Monday, October 31, 2005

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iPod Vending Machine - Gizmodo

iPod Vending Machine - Gizmodo

I have to agree that an iPod vending machine does not make much sense, unless the iPods are charged and have some music on them. It would be interesting if they did.

Top 5 places (Saturday, October 29, 2005)

From Top 5 Friday via Gary

In order:

Favorite Candy Bar (Saturday, October 22, 2005)

Another catchup meme:

From Top 5 Friday via

Snickers - Peanuts - good! Nougat - good! Carmel - GOOD!
M & Ms - Small, convenient, comes with lots of varieties and pretty colors.
Almond Joy - Coconut & almonds.......Forgive me while I wipe up the drull.
Sugar Babies - Can't find them often, and are often stale (ie - hard) when I do find them. Leave them in your pocket for awhile so as not to break teeth. They last better in heat than Milk Duds
Mike & Ikes - I love them at the movies.

Top 5, all time favorite movies? (Friday, October 14, 2005)

I am cleaning up some stuff from when I was on vacation, and I really liked this meme.

From Top 5 Friday Via Gary

My top 5 all time favorite movies:

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The Eigth Dimension. A great cast and a quirky movie. If you watch it on DVD watch it with the original opening with Jamie Lee Curtis playing Buckaroo's mother.

Kissing Jessica Stein. I'm a sucker for a romatic comedy, and this is one I will go back to. Small, independent film.

Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi. The best of the series in my opinion.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Khan is probably my favorite villian from the original Star Trek, and he seemed to be the one villian to REALLY push Kirk.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. If it was not so long I would watch it regularly. All three were good, but this is my favorite.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Column from PC Magazine: Apple iPod's Amazing Video Feat

Column from PC Magazine: Apple iPod's Amazing Video Feat

Portable media players have been trying to take off for awhile now. With Apple packing this it has a better chance of hitting main stream.

The biggest problem I see is the cost per episode through iTunes. $2/episode pushes the cost of the episodes on DVD. Hopefully half-hour shows will will be less than the shows I have seen. Granted you get the shows commericial free without having to skip through them!

What will really break this open is being able to transfer shows from your DVR (like TiVo) onto the players. It would be great if you could have it automatically load on a show that you did not get a chance to watch. With gas prices going up more and more people will be commuting and that time would be great to catch last night's show(s). The device would then also have to talk to your DVR to relay back what has been watched. That two way communication seems to be missing on some of the MP3 players.

I figure as people start replacing machines they are going to start getting Media Center systems, which eliminates the needs for TiVo. People are not looking to pirate films, just be able to play them back when they get a chance to watch them. TiVo has shown that time shifting shows is desired. PMPs take that to another level.

This is getting to to reevaluate my position on multi function units. Based on what I have seen on Apple's & Creative Lab's sites, a 30 gig unit will hold up to 15,000 songs, 120 hours of video or 25,000 pictures. If you divide that into thirds you could easily fit 5,000 songs, 40 hours of video. Let's throw in an eBook reader (the screens are getting bigger and easier to read) and some PDA capabilities and the system really begins to take on some serious shape. Let's say we set 3 gig aside for eBooks and PDA info. Given that many PDAs now are in the 128 meg range it seems more than generous. And keep in mind that some functions of the PDA would be taken by functions of the PMP. That would still leave plenty of room for music, videos & photos.

The problem is still one of cost. Most multi function units I have seen to date tend to cost almost as much as the combined cost of all the replacement units. Why? The bulk of the cost is in the memory. Given that most PDAs already do most (actually all) of what PMPs do, we should be able to combine these fairly easily and, more importantly, cheaply.

I still think that cell phones should remain separate. I hate to say it, but combining PDAs and cell phones result in too many compromises in form on one or the other. Cell phone MP3 or video players may make sense, but if you are going to try and combine PDA functionality you really need two units to have good form & functionality between the two.

'Star Trek' Actor George Takei Comes Out - Yahoo! News

'Star Trek' Actor George Takei Comes Out - Yahoo! News

It is cool that Takei can finally be himself. As he stated he had issues around being gay and Japanese, neither of which should be an issue. It will be interesting to see what he does now given his activist tendancies.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Review: iPod Nano, 2GB | 43 Folders

Review: iPod Nano, 2GB | 43 Folders

I like the idea, but to me I like to have entry capability. For those who want one small device and are not too concerned with data entry it would be great.

To me though, if we can get 2 gig into that small a piece of equipment, then I can see 2 gig in the Palm/Pocket PC environment. Granted I got 40 meg of 52 meg free on my current Palm, but if we can squeeze out some additional battery life maybe I consider moving to one device.

Google meme

From Katherine:

Type "[yourname] needs" into Google and see what comes out.

1) Howard needs Clark for Solomons venture -
Ok, I'll buy that. Whenever I enter into a venture I want as much help as I can get.

2) Workers Online : Letters to the Editor : 2005 - Issue 253 : Howard ...
Howard Needs To Know.

Maybe Clark has the answer??

3) CFMEU: Construction & General Division: Hard Hat: November 2001 ...
Private Howard needs you!

Is "you" Clark? Seriously though I always figured I would be an officer, not a private.

4) Howard Needs Homeland Security - The Hilltop - Perspectives Howard Needs Homeland Security
Does that mean I need to go out and get a gun & dog?

5) Barclay Howard needs treatment for leukaemia
Leukaemia? Pass!

6) Graham Young argues that John Howard needs to lead the Liberal ...
Sounds like a plan. Maybe I can get Clark to help out!

7) Ambit Gambit: John Howard needs to learn to say sorry.
"I'm Sorry." Now that was not hard.

8) Michael Howard speech: Your reaction Howard needs to attack, attack, attack and don't be nice.
But I just learned to say I was sorry...

9) The Muslim News - Howard needs to allay concerns of British Muslims
Not sure what I can do here. Maybe if I can lead the liberals we can allay the concerns of the British Muslims...

10) The Talent Show: Howard Needs A Joke
I have a joke: What is the difference between a catfish & a lawyer?
A: One is a mud-sucking bottom dweller and the other is a fish.
Ok, maybe I need a BETTER joke.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Beacon Journal | 10/25/2005 | State goes to all-electronic support payments

Beacon Journal | 10/25/2005 | State goes to all-electronic support payments

To me this is a good/bad thing. It is good that they are finally doing something that is electronic based. The USA, in general, is so far behind the times when it comes to banking. We are about the last country in the world to still make large use of checks. In fact I heard that Germany completely eliminated paper checks, although I would find that hard to believe. If nothing else companies that do business with Americans would need to have checks.

My concern would be with the Ohio e-QuickPay debit card. Aside from the problems of using debit cards at some places, how much access does the state have over where you spent that money? Granted they are taking into account people who don't have some kind of bank account (which typically is the poorest of society), but do the same rules apply to the debit card as to people getting the money direct deposited into an account? It will be interesting to see how it all shakes out.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Disasters May Cut Into Sept. 11 Donations - Yahoo! News

Disasters May Cut Into Sept. 11 Donations - Yahoo! News

When I first read this I thought "good god someone is whining about not being able to raise money while severe real problems are going on". At least they did have enough care to suspend efforts during the fund raising for the various Hurricane efforts.

Which Magical Order Are You In?

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

I'm off to see the wizard

I am in my final preparations to go to VA Beach for the For Purpose Conference. I leave in the wee hours of the morning, before the butt crack of dawn. Right now I am killing a little time before I go and meet Nancy to pick up some stuff to take down for her since she is flying, plus I need to run over to my brother's house to drop off some money and make sure they know what is going on. Plus some last minute mail to drop off, video rentals to return, gas to buy, and I just got a call to pick up a gallon of milk for my sister in law so she does not have to haul the kids out. Oy!

I am taking my laptop with me, but I will probably not be online until a week from Thursday when I can get to Panera to score some free WiFi. I have w.Blogger and I will try to do entries every day and post them all later.

Just about everything is charged and ready to go. Just waiting for some clothes to get through the washer & dryer to complete everything. Hopefully I will have everything loaded up so I only have to grab my MP3 player & laptop and away I go.

One last thing I needed to get was a foam pad for my hands free set for my cell phone. You would think I was looking for some gold, or plutonium, or maybe a gay Republican. I will grant you we are not talking a big sale here, but 3 stores lost out on my $7 today (I bought two sets) and could have lost future sales. Now I will admit OfficeMax was a long shot, but I would have thought Best Buy would have stocked these things. No, instead they would want me to spend another $20 or so dollars on a hands free set instead of $3 on a set of headphone pads. Where's my clue bat?!?

My .5 gig SanDisk MP3 player is fully loaded, and I have a few things I want to move to my Zen Xtra MP3 player. I think I will have enough crap quality programming on my SanDisk for the whole drive, but I had a couple of podcasts that would not fit. I want them handy. I also got all my podcast download history from work so that I can, hopefully, load up again for the trip home.

University students show off solar-powered homes - Yahoo! News

University students show off solar-powered homes - Yahoo! News

Cool idea. If you go to the pictures of the houses they all have a trailer-ish look, although the New York Institute of Technology's house looks the best in my opinion.

Microsoft, Yahoo Reach IM Partnership - Yahoo! News

Microsoft, Yahoo Reach IM Partnership - Yahoo! News

Great idea, but why can't we call get along?

Palm drops Zire, Tungsten names | CNET

Palm drops Zire, Tungsten names | CNET

This does not come as much of a shock, although as a Tungsten user I am a little miffed.

What worries me more is the reference to looking at switching to the Windows CE/Mobile/whatever-the-hell-Bill-is-calling-it-today. My favorite program on the Palm is Life Balance. It is a great way of keeping your Next Action (To Dos for non-GTDers) list, and works in an outline format, which is how I like to organize things. There has never been any indication that they will move the program to Windows CE/Mobile platform.

The next Palm OS also sounds like a big leap from the current OS (operating system). Switching to a Linux kernal will not be easy, although I would love to see it. However this does not sould like it is going to be an easy shift for the developers.

My hope is that the Palm OS finds a good home and does not completely cheese off all the current developers. I like the Palm OS - it seems to be less resource intensive. Windows CE's primarly selling point has been seamless (sort of) integration with desktop apps. That, of course, only works if you only use IE, Outlook (or Outlook Express), MS Office, etc. For those of us who use Firefox, Thunderbird, Sunbird (a calendar program), OpenOffice, etc. we are where we are right now.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Christian's and Scott's Interactive Top Ten List

Christian's and Scott's Interactive Top Ten List

Chistian's & Scott's Interactive Top Ten List is a pretty neat site to visit, even if you have to actually visit the site. I always go in on Tuesday & Friday to check out the new list. I particularly like this one, which was #4 on the Top Ten Reasons to go to the Multiplex Theater:

"Because nothing takes your mind off $3 gas like eating $7 popcorn, drinking $5 soda and watching a $10.50 movie. (Tri$tan)"

Monday, October 10, 2005

Get Real: Just Say "No" To Email

Get Real: Just Say "No" To Email

Email may suck, but at least I only need 1 button. When we get to the point to where we can have 1 IM client & ID, this idea may work. Of course enough people do it the spammers will figure out a way (if they have not already) to spam your IM.

Via 43 Folders

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Everything but the kitchen sink

The last week or so has been a whirlwind of trying to get some things wrapped up for my vacation next week. Next Thursday I leave for VA Beach and For Purpose Conference. I always have a good time there, but I also try to wrap up as much as possible before going on vacation.

First and foremost was my car. I always like to take it out and get it looked at before a long trip like this. Turns out my rear springs & 1 ball joint (which still sounds slightly obscene) needed replaced. There were some other routine maintenance type things and all toll about $1,000 worth of repairs. Can you say ouch? I knew that you could! That money could have been used toward a new-to-me car (I never buy a new car), but I need to get through the winter with my current one. Plus a 1300 or so mile trip is not when I want to try and figure out all the weirdness of a new car.

I am also trying to get some technical documenation organized for the group. We use try to use Yahoo Groups to keep in contact throughout the year, but very few people have actually joined. In part, I think, because this group of people are not overly technically inclinded. So I tried to organize some step-by-step instructions to help people get into the group. I know it is easy, but I also try to remember that easy for me on the computer can be hell for others. I am also trying to organize a group over on Flickr. I am not sure who would be using it, but I know of a couple of us who definately would.

One thing I have realized is that the web is great for connecting people, and blogs and sites like Flickr have made it easy for us to share. The biggest problem is getting people to also feel that what we are doing is easy.

I still need to do a little shopping for the gathering, mostly I need some white clothes for the one night. A lot of what I want/need to take with me is already together just requiring me to throw it all in the car. Ideally I want to just shower, feed the cats and go on Thursday morning. I have some alternate directions that will, hopefully cut down on the time it takes me to get to VA Beach. The guy at work says it can cut as much as 1 hour off the usual route I take. My usual route would be 77S to 64E. It actually takes about as much time as the route that Mapquest comes up with for going to VA Beach if you factor in the traffic in DC. It has the advantage of going through some absolutely beautiful country, but if I can cut some time (and milage) off the trip it is worth it. I still need to get some directions together for getting to what looks like the closest free hotspot. I will definately stop by there at the end of the week to load up on podcasts.

Gas Prices - MSN Autos

Gas Prices - MSN Autos

If you are interested in finding the lowest gas prices in your zip code. Neat idea, and one of the first I have seen with MSN maps.

On the lighter side

A joke I received through email:

A woman in her 40's bought a new BMW and was out on the interstate for a
nice evening drive. The top was down, the breeze was blowing through her
hair and she decided to open her up.

As the needle jumped up to 80 mph, she suddenly saw flashing red and
blue lights behind her.

"There's no way they can catch a BMW," she thought to herself and
opened her up further. The needle hit 90, 100.... Then the reality of
the situation hit her. "What the hell am I doing?" she thought and
pulled over.

The cop came up to her, took her license without a word and examined it
and the car.

"It's been a long day, this is the end of my shift and it's Friday the
13th. I don't feel like more paperwork, so if you can give me an excuse
for your driving that I haven't heard before, you can go."

The woman thinks for a second and says, "Last week my husband ran off
with a cop. I was afraid you were trying to give him back."

"Have a nice weekend," said the officer.

The Indigo Evolution

The Indigo Evolution

The movie looks interesting, but I recommend watching the interview with Akiane. Her artwork looks wonderful.

The Indigo Children are an interesting group. If the can harnass their energies they will be radically shifting society.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Democrats Attack Bill to Boost Refineries - Yahoo! News

Democrats Attack Bill to Boost Refineries - Yahoo! News

They still don't get it - we need to ramp up public transportation and alternative fuels. Nothing is getting done to organize a long term solution, just put a bandaid on the current problem.

White House denies Bush claimed divine inspiration - Yahoo! News

White House denies Bush claimed divine inspiration - Yahoo! News

Without any tape evidence it boils down to "he said/she said", or more he said/he said in this case. It sounds enough like something Bush might say to be believable.

The Winner Is... Fake Dog Testicle Creator - Yahoo! News

The Winner Is... Fake Dog Testicle Creator - Yahoo! News

Ok, replacement dog testicals are not exactly the greatest invention of all time. Humans can get them as well.

The Ig Nobels are always a fun read. I had heard about the pitch drop experiment before. Really bizzare, which is the reason for the Ig Nobels to start with.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

The Word Spy

The Word Spy

A cool site, and useful. It would be really great if they offered a word-of-the-day type thing via RSS.

via 43 Folders

Beacon Journal | 10/05/2005 | Tax hike proposal

Beacon Journal | 10/05/2005 | Tax hike proposal:

This is what happens when a newspaper pulls stuff directly from the paper and dumps it into an RSS feed - incoherent crap. One small question - which city? I know it is not Akron since we recently had a tax increase for the schools.

"Tax hike proposal

On the ballot: A 0.5 percentage point income tax increase (which will bring the total tax to 2.5 percent), to raise $2.4 million annually.
History: The last 0.5 percentage point tax increase was passed in the early 1980s.
If it passes: More road paving and snow removal.
If it fails: Potential layoffs of city workers, reduction of services."

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

High-Tech Homes Debut in Utah - Yahoo! News

High-Tech Homes Debut in Utah - Yahoo! News

Neat idea, although most of what they talk about has been around for years. The really futuristic part of this is if they have fiber optic cabe right up to the house. One of the reasons the US has been lagging behind many industrial countries in high speed internet is the lack of fiber right up to the house. Speed can go WAY up.

Ousted Ala. Justice to Run for Governor - Yahoo! News

Ousted Ala. Justice to Run for Governor - Yahoo! News

"But I'll tell you what I will do. I will defend the right of every citizen of this state — including judges, coaches, teachers, city, county and state officials — to acknowledge God as the sovereign source of law, liberty and government," he said.

Ok, no problem, as long as you are willing to let EVERY religion participate. That means that anyone, regardless of their religion, that wanted to offer up a prayer at a game, to post the laws of their religion on government property, etc. As the bumper sticker says, freedom of religion means all religions.

Bush: Miers Qualified to Be on Top Court - Yahoo! News

Bush: Miers Qualified to Be on Top Court - Yahoo! News:

"On Katrina, Bush said he would work with Congress to 'make real cuts' in non-security spending to help in rebuilding the Gulf Coast. 'The private sector will be the engine that drives the recovery of the Gulf Coast,' he said. But he said the nation will continue to spend whatever it takes to support U.S. troops in Iraq."

This really irks me. Although I agree the those in the armed services need support, there are plenty of other, non-Iraq projects going on that can be cut as well as non-military spending. The first politician that offers up their pet project for sacrifice will get my vote .

Harvey Danger - Why We're Releasing Our New Album for Free on the Internet

Harvey Danger - Why We're Releasing Our New Album for Free on the Internet

This is someone who gets it.

Making a CD, or even a tape back in the day, is usually a financial lose to the independent artist. It is tough to get your music into stores, so usually people ended up selling them at clubs where they perform.

However they recognize that buying physical medium is a very different experience from downloading music. I love to walk through a music store (or a music section of a store) and just look around for something that maybe interesting. This is why Borders and the like still going strong even though Amazon has a much larger selection and sometimes better prices.

I hope this works out for them. I have not downloaded the music yet, waiting until I am home to make use of their BitTorrent download and save them some bandwidth costs. I am not sure what it takes to get listed on iTunes or other online music stores as an independent artist. However I do know one thing, if I find a song or two I would like to add to my permanent collection I like the idea of all the money I would normally spend at iTunes going to the group instead of a small portion of it.

A Prairie Home Companion from American Public Media

A Prairie Home Companion from American Public Media

When I saw this link on 43 Folders I was amazed. I have never been a fan of Garrison Keillor, but I know enough that all the legal stuff seems out of place with his show and the persona he has on that show.

Granted he is, fundamentally, an actor and how he is on A Prairie Home Companion may not be how he really is in real life. However I have found that when people put that much of themselves into a show, especially over a long time, that chunks of their real personality (if not the whole damn thing) get poured into that role. It just seems like he would be a little more laid back about these things.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Sales of Digital Music Triple - Yahoo! News

Sales of Digital Music Triple - Yahoo! News

This is why the RIAA segment of the industry wants iTunes to up their prices and try to impliment variable pricing. Apple has done the research - much over $1/song and people will go back to file swapping and ignore the legal music. Why won't the music industry listen?

Bush Taps Harriet Miers for High Court - Yahoo! News

Bush Taps Harriet Miers for High Court - Yahoo! News

If anyone has any doubts about this woman's leanings they need their head examined. All the conservatives like her and she has NO judicial record. This court is too important to appoint someone who has never been a judge. I would not vote for anyone to be president who had only been a city councilman, why would anyone agree to this woman being a Supreme Court judge?

Beacon Journal | 10/03/2005 | Taft's approval rating plummets

Beacon Journal | 10/03/2005 | Taft's approval rating plummets:

There were calls for his resignation when the whole unreported gift scandal broke. A 15% approval rating, I feel, will rub off on the party as well. Taft is not willing to "take one for the team" though, which I hope works well for the Democrates.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Beacon Journal | 10/02/2005 | Chief fan drums up spirit for Tribe

Beacon Journal | 10/02/2005 | Chief fan drums up spirit for Tribe

Cleveland sports teams may suck out loud, but even at their worst they still have some pretty kick ass fans. John Adams being one of them. I have been there and heard his drum load when there were 1,000 fans in the 60,000 fan old stadium and in the packed new stadium. This is real devotion since he must pay not only for his own ticket but one for his drum as well.

The Browns, of course, have Big Dog. If you have ever seen a Browns game on TV you have, no doubt, seen Big Dog. Granted these days Big Dog is slimer, but he is still pretty tall and the dog mask makes him stick out.

Even the indoor soccer team had their dancing guy for awhile. The Cavs don't seem to have that one die hard fan, at least none that have made the success of John Adams or Big Dog.

Abundance Checks

I do not write the often of some of my metaphysical work, mostly because I just forget to post.

I know a lot of people who follow this practice monthly and find it works well for them. I prefer to work with the Lunar cycle, and this is a sample of a ritual that works with the New Moon. I have seen similar rituals to this one that was forwarded to me. I need to get back into more regular practices and this is simple and quick to do.

What are Abundance Checks?

Abundance checks are a tool we can use to create more abundance in our lives. They are written within 24 hours after a New Moon.

Surprisingly, you really don´t even need to believe that the check will work when you write it. You will however be amazed at the results, as you will see increased abundance in your life, in some life area. It is not always financial, but certainly in an area that you need.

There is a traditional manner, which has been handed down, that must be followed. If you do not have a checking account you can draw a check on a piece of paper and fill it out the same way- the results will be the same, more abundance for you.

Here´s how to do them:

When: Each new moon in 2005: February 8, March 10, April 8, May 8, June 6, July 6, August 4, Sept. 3, Oct. 3, Nov. 1, Dec. 1, Dec. 30.

1.) Within 24 hours after a New Moon, take a check from your check book. Where it says "Pay to," write your name.
2.) In the little box on the same line where you would fill in a dollar amount write "Paid in full."
3.) On the line underneath your name, where you would write out a dollar amount, write "Paid in full."
4.) Sign the check: "The Law of Abundance."

Do not put a date on the check. Do not write a specific dollar amount in the check. Put it in a safe place and forget about it. The Universe will take it from there.

Many people are skeptical about trying this until they do it. After the first time they realize the power of these checks and do them routinely every month! Try it yourself and see!

***Bless your heart. And bless your abundance! Bless your acknowledgement! Bless your acceptance! And so it is...

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Must Post Something Meaningful

I have noticed of late I have been bad about posting meaningful entries. Either some random bits of my life or, more importantly, some things that have meaning to me. I have a few bits & pieces floating around the back of my head and I should really be getting them out. One of the things I heard Dave Winer say about podcasting & blogging is that both are a way throw out ideas. Some ideas can be easily written. Some need to be spoken. Either way if I am not getting my thoughts out then I am not really using the medium that well.

I was actually looking at my blog earlier. It has been awhile since I actually LOOKED at my blog. Since I have no need to read my posts I do not go over there that often. I also imagine that my readers reader use an aggregator to read my blog and only see the blog the first time they come across it or when leaving comments.

I know my blog is very minimalistic. My mind is still back in the days of 2400 baud modems sometimes so instead of "springing" for a few graphics here and there I tend to use plain white with black print (which is my prefered reading colors) and a minimal of graphics. I even have tried to keep the number of links to external sites & services to a minimum so that everything loads quickly. Plus I have never been much about fiddling with the layout of the page itself. What is there is more important to me than how it is presented.

I am probably going to be on the lookout for a new template. Maybe a few new buttons to take the place of some of my links. I might even try my hand at some HTML stuff. I have thought about turning my archive links into a dropdown list. I might even do some JavaScript stuff. Hey, I am a programmer and I have picked up enough JavaScript to be dangerous!

I can't believe I ate the whole thing

White House Chicken is one of my guilty pleasures. I limit the number of times I go there. The cheapest adult dinner is $6.49, which is not really bad but I prefer the mixed dinner which is more. They do include 3 sides so really it is not bad for the price, but if I am looking for something fast foodish I can get out cheaper at Taco Bell. Plus I do prefer to keep my cholesterol in the 3 digit range.

Make no mistake, this is not good for you food. But it tastes so good. Instead of using some Southern (US Southern that is) recipe for the breading on their fried chicken they use breading. Plus they cut the chicken into some really weird looking pieces and it is fun to guess what they are, although after a lifetime of eating this chicken I pretty much know what everything is.

Since I missed lunch I decided to get a large meal tonight. The large includes one of every cut of chicken listed plus the 3 sides. I got the "classic" sides of french fries, cole slaw & hot sauce. Guess who forgot how much food that was? Guess who is remember now how much food that was?