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Arbitrage

Electronics Boutique has a retail model that is weird. But exploitable!

The end result of EB's fixation on increasing their used inventory (where the margins are very good and where they pay used-game sellers in store credit, which makes their margins even higher) was their recent "Trade in 5 games for 1 new Nintendo DS Lite" offer.

Things I have learned lately

You can bowhunt bear in Ontario?

But of course, the hardest of hardcore bowhunters hunt polar bear, which seems crazy even to me. Then I find out in that last article that modern hunters have taken elephant with a bow. Which is just wacky. As extreme stunts go, that ranks with rowing around the world.

It's all in your point of view, I guess

So with the kitchen in the throes of a repaint and everything that was in the kitchen scattered around the rest of the house to make room for the painting, it was imperative that TLO and I took the dog and got out of the house for a few hours.

That left us at the White Spot's delightfully anachronistic car hop service for dinner, where our dog scared the heck out of our server by speaking up when she came to get the order. I recommend the cannelloni from their Tuscan menu.

Then we rolled out to the drive-in to watch the early movie, Vantage Point, which I will gratuitously spoil starting in a paragraph or so, so if you want to see it later, simply accept my judgment that it is a thriller that is half-clever but not great, then go read something else while I tell the movie's story for it.

Alberta had an election - Alberta won

Texas sometimes elects Democrats and Massachusetts sometimes elects Republicans. Why have Canadian parties never recentered themselves as effectively around the preferences of the electorate?

Even though Alberta leans broadly rightward, why don't the Liberals (or some other centre-left entity) coalesce around policies that have a hope of splitting off a critical mass of Conservative voters?

We're backing down!


As the saying goes, I laughed so hard milk came out of my nose, and I wasn't even drinking milk.

Trolls happen

Ms. Fowler of the eponymous blog has a post up on trolls and bad behavior in the blogosphere.

She's right about one key thing: there are real-world consequences to this stuff. Bad behavior, even by anonymous trolls, can cause people to just stop writing.

Caffeine - a user's guide to getting optimally wired

As a signatory of Cycling BC's anti-doping policy, I'm not sure how I should feel about this informative article on caffeine use.

Note that caffeine is not a WADA-prohibited substance.

So, um, drink 'em if you've got 'em?

HD-DVD: well, that was quick!

Toshiba just stuck a fork in HD-DVD's corpse. The surprising part to me is that the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray contest ended so rapidly.

Yes, I still do cyclocross videos

Here's the proof:


Aldor Acres 2007. The original video was (mostly) in HD, so if you want to see that version, let me know.

The Official Movie of Wired Cola

So, the obsessions of Wired Cola are well known. Comedy. Sugar water. Cybermorphism. retro two-wheelers. And of course, Turner Classic Movies.

What's that, you say? TCM showed a Billy Wilder comedy starring James Cagney as a Coca-Cola executive in West Berlin? And his nemesis is an East German true believer driving a sidecar rig?

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