Saturday, February 20, 2010


Yesterday morning I smelled toast. There’s an internet meme about smelling toast being one of the symptoms of having a stroke – I'm pretty sure I didn’t. After asking around, and was surprised to discover that the Research Triangle Park in Durham North Carolina is home of one of the largest toast distributors on the east coast.

East Coast Toast (NYSE: ECT) is the largest fresh toast distributor in the entire southeast. In the early hours of each morning 2,500 trucks head out to deliver freshly baked toast to restaurants, retail stores, universities, and prisons. All together, ECT bakes and delivers over 750 tons of bread products and brews 20,000 cups of fresh coffee.

Toast manufacturing facility in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

Actually, it seems like a half baked idea to me. Next week: The FedEx overnight pizza delivery center in Memphis.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Computer Books

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you...

This was the best computer book I ever read. Back in 1978 the FORTRAN programming language was a hot technology, much favored by scientific programmers and engineers.

This book is two hundred and eighty five pages of bad illustrations and hand printed text. It covers all the important fundamentals like punch cards, goto statements, and format specifiers.
© 2008 Raoul Rubin