Posted inRant n' Rave

I don’t want go off on a rant or anything, but…

I’ve recently noticed a disturbing trend in, of all things, the packaging of some of my favorite snack foods.

Here’s how things used to be… You would initially open a box of cereal or snack bars or whatever by “unzipping” the first layer. This is good. As long as that unzipper tab isn’t completely glued flat to the box, you’re more than halfway to getting your tasty treat. In fact, about the only thing left to do then is open the other loose flap and push open the perforation where Tab A tucks into Flap B to close the box. Simple, right?

Apparently not. The rocket scientists that produce the packaging these days have taken it upon themselves to redesign the boxes, and for the life of me, I cannot figure out a single economic, ergonomic, or logical (uh, loginomic?) reason to do this.

Starts off the same way… Unzip the cardboard top to open the first layer. Then, instead of a loose flap, they have managed to make “perforations” (more like minor indentations in the cardboard) at either side of the inside flap of cardboard, which is still glued to the rest of the box. To finish opening the box, you are supposed to tear open the perforations in order to flip open the inside flap. Huh?!? Why go to the trouble of having the unzipper in the first place if I’m just going to have to tear the damn thing open anyway? I just don’t get it.

I’m sure the unzipper costs more money to produce than a simple fold-over flap that needs to be torn open in the first place. And I don’t know this for fact, but it seems to me that it would cost more money to perforate a piece of cardboard than to simply cut it. So if anyone can explain this particular design decision to me, I would really appreciate it.

In the meantime, I can only hope that the design doesn’t catch on and become a standard. After all, I don’t think anyone wants to live in a world where it takes a crowbar and an engineering degree to open a package of toilet paper.

Posted inEntertainment

Too Funny!

Had to pass this on… is a great site for keeping up with the latest celebrity shenanigans. (Including lots of photos of gorgeous celebrities of the female persuasion!)

In discussing the Tom Cruise / Katie Holmes uh, relationship, this is what Egotastic has to say…

I think their relationship is a sham, and their “baby” is either some strange alien being brought into existence by the sheer mental powers of the Scientology celebrity elite, or Verne Troyer. … Obviously she made a major mistake. Now she’s got a kid, and a crazy egomaniac midget to take care of.

Think about that line for a second… Funny stuff!

Posted inEntertainment

Secret Sanction?

Since I don’t have anything new to share, I thought I would discuss something I discovered a while ago…

The name Brian Haig may sound a little familiar because he is the son of former Secretary of State Alexander Haig. Brian also happens to be one of my favorite authors. The hero of all of Haig’s books is named Sean Drummand, an Army lawyer with a sense of humor and attitude leaning towards the insubordinate smart-ass side of life.

Anyway, Haig has written five books so far starring Sean Drummand, and was scheduled to publish a sixth book titled Man in the Middle due February 2006. And then I received the following e-mail from Amazon…

Hello from

We are sorry to report that the release of the following item has been cancelled:

Brian Haig “Man in the Middle”

Though we had expected to be able to send this item to you, we’ve since found that it will not be released after all. Please accept our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience we have caused you.

We have cancelled this item from your order.

WTF!?! I’ve ordered tons of stuff online, and occasionally something may be delayed, but I’ve never had anything just flat-out cancelled like that before. What’s strange is that I can’t find any information on why the book was cancelled. All references to it have been deleted from the major online booksellers. I’m hoping that the book has been postponed and will eventually show up. We’ll see…

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Whoa! Just watched the season finale of 24. What a good show (as long as you can manage to suspend just a wee bit of disbelief while watching).

The bad news is that Jack Bauer is in a world of hurt after surviving such a tough day. The good news is that we only have to wait until January to discover how Jack’s going to save the world next season.

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Greetings and Salutations!

Welcome to!

My name is Dave Decker and I live in Springfield, Illinois. I figure we’ll get to the boring stuff like vital statistics (age, occupation, interests, etc.) soon enough.

In the meantime, I’m not exactly sure what to expect from this site / blog / whatever. However I can tell you what NOT to expect… Don’t expect many deep, dark glimpses into my psyche. And don’t expect me to bitch and moan often about a bad day or the people in my life.

When I find something interesting, entertaining, and/or noteworthy, I’ll pass it along and hopefully you’ll enjoy it also. The rest we’ll figure out together. Okey-dokey?