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Beeeee careful

Taking away Google Reader is killing the bees!

Reader's users, while again, relatively small in number, are hugely influential in the spread of news around the web. In a sense, Reader is the flower that allows the news bees to pollinate the social web. You know all those links you click on and re-share on Twitter and Facebook? They have to first be found somewhere, by someone. And I'd guess a lot of that discovery happens by news junkies using Reader.

By killing the flower, Google could also kill the bees. That would be bad for all of us, even if we no longer use Reader or have any clue what RSS is.


By fnord12 | March 26, 2013, 4:27 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



That's 20%, Half Over Again 10%

Not only are you getting more dish soap, you're also getting a lesson in percentages!

However, it's 25% less than the competitor's 26.66666666667 oz bottle.


h/t to Bob for making this all possible.

By min | March 23, 2013, 8:00 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



"People take their bingo very seriously."

And they say local news is dead:

"Just like you can't run into a theater and yell 'fire' when it's not on fire, you can't run into a crowded bingo hall and yell 'bingo' when there isn't one," said Park Hills Police Sgt. Richard Webster, the officer who cited Whaley.

On Feb. 9, Webster was working an off-duty security detail at a Covington bingo hall on West Pike Street when Whaley entered the hall with several other youths and yelled "bingo," Webster said.

"This caused the hall to quit operating since they thought someone had won," Webster wrote on his citation. "This delayed the game by several minutes and caused alarm to patrons."

Webster said the crowd of mostly elderly women did not take kindly to Whaley's bingo call.


By fnord12 | March 20, 2013, 2:03 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



Magicsticks Battery Chargers

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and dealing with the "horror" of running out of charge on our cell phones, i thought these Magicsticks by Powerrocks were pretty kewl. I can definitely think of one or two people i could gift these to.

To avoid certain doom, we travel with a couple of battery chargers; these brightly-colored "Magicsticks" which are small enough to be mistaken for a lipstick.

They charge quickly, are small and easy to pack, and are powerful enough to power most phones to full capacity. Made by "Powerrocks," the L 2600mAh portable battery works with any device that uses the universal micro USB charging port -which pretty much includes any device you own.


By min | March 19, 2013, 2:08 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (2)| Link



RSS Reader Crisis

Feedly seems to be the way to go, but i guess i really didn't want to have to download a plug in. The nice thing about Google Reader was it was web based and you could access it from any browser on any computer.

Surely Twitter isn't the right answer, though.

What i find amazing is the number of people complaining about this, and the fact that sites like Feedly and NewsBlur are having trouble handling the sudden increase in demand. Google is saying they are discontinuing the product due to lack of use. I guess it's a "no one *i* know voted for Nixon" type of thing.

If you don't know what the hell i'm talking about, i don't understand how you read the internet.


By fnord12 | March 14, 2013, 12:24 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



So then, some obligatory Skymall nonsense

Dude, i guarantee you i can't sleep as comfortably as that man.  Because self-awareness.

I wear it around the office.  Repels co-workers even better than bed bugs.

By fnord12 | March 8, 2013, 2:51 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (2)| Link



The 1950s - When All Foods Were Colloids

Whether or not they started off as one.

I found a blog. It's a frightening blog. It's an awesome blog. It's a blog where a woman makes shit from 1950s cookbooks and then eats them. It's clear the 1950s were a sad, sad time where perfectly good food was ruined by the addition of such things as gelatin and...well, mostly gelatin.

See for yourself.

This is where things got off track. This is where things went wrong. This is where people got hurt after the fun and games. This is where I cooked up a bunch of liver and buttermilk and gelatin and put it in a blender. [and canned string beans! --min]

This is Liver Pate En Masque.

...

I probably should have blended it longer. There were chunks. I remember tears actually forming in my eyes as an especially large chunk glopped out of the blender and fell into the mold. I really, really didn't want to eat this.

And there are pictures! Oh, are there pictures. My favorite ones are the reaction photos of her husband as he tastes things like Tuna Pizza made with evaporated milk and ketchup. Mmmmm!

Why is she torturing food like this? We know better now. There's no reason at all to mix stuffed olives with pineapples and suspend them in lemon jello.

The pilgrims didn't just come across the water on the Mayflower with their heads stuffed full of Asian fusion cuisine. It was a long, painful and sometimes disgusting road that lead to our current national gourmand status. Most people like to forget about it. I think we should embrace it. Yeah, at one point it was the height of fashion to have sour cream mixed with powered french onion soup mix at your party. Let's acknowledge it and be proud.

The culture of post-war America was rife with enthusiasm for the new and improved, the do-everything gadget, and prepared foods in a can. This attitude invaded everything, and housewives were treated to something they had never had before: a short-cut for dinner. Some of these shortcuts worked, and some of them didn't. We all know about the ones that did. They are with us in the form of Bisquick pancakes, tuna noodle casserole and even the aforementioned French Onion dip. But what about the stuff that didn't work out? Ketchup as a quick sundae topping. A salad suspended in Jello. These are the things this blog seeks to acknowledge, and to drag out of our collective closets and into the bright light of day.

My one huge gripe about this experiment is that it's a huge waste of food. I think most of it ends up tossed because it's completely inedible. And it's not surprisingly inedible like "Oh man. It looked like it would be something good." She knows going in that it's going to be horrible and is occasionally pleasantly surprised when it's not. I hate wasting food. I will gorge myself to the point of illness to clean my plate. So, this is a problem for me, despite the amount of enjoyment i derive from the pictures of grossness.

I'm starting to think i need to get my hands on some of these cookbooks. Not to make any of it. I'm pretty sure vegan was not part of the mid-century cookbook vocabulary. Plus, it all seems pretty disgusting. I just want to look at pictures of overly decorated foodstuffs sealed in aspic.

And i think i need to stop mocking the Irish for their poor cuisine. Boiling your cabbage and meat until it all turns into a gray mass is loads better than whipped lime jello and tuna in a carved pineapple bowl.


By min | March 6, 2013, 8:03 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



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