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Jun 2, 2024, 07:22 PM
 
Got a partial early father’s day gift delivered today, from my son and daughter-in-law. A box of books! Apparently more are coming. Very cool.
     
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Jun 17, 2024, 04:31 PM
 
I was looking through Marketplace trying to find a new chair for my gaming computer, daughter saw that pink chairs existed and loved the idea. I ran through Goodwill while out doing some errands and found a pink chair for $2.99. Minor pleasure.



Another minor pleasure - now she doesn't need to steal my computer when she wants to play Minecraft or Lego Fortnite (aka Minecraft).
     
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Jun 17, 2024, 05:08 PM
 
It’s good parenting her desk is cooler than yours.

It’s also good parenting to have the pile of cocaine under your keyboard and not hers.
     
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Jun 21, 2024, 07:55 PM
 
Regarding Amazon deliveries, they made a change to their tracking sometime recently.

In your Orders, click on the (Track package) button. You get a dialog with shipping info - with a map of your destination in the background. OK ...

I recently noticed the background map is active. When the delivery truck gets close (within 10 stops? of your delivery) the truck becomes visible. You can see it move around nearby streets coming to your address. The truck becomes invisible afterwards - no further tracking once it's no longer your business.
     
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Jun 21, 2024, 08:14 PM
 
They’ve had this for awhile.

Unfortunately, it’s mostly useless to me on my truck’s normal route. Three stops away is an entire hospital. That one stop can take hours.
     
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Jun 22, 2024, 05:24 PM
 
Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
Regarding Amazon deliveries, they made a change to their tracking sometime recently.

In your Orders, click on the (Track package) button. You get a dialog with shipping info - with a map of your destination in the background. OK ...

I recently noticed the background map is active. When the delivery truck gets close (within 10 stops? of your delivery) the truck becomes visible. You can see it move around nearby streets coming to your address. The truck becomes invisible afterwards - no further tracking once it's no longer your business.
I've had this for some time now. I think its usually 8 stops away it pings you a notification but the map is available at least a little before. I was waiting on one that needed a code the other day and I popped back to intercept it when it said 9 stops. Driver must have stopped for lunch because he didn't move for 60 minutes after that.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Jun 24, 2024, 05:35 PM
 
I get notifications when “your package is 10 stops away”, and the app’s map shows the truck.

I consider this a whole universe better than the UPS Tracking app. Their app shows where the truck is. But it does NOT show the driver’s required route. So it is actually normal for the truck to go past one’s neighborhood (maybe even one’s home) more than once before delivering the package. This is maddening. I mentioned it to a driver once, and he said simply “don’t bother watching, it’ll lie to you”. I assume that means the bit about passing your home several times.

Glenn -----OTR/L, MOT, Tx
     
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Jun 24, 2024, 06:28 PM
 
Last year, all the Dodge dealers around here were effectively unable to offer service. This precipitated a failed search for a new mechanic.

This year it’s been cleared up. I dropped it off today for my 9:30 appointment tomorrow morning. It’s already done.
     
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Jun 25, 2024, 06:18 AM
 
Listening to the multipart review and discussion on the book "The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the fall of New York" by Robert Caro on the 99% Invisible podcast feed is a sublime delight. Superb historical, geographical, political and social education all rolled into one journey enhancing joy.
https://99percentinvisible.org/club/
This space for Hire! Reasonable rates. Reach an audience of literally dozens!
     
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Jun 25, 2024, 02:37 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
It’s good parenting her desk is cooler than yours.

It’s also good parenting to have the pile of cocaine under your keyboard and not hers.
Wait. The near left desk is my son's, he has an otter-themed desk mat. The far left desk is mine, it has random pieces of paper with drawings and dimensions on them. Which one is a pile of coke?
     
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Jun 25, 2024, 04:34 PM
 
The near-left mat. At first glance, it appears to have coke powder surrounding the keyboard. On closer look, it might be a bird head with white-ish feathers.

Good snuff. I actually looked for a razor blade, before deciding it was a bald eagle pic.
     
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Jun 26, 2024, 08:13 AM
 
The exact one is NLA from Amazon, but I think this one is similar:

https://www.amazon.com/Glaphy-Extend...0B3VK8NTG?th=1
     
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Jun 26, 2024, 09:50 AM
 
I actually thought it was an eagle as well.

I also realized I have those same speakers in my workshop.
     
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Jul 4, 2024, 10:25 AM
 
That's the one!!
     
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Jul 19, 2024, 12:18 PM
 
Somehow managed to swing 20/20 on an eye test, not that it makes me feel any less blind.
     
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Jul 20, 2024, 10:24 AM
 
This is a bit more than a minor pleasure...

About a year-and-a-half ago, our son and daughter-in-law got my wife a digital picture frames for mother’s day. It was one of those where you can upload gajillions of pics and it will cycle through them when it’s on. It’s something a mom/grandma absolutely loves. It’s also motion-activated, if you so choose. Both my wife and our son are admins for it.

So, on Tuesday, we were sitting in the kitchen (waiting for dinner to finish heating) when my wife notices the frame was on. This was odd because she hadn’t turned it on and neither of us had been anywhere near the thing for the motion sensor to trip it. It also appeared to be cycling through the same five pics, over and over. And they didn’t seem to be pics she was familiar with.

So, we walk over to the frame to see what the pics were. It looked to be a set of five pics from our son and DIL. We watched them cycle...
1) Our son and DIL, with “Hello from your Topeka family” typed across it. awwwwww (Not the Kansas Topeka)
2) One of their cats. awww
3) The other cat. awwwww
4) Son and DIL again, but kissing. awwwwwwww
5) A sonogram. aw....

Wait...

A sonogram?!?!?!!! WTF????

We are immediately on the phone to them and, yep, we are going to be three-time grands. What a ingenious reveal! Epic, really.

It turns out, they got that frame specifically to do this exact reveal, should the time come. A year-and-a-half ago. My son plays the long game, apparently lol.
     
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Jul 20, 2024, 10:59 AM
 
That’s so awesome!!!
     
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Jul 20, 2024, 07:29 PM
 
that's wonderful! Very clever! Congrats!

My folks have one of those frames we can email pix to. Nothing so exciting though!
     
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Today, 10:31 AM
 
Our daughter took our 6-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter to King's Island yesterday, as a last-hurrah-before-school-starts outing. She rode The Beast twice! She was barely tall enough to ride it, but she liked it a lot.
     
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Today, 11:26 AM
 
School starts at the beginning of August now? I seem to remember going back to school in September.
     
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Today, 11:51 AM
 
In our area it used to be after labor day, but they added some teacher days so we start end of August, take a long labor day weekend anyway, then start up again. It's silly.

In some parts of the country they start early for agriculture reasons. Then there's the County, which takes a month off for potato harvesting.
     
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Today, 06:32 PM
 
All the schools around here start next week. Nothing to do with agriculture, though. I think it has something to do with evening-out the schedules and the breaks, so the kids are on a more regular schedule.
     
 
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