Published on January 25th, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer


How to Design a Cold and Moldy Home

It’s not hard to design a suitably cold and moldy home for the family you hate. First, orient your mansion East/West. Make it narrow. This minimizes any chance that sunshine might pierce your Southern flank.

Then pick the stingiest windows you can find and instruct your architect to use them sparingly. Avoid any use of windows on the Southern elevation. One, at the most.

That will keep the sun out.

Sunshine warms homes for free. That’s socialism. Real men use fossil fuel for the daunting task of warming up a frigid family. There’s no free lunch. Tough sh*t.

And when the fossil fuels run out? It will never happen. Real men will dig more up from under somebody.

Power shopperscan getwireless deals.(Business)

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) November 26, 2010 Wireless providers are getting just as aggressive as other retailers with hot buys, including some new technology for just one penny. So if you’re hoping to avoid the pandemonium of the malls, here’s a sampling of what you can buy online or in specialty stores operated by wireless providers:

On Monday at 8 a.m., AT&T will offer new high-end smartphones for just 1 penny, and those device offerings will rotate every three hours, so be quick. They include HTC Aria, BlackBerry Curve 3G, Motorola Flipout or Bravo, and Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.

If you want to shop in-store, AT&T is offering a free Samsung Solstice II or Samsung Flight II, or $99 for Samsung Captivate from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. There are also buy-one-get-one-free offers with Windows Phone 7 devices starting Black Friday through Jan. 1. They include Samsung Focus, LG Quantum and HTC Surround.

Jawbone Icon Hero Bluetooth headset.

If added as a share-line on your family account, Verizon will waive the $9.99 monthly access for 2 years. It requires $29.99 monthly unlimited data plan. Cyber Monday deals will be available, but the company declined to provide details. See this web site mytouch 4g review

* Chicago-based U.S. Cellular has already cut prices in-store and online ( for its entire lineup of Android phones. Customers can get a $150 smartphone activation credit to make it easier to switch. The sale continues through Cyber Monday.

For example, the LG Apex and Samsung Acclaim will be free after an $80 mail-in rebate. The Samsung Mesmerize will be available for $99.99 after an $80 mail in- rebate. The HTC Desire will be $49.99 after a $80 mail-in rebate.

* Sprint is offering the LG Optimus S, Samsung Restore, LG Rumor Touch and Sanyo Vero by Kyocera for free online and with a two-year contract for upgrade-eligible customers. For details, see

* T-Mobile has an in-store, buy-one-get-one smartphone promotion from Black Friday through Jan. 18. For those who will take a family plan and a two-year contract, you need to purchase a featured smartphone, such as the MyTouch 4G or Samsung Galaxy Tab, and you can get a new featured smartphone or Android for free. The featured smartphones include the T-Mobile G2 with Google, HTC HD7, BlackBerry Bold 9780 or Androids such as Motorola Defy or Charm, LG Optimus or T-Mobile Comet.

Surfing: Speaking of shopping, the NRF Foundation, the research and education arm of the National Retail Federation, announced its Top 10 retailers for customer service selected by more than 9,000 shoppers. They are in alphabetical order:, JCPenney, Kohl’s, Lands’ End, L. L. Bean, Newegg, Nordstrom,, QVC and Zappos. go to web site mytouch 4g review

* Chicago-based users can now find offers marked with a gold star that are “Guaranteed to Work.” If for some reason one of these coupons doesn’t work, will buy you dinner. If the site made a mistake, it will provide a $25 gift certificate.

* Kmart, owned by Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings, has expanded online shopping features and services. New this season and powered by the mygofer service, customers can buy online via and pick up their items that same day at the store. Customers also can shop the Kmart2go mobile website from a mobile device and then select in-store pickup. Promotions via SMS text messages can be sent directly to your mobile device.

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