic, or a Random News story from WikiNews for some news story.
  • Review some of your previous postings and add something new that you have learned since posting it.

February 11, 2009

Rush Limbaugh

Breaking News: Rush Limbaugh has never been to a Walmart, Ciruit City, and Bed Bath and Beyond.