parkingday in san francisco


This morning I was having coffee in an improvised park staged in a parkingspot by local shopowners that are part of the ParkingDay event. Basically they occupy a parking spot, keep putting money in the meters and improvise a park. Visit to find out more.


thunderbird does not want to send attachements out of /tmp ?

Strange surprise today, I tried to send an email with attachements and for some reason it fails, and says I should check my temporary directory settings. Up and down the settings I see no such thing. After a bit of googling and the misleading hint to remove a parentlock file, I am getting the idea – its actually throwing files with that precise filename into /tmp. Now thats stupid, who wrote that ? At the very least do a mktemp directory for the application.

So I had to move the files from /tmp ihnto a subdir /tmp/x and voila it works – but also only because I happen to own read/write those files. Otherwise I would have even had to rename them before sending…

Should file a bugzilla report…

starbucks desparately selling coffee beans?

At a drive through starbucks close to los angeles, we ordered 4 drinks, total bill $15 even. But for some reason the sales rep is really eager to sell us a pound of coffee beans too, and he starts out with ‘if you buy a pound for $10, you get the first drink for free’. He sees us hesitate, and quickly corrects himself ‘the first two drinks’. I look at him and joke ‘what about the first three drinks’ ? He says yes.

So we got all the drinks we ordered, plus the pound of coffee, for a total of $14. Next time he should just pitch that as ‘hey do you want a discount of a dollar if you take a pound of coffee of my hands at no cost?’

If they keep doing business that way they will be out of business soon… I wonder how much more commission he is getting for selling that pound of coffee beans?

The article pingback comment below is quite interesting a read, and it has a hilarious picture:

starbucks won