Snohomish County runs a free recycling program for household hazmat in South Everett. They take items such as old motor oil, bug spray, old cans of shellac and stain, etc. So people aren't tempted to try to sneak it into the regular trash stream, I guess.
Going through the File Awhile (then promote!) pile, I found I had written down this bit of good advice from somewhere:
"Never desire anything you do not expect,
and never expect anything you do not desire."
Above: If your old TV has a 34-inch screen, for older programs like I Love Lucy, Seinfeld etc. to be the SAME SIZE on your new HDTV, the new TV should have a 42-inch screen.What the hell are they watching here? Anyway, after reading an article at NiceTaco.com, of all places, which goes into great detail about screen aspect ratios, Pythagorean Theorem, and why Jennifer Aniston looks fat on some TV sets, I finally concluded that comparing the screens between old and new TV's is an apples and oranges thing.
BUT they DID have a handy calculator at the bottom to determine the area in square inches- This is what I wanted, I was able to determine that a $350 basic 32" TV costs 80 cents per square inch, and the $500 42" one we wound up with, ran 66 cents per square inch.
Unfortunately, there is one thing I did not consider. The animals on the screen apparently do not look "real" - anyway, my dog doesn't bark at the TV anymore. YMMV.
“We learned quite quickly when we began this research that if anybody working with a dolphin assumed that the dolphin was stupid, then the dolphin would act stupid. If you went at the dolphin the way you would at a rat, and tried to get him to perform, he'd perform very well for a short period of time. If the criteria were too strict, and you put him down in too narrow a slot, so that you bored him, he would break the apparatus and throw it out of the tank. We have had several psychologists who came to the lab expecting to work with the dolphins the way they would with rats, and the dolphins won't put up with it. It is very dramatic when the system breaks down. We explain this to the psychologists, and say, "Get in the tank with them. Make friends with them, and maybe they will put up with it a little longer".
Isn’t this what the “marketing experts” are trying to get companies to do by engaging in things like Twitter and Facebook? They would probably try the LSD thing too if they could. Can you imagine being on a LSD trip to Home Depot? I would come home with black curtains, a wood chipper, and three copies of a certain book about landscaping because of an obsession with Junipers.