PriceBlink: Shop Within Your Browser For Best Prices

121510_rg_PriceBlink_01.jpgWe’ve mentioned browser extensions to help you shop before, but this one targets Google Chrome and Firefox users (but there are Internet Explorer and Safari versions available). Since a lot of people shop online, it’s very convenient to have your browser suggest comparable products at other retailers, allowing you to see if you are getting a good deal.

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Post-Black Friday Blues: Did You Get Your Shopping Done?

112910creditcard.jpgIt’s Cyber Monday, and a lot of us are returning back to work after a nice time off over the last few days. It has been quite relaxing, unless you spent most of your Friday battling the crowds to get your Christmas shopping done during Black Friday. Did you manage to get everything done or do you still have to shop?

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Alternative Sources for Christmas Tech Gifts

110810_rg_ChristmasTechShopping_01.jpgThe holiday season is upon us, and many of us are starting our holiday shopping. As you might have guessed, in order to be smart and to save money, you should start buying gifts right away. Since you’re obviously starting this well in advance, with almost a month and a half to go, you can do a lot of your shopping through various sources, that are off the beaten path and usually won’t work if you’re a last minute shopper.

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Robovie-II: The Grocery Buying Robot From Japan

Robovie-II is the latest robot coming out of Japan. It helps you do your grocery shopping. This is perfect if you have a lot of groceries to lug around, if you are older, or disabled. Plus, it’s just so cool!


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Grocery Shopping

Went for a quick stop at the grocery shop with the wife, which is rare. We usually shop separately, when we come home from work. On our way back, we saw a scooter accident. Some woman was lying on the ground, people were around calling an ambulance. She wasn’t wearing much protection.

We wanted to get some food from the Thai-Vietnamese place, but it was closed.

Deadly Black Friday

A Walmart employee in Long Island was trampled to death by the crowds. 2 dead in a Toys’R’Us shooting fighting over Black Friday sales. Conflicting reports have emerged on exactly what happened.

Carrefour And Frogs

On Sunday, I went grocery shopping. I usually do this every week. Every week, I check out the different foods at the Carrefour, near Jianzicui MRT station.

I always get some fresh red tuna, either porc or chicken and veggies. I usually also get some blue cheese, Jarlsberg Extra Creamy Danish Blue Cheese (it’s a new addition to the Carrefour inventory) and other various groceries. I always stay away from the processed food aisles.

So there I was in the fresh fish aisle, trying to decide on another type of fish. I wanted to buy salmon, but I wasn’t going to pay $300NT (~10$) for a salmon steak that would only last a meal for two. I looked around and scrutinized the different fish types. I don’t know that much about fish, but I’m always willing to try new ones.

A man came up to me in his cart. He bumped into me, which I found extremely rude. I looked at him and he was kind of shouting at the fish ladies. He kept gesturing to his cart. I didn’t understand what he was saying, but he was conveying a sense of urgency. I continued looking at the fish. Then the man pulled out a few empty bags, which obviously must have contained some fish. He handed them over. A moment later, he pulled out two giant black frogs from his cart. I was surprised. He handed them over to the fish lady.

I guess that he was saying that the frogs escaped from their bag. She needed to do something about it. The fish lady took one frog and chopped its head off. Blood was squirting around her. That didn’t do the trick, because its body kept moving around. The other frog didn’t seem concerned and didn’t try to escape. She grabbed it and chopped it’s head off. I think that she was only partially successful. When she chopped, a whole lot of water or piss came out from the frog’s behind. It was an incedibly hilarious situation. I couldn’t help myself from laughing at the sheer craziness.

The frogs’ bodies kept moving and she submerged them in water. She then put them in another bag filled with water. That didn’t matter too much to the headless frogs. Their bodies were still moving after I had decided to buy some marlin steaks.

Out Of It

I was partially out of it today. I woke up at 5:30AM to finish typing up an assignment that was due. All of the programming was done. All that was left for me to do is to type my part. I completed it in about 40 minutes.

Then I went to school to assist to two hours worth of oral presentations. Out of the four, I really liked two. Actually I really liked one. The other one was done by Chloé and she is a funny, lanky girl. She presented it well, in my opinion.

The other presentation was done by David and he talked about music and math. It was a very good presentation. It made me wonder about math in electronic music.

I didn’t have to wear any proper pants today since I wasn’t working. So I wore some jeans. My Numerical Analysis professor finished his class 20 minutes early and I was off with Fannie. We usually take the bus together. She’s a third year math student. I like her. She wasn’t working either and was heading home. Contrary to usual, we were heading in opposite directions.

I was planning on going grocery shopping at the IGA. As usual, I got some great healthy foods. I bought some fennel, since I was planning on making a light fennel onion soup later today. I bought some pork as well. Two types actually. One to grill on the BBQ, another to make some green coconut curry.

I bought lots of oranges and bananas, 4L of milk, a red tuna steak which I planned on eating sashimi style later that today. I knew from experience that a 400g piece would be enough for two meals.

For once I didn’t forget the shaving cream. I’ve been forgetting it for weeks now. I tried to get the right type of deodorant, but ended up getting some clear gel deodorant from Gillette. I don’t like that one. I only realized which one it was when I arrived home. I like the antiperspirant sticks.

The bag was quite heavy, but manageable as usual. I arrived home at around 1PM.

I’ve been totally out of it ever since.