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Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Wednesday January 28, 2004. To Pillsbury House, where I did data entry for the Community Barter Network.

It's amazing how many ways there are to fill out a simple form incorrectly. Fortunately, I like solving the kinds of puzzle this creates.
Speaking of mistake-puzzles:
In Online Auctions, Misspelling in Ads Often Spells Cash
By DIANA JEAN SCHEMO http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/28/technology/28SPEL.html?ex=1075870800&en=7899dc4129b2d7cd&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE

Seems that on eBay, people who advertise labtops get fewer bidders than those who say they're selling laptops; gers get fewer bidders than gears; etc.
When I left the house, Weather Underground (http:/wunderground.com) said the latest temperature was -11F (about -24C).

A couple of weeks ago, there was a news story about a cold wave in northern India. In one major city, the high temperature was only 12C; in one place, it got as cold as 4C. That's
about 54F and 39F. Definitely not cold by Twin Cities standards; but people were dying.
This does not sound like someone who's going to win the nomination:

"You're going to see a leaner, meaner organization," Dr. Dean, who has asked his 500 staff members to skip their paychecks for two weeks, told reporters on an 8 p.m. conference call. "We had really geared up for what we thought was going to be a front runner's campaign. It's not going to be a front-runner's campaign. It's going to be a long war of attrition. What we need is decision making that's centralized."

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