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Thank You Skyrise


A social media meeting this week led to a happy unexpected discovery.

I didn’t realize what a cave dwelling simpleton I was until the tea friendly folks over at Skyrise Real Estate Group handed me a large bag with some kind of thank you for something TeazMedia does in its sleep.

Maybe my sleep tweeting is a skill?

The good folks at SkyriseRE decided that it was time to help bring me into the 21st century tea drinking world. Maybe, they thought it might be good to give my eyes another distraction away from timelines, feeds and blog posts.

Really, only disturb sleep tweeters if their posts can no longer be translated by Tweetbot 3!

Inside the pleasingly colored bag with characteristics of a Teavana tea shop (eyes distracted away from my screen) was a happy discovery indeed.

A couple of interesting cardboard containers inside held a very pleasingly curved tea tumblr, varities of loose leaf tea, tin airtight containers, dwarf-hearty steel teaspoon, crystal rock sugar and a clear alchemist worthy tea maker from Teavana.

Ohhh so many distractions.

I’ve discovered that the strange alchemy device was called a PerfecTea Maker. It’s a see-through mad scientist quality beaker thing that turns water into gold – toss in 3 teaspoons of Rooibos Chai with hot water, close the lid, and watch the water turn into consummable gold. After the proper steeping time of 5 minutes (for this type), place the PerfecTea maker on top of the tea tumbler and watch the liquid gold travel from beaker to tumbler. Toss in some sugar chrystals snd cosume through the writing of three blog posts, a dozen tweets and one Facebook contest with tea still hot enough to tackle a WordPress install.

Skyrise Real Estate Group, you nailed the perfect gift for me. Thank you again for being so great and allowing me to assist with your social media and design needs.

I may not be cured from sleep tweeting (nice try) but a little serendipity and kindness makes me want to write the next tweet in your honor.

First, let me watch my tea steep. Back in five.

Truely, Thank You!

You leave me speechless with your generosity. ~ teaneedz



Something Hot in Gilroy – Part 2

Shining Cars, Shining Day

For those who wanted to see more than the Fordish rides of Part 1 – here are a few examples of other vehicles found at the 2013 Gilroy Garlic City Fun Run & Car Show.

I guess sometimes something small has dreams of becoming something bigger in life. A model in a trunk takes less gas though.

The videos below are various short recordings of mostly red views and even one Betty Boop.

Where garlic is king, a few good views can be counted on – even if one chooses to pedal it. Hey, even a bike can have it’s day – can’t it?

Something Hot in Gilroy

5th Street Was Smokin’

It was the 2013 Gilroy Garlic City Fun Run & Car Show – with lighting of the famous Garlic Festival garlic bulb.

It was worth the bike ride …

… and a buck for iced tea.

This wasn’t just any city’s 5th Street!

I decided to pedal on downtown. It was pretty warm, but there were some pretty cool looking vintage rides – making the pedaling worthwhile.

Monterey Street, between 4th and 6th was closed off and turned into a chrome showcase. Boy was it hot though!

Halfway between 5th Street and 6th Street, on the west side of Monterey Street, I found a small Mexican bakery with a treasure – Arizona iced tea. It definitely took the edge off of the heat.

Who let the snakes and horses out? A Shelby GT500 and 289 red wrapped engine were worth my ride on two wheels.

I’ll try to add some additional non-Fordish videos later this week 😉

My Quick Visit To Firefox 22

I Want To Believe

With some of the great things being written about Firefox 22 (see Tom’s Hardware Benchmarking), I thought Firefox 22 might be worth a looksie, maybe even a switch-a-roo. I hope that some of the Firefox tinkerers might shed some light for me on any of the items below.

…. because, I want to believe again.

How much? Well I imported my Chrome bookmarks to FF22 which was a breeze with Firefox :

Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks > that little star boxy icon thing > Import Data From Another Browser > select which data

While I was at it, I figured I might as well add DuckDuckGo as a search engine. With all of the recent privacy concerns, yes it would be good to support Mozilla and DuckDuckGo a bit more.

Click down arrow in Search box > Select Manage Search Engines > Get more search engines > locate DuckDuckGo Plus (2nd choice on featured list) > Add to Firefox

Ready to rock ‘n roll.

Where I need some tuning

Responsive Design View

Firefox has this nifty feature (introduced in Firefox 15), within Tools > Web Developer or the Web Inspector. I enjoy using a similar feature in Chrome to see how a site reacts within different screen sizes – particularly the mobile side.

Why are media queries not loading for the appropriate screen sizes?

I tried a couple of known sites that should be responsive and which use media queries to target mobile devices. Firefox, resized the sites with the Web Responsive View and there was some responsiveness due to the framework used on the site, but certain media queries were not loading. In Chrome though, the sites displayed fine in the Web Inspector and I confirmed the view on the actual mobile device. Firefox choked in this area and I’m not sure why.

This is kind of important to me. Is this a known bug or issue for others?

Awesome Bar

I do like Chrome’s Omnibox. One input area as an address bar and search bar. I really like this approach in fact.

Firefox has the awesome bar to do the same thing. However, there’s also the traditional search box next to it too.

Okay, I guess.

Why does the Firefox address / search bar (a.k.a. Awesome) use Google for web searches if I’ve selected DuckDuckGo in the Search box as my default search engine?

Ok, maybe there’s a behind the scenes config setting to change this, but why make users do this at all?


In case you’re wondering about that configuration setting : Changing the Search Engine in Firefox’s Awesome Bar

… and the value for DuckDuckGo is :

Top Sites

I like the ability to pin a bookmark to the new tab’s Top Sites area.

However, getting a bookmark to this area was not very intuitive.

Why does Firefox 22 delete my dragged bookmark from the Top Sites area even though it appears to have been successfully dragged there?

This happened quite a few times as I tried setting up the new tab top sites area.

Real Estate

The top area of Firefox takes up slightly more real estate than Chrome. This is due to the decision to keep tabs below the red/yellow/green window buttons of OS X. Chrome places the tabs on the same level as those buttons. This is a small detail but makes a real difference on smaller screens where every pixel matters.


Perhaps Firefox 25 is going to fix this little problem. Firefox 25 image

I’d like to use Firefox 22

I do like many things about FF22. The web inspector has such a modern look and feel to it.

I’d like to give my web usage to Mozilla and DuckDuckGo. Chrome and Safari limit the search options but at least there are DDG extensions available. I might end up back with Chrome, but …

I really want to believe …. Firefox can be more useful to me.

I think I’d personally feel better too.

The Firefox community is one reason that I’d love to keep Firefox as my default browser and not make this just a quick visit.


I’m still using Firefox 🙂

Abercrombie – You Have Been Weighed

[Update]:On the heels of further sales dips, Abercrombie goes after the plus-sized market. Please forgive us, Plus-Sized market

You have been weighed in the balances and have been found deficient.

The PR disaster affecting Abercrombie & Fitch empasizes how comments made years ago can come back and bite a brand.

Abercrombie’s CEO, Mike Jeffries, proudly promotes his brand as exclusionary, only for the beautiful cool people to enjoy.

That’s right. A CEO with a fiduciary responsibility to shareholders cut off 97% of the consumer market from his brand.

His comments can be found here:

Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Explains Why He Hates Fat Chicks

Grab the popcorn and watch this PR disaster unfold as a brand is weighed by consumers discovering what this CEO represents. It’s certainly one thing for a brand to market to certain sizes, but quite a different thing for its CEO to openly make statements that will be destructive to shareholder value.

The next quarterly report will reflect how consumers react to a CEO who basically promotes bullying. The board will be forced to face the reality of a socially connected market and why having the right person head the helm is crucial.

Yes, consumers are weighing in now:

A Letter To Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries

Sizing Up Abercrombie – A Letter To Mike Jeffries

The letters above reflect the opinion of a market that is more than willing to let consumer dollars speak up.

The Abercrombie board is being faced with some serious questions right now. How they respond might very well determine if the ugly uncool people decide to pay their salaries – parents of cool beautiful people of all sizes and looks, investors, future board nominators – you know, the uncool bric-a-brac that can determine the fate of brands and careers.


The Abercrombie brand takes a hit as measured by Brand Index.
Abercrombie & Fitch scores tumble with Millennials

The financials are nothing to brag about right now according to MarketWatch
MarketWatch: Abercrombie & Fitch loss narrows, but results miss

It’s really the next quarterly report to watch when consumer reaction will be fully seen in the numbers.