Trader Joe’s Dumps Clover

The Dude gets his Half & Half

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.

Love Them Chandeliers!

I’ve noticed the chandelier motif is very popular – similar to the baroque style wallpaper backgrounds you see everywhere in the design world.

Here’s three recent samples I’ve seen right here in the SF Bay Area.

Citizen Space – a co-work space I’ve used in the South Park area of SOMA.
Citzen Space SF

Beauty parlor in Berkeley’s 4th St. shopping district.Bare Escentuals

And last, but not least, Pesto Bar Café  in Sebastapol. (I’m trying to dig up a photo of their chandelier featured sign.

Oaklavia

I participated and rode my bike around the streets Oakland – what a blast! Maybe this should become a permanent Sunday event? Downtown Oakland is mostly a ghost town on the weekend anyway.

HD Video from a RC Helicopter!

Aerial video with a Canon 5D , 7D helivideo.com from Eric AUSTIN on Vimeo.

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!

20 Highest Radiating Cell Phones

Hmm, is your ear feeling a little too warm?
source: cnet.com

Manufacturer and model SAR level(digital)
1 Motorola V195s 1.6
2 Motorola Zine ZN5 1.59
2a Motorola Rival 1.59
4 Kyocera Jax S1300 1.55
4a Motorola VU204 1.55
6 RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 (Sprint) 1.54
6a RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 (U.S. Cellular) 1.54
6b RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 (Verizon Wireless) 1.54
9 Motorola Crush 1.53
9a Nokia E71x 1.53
11 Pantech Matrix 1.52
12 LG Rumor 2 1.51
12a RIM BlackBerry Bold 1.51
14 HTC SMT5800 1.49
14a Motorola Droid 1.49
16 Sony Ericsson W350a 1.48
17 LG Chocolate Touch 1.47
17a Nokia 2320 GoPhone 1.47
17b Palm Pixi Plus (Verizon Wireless) 1.47
17c T-Mobile Dash 3G 1.47

Upgrading Windows 7 RC to Retail version

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.

Visit to the TWiT Cottage

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.