I received my JOT Portable Battery Base for Google Home Mini from a prior meh sale today. It’s usually about $35 around the web but meh had them for $19. I’m very impressed with it and I like that I can free my mini from the wall because I don’t usually use my phone for entertainment. I do listen to a lot of spoken word, OTR and podcasts though on the mini. This this is quite an upgrade. Here it is in action:
I like it so much I’ve gone over to this little-known website called morningsave.com where they are peddling it for $20 and ordered 2 more. Sweet!
meh.com VMPs can receive 10% off and free shipping by using the coupon VMP
@therealjrn Consider canceling the Morningsave order and order from Newegg and likely have your item by Thursday?
After your glowing review I seriously considered this, but couldn’t imagine any need for a portable Home Mini. My house is populated with Lenovo Smart Displays, I also have on in my office, I never listen to music, so no need for a portable streamer. I want it, but I cant’ figure out what I’d do with it.
@ruouttaurmind Oh, I don’t think I’m supposed to cancel this late anyway. I got them for $18 each so I can wait. I didn’t even know these existed before and really, I only need one mini to be portable.
Technically, I only need one toilet too but it is nice to have more than that.
I just thought it would be nice to make all 3 of my minis portable.
@therealjrn I have one Mini which I replaced with a Lenovo Smart Clock. I’m considering moving it to the car as my own version of Echo Auto. Maybe I could use one of these JOT batteries for that purpose.
Target had Anki Overdrive sets on clearance and someone on Woot told me there were fun. Has anyone played with them? Will my teenagers join in or will I be playing all alone?
I spent about $110 for the starter set, the Fast and the Furious starter set, and two jumps. I’m trying to decide if I should return them.
@ruouttaurmind got this for my wife a few weeks ago when they didn’t have whatever flavor she had asked for. I might have had a few bites on the way home (y’know, so it didn’t melt and leak in my car) and it was pretty tasty. Would recommend.
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Tool box is included, but those plastic boxes don’t hold up well to lots of travel. If you’re gonna put this thing on your bench in the shop or garage, and there it will mostly stay, you’ll be fine. If you’re gonna carry it around a bunch, get thee a steel toolbox.
Oh, and unlike many tool sets, this one doesn’t artificially jack up the tool count by including 100 assorted screwdriver bits.
How about free? Is free a good price? Our most excellent October goat @aetris posted some pretty spooky stories, but Tor posted some more in their November newsletter. All free original fiction from tor.com.
@ruouttaurmind yes, yes! You would be quite impressed with my “external use” tool collection. My dad made sure I was self sufficient from a very young age and that included ensuring I had and knew how to use all kinds of “external use” tools.
@tinamarie1974 Ok, I’m ready to be impressed. What power tools do you have? Can you change a tire, or the oil in your car? Are you able to drive a standard transmission? Change a sink faucet washer? Change a sink faucet?
@ruouttaurmind so I drew my line in the sand as a teenager when it came to “car issues”. Dad was very frustrated with me because I would not learn to switch out spark plugs, chaing oil/tires, etc.
That said I have changed out headlights and batteries. Does that count? I would like to learn to drive a stick, but I don’t know anyone who has one OR is willing to let someone learn on their vehicle. So nada on the stick shift to date.
Can I change a faucet, yes. Also worked side by side w my dad rebuilding my deck last year. We put up composite. My biggest issue was removing old decking. I didn’t always have the upper body strength to pull the old nails and required assistance from him.
My next project is related to my Pex manifold. For some reason a bunch of the valves have seized up. I need to swap them out with new ones. Watched a few Youtube videos, seems pretty simple.
Shouldn’t everyone know how to do that entire list.
Well, maybe except for the standard transmission, yes. I’m feeling like driving a stick will likely become an obsolete skill as automotive technology advances and standard shift transmissions become as uncommon as vehicles without aircon or a radio. It’ll be one of those things “old people used to have to do”. Like using a phone book or encyclopedia.
@Kidsandliz recently posted a topic titled Did you ever question whether or not you are a real man? but there is a flaw in her flowchart. This was apparently omitted as an oversight:
Do you own a 18" chainsaw? -> No -> Sorry, you are milquetoast.
Not my flowchart (grin). Your addition is pretty good though
@ruouttaurmind my next vehicle probably won’t be available in stickshift, and i will be sad. I have bought exactly one automatic car in my life, and the 4 speed slushbox was the main reason i only had it four a couple of years.
At least modern DCTs keep the pep and mpg, but optional paddle shifting just ain’t the same as rowing through the gears.
@medz@therealjrn Was today poo-pourri? I think they have an cow out back that produces that stuff. Anyway the website is down which would make it a difficult sellout even if they didn’t have a few tankers full of it.
Also for veterans:
Renember shopping on post at the PX / BX / MCX? The AAFES website ( https://www.shopmyexchange.com/ ) is open to all veterans, not just active duty / retired ones. If you’re a veteran, you can log into AAFES, and take advantage of all the deals you could purchase at the BX / PX / MCX. And it’s tax free!
@OldCatLady@sammydog01 I bought each kid a pair last year. She uses them for swim and loves them. He decided he needed a pair for “twin day” at school, and I reminded him that he had one that I bought last year. He tried them on and said, why didn’t I wear these sooner, these are comfortable!!! Smh. so matching rainbow pairs this year!
Google Play is offering a couple hundred free audiobooks. Many are short stories, but there are also full-length titles in there as well. If you’re a Morgan Rice fan, there are a handful of titles to choose.
Well, after scrolling through about half of the eligible items, it’s mostly biking, hiking, camping and Zippo gear.
If any of those are your thing, and you have the Amazon Prime Rewards card, it might be worth a perusal.
There’s also a smattering of random items from other categories, including routers and other networking/tech equipment.
Hey @tinamarie1974! I was doing laundry like a madman today because I’m giving away my W&D tonight and used just one of these pods on a big load of tshirts. It didn’t suds up a bunch but the shirts came out clean and fresh. I’ve been using Sam’s club powdered Wind Fresh in the big bucket for so long. But these Tide Pods did the job!
@ruouttaurmind Got mine! And by mine I mean my kid’s. I’ll pull one out of my closet for me. Hmmm, teenage mutant ninja turtles or Olaf? I have a Schleich one with farm animals too. I might save that one for my kid next time Lego thinks a house burning down is a good idea for an advent calendar.
I’ve been scoring some mad deals at https://www.bradsdeals.com/
I’ve gotten a customized door mat (Xmas gift for brother), customized metal wall sign (Xmas gift for bro), about 6 pairs of shoes (all for me!), an amazing and incredibly light—yet extremely warm puffer coat from 32 Degrees (seriously it’s like a magic coat), a beautiful state-themed metal ornament, a fancy and huge Ulta makeup kit (for the niece) with a free brush and bag that was $39.99 and ended up only being $16 with free shipping thanks to Brad’s deals.Too many deals to count, just check out Brad’s deals and you can also customize what type of deals you’re looking for. Have I mentioned how great the deals are???
Can someone recommend a good tire pressure gauge? I broke mine when I was filling up the tires on my van, today. I guess they just don’t make gauges like they used to. I’ve only had this one for fifty years.
@RiotDemon I believe you are talking about the pencil gauge. This is the one I had. Mine was made in England. I bought it when I purchased my first Schwinn bicycle. Of course, the company is no longer in business…
@Barney Look for the electronic Craftsman ones to go on sale for $15. Big digital screen with a backlight and a LED flashlight for seeing the tire stem in the dark and finding the cap when you inevitably drop it.
For a car thingy, the WAF is very high. If they’re on sale, get one for every car to put in the glove box/trunk/door pocket. Super easy to read and use. The flashlight comes in handy at night reading the door panel specification for tire pressure. Though to be honest, it is almost always 32 PSI and good enough.
@Barney I am not a fan of digital tire pressure gauges. Because, batteries. Also, the digital displays are generally difficult to read in bright sunlight or dim lighting.
Stick type gauges are notoriously inaccurate.
A quality analog dial type gauge will provide accurate pressure readings. No batteries to replace means it’ll provide maintenance free service for many years. Unfortunately they’re more costly, but it’s money well spent. AutoMeter or Intercomp would be among the better quality gauges, but also the more costly.
Something like this would do a good job for you if you’re using it only for the car, but this one would also be suitable, at about half the price, and would also work for higher pressure bicycle tires.
@ruouttaurmind thanks for those suggestions. I can’t find mine (haven’t been able to find it for several years) and at some point in the future I need to get one. Meanwhile my garage is really nice about checking air pressure for me prior to going anywhere.
Sales might be around BF or Father’s Day. It’s a modestly priced gift/tool thing. Setup a slick deals alert and a camelcamelcamel alert and wait.
Also, this model has big digits and a backlit screen, so nighttime use is not an issue. The battery is what powers the backlight and small flashlight, neither of which any analog dial pressure gauge will have.
@therealjrn Already have 2 (a 6qt and a 3qt), and picked up the new Sous Vide model at Costco (also $20 off, I think). This one is for a promotional giveaway, so snagging it for under $30 is a slick deal, as they say. The old 6qt and my Anova (sous vide cooker) are going up on CL.
This month’s book selection from Tor.com’s free ebook club is Seanan McGuire’s Down Among the Sticks and Bones
Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.
This is the story of what happened first…
Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.
Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got.
They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.
They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices. https://ebookclub.tor.com/
I just posted this over on Slickdeals. It’ll either be ignored or catch on and sell quickly at this price.
Hellmann’s Spicy Hatch Chile Vinaigrette Salad Dressing 1 gallon - Pack of 4 for $12.62 w/ S&S after $8 coupon
Four one gallon containers. $8 coupon on site to be applied to Subscribe & Save only. Cancel S&S at any time. Normal price for this on other sites is $40 and up.
Size: 1 gallon (Pack of 4)
Spicy Hatch Chile salad dressing ideal is for putting a flavorful twist on green salads and grain bowls
Made with real Hatch Chile pepper; introduces guests to trendy, exciting new flavors
Excels as an ingredient in marinades, dips, and more
Specially developed for use in restaurants, hospitality, and other commercial applications
Comes in a bulk gallon salad dressing container; contains no artificial flavors or colors, no added MSG, and no high-fructose corn syrup; Vegetarian and gluten-free
Hellmann’s Charred Tomato & Garlic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
1 gallon - Pack of 4 for $12.24 w/ S&S after $8 coupon
@Barney@RiotDemon I’ve been trying to find a Hatch Chile & Cilantro dressing that Aldi had as a seasonal item. No one else seems to make one and this one has cilantro in it so I’m hoping it’s the same stuff. Guess I’ll know when my S&S date arrives.
Unfortunately there isn’t a 1/4" drive SAE set included in this sale.
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Cheaper than buying individual sockets to replace lost or damaged tools from your existing set, but smart money says don’t buy all three sets to compile a master set. At that point you’re probably better off buying one of the larger sets.
I bought the 3/8" SAE set because my old Craftsman ratchet is thrashed, and I’m missing a few sockets, so I’ve got my value from the set.
I found out Best Buy has The Big Lebowski [SteelBook] [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [Blu-ray/DVD] [2 Discs]  for 5 bucks, free shipping. I don’t know what “steel book” is but I’m going to find out.
No spoilers please, I’ve like, never seen the movie, man.
Nothing says Peace on Earth and celebrates the birth of the baby Jesus more that a GIANT INFLATABLE WHATABURGER SANTA. Available for a limited time–make sure you’re the first on the block to get one! He stands a tall 7.5 yards.
Only $86. They don’t say how much shipping until you’re completing your order, but I’m sure it’s worth it.
Here’s another thing I bought today from Woot. At $11, not a bad price for a little toolkit to keep around in the car, or in the kitchen…yes I bought 2 of them. So sue me. Sterling Tools 44-Piece Compact Tool Set
@RiotDemon@sammydog01@therealjrn while you are looking at deals, could ya keep an eye out for an all in one printer that can do 12x12 too, please?? probably ink jet… I want to put it on my Christmas list, but darn they are expensive!!!
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
We certainly know Wonder Woman’s power here on Meh to come crashing into all sorts of places…
Trouble sleeping and fan noise helps?
Woot has the LectroFan for $33. Normally $50.
Best money I’ve spent. No bug box, and you can travel with it a whole lot easier than a box fan, and it wont wear out and has volume settings for when you travel with it.
I just got home and was going to post this on SD but it’s already gone FP over there. So if you want one, now is the time. Great price for a decent cart. And it worked perfectly for hauling three bags of weed-n-feed out to my truck.
Oh ya! BS linky. Enter your zip code and BS will tell you if your local stores have any in stock.
@medz might I recommend the collapsible wagons for that? This 800 lb steel wagon might be a little beefy for trips to the car, and the collapsible ones can even come along for the other end of the trip if necessary.
@djslack It’s a rural driveway situation. Gravel, mud, grass, rough terrain, and slight incline. Wants to be able to leave it out in the weather so it’s there when she gets home and can throw stuff in it to pull to the front door and vice versa.
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The Lenovo Smart Clock is Lenovo’s answer to the Amazon Echo Show 5. Well, rather, The Echo Show 5 is Amazon’s answer to Lenovo since the Smart Clock was first to market.
It’s basically a bedside-sized version of the Lenovo Smart Display that I rave about ad nauseam. Supports live streaming from a variety of video doorbells and security cameras, notably Nest Hello doorbell and Wyze cameras, but others are supported as well. Disregard early reviews, as Lenovo released firmware updates which enable some of the features which people pined for at first release, like photo slideshow, YouTube, etc.
@ruouttaurmind I’ve been running the Echo show 5 in tandem with Google Home Minis. The Echo seems to lose connections a lot with a certain podcast and radio I listen to and certain news briefs that I like always stutter on it.
No, it has a solid connection to the wifi (same as the Google Minis which seemingly don’t have this problem) I’m going to ditch Alexa save her turning off and on lights, running timers, and such.
I’ll probably sell the Echo 5 cheap and just keep the Dots.
@therealjrn I started with an Echo Dot a bit over a year ago. Then I got the Google Home Mini in that Spotify promotion last November. I just seemed to bond with it better than Alexa. Since then I’ve shelved the Mini and replaced it with two 10" Lenovo displays, a 8" Lenovo display a Smart Clock plus one more Smart Clock on the way. What a difference a year makes.
@ruouttaurmind Thanks! But I’ve got it set to “Featured Photos” for now. I might go through my photos to see what I might have. My daughter has taken a lot of pictures of the grands that are up on FaceBook. I used to download them and print off select ones for Mom’s refrigerator. I can probably go thru her posts and collect a nice album. : )
Pardon me for being off-topic, but I have a question that I don’t think warrants its own thread, and this seems like as good a place as any to ask…
There’s a series of TV commercials for Alexa devices where a person in the ad issues a loud, clear command to Alexa. I don’t remember the exact words, but I know one of them is something like, “Alexa play (x song).”
My question is, if you have an Alexa device, does/will it respond to these commands?
If not, why not?
If so, isn’t that not only a pain in the ass, but also kind of unethical?
I’ve never had one of these devices, so I don’t really know exactly how they work.
I thought maybe you set them up to only recognize and respond to authorized voices, but I have given voice commands to a friend’s Alexa and it worked, so…
TV advertisers aren’t really known for ethical practices.
Ain’t that the fucking truth!
I have an old iPhone, and Siri has been doing alright by me. Still discovering the things she can and can’t do.
Yesterday, for the first time, I dictated a text message to her while driving, that was fun.
Awhile back, my ears popped while I was driving and that made me curious…
Asked Siri, “what is my current altitude” and she told me, which I thought was pretty cool.
@DennisG2014@therealjrn You can’t really change the Google Assistant wakeup phrase, but they give you the option of “Hey Google” or “Ok Google”. Plus, as I recently discovered after leaving a plastic part soaking in acetone overnight… Google Assistant also responds to “Hey! Goo!”.
I used to rely on Siri for all this stuff. Then I allowed IoT stuff to invade my life. Unfortunately Siri isn’t good with IoT. Siri is not supported by a large number of smart home devices.
@DennisG2014@ruouttaurmind@therealjrn lately my Google has been responding to Ok, Boomer. Happened several times while watching people talking about the meme. He keeps saying, “I don’t know how to respond to that.” Which is funny, but annoying.
It’d be nice to know that they’re intentionally not triggering consumers’ devices instead of the other way around.
Having worked as a sound recordist for many years and being generally fascinated with the physics and perception of sound, I think it’s kinda neat that they can manipulate the audio to keep the devices from responding while the human listener doesn’t notice a difference.
@DennisG2014@sligett that is interesting. I just saw an ad on Hulu last night for the new Whirlpool range that is voice activated by Alexa and Google. None of the ok googles woke up my mini. I still sat there and wondered about it as they were telling the oven to preheat to 400°. How crappy would that be if it did activate it and you didn’t notice.
@tinamarie1974 Aww thanks! I’m sure he’d love it but he’s quite the chewer. Gumby would be a multiple amputee in minutes. Though he has a plush log with three chippies and other than one no longer having a nose, he hasn’t destroyed it yet. Will have to consider it, maybe for Christmas, although he spends more time on the box than the toy anyway!
Originally $50. I don’t know anything about this kind of axe. I don’t split much firewood living in the desert. But it’s hard to imagine it’s any more efficient than a splitting maul. Still, for under thirteen bucks? Probably worth a shot.
@djslack@ruouttaurmind at 5 minutes in you can see the effect of the lever action better. The hook looking bit hits the top of the log and that creates the rotation that makes it split. Interesting. Not sure why I’m invested. I haven’t sat at an outdoor fire in years, and definitely don’t use them inside.
For those that missed it, there is a $3 off manufacturer coupon good until Feb 2020 (nake sure you have the right one) that they used to lube up the public before slipping in a $3 price increase. The going rate pre-coupon was $17 for the 40lb bag.
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@RiotDemon The Ducale (The Duke) is aged 15 years and the Imperatore (The Emperor) is aged 25.
The best value is the normal offering. These two are the premium ones (due to the aging) as they are the most concentrated and nuanced of how the Modena balsamics are made. Recommended only if you really want to splurge – and have had the regular offering, the Botte Piccola to compare for starters.
@RiotDemon Not when it goes on sale around the holidays. Since they have the new flavored multi-pack and the high-end ones up right now, it seems like they’re holding out the Piccola gift boxes for a special deal.
The $35-$40/btl price is about right for the Piccola on the woot sale. A bottle lasts me about a year, but I’ve cut back lately.
Also, I’d trust Woot to absolutely be the real deal over a random reseller peddling potentially tampered or knockoff product (i.e. watered down or replaced with store-brand not-even-made-in-italy balsamic “flavored” vinegar).
It’s not even close to the Cavedoni, and I’m talking the Botte Piccola stuff. The other, more aged stuff is transcendent.
You’re comparing Box-o-Wine (Colavita) to a decent Cab (Piccola) to a vintage Bordeax (Ducale/Imperatore). The price reflects the quality of ingredients, one of which is aging in barrels on a Modena estate, and using a “mother” that has been alive for generations and is specific to the family and terrior, and comparing it to acetic acid and chemical “flavor profile” ingredients mixed up in a lab.
@djslack@RiotDemon you people are a badddd influence… 3 Lowes near my house has the drill press for $49. One happens to have if for $29, not as good as your clearance, BUT the kid will like it until we have a place for my fil’s full size drill press!! (Ordered for pickup, let’s see if they really do have it in stock)
@djslack I don’t need this and don’t have a Dremel, but now that I know it exists I want it so bad! But I’m probably going to move next year, and should wait to buy a bunch of stupid stuff I can’t use until after I move. It’s so sad. I mean, I’m still buying stupid stuff, but not as much.
@sammydog01 I bought a bunch of Aldi advent calendars to send to family, but holy crap shipping has gotten insanely expensive (for retail). Cheapest shipping for these was $15-18 and it went up to $29 for the ($10-$20) toy calendars. No flat rates due to size.
If I do it next year I’ll probably just order from Amazon and have them delivery. UPS, Fedex, and USPS are taking a lot of the joy out of sending presents.
Swing Design has a Black Friday sale going on.
2-pack of 2mm Cameo kraft blades for $10 (preorder), the Ultimate Foil Quill kit for $74.99 (normally $145), Silhouette Studio software upgrades discounts, and much more.
Use the code swingdesign10 for an additional 10% off your order (doesn’t apply to vinyl purchases or software upgrades). I thought I’d try it on my order (kraft blades, foil quill set, and vlr) and it worked even on the sale items.
@CaptAmehrican I bought two sets last year. It’s a ton of bricks for the price. The kit comes with instructions for building 8 or 10 different smaller projects, so it doesn’t just leave the kiddies (or grown kiddos) without any direction. Very good value.
This is not the be all end all of 3D printing, but if you’ve wanted to fuss about with 3D printing, this is an excellent piece of equipment to get your feet wet and decide if this is a hobby you want to pursue.
@sammydog01 You’re not kidding. I tried for a couple hours to buy the Disney train last night. Thankfully, after sleeping on it, I decided a Disney train wasn’t in my future. So the crashy site saved me a few hundy.
@ruouttaurmind I was trying to buy a set that wasn’t even on sale and kicking myself I didn’t do it the day before. I do like that train though. I saw a nifty Lego train display today. My winter village train is motorized- I should stick to that.
Stonecoatcountertops.com is having a sale on their countertop kits. Two gallons of plain epoxy is $190 but you can get their ultimate kit that comes with two gallons, and a bunch of colors and glitters for $180. You can also use code hero15 to save an additional 15% off.
I’ll be redoing my kitchen next year and the countertops I really like are all upwards of $4k. I don’t have that. I started looking for alternatives. Started with concrete and realized that would be very difficult for me. It also would still be pretty expensive. There are some nice laminate choices out there now but I did the math and the epoxy counters are going to be the least expensive, but I can customize them however I want.
You can also use this stuff on top of existing counters to update them.
They’ve got really informative videos.
I might sound like a paid advertisement at this point, but I’m just really excited that they had a sale. I can’t wait to update my horrendous kitchen.
@djslack Well, when you put it that way…
I must admit that I haven’t looked at buying power cabling for a long time…
In fact, since I have shopped for heavy duty outdoor extension cords relatively recently, I may have been channeling that nomenclature inadvertently…