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Just Shmooze / Bereisheet lands on the moon - live stream
« on: April 11, 2019, 02:53:23 PM »
about 3pm eastern us time on 4/11/19 -

My son had a flight this morning scheduled to fly out at 5:45 am. Last night at 10, we got an e-mail from Delta saying the flight was delayed until 9:30am this morning. So we went to bed, assuming that we'd get up at a regular time, and take him to the airport. My wife woke up at 3am, to discover an e-mail from delta that was sent at 2am that the flight was back on for 5:45.

Thankfully, we made it to the airport okay - only to get another e-mail in the airport that the flight was delayed to 6:30am.

Seeing that we got the 2am e-mail for a 5:45am flight, do we have any recourse from delta? Is it worth calling/writing a letter?

Tech Talk / Screen Crack Rant
« on: March 29, 2019, 02:53:56 PM »
Just a rant...

So I bought a tablet/laptop hybrid on Woot just over a year ago. Of course, I am just beyond the one year warranty and I drop the thing and the screen cracks - a hairline crack that's hardly noticeable, and I could probably go on with it this way for a while, so long as it doesn't get worse (which I am sure it will).

I figured it didn't hurt to call samsung support. I tried their chat feature:

20 minutes and four CSRs later, they told me that they couldn't help me, and gave me a number to call.  It was weird because it wasn't a toll-free #, but I called anyway
30 minutes and 3 CSRs later, i was trapped in voicemail hell, and sent an angry tweet as I hung up.
3 minutes later, I explained the issue to, quite literally, the 8th samsung rep I spoke to today.
120 minutes later, I finally get a response that they can't do anything for me, and I would have to send it in for repair - total cost $300


General Discussion / Starbucks Rewards changes/devaluation
« on: March 19, 2019, 01:22:39 PM »
Starbucks is making changes to their rewards program and part of that is a slight devaluation of stars, but they also add options:

- A free Drink (i.e. frappucino, lattes, etc) is now 150 stars instead of 125 (stars are usually 2 for every dollar spent, so now you will need to spend $75 instead of $62.50 to get a free drink (assuming no bonus stars).

- However, they are also adding new options - brewed coffee is now only 50 stars. (Previously, if you wanted a brewed coffee, you'd have to use 125 stars, so it wasn't worth it). Essentially a free cup of regular coffee for every $25 spent.

They are also going to have other options as well in terms of food and customizations that you can use stars for.

The change takes place on 4/16, so you might want to use your stars now.

Just Shmooze / Amare Stoudemire becomes Israeli Citizen
« on: March 13, 2019, 05:32:48 PM »

Interesting quote:
Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said he was granted citizenship due to his “unique contributions” to Israeli society. Now, Deri said, “Amare will be Israel’s ambassador to the world.”

So I am assuming this means he hasn't converted yet (or that Deri didn't want to inadvertently legitimize his conversion). Interestingly enough, if you follow him on social media he's posted pics of him wearing tzitzis and learning gemara

Tech Talk / Element 4K Amazon Fire TV $240 @ Woot
« on: March 07, 2019, 09:01:58 AM »

They also have a 55incher for $320 and a 65" for $520. The two smaller screens are better deals, IMHO. These are NEW TVs, not the greatest, but probably okay for a gaming room, etc.

Just Shmooze / Orthodox College Life Guide?
« on: February 27, 2019, 12:23:46 PM »
Not sure if this is the best place to post. But I am in the process of looking at colleges for with my oldest, and I am having a hard time finding out about Frum life on campus. Yes there are those same 20 campuses that we know are good, but then my son comes up with a name of a college out of left field, and it's hard to gauge what is there - short of hunting down the local chabad shaliach and calling him to find out the scoop.

The one or two guides I've found are either too focused on Jewish Life, but not necessarily orthodox or are out of date, or both. For example, apparently UNC has a lot of Jewish Life, a huge birthright trip, and a ton of Israel clubs - but it has no on-campus kosher meal options.

Does chabad have a college guide? Any thoughts? Is it worth creating a wiki here or will it fall unmaintained? I think that the questions I probably want answered:

- Availability of Kosher Food (and Hashgacha)
- Minyanim - with Frequency and Size i.e. Daily/Shabbos and Yom Tov, 15 people daily, 50 on S/YT
- Proximity of off-campus kosher/frum community
- Hillel Orthodox Rabbi / chabad shluchim info.

Tech Talk / Fossil Sport Smartwatch - $55 off
« on: February 08, 2019, 10:04:05 AM »
Fossil is running a sale on their newest smartwatches - the Fossil Sport Smartwatch - it's a little more than 20% off ($199 vs regular price of $255). This is a brand new smartwatch that just came out in Novemeber.

This also includes the latest Smart watch chipset - Dragonwear 3100 (most of the android wear watches that are selling for less make use of the old 2100 chipset). This is also comparable to a full-featured sports watch as well as android wear

Some other features:
- On watch GPS
- Optical HR
- Google Pay NFC

Deals/Deal Requests / Bonobos 50% off Sale
« on: January 29, 2019, 12:43:18 PM »
Bonobos is taking 50% off of their final sale items -  - with code DONTQUIT

Usually the biggest discounts they offer are 40%. Limited Sizes and colors; no returns, although they will honor defects tears, etc.

Some examples -
Blue Cotton Chinos - = $24
Blue Pleated Cotton Pants - - $29
Blue plaid Wrinkle free dress shirt - - $29
Blue patterned Workout Shorts - - $14

(Wow, I must be color obsessed).

Just Shmooze / Watching a live broadcast from Israel and Shabbos
« on: January 28, 2019, 01:02:14 PM »
Came up in conversation recently, and I am curious to some insight from those more knowledgeable.

Is there an issue with watching a live broadcast of an event happening on Shabbos in Israel where it is not shabbos for you. I.e. I'm watching a sporting event taking place in Israel on Friday night after dark, but it's Friday Afternoon in the USA - or Shabbos Afternoon in Israel, but Motzei shabbos in Australia?

I imagine that if someone was live streaming specifically for me, it would be a problem, but if they're broadcasting it, they're already being mechallel shabbos, and I am not causing it.

Would it make a difference if it were the news in a time when there was a sakana in Israel? (i.e. people were given a heter to keep the TV on over shabbos to find out about missle attacks, etc?).

Not asking for practical halachic purposes but just trying to understand what aveirot might be involved on the part of the Person Watching?

Deals/Deal Requests / Coros Linx Bluetooth Bike Helmet $99.99 at Woot - new
« on: December 31, 2018, 10:09:49 AM »
Woot is selling the Coros Linx Bluetooth Cycling helmet for $99.99 today -
These are new (not refurbished) and come it two sizes and two colors. It's selling on amazon for $150-200.

It's a bit of unique helmet in that it has a bone-conducting bluetooth audio speakers and microphone - there is nothing in your ears! so you can hear the traffic around you easily, but still enjoy music and audio while you ride without sharing it with the world. It also comes with a remote control that attaches to your handlebars.

Here is a video review: [ Invalid YouTube link ]

Just Shmooze / Kosher Camera?
« on: December 28, 2018, 12:43:47 PM »
Someone recently asked me what makes a camera kosher? (In response to an ad they had seen for a store offering a 'Kosher' Camera) I was a little perplexed by this. I've heard of kosher phones that disable Internet use, but a camera? What could possibly be wrong with a Camera?

I am not so much attacking or being snarky as I am genuinely curious.

Just Shmooze / Chabad and the word 'San/Santa/Saint' in place names
« on: November 28, 2018, 05:12:16 PM »
I should know this, but I don't, and I should also have been able to find it on the Internet, but I didn't - the question:

Why does Chabad not spell out place names that have San/Santa/Saint in the name - example - A recent post on the site about the St. Regis Princeville resort spelled in S. Regis instead. I've also seen a lot of California Chabad houses to the S. instead of the other forms of Saint - i.e. S. Monica, S. Diego, etc.

I this a custom? Is it based on a halachic opinion of one of the Rebbes of chabad that's not shared with the Jewish world?

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