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I've mentioned my love of a good bite and depth of flavor in a good root beer, but there's something to be said for one that tastes like ice cream. This Barrel Brothers is that root beer. In fact, I can't think of anything negative about it. It could easily be for me what the tech journalists call a "daily driver". 

This by the way is part of my new ongoing series reviewing the root beers of my "Root Beer of the Month" subscription my friends and family got me.
I'm hopeful that I'll have a significantly better camera in the next week or two. Come on Motorola, make good on that retracted September 3 announcement about the Moto X Pure Edition/Style!
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Next up on my journey of Root Beers... River City Root Beer. Rich, kinda earthy flavor. Weirdly, I think the flavor can best be described as "chocolaty".
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It sounds vaguely familiar but I don't remember the taste.
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There's a lot of reasons not to get excited about this gimmicky concept prototype (it's an inefficient device that only works on a purpose built track and nearly impossible to ride without clever editing)... But there's one reason that you should: IT'S A FUNCTIONAL HOVERBOARD!
A real-life hoverboard, you say? That’s right. As predicted in Back to the Future (Part II), 2015 is the year in which the flying skateboard finally becomes a reality. Many have tried to convert this teenage fantasy into science-fact, but it’s taken nearly 30 years for anyone to make a working version. For this we can thank Lexus, and a team of Germans with an unsociable knowledge of magnetic levitation, or maglev – the sort of black magic that m...
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Protip: When applying for a job, cold/blind/bulk emailing this kind of thing... probably not the best plan. 
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Screw you David, you don't deserve Brittany working in your company.
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Gotta hand it to Microsoft. I was getting pretty discouraged about Windows 10 using the preview build. The start menu was all kinds of wonky (would give me web search results instead of the program I was looking for), the file manager would just sometimes decide it didn't feel like opening, and I couldn't unpin Google Chrome Apps. This new version fixes all of that and improves a lot more! Cortana is pretty clever and is a serious serious threat to Google (Google search is still better, by why would the average user go out of their way to use Google when Cortana is right there offering Google Now-like suggestions? Not to mention Edge is not too shabby at all, and with search so closely integrated there too, Google's gonna have to do something dramatic to hold onto Windows users. 
Windows 10 Preview Build 10240 for PC Available for Download - If you are using Windows 10 Insider Preview (previously known as Technical Preview) in your computer, here is a good news for you. Microsoft has released
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And from a Google fanboy to boot. Though I've always liked Microsoft. Like Disney they've had some highs and lows that seriously challenge my loyalty, but they keep coming back with good stuff after a couple years of reworking. To be fair, I liked Windows 8 once 8.1 came out and I got over the horrendous desktop UI. Vista though... Introduced some good ideas, but it seriously felt like a clunky beta for 7.

Star Trek movies and Windows releases... Every other one is good. 
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Next up in what I'll call my "lazy blog" (short, inconsistent posts with out any clear sign of writing ability) of Root Beer reviews... Triple XXX.

I mentioned talking about the first Root Beer hour it was one note. This is what I meant by that. It starts off with some nice bite (gingery spice) and mellows out into a caramel-like flavor, and is topped of with a bit of citrus. It does leave a bit of syrupy aftertaste and the core flavor is kind of vague. Something like Virgil's (my benchmark of sorts) is very clear, you can recognize distinct flavors. This never really carries that kind of clarity. On a whole though, very good.
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My wonderful friends and family signed me up for the Root Beer of the Month Club for my birthday, so I'm gonna kinda blog my impressions. Many will be pretty short, but if nothing else is a way of keeping track of what I've already tried.

First up is Old Rhode Island Molasses Root Beer. Nice bite with good licorice flavor, but kind of one note. Not a lot of complexity.
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I'm intrigued to get some thoughts on this...
I absolutely love my 4.6 inch 720p AMOLED screen. It's a wonderful screen! Pure blacks, bright colors, power conservation, it's everything I want. Only down side is using Google Cardboard the relatively low resolution shows, but otherwise I'm happy.
So naturally the Moto X Style is abandoning AMOLED in favor of an LCD screen the size of Guam and a resolution that no reasonable person would ever need in a handheld.
Am I way off base here? Are modern LCD screens better than they used to be? Does a 1440p screen really make a difference? Has anyone here used a phone with those specs?

I'd like to think of myself as open minded, but who am I kidding, I'm getting the next Moto X on release day. I've already come to terms with needing to rent a trailer to transport my new phone, and the rest of the other features I'm psyched for , but I wouldn't mind some reassurance that I'm not going to be terribly depressed about this LCD screen.
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I'm not worried. The update issues with lollipop were Google issues until proven otherwise. LP has been a absolute mess from the start and OEMs were dealt crap to pass over to their customers. I doubt Lenovo spent billions to pull the plug on Moto and if they did 5.1.1 is very stable and snappy so either way the phone will be a great device even if it was never upgraded which we should know won't be the case.
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This... This here is why I love Stephen Colbert and why I think he'll be amazing with The Late Show. As funny as his political pundit character was, it's so limiting for a comedian of his caliber. He's a lover of art, in all its forms. If you can, do yourself a favor and subscribe to The Late Show podcast ( Each week (or whatever) he has a casual discussion/interview with his crew. He really demonstrates how he considers what he does high art, and that it deserves a great deal of thoughtfulness and class (while not letting a good Uranus joke go to waste, because seriously...). The Jimmys have a pretty hefty foothold in the late night realm so I hope audiences get his more sophisticated show, but I'm confident the Jimmys won't know what hit them.
“@Nick_Offerman Thnx 4 the great book! here's a poem I thought you might like: #hardchine”
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Dammit Google Now! This is something you notify me about BEFORE the show airs! I'm sure I can find it on a PBS app out something, but still... This is awesome.
This gala opening night performance, hosted by Natalie Portman and featuring Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, airs on THIRTEEN's Great Performances, tonight, July 24 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.)
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So shortly after the 5.1 update, I lost 4G... Found a solution to that, was related to the Google Connection Service messing up the settings.

Then my camera stopped working. Just nothing, even after some thorough resets. The odd thing is that everything seems to act like it's a software issue (like the front facing camera is down too) but a system reset should fix that. Been thinking I need to try a Factory Image reinstall.

Then this morning, I've got no WiFi. Nothing. Won't turn on. Rebooted, airplane mode toggle, nothing. Haven't tried a reset yet, but I don't want it to interfere with the other thing... My camera works now. Completely back to normal.

Any ideas? I don't want to pay the $100 for a replacement when there's a Motorola event July 28 possibly announcing the 2015 edition, but it'll be to the next gen release with no wifi (4G is fine, but I'm wasting a ton of mobile data.
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Didn't do it. I have a feeling there's a loose something inside from assorted drops and jostling. Come on July 28.
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Outdoor loving geek.
I'm an enigma of sorts, but not really the mysterious sexy kind. I love nature, camping, wildlife, and outdoor sciences. It brings me great joy teaching kids about the outdoors. I'm big on the Transcendentalism (the Emerson kind, Thoreau was a narcissist) and believe that life is only worth living when you're living at least a fair share of it surrounded by the natural world. 

At the same time... I'm a big geek. Tech, tv, movies, and video games are my world. I'm an active Browncoat (fan of Joss Whedon's Firefly and Serenity), Google fanboy, CNET adict, and overpriced gadget collector. I love the connectivity that technology like Google+ bring to my life.

So how do I balance the nature nerd with the tech geek? Still working on that... but when the tech world starts to make me feel empty I can always make a run for the zoo. When the outdoors starts to give me a sunburn, there's always my Chromebook. It works.

Geek (n, v, adj): Someone who focuses their attention on pop culture subjects. For instance, a geek is a person who takes more than a passing interest in television shows, movies, music, comic books, scifi/fantasy literature, costuming, internet memes, technology, etc. Geeks can, and frequently do to varying degrees, overlap with Nerds. Example: Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day are geek royalty thanks to their involvement in popular fiction and new media work.

Nerd (n, v, adj): Someone whose interests lie in scientific or academic endeavors. For instance, nerds are interested in research, math, fine arts, literature, programming, etc. There is a distinction to be made between traditional nerds and modern nerds. Traditional nerds can best be described today as "dweebs" as they were defined by their thick rimmed glasses, calculators, and pocket protectors. Modern nerds are more trendy and harder to spot, but strive toward intellectualism.

Fanboy (n, adj): Geeks with an excessive interest in a specific subject, spending a potentially unhealthy amount of time discussing the subject, and occasionally such that they feel their love of that subject supersedes the right of others to have interest in opposing subjects. Example: Apple Fanboys vs Windows or Android Fanboys , XBox Fanboys vs Nintendo and Sony Fanboys, Twilight Fangirls. 

Dork (n): Someone who believes him/herself to be a proper geek or nerd, frequently shares characteristics with fanboys, but ultimately does not possess the knowledge to accurately back their arguments. Example: "It was lame that Leia and Han got together at the end of Star Wars. Luke and Leia were a much better couple.", "I thought it was better back when it was Mystery Science Theater 2000." or "Sisko was easily the best captain of the Enterprise!" 
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I didn't write the Llama Song, but I made it famous (and just a little awesome). In my tiny little world, I'm a huge celebrity.
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Quiznos are an endangered species these days, so seeing one in the wild is worth celebrating. This one especially had some of the best service I've had anywhere in a while. I said how i missed the Steakhouse Beef Dip and she recreated it for me (minus the wonderful discontinued French onion sauce, discontinued I'm guessing because the unicorn tears it was laced with became too expensive). In an area with tons of comparably priced and quality food options, it's the service that makes the difference, so keep that up!
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Great, friendly atmosphere, great variety of food, and really good food. Not cheap, but worth it for a once a week treat.
Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
Picazzo's is back! It was under new ownership for a while (still the same great gluten free food) but it's back to the original name. The ONLY place to eat out for trustworthy gluten free pizza.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Very good food and conscious of gluten issues. Great burger joint all around.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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The first time you go is a bit overwhelming (making their sampling station genius) but once you find a combo that works for you, it's about the best food you could ever hope to have at such a seemingly unassuming little place. My combo is the Jade Red Chicken and a Diablo Chicken Quesadilla (killer hot, the cheese and tortilla helps a lot), refried beans and jerk fried rice.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Okay, it's not the *best* BBQ you will ever have. However, if you can find a better BBQ joint in west Mesa with this friendly of a staff, reasonable prices, and quick enough to run to on a lunch break, I'll give you a nickel (and I'd be very excited to know where it is because it sounds awesome). Great (if a bit greasy... But the tasty kind) pulled pork, they're own very tasty hot and mild BBQ sauce, and some of the best fries I've ever had. Apparently they also cater so... Bonus.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I should start by warning that what drives me may not be what drives you to an establishment. My wife has Celiac Disease, a disorder that can most simply be described as an allergy to gluten (though there's a lot more to it). Except for a handful of exceptions (Gluten Free Creations, Picazzo's Pizzaria), we rarely get to eat out because of this. Vito's came well recommended on the Gluten Free Registry so we decided to check it out. It was a busy evening, but we were seated faster than your average Olive Garden, so certainly nothing to complain about there. The service was very friendly and responsive, and most importantly were readily prepared with answers to our questions about the Gluten Free menu. When they brought us salad, we never even had to ask that they leave off the croutons, which is surprisingly rare. When the food came, my wife thoroughly enjoyed her gluten free pasta dish, and I had an excellent salmon stuffed with crab and shrimp (the portion size seemed awfully wimpy but it turned out the perfect quantity). In the end the pricing was pretty reasonable, so I'd call it an all around win.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
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