Thursday, September 30, 2010

Coffee and Tea Help Prevent Brain Tumours

Preliminary results show that coffee and tea are linked to lower incidents of brain tumours. This is excellent news considering how much of the stuff I drink.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Use Non Fat Milk for Better Foam

Courtesy of Lifehacker they've linked to a TLC article on the 10 Things Your Barista Doesn't Want You to Know. Number 3 is to use non fat milk for your lattes which is something I always do as I find it makes for a more flavorful brew.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010


So earlier this week Marvel talent scout C.B. Cebulski said that Marvel did not accept written submissions to which artist Katie Cook responded "HOW i am supposed to submit my pitch for the all kitten cast of the avengers?" which then prompted artist, writer, letterer Chris Eliopoulos then responded by posting a drawing of Catlactus. That's when things got crazy with artist from all over posting their own renditions of Marvel characters as cats.

The best place to see all the posts are over at Agent M's blog.  You really should check them out as they are very fun.

The example that I'm using here in this post is by Mike Maihack. Mike has a number of prints of his MRVLCATS entries available for pre-order. Proceeds go towards Siamese Rescue.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Most Awesome Thing Ever! Part 4

I saw this post on Boing Boing the other day, neither the author of the post nor I know if this is a joke or not but if it isn't it now holds the title for Most Awesome Thing Ever.  Apparently you can go to and order a bag of those delightfully stale marsh mallows you would get in a box of Lucky Charms.

As a child I used to bug my mother incessantly during trips to the grocery store to buy me a box of Lucky Charms.  She always said she'd buy me a box if I promised to eat the cereal as well as the marsh mallows to which I replied "I will" but I was lying.  That oat based cereal was horrible and I just wanted my greedy little hands on those marsh mallows.  What can I tell you I was spoiled as a child.

Now as an adult I can get my own bag of marsh mallows directly from the internet.  I just have to hide them on my daughter.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Before you Upgrade to iTunes 10

I thought I was getting ahead of the game by upgrading to iTunes 10 in advance of the release of iOS 4.1. I was awaiting the new iOS version in order to fix some slow down issues on my older iPhone 3G.  This morning I decided it was time for the big upgrade and well it could've gone smoother.

After my phone was flattened with the new OS it refused to connect to iTunes.  The reason for this was quite simple, the iPodService.exe would not start on my Windows XP SP3 computer.  I did a quick search on the web and I discovered I was not the only person with this problem.

Luckily a fix was suggested.  The process is as follows:

1. Uninstall iTunes 10
2. Install iTunes 9.2.1
3. After the install, copy the "C:\Program Files\iPod" folder to an alternate location.
4. Uninstall iTunes 9.2.1
5. Install iTunes 10
6. When the error pops up during installation, overwrite C:\Program Files\iPod with the previously copied folder.
7. The install will complete successfully and iTunes 10 will run normally.

Basically, the older version of iPodService.exe does not have the same bug as the one in iTunes 10.  By using this procedure I was able to complete the upgrade of my phone to iOS 4.1 and get it out of the bricked state it was in.  No word yet on when Apple will be providing a fix but they are looking into it.

Note: Friends of mine who sync their iPhone to a Mac do not have this problem with iTunes 10.

Where has Tall Gone?

It looks like Starbucks is rolling out new drive through menus that omit the tall size.  This is confusing customers as they are asking if they can still order the tall size.  The Consumerists wonders if this is a way for Starbucks to push people towards ordering the larger more expensive sizes.

For those of you not up on the Starbucks vernacular the sizes Tall, Grande and Venti conform to the small, medium and large sizes that you usually see when you are ordering a drink.  Something you may not be aware of is that Starbucks also offers a Short size for most drinks which is smaller and less expensive than the Tall size.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Terry Fox Run 2010

Once again this year I am proudly supporting The Terry Fox Foundation in its ongoing work to fund innovative and progressive cancer research programs.

I very much hope you will consider making a donation in support of my effort, confident in the knowledge that your kindness will impact the lives of so many people living with cancer. I share the following message with you, as I believe it reflects the core philosophy of this organization and one of the many reasons I choose to support it:
The Terry Fox Foundation firmly believes in its obligation to be fully transparent in all matters relating to fiscal reporting. With only 3 cents of every dollar raised going towards administration, and ten cents going towards fundraising costs, the Foundation is an industry leader in fundraising accountability.
You can donate to me directly and securely by accessing my personal fundraising page:

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of my goal.
Simon Mac Donald

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Monday, September 6, 2010

Flavored Via on it's Way

It looks like Starbucks is going to be introducing flavored versions of it's Via instant coffee.  I've never been a big fan of flavored coffees but the market for them is definitely out there.  I'm a little surprised to see Starbucks getting into flavored instant but I guess it was inevitable after they started selling flavored grounds in super markets this summer.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Blackberry Starbucks App Available Today

If you have Blackberry and you are interested in paying for your Starbucks coffee with your mobile device then you are in luck as the new app is released today.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Brew, Not Buy Your Own Tea

Not that this should come to a shock to anyone but researches have found that brewed tea is much healthier than the bottled variety.  Mostly due to the fact that home brewed teas have up to 20 times the polyphenols, antioxidants which are believed to fight cancer, than the store bought kind.  Plus, a cup of tea at home will cost you about 10 cents for the tea bag and water while a bottle of tea will run you over $1.