Aug 29, 2014

Do Me a Flavor - Part 2

Just found 2 for $4 Lays at Target.  Picked up the other two contest flavors, Bacon Mac & Cheese and Wasabi Ginger.  Here's a quick run down. 

Bacon Cheddar Mac & Cheese is really good. It's a cheesy flavor with the smokey tones of bacon.  But for an accurate description of how they taste I'll just say they taste exactly like normal chips covered in this...

And everyone, who's anyone either outright or in secret loves the shit out of bacon squeezy cheese.
So points for that.  As with the coffee chips, you can tell that the same artificial flavoring extract they use in bacon flavored cheese product is used to flavor these.  Really overall nothing spectacular. Like a facebook friend said, With a flavor like that, expectations are high.  

Now onto the Wasabi Ginger.  Since these happen to be the Kettle Cooked variety of Lays chip there's tons of nooks and crannies for the very tangy and zesty wasabi/ginger flavoring to hide out waiting to be found.  And I found them.  The flavor of these could only be described like this:  Imagine getting take out from your favorite sushi restaurant.  Imagine opening the bag and the aroma that wofts into your face holes.  That's what these taste like.  Really strong flavoring but not to intense.  Despite there being wasabi Funyuns on the market already, these are something else.  It may be the ginger but these taste very asian. These should win.  Bacon is hard to beat. You know, because bacon, but these should win.

After a few days with the other two, I can say with confidence that I dont like the mango salsa chips. They would be better if they were just salsa. I think there was a pico de gallo in the running that should have beat these.  The mango just throws it all off.  Then again I dont like mango salsa in general.  Maybe it's the same people that like pineapple on pizza.  Who knows .. they arent that good.  As for the cappuccino, I cant stop eating them.  They arent particularly great tasting but they're different. I think my taste organs are still curious and need to figure it out.  The word is still out on those.  I dont hate them.  Or at least I dont know if I do or not yet.  

So here's my ranking. 
  1. Wasabi Ginger 
  2. Bacon Cheddar Mac & Cheese
  3. Cappuccino 
  4. Mango Salsa

Aug 27, 2014

Do Me a Flavor

So there's four new flavors of Lays this time around. Wasabi Ginger, Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, Mango Salsa and the most curious is of course the Cappuccino flavor.  I really would like to try all of them but I really can't justify buying four large bags of chips just to taste them.  CVS had a BOGO on Lays but they only had the cappuccino and the mango salsa.  So I got em.

In the previous Do Me a Flavor they had Chicken & Waffles, Sriracha and the winning flavor, Cheesy Garlic Bread.  I could more or less guess what the Cheesy Garlic Bread would taste like before even trying them, I had no interest in Sriracha before or after they made it into a chip but I was really excited to try the Chicken & Waffles chips.   One thing I didn't consider was how the flavor of the actual potato chip would taste with a sweet maple syrup flavor.  It was pretty horrible. So this was what I was kind of expecting with the Cappuccino chips.

The cappuccino chip flavoring is pretty much the same flavor extract that's in the cappuccino Jelly Belly jelly beans.  Most artificially flavored things pretty much can be compared to Jelly Belly.  As far as I know they pretty much pioneered the unusually flavored snack product.  So it's natural to see the flavorings pop up here and there.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.  I would say the coffee chips are ok.  I'd give them a 6.75 on the Taste-O-Meter.  I'm eating them as I type this.  Imagine eating a cappuccino Jelly Belly and a lightly salted plain Lays potato chip at the same time.

The mango salsa flavor isnt bad.  It's hard to put my finger on.  It's not spicy hot but slightly spicy flavored with a secondary sweetish fruity floral flavor.  I could take or leave these chips.  Really nothing special here.

I'm really curious to try the other two but my prediction is that the bacon mac & cheese will win because, bacon.  The wasabi flavor isn't really something new. They have wasabi Funyuns and other snack products with that flavor already. The ginger might add something more exotic. Anyway, I have a pretty good guess what they'll taste like.  Really tho I think the biggest competition is and will always be Cheddar and Sour Cream Ruffles.  Those things are the bomb dot com.

Gonna start thinking of what could be next year's winner...

Just Install Messenger Already

Y'all trippin.

  • Does it suck that they are forcing this on you?  Yes. 
  • Is is lame that you have to install a whole separate app?  Yes.  
  • Is the new message pop-up thingy annoying? Yes.  
  • Is it going to record you pooping or take pictures of your dick? No.

Most communication apps have the same permissions you're all freaking out about.  Does it make phone calls? Yes, then it needs access to your phone.  Does it take pics?  Yes, then it needs access to your camera.  You all need to chill the fuck out and stop getting all conspiracy theory about this shit. Phone apps need permissions to do the things they say they do. It's when apps like "fart sounds" needs hella permissions is when you get suspicious.  Look at an apps permissions and ask yourself what does it have to do with the functionality of the app you're installing.  Facebook messenger is a sophisticated high powered messaging app.  It needs to be able to do what it needs to do.

"many of these permission requests are neither uncommon nor unreasonable and aren't really much different or more onerous than the permissions required by the main Facebook app itself" 

Bottom line is, if you're worried about this app, you should just throw your phone away because every app that does anything that makes calls, takes pictures, sends messages, etc will need these same permissions. Basically, if it did not have permission in advance to call someone when you hit the call button, it would probably do something like have a pop up every time you hit send; with a box and a page of legalese asking you if it can have access to your address book, microphone etc.  it would get annoying. What you're doing is telling Facebook, "yes you can have access to do these things" when you DL the app... so the app friggin works.

By the way, in researching info for this post I found about 1000 other ones just like it. It should be common knowledge by now. Apparently I still have a bunch of paranoid, tin foil hat wearing idiots in my Facebook feed. So maybe they'll get a clue and relax.

Aug 25, 2014

Pharts (photo arts) I just made that up.

 Some of my latest, pharts, arts, sharts and doodles from the last month or so.  The closest thing you're going to get to a Photo Friday.  (hint, today IS my Friday)

"Peep My Fresh New Kicks" 
Acrylic and Ink on plaque 5"



I'll have another.  -Chromecast is the bee's pajamas. 

Our logo if we were Black Metal. 


They tore down McDonalds and landed a space ship in it's place.


This never stops being funny

These guys were adorbz

Having an art show

Outside the CVS

Chucky came in to my work


The "Lost Coast"