Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Veronica Mars Season 4 Preview

Alas, it is not to be as the show is officially canceled and Kristen Bell is currently in the second season of Heroes.

McDonald's to take on Starbucks

It is all over the news lately that McDonald's is poised to take on Starbucks in the specialty coffee arena. McDonald's has recently won a taste test against other major coffee companies, including Starbucks, and has seen a marked increase in coffee sales.

Personally, I think it is a really bad move for McDonald's to start selling $3.00 coffee drinks. Recently we went though a McDonald's drive through where Donna, Kate's mom, order one of their iced coffee drinks. We had to wait forever to get our order which is exactly the opposite reason you go to McDonald's, i.e. quick cheap food.

This move could really alienate McDonald's core customers unless they find some way to produce espresso, latte and frappes in a production line. Which could also have a knock on effect to trained barristas as they are replaced by junior high school students.

Anyway if you don't think this move by McDonald's into coffee is significant then you need to read Fast Food Nation to see the power that McDonald's wields over North American food production. As they are the number one purchaser of beef and potatoes plus they are number two in chicken purchases.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

New Blog for Book Reviews

Hi all, I have moved all my future book reviews to Straight From the Library. It is in preparation for what I hope to be some pretty big news for me and my reviews. Just in case you are wondering, my next book review will be I Am Legend which is soon to be a motion picture starring Will Smith.

Friday, November 2, 2007

How to Catch Catfish

About 10 years ago on the Tennessee Nashville Network (which became The National Network and is now Spike) I saw a show where guys were catching catfish by sticking their hands into the fish's mouth up to their forearms. Everyone I've ever told this story to expressed some skepticism but now I have proof. Video of the event has been posted on-line.