I hated BIG GIANT PHONES for a long time. I worked for a national carrier from 1999 to 2009 and viewed the shrinking of phones as a Good Thing(TM). I made fun of my buddies who carried the huge-ass-handsets. But since I get a phone from work and have my own personal phone, I decided to experiment with the Phablet… » 9/16/14 11:23am Today 11:23am

That wasn't what he was saying at all. What he was referring to is the trend in Social Media and (dare I say "tumblr") to define oneself as an introvert and claim it as a badge of pride, behind the assumption that introverts are more thoughtful, rational, creative, reasonable - you name it. My daughter - who is quite… » 9/15/14 12:37pm Yesterday 12:37pm

Yeah, I'm a big fan of geotagging. I shoot a lot of nature photography and landscapes, and that stuff is AWESOME. I want the GPS for my DSLR for that very reason :D I'd love to see some statistics about actual crimes related to geotagged images, but I can't find any. Lots of people saying how risky it is, but I only… » 9/15/14 11:49am Yesterday 11:49am

This is what I came here to say. Gorgeous beans-n-hamhock in an hour ten, lovely golden lentil soup in 30 minutes, just amazing for this sort of thing.

You can also do respectable pulled pork quickly by pressure cooking until it's fork tender (after rub, brown, liquid smoke, etc), cut into cubes and broil, then pull… » 9/14/14 9:35pm Sunday 9:35pm

Sure. It has the same specs. Lower screen resolution on a worse screen, less capable radio, only in GSM (no CDMA), much slower processor, crappy camera (by comparison), etc. But I get it. It had a 4.7" screen, and the argument fits your narrative, so it MUST be the same specs. » 9/11/14 1:11pm Thursday 1:11pm

We've had a lot of pets over the years, and had to make this decision too many times, and it's never easy. We've always been there with them at the end, it's been different every time, and every one still makes me sad. We're down to one dog and three cats, and they're all geriatric, and I'm afraid we're going to face… » 9/11/14 9:50am Thursday 9:50am

LOL. Three or four years ago I lost my SOG Paratool. I replaced it with a Leatherman Wave and never looked back. Well, after two years of flying for business, I changed computer bags, and in the bottom of the bag was the SOG Paratool; that thing had to have been on something like 20 or 30 domestic flights. » 9/09/14 9:00pm 9/09/14 9:00pm

My Macbook Pro has soldered-on memory. What current Mac produce, other than the Mac Pro, has user-replaceable memory? Does the mini still have swappable SODIMMs? The iMac?

I have stacks of 1GB and 2GB SODIMMs laying around. Have no idea what to do with 'em. » 9/04/14 8:19pm 9/04/14 8:19pm

I jumped through these hoops right after I got my Chromecast, but it's such a PITA, and many hotel rooms nowadays don't even have a wired drop. I just take an HDMI cable now, and plug my laptop into the big tv if I want to sit on the couch and veg out to a long series. Google should build a simple form into the damned… » 9/03/14 9:18pm 9/03/14 9:18pm

LOL! Pizza and Reubens are two of my favorites. Yeah, I can make a Reuben cheaper, but I can't make just one cheaper. I can't buy two slices of rye bread, a slice of swiss, a single serving of sauerkraut, and a single serving of thousand island dressing for the cost of a Reuben at D'Bronx.( $6.50, I think).

Same goes… » 9/03/14 2:47pm 9/03/14 2:47pm

I employ the "fuck it" solution regularly. As soon as I realize I'm debating between nearly identical choices, I say "fuck it" and pick one randomly. It drives my wife crazy, because she really likes agonizing between them.

I also address this by building a catalog of defaults. When I can't decide, I draw a default. I… » 9/03/14 9:57am 9/03/14 9:57am