2.28.2018

Coffee Brewed at The Touch of an App: The GranBaristo Avanti Super-Automatic Espresso Machine


I'm just sipping an iced coffee and clicking around the internet as I found myself with some free time and a quiet house. Click-click-click and before I knew it, I was looking at a coffee maker that you can operate from your smartphone.  As in... lay in bed, decide through 18 different beverages, in the style you wish and brew it by choosing your options on your phone through a bluetooth connection.


"Craft a coffee to your taste via an app on your phone; and operate the connected coffee machine via Bluetooth."

From the Philips website:

  • Enjoy high-tech brewing by enlisting the Avanti app to save and brew your preferred drinks, complete with flavor strength, Coffee volume, temperature and amount of froth
  • Profile management system on the machine can also be customized for up to six Coffee drinkers
  • Easy-to-use bean switcher and included Extra bean hopper make it a cinch to change to decaf or a different Coffee blend
  • VariPresso Chamber automatically adjusts extraction pressure for custom brewing, adapting to suit your beans
  • Adjustable ceramic grinders ensure a cool, consistent grind to preserve the delicate essential oils in Coffee beans

$2799.  Whoa.
That's almost as much as we paid for our son's first car when he turned 16.  It's as much as we have to cough up for the dorm our college-daughter lives in per semester.   And people pay this for a coffee maker?
So... we obviously live different lives.  I can't imagine a life where I have an extra $3,000 for a coffee maker.  But I was still intrigued.


Obviously I clicked over to Amazon to see what they were selling them for.

And I did find it cheaper.  As of today when I researched this post, you could get the exact model (The Gran Baristo Avanti) for $2539.   Perhaps even those who want to spend $2800 on a coffeemaker can appreciate the savings of a couple hundred dollars. 

Here is the Amazon affiliate link to the 'smart' espresso machine....

Saeco HD8967/47 Smart espresso Machine




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Saeco HD8967/47 Smart espresso Machine, Silver


2.27.2018

Did a little hiking today....

For the first time in a week it was beautiful!  Sunny and perfect weather so we took advantage of it and I did some hiking with my son.

Ironically, my new hiking boots and day pack were delivered to my house while we were hiking...   had they been delivered about 1 1/2 hours earlier we would have been home to get them and I could have broke them in today!  Aw, too bad, I'll have to do another hiking trip soon to break them in....






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2.25.2018

Wooo Whoo! Looks like I won the Publishers Clearing House (PCH) sweepstakes... and they even used an outlook email ha ha


I'm just so excited to see my "email id have won" me a "grant" prize of one million "dollar"!  
Lucky me!
And cooler still?  Apparently the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes use an OUTLOOK email for prize redemption.  



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Batch#: PCH73828231.

Your email id have won you a Grant Prize of One Million Dollar from the PCH Grant Donation dated 25th of February 2018.

To redeem prize reconfirm your name and address to our agent on email: agntdebh-pch18@outlook.com

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2.15.2018

Gun Control? What about a Minimum Age Requirement?



Obviously the latest mass shooting is all over the news and everyone is upset and angry and frustrated and in feeling so, conversations are all over the place with blame.  Mostly and usually misplaced.

It seems in the past decade, immediately the blame is NOT put on the perpetrator, but on anyone and anything else depending on the political leanings of the person or the news station.  (Because honestly, we don't have unbiased news anymore, it isn't about facts - it's all editorials, conjecture and in the case of CNN, just completely made up in order to try to get ratings)

But I'm already rambling over coffee... (yes, I've got my fourth cup of the morning in front of me now).

Age mandate.

How about it?

Science tells us the young brain is not fully mature until approximately age 25/26.

And today's little college snowflakes that need 'safe places' to bubble wrap themselves (and insist on snapping fingers instead of clapping because loud noises might be a trigger for someone, and yada yada) and a plethora of other issues show us today's young adults age 18-24 are no where near as mature and responsible as any time in American history. 

So back to my idea.

25.

A minimum age to purchase guns.  Twenty-five.

Yes, I know a LOT of responsible, law abiding, mature young people age 15-25... but I'm not talking about my circle of friends, family and people who live in my geographical demographic or follow my political views.  I'm looking at the USA as a whole.  That includes the half of the country that is pretty much full of bat-shit crazy liberals with poor parenting skills who believe socialism and communism are great ideals among a thousand other things I need to just not get sidetracked discussing.

Stepping back and looking at our country as it is today - with all things being relevant - I would fully support a minimum age requirement of 25 to legally purchase guns.  Now, this won't help in most cases because guns are gotten illegally (BECAUSE CRIMINALS DON'T FOLLOW LAWS - INCLUDING GUN LAWS) but this last shooting in Florida, I'm reading he (the screwed up young Democrat with years of mental issues, anger and discipline) bought his gun legally.  He's 19 and the news said he bought it last year; at 18.

There is no way we should be letting 18 year old hot heads buy guns.
Or vote in presidential elections.

Their brains just aren't physically mature enough and they don't have the ability to use critical thinking skills.
Not until the approximate age of 25/26.


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Sources for brain maturity studies are numerous and show 25/26 and even 30.  You can look it up for yourself but here are a couple to get you started.

  • https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=141164708
  • http://hrweb.mit.edu/worklife/youngadult/brain.html

















 

2.13.2018

Thanksgiving: The harvest of 1621 was not bountiful, nor were the colonists hard-working or tenacious. 1621 was a famine year and many of the colonists were lazy thieves.

Read this over coffee tonight... thought I'd post here to ponder over coffee at another date too.

Source: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-24/great-thanksgiving-hoax-or-how-pilgrims-ended-socialism-400-years-ago


Submitted by Richard J.Maybury via The Mises Institute
Meet the author:  More of his writings


The Great Thanksgiving Hoax - Or, How Pilgrims Ended Socialism 400 Years Ago

Each year at this time, schoolchildren all over America are taught the official Thanksgiving story, and newspapers, radio, TV, and magazines devote vast amounts of time and space to it. It is all very colorful and fascinating.

It is also very deceiving. This official story is nothing like what really happened. It is a fairy tale, a whitewashed and sanitized collection of half-truths which divert attention away from Thanksgiving's real meaning.

The official story has the Pilgrims boarding the Mayflower, coming to America, and establishing the Plymouth colony in the winter of 1620–21. This first winter is hard, and half the colonists die. But the survivors are hard working and tenacious, and they learn new farming techniques from the Indians. The harvest of 1621 is bountiful. The pilgrims hold a celebration, and give thanks to God. They are grateful for the wonderful new abundant land He has given them.

The official story then has the Pilgrims living more or less happily ever after, each year repeating the first Thanksgiving. Other early colonies also have hard times at first, but they soon prosper and adopt the annual tradition of giving thanks for this prosperous new land called America.

The problem with this official story is that the harvest of 1621 was not bountiful, nor were the colonists hard-working or tenacious. 1621 was a famine year and many of the colonists were lazy thieves.

In his History of Plymouth Plantation, the governor of the colony, William Bradford, reported that the colonists went hungry for years because they refused to work in the field. They preferred instead to steal food. He says the colony was riddled with "corruption," and with "confusion and discontent." The crops were small because "much was stolen both by night and day, before it became scarce eatable."

In the harvest feasts of 1621 and 1622, "all had their hungry bellies filled," but only briefly. The prevailing condition during those years was not the abundance the official story claims, it was famine and death. The first "Thanksgiving" was not so much a celebration as it was the last meal of condemned men.

But in subsequent years something changes. The harvest of 1623 was different. Suddenly, "instead of famine now God gave them plenty," Bradford wrote, "and the face of things was changed, to the rejoicing of the hearts of many, for which they blessed God." Thereafter, he wrote, "any general want or famine hath not been amongst them since to this day." In fact, in 1624, so much food was produced that the colonists were able to begin exporting corn.

What happened? After the poor harvest of 1622, writes Bradford, "they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop." They began to question their form of economic organization.

This had required that "all profits and benefits that are got by trade, traffic, trucking, working, fishing, or any other means" were to be placed in the common stock of the colony, and that, "all such persons as are of this colony, are to have their meat, drink, apparel, and all provisions out of the common stock." A person was to put into the common stock all he could, and take only what he needed.

This "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need" was an early form of socialism, and it is why the Pilgrims were starving. Bradford writes that "young men that were most able and fit for labor and service" complained about being forced to "spend their time and strength to work for other men's wives and children." Also, "the strong, or man of parts, had no more in division of victuals and clothes, than he that was weak." So the young and strong refused to work and the total amount of food produced was never adequate.

To rectify this situation, in 1623 Bradford abolished socialism. He gave each household a parcel of land and told them they could keep what they produced, or trade it away as they saw fit. In other words, he replaced socialism with a markets, and that was the end of the famines.

Many early groups of colonists set up socialist states, all with the same terrible results. At Jamestown, established in 1607, out of every shipload of settlers that arrived, less than half would survive their first twelve months in America. Most of the work was being done by only one-fifth of the men, the other four-fifths choosing to be parasites. In the winter of 1609–10, called "The Starving Time," the population fell from five-hundred to sixty. Then the Jamestown colony was converted to a relatively free market, and the results were every bit as dramatic as those at Plymouth.
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Of Plymouth Plantation was written over a period of years by William Bradford, the leader of the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. It is regarded as the most authoritative account of the Pilgrims and the early years of the colony which they founded. Wikipedia

 You can read Of Plymouth Plantation for free as it's a Project Gutenberg ebook.

It's also available in text form here:  The Project Gutenberg eBook, Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation', by William Bradford




2.07.2018

Rambling over coffee: You know what phrase I hate? "Am I the only one who....."



"Am I the only one who...."

SCREECH.  That was the sound in my head when I hear that or read it online on a blog, Twitter, etc.  Like fingernails on a chalkboard, that phrase will instantly make me cringe and get me seeing red.

I instantly stiffen and in my head (well, sometimes out loud, depending on what kind of mood I'm in and where I'm at) I say, "YES. Out of 7.6 BILLION PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, you, my little fucking snowflake are the ONLY ONE who feels that way...."

Not quite as strong, but still just as stupid is after an earthquake on the West Coast the twitter feeds will be filled with people saying "Did anyone else just feel that!?"  NO.  You have roughly 1 million people in your general area and you are the ONLY ONE who felt that 5.7 quake."  Aren't you so special? Do you feel better now?







2.02.2018

The Eddie Bauer HOME packable down travel throw - 700 fill (*the one selling on Amazon, at Sam's Club & a bunch of other places)



I spent about two weeks totally immersed in camping 'stuff'.
From the travel planning to reservations, studying different locations, ordering some camping gear I felt we were lacking in, some freeze dried food... but this week?  This week was NO MORE CAMPING PLANNING.  My brain was fried and I needed a break.

So what did I do?
Bought another camping item!
Ok - I bought two of them actually.

I MEANT to just go grocery shopping today.  But hello?  I spied these down an aisle, from the corner of my eye and like a beacon, I was drawn to them.  It's the Eddie Bauer Packable Down Throw Blanket.

Here is an image from Amazon - but I found 2 more colors available at Sam's Club (a lighter bronze and a turquoise blue).

  • Lightweight, portable throw packs into a small case
  • 700-fill power premium white down fill for ultimate warmth
  • Soft polyester/nylon fabric exterior
  • Includes a carrying case 


These are PERFECT for traveling.

They are 50 X 60 inches long and you know those popular 'puffy' vests that are as light as air, roll up tiny enough to fit in your pocket but when put on as a vest they are super comfortable and warm?  THAT is what this is - only in a travel sized throw.



Super light weight with that puffy shiny fabric, they have a light down fill (700) that is just enough to trap some heat and keep you comfy without being heavy.

This is exactly what I wanted as an extra layer for night time in the tent.  We will be experiencing temperatures from 30's to 80's.  Our sleeping bags are geared for about 50 being the lowest (although we did 29 (?) degrees in them on the last girls road trip - it was so f-ing cold... I have a snapchat photo I took when I woke that morning with that phrase to remind me just how f-ing cold it was that night)  but this is just what we need.

A light down filled traveled throw.  No extra bulk or weight as it jams into a tiny little bag.

I bought two of these throws today at Sam's Club as they were down to $15 bucks each!  The second one did not even make it into our house.  I took the cardboard round off it and tossed it into the backseat of my car; where it's going to live as a travel blanket until May when we take off for our road trip.






You might also be interested in some related products available through Amazon;

Cabeau Fold ‘n Go Travel Blanket & Case - Doubles as Lumbar Pillow and Neck Support Pillow - Charcoal
Double Black Diamond Ultra Light Indoor/Outdoor ALL SEASON Packable Down Throw Blanket with Stuff Sack -60" X 70"
Eddie Bauer Packable Down Throw (Cameo Blue)