If you’re within 50 miles of NYC, it’s worth a trip in to try Mario Batali’s Otto Pizzeria. Most notably:
Appetizer: Eggplant Caponata
Entre: Truffle, guancale, and egg pizza ($35)
Dessert: Creme Fraiche, Olive Oil, and Strawberry gelatos
Most people know that bluetooth is a way for wireless devices to talk to one another. What’s not clear, however, is that each device might only do some subset of all bluetooth capabilities (aka profiles). It’s important to differentiate between the handsfree profile (the one you use to make and receive phone calls) and the music streaming profile (aka A2DP aka Advanced Audio Distribution Profile).
So if a car you’re considering buying has bluetooth, you still need to ask the question of which profiles it handles. My Prius, for instance, has only the handsfree profile so it works great with making/receiving calls, but I cannot stream music from my smartphone. Most users in this situation would use a wired solution to tap into one’s AUX jack if that is available.
We hope to try the fasting thing out soon. Here are a few tips I’ve collected:
1) Cheap but quiet and easy-to-use juicer at Walmart: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Jack-LaLanne-Power-Juicer/14968099
2) There are a ton of books on the Kindle store that are in the $0.99 to $3.99 range including
3) Buy fruits and vegetables by the bag. You know, the ones you don’t touch at BJ’s, Costco, and Sam’s Club because you have no idea what to do with that much fruit.
4) You can do a bunch of creative things with the pulp besides composting it, typically freezing it then using it later in these recipes: http://www.fitsugar.com/What-Do-Leftover-Juice-Pulp-21518042
5) Cleanup is a pain no matter how you slice it, so here’s a good article on which juices can be frozen (and for how long) and how long different juices last in the fridge: http://juicer.lifetips.com/faq/91074/0/how-should-i-store-fresh-juice/index.html
And if you have Netflix these two documentaries were pretty interesting and might inspire you to try juicing/fasting as well:
I find the best thing about Tivo as a DVR is that you can download most of what you record on TV onto your computer. It’s the only mainstream home theater gadget I know that lets you do that. So for the same monthly price as you would pay for a DVR from your TV provider you can get a Tivo and have that feature.
The second best thing about the Tivo is how it rewinds a bit when you stop fast-forwarding. So imagine you’re fast-forwarding through a commercial. On normal DVRs you go past where the show starts up again and you have to rewind. Tivo rewinds a bit automatically so that most times you don’t have to do that.
You can get a good Tivo Series 3 which will do full HD recordings for in the $300-$400 range on eBay or elsewhere. These would come with a lifetime subscription so that you wouldn’t have to pay the monthly fees ever again (or until the unit breaks or you decide you want a newer, faster, unit – perhaps with more capacity).
If you download the shows using the Tivo Desktop software they offer, the files are quite large (~8GB/hr). You can then use “Direct Show Dump Utility” to change the files from .Tivo files to .MPG files. From there you can then use Handbrake to take those files and shrink them to the Apple TV2 profile which is HD quality yet only about 1GB/hr recorded.
Tivo Forums are a great place to get extra help if you need them.
So if you’re thinking of getting a second TV for your living room, one might ask what the use case would be. The obvious one is MORE sporting shows on simultaneously, especially during football season. But how cool would it be to keep an eye on your emails, texts, and whatever else you can show on your iPhone/iPad on a monitor right next to your primary TV? All you would need is a cheap ~40″ TV, an Apple TV ($99), and your Apple device. You can show everything from your iPhone/iPad onto the second monitor so that if you’re watching TV you don’t have to completely avert your eyes when you get an email, text, or whatever.
I have the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon and worked a bit with the Samsung Galaxy S3 while at the Verizon store. It reminds me of when the iPhone 4S came out. It’s almost exactly the same size – the screen is maybe 0.15″ larger. Same height, thickness, everything. Processors might be a bit faster. The included software really shines, though, just like how the iPhone 4S overshadowed the iPhone 4. In particular, there’s a way to play a video and have it keep playing as a pop-up window while you do other things on the phone. I’m not sure why this feature hasn’t had more press, but it’s pretty darn cool.
Pam and I have been watching documentaries lately. Last night we watched one about an overweight gentleman with lots of health issues that went on a fasting diet which cured his weight and health problems in fairly short order. We’re now thinking of doing a fasting try – drinking juices for our means and maybe adding 2-3 choice fruits as allowable solid foods (i.e. plums, peaches, blueberries).
Dr. Oz tips: Flossing can add up to 6 years to your life if you’re not doing it and reduce your risk of heart attack/stroke. A dirty restaurant bathroom likely means the kitchen is, too. In sunscreen, look for those containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
This year we’re going to see a bunch of phones that have front-facing cameras so that we can do video chat from our phones! I can hardly wait! It’ll be just like those Star Trek communicators that were just a pipe dream back in the day…
Every now and then I won’t have the time nor inclination to write much so I’ll write something short and sweet like today’s. I remember my first job after college was on a Helpdesk. I would really impress folks (running Windows 3.1) by typing fast and using keyboard shortcuts. There are many OS-specific and application-specific keyboard shortcuts out there, but my favorite is Alt-D. When used with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google’s Chrome browser it will take you to the URL line and highlight it so that whatever you start to type will immediately replace the URL. Give it a shot!
(Note: On Macs running Windows the equivalent key combination is option-D)