New and Improved
Friday, September 02, 2011
Tea, Earl Grey, Hot

I got some bad news that Twinings had changed my hot beverage of choice, Earl Grey, for a new more citrusy, recipe. In my usual attempt not to pre-judge I remained cautiously pessimistic. I dont like to drink other flavors of tea. I dont like other brands of tea. Though the Harrod’s tea I bought was a close second.

But as it turned out. Twinings only took a few short days to backpedal on their revolution and agree to sell Classic Coke Earl Grey. For this I am grateful. Honestly though I think a lot of pain and negative PR (no such thing?) could have been avoided if they had simply named the new blend anything other than Earl Grey. It could even be something like Citrus Grey. Although that sounds more like a cleaning product.

So all’s well that ends well and other names of Shakespeare plays. I am happy that I can get my 181 year old recipe Earl Grey. I’m sure Patrick Stewart is also breathing a sigh of relief.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Kindles, Tablet PCs, iPhones Almost Ideal

There are a couple of not exactly new products that have been emerging lately that have caught my eye lately. I see these products as almost achieving the Roddenberrian ideal form of the Padd. Do you know what a Padd is?

Chances are if you are reading this, you do. It’s a device seen in some of the Star Trek series. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe we first saw this type of device in TNG.


The moment I saw these things on the tin box I was dazzled by the possibility of such a doohickey. I like that in da future no one types. Its all speech to text. You just walk around and sometimes look at the ceiling and talk. No stupid Madonna mics are necessary.


The new kindle is more like a Padd then the previous boxy model. You can read novels on it like a Padd. You can’t write novels on it and it doesn’t do any speech to text but it does do text to speech and you can have your book read to you. Though Michael Crichton does not read the book to you like a book on tape, it’s a robot voice that makes you want to discombobulate it like its Landru or some other business. OK, maybe it only makes me want to discombobulate it. But the point is its robotic and not a dramatic reading. The worst part is you have to buy the device and then buy the books. I guess if you are always buying and reading books it could be a great thing. To me it seems like they are selling the razor and the blades both for more than I have or want to spend.

The thing is that only viewing one page at a time not two plus being in grey it really is not going to make for a great electronic comic book reader. Why isn’t anyone thinking about this?The thing is that only viewing one page at a time not two plus being in grey it really is not going to make for a great electronic comic book reader. Why isn’t anyone thinking about this?

You can get comics online, did you know that? You can even pay to read comics online. Well, Marvel comics anyway. DC is as usual back in the stone age of comics. Wait, aren’t those highly collectible?

Still I think the Kindle is too expensive and not really quite there as far as to be really all the features of a Padd. It is a step in the right direction though.

You might also get a tablet PC. Dell is making some pretty interesting ones now. This is getting closer as its going to be able to do whatever a laptop can do so its not just a single use device like the kindle. Still not every application will be able to take advantage of the tablet form. So I think except for some people you could wind up buying the tablet but wind up using it as a laptop. Big waste of money.


The iPhone is kinda tiny to be a Padd but it is ubiquitous, it is multi-use. You could download a book and read it in theory, on your iPhone. I think it woiuld be about as satisfying as watching a David Lynch movie on an iPhone. Which is to say, not at all.


So I will keep looking for my perfect, connected, text to speech, speech to text, reading comic books, writing letters, novels, poems, thumbprint signing on a contract, write and read reports on a Padd-like device. I have not seen it yet, but it is coming.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008
It’s Hott in Herr
# by mice r.r.
# for Perl Programming
print “What is your beginning temperature in Farenheit?\n”;
chomp ($begint = <STDIN>);
print “What is your ending temperature in Farenheit?\n”;
chomp ($endingt = <STDIN>);
print “By what amount of degrees would you like to increment the temperature?\n”;
chomp ($incrementt = <STDIN>);
if ($begint < -459.69 || $endingt < -459.69) {
die “Sorry, your one of your temperatures is less than absolute zero which is physically impossible.\n”;
elsif ($begint > $endingt) {
die “Sorry, your beginning temperature is more than your ending temperature which is not permitted.\n”;
else {
print “Farenheit Celsius \n”;
while ($begint <= $endingt){
$celsiust = (($begint) -32) /1.8;
printf “%-7d\t”, $begint;
printf “%-7d\n”, $celsiust;
$begint = $begint + $incrementt;



Aw Yeah.

Monday, July 30, 2007
Transition Still

Still working on transitioning the new site. Soon all issues should be resolved and everything will be back to normal. Sorry for the inconvience.

Friday, July 13, 2007
Prepare to Highside

You should never say prepare to highside. Highside is when you are in a boat and you yell at all the people in the boat to move themselves to the higher side of the boat to keep it from flipping. It really should only be used in an emergency at the last second.

But I am invoking it to tell you that miceland is switching hosting and there may be times when miceland is not working right or is unreachable in the near future.

That is all.

Thursday, March 02, 2006
The Conked on the Head Look that Guys Go Crazy For

I am conspiring to make another tiny one poem book as is my occasi-annual tradition. I was looking through my past efforts and I came upon one of my favorites. This is the poem I submit to you. Laidies and Gentlemen.

The Conked on the Head Look that Guys Go Crazy For

I hope you like it as much as I do.

Saturday, January 14, 2006
Water Heater Cover

For all of you that think I am not handy. We installed a water hearter cover just now and my it is beautiful.

Water Heater Cover

It’s like a big ol’ ding dong shaped marshmellow. Except it is big enough to eat you instead of the other way around. My hope is it will not be of a mind to eat anyone but instead keep our enrgy bill down.

I found out that getting someone to install french drains in the backyard would be on the order of 4,000 bucks. Jeez! Who is paying 4,000 for a french drain? I mean is it so expensive beacuse the word “French” is in the title? Dear Lord. Guess I better learn how to do this on my own.

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