Monday, May 2, 2016

If you don't like it, then just don't go

Class action lawsuits against Starbucks.  One for not filling their coffee drinks up high enough, second for putting too much ice in their iced drinks.

A couple questions.  One, who says what the "correct" level is for filling up a cup of coffee?  Oh, that would be the company selling the cup of coffee?  Two, who says what is the "correct" amount of ice in a drink?  Same answer.

This is ridiculous and I, as a satisfied customer of Starbucks for several years, will have to pay whatever it costs them to settle or fight these ridiculous lawsuits.  One way or another the cost of this bulls$$t will be borne by the customer.  I will be contacting Starbucks to ask them to fight this.  It is perhaps long past time when companies and the American people stood up against the trend of frivolous lawsuits filed for no other reason than to get something for free.  Keep in mind who will really benefit from this garbage: the lawyers who will take most of the settlement if it settles and a hefty fee if it doesn't.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Bosch on Amazon

Thoroughly enjoyable.

Some thoughts:

1) Deputy Chief Irving is a much more sympathetic character in the TV show than he was in the books.

2) Not sure because it's been a while since I read the books, but it would appear that the shows were made from Echo Park and Trunk Music.  What I don't know is if they rolled other books in as sideline stories.

So figure I got 1,000 minutes of entertainment out of the deal, that makes a decent start at cutting into the $99 Amazon Prime price that I paid.  I don't care about the free two day shipping since I almost always wait until I have $50 worth of stuff to order and get free shipping anyway so that doesn't figure in.

Wow! Birding update

For the first time ever, saw American goldfinches on my feeder.  Had thistle feeders there for several years and never saw one, gave up a couple years ago, but hit paydirt with this one.

And then a couple minutes later his girlfriend showed up.  Along with something else that I haven't been able to find in my Golden Field Guide.  Lots of red.  Not much of a picture here, but the next one is a bit better.

If anyone has any ideas ...

Cleanup time. Toaster update

With a little chrome polish and some orange solvent.

Oh, and it works perfectly.  Selling on ebay for two to three hundred.  Not that this one is for sale, but nice to know that if things get tight...

Too early?

To refer to him as "the artist formerly known as Prince"?

Hey, I wasn't a fan in the sense of "waiting in line to buy his next album", or even in the sense of "has any of his music", but I did grow up during his heyday and he had some good stuff.  The man was definitely talented, even if it wasn't really a style that I liked much.  Of what I remember, the ones I enjoyed would have to have been When Doves Cry, Purple Reign, and Raspberry Beret.  There were probably others although they all got overplayed so much (Top 40 radio hasn't changed) that I eventually (after about two weeks) got sick of them and stopped listening.

I also remember laboriously re-winding a cassette of Darling Nikki while in college, so that we could listen backwards.  It did, in fact, have an old-timey gospel sounding song dubbed in.  So there was that.

Rooting a Nook for Android

Thought it might be nice to be able to use the Kindle app on my Nook with fewer and fewer books being released on Barnes and Noble (Amazon has a really great self publishing program).  Did some research and discovered that you could use Touchnooter, which would allow you to boot either the original Nook OS or an Android OS.  Easy instructions found here.

Except when they aren't.  I followed the instructions and the Nook wouldn't start up at all.  Froze on the startup screen.  So I did a bit of digging and found these instructions to restore to the original OS.  That was easy although it took a lot of waiting and restarting.  Now it's back.

Except where it isn't.  I don't have my Shelves anymore since I had to reset everything.  If you aren't familiar with the Nook system, the one terrible feature is the organization of your books.  You create a shelf, then you scroll through every book on your Nook, selecting the ones you want to add.  Fine if keep twenty or thirty books for reading and then archive or delete them when you are done, not so fine if you have 1070 books and want them to be organized.  There were complaints galore when they created the system but they ignored the complaints and never did release a new version of the OS.  Shortly thereafter they released the Color Nook and the classic Soft Touch was forgotten.

Now I have to decide.  Option 1, try to root it again and maybe it works, and maybe I like it.  Option 2, rebuild the shelves.  Option 3, buy a tablet.  During my explorations I have read that Option 3 is not a great option, that reading on a tablet isn't nearly as easy on the eyes as eInk, although it would appear that there are some new e-reader tablets available so that might be an option.

Well, either way, I have my Nook back so no harm, no foul.  I'll let you know if I decide to try the root process again and how it comes out.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Bread goes in, toast comes out

First of all, my utmost thanks to Jitterbuzz.  Why do I need to thank him?  Well, I was at a flea market today and I picked up a Toast-o-lator for $10.  "What is a Toast-o-lator?" you might ask.  Good question.  I didn't know either.  All I knew is that it was a toaster, it had a big slot at either end, a  switch for turning it on or off, a lever for adjusting it, and no indication of how the bread went in or the toast came out.  It was, however, really cool, old looking, and, as mentioned before, only $10.  I bought it.

Enter Jitterbuzz.  He (or she, I don't honestly know) has a web page devoted to the Toast-o-lator toaster.  Apparently, bread goes in and toast comes out through the undulations of a serrated bar that drags the bread in, drags the toast out, and drags the whatever-you-call-bread-that-has-started-to-toast-but-isn't-actually-toasted-enough-to-call-it-toast through the center portion.  Here's their advert (also from the Jitterbuzz site):

And here's mine (from my kitchen counter, not Jitterbuzz):

I don't know if it works.  It needs a lot of cleaning.  It is my intention to clean it and, if humanly possible, fix it if it doesn't work.  This should go nicely with my waffle irons.  If that sentence doesn't make sense to  you, search for "waffle" in the search bar at the top of my blog.