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My workplace today. Almost 80 degrees out.
Just a tad windy, but it's a comfortable gust, not cold, not hot.
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Images of the Dutch king & queen at the Olympics (past and present).

When was the last time your country's leadership got this excited?
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Why Facebook sucks

Excellent video by +Veritasium. The more you pay FB for advertising, the less reach you get, and the more you end up having to pay FB for promoting posts so your actual fans see them. FB wins twice over. And all legitimate businesses are screwed paying for a broken service.
The only real way to get likes on your FB business page is by NOT advertising it on FB itself to avoid the clickfarms.
Or just take the smarter road and ditch FB all together. But sadly, the consumer market isn't ready for that yet. All the grandmas and parents don't know the alternatives that are out there. FB is still the "family connection"
 
Likes or lies? How perfectly honest businesses can be overrun by Facebook spammershttp://tnw.co/1gppiy7.

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We published this story last month.. Yesterday, +Veritasium posted this video below which refers the article.

Take a look and tell us what you think is going on here...
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Interesting read (As the Oatmeal usually is). Happy upcoming Bartolomé day everyone ;)
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An interesting read!
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Plumber visit

The plumber came by this morning and hooked up the sink water pipes and drains. So now the faucet is installed, dishwasher connected, insinkerator hooked up, and everything working. He added an air inlet valve to the drains to allow the sink to empty faster and without the gurgling.

While he was here he also hooked up the ice maker in the fridge, so we can have easy ice cubes again. (Though I need to replace the filter before it is really usable)

Kitchen is coming together more and more.
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With all those pipe connections, it looks like Mario Land :-p
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LED lamps

Are LED lamps worth it?

In going with everything new, I decided to replace the bulbs in the range hood (only one was working) with LED 60W equivalents. This is the crappy picture from my tablet. The light isn't as bright as the glare wants you to believe, but it is definitely brighter than what I had in there.  (Frying pans added for extra real feel. Just as if the stove is being used)

The bright ( :) ) side is that the LED bulbs don't get as hot as the previous ones, so the plastic covers (seen on top of the microwave) may stop bending inward and falling down.

The light is sufficiently bright (800 lumens at 3000K according to the packaging). We'll see how this looks over the next few months. At $20 a piece, they'd better last at least a decade. (Promised life is 22 years). Our old incandescents and CFLs burn out way too often.
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These ones seem OK for kitchen use. So far. We'll see what the wife says when she comes back. That's what truly matters ;)
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Mostly good reasons. FB is just my friend connection. And I pretty much have 50% of my "friends" muted. G+ is my daily dose of tech news, world news and my canvas to share my thoughts and pictures. (Though I really need to spend more time doing so)
 
We Love +Google+ !
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Fox sports go was a huge letdown. I'm sure the game we saw was the same as cable, but the commercials were mostly reruns from last year (Quattro tow truck about five times), and a few big game commercials. No clydesdales (oops, i guess i need to take that back. They just played the puppy one twice in the last two minutes of the game, oh, and now a third post ceremonies). Three radioshack 80s reruns (or was it four?), and countless Exxonmobile ads (ten or twenty? I didn't keep track)
Hoping next year a better online streaming option with the actual big game commercials will be available. And announced up front that it's there and not leave us hoping for the best until last minute.
Fox, you're fired.

I guess we should have just tuned in to Youtube for the commercials and left it at that.

However streaming on Chromecast from a browser tab worked great. 720p high bitrate without issues (though had to plug cable into laptop, as wireless couldn't do anything more than 480)
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Watching the YouTube AdBlitz this morning, turns out AT&T & Beats had a big game commercial with Ellen. However all we saw on #foxsportsgo  was the Rev Run one. Over and over and over again. Guys.. If you bought online ad space, why not show us the same frigging ad there? Is this Fox's fault for charging more if the ad is a big game ad? (hypothesizing here for some potential reason they did this) Or were the advertisers just not interested in showing their "big ad" on the online broadcast?
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iOS Android (AKA iOS 7)

As some of you may know, I have an iPhoney. But to Apple's credit they did something right in the latest iOS update.
First off, it took me a lot of work to get the update installed. With an 8Gb phone, it is almost impossible to install without factory resetting to get enough free space. I had to remove all my pictures, large programs and many small programs leaving only the few (a game and a few smaller apps for which I didn't want to lose progress/settings) before it had enough space to install. (3.4Gb was required I believe).
Partway through removal, it said enough space was available, so I started the install. However then quit halfway through saying it needed an additional 500Mb. Sadly, it had already half-installed, leaving me with only 250Mb of free space. So going back was no longer an option, and I had to remove some core apps (Dropbox and a few others). This is really bad, and a very frustrating experience.

When it was finally done, the available "user" space on my phone dropped from 4.5Gb to a measly 3.9Gb. That's right. on an 8Gb iPhone you have less than half available to use for apps and photos. I'm hoping they stop selling 8Gb models, as this is really not enough to be usable and marketable as a "smart phone".

But. BUT! The new feature they added was the ability to turn on the camera flash and turn the screen off. I had been doing this using an Android phone for two years before I got the iPhone. And with iPhone apps, the display had to stay on, so walking the dog at night in the park required me to leave the screen on as well (and not touching it by accident so the ads wouldn't pop up and kill the flashlight. That has left me in the dark on multiple occasions)
So the new control panel where you can turn the flashlight on/off is a great thing for me, and good progress for Apple.

What made me decide to write this post is the fact that the control panel can be accessed from the lock screen. So I do not have to enter my passcode before being able to use the flashlight. This makes me very happy, and makes the flashlight (about all I use the phone for)  quickly accessible.

Score: Apple: 1    -    Android: 157
(Yeah, Apple still has a lot of catching up to do. But this is one step in the right direction)
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Kitchen

Here's a picture of a nearly complete kitchen project. We went to IKEA Friday night to pick up a couple of missing parts, and I spent Saturday installing the final cupboards, doors and all the door handles. Some minor fixes need to be done still, floor still needs to be grouted in some spots, toekick needs to be installed, but for the most part the kitchen is done and usable. The rest is all rainy day projects.

Robin is slowly moving into the kitchen. The mixer and toaster oven have made it back in, as well as the cutlery drawer. (All other cupboards and drawers are completely empty). One step at a time we'll put things where they most make sense and slowly fill up the abundant storage space.
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Oh, we've had multiple ultrasounds. We've requested to not be informed. We like the surprise.
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Tools

I'm also now the owner of a Dremel Multi-max. (oscillating tool).
In having learned how to grout when I did it for the first time, the results weren't always as good as we liked. So I will be redoing a couple of areas. And after spending over an hour clearing out a 12 inch section of grout with a hand grout-saw, the wife told me to go and get a tool better suited for the job (seeing as I have quite a bit of grouting to redo. Live and learn)

So now I can also cut and sand stuff.. Or something. I will have to come up with some uses for this tool to make the purchase worth it in the long run. Any suggestions?
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Grand kitchen update

Yes, grand update. After getting the tiles finished last week, I decided to steamroll ahead and get most of the actual kitchen installed this week. Thursday night was spent building the top row cabinets in preparation for the weekend. Saturday morning the top row of cabinets was swiftly installed, and they were done well before noon time. Which left me the afternoon to build and install the bottom row. And the evening was spent installing a the corner carousels and some shelving, drawers and doors.

I put in a last minute request Saturday morning to see if my carpenter was available Sunday to install the sideboard, and he went out of his way to make time for that. (else, due to vacations and other scheduling difficulties it would likely have had to wait until mid September).

So Sunday afternoon the sideboard was installed, and I spent the evening tightening up the cupboards and installing a few more doors. While +Nick Morgan was visiting, he helped clean up the old range hood, and assisted with the install of that. I managed to pull the power service loop through the 1 inch hole I drilled behind the hood, and once hooked up everything worked like a charm.

Monday morning was spent putting silicone around the edge of the sideboard so water wouldn't get past the edge. We brought up the dishwasher and placed it in the opening so when the plumber comes by we can hook everything up at once. All the power is now live (thanks to the range hood being hooked up), and the only thing we're really waiting on is the water to be hooked up.


Sadly, that still leaves the kitchen unfinished. One cabinet had water damage, so we'll need to pick up another. And while there, we also need another sideboard. They had given us enough for a straight cut in the corner. However since the sideboard is bevelled, I opted for a 45 degree angled cut. Which left us with only 5 inches of sideboard instead of the 30 inches we needed in between the stove and fridge.
I've temporarily put some backerboard down so we can at least use it for the microwave, and once Robin comes back from camp with her van, we can use that to pick up another 97 inch sideboard.
I've also left some of the doors off as I'm not sure if Robin will want them left or right hinged. But once that gets clarified, they will only take a couple of minutes each to install.
And then there's all the finishing touches. Which include finishing the grout on the floor, painting & installing the window trim, installing the toe-kick board, and many other little touch ups.

But the kitchen is there. The end is in sight.
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Most of the food was lukewarm at best. Meat was tough and chewy.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Buffet was smaller than anticipated. Unfortunately the lower quantity of food did not increase its quality. Ham was very dry, some dishes tasted like they had been sitting there for a while. Poor salad bar selection, poor dessert selection. Price not too bad.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Love the Buffalo Chicken Pizza. Meat lovers pizza is very heavily loaded. Prices a a bit higher than other pizza joints, but the quality more than makes up for it. If you're looking for a cheap eat, go elsewhere, but if you're looking for affordable quality pizza, this is your place.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Not a bad hotel. Rooms are decent size, and in good shape. One huge issue was the electronic door keys. We often spent 2-5 minutes trying to get into our room because the reader wouldn't accept the card. This was really frustrating. Has an indoor pool, and while small, we were often the only ones there so that worked out. Breakfast was good (bagels, waffles, juice, coffee, cereal, etc). We stayed two nights, and the first night the bathroom ceiling started leaking (It happens I guess). Next morning we were given a new room and 20% discount. So no real complaint on how they handled that.
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Went here for lunch on a quiet Monday afternoon. Ordered a medium-well burger with bacon, and received a bleeding rare burger with just cheese. A colleague ordered the fish and chips and his fish was not cooked all the way through.Service was slow to non-existent. We were brought water at the beginning, and then asked for our food orders. We had to request drinks separately, but even so, the waitress seemed uninterested in selling us beer. You'd think with a name like Meadhall drinks come first?Not worth it for the food.
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Atmosphere: GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Poor - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Great guy. He installed a shower and fixed up an exterior water pipe for us last year, and just called him again to fix one of our heating zones. Courteous, affordable and good work.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Hotel is in bad shape. Bathroom door was half off its hinges and could not close fully. Saw at least one spider and one large ant (the 1/2 inch long variety). Breakfast was really basic (bagel and jelly/cream cheese was about it) Luckily there's a Dunkin Donuts right next to it.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago