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Sep 5, 2019, 10:16 AM
 
I like watching Can't Pay We'll Take It Away, especially when the high court enforcement people take away goods from businesses. Taking away people's cars is also satisfying.
     
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Sep 7, 2019, 09:20 AM
 
Lemon Cooler cookies.
     
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Sep 12, 2019, 10:23 PM
 


Not Lemon Coolers, but not bad either.
     
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Oct 7, 2021, 11:49 AM
 
bumping for more lemon cookie hot news:
     
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Oct 15, 2021, 05:19 PM
 
I’m not sure if Waze is humoring me, or it’s learned something, but now it takes me on my side street route to the expressway.
     
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Oct 16, 2021, 06:35 PM
 
My car's Garmin nav took me to a place once through the least direct, least obvious route available. The next time, it saw me turn off its recommended route and recalculated - to give me a direct route. To the correct part of the correct street, anyway. It still thinks the place is about two blocks farther down the street...

How's this for minor pleasure: chocolate hummus. (Assuming one likes hummus, anyway.) Hummus texture with good chocolate flavor. Not quite "dark chocolate" but not "milk chocolate", either. Yum.

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Oct 16, 2021, 11:01 PM
 
Is it normal hummus (chickpeas and tahini) with some melted chocolate added? I can kind of see tahini maybe tasting ok with chocolate added. I’m not sure about the chickpeas, though.
     
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Oct 17, 2021, 01:39 PM
 
There’s no flavor other than chocolate. I personally like chick peas, so I’d notice that. Not there. Just yum. Here’s the product.. Apparently Sabra has a similar product that is similarly made of food vs. ingredients.

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Oct 17, 2021, 03:25 PM
 
Looks like Sabra and Boar's Head both make a chocolate hummus. Both are chickpea-based, neither has tahini. Boar's Head does use sunflower oil vs. Sabra's soybean oil.
     
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Oct 17, 2021, 04:36 PM
 
This sounds disgusting.
     
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Oct 17, 2021, 04:37 PM
 
Why? Texture, possible flavor issues? Serious question.

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Oct 17, 2021, 06:31 PM
 
It seems wrong. I like hummus a lot, but it’s already kinda gross to begin with. This just makes it worse. Also seems like a weird sweet-savory mix. I’d go more regional and do date or fig if I wanted to sweeten it up.

Not a huge chocolate fan either, which I know is weird.
     
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Oct 18, 2021, 10:41 AM
 
We tried this a while ago. It does not taste like hummus (garlicky etc) at all. The chocolate is mild, not too sweet. Not bad. That said, we don't buy it any more either!
     
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Oct 18, 2021, 02:38 PM
 
Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
It does not taste like hummus (garlicky etc) at all.
Ironically, my favorite parts of the hummus are the garlic part, and the tastes like hummus part.
     
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Oct 21, 2021, 12:53 AM
 
Garlic bread that’s been griddled instead of baked.
     
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Oct 21, 2021, 08:17 AM
 
Baked? I make mine under the broiler. Nice and toasty.
     
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Oct 21, 2021, 09:23 AM
 
I really meant griddle vs. oven.
     
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Oct 21, 2021, 11:47 AM
 
Grill or griddle, that makes any bread product crispier. And it adds a different flavor if you use a good old fashioned cast iron griddle. Yum!

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Oct 21, 2021, 12:19 PM
 
+1 for broil in the oven. so it crisps without drying out
     
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Oct 21, 2021, 01:16 PM
 
Rosehip lemonade from Kung Fu Tea. With bubbles and Aloe. It's medicinal. Yeah.
     
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Oct 21, 2021, 02:32 PM
 
GT’s Gingerade Kombucha. I’m hooked bad.
     
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Oct 21, 2021, 04:34 PM
 
Originally Posted by BLAZE_MkIV View Post
+1 for broil in the oven. so it crisps without drying out
My favorite part of the griddle version is the crust stays soft, and the bread inside gets crispy.

Not dry at all though, because the crispy part’s basically been shallow fried.


Somewhat related, a bit of griddling with some oil really helps a pita.
     
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Nov 8, 2021, 03:09 PM
 
Shredding with a high-quality paper shredder instead of one of those cheapie models.
     
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Just got back from having an MRI w/contrast done on my shoulder. Protip: Choose either club music or EDM to listen to during the procedure. The sounds of the MRI machine blend really well with it. It was actually fun.
     
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Nov 8, 2021, 04:53 PM
 
even better: bringing shredding to the bank shred day so you don't have to shred it yourself.
     
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A close friend runs Information Security at a local (big) university. When they do a “shred day”, they bring in a service that shreds hard drives. Not figuratively, either. Hard drive in, metal fragments out. I haven’t been able to be on hand for this, but I’m told the sound is quite satisfying.

Otherwise, I like feeding a decent shredder. My home unit is OK, but I have experience with some really high end shredders. One, the size of a very large room, could take a whole phone book (remember those?) at a time. So loud you had to wear hearing protection, but wonderfully satisfying. Set up was a hassle; no staples or paperclips, but it was worth it.

My favorite: a small unit, about the size of a large home shredder, that could take one or two pages at a time, and put out…lint. Really. Fluffy, completely amorphous, dry pulp. Delightful!

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My shredder isn’t lint grade, but it’s getting there.

     
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Nov 9, 2021, 04:59 PM
 
Ikea Kafferep Oat Biscuits with Chocolate.
     
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Nov 9, 2021, 11:59 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Finally tried these. Yum!
     
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Glad you liked ‘em!
     
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Nov 10, 2021, 08:28 PM
 
This time, the Mac service place I go to didn’t ask for passwords to do a RAM swap.

Minor irritant is doing a RAM swap on a 2018 Mini… JFC
     
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Consider yourself lucky you have the 2018 mini with memory slots. The versions on either side (2014, 2020) both have soldered RAM. Oh, and they're both limited to 16 GB. Yours can go to 64 GB.
     
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Yep. Everyone will likely copy Apple’s SoC so the days of discrete memory/storage/GPUs may be gone soon.
     
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Nov 11, 2021, 02:12 PM
 
I haven’t complained too much about the SSDs because the Apple ones are incredibly fast, but the memory is a problem. After Effects is a RAM hog… I’m putting 64GB in the 2018.

I forgot which model, but there was at least one Mini design where you just popped the bottom off and the RAM was right there. Took two minutes.

Did an upgrade on a “twin putty knife” Mini once. That was the worst, though I’ve never pulled apart a post-gumdrop iMac.
     
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Nov 11, 2021, 03:18 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Did an upgrade on a “twin putty knife” Mini once. That was the worst, though I’ve never pulled apart a post-gumdrop iMac.
I had one of those Minis - it was a Core 2 Duo unit, my first Intel Mac. That wasn't bad compared to the glass front iMac that needed suction cups to get the glass off and then a billion tiny torx screws to pull the whole screen out, which I ended up doing like three times. Actually, that was just for the SSD. The RAM on that iMac was behind a little door at the bottom of the unit, which was super nice.

I miss the original MacBooks - pop out the battery and you have doors right there for RAM and hard drive. I upgraded my dad's unibody MacBook with more RAM and an SSD and it was a nightmare in comparison.
     
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Nov 11, 2021, 04:19 PM
 
Actually still have that Mini sitting in storage. It’s one of my (hopefully) lifetime supply of computers that can run legacy After Effects filters.

That was definitely the worst for me. Runner-up was the PowerTowerPro. Had at least 20 steps. The Quicksilver I replaced it had one step. Open the door. That’s probably my next favorite Mac after the gumdrops.
     
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Nov 13, 2021, 05:03 PM
 
Yesterday I swapped out the SSD in a Chromebook. I put in a much larger SSD so I could run Linux on it.

The task was anticlimactic at best. Take out about a dozen screws, gently release a bunch of plastic hooks to separate the bottom case from the unit, and there it is. It’s an M2 2242 device; I’ve used postage stamps that have a bigger footprint…

Compares to swapping almost any Mac’s drive, this was almost as easy as just thinking about it.

Of course now I have a stupid-large (512 GB) drive in a Chromebook that worked fine with 16GB. I haven’t installed Linux in it yet, but I expect that to be a bit of a chore, though not really challenging.

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