Why I can’t connect Spotify to speaker

I have the Spotify app open on my iMac desktop and an Amazon Tap speaker on the same wifi network. But why won’t the Spotify auto-detect the speaker? Found the answer at Spotify Support

Connecting to a device using Spotify Connect

If you’re playing to another phone, tablet, or computer, make sure all devices are logged into the same Spotify account.

Bottom line, there are 2 requirements:

  1. You must have a premium account
  2. You have to be logged into the same Spotify account. And, apparently being on the same family account doesn’t count as being on the same Spotify account, so not everybody in my family can control the speaker.

But this doesn’t quite make sense, because my son is able to play to the speaker on Spotify and he’s using a family-connected account. Will have to troubleshoot some more..

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Does the Plum Ginger Hibiscus Iced Tea have caffeine at Panera Bread?

It’s hard finding a drink at restaurants that has no caffeine and no sugar, besides water. But water is kinda boring, right?

So for those of you that like eating or co-working, or both, at Panera Bread, what can you do? Besides the Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi, what else can you do? Well, after some intensive research, I found some answers thanks to Twitter and Panera Bread.

First, I found that the Panera Bread’s Tropical Hibiscus Iced Tea has no caffeine, according to this tweet from 2013, but I’m not sure if that’s on the drinks roster any more anywhere. It’s not on the current website (at the time of this blog post).

And, confirmed by @panerabread on Twitter, the Plum Ginger Hibiscus Iced Tea has no caffeine either!

What’s nice about the Panera Bread website’s drinks page is that they’ve also noted the amount of caffeine in its drinks under nutrition information, even though caffeine is not a nutrition.

There are 2 other Panera Bread drinks that have no caffeine: Passion Papaya Green Tea and Prickly Pear Hibiscus Fresca. Woohoo!

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In case you’re wondering, why isn’t the amount of caffeine a product contains required on a food label? – here’s the answer from the FDA:

The Nutrition Facts Panel on food labels is required to include recommended dietary information for nutrients. Caffeine is not a nutrient. It is a natural chemical found in such items as tea leaves, coffee beans, and cacao (used to make chocolate). If caffeine is added to a food, it must be included in the listing of ingredients required on food product labels.

Battery for 2012 Toyota Prius c

There are 2 batteries in the 2012 Toyota Prius c: 1 big one for the hybrid engine (aka hybrid battery pack) and 1 small normal one for the electrical accessories and starting the engine (aka auxiliary battery).

Found out I had a dead battery last night, so I wound up researching to find the battery needed to replace it. Thought I’d share my research so you can save some time. Essential battery info:

  • 12-volt battery
  • Dimensions: L- 9 5/16 in.; W- 5 1/16 in.; H 8 15/16 in.
  • Terminal Type: SAE-JIS Pencil Post
  • OEM Part Number: 8171-767

And other specs on the battery can have some variance, like cranking amps, amperage, width, length. Height is very tight in the Prius c, so look for a perfect fit there.

According to Amazon.com, the battery that fits the 2012 Toyota Prius c is this: Optima Batteries 8171-767 (DS46B24R) YellowTop Prius Battery. Amazon.com comment says this battery also fits the 2nd generation Prius (2004 – 2009).

Others batteries that appear to be compatible for Toyota Prius and Toyota Prius c are:

Duracell Ultra Platinum AGM Battery for 2012 Toyota Prius L4 1.8L 325CCA Hybrid Car (Batteries Plus)

Bosch Premium Performance Battery Group, Size 51 – Part #: 51-440BAGM (Pep Boys)

For this 12-volt battery, you can expect to pay around $200, give or take $100.

Here’s a series of videos that shows you how to change out the battery in a 2012-2015 Toyota Prius C.

In case you’re curious, I went with the Bosch battery because Pep Boys is closest to home. And, I couldn’t drive to the store for them to install the battery for free, because the car had a dead battery. So I had to remove the old battery, bring that into the store for recycling, and install the new one. Worked up a sweat. This is the second car incident when I’ve had a car with dead battery. What’s bad about it is that there’s no warning for when the battery is going to die, it just dies. Your car just won’t start. And you’re stranded. With all the technology advances today, you’d think someone would have developed a warning alert or something.

On another note, here are articles about the hybrid battery pack:

The Ultimate Guide: Toyota Prius Battery Life, Cost, and Warranty (Green Car Reports, 2011)

Replacing A Dead Prius Hybrid Battery Doesn’t Have To Cost Thousands Of Dollars (Forbes, 2014)

Our Point of View: Prius Battery Change is No Big Deal (Toyota, 2008)

Church van tragedy in Mineola Texas 25 years ago

Five killed in church van accident

June 8, 1992 (UPI)

MINEOLA, Texas — A church van and a cement truck collided at an intersection in northeast Texas Monday, killing five people and injuring ten others, the Department of Public Safety said.

The DPS said earlier that six had died, but spokeswoman Laureen Chernow corrected that figure Monday night.

The van was registered to the Grace Chinese Baptist Church of Richardson, a Dallas suburb, and it was enroute to an East Texas youth camp, the DPS said. All the victims were in the van which burned after the collision.

The vehicles collided at 12:26 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 69 and Farm-To-Market 564 loop at Mineola, about 70 miles east of Dallas. It was not immediately known which driver was at fault, the DPS said.

‘It (the van) was traveling east on Farm-to-Market 564, the loop around Mineola, crossing U.S. 69 when it was struck broadside by the southbound cement truck,’ Chernow said.

Carroll Caskey of Quitman was the driver of the cement truck registered to Transit-Mix Lafarge Corp. of Tyler, she said. He was not injured.

‘It (the van) was enroute to the Brookhaven Retreat near Hawkins,’ said Trooper Buddy Owles. ‘I have heard this was one of a group of three or four vans headed for the camp.’

The injured teenagers, ages 14 to 17, were taken by helicopter and ambulances to the East Texas Medical Center and Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. Some were transferred later to Dallas hospitals.

Chernow said late Monday the Richardson Police Dept. was notifying next of kin of the dead, and would not release any names until all had been notified.

East Texas Medical Center spokeswoman Dottie Roark said the conditions of the victims ranged from ‘serious to critical.’

Friends and relatives gathered at the Richardson church to await news about the victims. Paramedics were called to treat one victim of hyperventilation.

Info for 4/22 FOODBEAST’s Meat Street Food Festival

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.onlh9d-b88909997z.120170329140259000ga8m0e39.10

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.

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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

 

How to removed linked blogs from wordpress.com

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:

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:

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That’s ok. Then scroll to the bottom of that page and look for this:

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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).

 

what’s not allowed on a WordPress.com blog

It’s not the easiest thing to find with mobile devices driving web design and oversimplified user interfaces, but having a blog powered by wordpress.com does come with some basic guidelines and rules for what content is allowed or prohibited at a wordpress.com blog, known as its Terms of Service (https://en.wordpress.com/tos/). And, occasionally the terms are updated and noted in the change log, most recently on October 9, 2016. The content that’s prohibited isn’t unreasonable but they should be made known and easier to find. Thus this blog post.

Here’s a mention of what content is prohibited and not allowed on wordpress.com blogs:

“make sure that none of the prohibited items (like spam, viruses, or serious threats of violence) appear on your website”

… you are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content or your conduct. That is the case regardless of what form the Content takes, which includes, but is not limited to text, photo, video, audio, or code. By using WordPress.com, you represent and warrant that your Content and conduct do not violate these terms or the User Guidelines.

Here’s more details about prohibited content from the WordPress.com User Guidelines—

User Guidelines

To be transparent about what is and isn’t allowed on your site, we’ve put together this set of guidelines. The following activity/material isn’t allowed on WordPress.com.

  • Illegal content and conduct.
  • Intellectual property infringement.
  • Pornography.
  • Technologically harmful content.
  • Impersonation.
  • Directly threatening material.
  • Posting private information.
  • Advertising.
  • Hotlinking to WordPress.com.
  • Spam or machine-generated content.
  • Bear in mind that these are just guidelines — interpretations are up to us. These guidelines are not exhaustive and are subject to change.

And, WordPress.com is not to be used for archiving of tweets, as noted in a previous post titled WordPress.com is not for archiving. In case your blog gets an “account suspended” notice for an unknown reason, contact the good people at WordPress to inquire, via en.support.wordpress.com/suspended-blogs.