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Completely Customize Your Breakfast

With a Touchscreen Toaster

That Has 60 Different Settings

Revolution/Amazon
Toasters seem to have a mind of their own. One day your bagel pops out perfectly golden brown, and the next, the same setting burns it to a crisp. Revolution’s touchscreen toaster ($280) looks to take the guesswork out of your morning routine by offering 60 different toast settings for basically any form of carbohydrate you throw in there.

This toaster, which sports a 4.4-star rating on Amazon, works just as well with frozen waffles and multi-grain bread as it does for Pop-Tarts and bakery-fresh bagels. All you have to do is program the toaster with what food you want to crisp, the state it’s in (frozen, fresh, etc.), and what color level you want it to be when it pops out.

Once set, the countdown clock will start and an alarm will ring to let you know when it’s done. There’s even a built-in mechanism that adjusts to the size of whatever you’re toasting to ensure all of your food pops out high enough to grab safely with your fingers. The Revolution toaster doesn’t require any pre-heating time, and the company claims it’s 35 percent faster than other versions.

personal note:

this stresses me out just reading about it,

i would need a tech geek to come with the toaster.

“television is like the american toaster, you push the button and the same thing pops up every time.”

-alfred hitchcock

 

 

article source: Elaine Selna/Mental Floss

who’s zooming who?

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We humans may be tiring of video calls, Zoom birthdays and streamed performances, but the chimps at two Czech zoos are just starting to enjoy their new live online linkup. To make up for the lack of interaction with visitors since the attractions closed in December under Covid-19 restrictions, the chimpanzees at Safari Park Dvur Kralove and the troop at a zoo in Brno, 93 miles away, can now watch one another’s daily lives on giant screens.

There are no mute-button disasters as the sound is off, but there has already been plenty of interest in what the distant cousins are up to since the project got underway last week.

“At the beginning they approached the screen with defensive or threatening gestures, there was interaction,” said Gabriela Linhartova, ape keeper at Dvur Kralove, 84 miles east of Prague. “It has since moved into the mode of ‘I am in the movies’ or ‘I am watching TV.’ When they see some tense situations, it gets them up off the couch, like us when we watch a live sport event.” The chimpanzees have also adopted other human behaviors such as grabbing goodies like nuts to chew on while watching the action.

The video conferences, also aired on the safari park’s website, will run daily from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. until the end of March, when keepers will evaluate whether they should continue.

“it is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.”

-H. L. Mencken

 

 

 

credits: David w. Cerney – Reuters

“am i living in a simulation?” – charlie brooker

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who could possibly part with this?

the hurricane simulator

is on the trash heap

behind a bowling alley

why has no one snatched it up?

has it lost its luster, its wind, its power to awe?

looks a time-travel machine to me if there ever was one. 

 

 

 

“nature isn’t classical, dammit,

and if you want to make a simulation of nature,

you’d better make it quantum mechanical,

and by golly it’s wonderful problem,

because it doesn’t look easy.”

-richard p. feynman (american theoretical physicist)

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(not me, but a puppy who has my dream hair color and is comfortably wearing earbuds)

that aha moment

when after 62 years and some months

your ear buds once again fall out when walking 

 you have your glasses on

you look down before trying to put them back in

 you notice that earbuds are marked ‘r’ and ‘l’ for right and left

that they are meant to go in the corresponding ears

you realize that you actually do have ear canals

and there is a way to ensure they will not continue to fall out every 3.5 minutes.

“the “aha” moment is a validating experience for your efforts

and at the same time changes your paradigm of the world in favor of a more accurate one.

Campbell simply says “it wipes out the ego.”

― Roumen Bezergianov, Character Education with Chess

 

 

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that moment when you realize

that your first imminent all schools faculty webinar is in a zoom format

the next moment

when you pull off an instant makeover

and do the best you can to get your look together

the final moment

when your i.t. person clarifies that it will strictly be

a presentation given by our head of schools

 no one else will be seen on screen

and you feel a certain sense of relief.

You know, there’s nothing you can do about your public image. It is what it is. I just try to do things honestly. I guess honesty is what you would call subjective: if you feel good about what you’re doing, yourself, if you figure you’re doing the right thing.  -Christoper Walken

 

image credits: no corgis were harmed/emotionally scarred in the making of this post,

             all google images

 

quick check-in, not so quick check-out.

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during my recent visit to apple

i asked to sign up for a class

where i could ask questions

about my laptop

i was given this card to use to signup

after a quick scroll down and some box checking

i was registered for a weekend class

then

my cold took over

 i needed to cancel

i used the card again

thought it would be an easy fix

but the only options i could find

were to confirm i was coming

or

to sign up for another class

i tried to call the store

but no one answered the phone

called the 1-800 number

but it redirected me to cancel

by using the same method i already was using

i decided that when i actually do make it to a class

my first question will be:

“how does someone cancel their attendance at your class?”

“there’s no limit to how complicated things can get,

on account of one thing always leading to another.”

  • – e.b.. white

glittery wheel of misfortune.

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when my laptop charger suddenly stopped working

and I couldn’t get it to fit snuggly into

the magnetic biggish hole thing with the connector dots on the one side of my computer

(technical jargon)

I reluctantly made a trip to the apple store and bought a new charger

I took it home, tried to plug it in, and got the same results.

I then took it to my local guys who work on apple stuff

asked how much it would be to replace that part

and instead of giving me a price

one grabbed a pair of tweezers

and pulled something out of it

saying

“it should work just fine now.

it looks like a tiny piece of.metal,  glitter? somehow got in the hole.”

well, come to think of it,  I have had a few glitter ‘incidents’

where it was stuck to me or other people around me or on things…

so –

price for the tweezer instant repair method. free.

“fortune is like glass – the brighter the glitter, the more easily broken.”

-publilius syrus

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less not more.

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i wish this option was available.

after noticing that my bill had made a huge monthly rate leap

it was time for yet another wacky interaction with my cable provider

the rep was very friendly as he told me

that my old rate was purely promotional

 it had expired without notice

and was no longer available

i then told him that in that case

i’d like to cut back on my service

to restore it to a more reasonable (yet still crazy) rate

he offered to get right to work for me

to find a happy solution to my problem

after thanking me often

during my 37 minutes of insane hold music

my rep came up with my new rate

 i laughed out loud when he quoted me a price

that was actually higher than the one

i was calling about when we began

 he quickly and politely explained

that he had provided me with their premier package

adding in home security, a landline, voice controls,

and i think something to do with walking my cat

(none of which i requested)

 he also told me that he had used

their new state of the art billing service

(why it took so long)

which is very finely tuned

to review my bill and only charge me

based on the channels and services i use

offering me the best possible deal available

i reminded him that i had actually called

to eliminate channels and extra services

and to pay less not more

he politely went back to work on my issue

after a lot more hold music

i eliminated my useless channels and services

declining the best deal in the universe

even after he warned me i would be giving up things such as:

the rodeo clown channel, the quilting channel, and the watching paint dry live channel

i held my ground

and finally

in a twist of fate and luck and cable math

i somehow ended up back at

the special no longer available promotional rate

that i had requested to return to when we started .

“the real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.”

-b. f. skinner 

 

 

 

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