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February 27, 2020

Bookmarking NYT articles from the paper's website: start at the bottom

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I've noticed that, when I make my daily rounds through the New York Times online, if I do so from the front page down, hitting the back button after I've bookmarked an article for my reading list for later, the website never returns to where it was before bookmarking but rather requires I search for where I was.

Annoying, and not what my lazy nature demands.

Just for the heck of it, I decided to try scanning the Times headlines backward, from the Corrections notice at the end up to the front page.


Much better, in fact: way more often than not, the site returns me to where I left off.

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Try it, and if you're not satisfied with the improved functionality, let me know and I'll refund twice what you paid for this advice.

February 27, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Let's cut to the chase re: phone screens


I'm so tired of bleeding edge folding phone screens that crack and flip phones whose screens visibly crease

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and phones with slide-out panels that may or may not do what they need to do.

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Am I the only one who wonders how come everyone as far back as the film "Minority Report" and now "The Expanse" and its ilk has devices which project images above, below, to the sides, behind, and in front?

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Enough of these pretenders: bring on the real deal.

February 27, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

BehindTheMedspeak: Expired Painkillers


You know how oftimes after a dental procedure you'll have unused pain meds?

Rather than toss them out, save them: put 'em in a closed dark space like a drawer or cabinet and wait.

Because at some point in the future, something will happen such that you're in pain and need to go to the dentist for a root canal or extraction or whatnot but it might be a weekend or holiday or at night, so you're pretty much out of luck and miserable till you get into the chair — unless you've got last year's meds tucked away.

Though drugs have an expiration date printed on the label (top) — usually a year from the date dispensed — that doesn't mean they suddenly self-destruct and stop working.

Rather, the conversion of active medication into inactive is a gradual process that takes years.

So your two-year-old hydrodocodone/acetaminophen 5-300 tabs from 2018 will work just fine: they sure did for me when tooth #20 suddenly blew up at around 10 p.m. this past Tuesday night — got me through the night and day until the great Dr. Nate Tricker sat me down at 2:30 p.m. yesterday and did what he does.

N.B. Make sure you ask for and fill a new prescription for fresh pain meds to add to your coronavirus prepper stash.

February 27, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Jif settles the great GIF debate


From CNN:

Jif is releasing a limited-edition jar of GIF peanut butter.

The purpose is to "settle the great debate" over how to pronounce the looping image format that has overtaken in the internet, J.M. Smucker Company, the brand's manufacturer, said in a press release.

Although Jif is obviously pronounced with a soft G, people often mispronounce the word "GIF," which is short for Graphics Interchange Format.

It's said with a "soft G like the peanut butter — not a hard G."

That's according to creator Steve Wilhite, who made the declaration in 2013 while accepting a Webby Award.

Regardless of his view, the internet has remained divided.
Jif is partnering with GIPHY, a GIF search engine, to "put a lid on this decade-long debate": Both GIF and the peanut butter are pronounced "Jif."
The limited edition jars are on sale for $10 on Amazon, just in time to celebrate National Peanut Butter Lover's Day on March 1. (The typical price of the same-sized jar for regular peanut butter costs roughly half of that.)
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[via Crack San Francisco Correspondent®© Richard Kashdan]

February 27, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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