Thursday, September 25, 2008

Round Up

In this roundup: anti-malware software, cavort with The Rat on your birthday, shipping furniture cross country, sewing tables, energy inspectors, and how not to get ripped off at the Post Office.

Contemplating uninstalling Norton Anti-Virus and its surprisingly virus-like friends after reading AskMetafilter's discussion of anti-malware software.

According to Consumerist if you go to Disney World or Disneyland on your birthday it's free. So avoid October 23 - November 21, because Scorpios are complete asshats.

Contemplating shipping a bureau with mirror and a headboard to Bob and Rebecca after reading the discussion of shipping furniture across country at AskMetafilter.

Dreaming of a plywood extension table for my sewing machine after seeing Vicki's awesome new one at Field Trips in Fiber. Though I might just save up for a dedicated sewing table with an electronic lift that can move the sewing machine to a storage position, flatbed with insert, or free arm position.

After wigging out about the cost of electricity in California, I wondered if there was such a thing as an energy efficiency inspector. According to Re-Nest there is! According to the New York Times they've been around just AGES (where have I and Re-Nest been?) and now their technology is even better.

So if Pynchon and Pratchett have you primed for postal conspiracies, you'll love this. According to Consumerist, the U.S. Postal Service is coaching its employees to omit mention of less expensive shipping services, like first class mail.

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1 comments:

Thalia said...

"So if Pynchon and Pratchett have you primed for postal conspiracies, you'll love this. According to Consumerist, the U.S. Postal Service is coaching its employees to omit mention of less expensive shipping services, like first class mail."

This has happened to me! I went in to send a package, and was told my only options were overnight ("express") or "Priority Mail" - no first class mail option, no, just those two.

I was stunned. Now I automatically ask what the regular first class rate is.