Snow Day

As you may have heard, we’ve gotten a wee bit of snow here in the Northeast. My thanks to everyone who’s expressed concern about my well-being, but no worries — while we certainly got our share of the white powder, the doomsdeay forecasts turned out to be a false alarm (at least for NYC, although other areas may still get walloped), and I’m happy to report that everything is fine here at Uni Watch HQ, where the power is still on, the radiators are clanking away, and Uni Watch mascots Tucker and Caitlin are purring contentedly by my side. My morning commute (from the bedroom to the living room) was unaffected by the storm, and I have plenty of Cheerios, Diet Coke, and cat food — you know, the essentials — so it’s pretty much business as usual around here.

“Collector’s Corner” columnist Brinke Guthrie — who lives in California, 3,000 miles away from the snow — has taken an unusual interest in this storm. At one point yesterday he wrote to me with a suggestion:

Here’s an idea for tomorrow: Compare the parkas used by news teams from CNN and Weather Channel. TWC has long had a deal with LL Bean, while CNN has its own branded gear.

I liked that idea — a Uni Watch approach to the blizzard. But why limit ourselves to CNN and TWC? So I put out a call, which prompted a bunch of good responses (many of them, as you’ll see, from Chris Howell — thanks, Chris!): (Continue reading)

For the Man of Today (or at least yesterday)

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Paul here. As most of you know, I’ve been away on vacation for the past week. It was a great trip, and I’ll have more to say about it tomorrow. I’m still catching up on stuff, so thanks in . . . → Read More: For the Man of Today (or at least yesterday)

A Different Kind of Uniform

[Editor’s Note: Today we have an guest entry from an anonymous contributor who’s going to tell us about an interesting category of uniforms: the shirts worn by Apple Store employees. Enjoy. — PL]

By Anonymous

I’ve worked for years at an Apple Store in suburban mall. I recently asked Paul if he’d be interested . . . → Read More: A Different Kind of Uniform

Let’s See Some I.D.

I know most of you don’t care about the stuff I post over at Permanent Record. And even those of you who do care (hi Robert, hi James, hi David!) probably prefer it when the PermaRec posts are relatively short, or at least manageable. But every now and then I tap into something . . . → Read More: Let’s See Some I.D.