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  • How to add an avatar to your posts

    Posted on April 22nd, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    'Tiki' by Kirsten Easthope (click to purchase on

    'Tiki' by Kirsten Easthope (click to purchase on

    Yeah I know, I’m pretty new at this. So it took me a while to figure out how to get a little picture to show up next to my comments. I guess if you’re 12, and you’ve had a computer since you were born, this is a no-brainer. For us slightly older chums, here’s the deal…

    Go to

    Set up a free account, and use your email address that you use to post on blogs and forums. Then follow the (simple, mindless) directions to upload an image to Gravatar. They will link it to your email, and it will come up every time you post. It’s that simple.

    Note: The site you’re posting on needs to be setup to accept Gravitars. From what I can see, it looks like WordPress 2.7 and above had it built in. If your blogger doesn’t know about it, direct him/her to

  • Why Is Starbucks Coffee So Oily?

    Posted on April 22nd, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    I’ve been a coffee connoisseur for a long time, and have had my share of ‘real’ dark roasts. Over-cooking the beans so they are burnt ain’t the right way to do it, but that’s what Starbucks tastes like.Ok, granted, millions of people like their coffee. I must admit their ‘lite-note’ (sp?) is enjoyable, and some of the seasonal flavors are good. But until I went to Starbucks, I never had an OILY mocha cappuccino in my life.

    We’re talking about the mocha-cino with some whipped cream on top. Once the whipped cream melts, a layer of what feels on the lips like soybean oil coats the top of the coffee. It’s awful. I’ve tried skimming it off, mixing it in, doesn’t matter. It just feels like I’m drinking chocolate flavored Wesson. Is it something in the whipped cream? Some vegetable oil as a stabilizer? Or is it from the coffee beans? I’ll have to search into it for my own amusement. In the mean time, I’m going to stick to Dunkin’ Donuts.