There's only one thing worse than people talking about you...
(Although United Airlines might disagree at the moment.)
Fast food chain Burger King is doubling down on an ad campaign designed to activate the Google Home appliance, even as Google and the public at large object. The 15‑second ad features an actor who says, "OK Google, what is the Whopper burger?" in an attempt to force the Google Home devices of viewers to navigate to the …
Don't you mean "flame broiled, medium-sized child?" Sheesh!
These ads are making great sport of the Google device, and are much less annoying than the adverts that Carl's Jr. used to show with outrageously hot, skinny, chicks eating gigantic, grease dripping, super burgers. It just put me off their crap for good. At least a Whopper is a decent burger, the double too. And until they start having people rubbing their genitals against the burger, I might have one once in a while. Not more than once a week though. That's a lot of fat all at once. Tasty, but deadly in large doses. Like live bees.
At least a Whopper is a decent burger
You what! That burger in the picture looks like no whopper that I've ever been served, it isn't sagging or leaking liquid and you can actually see some green stuff in it (I assume that it is lettuce..).
Looking at that photo gave me a real "Falling down" moment!
You make one bad decision, so you make a second one that's also bad, hoping they'll either cancel each other out or that two wrongs will make a right.
As someone else said, it originates from gambling. You lose $1 on a bet, you make a $2 bet next time on the theory that when you win, you get your original loss back. Its a nice theory, but rarely works.
However, the game of Blackjack (AKA 21) has a gameplay option actually called "double down" (often just "double") that's quite different, as you're doubling your wager within a single round of game play, instead of on successive rounds of play.
It's called "doubling DOWN" because you're gambling double on a card you can't even see (it's dealt face-down and not revealed until after the dealer's hand is resolved). List most things blackjack, there's a time and place for it. Doubling down on a ten or eleven (especially if the dealer's up card is in the middle) is generally a good idea: odds are the dealer will either bust or have a weak stand. If the dealer's up card is a five or six (the most likely to result in a bust), doubling down when you know your next card can't bust you (you're no higher than 11 or soft) can be worth a chance.
The $1/$2/$4 pattern is known as the "double or nothing" pattern. All you need to get back to zero is ONE win, and depending on how the table plays, it may not take that many hands to do it, making it worthwhile especially on a game like Blackjack where a player with reasonable knowledge of the game has a fighting chance on any given hand.
I suspect the fighting chance you refer is why blackjack tables (like poker) is heavily patrolled by waitresses with alcoholic beverages, to dull the players' faculties as quickly as possible. Note the relative scarcity of such services in the roulette and dice game areas, and near absence around the slot machines - where there's little to no action the player can take to improve his or her chances of a win, therefore there's less benefit to getting them buzzed.
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The smartphone among other things. Social media like Twitter combined with the Internet and ubiquitous cameras held by lots of people is creating a perfect storm for instant rumor mills. What would normally take time as rumors bounce from person to person now can spread at the speed of electricity (not quite the speed of light, but close). This combined with echo chamber mentality creates the electronic equivalent of flash mobs.
But hey, as long as people are talking about the brand, right?
Given the general ethos, it does seem that if you are a 'brave' now might be the time to out some of those ad idea's that copywriters tend to keep in their private folder to demonstrate to prospective clients/employers just how zany/original they can be...
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Because glucose-fructose syrup. It has the ability to make shit taste nice and make you hungry as well. You could as well ask - why milk chocolate when dark chocolate, Even my youngest daughter is stopped in her tracks by two or three squares of dark chocolate but will eat a whole lorry load of milk chocolate if we dont stop her. Fortunately our nearest BK or MD is 20 miles away and she cant be arsed to cycle,
As much as I used to enjoy a Whopper over a Big Mac, the company (in the UK at least), didnt have much of a social or moral compass).
I used to work at an incinerator, we had a 44 tonne load of BK promotional clothing sent in to be burned; brand new "T" shirts and caps that could have been donated to any of the various charities sending clothing to victims of natural or man made disasters; but no, they decided to have them all burnt.
These weren't defective, with incorrect spelling, or Police seized fakes, these were brand new, sealed in the packet "leftovers" from a national promotion.
> Why add sugar?
Quite a few savoury things have sugar added: fried onions (for when you don't have half an hour or more to caramelise them), ketchup, even coleslaw. It's all about the flavour profile: a touch of sweetness just complements too many things.
I do agree that there's too much refined sugar in stuff, especially stuff like salad dressings. When cooking (and when I can get it), I tend to use mirin instead of sugar.
> Adding sweeteners (of any kind) to non-dessert, savouries or burgers is nasty.
Sugar is not just used as a sweetener. It has many other purposes in the kitchen, notably as a fermentation aid (yeast loves it), as a conservative, or as a stabiliser (when egg is involved, e.g., foams or custards).
To give just two or three common examples of sugar use in non-desserts: brown barbecue sauces (and BBQ rubs or marinades), pickles, or leavened breads.
(There are 10 kinds of developers, those who know how to cook and those who don't. har har :-/ )
"To give just two or three common examples of sugar use in non-desserts: brown barbecue sauces (and BBQ rubs or marinades), pickles, or leavened breads."
Adding a touch of sweet to something spicy tends to produce nice complementary effects. That's why you have such things as honey mustard sauce (sweet honey complements the spicy mustard), and as mentioned, a bit of sugar can actually be a good addition to a spicy meat rub. Have you heard of Bread & Butter pickle brine. That's a sweet brine. And sugar is absolutely essential if you intend to have a risen (leavened) bread, as the yeast needs the sugar to feed. In fact, yeast needs sugar to ferment into alcohol to produce your favorite drinks (where the sugar comes from depends, but for example rum comes from molasses).
You do NOT need to add sugar to ferment a loaf of bread. Flour, water, yeast (or starter culture) and salt are all that is needed. You can do without salt if you like flat tasting bread ... but you'll have to watch it so it doesn't over-proof. Salt helps slow down the yeast.
> You do NOT need to add sugar to ferment a loaf of bread.
Correct, yeast will still act in the absence of sugar but the fermentation process will be different in a number of ways. You will add sugar or not depending on what type of bread/dough you are trying to bake, on personal preference, and of course on whether you do have any sugar in the first place or not.
Yeast will NOT raise a loaf in the absence of simple sugars. In proper bread, the simple sugars are made by enzymes in the yeast and the flour causing large starch molecules to break down. Adding to this with the addition of table sugar (or other sucrose) makes for a one-dimensional end product. If you must add simple sugars, use honey. Sometimes I'll spike the honey with unsulfered molasses. (The sulfured stuff is bad for yeast.) ... if you go the honey/molasses route, pay attention to pH if you want proper browning.
to fix the "OK Google" feature so that *if* it brings up the search screen AND does not receive any input (as if you may have accidentally triggered it) then it CLOSES THE F***ING search screen so that you can see whatever your phone was doing beforehand.
It may sound a trivial niggle, until you are driving, using your phone as a SatNav, and the search screen pops up. You're forced to touch the screen. Not the safest thing at 70mph.
Before there are loads of comments about "why not disable OK Google when you drive ?", I'd point out:
1) It can be useful to have access when driving
2) That's the *whole point* of OK Google anyway.
"And until Google Maps provides a speed limit display (like HERE does) it's dead to me."
Don't they have road signs where you live? Does your car not have a speedo?
Having said that, this one of the many reasons I use a dedicated satnav rather than a phone pretending to be a satnav until it decides to be something else while navigating an unfamiliar area.
Who said anything about a speedo ?
I did have a dedicated SatNav (Garmin). Despite having lifetime maps (let's ignore the faff that you have to connect it to a PC, unlike a phone which automagically updates OTA) I gave up after a couple of lowered speed limits near me weren't changed for 3 years. That said, it still pisses all over the inbuilt Citroen Satnav I have which is a joke and a half.
Also, in the UK, not all speed limits are signed ...
There's some cognitive dissonance (or bullshit) in the arena of car apps and official policy - especially seeing as how we are told Google and Her Majestys Government have always been BFFs.
a) - Nothing in Google Maps to help the cause of speeding prevention
b) - Android Auto does not even provide an option that all calls should go to voicemail when driving, let alone make it mandatory.
If Google Maps was as wow as Google say it is (it isn't) I would also expect a (configurable) feature to warn a driver of approaching speed limit changes.
I stand by my previous assertion that all this frippery is just that. Frippery. If I was setting off on a trans-Sahara trek, I wouldn't choose anything made by Google.
All my exposure to Google over the past 10 years has done, is to increase my admiration for NASA engineers tenfold.
Tried your suggestion. Can't believe Google can even dream they are a serious company, by how shit my 3 minute experience was, although to be fair it wouldn't be hard to fix ...
1) Android Auto is inextricably linked to Google Maps. I know that because GM is disabled on my phone, yet AA found a way to launch it.
2) All my subsequent gripes are therefore with Google Maps ...
a) can't turn off voice prompts (make them softer, yes. But not "OFF").
b) still won't show speed limits.
3) I said "Play podcast" and got "I don't know how to play podcast".
4) I said "cancel", and have in-car dashcam footage of the phone responding "I don't know how to cancel".
I am 50 years old, and have broken and demolished so much new-fangled tech in my career, and Android Auto and Google Maps are just toys for now. I really wouldn't begin to dream of relying on them to use in a business environment.
Fair enough, I'm OK with Google Maps but I'm not a heavy SatNav user - I know it has limitations for those who are.
This might interest you in the near future - http://www.androidauthority.com/beta-invite-waze-android-auto-761632/
Waze for AA is currently in Beta. Once that's in place, you might find it more useful.
"a) can't turn off voice prompts (make them softer, yes. But not "OFF")."
Yes you can. Just hit the speaker icon to have turn-by-turn, alerts only or off completely.
Others points I agree with.
My preferred option is Waze, due to speed camera, hazard alerts in realtime. However, it doesn't do offline, is a bit clunky, doesn't seem to route as well as Google Maps, rubbish voice control, no longer visibly shows you if friends are viewing your drive, doesn't show approaching speed limit signs so that you can report them if they are incorrect as you cross them.
I used Here maps to for a very long trip in Europe recently, offline maps are great, nice interface, very slow searching, speed limits were (relatively) frequently incorrect, can't report anything, can't share your drive.
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