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We recently had to buy a twin mattress and decided to buy a spring mattress from Walmart (came out to only $200 all in, but this blog is not about that). I knew that you could buy online at Walmart but hadn’t tried it until now. Frankly, it was an great experience.

The best thing was that it was fast. The checkout process is in a single page (with collapsible sections) which you can just breeze through. I was a new customer so I had to enter all my info, but I felt like I was done really quickly. I received the standard order and eventually shipping emails promptly too.

It took under two days (with free shipping) for the mattress to be delivered. If you were a student who had to move somewhere, you would only need to sleep on the floor for two nights (less if you had some planning)! Perhaps it felt like a great experience because shopping at a brick & mortar Walmart usually takes a long time – the checkout process itself takes 20 minutes!

  • Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy
    One student in a fraternity at Dartmouth blows the whistle on the hazing activities that took place there, but the result is not exactly what he had hoped. In fact, the article throws into question whether he did it for other nefarious reasons.

    According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the conventional definition of a “binge” is five drinks in a two-hour period for men. Dartmouth frat boys pride themselves on being able to drink six cups of beer in less than 30 seconds – it’s called a “quick six,” and requires a person to literally open their gullet and pour the liquid down. There is a YouTube video in which a Dartmouth student does this in less than 10 seconds, but even this feat may not be a record.

  • Are Walmart’s Chinese Factories as Bad as Apple’s
    This article uses Apple in the headline to bring in the hits, but it’s really only about Walmart and their lackadasical approach to being green. Actually, they talk a lot about being green, but they’re not actually doing too much.

    Martin brought up a major Walmart supplier, a network of factories making name-brand products. (He asked that I not reveal the brand, but it’s a household name.) Like Mr. Ou once did, this supplier submitted scorecards on energy and water use to Walmart. The retailer’s response: silence. Martin said the supplier admitted to him that the data was “total crap,” but it never heard from Walmart one way or another. Martin summed up the supplier’s attitude toward Walmart scorecards like this: “Walmart sets a new target, everybody gets all excited, runs around for six months, and then everything kind of slows down and the wheels fall off.”

  • Antiviral Drugs Could Blast the Common Cold – Should We Use Them?
    This article talks about 3 new approaches to develop a counteragent to virus in general.
  • Just One More Game…
    This article on gaming has been making the rounds – it talks about how we’re spending more time playing stupid games (like Angry Birds etc). But I don’t really know how much more intelligent playing a game like Modern Warfare is. It’s like you’re trying to solve cancer.
  • The God of Gamblers
    Would it surprise you that Macau sees five times more money than Las Vegas? Well it does, and at least some of it may not be legal. That hasn’t stopped American companies from opening casinos there, all in the goal of making money while gambling in the US is slumping.

    While the junket industry has many law-abiding members, it has, for decades, been susceptible to the involvement of organized crime. Triads, which grew out of nineteenth-century Chinese political societies, had always been involved in loan-sharking and prostitution, and had made their presence felt on the edges of Macau’s casinos, but in recent years triads had become more business-oriented. Triad violence in Macau and Hong Kong has declined over the past decade, because triads have increasingly set aside squabbles over drugs and petty crime in order to pursue the range of new criminal opportunities associated with a more prosperous China, including money laundering, financial fraud, and gambling.

I suspected that I would be waiting a lot on our trip to Italy so I brought two books, a magazine and my ipod/charger. I only ended up reading one book which was The Wal-Mart Triumph.

I bought this book a few years ago as around that time I had been reading a lot of articles online about Wal-mart’s efforts against the unions, using illegal aliens as workers, their expansion strategy, crowding out mom & pops and other nefarious tactics they use to maintain their empire. I was hoping for a 200+ page book breaking down these issues and presenting both sides of the argument. I was sorely disappointed.

It started off promising. The paperback was a reprint of the hardcover version, and included a new forward by the author talking about how Wal-Mart has recently had to spend and pay more attention about its public image. But that was about it for all the scandals.

Instead the book focused a bit on the history and life of Sam Walton (interesting) and then his handpicked management team after his death (not so interesting). The author has had a history of profiling CEOs and senior management so I suppose it is not a surprise that he chose to focus on that subject matter.

I learned about how Wal-Mart became the largest company in the world, but not how it is dealing with their present days struggle. I think I could have gained the same knowledge from reading the wikipedia article though, so this wasn’t a good use of my time or money!

This week I’ve spent something like $1500 at Ikea, and we really only have half the furniture we need. I also spent $75 at Dollarama, which is even more crazy when you think about it because that means I bought almost 70 items from the dollar store!

When I moved to Seattle, I would hit Ikea for furniture and Walmart for household items. Walmart isn’t as useful now, mostly because it’s just so busy, and I find I can get stuff for even cheaper at Dollarama! I don’t know how people were able to afford moving out back in the old days, they probably had to pay $10 soap dishes at Eaton’s!