One of the reasons for the Asus tablet, the main justification actually, was to replace a Kindle Reader that would go to Anita.
OK so going from a $130 device to a nearly $500 device with all the add-ons is hardly a fair comparison – so I will not even try to make that leap. Let us just refer you back to my confession about being an electronics junkie and leave it at that.
One major benefit of the Asus, moving on, is viewing of magazines – wow! Better than my thousand dollar laptop playing into a $300 monitor. How can that be you might be asking?
The screen pixel density is even better than the aforementioned system for starters. Then there is the fact that you can page through like a real life magazine with your index finger (no need to wet the tip) skewing the pages with a flip of the digit – very cool.
Additionally add a thumb into the mix and with it and said index finger one can enlarge areas of a page with ease – really cool!
The colors and fine quality of the fonts is nothing short of amazing. Rather like first seeing HD television after so many years of ‘regular’ television viewing. What can I write? I am sold on the new toy and just yesterday ordered the docking keyboard, and associated cables that include connecting the tablet to our new Samsung LED 32” TV. Going from big to small and back – will the fun never cease?
So I have been going through my last few months of Esquire magaZINES with the new tablet – again wow! The ads pop – and the fact that I even have the remoteness of interest in advertising is amazing in itself – but the pictures are just so darn good.
Below are a few that caught my eye and probably do not reproduce on your monitor anywhere near the quality of the Asus TF700T – sorry about that.
April 2013’s issue with Bob Redford on the cover – ouch he is a reminder we are getting older. He is 10 years my senior and I think he smokes so lots of wrinkles (what is my excuse – vegetarian, non-smoker, clean live er). A mediocre article about Redford (all the writer’s fault – not Redford’s).
An ad that caught my eye which led me to writing this Blog entry to begin with:
Over there on the right bottom is a French Press coffee maker. A simple device wherein you add water to the grounds, let steep and then push the grounds down to the bottom for a superb cup of coffee. Been using one for years. Other than our extremely expensive La Pavoni espresso maker (seen here at home) – this simple device is the defacto standard to making a good cup of coffee.
Ok THAT was true until we were in ConsumerLand there in Las Vegas. My Primo has a Keurig coffee machine at work, at home and at his mountain get-a-way.
Being a gracious host he has a variety of K-cups:
“K-Cup portion packs are used with the brewer punctures the foil lid and the bottom of the K-Cup and forces hot water under pressure through the K-Cup and into a mug. Keurig licenses its K-Cup technology to coffee roasters and tea makers such as Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Diedrich/Gloria Jeans, Timothy’s World Coffee, Van Houtte, Caribou Coffee, Celestial Seasonings,Bigelow Tea Company, Twinings, Tully’s, Coffee People and Newman’s Own. or other single cup brewing systems to brew a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.
Each K-Cup is a plastic container with a coffee filter inside. Ground coffee beans are packed in the K-Cup and sealed air-tight with a combination plastic and foil lid. When the K-Cup is placed in a Keurig brewer, the brewer punctures the foil lid and the bottom of the K-Cup and forces hot water under pressure through the K-Cup and into a mug. Keurig licenses its K-Cup technology to coffee roasters and tea makers such as Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Diedrich/Gloria Jeans, Timothy’s World Coffee, Van Houtte, Caribou Coffee, Celestial Seasonings,Bigelow Tea Company, Twinings, Tully’s, Coffee People and Newman’s Own.
Source Wikipedia HERE
Crazy as it may seem, we being coffee purist and all, Anita and I decided to get a Keurig machine (available at Costco). True to the form of being caught up in ComsumerLand. We also bought a supply of San Francisco Bay Coffee K-cups and several plastic gizmos wherein you can insert your own ground coffee into said machine (we would NOT have purchased this thing without that option). Photo of our Keurig now here in Xico and destined for transport to Oaxaca.
Our Very Own Keurig Coffee Machine
It does make a fine cup of coffee and muy rápido – although I will say while it comes out very hot, it seems to cool more rapidly than our French Press brew. The jury is still out on that. I drink my coffee slowly.
While paging through April’s Esquire I came across this advertisement:
OMG Illy the Italian coffee giant (Read more about Illy HERE) has sold out and is producing a K-cup like maker and K-cups!They call their K-cups “Capsules”.
Now this coffee machine purchase gave us certain assurance that the grip on the Calypsos by ConsumerLand was real!
It is a fact that I prefer our local coffee grounds installed in the plastic K-cup making device better than any of the commercial K-cup varieties we have tried thus far – a good sign that our minds and bodies have not been completely taken over by north of the border brainwashing techniques
More from Esquire brought to us in our Asus (Ah-Sooss) tablet next time. Stay Tuned!