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  1. 1 day ago on Grand Avenue

    Muzak was acquired by iHeartRadio nearly 20 years ago now I think? (Yes, the same iHeartRadio. They have two divisions – one doing normal radio programming as part of the iHeartRadio network, and the other is the commercial music division where music (including the radio) is licensed for businesses to play in a commercial setting – either in a eating establishment (bar, restaurant), store, office, elevator, gym, etc.). Oh, and they include everything – including commercially licensed Spotify/Pandora/etc services ) People get surprised when they learn they need to actually go for a “hidden” tier so they can play Pandora in their stores.

  2. 2 days ago on Dog Eat Doug

    It depends. If you walk the dog on things like concrete and other rough surfaces, you may never need to clip their nails (other than the ones on the dew claws) because the act of walking on the surface sands it down.But they should have their nails clipped if nothing more than avoid the nasty tapping sound it makes on hard flooring.Some dogs have their dew claw nails amputated at birth so you never have to worry about it. It’s generally a good thing because if you forget to clip those, they can grow long and snag their legs on stuff which can be dangerous.

    This is also something best done while they are a puppy so they get used to the clipping and they won’t actually resist it as an adult. Though as a puppy, have a professional do it because clipping the quick is a great way to get your pup traumatized for life. So just do a little at a time, and maybe those ultra-sharp puppy claws aren’t so hurting.

  3. 4 days ago on Grand Avenue

    No, he wasn’t a genius teacher. he was a mediocre teacher. He may be able to look at an algebra problem and work out the steps in his head just by plucking a few things in his mind, which makes him a genius mathematician, but he wasn’t able to pass on that genius to someone else, making him a lousy communicator and teacher. And likely cancelling out his genius as a mathematician because he couldn’t communicate his ideas properly.

    A mediocre mathematician who can convey the concepts of mathematics and create enthusiastic children and pass on his ideas, though, is considerably more of a genius. Creating students who want to learn more and are excited to learn about the subject is worth far more in the world than the one person who can pluck equations out of the air and solve the hardest problems, but fail to communicate it with the world.

    So boo. Anyone who claims to be a genius but extinguishes the spark isn’t a genius. It’s just being a mediocre person.

  4. 21 days ago on Grand Avenue

    Labs have a common genetic flaw that makes them unable to feel full. Among the general Lab population, it’s around 50% of them that have the flaw. Among the service dog population, it’s closer to 75%.

    It makes Labs extremely food driven and trivially easy to train with a little food.

    They’re excited for dinner because they literally are always hungry. You have to watch how much you feed them because they will eat until they explode.

  5. 24 days ago on Pooch Cafe

    Hazmat suit…

  6. about 1 month ago on Dog Eat Doug

    One reason my dogs disliked being washed was that we’d end up grabbing them to give them a good sniff all the time. Our small dog couldn’t really resist since we’d just pick her up, while our lab often fought attempts at being hijacked for a sniff along the way.

    Other than that, they did enjoy the shower. And my little dog got all the more fluffy at the end of it.

  7. about 1 month ago on Grand Avenue

    Apparently some Costcos are seeing people stock up on toilet paper again and are running out of it.

  8. about 1 month ago on Grand Avenue

    Yeah, I remember those ads. I remember being on both sides of the coin – when I was in school, it was always a classical reminder that school starts soon. Then I graduated and went to work, and smiled when I saw those ads.

    It was an apparently successful ad campaign that ran for a couple of decades and stopped sometime in the 2000’s…

    But yes, it featured a parent jumping around with joy as they toss various stationary supplies into a cart following him and after two, two kids with obviously very sad and grumpy expressions on their faces. It was a brilliant ad to be honest.

  9. about 2 months ago on Pooch Cafe

    My problem is usually gripping the lid – ti’s smooth metal after all. A thick rubber band works miracles.

    And yes, the whole “you loosened it” effect is real – because the vacuum seal is such that once it’s disturbed, it’s not so strong anymore. The seal conspires to make the lid harder to turn.

  10. about 2 months ago on Grand Avenue

    Well, the geese themselves got lazy and decided to not bother with long migrations anymore (I still remember seeing them in the fall, but that was nearly 40 years ago).

    Now Canada geese have just settled everywhere and are a scourge of North America. And no, Canadians don’t like them either – they’re fairly obnoxious birds.