Goodbye Apple

I'm going to try to avoid making this into a rant; I'm pretty irritated right now, though, so I apologize if some of that slips through. Due to recent issues with a Macbook Pro, I (and my wife) will no longer be buying Apple products.  I used to advocate, gently, for Apple, but now I will agitate against them.  Mr. Cook, if you're reading this: Apple's NPS just went down by a small amount.  Given current Apple support policies, I doubt that you're concerned about NPS, but there it is.

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Rice cracker review #3

Tokuyo Mirin Yaki, Hosoda Bros. Inc. This may be the winner so far.  It has excellent flavor.  The packaging and form is unfortunate; they're large-ish cakes, and in Philadelphia it's hard to keep them fresh once the package is open, and in any humidity they get sticky quickly.  So do little ones in a bowl, but somehow those are still easier to eat.  Anyway, for taste alone, these rank up there with the Kameda JFC crackers.  These have a more pronounced soy flavor than the Kameda; I'm not sure if the Kameda have any soy in them, to be honest.

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Rice crackers, part deux

I know you're waiting, nay, poised, taught with anticipation, for my next rice cracker review.  We have three new kinds today. Kaki no tane, from Uegaki Beika Co. LTD, JapanI don't read Japanese, and I suspect that "kaki no tane" just means "rice cracker," and possibly not a specific kind of cracker.  In any case, these are the spicy moon or pepper-shaped crackers.  These are awesome; the MSG content is high, they're pleasantly spicy, and they have great flavor.  While spicy crackers are my least favorite kind of rice cracker, these are still very tasty and will be on my list to re-purchase.

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Rice crackers!

I love rice crackers.  I have a veritable passion for them.  One of the great sadnesses in my life has been the baseless, cruel attack on MSG by the health fascists.  MSG is good. MSG in rice crackers is good.  Rice crackers without MSG are an abomination. Now, I admit I can be a bit slow sometimes, and I'll admit that it took me until a week ago to realize that in the age of the Interwebz, I could go online and find the forbidden MSG-laden rice-crackers.  A week later, and the goods have started to roll in, so I'm going to start a series of reviews.

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Single Malt Scotches

For the past few weeks, I’ve been sampling single malt scotches. It all started when we went to visit Brett and Marnie in Paris, and were trying to think of a hostess gift for them.  Marnie likes Cognac, so we thought we’d bring them a bottle – there’s a whole story around that which I won’t get into, involving the TSA and difficulties in transporting bottles of flammable liquid on an airplane – and in doing that, I spent a lot of time online researching Cognac, and found it fascinating.

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