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in praise of lidl

26 Jan

london 2.23pm library thursday 2016 2017  2.7C foggy still.

i see quite a lot of adverts about food, and this one by lidl strikes me as very good, showing people it is really cheap instead of buying that expensive beef from tesco, u can buy a complete steak dinner for less at lidls. lidls and aldi have really made it plain now that the big 4 supermarkets have all these years been marking up their foods. in the past we had no way of comparing how  much they have marked it up, now we can. 

and then there is this advert by burgerking and macdonalds (both in the same paper today) reducing their hamburgers to £2. actually potatoes can be cheaper than that. yesterday i got 4kg of red potatoes for 28p in tesco. it was reduced obviously. there are so many different types of potatoes , i dont really know what’s different about them. to me potatoes are just potatoes. i wonder if these can be made into chips. too small maybe. 

also lots of adverts from the supermarkets offering chinese meals for £4, that is the cheapest though it is much cheaper to just buy the ingredients individually. it is the run up to chinese new year so they are doing these promotions.

generally they are not as good value as their ordinary offers. for eg, M&S,(marks and spencer) have other days when they offer for £10, a main, 2sides, 2 desserts and a bottle of wine. and the main can be a whole medium chicken(usually £5).

not for me though, as i dont really care for desserts, or sides or wine ( or appetisers for that matter) and i can get a medium chicken for about £3 in other supermarkets. but i know for a fact that there are very few people like me. haha. i dont think there are any people who dont like desserts, sides, or wine. i like one course meals. that way i can savour to the fullest the tastes and texture of it and be full from that. rather than swamp it all with something sweet at the end.

added. 5.36pm 1.9C dry night. it is curious, according to the weather website it has been around 2C all day, with high of 2.9C very briefly, but i have been out and it did not feel cold at all. usually at these temperatures you will notice the cold, but not today. but then, i have noticed that what is stated by the instruments are not the same as what u actually feel. maybe there is no wind. that might explain it, as the wind chill factor is a strong factor to how cold you feel. 

added. 8.09pm 1.9C i roasted some of the potatoes, and it turned out quite edible. its not perfect though. it has not got the lovely crisp outside and soft insides that roast potatoes are like. simon is better at doing these things than i . i tried to make crisps, but realise that it does not work in the oven. you need to deep fry them. rather messy frying things, and u have to stand over it, doing it in small batches , so time consuming as well.  so i shall not do any.  i think i shall use the rest of the potatoes in a curry, and in mash. i think i can do lots of potato curry and use some to make curry puffs. i still got the shortcrust pasty that was reduced which is in the freezer. 


news aggregators

28 Oct

london 7.56am rainy 12.5C wednesday 2015

i get my news from google , as well as other aggregating websites, so this news that the germans are sueing google and others to make them pay for linking their pages makes me wonder if they might not be cutting off their nose to spite their face.

after all, they tried to ban google from linking to some of their sites, and had to reverse that decision because the traffic to those sites dropped drastically.

so if they win this case, google and all the other news aggregates will stop linking to them and then they will be dead because not many will find them.

its one of the dilemmas that news websites have to contend with. give free content and u lose money, but charge viewers and people wont go to you. stop news aggregators from linking to your site, and you lose viewers. so what to do? if someone can come up with a formula which pleases everyone, they would win a fortune.

i wonder if they could do this. tell people that they cannot see everything on the website if they dont pay. i noticed now that the print newspapers contain stuff that is not seen in the website of that same newspaper. so allready we get the message that to get to see everything, u will be better off buying the print newspapers. 

for now, they have been pushing more and more intrusive ads on to viewers. i am beginning to notice it, but all it does is to irritate viewers. apple got a app that blocks ads, but it was too effective and they must have got a lot of complains because they took it off the market. their app blocks other adverts but allow adverts from apple. maybe there is some legal issues here that might make a successful case for sueing apple. that may be the only reason why it was pulled.

its a battle between viewers who want free content but dont want to see adverts that pays for it, and websites that need income to maintain their sites. in the end, perhaps viewers will have to tolerate more intrusive adverts just so they can still get the contents free. i can see a future when more and more power will be given to those sites that facillitate interaction between users. like google, or facebook, or twitter, search engines, the middle men as it were. its hard to call really, because the internet is evolving, and someone somewhere will invent something else that changes the game entirely. its rather exciting in a way. 


29 Jul


i just saw a video about how if u use free wifi when you are out and about, your movements are tracked and the information is used by whoever sets up the wifi to find out about what u like and to push adverts that you like your way. it says it is a bad thing to do. but is it?

maybe i am mistaken but to me it is a good tradeoff. i get free wifi, and you get info about my movements or rather about my gadgets movements, which is not the same thing because i could lend my gadget to someone else and their movements will be tracked.

also, if they can send me stuff that i like, i would welcome it. for eg, if they find out i like freebies, maybe they will send me vouchers to redeem free drinks or food, which they will know i like. haha.

better than they sending me spam , which i define as anything that is not of interest to me.  it is a win -win situation, dont you think? they get my business and i get to find out things that i like.

whether i follow up on the adverts sent to me is entirely within my control, and that is something they can never take away… so what is the harm in letting them know about my likes and dislikes. right?

All those who say our privacy is breached, seem to go on the assumption that we are so weak willed we will fall for everything they send our way and buy it. like we are robots or something.

maybe there are some people like that, but i should think most of us can say no.

or if u are one of those who cannot, you better shape up and start learning to say no, or u shall be end up being ‘eaten’ in this city jungle.