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11th December 2006

4:30pm: Good eyeglasses on the cheap
If you wear eyeglasses and are tired of paying huge amounts of ca$h for a new pair, then here's an article you'll want to read:

"Eyeglasses Stores are for Suckers"

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4:48pm: Audio of Verizon CSRs who don't understand decimals
Holy crap...here's exactly why the failing state of education in this country will lead to it's downfall:
[Employees at] Verizon doesn't know the difference between .002 cents and .002 dollars

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6:22pm: Interview with the Creators of Southpark
It's nice to see when creative types get the idea of sharing and freedom:
South Park Libertarians
From the interview with the creators of South Park:

Reason: When it looked like Comedy Central wasn’t going to rerun the Mary episode, people were still able to download it illegally online. Did you see that as a victory for free speech, or did you think, “My God, these people are stealing our intellectual property”?
Stone: We’re always in favor of people downloading. Always.

Reason: Why?

Stone: It’s how a lot of people see the show. And it’s never hurt us. We’ve done nothing but been successful with the show. How could you ever get mad about somebody who wants to see your stuff?

Parker: We worked really hard making that show, and the reason you do it is because you want people to see it.


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9:36pm: Fancy Fletcher capstan tables
Fletcher Capstan Tables
Wow, these tables are both beautiful and startling in their function.

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The expanding table shown here is the result of many years of development, but follows a line of history of more than one and a half centuries. This, the Fletcher Capstan Table, is the only table in the world with its unique properties.

It is a circular table which, when rotated at its outer perimeter, doubles its seating capacity, yet astonishingly remains truly circular.

The expansion leaves are stored within the table and, in just four seconds, smoothly and quickly emerge upon rotation, rising and radially expanding outwards as the entire top is turned through 30˚. Existing tables can seat six persons when small, and twelve or more when expanded, but there are other design possibilities.

All Capstan Tables are exclusively designed and built, and each one numbered. Careful consideration is always given to a table’s location and components are made to the highest standards. Nautical tables are so constructed that they are able to resist a harsh marine environment to the point that they may be positioned permanently on an exposed deck.
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