The bluffer and the bargain

Jan 21, 2009
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The bluffer – Jason Varitek When the rankings that are used to determine free agency compensation came out, Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek was ranked as an “A” level player – the top level. When type A players are signed by another team, the team who loses the player typically gets either the first round […]

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Review: The Serial Killers Club, by Jeff Povey

Jan 15, 2009
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The book begins with our hero being attacked. He fights back and kills his attacker in self defense. While looking through the attacker’s possessions, he stumbles upon what he eventually comes to realize is an invitation to a serial killers club. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like – serial killers gathering to break bread […]

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Stupid criminals, vol 2: Snow

Jan 15, 2009
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We had about six inches of snow on Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning, police in a nearby city were responded to a burglar alarm at a bar. The burglar was gone, but he left something behind – his footprints, very clear in the fresh snow. The cops followed the prints all the way to the […]

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Stupid criminals, vol 1: Beer.

Jan 12, 2009
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I saw the report of an interesting crime in a newspaper this weekend. A grocery store reported the theft of a “pack of beer” around 3:30 PM. It was later recovered. [I’m assuming this was a 6 pack or 12 pack, since “pack” is used instead of “case”] OK, so not only are you dumb […]

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Librivox (free audio books)

Jan 09, 2009
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Last update June 9, 2009 Editor’s note:  This was originally just a review of Librivox.  However, I noticed that people seem to be stumbling aross this article in an effort to answer two questions Who are the best readers on Librivox? What are the best books on Librivox? I’m going to a make an effort […]

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The mall kiosk people

Jan 02, 2009
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There are plenty of fine kiosk merchants at malls. The calendar people are great – you poke around looking for calendars, stop occassionally to ask where one is located, but your calendars, and leave. Essentially, an ideal customer experience. Then there are the stalker merchants. These tend to be lotion sellers. They will stray far […]

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Schedule of posts for the new year

Jan 02, 2009
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Schedule of postsStarting in January 2009, I will attempt to stick to this schedule each month. However, life may alter these plans at any time. Day 1-5: Consumer experiences Day 6-10: Book review (this will run heavilty toward mysteries and baseball books) Day 11-15: A general news topic Day 16-20: Sports – very likely to […]

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