November 7th, 2005

Splut

Military leadership

Via irpooh:

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That sounds about right. The job of a military commander is to win. If it can be done cheaply, or through superior strategy and tactics, so much the better, but if you don't win, you've thrown away lives for nothing.
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Sheila

Some folks still do make house calls

The Power Mac G5 has started making a grumbling noise all the time. I've isolated it to one of the machine's 4 fans (the one at the top of the machine, between the DVD-R drive and the hard disk). I called Apple last week to see what could be done about it, and they told me they needed me to bring it to the closest Apple store. Only one gotcha: that's at the Mall of America (or a couple of other malls about as far away). I called them back this morning to see what other alternatives I've got, and discovered the AppleCare package includes onsite service. They've sent a request off to the local service provider, who should call me back later today to make an appointment.

The electric start on the snowblower we bought last year has never worked. I called Sears up, and, lo and behold, the extended repair agreement we bought with it also includes in-home service. They apparently only come to Fairmont on Tuesdays and Thursdays; I'll be in the Cities this coming Thursday, and out of the country next week, so we scheduled the appointment for Tuesday the 22nd.

It's nice to actually get repair services I paid for. Some other manufacturers could learn from that.
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Texas

Barbecue, Texas style

There's been a discussion on one of the mailing lists I'm on over the past few hours about barbecue. Not grilled stuff, not that abomination Minnesotans and Wisconsinites call "barbecue" (the food itself isn't bad, but that's not what's properly called barbecue!), but real, smoked meat cooked for a long time at low temperatures in fragrant wood smoke.

While poking around the net, I ran across this review of one smoker with a very good reputation. In the process, the reviewer explains just what makes real barbecue the ambrosia of the gods. If you want to learn about barbecuing, check out the link.

Dammit. Now I want some good sliced beef, smoked for hours...wonder if that place in Albert Lea is still open...
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