Air Force One trip to San Diego will cost $57,000/hour

October 24, 2007 at 9:17 pm | Posted in flight, travel, unwise | Leave a comment

The president will visit the Southern California fire zone on Thursday. Presidential visits to disaster zones often serve as a White House marketing events as opposed to actually helping those in need. Considering the black eye that the government suffered after its inept Katrina response you know that recovering from this disaster will receive a great deal of attention.

So, what does it cost to bring Bush to San Diego? Well, he will fly. Air Force one costs $57,000 an hour to fly. Call it a six hour trip. That’s a $684,000 round trip. By comparison, the same trip on Southwest will cost $718 if you buy your ticket today and fly tomorrow.

Of course, this figure doesn’t reflect the total cost of the trip. In March of 200o, Clinton toured three countries that required the support of 76 aircraft. The price: $50 million.

My suggestion to all presidents – stay in DC and offer your support by phone and let your actions do the talking.

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How to go broke

July 31, 2007 at 10:15 pm | Posted in money, shopping, unwise | Leave a comment
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I found this list on consumerist.com and I have reprinted it for you.  Most folks don’t qualify these as choices but merely habits or just conveniences.

Start now and start saving money.  Or follow these guidelines and I guarantee that your hard earned money will disappear faster then a MochaFrappacino.

1) Make Shopping Your Hobby.

Nothing to do on a Tuesday night? Go to the store. Doesn’t matter which one. Just go and bring your credit card. Better yet, open a store credit card and buy a bunch of stuff. Hey! You saved 10%! Sure, you didn’t actually know you “needed” this stuff until you saw it at the store, but its just so cute. Continue Reading How to go broke…

Baby gear?

June 8, 2007 at 4:19 pm | Posted in unwise | Leave a comment

I never thought of this.  Nor would I roll this way.

Google Street View Captures Crime

June 1, 2007 at 10:49 pm | Posted in mystery, unwise | Leave a comment
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Or getting a morning workout?

Maybe he forgot his keys?

Send your Google street view screenshots to rod@rodmilstead.com.

Google offers FREE Wifi available in any home

April 1, 2007 at 3:51 pm | Posted in privacy, unwise | Leave a comment
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2007_googletisp.gifDon’t be put off by google’s odd graphic; trust me, this is the offer we have all waited for.  Flush Comcast and their high prices and switch to google as your free isp.

No more money down the drain!

Details here.

Hello Kitty Airlines – not a joke

March 26, 2007 at 10:14 pm | Posted in flight, unwise | 1 Comment

Eva Air has rebranded some of its aircraft in full Hello Kitty livery.  Just in time for April Fools?  I’m afraid not.

Here’s the official site: http://evakitty.evaair.com/ Turn your speakers down…or way up.  Let’s talk about cluttered web design – this is it.

And here is a very enthusiastic blog post about Hello Kitty Air.  Don’t miss the food pics.

Homemade Roller Coaster

March 12, 2007 at 4:36 pm | Posted in unwise, video | 1 Comment
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Don’t try this at home – just watch the videos and be amazed.  Or scared.

Backyard Roller Coaster videos! 

CTRL-ALT-DELETE while flying

February 27, 2007 at 12:42 pm | Posted in flight, tech, unwise | Leave a comment
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Rumors are flying (ouch) about some problems experienced by several (11?12?) of the Air Forces ‘ newest fighter, the F-22, while on a long distance flight to Japan. Apparently, the software that runs the aircraft began to reset as the planes crossed the Date Line. Had the aircraft not been accompanied by a tanker to lead them safely to an emergency landing in Hawaii the pilots might have had trouble finding the Islands of Aloha. No computer=no GPS.

Always bring a map. Read the original post on Slashdot.

Was it worth $2 million?

February 5, 2007 at 10:25 am | Posted in unwise | 1 Comment

Turner Broadcasting, parent company of the Cartoon Network, has agreed to pay $2 million to the city of Boston.  Why?  To make amends for the recent Aqua Teen Hunger Force terrorism scare.  You remember, blinking lights, duct taped batteries, packages placed on key pieces of infrastructure like bridges and hospitals.  Read it all here.

I heard an interesting footnote to this story on NPR last week.  Think of this incident as a homeland security generation gap incident.  Those under a certain age would have been likely to recognize these flashing light packages as marketing for a cartoon.  Alert law enforcement, who may not have time to watch the Cartoon Network, did not recognize the images for what they really were.

Forgive me for being negative, but the response to this incident gave away a fair amount of info to any potential terrorist.

Microsoft pays to change Wikipedia entries

January 25, 2007 at 3:32 pm | Posted in unwise | Leave a comment
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We hear it all the time, “Why can’t I use Wikipedia?  It’s so easy.”

Yes, it is so easy to change information on Wikipedia.  That’s why Microsoft agreed to pay a writer to “correct” some Wikipedia entries related to some Microsoft tech specs.  This is against Wikipedia policy.

The bottom line: maybe the entries are wrong.  Maybe others are being paid to create entries that may be right or wrong?  Trust me, this won’t happen with the folks at Encylopedia Brittanica.

Read the full story here. 

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