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.
@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.