You may have read the blurb in the newspaper that DPL is the first electronic patent depository in the country. Well, it’s true, but what does that mean to you, John Q. Inventor?
If you have an internet-connected computer, you can already easily search patents to see the originality of your idea the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s search page. However, advanced searchers will find a more streamlined experience using our PubWest searching station, which only Patent Depository libraries hold.
And, of course, we have a direct line of support to the USPTO to help you get your searching endeavors off the ground.
Who likes mobile computing?
Alright, question #2, who likes not getting their lap burnt?
The ayes have it.
Staple a cushion to the base of a cheap cutting board and now you can enjoy the best of both worlds for much cheaper than you would pay for such a product at a store.
In another month, every break room and front porch is going to be loaded with well-intentioned zucchinis, cucumbers, and tomatoes from benevolent friends and neighbors.
But in the interim, take this recent advice from Lifehacker. According to them, it’s practically a standard equation at the supermarket level regarding deep price markdowns to salvage some return on the product before the freshness date expires.
To compound it, Wednesday may enable you to harness overlap between the the two-week span’s advertising circulars.
It makes sense, and it’s actually true. I figure whatever they aren’t going to be able to work into the next day’s salad bar gets the big red sticker.
Frequently I get seven bagged salad mixes that were $3 once they become $1. That’s the only time to buy. If you pay more than $1, you paid too much. If there’s nothing there for $1, select another style of mix that they are unloading.
Congratulations, you paid $7 instead of $21 for your week’s lunches, you genius.
Apparently the leafy greens in there turn into a pumpkin coach after midnight as opposed to something that is completely edible and delicious we all can safely consume for an additional 7 to 10 days.
Bless you freshness date.
If you’re not French-pressing, you’re shortchanging yourself.
A recent convert, and not for lack of trying from others, I’ve rationalized that it is more than win-win. Four wins. That’s right, a quaternary level of winning. Insert hackneyed, two months’ stale Charlie Sheen reference here if you’re that person, followed by a sound life-examination.
1)It’s green. No filters showing up in the landfill. And after you’re done with it, swish the grounds around in some water and dump them onto a potted plant or garden bed of your choice. Apparently, plants love the stuff and worms will turn rock hard clay into aerated loam because you discarded your morning joe bilge there.
2)You use less coffee. I reckon up to a third less. There are a lot of oils and nuanced flavors that come through that you weren’t getting before. So your coffee dollar goes further. Frugal readers know that is one greenback that isn’t going near as far as it used to in the global marketplace.
3)You get more caffeine. There are scientific types that take this stuff very seriously…to a lab coat level. They’ve determined optimum extraction occurs somewhere between 190 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Your Mr. Coffee percolator is at best about forty degrees shy of that mark. If you slug it out of a wide-brimmed soup cup like I do, cool down time is not an issue.
4)You get a whole bunch of counter space back. Think of all the cool stuff you could put there instead!
Yeah, so you’ve got to learn how to boil a small amount of water and you can’t set a wake-up timer on it. Buck up. You get to feel like a chemistry major without floating a D grade-point average. Also, you’ll have to start looking at the microwave to see if you’re running late. It’s worth it.
Notwithstanding any preconceived notions about either store, I was as shocked as you will be when several unbiased sources pitted the monolithic Wal-Mart machine against a spirited Minnesota-headquartered box store called Target and the latter won. I had no idea this was possible. Any readers out there have anecdotes where David beat Goliath?
According to one savvy reader of The Consumerist, if fellows crunch the numbers and start shaving old school, they can rack up quite a savings. Hundreds of dollars a year, in fact. Many guys marvel at the appalling cost of cartridges that seem calculatingly designed for planned obsolescence.
There are hobbyist sites devoted to the discussion and manufacture of retro hardware, soaps, and brushes.
So in addition to the financial savings, you get to join the fraternity of every guy you’ve seen in a Western, war movie, or Mad Men’s Don Draper.
I’m interested in both factors, but think I may go through more than $160 a year in bandaids.
I’m really looking forward to listening to Moby’s latest effort, Destroyed. In fact, I like the guy more every time I read something about him.
It’s hard to encapsulate what he does, since as a multi-instrumentalist with electronic roots, he’s switched styles so many times over the years.
Obligatory Moby facts:
- He’s the great-grandson of Herman Melville, hence the chosen stage name.
- The deluxe version of the new album comes with a book of his photographs
- Until recently, he discretely waited tables at a small restaurant just because he liked to
- Didn’t use to lock his doors until he discovered a youth under the influence wandered into his living room. He gave the young man a sweatshirt and ten dollars for breakfast.
Check out Destroyed and our other new releases at Davenport Public Library. Fresh albums are starting to pick back up again with the warm weather.
No, it’s not a neat hybrid of Hoarders and Extreme Couponing, but merely an impression after viewing a piece of an episode of the latter.
Widely-renowned and nationally-syndicated consumer savings columnist Jill Cataldo broke apart a recent episode of the TLC hit with Zapruder-like detail to reveal what fundamentally is theft, your perception depending on the plumb of your ethical barometer.
Far be it for me to not want a great deal or occasionally sneak one past the goalie. There’s also the “everyone else is doing it” defense, or the “system allowed it, so it’s fair game.” I’m very familiar. A practitioner, in fact. And honestly, why does a grocery’s UPC system treat all code families from certain product manufacturers as interchangeable? I don’t know, and none of us can expect a checker to parse through 4 carts of items for validity. On an off-note, who would pull a stunt like this in public without wanting to go take a long hot shower for want of feeling like such a sleaze?
But, it stands to reason that when you game the system for $1800 worth of merchandise for $100, there’s no down-on-her-luck-plucky determinism origin story that can explain away why the suburban mom needed sixty bottles of yellow mustard to sit on a heavy duty rack in the garage. You aren’t going to make that much potato salad. There’s some kind of pathology here.
It’s easy to do because of the remoteness of the nameless, faceless victim. Guess who it’s not? It’s not the manufacturer, or even the store. Its the saps that have to help eat that loss. The rest of us with a semblance of decorum.
In other news, the show also features “extreme” Nathan Engles, who rather than counting and hoarding groceries, puts together care packages for military families. Very cool.
We’ve gotten a taste of springtime. That’s when mother nature melts away winter’s desolation to reveal your pets’ nasty lawn-offerings, and the creepy crawlies that have been festering in wait come alive.
PUNKS! Lots of them! This many in a month can not be a coincidence! Artistic relevance optional…
1) Blink 182′s drummer has a promising solo effort with various hip-hop artists
Travis Barker – Give the Drummer Some
2) Dropkick Murphys let their Boston-baked punk effort loose for proper staggering just days before custodians mop up half-digested Guiness stout at your local corporate Irish-themed pub.
Dropkick Murphys – Going Out in Style
3) Garage rock dressed like the Ramones for hipsters:
The Strokes – Angles
4) I guess?
Avril Lavigne – Goodbye Lullaby
5) As if it wasn’t destined for multiplatinum status, Billie Joe and Co. have impishly included half of a swear word on the cover for maximum fifth-grade shock value. Here’s crossing fingers that he tilts at the windmills of perceived authority and administers a remedial civics lesson over someone else’s obligatory three chords. I find that in his matured efforts he uses this hands-free specialization to focus his efforts on gesticulating, standing on speakers, and wearing eyeliner.
It worked on me 16 years ago, and he’ll do it for your high-schoolers today. Wait, that means they’re old enough to be my….. and that makes me…….. AWW MAN!!!!
Green Day – Awesome as F**K
6 and 7) I’m not familiar, but hey, let’s milk this for all we’ve got…
Rise Against – Endgame
Yellowcard – When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes
8) Their lead singer just got divorced from the gal in #4. My money is on lyrical combinations of life’s unfairness, pain, and unrequited love.
SUM 41 – Screaming Bloody
Have you caught it yet?
We finally received the 1040 Instructions at the Davenport Public libraries, for which the phone has been ringing nearly continuously.
Due to 11th-hour filibustering at the end of the legislative session, the IRS had to edit/print paper tax publications and reprogram the computer processing systems. Do not expect leniency on getting your return in, however. E-filing will begin in mid to late February and the deadline stands at April 18th.
If you didn’t receive a print publication in the mail this year, it may be because you didn’t paper file last year. The cost-cutting measure saved millions of dollars in postage and paper stock, albeit with some confusion.
Outside of the IRS office, libraries are the only place where you can get forms if for some reason you still haven’t attempted filing online. Though a slower and typically less-accurate process, some people prefer the paper method.