Battles With Boredom

July 21, 2013

Is Anyone Doing This yet? Pre-order My Favorite Drink On Arrival

Filed under: Apple,Coffee,Internet,Mobile Devices,Techspeak — Peter Nikolaidis @ 6:53 pm

Starbucks: Love 'em or hate 'em, you have to admit, they are doing something right.

Since moving to the Boston area, I’ve had the pleasure of actually using cool technologies a lot sooner than I used to in rural Vermont. For instance, Starbucks’ mobile app, allowing me to order and pay for my drinks with my iPhone, or Stop & Shop’s “Scan It!” app that lets you itemize what you’re buying as you go through the store, saving time at checkout because you’ve already accounted for everything and don’t need to itemize them all again. Granted, I’ve never gotten it to work completely for me, so I question how much time Scan It! has saved me, if any, but I digress.

I’ve mentioned an idea in the past on the Pocket Sized Podcast, with respect to Starbucks and their mobile app for iOS, but I don’t know if I went into details. The Starbucks app allows me to save my favorite drink, in Starbucks lingo, so instead of trying to order a “small latte with caramel syrup, the sugar free kind, two shots,” and getting confused as to whether I meant espresso shots or syrup shots, etc., I can whip out the app, refer to my favorites list, and say “Short 2-pump Sugar Free Caramel Nonfat Caffe Latte, please.” Theoretically this will save time.

But… why can’t I, upon entering the shop and connecting to Starbucks’ (arguably the slowest) free wifi (network on the planet), tap on my favorite drink, and go straight to the pickup line? You already know who I am. You already have my credit card on file. Now you know what drink I want. Granted, I might miss some thrilling conversation with the person at the counter, but that’s not usually so noteworthy as to be missed.

It doesn’t have to be Starbucks! Someone, please, make this happen. If it’s already being done, please drop me a line and let me know where.

March 26, 2012

apt-get install coffee

Filed under: Coffee,Humor — Peter Nikolaidis @ 8:44 am

peter@localhost:~$ sudo apt-get install coffee
[sudo] password for peter:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
  coffee caffeine caffeine-bin-common caffeine-common
  coffee-common libgcoffee2-4
Suggested packages:
  aspartame cinnamon-powder cocoa-powder espresso
  half-and-half milk nutmeg-powder saccharine skim-milk
  stevia sucralose sugar vanilla-powder
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  coffee caffeine caffeine-bin-common caffeine-common
  coffee-common libgcoffee2-4
0 upgraded, 6 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 30.7 MB/31.1 MB of archives.
After this operation, 107 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? Y

April 7, 2011

I Try to Get Out, But They Keep Pulling Me Back In!

Filed under: Food,Health & Fitness — Peter Nikolaidis @ 10:38 am

While my weight doesn’t appear to have moved outside the range that it was in while I was actively on the Slow Carb Diet. However, I seem to have less energy these last several days that I’ve been eating more freely, so I’m considering doing it again.

Wonderful. I’m feeling about as flip-floppy as a politician during election season.

February 24, 2011

Slow Carb Diet – Round Two

Filed under: Food,Health & Fitness,Personal — Peter Nikolaidis @ 9:54 am

After some consideration, and a week off, I’ve decided to try the Slow Carb Diet once again. Attending a couple of parties this weekend gave me inspiration on highly caloric foods that I may be able to binge on without making myself sick. My week off appears to have had next to no effect, ill or otherwise, on my weight, fat, or BMI, which is simultaneously heartening and disheartening.

February 14, 2011

Slow Carb Diet – Throwing In the Towel

Filed under: Food,Health & Fitness — Peter Nikolaidis @ 1:47 pm

After three weeks of my attempts at the Slow Carb Diet, I’m bagging it and throwing in the towel, or the napkin, as the case may be. Given that I have made no noticeable progress, I think I’m going to move on to just changing my exercise routine for a while instead.

I think there were a couple of reasons it did not work for me. First, I am already pretty close to my ideal body weight, even though I think my body fat percentage is still too high. Second, while the regular diet during the week was not hard, and was actually kind of fun, I had trouble with the weekly binge day. After years of training myself not to eat too much, that part was just too difficult to stomach (no pun intended). So other than pounding a pint of maple syrup every Saturday, I think wouldn’t be able to get my calorie intake where it was supposed to be.

If you have a lot of weight to lose, I recommend giving it a shot, and would be curious to hear if it works for you.

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