Highlander Hybrid (you absolutely suck Toyota)

March 29th, 2005

Today I got a note from Toyota announcing that their Highlander Hybrid is now on sale and will be ready for delivery in June. That is the good news.

However, I did receive a completely nasty surprise to find out that the low end 4×4 Highlander will cost a whopping $34,430. Yup, you read that right. As compared to the base Highlander which cars.com is quoting me a starting MSRP of $25,680.

So, even figuring the $2,000 tax incentive that we’d have this year to purchase a hybrid car, we’re still talking a car that would cost me at least $32K, which is ridiculous - hybrid or not.

I am beyond consolation. Toyota screwed up on this one.

ok

March 27th, 2005

Just who is googling me? I can see you in my logs…. :-P

Update: They have been outed. That is all.

I hate creating databases for other people.

March 2nd, 2005

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I hate creating databases for other people.
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I hate creating databases for other people.
I hate creating databases for other people.
I hate creating databases for other people.
I hate creating databases for other people.
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I hate creating databases for other people….cause I can’t anticipate how they will use it.

Just take a wild guess at a recent project of mine. Rubbing salt into the wounds is that even though I taught computer classes for over 5 years, I have nearly forgotten all of my Access and MSSQL knowledge. Oh, and I’m coming to the conclusion that Access 97 is just simpler.

curiosity kills the cat

March 1st, 2005

OK, I give up…just who is the OS X lovin’ Comcast user near me who is reading my blog?

commute home

February 28th, 2005

Because of the world eating snowstorm that forecasters predicted here, this is what my commute home looked like. This is Route 52 in Centreville, Delaware at 5:20pm today. When I went to pick up my daughter from the snow day program at the local Y at 2.30, the roads were merely wet while a few hours later, the roads had about 2 inches of snow on them.

Usually the road is busy with commuters in the early evening. And to be honest with you, my commute was actually quite pleasant since I was able to stick the Jeep into 4-wheel drive and go about 30 on the way home without really worrying about the other morons on the road.

isn’t winter over yet?

February 28th, 2005

We’re supposed to get 10-15 inches of snow tomorrow.

*Whimper*

Ask Jeeves apparently uses Google AdSense

February 27th, 2005

Should I be amused at the fact that Ask Jeeves uses Google AdSense?

I accidentally discovered this the other day when I was reviewing referrers for some of the sites I admin. I saw a keyword for an ad campaign I designed on AdWords but the referrer was from Ask Jeeves. Intrigued by this, I of course had to confirm this was really happening, so I went to Ask Jeeves, plugged in the keywords in search box, and voila, my paid ad was the first result on the “Sponsored Web Results” part of the page.

As a marketer, I could care less that Ask Jeeves is carrying Google ads. But I thought Ask Jeeves was bought out by Yahoo?

counting dupes in Access

February 27th, 2005

I have a Microsoft Access question that I know the solution is probably exceedingly easy but I can’t seem to find it.

What I want to do is count the number of times a particular ID is duped. I created a “find duplicates” query, and “grouped by” in the particular field and then created an expression to count the dupes exp1:count([fieldname]). However, all that the count does is count each individual dupe and it only returns a 1 for each dupe. Sum() doesn’t work in the expression and neither does RunSum().

My MSSQL skills are rusty so that’s why I was trying to create the darn expression in the query design window.

contrasts over carolina

February 24th, 2005

I took this image while on the puddle jumper from Asheville to Charlotte North Carolina earlier this week. As soon as I had taken it, the flight attendant who just happened to be passing by my seat loudly informed me that she “did not advise people taking pictures from airliners because people have been arrested for doing that.” I kid you not.

my blog is hot (sorta kinda)

February 22nd, 2005

For proof, see here. Just too bad I don’t have the hot bikini pics posted.

comings and goings

February 19th, 2005

Business trip tomorrow. Who gets to set their alarm for 4:15am? I do!

Also, traffic on the NJ Turnpike sucked tonight.

Bookbinder’s Re-Opening

February 16th, 2005

Ever confused about the whole Bookbinder’s not Bookbinder’s saga? A new chapter has opened with the Old Original Bookbinders now re-opening, but under ownership of someone totally new. Via The NY Times

Old Original Bookbinder’s, the historic Philadelphia seafood restaurant at 125 Walnut Street (215-925-7027) that Samuel Bookbinder opened in 1865, has been resuscitated after having been closed for three years. It will open on Monday. John Taxin, whose grandfather bought the place in 1944 from the Bookbinders, has shrunken the premises to 13,000 square feet from 45,000. The new chef, David Cunningham, right, worked in New York at Le Bernardin, Lespinasse and Lenox, and at the Yardley Inn in Bucks County. The confusion between Old Original Bookbinder’s and Bookbinder’s 15th Street House, also in Philadelphia, is over. That restaurant, which was opened by members of the Bookbinder family, has closed.