@ruouttaurmind One thing to keep in mind, how much stuff that you’ve bought from Meh, really works, or rather, works the way you thought it would? Do you want to hassle with their warranty if there is a problem?
Actually, it’s decent reaffirmation of what my Spidey senses have been telling me since yesterday: this is too much money to take a chance on mediocre co. stores. Too many of my orders have arrived DOA or damaged, many took an unnecessarily long journey around the country after many days or weeks of “order processing”. I need to stick to a professional retailer for this much money.
@tinamarie1974, Thank you. I’m over it. My Target order will be here tomorrow and that is that.
@tinamarie1974 they’re slightly different in design than regular Staubs (different handle, different self-basting lid design) but if they are the same quality of construction and enamel this is a hell of a deal.
The Staub 4qt goes on sale for $99 every now and then but the larger sizes are usually up there.
Staub and Le Creuset have a kind of Blendtec-Vitamix thing going on with regard to which is the best piece of high end cookware. Both are great and both have rabid fans that will say the other one is inferior for reason X. And both have people that just buy them for decoration/status, too.
I wonder if any serious corners were cut in making this store brand version. I guess it’s off to read some reviews.
Code EXTRA is good for 50% off any item whose price ends in .98 or .99 through the end of the month. This looks like it includes all the W-S cast iron by Staub along with lots of other goodies. Many of those items are not available for shipping but may be available in store if you have a location nearby.
The 5.5qt is only available in red and the 7.5 in blue from the looks of it.
I had to bite on a 7.5 quart. Thanks for spending my money
Uh… I’m terribly sorry for your loss? Were you two close?
I am at a loss to imagine how this item appeared in my “Inspired by your shopping trends” list. I mean… you order some duct tape, plastic sheeting and a rope, and THIS is what Amazon thinks you’re up to???
@Barney I saw that over the weekend. Unfortunately it’s “miniblocks” manufactured by Tico out of Taiwan. So about half the size of regular LEGOs. If you look at the dims, it’s 2 inches tall, 1-1/4 inches wide, and 3/4 inch thick. I’m working on analyzing the photos and recreating it using LEGO bricks. Once I have the design figured out I can order the appropriate brown and yellow bricks from open stock at LEGO.com.
@Barney@RiotDemon Inspiring suggestion. But no, that wasn’t the plan. That would require many hundreds of LEGO bricks. The cost would rapidly exceed the value of the contents of all those BOCs I’ve ever received.
Also, I haven’t received a full size ? bag in a BOC for… dunno, 10 years?
@RiotDemon Of my last several BOCs, mostly I’ve received one of those 6x8 paper merchandise bags like they use for greeting cards in a stationery store. Easy enough to make a life size version of those. Kinda boring though.
@sammydog01 So it would cost about $30 plus shipping to build this with full-size LEGO bricks. And a couple of the required bricks are OOS or OOP in the Pick-a-brick at LEGO. A couple others aren’t available in appropriate colors.
@f00l I bailed out on my monthly subscription maybe a year ago. Since then I frequently get offers from Audible for 40% or 50% off for three or four month subscriptions, billed monthly. A couple months ago they also offered a $99 one year/12 credits up front plan. Just an FYI for anyone who has plenty of books in the pipe for now and may choose to wait and see what irresistible incentive Audible direct marketing may send their way.
@RiotDemon The one I got came up in the regular clearance category woot-off sale. I recommend using the app though. It seems to post the new deals a few seconds before the web shows them. Plus, you can preview the next upcoming deal.
@walarney I would say an irk is becoming more BoC like lately. Other than not having a couple amazon basics or cheep Chinese made items tossed in with the BoC. Irks I would certainly still rank higher in desirability though.
@Barney I received my BOC today from last Friday’s birthday Woot-off. Hopefully yours will be as acceptable as mine. Almost like they filled it with me in mind. It contained a jigsaw puzzle (a full-size name brand made in USA one, not the dollar store crap puzzles I’ve received in previous BOCs), a generic LEGO kit for building two little puppies, a DVD of Agents of Shield Season 2 (never seen this series but I might like?), a set of fitted sheet elastic retainer clip thingies (mom has been wanting a set), a little light-up keychain marquee thingy, some kind of crafting kit, a tub of stretchable poo putty and some kind of decorative iron wall hanger deal that I think is a frying pan hook maybe. Oh, and the ubiquitous green shopping bag. Overall a fun assortment, most of which will be put to use or regifted.
Fingers crossed yours shows up soon and has a few things you can use. Might help lessen the sting from the meh birthday IRK.
@Barney I’ve been very disappointed with the last couple IRK/Fuks. It’s been a bit since I received much more than some little bits of crap. Most of them have broken or incomplete electronic gadgets. But over the years I’ve had a few gems. Not long ago I received a pretty decent computer monitor marked “broken, return” but it worked perfectly fine when I tested it. Been using it with my Raspberry Pi.
I’ve never received anything particularly notable in a BOC, but it’s been rare that I got a box of totally useless junk. Usually at least a couple things I could use, or which amused me.
@ruouttaurmind There were a few other things such as 5 license plates for the New Mexico Aggies. Oh, and the bean bags came in a box of six, which made for a pretty heavy BoC when you add in the pan organizer rack for a counter that I also got. Um… who wants organized pans?
I’d contact customer service and complain about your defective marquee thingy. Something is definitely wrong with it.
@OldCatLady@tinamarie1974 I switched my office to LibreOffice about 10 years ago. We have had excellent success with MS Office document compatibility. A couple more complex Excel spreadsheets required some tweaking, but overall it’s been very painless. We receive MS Office documents from the outside world, and send MS Office compatible documents out on the reg, so “compatible” truly means compatible.
LibreOffice is safe, and free of ads, spyware or malware. Oh, and it’s totally free. LibreOffice.org
@OldCatLady@ruouttaurmind@therealjrn ok boys, so lets say I am working on my beautiful resume on this libreoffice. If I forward this beautiful document to someone that is using MS Office does it mess up formatting. Also can you convert from LO to pdf?
Not that I am looking for a new position…strike that…new job, but it will come up at some point.
In our experience, as long as the document formatting isn’t over the top, using unusual fonts, macros, complex tables, etc, the formatting is preserved well. Best bet is to try it, create a couple documents and move them back and forth and see for yourself how well it may (or may not) work for you. Since it’s free to download and install, and uninstalls cleanly, you really have nothing to lose but a little time. The potential gain is the money you would have spent on MS Office.
EDIT: After decades of spending thousands of dollars on MS Office I can’t believe I didn’t switch to LibreOffce long before I did. I always assumed “It’s free, how good can it be?”. Pretty darned good, that’s how good. We also use the companion email client Thunderbird Mail. Also free.
This title is MA compatible. Link your Microsoft Movies and TV account to MA and stream these films from a number of streaming services. I verified access in the following services: Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu, Google Play Movies. I have not yet tested in Fandango, but I hate Fandango, so who cares?
I stopped buying digital content a long time ago after getting hosed out of some movies by Fandango after the UV acquisition. I prefer to buy DVD and rip to digital. But at three bucks a film, this was just too convenient.
Will they protect you from getting the Coronapocolypse virus? No. Will they protect you from becoming Typhoid Mary and spreading the virus to others? Yes. But most importantly, they will absolutely protect you from getting arrested for not wearing face covering in areas where it is legally mandated.
I ordered a pack of these a couple weeks ago when they were $8. My order was shipped promptly and included a tracking number. Quality is decent. Early supplies of this brand were reported to have a high ear loop failure rate (detachment from the mask) but after using/sharing most of the box of 50 we haven’t experienced any such failures.
Yes, it has a metal nose piece, although the metal is pretty thin and won’t hold it’s shape quite as well as some other disposable masks I’ve used. One advantage to this over some other disposables: The metal nose piece is incorporated into the layered manufacturing process and can’t come off like has been the case for many of the disposables I’ve used.
@sammydog01 I’ve been taking mom to her oncology and doctors appointments so frequently I’ve been going through them like crazy. Some of the doctors offer masks, but they are the tie-on kind. What a royal PITA those are!
I have a couple N95 masks left and those things are awesome. They breathe so much easier than any of the disposables and they fit my face really well. Very comfortable wearing them all day in the office. I wish they weren’t so costly.
@ruouttaurmind cool! I saw some in related items that were $8 and had multiple colors including purple, but all the colors that weren’t blue were $22 per pack. This is not a bad deal to have some throwaways handy.
@ruouttaurmind The tie ones might be surgical masks. They are “better” filtration wise than the general public disposables. Of course a tightly fitting N95 is best for that. At MD Anderson if they didn’t like your mask they gave out surgical ones. They have a strip of foam rubber along the top. Helped a lot with glasses fogging (well and the nose piece held its shape really well too). I went to buy some of those online and discovered the company only sells to medical facilities. I am hoarding the 4 I have for situations where I have to go somewhere and there are too many people at the store (like the grocery stores here always).
@Kidsandliz These last precious few N95 I have are leftovers from when my stepfather was in the home hospice stage of his cancer a couple years ago. We were having him wear these when his friends and family would come visitin’.
When I moved boxes and boxes of medical supplies here with my moms stuff last year we had no clue six months later we’d be needing those masks and gloves. Kinda makes me regret using up all those N95 masks for mowing her lawn and stuff in the pre-coronapocolypse era.
@ruouttaurmind But who knew… and of course the shortage is also affecting those in professions outside of the health care field that use/need them as well.
In my personal opinion it would be worth throwing some federal money at the problem to build/retrofit/expand existing plants to make enough of them (N95’s, surgical masks, general use masks -that have functional nose pieces for starters and have foam strips) that they are again available, without price gouging, to the general public.
I received my second box of masks yesterday. Same as the first. Functional. Disposable. Now I’m hoping I have enough to ride out the remainder of the Coronapocalypse and the return of sanity and civility in society.
Tons of fun for any LEGO fan. This is not a tutorial, does not contain instructions or how-to guides, just 146 pages of awesome pics of top shelf LEGO dioramas created by talent far in excess of my own.