Review: Cuisinart DCC-2000 Coffee on Demand 12 Cup Coffeemaker.

Rather than go through the hassle of posting this on Amazon or other associated website, I thought I would pester my readers with my review of this durable consumer good: The Cuisinart DCC-2000 Coffee-on-Demand 12-cup Programmable Coffeemaker.

The good: No carafe, easy to clean up, nice and square - clean look. Coffee stays warm for hours after the heater turns off. I suspect it probably uses less electricity than most coffee makers.

The bad: No carafe means no way to put water into the machine. Do you have a device to measure exactly 12 cups? I sure didn't. The water fill hole is in the BACK of the machine by the hinge to the lid and is about the size of two quarters. This means it's exceedingly difficult to pour into without putting water all over the place. Finally, want to dump your excess coffee? One cup at a time!

I should have never bought a gizmo coffee maker. Live and learn.

China completes the Three Gorges Dam

China completed one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken. Here is the wikipedia entry. Open the image below for a better view (believe this image is almost 3 years old!)

General Motors (GM) = the next Enron?

"May 17 (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Corp., under federal scrutiny for its accounting practices, said two top financial officers will leave the company, the world's biggest automaker."

It appears that GM is in even bigger trouble than I previously thought. It's already abundantly clear that they're leaking money like water through a sieve. Now it appears that they were cheating to get the pisspoor results that already disappointed the market so badly. How much worse can it get?

Obviously a GM bankruptcy would create a huge impact on the economy. It might cause a collapse of the derivatives market. It will leave tens of thousands without jobs (and that's best case scenario), and even worse - hundreds of thousands without health care and retirement. Sure, the market cap as of today is only ~14 Billion Dollars, but it employs 327,000 people around the world.

With the accounting fraud and the intense pressure on the weak and possibly stupid executives, I'm starting to think that GM is the next Enron. I sure hope I'm wrong.

Toyota Sienna: More American than the Ford Mustang.

Interesting article on Forbes/Wall Street Journal today analyzing the source of parts in a couple different vehicles. Turns out the Toyota Sienna is 90% made in America, while the Ford Mustang is only 65% American.

Buy American! (If you can figure out which one is really American, that is.)

"The president of Iran should remember that Iran can also be wiped off the map."

If you're not nervous about the price of oil, you should be. Israel isn't going to fuck around when it comes to letting Iran have the bomb. Shimon Peres made the above statement today as a little reminder that Iran is playing with fire.

I believe Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is just playing the North Korean nuke game, wherein they blackmail the international community into giving them stuff in exchange for being totally insane. With North Korea, this works quite well as South Korea doesn't want Seoul to become a burnt out shell of a city. But if you ask me, the middle east is a whole different ball game - Israel already has nuclear superiority and isn't going to let Iran join the atomic club. Period.