Keep It Simple, Dumbass

Sometimes the solution really is simple.  

A wise person (an actual rocket scientist) once said “Keep It Simple Stupid” when leading a team of engineers at Lockheed. His instructions to his crew were to design a combat jet that could be repaired in the field by someone who wasn’t an engineer.   In other words, let’s keep this as uncomplicated as possible people.

I have been having trouble with my humidifier units at the cigar lounge.  Simply, they have been having trouble keeping the proper humidity.  A few weeks ago, after checking each unit, I discovered one had a faulty extension cord.   I took care of that problem and things worked okay for a few days.  But, over time I noticed the humidity monitor was getting lower and lower.

There are four humidifier units all presumably working hard to keep the cigars healthy.  The units all have filters, and the water is treated with a chemical (Propylene glycol) that prevents the water from evaporating to quickly.   Many times, a low humidity reading can be corrected by changing the filters and adding some PG to the water.   So I set out to get these humidors working properly.  Since the units are at floor level I was working on my hands and knees, crawling from unit to unit, cleaning up spills, getting back up to answer the phone, etc.  Along the way, being a man who is approaching middle age, I aggravated a muscle in my lower back that would stay bound up for days after.

As I was opening up the humidifier units I remember thinking “These filters are not very dirty.  The units really shouldn’t be straining this much.” But I continued the process.  Turn off unit, remove lid, remove filter, suck out the old water with a shop vac, add PG solution, let water fill back up, replace lid, turn unit back on.  I followed these steps three times.  When I made to the fourth unit, I realized I was right to say the units shouldn’t be straining so much.  Remember when I was checking the units a few days before?  When I discovered a faulty cord?  Turns out I didn’t turn the fourth unit (and naturally the last one I checked this time) back on.  

Remembering David Letterman, Top 10 Style

Beyond The Edge

Tonight, the final episode of “The Late Show with David Letterman” will air on CBS. While I’ll admit that I haven’t watched Dave much in recent years, I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to acknowledge his excellence over the years – nay, DECADES.

Back in my junior high and high school days, if I arrived at school the next morning looking tired, more often than not it was because I was up watching Letterman. Between his interactions with great guests (Bill Murray, Tom Hanks, Madonna, Howard Stern, Jack Hanna, etc), his regular interactions with Rupert Jee from the Hello Deli, and Stupid Human Tricks/Stupid Pet Tricks, what wasn’t to love? Guests and skits may tend to stand out, but to me, musical performances will always stick with me the most. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed countless musical guests, from a variety of genres/styles. For many of…

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Celebrate Craft Beer Week With Me! (May 11- May 17)

Hooray Beer!

Have You Had Your Tiki Today?

Join me as I celebrate American Craft Beer Week at my cigar bar, The Humidor Cigar Bar & Lounge, in Palm Coast.   We will be showcasing one brew each day, starting Monday.
From Sierra Nevada, widely recognized as the impetus behind the craft beer movement, to locally brewed Lunar Eclipse Stout we have a diverse list for you to try. While all the beers are available any time, we will be announcing specials each day for the showcased brews. Check the list below and try support small breweries this week!

What makes a craft beer? The following are some concepts related to craft beer and craft brewers:

  • Craft brewers are small brewers.
  • The hallmark of craft beer and craft brewers is innovation. *Craft brewers interpret historic styles with unique twists and develop new styles that have no precedent.
  • Craft beer is generally made with traditional ingredients like malted barley…

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Not Much Happn-Ing In Flagler.

The guys from What's Happening!!Being the king of social, I usually give new social apps a spin just to see what their about.   I’m especially a fan of location based social networking.  BrightKite, Loopt, Gowalla. I tried all of them before Foursquare became the de facto check-in app (I don’t count Facebook.   Ever).   Almost every time I used a new social app I made a discovery.  Good or bad, the apps didn’t have much action here in my relatively small county.    Even now, there are only a handful of active Swarm (nee Facebook) users in my area.

Now, dating apps are a different story.   Being the inquisitive type, I have given them test drives too.  Even made a few friends. Plenty of Fish and OK Cupid added geo-location as they matured.   Throw in the newer apps (Blendr, Grindr, Tinder, and Whiplr) which were always geo-based and you have loads of geo-dating apps.  While testing these out I found scores of local users, usually across networks.

Honestly, I didn’t identify the French app Happn as a dating app at first.  Of course, I always say EVERY social app and network is a dating app (usually when people say “Why did I see you on Plenty Of Fish?”) if you approach it with that in mind.  The idea behind Happn is to alert you to other users you have crossed paths with or “happened upon”.  The app will give you notices when you crossed paths with other users.  If you’re interested, you can “like” them.  Mutual matches can then have long walks in the park, hook up, etc.  For more about the app click over to this article at Marie Claire:

Now for the results of my test drive.   In just over two weeks, I have not had a single ping.  Not a single ping.   I have nothing to go on, so my this app scores a big round ZERO.   I was really looking forward to stalking interesting people, but I will have to use my current social-fu for that purpose.  My social toolbox has no room Happn.