Conspicuous Consumption

A $180.00 steak sandwich speaks for itself (or should for that kind of $$$!).

At Don Wagyu, a new sandwich shop in the financial district, a five-ounce piece of steak, imported from Japan, can cost as much as a hundred and eighty dollars.

But hey, it’s served in a small wooden box, tied up with a ribbon and stamped with the establishment’s logo, the head of a louche-looking steer with a cigarette dangling from its mouth.

Old Farts Club

The origins of the Old Farts Club can be traced to the mid-1990s, when Smith and his daughters would meet at the nearby Bristol Bakery for morning coffees. By 2000, several Bristol Rotarians joined in, growing the group to around eight members.

 

OLD FARTS CLUB founder George Smith, 92, shows off a mug with a picture of the most senior member of the club — 107-year-old Bill James — who also attended last Wednesday’s coffee klatch.

Membership in the Old Farts Club can be an ephemeral thing, given the fragile stage of life that most of its members have reached. But if members may come, go, and sometimes slow down a bit, the club itself shows no signs of going anywhere.

“I’ll have them for as long as they come here,” Chamberlin said. “It’s town history. Just to have them as part of Cubbers is an honor.”

Each day, Chamberlin opens his doors to the Old Farts hours before the restaurant’s official opening at 11 a.m. But, he explained, his accommodation is only a small way of repaying the esteemed group, whose members who have contributed to the community in many ways, include retired teachers, postal workers and firefighters.

“All of those guys did their service,” he said. “What’s a cup of coffee?”

Eerie, But in a Good Way

An unusual transplant may revive tissues thought to be hopelessly damaged, including the heart and brain.

Kate Bowen with her infant, Georgia, in the intensive care unit at Boston Children’s Hospital. Doctors tried to revive the baby’s heart with an infusion of one billion mitochondria.

 

Close Encounters – Bear Edition

It came in through the kitchen window.

A black bear, similar to the one that burgled a Pownal home. Illustrative photo by Ryan Poplin via Flickr

POWNAL — A quest for a midnight snack led to a close encounter with wildlife for one Roizin Road resident Monday.

If you’re visiting and encounter a bear please complete a Vermont Fish & Wildlife report.

Report all bear conflicts to Vermont Fish & Wildlife using the following link:  https://anrweb.vt.gov/FWD/FW/WildlifeBearReport.aspx

Apple Joins Microsoft and Adobe with Patches

It’s another Patch Tuesday week with Apple joining Microsoft and Adobe in issuing security updates.

Pain Reduction Tip: Keep a current image handy as it’s much easier and more certain to restore your system if you encounter a bad patch than attempting to back it out/uninstall it.  And be especially mindful with Windows 10 and Office 365 automatic updates.

Apple Releases Multiple Security Updates

  • iTunes 12.8 for Windows
  • iCloud for Windows 7.6
  • Safari 11.1.2
  • macOS High Sierra 10.13.6, Security Update 2018-004 Sierra, Security Update 2018-004 El Capitan
  • watchOS 4.3.2
  • tvOS 11.4.1
  • iOS 11.4.1

Adobe Releases Security Updates
Adobe Acrobat and Reader, Adobe Connect, and Adobe Experience Manager.  And of course, as always, the not to be gone soon enough Adobe Flash Player.

See Krebs on Security for a full overview and recurring admonition to ditch Flash. 

 

 

Memory Lane – Laptops

I just remembered that once, log ago and far away (mid-1980s), I had an NEC PC-8201 (Radio Shack marketed it as the Tandy 100), quite possibly the first “laptop” computer.

It ran 16 hours on 4 AA batteries!   It’s probably stashed away in one of the overwhelming number of boxes yet to be unpacked from my last move (2005) along with any number of technological artifacts.

Quick Facts:

Announced:     March 1983
Price:   US $599 w/ 8K RAM
Weight:            3.8 lbs.
CPU:    80C85, 2.4MHz
RAM:   8K, 32K max.
Ports:   RS-232, parallel port, bar code reader, 300 baud modem
Display:           40 X 8 character LCD display
Power: 4 ‘AA’ batteries or external 9vdc power supply
Storage:           audio cassette in/out
OS:      Microsoft BASIC v1.1 in ROM

I even stumbled across an active project site devoted to it.

I’d take it with me on walks, stop and sit with my back against an old tree and type away, expressing whatever was on my mind at that very moment.  Not being one to discard things unnecessarily, I probably have those old (ancient?) missives archived on some floppy, firmy, tape, or CD/DVD somewhere.  <grin>  Hard to convince myself that even if I did find and resuscitate them, it would be significantly illuminating.  But then again…………………..

Garlic Fest 2018

Join garlic-lovers from throughout New England as they come to sample food and crafts from hundreds of different vendors, all made from -you guessed it – garlic and herbs!

Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids and, of course, plain garlic bulbs of every variety will be available for sampling and purchase, along with planting and braiding and cooking demonstrations.

For aspiring gardeners, garlic growers, garlic-lovers or those simply looking for a fun way to spend a Vermont end-of-summer day, the event promises something for everyone.

For the kids there will be face painting, inflatable fun jumps and other great children’s activities. Take time to wander around the spacious lawns sampling garlic delicacies and enjoy the festivities. Relax at the Beer and Wine Garden under the tent listening to live music both days.

Saturday & Sunday
September 1st and 2nd 2018
10AM to 5PM
66 Colgate Heights, Bennington, VT 05201

TICKET INFO:
Ticket prices are as follows:
$6.00 adult on line purchase (+ service fee)
$8.00 adult at gate
$2.00 child 12 and under on-line purchase (+ service fee)
$2.00 child 12 and under at gate
$10.00 adult two day pass on line purchase (+ service fee)
$12.00 adult two day pass at gate
Parking is FREE | Service Dogs Only

 

Fur Babies

 

Is there no limit to what can be spent on our pets?  I offer Neuticles, prosthetic testicles for neutered pets, for your consideration.  Over 500,000 (is that each or pairs?) since 1995.

And don’t get me started on cloning!

Barbra Streisand revealed in an interview that two of her three Coton de Tulears had been cloned from her beloved late dog Samantha, who died last year at the age of 14.