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Long Weekend Update

Posted 2012.06.30 10.33 in Pointless Blather

It’s a long weekend! Yay!

Tomorrow is Canada Day, which is about the only time of the year I do any entertaining. So rather than relaxing and slacking off for the long weekend, I’m really busy getting ready for tomorrow – got some family and friends coming, gotta make sure the house, the yard, and the food, are all just right.

In other (aka electronics) news, I’m waiting for my ISEB6-MkII boards to come back from the fabricator. I’ve heard that the boards have been made, they just have to be separated and mailed. So probably another 10 to 14 days to go.

In the meantime I’ve got most (but not all) of the components onhand now. I did my Digi-Key order last week, and in my haste forgot a few things (and made a few typos, doh!) When the boards do arrive, I’ll start populating one, and get the last of the parts in.

The waiting is really frustrating though, and I have to continually remind myself not to go back into Eagle and keep tinkering with the design!

Apart from that, we’re in another little ‘heat wave’ again. Temps in the high 80’s outside, flirting with 80’s inside. I do have A/C but I’m too frugal to turn it on. It’s more fun to tough it out. And if it does feel too hot, I just have to remember February. Any February.

Having my front door freeze shut so I have to chip my way out of the house, then shovel the walk, then scrape ice off the car… I’ll take a heat-wave any time thanks.

Anyways it’s not nearly as ‘bad’ as the heatwave last week – at night it’s still dropping into the 60’s, so I just open the windows wide at night to let the cool in. Then mostly-close them during the day to keep the heat out.

Oh and last thing, I finally found my instant coffee, but they’re still messing with me. They’ve changed the packaging from 150g to 100g. It was ‘on sale’ when I got it, but I’m skeptically waiting to see what the ‘not on sale’ price will be. If they sell it at the old price, that’s basically a 35% price hike.

Coffee != Werthers Original

Posted 2012.06.26 23.59 in Pointless Blather

When it comes to coffee, I have pretty simple tastes. I’m happy with instant coffee, but only one kind. I like Nescafé Columbian. Glass jar, blue label. That’s it. All the other instant coffees just don’t do it for me. Other instant coffees… something about them smells off.

Anyhow, for the last 2 weeks, my grocery store has been out. It’s been on sale, and the whole time it’s been on sale, they haven’t had any. It wasn’t so much about not getting it on sale, it was about not having any coffee!

So in desperation, I took the next nearest one – Nescafé French Vanilla. Glass jar, purple label. I’m not so much into vanilla, but what caught my eye was that it said Rich on the label. I like rich coffee. So this morning, I try it out.

One heaping scoop of the instant coffee powder. Two pouches of sweetener. Boiling water. A big pour of light cream.

It’s a good start – it doesn’t smell bad, though it doesn’t smell like my coffee.

It doesn’t taste like coffee, but it doesn’t taste horrible.

It tastes like something familiar.

I’ve had this before.

I know this taste.

What is it?

Oh Gods – it’s Werther’s Original hard candy!

I don’t want a big hot cup of werther’s original in the morning.

I just want coffee.

Sigh.

Tomorrow I will try a different grocery store.

First Day of School

Posted 2010.09.07 9.39 in Pointless Blather, Work

It’s always funny to see the subtle changes on the first day of school.

Traffic is moderately busier. The drive-through coffee shop is about 300% busier. And of course, there’s kids out and about, running across roads and crossing intersections on a red signal and all that fun stuff.

The best part of course is the little schadenfreude of knowing their summer break is over and they’re all going to be stuck behind desks for the next 9 or 10 months.

Ha ha ha.

Makes it a little easier for the rest of us who don’t get the 2-month break.

You want WHAT in your coffee?

Posted 2010.03.08 8.41 in Pointless Blather

Usually, I don’t take blood in my coffee.

This morning though, I discovered my water dispenser has a sharp bit of which I was previously unaware.

Maybe the child safety thingy wasn’t to protect kids from hot water after all, maybe it was there to protect kids from the painful finger lacerations.

Best Before Conspiracy

Posted 2010.03.02 9.31 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather

When I’m at the grocery store, buying perishable products, I’m always careful to check the expiry dates (aka Best Before dates.) I can’t afford to throw food out so I’m always very careful not to buy short-dated stuff.

Especially milk (aka half-and-half creamer). Gotta have some widener in my coffee, or it’s all hot and black and uncreamy. So when I buy my coffee milk, I am very careful to check the date on the carton. The 10% stuff is usually good for 6 to 8 weeks, and I usually go through it in 10 days, so it’s almost never a problem. Nonetheless, I always check the dates.

(I also have other rules, such as I never take the first one or the last one… the first one is half-exposed to the unrefrigerated air in the grocery store, and the last one is suspect by virtue of hiding at the back, so I always take one from the middle.)

Anyhow, so I recently stumbled onto a new conspiracy with these so-called best before dates. See, I brought home a carton of coffee milk, and put it in my fridge. No big deal. The following morning I took the carton out, and was surprised to find that the best before date said the milk was going to expire in a week. I know it said it was good for a month, when I bought it.

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Four Supercoffees and No Food

Posted 2009.12.20 15.18 in Computers/Internet/Technology, Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather

Before I was just unfocused, or focusing on the wrong things. But after four Supercoffees and no food, now I am well and truly blurry.

Like some caffein can energize you, give you a little boost, a little extra oomph. But four Supercoffees worth of caffein just leads to a state of tense buzzing.

I did get three more chores done, so my yesterday-list is up to 5 out of 11 tasks completed. I haven’t started on today’s list though.

Oh and I redid the Random Words thingy so it’s really actually random now. It’s still in alphabetical order  – I didn’t want the same words appearing in a random sequence. That’s silly. I wanted random words, appearing alphabetically. And I got what I wanted.

Except that in doing so, I may have taken the concept of a ‘tag cloud’ and, you know, slightly broken it?

Doesn’t matter. Random is as random does. Stephanie is as caffein buzzzzzzzzzz.

 

Unfocused Update

Posted 2009.12.20 12.10 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather

So instead of devoting what little energy / functionality I have into something important — like housework, workwork, or that sort of thing — I’ve been using it to muck about with WordPress & my website.

Odds are, you won’t notice anything different. That’s kind of the point actually.

What I’ve been doing was first, upgraded to the latest version, WordPress 2.9 was just released recently. Then I have been rewriting most of the files that drive my custom theme. I also scrapped my mobilized plugin, as I’ve changed my theme to dynamically adjust itself depending on whether the viewer is using a mobile / handheld browser or not.

Not that the mobilized plugin had any problems – just that it required a secondary mobilize theme, and I kept forgetting to update that theme when I did anything with the primary theme. So finally I figured, heck with it, I’ll just adapt the main theme so it can serve both fullsize and mobile user agents.

The only visible change actually is that I got rid of the fancy tag-cloud plugin, and started using the normal built-in one. The only real difference there is the tag-cloud words don’t change colour any more. No real reason for the change, just that I felt like eliminating a plugin. I’m down to only 5 plugins now, and two of those are mine. 🙂

I could probably offload another one of those into my theme functions, but I haven’t decided yet if I want to do that.

Anyhow – still not focused on the right things. And now I’m wasting time writing about working on the wrong stuff instead of working on the right stuff. This is me paying homage to the Gods of Procrastination.