As a motorcyclist, I’m always very concerned about the weather. How, where, when, and if I ride is weather dependent. What I wear is weather dependent. Having an accurate forecast is crucial to my enjoyment and safety when I ride. So I check out every weather app I can lay my hands on.
On Thursday, I installed an iOS app called Weather Live. I particularly liked this feature:
Weather widget for the Notification Center. Check current temperature, get an accurate forecast for the coming hours.
This time of year in this part of the world, the weather can change quickly and drastically. I signed up for their free trial. Yesterday, I got this notification:
Wait…what? “heavy snow”? What the fuck? It’s *mid-April*. There’s *zero* chance of “heavy snow” in this part of the world in April. Even by their own forecast (low of 5 Celsius (41F) and a high of 8C (46F)), there’s zero chance of snow.
Today, I got this one:
It’s cloudy and raining here. I’ve deleted this POS app and recommend no one else waste $3 on it.
Every Canadian knows the pain of shopping at the US Amazon store. Here’s an example.
You find an inexpensive charcoal grill, say the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Kettleman Charcoal Grill (affiliate link). You check it out and it sounds like just what you’re looking for. You see the price is $63.69. Great deal. But then comes the kick in the groin.
The price doesn’t include “$217.05 Shipping & Import Fees Deposit to Canada” – three times the price of the grill itself!
So, you go to the Canadian version of Amazon and search for the exact same grill. The price? *398.00* – over a hundred dollars more.
If you know me, you know I’ve discovered a love of cooking (short version, reminds me of my mom). So I’ve been using a great app on iOS called AnyList (affiliate link). It’s also available via the web at Anylist.com.
The app lets me collect recipes I find on the web (at last count, I’ve got over *1,300* recipes in the app!) and create shopping lists. It does a LOT more so check it out yourself.
The key to all my recipes has been simplicity. I don’t want to cook anything complicated or requires hours to prepare. So it makes cooking a lot of fun.
Now that I’m married and the cook of the family, I’m branching out from making just my faves and instead trying to find stuff that myself, two boys and my lovely wife would also like. Last night, I made my best meal ever!
Alongside the brisket, I made Buffalo Cauliflower. It came out really tasty and was a nice change up from boring old cauliflower. I also made Garlicky Red Potatoes. They weren’t as garlicky as I’d hoped but they were still delicious.
This was the first time I’d tried to make three different things simultaneously. The Crockpot really helped because the slow cooker function meant I didn’t have to rush and the cauliflower and potatoes need similar temps and times to cook so I threw them all into the oven at the same time.
Best part is the brisket recipe has a *lot* of leftover sauce so tonight, I’ll make brown rice (again, really easily in the crockpot), throw it into the sauce, roast some Italian sausage and vegetables and make cornbread (SO GOOD!).
If there’s anyone who thinks they can’t cook (I’m looking at a lot of you guys out there), let me know and I’ll show you some recipes that are ridiculously easy to make!
We’re focusing our efforts on a great Twitter experience that’s consistent across platforms. So, starting today the Twitter for Mac app will no longer be available for download, and in 30 days will no longer be supported.
Ignoring that first full-of-incredible-amounts-of-BULLSHIT sentence, those of us familiar with the app know they effectively killed it months ago and it hasn’t been in active development for a very long time. I was surprised to hear how many folks not only liked the native Twitter app but didn’t realize there were other, better options available.
I am a big fan of the Tapbots apps (affiliate links below):
Both Tweetbot and Twitterrific are more full-featured than the Twitter for Mac app and both block the annoying “Promoted Tweets” you see on the web site and in the Twitter for Mac app. Additionally, both have much greater control over muting and “muffling” (in the Twitterrific app) than anything else I’ve used.
I especially like Twitterrific’s Muffle feature. Unlike Tweetbot, which allows you to Mute “people, hashtags, or tweets via keywords” and therefore hide those tweets for a period of time (or forever), Twitterrific allows you to “muffle” tweets in the same way (and even faster/better). I personally prefer the Muffle feature because it lets me choose words or phrases that then get grayed out in my Twitter feed but not hidden:
In the above case, I still want to see tweets from BC Ferries but not the ones that have to do with Tsawwassen. And, if I do want to see the tweet, all I have to do is click on it and it expands.
This is a huge help when there is a news story or an event (the Olympics!) going on you don’t want to see information about but still want to see other tweets by that same account. The problem I always had with the way Tweetbot hides tweets is I would often forget that I’d hidden them. With the Twitterrific way, I still see the tweets.
But, make no mistake – both Tweetbot and Twitterrific are great apps and well worth the money if you are a fan of Twitter but want a better way to manage what you see in your feed. And both are made by great Mac developers you should support.
It’s completely ridiculous but today, I’m a little sad and wistful.
After I moved to Nashville, TN from Vancouver, I found a nice little apartment. But it had no furniture. So, for the first time in my life, I went furniture shopping on my own.
I found this wonderful leather couch and loveseat combination. I loved the couch – its design, the suppleness of the leather, its length (I could lay down on it without body parts hanging off either end!), its depth, its softness, all of it. I was very proud of myself for striking a good deal with the sales guy and was very excited when it was delivered.
That couch remained with me for the next 16 years. It is the oldest object I own. Through twelve subsequent moves – eight different towns, two countries, four states and two provinces, that couch was there for me every day to rest on, watch TV on, eat on, talk on.
When I moved to Gibsons, we assumed the couch would join us. Sadly, the place I moved to has doors too narrow and windows too sealed to fit through. We tried and tried but it simply wouldn’t fit in the house. We thought we might be able to give it to a friend but they didn’t want it. In hindsight, I should have sold it while I was still in Vancouver.
So it’s been sitting on the deck for the past four months, getting moldy, rained on and neglected. Finally, we decided it had to go and today, we dismantled it and took it to the dump.
Except for a few cat scratch marks, that couch looked as good as the day I bought it. Even though I sat in the exact same end of it every day for 16 years, it showed no sign of age, sagging or collapse. The leather aged only slightly and even then, remarkably well. As we took it apart, we marveled at its inner workmanship. There were straps and connectors and bolts and all manner of carpentry inside to ensure it would last a lifetime.
Sadly, it didn’t. And I honestly feel bad that, in the end, I treated it so poorly. It deserved a better fate than to be destroyed and taken to the dump.
Today, at 4:30pm PT in Gibsons, BC, Canada, this kind, sweet, gentle, loving, giving, smart, funny, beautiful, sexy, truly AMAZING woman will make me the happiest man in the world by joining me in marriage.
Those of you who know her know I couldn’t have imagined a better woman, person, wife, lover, partner, and partner in crime. Those of you who don’t, I hope one day you’ll get to meet her. She will make your life better simply by her presence. She brings joy and happiness wherever she goes and the world is a better place because she is in it. And my world is immeasurably better for having known her.
Thank you, Melissa for letting me into your life, for loving me for who I am, faults and all, and for letting me become part of your family. I am honoured to be your husband. I cherish you. I adore you. And I love you to the stars and back.