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Gas Station Coffee Vs Starbucks Coffee


Went out of my way to get gas station coffee this morning. OK, that was a lie. I needed gas … running on fumes. But I went out of my way to go inside the min-mart and choose dark roast from the half dozen or so options. “ROASTED BEAN coffee company” damn fine coffee!

Originally posted on tonysbologna:

The stage is set: It’s 7:00 AM, you’re running five minutes late and you need the elixir of American life, coffee. You careen to a halt as the green light has unexpectedly turned red. Your annoyance slowly rises. Contemplating life you notice a ray of sunlight shattering through the gray clouds. A gas station sits to your left and a Starbucks to your right. It’s as if there’s an Angel and Devil standing on either shoulder. Judgment sinks it’s fangs into your neck. Your next decision about where to go for coffee will either gain my wrath or my sincere appreciation. In full disclosure when given the choice between the two I always choose gas station coffee over Starbucks. At this point I see it as an inkling of pride. Pour yourself a cup of mud, sit back and enjoy my plea for Gas Station Coffee.

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Social Media and the State of Fucks.

Originally posted on tonysbologna:

To give or not to give a fuck? That is the question the modern day Shakespeare tweets. We live in a world where the population actively participates in the half pissing contest, half rocket ship-to-riches dance that is social media. In this world coolness, confidence and relevancy is established not by the quality of life lived but rather by the exchange of fucks: given and not given.

The Social Media bank stocks fucks and the bank teller is a cat meme. We simultaneously love, loathe, judge, defend, and roll our eyeballs based on fucks and let me tell you, there’s a whole mess of fucks out there that get people going. Social media is the gateway to the world of “Fucks” and I am your tour guide. I will now proceed to examine the almighty fuck, given and not given respectively.

To Give A Fuck

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SpaceX Pad Abort Wide Angle

Via Zero-G News


Mathew Travis has done an excellent job of covering this. Check out his complete coverage at


If you watched the previous post, ABORT ABORT ABORT, you should have noticed one of the reasons that SpaceX will be most cost effective (cheaper) commercial space carrier. The Crew Dragon capsule contains the SuperDraco thrusters used both for abort and terrestrial landing. Every other manned system to date with the exception of the Space Shuttle used or uses a disposable abort escape tower. Look at the tower used for Orion. What a monster … and it is thrown away with very launch!

Dear WordPress re: WP for iOS

An open letter to WordPress regarding WordPress for iOS

In a word – not to put it too delicately – the new version of WP for iOS … SUCKS makes me unhappy 

So much wrong, so little space to rant.

  • Preview does not work (1). Embedded videos no longer preview; only the text for the embedding displays.
  • Preview does not work (2). The “preview” does not show the banner and other attributes as it used to.
  • Selecting a post to “preview” does something that forces you to “update” or “discard” even if all you do is attempt to “preview”. What is getting changed?
  • Previously set links appear to be missing
  • Keyboard is funky. Undo … doesn’t work. Delete key was inserting newlines.

The above is my experience using WP for iOS on an iPad Air 2 with iOS 8.3.

Since I am a beta tester for WordPress, one might think I would have seen these problems ahead of time and reported them, but alas every single beta release I have attempted to install over the past few months has CRASHED ON OPEN. I have reported this to WordPress many times, but with no fix suggested. But that is a tale for another time.

I maintain my blog exclusively via iPad/iPhone. The new release version is a major set back for me. Maybe this performance is specific to my environment, if so, I am a single unhappy user. But if others are experiencing a similar user experience … how many other unhappy users are out there?

How I long for the days when I was happy. It seems so long ago, but it was only yesterday.

So Happiness Engineers … I challenge you to once again make me happy.


After several attempts to preview this post I got the following:

So rather than pasting in the loooooong password I got from WordPress many moons ago, I tried typing it in directly.  Ah Ha this new password does not appear to allow spaces (no space bar). My old password supplied by WP had spaces after ever four character quartet (ie. ab1c de2f gh3i jk4l).


Now I am even more unhappy that I have to change my password. :-(


I uninstalled / reinstalled WP from the App Store. Used my old login ID and password; it was accepted. Preview still does not work. I am still unhappy.


OK, this is weird. If I select a “published” post (like this one) it immediately provide the update option. Preview fails with or without updating … BUT if you try to back out and choose Discard the “eye | gear | update” changes to “eye | edit”. Clicking the “eye” yields a correct preview.

HOWEVER, if you choose a “draft” post and try the same logic you get the “Error: The password field is empty.” dialog shown above, requesting login.

So … the functionality is there … sort of … but jumbled and defective.

Still not happy, but I do enjoy troubleshooting. All of this has a strange déjà vu to it.