Traveling Coffee Kit

My on the go coffee kit consists of a hand grinder, digital thermometer, battery-powered milk frother and an AeroPress. I pack my beans (weighed in advance) in Ziploc bags. I’ve been wanting something a bit more elegant for the beans, but hadn’t found it. Until now, that is. I saw these “GoStak Twist n’ Lock Storage Jars” and thought they might be just what I’d been looking for. A bit of quick Googling turned up this “coffee converter” calculator (ain’t the internet grand) which told me that the 60cc size will hold 25.92 grams of coffee beans. Perfect for my application. Plus they sell them in a 3 pack, which is exactly how many I need (for daily use). I’ll report back once I get them and have used them for a while.

Thanks again, internet!

A sign?

Last week I was checking the balance in my 403(b) retirement plan. The wheels got to turning and I had the realization that I could cash it out and buy a series 1 Jaguar XKE.

It turns out, just a few hours after I had this epiphany, my employer mailed me a certified letter notifying me that they are terminating the plan. My options are:
a) Roll it over into an IRA or
b) Cash it out (and buy an XKE, clearly)

It’s like some sort of cosmic double-dog dare.

So… British Racing Green?

Speaking of Bunnies…

The other day I was perusing the Rural King website, my curiosity having gotten the better of me after a friend told me they sold baby chickens and turkeys there. Apparently they also sell “Bunny Rabbits” — with this “disclaimer”:
“Bunny Rabbits are only to be used as livestock.”

So don’t you even think of trying to make pets of them, or using them for some sort of twisted egg-delivery service.

ASUS TF300 Charger Magic

So here’s something. I realize that no one really cares, but I’m posting this as a public service to some intrepid internet traveler facing the same problem.

Yesterday I discovered that the charger for my ASUS tablet had suddenly quit working. It’s a typical liitle black block with a USB outlet, but when connected to the tablet (or its dock) it puts out 15V @ 1.2A (as opposed to the USB spec of 5V @ 500-900mA). I have all sorts of USB power adapters, but none that put out the voltage/current the tablet requires.

Soo… panic-stricken, I go online and order a replacement. A bit of Googling reveals that this is a fairly common issue which a number of people claim has a novel solution: Put the charger in the freezer. This supposedly resets some sort of thermal-overload breaker, returning the charger to working condition. (The charger in question is for the SL101 Series, TF101 Series, TF201 Series, TF300 Series, TF700 Series, and their docks.)

Dubious, but having nothing to lose, I put the charger in a Ziploc bag and place it in the freezer. Much to my surprise and delight…
It worked! Thanks interwebs!