2019-04-27

Creative News Reporting

Today I was reading news articles on my iPad. I noticed that over the past week, every now and then there’s an article where the author appears to be paid by the word, based on the totally superfluous garbage used to set the scene, as if they were writing a play. Here’s what I am talking about: We sat together in a charming window booth looking out over the mighty
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2018-11-22

Raw Water

Out of touch with Reality Silicon Valley "bros" have been smoking something bad when they manage to convince each other to pay $35 for a jug of unfiltered, untreated "raw" water. Raw water is water that is bottled directly from the source: a creek, a hillside spring, or a lake.  Raw water is "raw" because it has not been filtered or treated to remove chemicals or bacteria that could cause illness or death. We've researched this topic and unearthed a few enterprising bottlers of raw water. According to news sources, 2.5 gallon jugs are going for more than $35. Piers Pure Raw Water (extracted from a tributary of Pence Creek that runs through the feedlot of Piers Dairy in Indiana) Büdelsdorfer Reinkanalwasser (Imported) (source: the northern end of the Kiel Canal near Büdelsdorf) Buttweiser Lite (source:  runoff from the Thomas Fire near Santa Barbara, distributed by Budweiser Van Nuys, CA) St. Tammany Raw Water Reclamation (source: wells tapped
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2018-11-06

Hot Sauce Museum in a Home

This article caught my eye recently. It always amazes me to learn about things people collect. An uncle, who was a Greyhound driver, used to collect matchbooks. I have heard about people who collect casino chips and have a lot invested. Beer steins, beer bottles, beer bottle caps, booze bottles, hair clippings of the rich and famous, hymens, old radios, cigar bands...the list is near Photo: Vic Clinco
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2018-03-10

Shifting Gears

“Hey Pando,” Eddie called to me loudly from across our table, around which were seated various denizens comprising our local native wits, who were trying to enjoy Toni’s powerful overcooked and over-perked copper-colored liquid that she playfully lists as “coffee” on the menu of The Scruffy Dog Cafe. “Um, yes, uh, yeah, Eddie, whazzup?” I replied between sips. “You know how you’re always going on about the abysmal quality of
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Round hamburger buns
2017-03-31

Truth in Labeling

I was stunned, stunned! I tell you, when I noticed this in a recent market advertising circular. Even Wendy's serves their square hambugers in round buns, so it would be quite unusual to find hamburger buns that aren't
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2017-03-29

Orchestral Dissonance

A picture is worth a thousand words! Is the music too
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2017-03-17

Artisan Lettuce (Really!)

We first need to ask, What is Artisan Food? This link provides the following: Artisan food is a type of food that is not mass produced, but handmade, and includes cheese and breadmaking, charcuterie and other foods involving a fermentation process. Artisan food is usually developed during a long period of time. In the past decade, food producers large and small began to add seeds and nuts and dried fruit
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2017-02-23

Ultimate Outdoor Theater

Now here's just the thing to take on your next camping trip or to just set up in your back yard. Imagine how popular you'll be with other nearby campers, who just wanted to spend a night or two outdoors away from the stresses of life back in the neighborhood, when you set this up and begin showing the latest blood and gore horror movie. Why tell the kids ghost
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2016-10-04

Factors: Form and otherwise

I just read an article pointing out the awkward login procedure for macOS Sierra with an Apple watch: two-factor vs. two-step authentication. They didn't explain what factors you can use so I figured I could try the age-old "form" factor but it wouldn't accept that. No one has been able to give a precise definition of what exactly a "form factor" is and what other factors one should consider. The
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