Random thing you love right now that doesn't deserve its own thread

Newman's Own frozen pizzas. They're so good, cheap, and ya don't feel gross after eating.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Newman's Own frozen pizzas. They're so good, cheap, and ya don't feel gross after eating.

I don't think I have ever seen those anywhere. Will keep a look out for them. Over the summer I fell in love with one of their salsa (and now I can't remember if it was the Mango, Pineapple, or Peach).

Also, Newman's Own donates 100% of after-tax profits to charity.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Newman's Own frozen pizzas. They're so good, cheap, and ya don't feel gross after eating.

We just tried one of their cauliflower crust ones and it was pretty decent. I'm spoiled now that I make my own pizza at home, but for a frozen one we needed in a pinch, it was good.

Wife called me on the way home last night to tell me that I was in charge of dinner so I stopped at the store hoping they had Newman's Own frozen pizzas so we could try them but was sadly let down.

Rykin wrote:

Wife called me on the way home last night to tell me that I was in charge of dinner so I stopped at the store hoping they had Newman's Own frozen pizzas so we could try them but was sadly let down.

Darn!

I have an Excel sheet with all of our X-Mas cards mailing addresses. Every year I struggle with Microsoft Word to do a mail merge and print labels so they are properly lined up. Every. Year.

Since I recently switched over to macOS I thought I'd look for an app. Took a chance on a single-use label printing app for $10. I had a to convert the worksheet to a csv file but after that it took literally under five minutes to print my labels! I hate to say this... but it just worked.

Best ten bucks I ever spent.

If anyone is interested the app is called "Address Labels by Nobody."

Had a lovely pre-Christmas coffee and walk with friends this morning. As we were sat at an outside table, next to a movable display of cyclamen, a smartly dressed man wearing a trilby hat left the bookshop/coffee shop and looking at the three of us said, “Cyclamen thrive in cold weather not hot.” My friend said, “ I know. They have just come out in my garden.” To which he replied, “The frost killed ours.” When a woman joined him he smiled, said, “Toodle pip!” and walked away.

My working theory is that, after taking one look at the three of us in our woolly, hats and scarves variously drinking hot chocolate with and without mini marshmallows and tea, he decided we were the highly trained deep cover agents he was looking for. I’m pretty sure he now believes that he has activated our little cell and we will be jetting off to foreign climes in order to foil the dark and nefarious plot of a foreign power when, in reality, we went for a walk around the duck pond and back to our respective homes with me having collected a microwaveable Thai red curry from Marks and Spencers on the way.

Higgledy wrote:

Had a lovely pre-Christmas coffee and walk with friends this morning. As we were sat at an outside table, next to a movable display of cyclamen, a smartly dressed man wearing a trilby hat left the bookshop/coffee shop and looking at the three of us said, “Cyclamen thrive in cold weather not hot.” My friend said, “ I know. They have just come out in my garden.” To which he replied, “The frost killed ours.” When a woman joined him he smiled, said, “Toodle pip!” and walked away.

My working theory is that, after taking one look at the three of us in our woolly, hats and scarves variously drinking hot chocolate with and without mini marshmallows and tea, he decided we were the highly trained deep cover agents he was looking for. I’m pretty sure he now believes that he has activated our little cell and we will be jetting off to foreign climes in order to foil the dark and nefarious plot of a foreign power when, in reality, we went for a walk around the duck pond and back to our respective homes with me having collected a microwaveable Thai red curry from Marks and Spencers on the way.

I live in the DC metro area. There were ads on the metro for Spy Museum's KGB exhibit. Some tourists asked out loud what KGB was so in a horrible Russian accent I said 'There is no such thing as KGB'. I did get one chuckle.

I hope you said it like "Kah Gay Beh".

I had occasion to run across a Russian minder for a tourist group in the mid-80's and he was really shaken by his group's tour of a Giant supermarket. He approached me in McDonalds, in the classic leather jacket and all, and started up a conversation. He wanted to know if the supermarket was a Potemkin site, but had trouble believing anyone would go to all that trouble for a bunch of tourists. Even he knew that there was not enough Soviet tourism to warrant it, and the fact that there was evidence of such a vibrant economy available to everyone visually shook him. He thanked me and went thoughtfully back to his group.

I read recently that it's believed that around 3,000 Soviet sleeper agents just stopped reporting in and took up lives in the US, during the Cold War.

Robear wrote:

I read recently that it's believed that around 3,000 Soviet sleeper agents just stopped reporting in and took up lives in the US, during the Cold War.

That’s interesting. As a fan of the Americans (fx show, I like you yanks but I wouldn’t call myself a fan ^_^), I’d love to read more?

Not sure of the source, since it was referenced indirectly in a book I was reading. However, you might enjoy the Mitrokhin Archives. "The Sword And The Shield", "The KGB In The World", and "The World Was Going Our Way", I think the books are called.

I'll see if I can locate a source.

Edit - I'm seeing now that the 3000 number is probably inflated, with the total since the 20's probably being around 1,000, many of whom were either caught or did not give up their mission. Sorry for the misinfo.

The Mitrokhin books are great, though.

My Sister-in-law has always dabbled a bit in gaming but never gone full hog. Last night she snapped me showing a gaming lap top and accessories. Asking what suggestions I had. I'm very excited to see her in town over the holiday and talk games with her. Sent her a huge list to check out, filled her in on where free games from services are, and said we should look at sharing libraries. I am so stoked. I have oh so few folks to talk gaming with.

Well, other than, you know... Us. But grats anyway!

Robear wrote:

Well, other than, you know... Us. But grats anyway!

Talk not type

I'll always delight in new gaming conversations, family or friend. Possibly foe....

I just sent out another job application! The role is basically the part of my current job that I think I’ve been most effective at, so it was easy to write a strong cover letter.

And I also figured out why my laptop was automatically switching to dark mode at sunset. (Turns out f.lux was responsible.)

I love that my oldest nephew has just reached a point where he understands things like why Shrek's Lord Farquaad is such a funny name. Meanwhile his nanna is oblivious. Lot's of sideways glances and hidden smirks - it's good being an uncle.

halfwaywrong wrote:

Lord Farquaad

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand I just got this. Better late than never, I suppose.

Thanks uncle halfwaywrong.

WellAdjusted wrote:
halfwaywrong wrote:

Lord Farquaad

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand I just got this. Better late than never, I suppose.

Thanks uncle halfwaywrong.

Had to google it myself.

Happy Dave wrote:

The short story I sold (my first ever pro sale, and the first time I’ve submitted a story in 15 years) came out in Clarkesworld Magazine yesterday! You can read it here if you fancy a bit of spooky sci-fi.

And now there's an audio version! Really pleased with how this came out - the narrator did really well with a lot of the Icelandic words and phrases. Super, super weird to hear somebody else reading out your words though. Not sure I'll ever get used to that.

After being frustrated with my Roku for a number of reasons, I made the switch to the Chromecast with GoogleTV, and discovered that there are third party YouTube apps that work on GoogleTV.

I get all of the YouTube functionality I want (plus a little more than the official app offers) and there are no ads. I am so happy.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my jo
For auld lang syne
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet
For days of auld lang syne

We twa hae run about the braes
And pu'd the gowans fine
But we've wander'd mony a weary fit
Sin days of auld lang syne

And we twa hae paidl'd I' the burn
Frae morning sun 'til dine
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin days of auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my jo
For auld lang syne
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet
For days of auld lang syne

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp
And surely I'll be mine
And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne

And there's a hand, my trusty fiere
And gie's a hand o' thine
And we'll tak a right gude-willy waught
For auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my jo
For auld lang syne
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my jo
For auld lang syne
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne

Robert Burns was awesome.

The things you see when you don’t have your 100% emoji or your haggis/kilt/Scottish flag emojis.

Discovering that the Galaxy S9+ I've had for a few years is IP64 rated. It went through an entire wash cycle in the clothes washer and came out just fine.

Cross posting here as this thread gets traction. I just wrapped up The Last Guardian on PS5 and I can only say wow what an experience. If you have it in the PS collection or it's been a while definitely take your time to work through the game. Like all games from Team ICO it's worth every drop you can get out of the experience.

I hovered over it last night from PS+ collection, wondering if I should install...

I finished Ico on the PS3 re-release but not SotC. Never have went back to either, but it did seem fun.

Robear wrote:

Discovering that the Galaxy S9+ I've had for a few years is IP64 rated. It went through an entire wash cycle in the clothes washer and came out just fine. :-)

In my opinion, there's no better feeling when you resigned yourself to believing you destroyed something pricey and then it turns out you didn't.

I had learned about the IP certifications a year or so ago for ruggedized gear for the military, and to see it pop up in the phone context - and actually *work* - well, I was amazed. My wife literally pulled it out of the wash and the login screen came right up. I was soooo relieved.

Happy Dave wrote:

Thank you. I gotta say, having a story out there on the internet that people enjoy is tough to beat for a slow drip-feed of nice comments. It's been fantastic seeing how people react to it.

I like your story very much Please write more.