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  1. So ... I bought a new flat griddle pan for the stove top, and made a small batch of bacon for breakfast yesterday. The new pan has a ceramic non-stick coating (new to me) rather than teflon. The instructions said to use a light coat of vegetable oil rather than non-stick spray, and I did. I soon realized that I need to level my stove, because I had migrating bacon. It would start on one side of the pan and then migrate to the other by the sizzling action. I'd put them back and sure enough migration commenced again. I had not encountered that before. The pan was definitely "non-stick". The task seemed somewhat Sisyphean, but soon enough the bacon finished cooking and all was well. It was awesome as usual. The down side to using a stove top griddle is that the bacon oils splatter further than if the bacon is cooked in a frying pan with taller sides. So a little bit of extra clean up is required. (number of times the word "bacon" appears in this post = six, including the one in quotes)
  2. The article linked in the OP mentions them ... and I think they're an ingenious idea (i.e., "brilliant" in the UK). There are a few stores that do that here in the US, and homeless or other less-well-off people are known to fetch carts left in the parking lot by the original "renters" that couldn't be bothered to turn them in for their deposits. Lazy people pay a self-imposed tax, the unfortunates earn a small windfall (cynically ... maybe enough to buy a small cheeseburger off the dollar menu), and the stores save money by not having to hire cart fetchers at minimum wage.
  3. /giggles ... "save some for burgers tomorrow night." Right, like that'll happen. You must have mighty will power. I'd just make more for the burgers, but that's just me.
  4. You bet! I predict bacon will appear on this weekend's menu in one form or another.
  5. I read a lot of stuff because I don't watch TV. Some of it is boring, but some of it interesting. And some, like this latest article about making bacon just makes me hungry. According to the article author, my preferred method (non-stick pan) only rates a 6/10. I do note the author did not give out any 9s ... not to mention the subject itself is hyper-subjective ... so she's simply wrong. I've never heard of some of the methods she uses, and I've tried others but I like the compromise of speed and quality from my method. I could cook the bacon slower in the oven but let's be real ... the point of cooking it is to eat it, and the sooner you can eat it, the better things are, amiright? On the other hand, I've made microwave bacon, and I can attest to the finickiness of timing depending on the water content of the bacon slices in question. It's just not worth the risk of destroying a succulent piece or two of precious bacon by microwaving it. My method, as quirky as it is, works well by producing cooked slices that are crispy on the outside and meaty-chewy on the inside. My wife doesn't like me to deodorize the house with bacon smoke, so I found that if I cook it low and slow the temperature doesn't get above the smoking point of the fats and oils. I usually spray a square non-stick griddle pan with cooking spray (yeah, doubling up on the non-stick protection) which causes the bacon to not cling to the non-stick pan coating. And a low temperature tends to render the fat from the slices so they fry and crisp in their own juice. With the right cut, the slices don't curl ... much. I flip each slice no more than twice. The slices are pulled from the pan when they just start to begin foaming (those of you who've fried bacon in a pan should be able to recognize when this is). And cleanup is a breeze. I usually put the cooked bacon slices on a plate with paper towels, and them pat them down from the top with another set of paper towels. After patting down the cooked slices, I send the top layer of paper towels to the pan to soak up the fats and oils, then simply toss it in the trash when it cools. *tummy grumbles* ... /sigh ... I want a BLT for some reason ... So ... how do you prefer to make your bacon (or have your bacon made)?
  6. My bad. I read Lasraik's response as two sentences ... one not necessarily following the other. My kid worked at a large combined supermarket+retail store, and he said getting assigned to fetch carts from the parking lot (especially when it was -40° outside) was punishment for being caught doing nothing (or as Prince would say, "pretty close to nothing") ... and there were always plenty of kids to get assigned to fetch carts. So in essence, it was negative reinforcement used to promote a stronger work ethic.
  7. So to follow up on my earlier comment ... I also sometimes take the time to reorganize the carts at the return stall: large carts stacked together, small carts stacked together. I'm sick. I know. You can get more carts stacked neatly in the stall if they're not jumbled into a large pile. And no, I never worked for a retail market.
  8. Public service announcement: ROBOTS ARE GOING TO KILL US ALL!!!!!! That is all.
  9. I've advocated for a long time that viral or bacterial agents will eventually kill off all humans. We and our immune systems are relatively slow to react to the much faster ability of biologic pathogens to evolve. That is, unless Boag's theory is correct ... which it does have merit. In recent decades, my faith in people to select wise leaders has fallen to new lows. It only takes one dumb-ass in the White House or the Kremlin to push the shiny red button that will assure mutual destruction. I grew up during the cold war, so that is my frame of reference. Just as viable are the ideas that some jihadist terror organization (or even a socially adverse individual) will make a biologic pathogen in their garage and release it upon the world; with proliferation and easier access to technology, this becomes a more real scenario. Anyone remember the anthrax scares right after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US? Biologic terrorism is still a very real threat today.
  10. I was just reading this article on why people return - or don't return - shopping carts. It was interesting. But perhaps more revealing might be whether you admit your behavior. Be truthful. Please reply before peeking at my answer.
  11. I protest ... I have a right to catch Covid-19 if I want it. Damn gov'mint keeping me from catching the damned disease. In other news ... schools were opened ... aaaaaaannnnd now they're closed again. Waste of time. Should have gone straight for online teaching from the start.
  12. We're just gaining herd immunity the hard way ... in true 'murican fashion ... kicking and screaming about our rights.
  13. VR

    I don't have one, and I've been casually (not fervently) watching the market due to a lack of passion about the tech. That said, I'll just leave this link here about Oculus and Facebook ... note that this news justifies my anti-social media stance.
  14. Aim-bot? Air Force cheaters.
  15. I'll admit that when I first saw the video way back then, I didn't see the gorilla until after it was pointed out. I was too focused on making sure I got the correct number for basketball passes/handoffs. Now I can't help but see it. I think it is kind of like those "hidden pictures in a picture" artworks that were popular a couple decades ago ... an alternate image is hidden in plain sight. Once you know the image is there, you can't help but see it all the time afterward.