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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-02-20 01:55
Subject: [links] Link salad for a traveling Friday
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Tags:culture, funny, language, links, personal, science, tech
Where Did You Get Them? — On being a gay dad.

Language Log on the dangers of monolingualism — Hahahahah.

Do you know who owns Trader Joe's?

Low-tech fixes to high-tech problems — (Thanks to my Dad.)

Scientists: Pace of Climate Change Exceeds Estimates — Once more those liberal 'facts' get in the way of conservative truth. (Thanks to lt260.)

?otD: On the whole, would you rather be in Philadelphia?




2/20/2009
Body movement: n/a (travel day)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville


Originally published at jlake.com.

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When life gives you lemmings...
User: danjite
Date: 2009-02-20 10:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Egads, Lake, how long have you been reading that Melville?
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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2009-02-20 12:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Frankly, my dear chap, I'd rather stay in Atlanta.
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Keffy
User: kehrli
Date: 2009-02-20 13:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The undying and unending love that people have for Trader Joe's just confuses me. In California I was confused because everything I bought there was kind of gross. In Bellingham I'm mostly just annoyed because it's Bellingham and we had a bunch of local stores that served a similar purpose, but people were falling all over themselves just to get to the Trader Joe's when it opened.

I also recently found out that my favorite thrift health food store closed. Boo. :(
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Ulrika
User: akirlu
Date: 2009-02-20 18:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Even on the West Coast, TJ's isn't really redundant. They might be for bulk items like nuts, but many of their specific products are ones they have an exclusive contract with the manufacturer on. For instance, I can't get the tuna for cats they sell anywhere else, and since it's about the only thing one of my cats eats, I am dependent. And on a lot of other products -- fresh mozzarella, butter, yogurt, good bottled beer -- not only are their specific brands their own, but their prices are substantially lower than the competition. Way better than Whole Paycheck, but also better than standard grocery stores, usually for better quality products.
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Ulrika
User: akirlu
Date: 2009-02-20 18:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
For anyone throwing a small party at an SF convention, Trader Joe's is the perfect one-stop shopping source. Good party munchies at a good price. It tends to make one loyal if one regularly needs to throw parties.
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e_bourne
User: e_bourne
Date: 2009-02-20 15:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
thanks for reading the paper so I don't have to. I confess to being lame, I am now depressed by TJ's. Of course, we don't shop at TJ's because they sneer at our neighborhood. Perhaps that's why we want one.
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Ulrika
User: akirlu
Date: 2009-02-20 18:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
There's no need to be depressed by TJ's. The Germans have owned them for years, and have done an excellent job of preserving the underlying principles and approach that Joe Coulombe established when he founded the chain.
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Ulrika
User: akirlu
Date: 2009-02-20 18:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's actually more apt than you might think for Trader Joe's to be owned by a conglomerate that specializes in low-cost markets that have mostly house brands. Joe Coulombe started the chain as an alternative to, and upmarket version of, 7-11. One of the founding principles of his approach was selling primarily house brand items (albeit very good ones) that he had an exclusive contract with a small wholesaler/manufacturer for. It meant that he never had to compete directly with anyone on price, because no one else has the specific item in question, so they can't price it lower. As someone who has shopped at TJ's since before Coulombe sold the chain, I feel the Germans have handled the take-over very deftly -- the fundamental character and approach of the stores have been preserved intact. This in stark contrast to Banana Republic, which once was a very cool source of interesting, somewhat upscale surplus goods before GAP bought them up and turned them into a slightly-more-khaki GAP clone.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2009-02-20 18:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:garden
I've never understood the Trader Joe's hoopla, but then I've never been big on buying heat-and-eat food, which seems to be their main reason for being.

And, no, not Philadelphia. In February??? Are you crazy?
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User: defenestr8or
Date: 2009-02-20 20:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Broken window
Actually, tomorrow is a very good day to be in Philly.

(Sorry, Jay, I know you don't have a story in that anthology, but I had to stick up for my homeland.)
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2009-02-20 23:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:fireworks
I was thinking more in terms of the weather [g]. I've played tourist in Philly. As a history buff and a former English major, I enjoyed it very much. But that was in October, and the weather was gorgeous.
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A large duck
User: burger_eater
Date: 2009-02-20 20:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks for the low-tech fixes link. That's great.

And it would be nice to be in Philly, if only to visit my family and eat a real hoagie.
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misofuhni: 1776--John Adams
User: misofuhni
Date: 2009-02-25 02:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:1776--John Adams
On Philly: Philly is definitely more interesting than here, but not as interesting as from where I'm from.

That first link gave me that warm, fuzzy feeling of parenthood that I haven't had since I was pregnant with my first. The blush wore off real fast.
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