I however, have a different take on the whole thing. I see this as a further evolution in how the music industry is completely changing before our eyes. Whereas it used to be that you can buy a record, tape, CD, or digital album and pretty much own the right to do with it as you please for the rest of your life, including passing it on to heirs, this model changes the game entirely. You don’t own perpetual licenses anymore. You simply own a subscription that will allow you to listen as long as you pay. Stop paying and you’re done with listening to music. Some will argue that there are benefits to this model. Namely that you have access to all the music you’d want without having to buy all those individual albums or songs. There’s some validity to be had there but for the average person, they just don’t listen to that many different artists. Maybe it’ll help them discover new music but the radio used to serve that function. I think the crux of it is simply more money for the record labels themselves. You really can’t blame them with how the whole industry has changed. But I’m decidedly against this move. I liked it when you can buy something, physical or digital, and own a copy of it for the rest of your life. This new model turns the whole thing on its head.
Who knows? Maybe Apple can pull this one off. If they do, music as we know it will change forever.
To make it, rub your piece of pork with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and five spice powder on the meat side only. Rub the skin side with a mixture of salt & lime juice. Put it on a plate, skin-side down in the fridge overnight. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and roast on a rack skin side down for 45 minutes. Raise the oven to 450 degrees and continue roasting skin side up for 10 minutes. Then broil until the skin puffs up. Let cool before slicing.
There’s only this minor issue though. Microsoft Bing is inferior to Google. There’s no if’s, and’s or but’s about it. They produce consistently worse results than Google. Although many of the top results are similar for common searches, it’s the esoteric uncommon stuff that Google begins to show how it dominates. And it’s those uncommon searches where people arguably needs more help. The other thing is that Microsoft lacks in basic search tools like a really fine tooth come to restrict results by time frame. Microsoft gives you a couple of slices of the last 24 hours, the last month and that’s about it. Otherwise it’ll return stuff that’s 5 years old. In this day & age, 5 years is ancient. Google does a much better result of giving relevant answers plus you can restrict searches to any time frame you wish via its custom time range. Microsoft Bing just sucks in that regard.
I’ve resorted to using Bing first to get my points and then going to a new private window to search Google for better results. It doesn’t have to be this way but unfortunately it is. At this point this is my only solution until Microsoft engineers wake up. Unfortunately it seems that Microsoft engineers are not at the same level as Google’s engineers.
I’ve never seen this one before. I was aware of the recall; it was for the ELF Fuel Pressure Sensor. Lexus had sent a letter to me about it and I had it done just the week before. I’ve received other recall notices in the past and have always taken care of them but I cannot ever remember a time when a vehicle recall prevented me from registering my vehicle.
I for one whole heartedly support this new effort. I think that due to vehicle ownership changing hands all the time that a lot of vehicles out there are not taken care of properly. This is a huge safety issue and I’m glad that states are beginning to be pro-active about it. My only issue now is to figure out what this Correction Certificate business is all about. I have the repair receipt but that doesn’t sound like it. I’ll be reaching out to my dealer today to see what the next steps are.
After some searching, I stumbled upon a free alternative called TCPBlock. It’s a lightweight, loadable kernel module that does exactly what I needed it to do: block outgoing connections to the Internet by application. The interface is easy to use and it takes just a few clicks to set everything up on my system. It may lack all of the bells and whistles of a paid program but dammit, it works. It does exactly what I needed and the price can’t be beat. So if you’re looking for an alternative to Little Snitch, give TCPBlock a try.
Here’s the interface. It’s clean and simple. You access it via your Mac’s System Preferences:
For the fruit, I buy frozen fruits from either Trader Joe’s or from Walmart under its Great Value brand. Walmart is definitely more affordable but I swear the frozen fruit from Trader Joe’s makes for a better tasting smoothie. I’m not sure if that’s subliminal or not but that’s my experience. I would swear that they all get their frozen fruit from a common supplier, despite what Trader Joe’s marketing will say, but somehow they do taste different. I have a few bags of frozen fruit in the freezer from Walmart and as soon as they are out I’m probably going to get the Trader Joe’s brand. I usually get the mango, pineapple, strawberries and tropical fruit blends. They tend to make the best smoothies. I will sometimes use other fruits as well like frozen cherries but they can be tart… a spoonful of sugar will fix that issue! Blend on folks!