Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Burn Baby Burn!, Fast-food Rage, -and- Kicks

Burn Baby Burn! - Dell to recall 4.1 million laptop batteries, citing fire hazard
Fast-food Rage - woman gets revenge at McDonald's
Kicks - woman explains owning 80 pairs of shoes

On this day in history: August 13, 1969 - Woodstock begins on Max Yasgur's farm in upstate New York. Tickets are $18 for three days of counterculture musical acts, including Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Sha-Na-Na.

Born on this day in history: August 13, 1912 - Julia Child (1912 - 2006) chef, author, TV hostess. She was the star of "The French Chef," 1962-83; wrote "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," 1961.

Be certain to view this hilarious video: When a Japanese Baby Is Born

Last weekend, we watched disc 2 of the 3-disc set, "The Gospel of John." This is a glorious movie. We excitedly inserted disc 3, "Bonus Features," only to determine it was marked incorrectly and was not disc 3. It was disc 2! We have used Netflix for over four years, and this is the first and only instance of receiving an incorrectly labeled disc.

Yesterday, I sat here patiently awaiting a new extended-life battery for my HP HX2795 iPaq Pocket PC. The battery that shipped with the unit has been progressively failing. At 2 PM, I tracked the shipment, only to determine that the FedEX driver had reported "Delivery attempted at 12:35 PM. Business closed." Since I had been here since 8 AM, I found this information peculiar and disturbing. It took several minutes of voice menus to reach a live representative. She apologized and said she would have someone call me shortly with updated delivery information. I am waiting, 18 hours later.