Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Review - Favorite Yogurt in DFW Chinatown

Dear Wife and I checked in at Favorite Yogurt there in the 400 N Greenville strip. Modern space, clean, machines in good order, and all but one or two flavors frozen and ready to serve. The fellow working there was genteel and accomodating. Recommended, although it'd be pretty easy to go over $5 for each person.

I had:
original tart (why am I so late to this game? Awesome!)
vanilla - the most 'usual' flavor there
green tea

Wife had:
green apple

All the flavors were well done, which is not to say I think all those flavors belong in yogurt. Green tea was spot-on perfect flavor but not something I'd do again, though I like that same flavor in soy "ice cream".

Joe Bob Briggs would say "check it out".

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Those weather radios

I found one of those $40 automatic weather radios at a garage sale for $4 and snapped it up. I don't think it had been used.

The basic idea is that you can turn it on to hear the NOAA weather forecast, or let it automagically come on with an alert if a warning/watch is issued.

This works because in addition to transmitting audio that humans hear, NOAA transmits data that consumer (and emergency services) radio gear listens for. This data includes a few things:

  1. the type of hazard (tornado, freeze, volcano, nuclear, chemical, etc)
  2. expiration time
  3. the county affected by the alert, identified by a SAME code.
If you opt for the alerts you can either say "trigger the radio when it receives any alert" or "trigger the radio when it receives any alert in the counties I have defined." I plugged in the Dallas and Collin county codes and, as designed, it was triggered by the severe thunderstorm watch this afternoon. Good stuff, Maynard.

If you haven't picked up one of these I'd say it works well and is worth the time/money. If you are frugal or economically challenged you can grab one used off craigslist, eBay, or (like me) a garage sale. If you have one and haven't programmed in the SAME codes, I'd encourage you to do it: it's only painful once, as long as you have a battery backup in there.

Friday, April 8, 2011

$3.63 is the cheapest in town

Here's the current listing.

I don't remember what gasoline got up to a few years back, but I think it was around this territory. It spiked to ~$3.65 at the station near where I worked in Dallas but the most I'd paid during a fillup was ~$3.45.

I suspect the freak-out point will occur when we start seeing $4.00 for regular around town.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dear Shouty McRedshirt

Please don't yell and curse in our candidate forums.

We wouldn't shout and curse when you're playing on the golf course (or at the Eisemann with cronies), so extend us the same courtesy.