In order to protect their dominant market share, Keurig makers Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has been on a bit of an aggressive tear of late. As with computer printers, getting the device in the home is simply a gateway to where the real money is: refills. But Keurig has faced the “problem” in recent years of third-party pod refills that often retail for 5-25% less than what Keurig charges. As people look to cut costs, there has also been a growing market for reusable pods that generally run anywhere from five to fifteen dollars.
Keurig’s solution to this problem? In a lawsuit (pdf) filed against Keurig by TreeHouse Foods, they claim Keurig has been busy striking exclusionary agreements with suppliers and distributors to lock competing products out of the market. What’s more, TreeHouse points out that Keurig is now developing a new version of their coffee maker that will incorporate the java-bean equivalent of DRM — so that only Keurig’s own coffee pods can be used in it.
Friends don’t let friends use pod coffee makers.
FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS USE POD COFFEE MAKERS.
everyone needs a waving snail on their blog
i feel that if I scroll past this and don’t reblog it the snail is going to look to the ground and cry
gotta do it now
I’ve just been emotionally blackmailed by a cartoon snail.
i waved back
(Source: jetstreak, via akichimihito)
Help the pollinators!
"Say No to the Mow.
Fancy saving on mowing and discovering what wild flowers you have in your garden? Join Plantlife this year, set aside a sunny patch of lawn and “Say No To The Mow”.
Daisies, speedwell, buttercups, ladies smock – what might be growing in your lawn? Have fun creating your own mini meadow and tell us what you find.
How it works
By taking the “Say No to the Mow” challenge, all you have to do is choose a patch of lawn and spare it from your mower’s blades until the Big Mow in August. Then, as your No-Mow Zone begins to flourish, download our free ID sheet and tell us on our forthcoming survey page which wild flowers you spot. Your results will join others on a blooming great map of the UK, showing what’s flowering where and when.
For best results…
Here are a few simple steps to increase your chances of finding some wild flowers:
Your No-Mow Zone can be any size or shape, however for best results try and make it at least a yard squared (or even better two metres by two metres). Choose a patch of lawn that hasn’t been mown since the 1st March this year. If you can place your No-Mow Zone away from flowers beds this will means garden plants are less likely to invade.” —
Plantlife.org’s new campaign: Say No to the Mow.
A great project to try anywhere. What grows if you don’t mow? Usually things that benefit wildlife, because they bring the seeds.
The wildflowers I have in my annoying lawn are invasive. They’re edible, but they’re not really tasty. At least not to me.
bthnyy asked: Just though everyone might like to read this article called "Maybe You Get Bad Customer Service Because You're a Bad Customer" if you copy+paste the title it should come right up. It's a blogger who wrote about an incident he witnessed and his thoughts about it.
Here it is
Alright, look. No one said Sherman’s soft spoken. He’s not one to keep his opinions to himself. What, exactly, do you EXPECT him to say when he’s just made a game-clinching play, and a reporter shoves a mic in his face as soon as he’s off the field?! He’s going to be amped up right after that! He’s not going to be thinking ‘Oh man, I better avoid that lady over there until I’ve regained my composure!’. NO. If you’re going to get all judgemental, take a look at the interview he had after the game, when he’s not RIGHT OFF THE DAMN FIELD. Seriously, people. Yes, he was loud, and yes, he was intense. But he never cursed, and he wasn’t directing any anger at the reporter—he barely took his eyes off the camera. This guy graduated second in his class in high school, and from STANFORD. He’s smart, and when he’s not jumped on coming off the field, pretty damn eloquent.
Give him some credit, he’s GOING TO THE SUPERBOWL. Wouldn’t YOU be losing your mind?
22 Brief Thoughts About That Richard Sherman Interview
If you stick a microphone in a football player’s face seconds after he made a huge play to send his team to the Super Bowl, you shouldn’t be surprised if he’s a little amped up.