Six “good” emails to 33 Spam….in one hour! Those lazy sons-of-bitches who won’t get a job, but have time to create havoc for everyone else! And I have to go through the spam because the filters also create a few false positives i.e., important and legitimate emails also get put into the spam folder.
One of the great classics:
Overheard in a bar:
Lady to man: “What do you do”
Man: “I’m an artist”
Lady: “Oh my, what type of Art?”
Man: “I draw”
Lady: “What do you draw?”
A sure sign that competitors are afraid of you is when they start trash-talking you in the media. If you follow the tech sites, you’ll quickly observe that there’s about a 5 to 1 ratio of trash-talk about Apple from Samsung and other competitor biased writers. Think Justin Trudeau and the relentless Conservative attack ads.
I’m no techie…just a simple consumer of technology following the philosophy of “Let your needs guide your learning”, i.e., not into technology for its own sake but for what it can do for me.
I am now on my third iPad3 warranty replacement. It seemed to have trouble holding on to network connections. A simple phone call to Apple Support and I was speaking with a live person in 30 seconds. No transfer up the food chain. No need for purchase receipts, warranty claims, etc. They took my word for the problem, set up a Genius Bar appointment for me at the Apple Store same day, and sent the store a message to exchange the iPad yet again.
The “genius” and I decided that three units with the same problem was highly improbable, but he replaced it anyway. Just in case the problem was with the WiFi router, I bit the bullet and bought myself a 2T Apple Time Capsule with the built-in WiFi.
My previous WiFi router was about a year old. It took hours to set up, with lots of complexity….having to go into its software “guts” and read myriad indecipherable tech jargon and set equally mysterious settings. My wife’s iPad and netbook PC never could detect the printer on the network, so she would just email me her stuff and I would print it for her!
The Apple WiFi? Plug in the cord. Enter name and select password desired. Done. Everything works first shot….including my wife’s iPad, netbook, and all our other network-based equipment.
It has often been said that what Apple got right was the user experience. I would have to agree. From unwrapping the product, which comes packaged like fine jewellery and has the feel and “heft” of quality, to the interaction with Apple associates, to the seamlessness of the human/technology interface, Apple understood that we buy technology to use it, not be abused by it.
Milos is the most expensive high-end Greek restaurant in the country. And their other locations in New York, Vegas, Miami, and Athens are equally up-scale. Dinner averages in the $150 per head range, and that’s if you’re very conservative with the wine. Nevetheless, they are always packed, during the best of times and the worst. The reason is that their quality is “over the top” as Mr. Italo likes to say.
A couple of years back, I heard that Milos had started offering a lunchtime prix-fixe menu around $20. I was skeptical. At that price, it would likley resemble how one of my friends once described his Nouvelle Cuisine filet of sole: “I lifted the single small lettuce leaf on my plate and there it was”.
But Mr. Italo is no fool when it comes to value-for-money. So when he started raving about the lunchtime deal at Milos, I was intrigued. Today gave us a perfect opportunity to test it out, with our inveterate New York correspondent and foodie, Mr. Dario in town. Here’s the menu. Looks pretty amazing for $20!
P.S. Just back. It was amazing. A great value and I’m sure a lost leader for the restaurant…although we did make up for it in wine!
Here’s a very useful site called, Quote Investigator. As its name states, the site is dedicated to investigating the origins of English-language quotes. I stumbled upon it trying to verify the origins of one of my all-time favorite quotes, usually attributed to either Oscar Wilde or Winston Churchill: “I am a man of simple tastes. The very best always satisfies me”.
It’s interesting to see how quotes are often distorted over time, even within thir own generation. This is an even bigger problem if the quotes weren’t in print, but attributed by others, as is the case with the one above.
Overheard today: “The only way for someone to lose weight drinking green tea is if he runs up the mountain and picks the leaves himself” 🙂
My apologies to Gerry, Dario, and JD…this is NOT for you. Moves is an app for the rest of us. By the “rest-of-us”, I mean the millions of well-intentioned couch potatoes who know that they need to move more, but lack the inherent motivation of the gentlemen named above. You know who you are.
Moves is frighteningly simple. You dowload it for free from iTunes, start it, and that’s it. It’s always on and you never need think about it again, except when you receive your daily notifications or choose to look at your daily movement summary. Moves uses the iPhone’s (or any Android phone) built-in accelerometer (motion detector) and its GPS capabilities, to contantly track your walkng, running, biking, and changes in location. It can discrminate when you’re in a car vs. on a bike. At any point in the day, it can tell you where you’ve been, how many steps you’ve taken, and how far you’ve biked or run.
It has only two purposes: To raise your awareness about how much or how little you actually move during your day, and to encourage you to move more. That’s it, that’s all. It has a beautifully elegant Graphic User Interface (GUI), and above all, it’s really fun! The only provisos are that you carry your phone with you wherever you go, and charge your battery at least once a day.
I have travelled a lot throughout my career. My mother was right: I should have been a medical doctor, then I wouldn’t have had to “chase” my living (but that’s another story for another time).
When I was a corporate honcho, I stayed in very expensive upscale hotels, e.g., the Intercontimental chain. As an entrepreneuer, with my own money, I’ve tended to stay at budget hotels (Holiday Inn Express, Sheraton 4 Points). On a project, I will usually follow the client’s hotel guidelines, which generally tend to the mid-upper range (Sheraton, Westin). I have also stayed in some “boutique” hotels, renovated or built along some innovative architectural concept.
I have come to realize that there are a series of mathematical relationships, both direct and inverse, related to hotel price and amenities. Here are a few for your consideration:
- The higher the price of the hotel, the more asslickers there will be with their hand out to “help” you. In an upscale hotel, I always feel as if the change in my pocket is rattling very loudly! Notice the extended hand.
- The higher the price of the hotel, the more likely that the shower will be a nightmare designed by an architect who never stays in hotels, e.g., no glass door so that you wind up flooding the bathroom, an overhead shower head so that you can’t actually hose down your nether regions without assuming an inverted yoga assana (Oh, wait, maybe that’s where the word “assana” originated, from “ass in the air”!), or an “economizer” head that spritzes a gentle mist that will save the whales while leaving you with a sticky film of soap on your body all day.
- The higher the price of the hotel, the higher the likelihood that everything will be “extra”, and exorbitantly so. Parking will be in the $50/day range, while internet access is treated as if it were a rare metal and priced accordingly, metered out at $14.95 for 10 minutes or, much more affordably, $24.95 for a full day’s access. It does however, make the porn channels look quite attractive at only $16.95 for a 60 minute rumpy-pumpy. Local phone calls will be billed at $3-5 each. At the Westin Bayshore Vancouver last week, the kitchen didn’t have any decaf ready for breakfast, so the waitress offered me a decaf from the espresso machine instead. I asked for a refill of the miniscule amount. When the bill came, the two tiny cups cost $16 on top of the $30 for an egg white omelet!
- The higher the price of the hotel, the greater the likelihood that your bed will be so high that your feet will dangle on the edge and you’ll get a nosebleed while sleeping (And I’m 6’2”). It will also come with a proportionally high number of unusably thick, heavy pillows, most of which you will hurl across the room during the night and still wake up with a sprained neck from sleeping at a steeply craned angle. The duvet will be so thick it could be used for an Antarctic expedition, and it will be so heavy, you’ll feel like a convict strapped down on a gurney ready for the needle. You’ll wake up schvitzing in the middle of the night and pop open one of those $7 bottles of water placed as a “courtesy” on your night table. Hmmmmm……
- The lower the price of the hotel, the greater the likelihood that the hangers will be attached to the closet railing with that abominable and nefarious metal clip system that precludes you from using the hanger elsewhere in the room, or more importantly, putting it in your luggage on the way out. Do people really still steal hangers from hotels? So burn your logo into the wood and use it as a promotional item! Why drive the customers nuts?
- The lower the price of the hotel, the greater the likelihood that room service, if it exists, will be served on paper plates and with plastic cutlery. The “fresh” vegetables and fruit will be well past their prime, and the salad material will have wilted, brown edges.
- The lower the price of the hotel, the greater the likelihood that the shower will be terrific, with enough pressure to hose down a circus elephant. After all, nobody wants an angry 6’2” hairy gorilla barking at your front desk staff!
Just back from another 3-day trip to Toronto last night. I was in Vancouver last week and am back in TO next week. During my last two trips I’ve noticed a strange thing: I didn’t turn on my iPad even once. It’s unusual because I normally use my iPad to pick up emails, watch news, and read books. But, on these last trips I found myself using my iPhone for all these things; in fact, my iPhone has acquired many of the characterisitcs of an appendage, almost constantly in hand and glanced at every few seconds for new notifications of emails, text messages, time, weather, airline flight delays, etc.
This morning, we watched Canada AM’s coverage of the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombers through the strteets of various Boston suburbs. Instead of watching it on our large screen TV in the living room, my wife and I watched it on my iPhone at the dining room table while enjoying our morning Greek coffee and Guillaume croissants.
It struck me that I am ripe for a phablet; a phone sized somewhere between the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini. Samsung has them, but I’m leery to change platforms now. On the other hand, if Apple doesn’t come up with one soon, I’ll likley take the leap….yeah, it’s that significant.
The big problem now is that this new level of usage puts a huge strain on the iPhone 5’s tiny battery; it’s getting almost impossible to get through a whole day on one charge. So battery life will become a new selection criterion for me on my next purchase consideration.
The Monkfish is one of the ugliest denizens of the deep; a fish even it’s mother must hate to gaze upon. It is the stuff of nightmares. Yet, to the skilled chef, it is what dreams are made of. Imagine a thick meaty filet that has the texture and taste of lobster….at a quarter of the price.
The simplest of preparation, thanks to a recipe by Mark Bittman. Filets patted dry, salted, peppered, and sprinkled with smoked paprika, then covered with dijon mustard and baked in a very hot 475 F oven for 16 minutes on parchment paper.