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[#] Thu Jun 05 2008 13:04:24 EDT from BOFHMike @ My Castle Wall

Subject: Diesel

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I'm not sure if Diesel tax is regulated at the state level or federal level, or both.  BUT there are at least 4 different tax grades for diesel, each of which gets died a different color;  Agriculture, Home, Commercial, and Civilian.

Check out this article form the NY Times: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9504E6D71731F93AA35752C0A962958260 



[#] Thu Jun 05 2008 13:15:15 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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When my oil company failed to fill up my house tank on time, I went

to the gas station and got 10 gallons of diesel and poured it into my

house, and it kept me warm that night.

When my oil company failed to fill up my house tank on time, I made them come to my house in the middle of the night and put some oil in the tank.
This happened several times.

It's one of the benefits of having a contract in place with the company.
Aside from being able to make level payments all year round, you also have them available to you 24/7 to repair the furnace and to keep fuel in the tank.
They're supposed to know when you need a refill and it's their responsibility to correct the problem immediately if you run out.

[#] Thu Jun 05 2008 13:24:19 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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May I change the subject?

One of my coffee makers kicked the bucket this week, and as a replacement I'm considering the type of machine with an integrated grinder that grinds the beans fresh for each pot.

Any recommendations? The big question I have, that doesn't seem to be answered on any of the various product sites, is: do you have to put in the correct amount of water and beans for each pot, or can you fill both the water tank and the bean hopper, and then dial-in the amount of brewed coffee you want, and it grinds/brews the correct amount of beans and water?

There are some nifty looking models out there, and the prices seem to have come down recently (especially if you shop on Amazon). There's even one that has a display that receives time and weather updates over the radio -- although the data comes from a source called "MSN Direct" so I'd have to first figure out what the revenue model is so I don't accidentally send a few dollars to Redmond.

[#] Thu Jun 05 2008 13:34:05 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Might I suggest a trip to a home appliance store to actually see how some of them work in person? Might answer lots of questions. plus you get to play with the toys.

[#] Thu Jun 05 2008 13:46:19 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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They still have those?

[#] Thu Jun 05 2008 13:49:55 EDT from BOFHMike @ My Castle Wall

Subject: Coffee Time!

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I love my cuisinart.  It has the grinder built in and is programmable.  (I love hearing the grinder start up at 0600, cuz I know that black gold qill be waiting for me when I get out of the shower. :)  My model requires measured amounts of water and bean be added for every pot. 

http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-DGB-300BK-Automatic-10-Cup-Coffeemaker/dp/B00000JGRS/ref=pd_sim_k_img_1/103-0815960-4622246

 

Thu Jun 05 2008 13:24:19 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar@uncnsrd (Uncensored)


Any recommendations? The big question I have, that doesn't seem to be answered on any of the various product sites, is: do you have to put in the correct amount of water and beans for each pot, or can you fill both the water tank and the bean hopper, and then dial-in the amount of brewed coffee you want, and it grinds/brews the correct amount of beans and water?


[#] Thu Jun 05 2008 14:22:10 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

Subject: Re: Coffee Time!

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Ok then, how do you measure the coffee when you're using whole beans? I normally just use my trusty old coffee scoop (which I think is 1/8 cup) and do one scoop per 2 cups (as in, 2 marks on the water reservoir of the machine).
What's the equivalent in whole beans?

[#] Thu Jun 05 2008 14:22:19 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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keep fuel in the tank. They're supposed to know when you need a refill

and it's their responsibility to correct the problem immediately if you

run out.

yeah, they werew quite upset when I told them I had to go out and buy diesel.

[#] Thu Jun 05 2008 14:25:03 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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well, where's the fun in that? Why can't they autoamte the whole thing?
Here's let me write you some OCR software, but you have to do data entry so the OCR can check it.

[#] Thu Jun 05 2008 14:30:56 EDT from BOFHMike @ My Castle Wall

Subject: Re: Coffee Time!

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I'm not sure what the volume of the scupe is, but the coffee maker came with one. :)  One scoup per cup, plus one for the pot makes it good  enough for me.  Also depends on the quality and roast of the bean.  If you French Press, it would be about the same measure.  If you want to stand horse shoes in it, you'll need about two scoups of bean per cup, but the hoppers only hold so much, so you may only get about 14 scoups of bean in there. :)  On high leaded days I have been known to put 14 scoups for 8 cups of coffee.
Thu Jun 05 2008 14:22:10 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar@uncnsrd (Uncensored)
Subject: Re: Coffee Time!

Ok then, how do you measure the coffee when you're using whole beans? I normally just use my trusty old coffee scoop (which I think is 1/8 cup) and do one scoop per 2 cups (as in, 2 marks on the water reservoir of the machine). What's the equivalent in whole beans?


[#] Thu Jun 05 2008 22:32:29 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

Subject: Re: Coffee Time!

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I guess I'll have to figure out the equivalent by weight, then. Unfortunately I don't own a scale.

[#] Fri Jun 06 2008 11:45:03 EDT from BOFHMike @ My Castle Wall

Subject: Re: Coffee Time!

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The courseness of the gind you use would also effect the outcome, not just weight. A finer grind (espresso/greak/turkish/arabian/egyptian) has more surface area for the water to errode away the bean nectars.  Where as courser grinds (french press/ purculator) have less surface area   Drip coffee makers typicaly use a medium grind.  Best way is to experament. :) (oh sucks, another pot of coffee.....)
Thu Jun 05 2008 22:32:29 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar@uncnsrd (Uncensored)
Subject: Re: Coffee Time!


I guess I'll have to figure out the equivalent by weight, then. Unfortunately I don't own a scale.


[#] Fri Jun 06 2008 11:52:08 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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BOFHMike - And those Turkish coffees are fun to drink for the first time, aren't they?

[#] Fri Jun 06 2008 12:09:38 EDT from BOFHMike @ My Castle Wall

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It was the Greek coffee that got me.. I knew that Turkish/Arabic coffee was grounds in the cup... but Didn't know that Greeks did it the same way. :)  That was a mouthfull to remember!  Even after finding this out, I still have a bad habit of tipping the cup just a little too much when trying to get all of the yummyness.
Fri Jun 06 2008 11:52:08 EDT from wizard of aahz@uncnsrd (Uncensored)

BOFHMike - And those Turkish coffees are fun to drink for the first time, aren't they?


[#] Fri Jun 06 2008 17:51:48 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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So in other words ... "<shrug> I dunno, go make some coffee and find out, m'kay?"

Works for me :)

[#] Sat Jun 07 2008 06:41:03 EDT from Bryon Roche @ Uncensored

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Hell, the little diesel 'minivan' (Opel Meriva MPV) my wife and I drive in europe gets better mileage than most of the hybrids. (the plugin-hybrids will get better mileage, but not the current on-the market hybrids) Diesel here in central Germany is 1.45 or so, compared ta 1.50 for gasoline, to boot. (That's in Euro/liter)



[#] Tue Jun 10 2008 14:14:38 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Re: Coffe time.

Another alternative would be to stop drinking coffee. You'll be irritable and sluggish for about a week, but your mental acuity will increase afterwards and you'll be less jittery.
Decaffeinated Binder

[#] Tue Jun 10 2008 14:32:51 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Or you can buy jolt instead.

[#] Tue Jun 10 2008 14:47:02 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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mmmMMMm jolt.. And Surge.. And Red Bull.. wheeeeee!!

[#] Tue Jun 10 2008 15:09:22 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Some people prefer to take their caffein intraveniously.

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