Saturday, December 29, 2012

Do I Have a Problem?

I emailed myself a link to a web page, and I made a minor typo in the subject line.

I corrected it.

Hi. My name is Harvey, and I'm a spelloholic.

Monday, December 24, 2012

I Can't Believe People Actually Like This Movie

Just finished watching "Rebel Without a Cause".

The dialogue was meandering and incomprehensible, and there was not a single likeable character in the film.

And James Dean's "incredible" performance appeared to consist largely of the sort of slow flopping on the ground that I generally associate with with weak, gasping, land-bound fish in their last 30 seconds of life.

What a downer.

Even Jim Backus in a flowery apron didn't cheer me up.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Wasn't Ignoring You

Turns out that somewhere around the beginning of the month, I accidentally marked one of my comment-notification emails as spam, and all the comment-notifications went into my spam folder after that.

I marked them as "not spam" now, so I hope that's the end of this madness.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Close Enough

A year ago, Spockgirl posted about Viva Puffs, which sounded delicious.

Unfortunately, they're only available in Canada.

But while wandering the cookie aisle at my local supermarket today, I noticed something in the "weird foreign cookies" section of the cookie aisle:

Pure Chocolate Whippets:

Apparently they're the Quebec version of Viva Puffs (and made by the same company).

Anyway, I feel complete now.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

How to Fix Warped Tupperware, Rubbermaid, and Plastic Microwavable Food Container Lids

I'm very fond of Rubbermaid Premier food storage containers, mostly because - unlike my old plastic microwave containers, they don't stain when you heat tomato-based food in them.

[Not a paid endorsement. I honestly like the product. Pricey, but durable.]

But the other day, I heated up some food, but I didn't get to it for a while. Unfortunately, the food cooled off, created a vacuum in the container, and sucked the lid into a permanent reverse-convex shape.

Uh oh...

Taking a hint from this forum, I tried reversing the process by boiling water in the container with the lid on tight, hoping that the steam pressure would pop the lid back into shape.

Didn't work. Still reverse-convex.

However, the lid was still warm & pliable, so, as mentioned in the forum, I put a plate on it to press it back into shape, and then put something heavy on the plate.

I let it cool off, and now it's back to normal.

Hopefully it will work for you, too.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

6 Short Months to Freedom

Congratulations to all my friends in Illinois, who - in 6 short months - will FINALLY be able to join the rest of the civilized world in being allowed to defend themselves with concealed firearms.

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Last One to Know

Am I the only person in the world that didn't know that cars have been using "black box" data recorders since 1990?
In May 2010, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers endorsed making EDRs mandatory in all vehicles, but expressed concerns that some in Congress wanted more elaborate and expensive ones than are available.

The devices have been in use for about 20 years.

GM began widely installing the predecessor version of today's event data recorders in vehicles in the 1990 model year, and they became standard equipment in light-duty vehicles in the 1995 model year.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Haven't Been This Sad Since My Dog Died

The USS Enterprise has been retired.

I spent 4 of the most... interesting... years of my life assigned to her (1987 to 1991).

From now on, no one new will know what that's like.


UPDATE: Good deal - CVN-80 will be named the USS Enterprise.