Daily Dose of Ingersoll

For thousands of years a thinker was hunted down like an escaped convict. To him who had braved the church, every door was shut, every knife was open. To shelter him from the wild storm, to give him a crust when dying, to put a cup of water to his cracked and bleeding lips; these were all crimes, not one of which the church ever did forgive; and with the justice taught of her God, his helpless children were exterminated as scorpions and vipers.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Individuality” (1873)

Sesame Street – Buffy Nurses Cody

I wonder how this would go over nowadays given how a recent cover of a parenting magazine that featured a baby breast-feeding on the cover sent a quarter of their subscribers into a Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunctioning tizzy because feeding their spawns should be done in underground caves away from the prying eyes of Jesus people.

(via Rantings of an Arab Chick)

Google Street View Team Runs Over Bambi

From Gizmodo:

Here’s a sad one: the Google Maps car took out a baby deer, and it recorded the entire process for all Google Maps users to see. For shame, Google Maps car!

As you follow the street view scene down Five Points Road in Rush, NY, you can see the deer run out in front of the car, get hit and then see it on the side of the road before the car pulls over. And that’s the end of the Street View data for Five Points Road.

In-N-Out Burger vs. McDonald’s: Guess Who Won?

I’ve got to get over to the west coast so I can try an In-N-Out Burger.

Consumers rate regional food chains above national fast-food chains in overall customer experience, according to a recent survey by Sandelman & Associates, a San Clemente, Calif., market research and consumer-trends firm.

In a survey of 94,000 users last year, In-N-Out Burger of Irvine, Calif., was the top winner in overall customer satisfaction, which takes into account, among other things, quality of food and service, cleanliness and value for the money, in the 2008 Quick-Track Awards of Excellence.

“It’s probably easier to maintain the highest standards if you’re only operating in a couple of states,” says Paul Clarke, vice president of sales and marketing at Sandelman & Associates. “So, customers recognize the difference.”