Some little things I've accumulated over the last couple days:
- The closing line from a NY Times review of the Met production of "Rigoletto": "The performance the Italian conductor Riccardo Frizza, in his debut, drew from the Met orchestra was lively and full-bodied, though prone to rushed tempos and sloppiness." That's what we call a barometric sentence, because its spans the entire emotional spectrum.
- A recent study shows that consumers, when asked to choose their own price for a buffet restaurant, paid an average of 80.7% of the normal price. However, during the study, the gimmick attracted so many consumers that overall daily revenues increased 32.4%. In a deli that was also part of the study, customers paid an average of 9.8% more than the going price for hot beverages, which the study attributes to the deli's face-to-face service. The "name your own price" technique has gained increased public attention since Radiohead allowed fans to choose a price for their 2007 album In Rainbows.
- Bored? My band director recommends www.cutethingsfallingasleep.org. I can see its appeal, though I prefer to waste my time on the arts (music) and business (advertising) pages of the NY Times...
One last thing: Give yourself a cookie if you identified the title reference to Roseanne. I've never seen the show, nor do I really know what it's about (though it has something to do with a woman named Roseanne whom my mom finds annoying and I find boring), but my dad repeatedly tells me about the "loose meat" jar on the counter, from which people make loose meat sandwiches. Something about that appeals to me, and I have a "loose meat" folder on my computer, inside "My School Documents," where I keep all my miscellaneous files. (Fascinatingly, the corresponding folder inside "My Recreational Documents" is simply named "miscellaneous." It must have been created at a different time in my life.)