You Get What You Pay For

Blink Once For $20, Twice For $40
Remember VisaCash back in the hopping Centennial Olympic DotCom Days? Well, I do.

Seems like we Atlantans are poised to be guinea pigs for the next generation of credic — the “blink” card. A recent USA Today article (with “georgia” incorrectly spelled as “georiga” in the URL) discussed that about 400,000 of us will be testing a technology that will allow us to pass a credit card near a reader rather than swiping. One small step for technology; one large step for Technologykind I guess.

Here is my favorite part of the article…

The company selected Atlanta as the first test city because “what we see in Atlanta is very much on the leading edge of being trendsetting,” said Tom O’Donnell, senior vice president of JPMorgan’s card division. “It’s a dynamic place where people are on the go.”

Take That, Super Bowl Selection Committee!

Go here to read the rest of the article.

So Let Me Get This Straight
Guinea Pigs are neither pigs, nor are they from Guinea? Why the fuck are they called “guinea pigs?” At least they can be cute as hell.

I Wanna Buy Wiiiiiiine
I read with much joy that the modern-day Prohibition represented by my inability to buy wine via the internet is coming to an end. Does anyone know when? I keep going to but when I tell them that I live in Georgia my selection is limited to cheese baskets and accessories.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for buying from the local independent retailer. However, in the wine world there are production runs that are so limited they can only be had from the vineyard. Ooh, don’t I sound stuff-shirted…

Movie Re-do, Movie Re-don’t
“The Longest Yard” (take two) opens in theaters today. Why must Hollywood do this to us? They have taken yet another classic (IMHO) and (most likely) destroyed it. Do yourself a favor and rent “The Longest Yard” (1974) instead of going to see “The Longest Yard” (2005).

Don’t believe me?

If it pleases the Court I’d like to introduce “Exhibit R”
“Rollerball” (1975) v. “Rollerball” (2002).

I rest my case…

Hey, Do Me A Favor And Be Safe Out There!
I need all of the readers I can get. Memorial Day weekend is definitely a big (drinking and) driving weekend; so big that the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles estimates that 2,550 accidents will occur throughout the state, resulting in 650 injuries and 17 fatalities.1 Watch out for the “other guy”, be safe and return Monday, okay Tuesday, to read this space.

1. source: here on

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – half day at work! woo hoo!
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Jonathan Rice — “Kiss Me Goodbye”
Website Of The Day – I can’t understand a single word on this website, but I do know that is streaming about a dozen (complete) cds. Last night I listened to the new (unbuyable) Stephen Malkmus cd, and the new Teenage Fan Club cd.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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One Response to You Get What You Pay For

  1. Joseph says:

    You might be waiting for a while on the wine thing. Check out this post that Tony Simon wrote on the issue back when the Supreme Court ruling first came out.

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