Archive for the ‘Offbeat’ Category
Sunday, December 6th, 2009
“We Are Happy To Serve You” — Ceramic Cup
I’ve been using this cup for the past week and it puts a smile on my face each time I use it. If you have ever been to NYC you know exactly what this cup is about. If not, you can read up about it here. It’s considered the world’s most famous paper cup and it’s now been replicated in ceramic complete with details you’d see in the paper cup version (seam and lip overlay). Not much else to say about it other than it holds 10 ounces of liquid, is manufactured of lead-free earthenware and is microwave and dishwasher safe. A single cup retails for about $12.
– AMAZON.com - “We are Happy to Serve You” Ceramic Cup…
Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
Kurt Systems: High-Tech Horse Trainer
I was reading the latest issue of POPULAR SCIENCE and saw this new high-tech horse training system developed by a Turkish man. The story behind this invention is that Mehmet Kurt developed this device after his own horse died from overtraining and human error. The solution was to build a $427,000 training machine which monitors the horses vitals while training and maximize the speed and fitness of the horse. Pretty cool concept!…
Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
No, I am not Tropical Storm Danny!
You can follow and track Tropical Storm Danny live using this cool Google Maps based viewer @ ABC13.com KTRK Houston.…
Friday, June 5th, 2009
American Waste: The Story Of A Home Depot / Thomasville Outdoor Patio Set That Came Damaged
We just took delivery of an outdoor patio set which we love except for one little part came defective. The seat frame (“Part C”) came split as shown in the photo. As I’m a DIYer, I would typically try to repair something like this, however, since it is A) an expensive item B) a product that will be used outdoors and in weather C) the wood is split and shattered… the repair I make wouldn’t last. So I went with getting the product replaced. I thought it would be any easy replacement item and called up HomeDepot.com and told them I needed either a whole new seat, or if possible, just the replacement part – “Part C”. The customer service agent told me he could get me a replacement part and said he sent the request for the new part onto the vendor.
The issue is that the replacement part could take up to 3 weeks to get AND no one can guarantee that the part will even arrive in 3 weeks as it depended on this unknown vendor (apparently it’s a tightly held secret as to who the vendor is… even Thomasville said the same thing and they are the ones with their name on the product!). The customer service agent has no way of getting a hold of the vendor directly besides through “email”. The boxes say the set is made in Vietnam so does that mean the vendor is located there too? Do they only have one-way email? Who knows? I said fine and he placed the order and that was that. I thought about it last night and realized that a few weeks will bring us into the prime of summer and since no firm date was given, it was not sitting right with me. Heck, it could take months to get the replacement for all I know. So I called up Home Depot again today and asked them if there was any status or if they could find out the status. They checked and said the “email is still in the process of being uploaded into the system”. How can that be? Are they running on 300 baud modems and sending terrabytes worth of data each day to warrant an email still in the process of being uploaded to the system? When I send an email, it is sent instantaneously. That got me a bit …
Friday, May 29th, 2009
Dry Soda Co. – Cucumber Soda
So I was a bit late to the game earlier this week when I blogged about the Vanilla Bean and Juniper Berry as being Dry Soda‘s newest flavors. Today I got the chance to taste Dry Soda’s real newest flavor, Cucumber.
Right here, right now, I’m proclaiming that the Dry Soda Co.’s Cucumber Soda, is my 2009 Summer beverage of choice. This years contenders were Pepsi Natural and Dry Soda’s Vanilla Bean. There is something about this flavor that I really dig… it’s not too sweet or fake tasting. Just for fun, I paired the soda with a persian cucumber (which I eat as snacks) and the taste was identical (at least to my palette).
So, if you are like me, someone that loves cucumbers, and eats them like candy, then you’ll love the new Cucumber Soda from Dry Soda Co. I also hear you can make some pretty good cocktails with it… can’t wait to try those out.
Official Press Release - INTRODUCING CUCUMBER DRY SODA…
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