The EU doesn’t like airlines, part 2

The EU has cracked down on “misleading” airfares on websites, where an airfare was advertised but did not “clearly advertise the full prices and conditions of their flight offers”.

Certainly flyers should be able to clearly understand what they’re getting, but I hope the new ads don’t insulate travelers from knowing how much of what they pay actually goes to other entities.

But then the EU complains “the other main problem was the lack of available seats at the advertised fare, even when the advertised price was accurate.”

Yes. This is how it works. When airlines have sales A LIMITED NUMBER OF SEATS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE LOWER PRICE LEVELS; THIS IS HOW IT WORKS ALL THE TIME. It’s not a “problem”; the airlines are allowed to give a limited number of cheap seats on a first-come, first-serve basis. (If the fares are never available at all, that would be deceptive, but there’s not been a recent incident where this was actually the case.)

And I’m still annoyed about this one (which was Part 1), even though the airline I work for does not get close to Europe.


Apologies for: The two prior posts. They are probably admissible in a court of law as evidence I’m under the influence of drugs. Please note I did not authorize the hiring of Mr. E, and may put his continued employment up for a vote once we post the interview. Until then, I will permit his presence to satisfy the Mascot’s man-crush.

Yes! We hired Mr. E!

Hey, people! I got some good news! We just hired Mr. E to join the staff of Liquid Egg Product!

Most of you probably know who he is already…that muscle-bound guy with the mohawk, gold chains, and everyone’s his fool.

I know I was supposed to keep this secret until we post the interview, but I just couldn’t wait! He even sent me this autographed picture of him!

The only bad thing is this: even though he’s single, he’s focused on his career right now. Sorry, ladies.

Mr. E Authographed Picture

Racial Discrimination in America

Eggish Discrimination

Today, I found out some very disturbing facts. It’s not enough that humans subject billions of eggs to torture by frying, scrambling, or poaching them. Check this finding from some page named CHOW:

At CHOW’s local Safeway, one dozen Grade AA, extra-large white eggs from Lucerne sell for $3.19. Their brown counterparts, same size and grade, go for $3.98 per dozen.

You see, humans not only discriminate against each other, they put a price tag on eggs based solely on the color of their shell. Whites like me get treated like second-class citizens. (Well, actually third-class citizens, since eggs are already considered “lower” than humans. I just found out the other day we don’t have any Constitutional rights.)

The American Egg Board (you’ll find them in the “Enemies” section in the links) is a sadistic organization dedicated to convincing people that eating eggs is healthy. But I can’t disagree with what they conclude: “Eggshell color does not affect an egg’s … quality….”

So stop discriminating against whites. Thanks.

Tournament of Lepers 2 Headache

Only one game is not reflected is Wahrheit vs. Wang, and I might have missed that result:

Dr. Gene Ray Division Standings
CA BP Pol Tom Sci Total
CA 0.5 1.0 0.0 1.0 2.5
BP 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.0 2.5
Pol 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.0 2.5
Tom 1.0 0.5 0.0 1.0 2.5
Sci 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Alex Chiu Division Standings
Ivn Whr LEP Wng Tak Total
Ivn 1.0 1.0 0.0 1.0 3.0
Whr 0.0 1.0 1.0 2.0
LEP 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 2.0
Wng 1.0 0.0 1.0 2.0
Tak 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

So there’s a four-way tie for first in the Dr. Gene Ray division. There’s not an easy way to resolve the tiebreaker either, except for…more games!

This will be a mini-playoff format. If your game isn’t played to a conclusion, just play again until you do reach one. The matchups and colors were determined randomly:

Tom vs Chessaholic
Polly vs Blunderprone

Then the winner of these two games would play, and the winner of THAT game…is the winner of the Dr. Gene Ray division.

In the Alex Chiu division, it’s much simpler. The winner of Wahrheit and Wang would still tie Ivan points-wise. But Ivan’s beaten Wahrheit, so he’d win the head-to-head matchup. But if Wang wins, since he’s beaten Ivan, he’d win the division.

And, uh, congratulations on Sciurus winning a $5 McDonald’s gift card. (Takchess is MIA with a couple forfeit losses, so I don’t think he’ll be claiming his.) If you want to claim it, I’ll get Allen to get in touch with you.

Perceiving Life

When I was 5, I never even thought about getting to 10.
When I was 10, 15 was inconceivably distant.
When I was 15, 20 represented a new era.
When I was 20, 25 was a modest journey.
When I was 25, 29 was right around the corner.
When I was 29, it didn’t matter. I’d get to 290 because I bought a pair of Alex Chiu’s immortality rings.

(Yes, I’m finally preparing to do that interview with him. And I really just bought a pair.)

Blog-reduced and tournament update

I apologize for lack of updates, especially for the tournament. I’ve been busy with other things.

The next step for the tournament is the final match between the winners of the two divisions…except until all the games are finished, we won’t know who those are.

In the meantime, you can visit The Picture is Unrelated to get your kicks…disappointingly tiny, but should provide 2 or maybe 3 minutes of quality entertainment.

Check out my abs

Hey, I’ve been working out recently, and I look even more manly than ever. Let me know how good you think my rock-hard abs look.

The Mascot\'s Abs

My Mini City

I have no clue whether this will be entertaining in the long term. At myminicity.com, you can create a city, and each time someone visits (up to once per day per person), a citizen is added.

So visit my lonely mini-city. I will warn you ahead of time, there is basically nothing to do there.

Mini City

Tournament of Lepers, Week 5

Week 5 Pairings
White Black
Chessaholic Blunderprone
Rhuiden Scuirus
The Bye Polly
The Bye Takchess
Wang Wahrheit
Ivan LEP

Apologies for the delay and no score update. I had a seizure and will complete more. Ivan, if you don’t mind, I’d rather shoot for Thursday or later this week.

Round 2 Review

Finally the round 2 game against Wang. You can pretty much tell this was a game between two wanna-bes, especially the gaggle of errors in the endgame. Although maybe I’ll put it down to time pressure.

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