Looks like my favorite, Clover produced Half & Half and Heavy Whipping Cream is disappearing from shelves of Bay Area Trader Joe’s stores. For years this was my favorite place to buy these products. The cream from Clover’s Northern California is superior to many other producers. Products labeled as Trader Joe’s Heavy Whipping Cream and Organic Whipping Cream (from Clover plant 06-691) are currently being replaced by Rockview (plant 06-98), a Southern California product that is nowhere near as good. The heavy cream is slightly thicker in consistency but virtually tasteless. Reminds me of some other Ultra Pasteurized products, where the flavor is virtually cooked out of it. Clover’s had a clearly superior ‘cream’ taste – the difference is like night and day! What’s also unfortunate is that these products now have to be shipped all the way up from Los Angeles instead of nearby Marin County.
I’ve been experimenting with better DSLR equipment so I jumped at the chance to go shoot my friend Erica Mulkey aka Unwoman perform at a wonderful private event that took place at Oakland’s Vagabond Ballroom. Here’s more of the pics I took that night.
I’ve always wanted an excuse like this to get the ultimate toy for myself – a RC helicopter! I imagined it would be cool if it could fly my Canon G9 overhead and take some groovy aerial video and photos. Well, this guy went for it and mount an awesome Canon 5D with it’s ability to shoot gorgeous 1080p HD video.
Like he says in the video, crashing is NOT an option!
Now that the installation of Windows 7 RC installed on my Media server is giving me the countdown to death, it’s time to upgrade with a retail copy of Windows 7 Professional. Microsoft doesn’t support upgrading the free Release Candidate version to the retail version, but there is a easy workaround posted at Icrontic. The advantage of doing it this way instead of a ‘clean install’, is that you can keep your installed apps and settings. Another how-to is posted by Colleen of TWiT fame on her site, theV01d.com.
After pondering this for a moment, I decided to just do a clean install. It actually goes quicker than running this hack and I only had a couple programs installed [Boxee and VLC], so re-installing apps was a breeze. I just installed over the old XP partition on my Media box and was up and running. I then deleted the RC partition to free up some space.
On a lark, I decided to drive up to Petaluma and visit Leo LaPorte’s TWiT Cottage where he and crew produce TWiT.tv shows. During my visit I watched the recording of Macbreak Weekly, which features Leo, Alex Lindsay and Andy Ihnatko.