That OC Register article, “Meat-centric Foodbeast festival,” got me salivating for this meat-fest. And if it took me extra effort to find info, let me share what I found with you so we don’t all have to search high and low for the deets. Meat Street is happening on Saturday, April 22, 11am-11pm.
The website is EatMeatStreet.com where you can purchase tickets in advance; something like this has a good chance of selling out, the VIP part of it anyways. And, who doesn’t love a good early bird discount (before April 10th)?
There’s also a Facebook event page (official) and Yelp event page (unofficial)—where lots of foodies apparently connect with one another. Do you think Yelp and Facebook will reach more people than OC Register? If there were a way to track that, it’d be fascinating statistics.
What is this event? FOODBEAST’s MEAT STREET presented by The Makers of The SPAM Brand at MainPlace Mall will feature dozens of EXCLUSIVE food items available for individual purchasing or an All-You-Can-Consume VIP ticket (that includes beer!). Prepare yourself for ALL TYPES of Meat Centric Items
Time to upgrade from saving account logins and passwords in a single Safari browser and moving into a cloud-based password locker like LastPass so that account info can be securely accessed from multiple devices and multiple locations.
Found this help MacWorld article “How to migrate browser-stored passwords to a password [ed.note: I couldn’t get this to work, but your mileage may vary]:
1Password can natively import a few text formats, like comma-separated values and LastPass exports. But it doesn’t include any tools for importing from Safari or from Keychain Access. Instead, a 1Password user has created documentation for iCloud Keychain exporting and a script that converts many password-storage formats into one compatible with 1Password.
1) Use Keychain Access on OS X to create a new keychain. User will be asked to select a password for the new keychain. In my testing it was critical that this be the same as my login password for OS X.
2) Use copy/paste to populate the new keychain with about 160 records from iCloud into the new keychain. This is actually kind of complicated because it involves all the metadata for each account, not just the password. cmd-c and cmd-v won’t do the job. I had to go through and select the records I wanted, then right-click and choose “Copy 160 items,” then go to the new keychain, right-click, and choose “past 160 items.”
3) Then comes hardest part. Either one endures the maddening series of entering the keychain password and clicking “OK” 160 times in a row, or editing and learning to use the applescript provided by another forum user. I chose the latter, and repeat the script here for completeness:
tell application “System Events”
repeat while exists (processes where name is “SecurityAgent”)
tell process “SecurityAgent”
set value of text field 1 of window 1 to “password”
click button “OK” of window 1
To use this script, the user can open the OS X application “Script Editor.” Paste the lines above into the editor, and substitute the word “password” with the user’s login password.
After I right-clicked and selected “paste 160 items,” I had to go to the open Script Editor window and click the triangular “Play” button. Then watch as my obscured login password was entered followed by a click on the “OK” button 160 times. Took less than a minute.
4) After closing Keychain access, in the OS X the command line, i typed
security dump-keychain -d new.keychain > keychain.txt
note that “new.keychain” must be replaced with whatever the user chooses as a name to hold the credentials being transferred.
5) Convert and import the keychain.txt file as per the convert_to_1p4 README file (use the keychain.txt file, or whatever you call it, as the name of the to-be-converted file instead of pm_export.txt).
Do you like how emails try to get your attention in the subject line? Would these subject lines make you click and open their email newsletter? Here’s some recent examples from Staples.com:
- 😉 THANKS: You received a Staples ink promo! – Don’t miss out on all these ways to save!
- 🙂 Hi there! Here are your COUPONS. – Want more savings? Click here!
- 🙂 OPEN ASAP: You’ve acquired an up to 50% discount. – Start saving even more!
- Are you tech savvy? Up to $50 off these gifts! – Start saving even more!
- ATTN: YOUR ink & toner discounts have arrived! – Don’t miss out on all these ways to save!
- Confirmed: Promos are inside. – More unreal deals are waiting inside!
- Don’t miss out. $30 coupons inside. – Shop Staples — save every time. DAILY DEALS STAPLES
- Earned it ✔ You made the list for a COUPON for 15% off! – Want more savings? Click here!
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- It’s yours – $15 ink & toner rewards. – More. More. More ways to save!
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- Special thanks! Up to $200 off this tech must have! – More. More. More ways to save!
- THANKS! You’ve received paper for $29.99! – Ready for more savings? Click here!
- Under $30 –– great gift ideas! – Don’t miss out on all these ways to save!
- Up to $250 off — time to upgrade + Last Chance for Cyber Deals! – More unreal deals are waiting inside!
- Up to 50% off –– save on chairs today! – Don’t miss out on all these ways to save!
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- You’ve acquired a $200 discount. It’s confirmed! – Start saving even more!
- You’ve made our list for 15% off ink & toner! – Ready for more savings? Click here!
What’s interesting is where Staples.com places its email subscription form for their daily deals and exclusive offers. It doesn’t look like it’s easy to find on every web page for some reason.
Not Just Coffee: Starbucks’ Rise to Success
By Maria O’Connell
An average of six new Starbucks cafés open in the world each day. In fifteen years, Starbucks has not only seeped into 37 countries and all 50 states, but has grown from100 stores to 13,000. The chain serves about 40 million customers each week, giving jobs to 25 million coffee farmers. Starbucks infiltrated the American landscape more quickly than any other company in history; it was rated by Interbrand as the fourth-most effective brand in the world, after Apple, Google, and Ikea.
Fascinated by Starbucks’ rise to fame, Taylor Clark, a freelance journalist from Portland, Oregon, recently released his first book–Starbucked: A Double Tall Tale of Caffeine, Commerce, and Culture. In it, he creates a detailed picture of Starbucks’ road to success, explaining how the organization integrated its way into society so effectively and so quickly.
Taylor claims that the secret behind Starbucks’ appeal is the incredible amount of control it exercises over its image. All decisions start and end with the company’s ringleader, Howard Schultz. Everything at Starbucks is planned. It is not just a Starbucks’ coffee that you get when you walk through the café doors; it is a Starbucks’ experience.
It was after careful psychological research that the company first decided to have white cups with green writing, “tall” lattes, natural materials, and round tables. Starbucks interviewed hundreds of coffee drinkers, seeking what it was that they wanted from a coffee shop. The overwhelming consensus actually had nothing to do with coffee; what consumers sought was a place of relaxation, a place of belonging. They sought an atmosphere.
The round tables in a Starbucks store were strategically created in an effort to protect self-esteem for those coffee-drinkers flying solo. After all, there are no “empty” seats at a round table. Service counters are built out of natural materials like warm woods and stone, rather than plastics and metals, to create a homier atmosphere.
Instead of ordering a “short” coffee or tea, one orders a “tall” at Starbucks. The company intentionally formed their own coffee lingo, which by now could be recorded in a dictionary of coffee terminology. The terms “tall,” “grande,” and “venti” are the size options that Starbucks offers. The company was correct to assume that once their customers learned the lingo, other coffeehouses, where you must choose from a small, medium, or large, would make them feel uncomfortable and out of place. Starbucks’ coffee lingo gives the customer a chance to escape from American monotony and experience a charge of European sophistication.
Not surprisingly, the white and green Starbucks’ coffee cups were deliberately designed as well. These cups were created to be a walking advertisement for the company. Evidenced by more than 2 trillion customers each year, it worked.
Starbucks also has other branding secrets. The company will never discount drinks. Schultz is all about the image. He makes the point that you would never see a “buy one, get one free” deal on a Jaguar. In an effort to create brand prestige, he refuses to allow discounts. In addition, print ads for Starbucks often thank customers for their support of specific humanitarian concerns, such as tsunami relief. Starbucks donates money to many social causes. Thus, people are not only buying coffee or enjoying a relaxing atmosphere, they are also positively contributing to society.
The creation of Starbucks is a true story of success. Its marketing techniques have and will become an example to retail stores around the world. Undoubtedly, the Starbucks brand has been imprinted into history – making it one of those companies that will never disappear.
Starbucks Fact: “Contrary to popular belief, Starbucks actually boosts sales to nearby mom-and-pop coffee shops.”
For more information, please refer to Taylor Clark’s Starbucked: A Double Tall Tale of Caffeine, Commerce, and Culture.
This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 at 3:26 pm with 1 comment
WordPress.com is a most wonderful gift to humanity, powering thousands and maybe millions of blogs and websites for everyday people along with some VIPs too.
One thing that’s a bonus feature in the WordPress admin is to link self-hosted (powered by WordPress.org) blogs to the global dashboard at wordpress.com for all blogs, both the ones at wordpress.com and self-hosted ones, under a section currently known as Linked Blogs. And having one dashboard for all your blogs is nice to view stats and to do other admin things in one place.
A little background for those that like context: how blogs get added to the “Linked Blogs” section of the global dashboard is using the JetPack plugin from the self-hosted blog/site’s admin, and your blog/site gets linked when you click on the “Connect with Jetpack” button.
But, sometimes a domain expires with a self-hosted WordPress blog and you can’t access it no more, or you just want to remove the linked blogs from the global dashboard while you’re here.
Some others have come across this dilemma too, as these search results indicate:
- 2016-10-15 — How can I delete linked blogs from my WordPress.com dashboard?
- 2016-09-10 — Delete linked blogs from my admin page dashboard.
- 2016-07-15 — Please delete Linked Blogs.
- 2016-07-11 — Remove Linked Blogs
- 2016-05-20 — Delete Linked Blogs
- 2016-01-21 — Linked Blogs
- 2015-12-30 — delete linked blogs
- 2015-12-09 — Removing Linked Blogs
- 2015-12-06 — linked blogs
- 2015-10-11 — remove linked blogs
After some intensive searching, found the answer at Disconnect Jetpack Sites, where it says:
You can find step-by-step guides below that will help you remove a self-hosted WordPress site you had previously connected to your WordPress.com account thanks to the Jetpack plugin.
And here’s the answer! Remove an old site that is no longer online from your WordPress.com account. In other words, these are the instructions for how to remove linked blogs from your wordpress.com dashboard.
In case you don’t see the “disconnect site” link on the left-hand side, try selecting that site (by clicking on blog/site title) & go down under section “Configure” & click on “Settings”. You might see this notification:
That’s ok. Then scroll to the bottom of that page and look for this:
There it is, click on “DISCONNECT SITE”, confirm, and you’re good.
Aside: There are clear instructions for how to delete a wordpress.com site or blog. But be fully-aware that deleting a site permanently removes it and you’ll never be able to re-use its WordPress.com address (such as yourgroovysite.wordpress.com).
Yes we know the largest libraries of online streaming videos are Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Instant Video. Plus, you could count Crackle too. (For this post , we’re not counting the pay-per-view streaming movies that could be purchased at online stores at iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube, and others.)
But there’s more.
Here’s some other online libraries with 1000’s of movies and shows that can be streamed online, either free or for a basic subscription of under $10/month. (cf. Beyond Netflix and Hulu: 4 worthwhile movie streaming services.)
Fandor – “In terms of the breadth and depth of the cinematic experience, it would be hard to beat Fandor. For $10 a month, you get access to hundreds of motion pictures, from rare, serious European features to educational shorts and the silliest exploitation flicks.”
Mubi – “Every day our experts introduce you to a film they love and you have a whole month to watch it, so there will always be 30 extraordinary films for you to enjoy.” // if you like their taste in films, they’ll pick ’em for you so you don’t have waste time browsing through 100s and 1000s of average movies to find a great one to watch
[photo credit: canistream.it]