1. Rose640's Avatar
    There's virtually none just some 'you're listening to Diva Radio' kind of things.
    Nice. I'm downloading the app.
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    06-21-2017 04:56 AM
  2. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Though I am in no way a monarchist I think there's a certain irony to the queen's outfit for her speech today. It's the colours of the EU flag.

    Not sure if that's meant to be a slight backhand to the EU or the UK government.
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    06-21-2017 05:57 AM
  3. libra89's Avatar
    I like hot and spicy food.

    Indian, Thai, or whatever.

    I'm not one of those crazy people that goes and eats the hottest thing they can find but I can usually handle it quite hot.

    I don't eat hot and spicy food all the time either so I do go through dry spells and have to sort train myself up again to handle it hotter.

    To me it's about taste but you have to get through the heat first. That takes practice. Sounds silly but it's true. When I'm in form I can usually detect all the flavours well which tends to startle people. Most can't get over the heat.

    If you like chillies, try freezing them to keep them longer, but beware that the heat from the membrane inside and seeds (the hottest parts) seeps out onto the flesh making the chilli seem hotter. What happens is the cell walls break down a touch and the capsaicin gets absorbed.

    To use the chilli from the freezer just run it under water then chop. It's still a little frozen but easier to slice.
    Ooh okay, I see. Your comment was just interesting to me because a good amount of people I have met aren't into spicy food.
    I am used to it because of my culture, but I do go through times when I eat spicy food and when I don't lol.

    Because of it, I generally expect spicy food from some chains not to be really spicy.
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    06-21-2017 06:25 AM
  4. libra89's Avatar
    So a little bit of a funny story...

    Our cat lately has started sleeping in our bed. This is a new thing and hopefully not permanent.

    Anyway, some times she can be a bit demanding and when she doesn't get her way tends to go sulk or find something to do. So the other night she got annoyed she wasn't being petted enough so sulked off to the second bedroom (my wife's office) and started playing with the paper shredder... this hasn't happened before. This is one of those times you wish you had your phone with you.

    I don't think she would have really hurt herself with it, it's a fairly small slot but my wife was freaked! We'll have to make sure things are shut off now.

    Also this morning was seagull morning (garbage collection) she was running around the house trying to look at them. LOL!

    What a cat.
    Wow your cat is hilarious
    What a cat is a statement I was thinking myself haha.
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    06-21-2017 06:27 AM
  5. libra89's Avatar
    The only thing I hate about new phones i re-downloading apps and setting it up as it used to be.
    Ugh yes. It sucks. I have tried to do it before going out once and I set myself up Never again.
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    06-21-2017 06:28 AM
  6. libra89's Avatar
    I don't mind it personally. I typically see if there's a new way of using my phone.
    That's understandable. Sometimes when changing phones, you end up finding what apps you actually use. Since I have been switching phones so much, I kind of dread it.
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    06-21-2017 06:31 AM
  7. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Ooh okay, I see. Your comment was just interesting to me because a good amount of people I have met aren't into spicy food.
    I am used to it because of my culture, but I do go through times when I eat spicy food and when I don't lol.

    Because of it, I generally expect spicy food from some chains not to be really spicy.
    My wife and I both love hot and spicy food. We eat it fairly regularly.

    When we go to Thai restaurants we normally have to convince the waiter to give us the food as 'hot as Thai people like it' because even though it may have three chillies or more, it's typically not that hot.

    I don't find restaurants to be that great with spicy food, especially chains. They're typically concerned with consistency of flavour.

    I do know of some really good places for spicy food though. :)

    What kind of food do you eat that is spicy? I'm always up for trying something new!
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    06-21-2017 07:13 AM
  8. libra89's Avatar
    My wife and I both love hot and spicy food. We eat it fairly regularly.

    When we go to Thai restaurants we normally have to convince the waiter to give us the food as 'hot as Thai people like it' because even though it may have three chillies or more, it's typically not that hot.

    I don't find restaurants to be that great with spicy food, especially chains. They're typically concerned with consistency of flavour.

    I do know of some really good places for spicy food though. :)

    What kind of food do you eat that is spicy? I'm always up for trying something new!
    That's awesome that both of you do that. Nicee, I'm guessing that they are probably used to you doing that now. I agree with you on the point about restaurants. I have been surprised once though, just once.

    I eat jellof rice and fried rice and those could be made spicy, just depends on how the latter one is made.
    06-21-2017 07:36 AM
  9. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    That's awesome that both of you do that. Nicee, I'm guessing that they are probably used to you doing that now. I agree with you on the point about restaurants. I have been surprised once though, just once.

    I eat jellof rice and fried rice and those could be made spicy, just depends on how the latter one is made.
    So I found the jollof rice but fried rice makes me think of Chinese fried rice... What part of Africa is the cuisine from? :)
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    06-21-2017 07:45 AM
  10. libra89's Avatar
    So I found the jollof rice but fried rice makes me think of Chinese fried rice... What part of Africa is the cuisine from? :)
    Yeah fried rice is generally culturally similar (which is fascinating) but in my experience, it has shrimp, and/or little bits of meat or none of those. I prefer the none, but I am a picky eater. In my case, Nigeria.
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    06-21-2017 07:53 AM
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    You guys are making me wish for a plate of fried rice with salted fish, Pattaya style... which is basically wrapping all the rice in an omelette.
    .. with a glass of teh-tarikh (or pulled milk tea.)

    ...!
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    06-21-2017 08:33 AM
  12. libra89's Avatar
    You guys are making me wish for a plate of fried rice with salted fish, Pattaya style... which is basically wrapping all the rice in an omelette.
    .. with a glass of teh-tarikh (or pulled milk tea.)

    ...!
    That sounds like it is very good.
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    06-21-2017 08:35 AM
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    Yeah fried rice is generally culturally similar (which is fascinating) but in my experience, it has shrimp, and/or little bits of meat or none of those. I prefer the none, but I am a picky eater. In my case, Nigeria.
    Thanks for that. :)

    Is the curry powder unique? Most curry powder that I've used is fairly mild.
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    06-21-2017 08:43 AM
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    Thanks for that. :)

    Is the curry powder unique? Most curry powder that I've used is fairly mild.
    You're welcome!

    From how I have seen my mom cook with it, no. It's down to the seasoning, which can include grounded red pepper (which makes it hot). I know how to make some things but not as much as she does haha.
    06-21-2017 08:56 AM
  15. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    If you use TuneIn Radio there's a station called Diva Radio that is all funk. It covers everything from classics to modern. Also has some unique mixes.

    But yeah I want the list as well... :D
    I'll post it as soon as it's done. It's about 30 songs deep, maybe more coming.
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    06-21-2017 08:57 AM
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    MIA, this made me think of you. I like this guy's insights, and he actually worked for the parent company of OnePlus, so his perspective is interesting. He basically breaks down how he sees the hype and the holes in it. You don't have to watch it but he shared some points that I didn't realize. (This video deserves a mic drop...haha)



    Related: I just read this and he has some points. It's kind of amusing how some of the comments are saying that he's a hater. http://www.androidauthority.com/onep...sition-781622/
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    06-21-2017 09:03 AM
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    MIA, this made me think of you. I like this guy's insights, and he actually worked for the parent company of OnePlus, so his perspective is interesting. He basically breaks down how he sees the hype and the holes in it. You don't have to watch it but he shared some points that I didn't realize. (This video deserves a mic drop...haha)



    Related: I just read this and he has some points. It's kind of amusing how some of the comments are saying that he's a hater. http://www.androidauthority.com/onep...sition-781622/
    Thanks for posting this. See what many people fail to remember is that like any other product, OEMs are trying to cultivate the intangibles such as mindshare and emotional connection to a brand to ensure their viability. Because a cell phone isn't a perishable commodity, it has to be done in such a way that you are constantly trying to sell one phone to a wide number of people, as opposed to selling multiple copies product to one individual.

    I disliked OnePlus' marketing strategy for the OnePlus One. I liked the phone, when you got a model that didn't have display issues. But what has me staying away from them is how they shat on their customers with their customer service. There are so many horrid stories of people trying to get replacements, etc. Intelligent folks know all OnePlus is is a now glorified sub-brand of Oppo. The only difference is they are working with a tiny marketing budget.

    Example: tell me why when it was uber hard at one point to get a OnePlus 3 during supply constraints (4-6week delays) MKBHD was able to partner with OnePlus and D-Brand to give away 400(!) phones!?

    I'm not hating on them, but don't put lipstick on a Chester White pig and come and tell me you're selling me a Mangalitsa.
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    06-21-2017 09:21 AM
  18. libra89's Avatar
    Thanks for posting this. See what many people fail to remember is that like any other product, OEMs are trying to cultivate the intangibles such as mindshare and emotional connection to a brand to ensure their viability. Because a cell phone isn't a perishable commodity, it has to be done in such a way that you are constantly trying to sell one phone to a wide number of people, as opposed to selling multiple copies product to one individual.

    I disliked OnePlus' marketing strategy for the OnePlus One. I liked the phone, when you got a model that didn't have display issues. But what has me staying away from them is how they shat on their customers with their customer service. There are so many horrid stories of people trying to get replacements, etc. Intelligent folks know all OnePlus is is a now glorified sub-brand of Oppo. The only difference is they are working with a tiny marketing budget.

    Example: tell me why when it was uber hard at one point to get a OnePlus 3 during supply constraints (4-6week delays) MKBHD was able to partner with OnePlus and D-Brand to give away 400(!) phones!?

    I'm not hating on them, but don't put lipstick on a Chester White pig and come and tell me you're selling me a Mangalitsa.
    You're welcome. You're so right on the emotional connection point.

    Hmm yeah I noticed that with his giveaway and I was confused. It didn't make any sense to me at all how that can happen.
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    06-21-2017 09:39 AM
  19. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    You're welcome. You're so right on the emotional connection point.

    Hmm yeah I noticed that with his giveaway and I was confused. It didn't make any sense to me at all how that can happen.
    It makes sense. If you don't have a traditional marketing budget, then you have to leverage social media and a tighter refresh cycle to stay in the news. For example, Samsung can buy ads anytime, and in any market, so they have ads a certain way in a full campaign. OnePlus doesn't have that luxury. It needs to do shenanigans like this to get their marketing done.

    It's why I'm not surprised they stuck with a 1080P display, for instance. If we sit and analyze big OEMs, we all know that they use massive industries of scale to keep manufacturing costs low. I remember the days I think it was the iPhone 4 cost like $192 to build, per unit...and Apple was charging the same $800 for it and was swimming in profits.

    I'm sure OnePlus is leveraging Oppo to help with sourcing parts, etc. As much as they talk about original design, the 5 shares similar language to the Opportunity R11, just as the 3 and 3T shared similar language to another Oppo device last year. Their hardware is good, software is solid, but their customer service is pure excrement. That's a no-brainer no-buy for me.

    Again, it's no hate from me...I just see through the hype. A benefit of being platform and device agnostic, I suppose...
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    06-21-2017 10:10 AM
  20. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Maybe it's just me, but certain genres of music should be experienced only in 12" mixes.
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    06-21-2017 11:16 AM
  21. libra89's Avatar
    On one hand, I'm slightly tempted to keep the G5+ but on the other, I'm not.

    The performance of the G5 Plus has impressed me. I did get to a point where it told me to clear some apps because it's affecting performance (I have the one with 32GB storage, but I forget the amount of RAM, probably 2GB). Screen is a little dim though, but it's not too bad.

    The camera has been a mixed bag. For some reason, indoor shots are a little white wasted, but low light isn't terrible. It's OK, in fact, I would argue that it is better than my Lumia 650 is in that area. Battery life is too early to tell of course.

    The camera and the size of the phone itself make me not tempted at all to keep it and get another one for my uncle. Motorola/Lenovo did a heck of a job with this phone.
    06-21-2017 01:22 PM
  22. Rose640's Avatar
    Ugh yes. It sucks. I have tried to do it before going out once and I set myself up Never again.
    I feel you. It became so common on WP that it really became just annoying. Luckily, I don't have to do it often on Android.
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    06-21-2017 01:36 PM
  23. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Since Rose and Rue were curious... it's a work in progress, but this is what I have so far. There's obviously tons of stuff missing and it's more known songs, but it's a casual playlist...
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    06-21-2017 01:49 PM
  24. Rose640's Avatar
    Maybe it's just me, but certain genres of music should be experienced only in 12" mixes.
    Such as?
    06-21-2017 02:05 PM
  25. Rose640's Avatar
    Since Rose and Rue were curious... it's a work in progress, but this is what I have so far. There's obviously tons of stuff missing and it's more known songs, but it's a casual playlist...https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...05b59a5acc.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...454680accf.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...3cee3de365.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...20b13547f6.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...6294a42af8.jpg
    I'll definitely check them out. What's the name of the app? I'd say Groove but I can't remember if you're still using a WM10 device.
    06-21-2017 02:07 PM
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