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This is a shirt I might just have to buy, for the high levels of geekiness it exudes: Cyber-Vitruvian Man. =:D

Rather a fun idea for a fundraiser - to raise money for World Food Program USA, they're basing each meal on one UN member country's cooking. United Noshes: "Hi! We’re Jesse and Laura. We’re cooking one meal from every United Nations member country, in alphabetical order, as a dinner party and fundraiser for World Food Program USA. We host most dinners at our home in Brooklyn, with an occasional meal in another city, and cherish breaking bread (or naan or whatever is appropriate) with friends – both new and old. Whether physically or virtually, we hope you’ll join us on this (usually) tasty journey!"

A good, detailed examination by Ars Technica on just how SSDs work, via whitetail.

If you have photographic interests and an iPad, Laminar looks potentially interesting, with a reasonably advanced feature set, and the ability to work on RAWs - and it's temporarily free.

Looks like it could be good: Flight, directed by Robert Zemeckis, starring Denzel Washington as a pilot who emerges from a nigh-miraculous landing with nearly all passengers alive - but what actually happened that day?

But, of a slightly furrier bent is Blue Sky's forthcoming (May 2013) release, Epic. Personally, this seems like by far the most interesting project they've embarked on since their early days of the superbly wistful, somewhat melancholic Bunny.

If you have an interest in international news, this opinion piece also serves as quite a useful insight into the complexity of the current situation in Syria, and the many disparate factions and backers.

How have your experiences been with grocery deliveries? In the past, I mostly used Ocado, particularly with a cheap introductory year to their delivery pass scheme, offering any number of deliveries for a (then) small monthly fee, albeit still with the £40 minimum per order. Things I found with Ocado: generally very few substitutions, vegetables immaculate, and the one hour timeslots do help cut down on the necessary waiting around. Their crates system makes for rapid deliveries. Tesco: two hour slots are a bit of a pain, but otherwise seemed to be fine. Sainsbury: perhaps just a result of the local depot, but I was finding the vegetables were often getting old even on arrival, leading me to ditch them fairly quickly. Waitrose: two hour slots as well, not as tight an operation as Ocado, and their groceries site is a bit of a mess by comparison with the others; upside, there's no delivery fee involved, but with a £50 minimum order, with vegetables arriving in perfect condition, and branded lines now all price-matched with Tesco. (Now, if only Aldi or Lidl offered delivery..)
 
 
 
 
 
 
I use http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk/ to do the browse/shop part so I can find out which one is cheapest. I've pretty much stopped relying on them for fresh fruit/veg, because that depends on who picks them out and so it's always a risk of getting the bruised stuff, so delivery tends to only be for frozen/freezable and cupboard filling.
Hmm! That does look interesting. Is it possible to prepare a list and upload it, or do you need to go through the process manually?

Mm, the big benefit of delivery's in the avoidance of heavy lugging - for me, that's mostly 2l bottles of drinks, plus cider and beer, as well as a modest selection of canned stuff like borlotti beans, tomatoes, and artichokes. With Waitrose and Ocado, I've never had any troubles with fresh vegetables, so I tend to get an assortment thusly as well, although I'm somewhat limited by the modest fridge/freezer size. (With the last delivery only on Monday, I'm pretty much at capacity in the fridge and larder, so it's not even worth dropping by the small Sainsbury nearby to check on their reduced goods. I also need to remember to check out the Co-op on campus occasionally, though any visit to a supermarket is always a temptation to spend money.. that's one of the great things of shopping online - seeing an accurate running total as you go)

I otter check out Tesco again - ISTR their diet colas were quite cheap, and I tend to go through a dozen or so bottles in a month, although their participation in that wretched "workfare" scheme puts me off going with them. Do you know if they've recanted?
Rather a fun idea for a fundraiser - to raise money for World Food Program USA, they're basing each meal on one UN member country's cooking.

That's quite neat! I wonder where they get all the ingredients.

I really should keep an eye on this, too, so here's a syndicated account: unitednoshes. :)

How have your experiences been with grocery deliveries?

Don't have any. :) But my cousin and his family have a "vegetable subscription" at the local farmer's market where they get a selection of all sorts of stuff every week. They don't know what's in it in advance – it depends on what's ripe and available –, but they'll also get something good and fresh. He likes it a lot.
Well, if they live in Brooklyn, I imagine they can get just about anything, maybe including fresh durian. =:) It looks as if they're not averse to substituting as necessary or preferred, though, which I'm fine with. (Gods know, my cooking routinely melds spices and pastes from China and Africa, even in my Bolognese =:)

Cool beans! Just added the feed to my flist. ^_^ I definitely could use some shaking up of the menu, although I suppose it's always a bit different when cooking just for oneself, rather than getting something prepared for a few people.

Ah, yes, I've seen such places advertise here and there, but I've never yet tried one out. I should do so, given meat and vegetables aren't things you can just load up on periodically. The former, of course, would be an option with a larger freezer, but this is more a shelf-high compartment that somehow still manages to be home to quite a bit of stuff. =:) I imagine the cost may be higher than in a supermarket (though ideally not, given the low prices the chains pay for their goods), but if it's all going to be fresh and local, it'd certainly be worth a look.
Well, if they live in Brooklyn, I imagine they can get just about anything, maybe including fresh durian. =:)

Maybe. :) I really doubt they can (easily) get everything, though — although it's not the first time I've heard that assumption. I've never been to NY and don't know how much of a melting pot it really is, but certainly there must be things that simply aren't available?

That said, yeah, I imagine it'll make it easier, at least.

Ah, yes, I've seen such places advertise here and there, but I've never yet tried one out.

Might be worth it!
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Yay!

We could really do with an overhaul of the money designs, with a wildlife theme. If Australia can do it, why not the UK? (There's no hope for US money, unfortunately - terminally dull)
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Maybe one of the mustelids? Badger or otter come to mind. The species could even become the names of the notes.. =:D
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How 'bout a wolf? We're lovable and fluffy. ^^
No (wild) wolves in the UK, though.
That could be changed! >:)
the complexity of the current situation in Syria

My guess is that the "Syrian front of World War III" is just an opening gambit in a war whose primary aim is to distract people ("maintain order") while the world's economies implode due to 80 years of mismanagement.

If the US sides with Turkey and then China sides with Syria, does that mean that the US Treasury doesn't have to pay interest on all those bonds that China is holding?  How many deaths would it be worth to avoid those payments?

Greece, Italy, Slovenia, and Spain are NATO members who owe Germany lots of money that can never be repaid.  If they send troops to Syria in Germany's stead, that could help the balance of payments considerably.  This works especially well if one evaluates the Syrian civilian deaths as having approximately zero value because they're not Europeans.

Petroleum is Syria's chief export.  Any questions?
I use Tesco and Asda!

I think i've been to an Asda once in 20 years as its miles away but use them for delivery, i do this because they do some products that Tesco, Sainbury and morrisons don't sell. The thing i like about them is that you can change your order upto 10pm the day before delivery, so if you place your order and then remember something you can change it