Author: truthspew

Seriously, an I.T. guy interested in government and rights. Go figure.

The nice part about having an Amazon Fire Tablet

Is that I can read the books I buy and rent on it and can also watch Prime Video and listen to my Amazon Music library. I’ve heard some stuff from Azymuth, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, and much much more.

And earlier I watched the Man int he Orange Shirt – interesting story as I stated it starts just after WW II and ends in the 21st century. It’s definitely got some gay conext to it. THen I watched a documentary on Keith Haring – who btw I’m one degree of separation from through a now deceased friend. Come to think about it Haring is dead too.

I love being alive during the 21st century. And I’m endlessly fascinated by the fact the transistor started out as a large chunky device and is now at the scale of nanometers in size.It’s all about ultra-miniaturization.

Amazon services and google chrome

Apparently google changed something in the Chrome browser on my Chromebook. The change mans both read.amazon.com and music.amazon.com both complain I’m not using a supported browser.

So I guess my next phone call will go to Google. And find out what the hell they did. It’s irritating progress doesn’t necessarily mean a better product.

When even AARP gets it so wrong

Received this one from the AARP – Super Foods that those over 50 should eat. Let me clear whilst i agree with most of the list the lean meat and low fat thing bothers the hell out of me.

It goes back to when I worked at a Grocery scoring company. We quickly figured out if it had salt, fat or sugar the scores would plummet. But the thing is all things in moderation fat, and salt of course. Less than 30g of sugar per day.

But it irritates me the constant attacks on dietary fat – it’s been this way ever since the late 1960’s when the medical establishment thought fats were very bad. That has of course has been proven so wrong.

Dinner this evening

Asparagus Salad with Salmon. Now the salad:

Bunch of Asparagus bottoms trimmed off. And chopped into inch or two pieces. I put them in a steaming basket and steamed it for about five minutes.

Then I made the dressing – microplaned some garlic into olive oil, along with some red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Then some lemon juice and some white wine vinegar. Along with a tablespoon of Dijon mustard, and some salt and pepper.

The salad itself, it has the asparagus, peas, sliced radishes, sliced cherry or grape tomatoes and crumbled feta cheese.

Also got some salmon and seasoned with salt and pepper – ten minutes is all it took in a little bit of olive oil.

I gotta say – this one is a keeper. And to think all because of Downton Abbey. It’s funny the time period it’s set in is roughly 100 years ago. Consider 100 years ago it was 1921 – radio had just started taking off.

PG (Proctor and Gamble) Ads on Spotify

So I keep hearing the Widen the Screen ads. It’s P&G or PG trying to pander it seems to me. But then I got curious I went and looked up PG brands.There are quite a few in this house. From oral care to laundry detergent yup, all PG products.

It gets worse though. I kind of have a thing for Bounty paper towels. And of course it’s also a PG brand.

When you go an research it there are just a few corporate entities that control everything. Take Mars for example – they are into everything.

But here’s something else – did you know there are only two canning companies in the U.S. ? Yeah I know – every canned food you buy came from one of those two plants.

It’s no wonder the food web is so fragile – there’s such consolidation of power.

Ah to really screw things up it takes a holiday weekend

Well it started with an order – you know things like eggs, butter a couple of pies from Kroger. Guy got here dropped the order two buildings down. That one they credited.

Figured I’d try Walmart – this time the guy got here. he had the wrong persons order. Glad I spotted that one. So I got in touch with them and cancelled that order.

To really fuck up delivery it takes a hoilday weekend. Someone doesn’t want to hear that. But I understand everyone wants to enjoy the holiday so they book it early – even in retail. And this is two different delivery companies first InstaCart which I’m becoming increasingly angry at, and doordash of the food delivery ilk.

The upshot is, we’ll wait until Tuesday for that.

Review: Amazon Fire 7 tablet

So I had bought the original Fire 7 tablet. That one was lost but I recall it was a fairly thick tablet. Plus it cost over $100.

So with all the trouble with Amazon’s cloud reader on Google Chrome I decided to buy a new Fire 7. Wow. $70 for double the memory and it’s half the thickness. Very nice.

I have it all charged up now. It’s quite nice – but one feature of the older verison Fire was lit as thought it were on fire. Not anymore. Oh well a small price to pay I suppose.

Rediscovery: Music

So I’ve got Spotify playing. Now I’ve written before I love Jazz, R&B, Funk, but this particular artist is off for me. Yup, Tears for Fears. Loved them ever since I first heard Everybody Wants to Rule the World. Even today it’s a little bite relevant what with China and Russia trying like crazy.

The one that worries me most is China. But I know China has some problems too. For instance persecution of the Uighur people, the unrest in Honk Kong and the fact that China is facing an interesting future that could see it’s population decline.

Russia too suffers the same fate, same with Europe, Japan and even the U.S. All are aging out and the replacement population just isn’t there.

Amazon Cloud Reader Redux

So I note last Friday https://read.amazon.com on a chrome browser was tits up. As of Wednesday of this week they’d reverted to the old cloud reader version and it worked. Until today – this tells me they push their updates on Fridays. Naughty of them to do that.

So I called them. Guy I spoke with thanked me for providing the browser info. For Chrome just launch a new tab and type about:chrome and it’ll display the version info. He did tell me it would take 2 to 3 days for them to look into it.

It’s just funny – I guess they’re surprised to talk to someone who understands technology. I did mention it could be the newest version of Chrome that’s not reporting as Chrome or it could be Amazon. We’ll see here it goes.