In the Starbucks world, its hard to find local coffeeshops. At least in Indianapolis it was. Here in New Jersey, its a different story. Chains are not anywhere as plentiful here. The “Mom and Pop” reigns.
We have been exploring some of the local eateries. We found two good diners. Still looking for the perfect pizza, though. This morning, I went out by myself in search for breakfast. I tried a diner that we had driven past, but it was lackluster. There isn’t a lot one can do to make bacon and eggs spectacular, but they didn’t really try. I was a little disappointed. I decided to stop at a local coffee shop called Brewed Awakenings. Nice people, the food looks and smells awesome. It has more customers in a much smaller area. The coffee is good. I think we have a winner.
I will have to come back here, for sure.
A man and his sister made a trail through an IKEA parking lot with flour for a running club. Someone thought it was “the terrorist” and called 911. The two face felony charges.
Mayoral spokeswoman Jessica Mayorga said the city plans to seek restitution from the Salchows, who are due in court Sept. 14.
“You see powder connected by arrows and chalk, you never know,” she said. “It could be a terrorist, it could be something more serious. We’re thankful it wasn’t, but there were a lot of resources that went into figuring that out.”
What is wrong with people? Terrorist? Yes, the terrorists are going to sprinkle anthrax around IKEA because that’s how they roll. If they had sprinkled anthrax on the road, you’d have to get on the ground and sniff it like cocaine to catch it.
As I had written about before, American money is ugly compared to foreign currency. The Bank of England website shows off the Brit’s colourful currency. The Euro is also loaded with colors. Here, we get drab, ugly banknotes.
The US Treasury has started to add “splashes” of colour to help deter counterfeiting. But, maybe big changes are on the way?
A US Federal Court judge has ordered the Treasury to make changes to the currency to help visually impaired people distinguish between bills. Other countries (including those mentioned above) use colour, size, and texture to distinguish denominations. The judge didn’t tell the government how to comply, but they needed to start working on it. Maybe there is hope yet…
The NAS document is coming along, but not as quickly as I’d like. I find that I sit down and load it… and nothing makes its way from my brain to my fingers. I can say that my NAS implementation has been rock solid since I put in the new USB 2.0 controller card that uses the NEC controller chip. The Wife found a 1280VA UPS at Staples for $30 (She can smell the deals as we pass the stores in the car… kinda like a sale bloodhound ). So, we’re all set now with 30 minutes of power backup for the NAS server and the network infrastructure (the cable modem and router).
Classes are coming along. I’m taking a Systems Administration course and a PHP/MySQL web programming course. The Sysadmin class looks like it’ll be a slide as I’ve done most of this stuff already (thus, writing a document on how to build a homegrown NAS). The PHP class is going to be challenging.
For those who know about the “new job,” I haven’t heard anything more. They’re still doing whatever it is they do.
I had heard from several people (although, I cannot recall who) that the new McDonald’s coffee was pretty good and that they liked it better than Starbucks. I have taken the Pepsi Challenge, and I can confirm that those people are clearly insane. I’ve had better coffee at the free breakfast bar at the Holiday Inn.