Bush can go Cheney himself

Here’s part of what Bush would say to a person who had lost his job to someone overseas:

And so the person you talked to, I say, here’s some help, here’s some trade adjustment assistance money for you to go a community college in your neighborhood, a community college which is providing the skills necessary to fill the jobs of the 21st century. And that’s what I would say to that person.
— George W. Bush (October 13, 2004)

So, a senior level software engineer with a master’s degree in physics, who loses his job to someone overseas, should go to community college to learn a new skill? WTF is that about?

Are search engines include you website?

Here’s an email that slipped by my spam filter (spelling and formatting preserved).

Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2004 15:35:20 -0400 (EDT)
From: “Dede Donovan”
To: webmaster@xxxx-xxx.com
Subject: Are search engines include you website?

Potencial customers don’t visit your website bcause can’t find it in Major Search Engines?

Get your website be included to search indexes of:

Google, Yahoo, Lycos ,MSN, AOL, Webcrawler ,HotBot etc.

Get your website relisted for several months to qain more search engine traffic.

Submit my website!

Don’t underrate the free search enqine traffic potential!

Dede Donovan


This email only scored a 4.7 (a score of 5.0 is required to be classified as spam). It also looks like this spam came from Chile (or was at least routed through a machine in Chile). Does this look like mangled English from a Spanish speaker (it kind of looks like engrish to me)? Or is the mangled syntax some clever scheme to get by Bayesian spam filters?

Not a Waffle Iron

Press 1 for perfect sandwiches:

A panini press, or panini machine, is like a waffle iron, but the plates that get hot are flat or, more likely, ribbed, like a grill pan. You can buy one for as little as $40 or as much as $100.

The press is usually quite heavy for its size, as the top plate presses down on the sandwich, flattening it a bit and causing the sandwich contents to squish together and become one glorious, warm, melded interior.

Because both the top and bottom plates of the press get hot, the sandwich requires no turning and cooks evenly on both sides.

I use my panini machine to make every kind of sandwich, including good old-fashioned grilled cheese, but if you aren’t interested in cluttering up your counter with one more device, you can use a George Foreman-type grill to great effect in making hot sandwiches. Or you can use the method that short-order cooks have used for decades: Set the sandwich in an ordinary skillet to cook, but put a heavy pan or cast-iron skillet on top of it to press it down.