1000 Dollar Phones

Google’s new Pixel 3a looks to be the price/performance ratio we all need for an affordable phone. This is what these things should cost and not the $1000 for new flagship phones. If I didn’t already have a Pixel 2 this would be my next phone.

The Lawnmower

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Before the neighbors start to picket the house, I guess I had better get around to cutting the front lawn at least and while I was doing so I realized that the lawnmower I own is all three things : electric, cheap and most importantly: still working

And that’s what I want to write about today: the still working part. You see, when I bought this mower it was because my old rider died one day when it decided it didn’t want to turn corners any more. And instead of infusing more cash into an older rider mower I decided to retire it (put it out to pasture) and just find the cheapest mower I could find because I don’t really get excited about lawn mowers so I found this little green works model and it seems to be holding up just fine.

In fact, I think I have had this mower for 5 years now, which considering what this thing costs is a pretty good deal compared to the big bucks a riding mower would cost.

Yes, you get hot and sweaty in the summertime, but it’s summertime and isn’t hot and sweaty the fun? It would be cooler on a riding mower with its cup holders but that’s no fun.

Another thing I didn’t realize is how afraid people are of the cor**d. **You would think I was from the dark ages with some of the comments I get. Maybe it’s the fear of mowing over the cord but in the few years I have had this thing I have mowed over the cord zero times. That’s right -zero

I have found that if you plug the cord into the outlet and then move away from the outlet as you mow that for the most part the cord stays out of your way.

I had thought about buying a electric mower with a battery but they go for $500 or so and again, lawn mowers don’t excite me so this one does me just fine. Besides with the battery models you have to worry about a charged battery and whether it will last when you want to cut the entire lawn in one go if you have a big lot (I do). Just one more thing to go wrong.

But when I pull out my cheapo electric mower after a very cold and crappy winter, it’s all ready to go - all I have to do is to plug it in and push.

Nobody cares what your site looks like

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I have come to this realization over the years:

The uglier your site is, the better it will perform.

I have spent probably about thousand dollars on commercial wordpress themes over the years and it’s been a complete waste of money for the most part.

Save for a few sites - most of themes have extra features and bells/whistles that you don’t really need like extra sharing buttons and the like. I’ve been trying to minimize the stuff on my sites over the years because most of it is crap

There are some sites that are very well made and designed but with most sites that i go and visit I just want to read the content and not click ads or sharing buttons or even need a “featured image”

This post has a featured image which to be completely honest isn’t really needed. In fact - now that I think about it - after this I might remove them completely and just well, write. Images slow me and the site down as it’s one more thing to worry about when creating content.

Some of the best sites I have made when it comes to producing an income have been the ugliest sites I’ve ever seen but they get the point across of what I am trying to say or share.

The rest is just fluff.

First Words

The Atlantic has an interesting article on the baby’s first words:

A lot of kids have this disconcerting all-over-the-placeness with their early vocalizations,” says Michael Tomasello, a developmental psychologist at Duke University who studies the emergence of language and communication in babies and primates. There’s a gradualness to early words, he says. “Even things that someone would call a word, kids still use them in situations that are a bit baffling.”

Well worth the read.

My baby is starting to say “yes” (I think.)

Comparing the differences between Verizon Unlimited Plans

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Verizon’s phone plans with unlimited data are broken down into four categories:

Above Unlimited

Above Unlimited is aimed for power users that live on their phones and demand the best performance. If you have this plan, you are probably on a top tier phone and need all the data and speed possible. The Above Unlimited plan from Verizon offers:

  • Unlimited 4G Data

  • unlimited talk and text

  • HD Quality vide streaming

  • Unlimited Mobile Hotspot

  • Mexico and Canada Talk Text and Data Included

  • Verizon Up Rewards

  • Mexico and Canada Talk and Data Included

  • 5 Travel Passes a Month

  • 500Gb of Verizon Cloud

  • Apple Music Included

Beyond Unlimited

Beyond Unlimited is designed for those that do a lot of streaming.

  • Unlimited 5G Data

  • Unlimited 4K HD Streaming

  • Unlimited 5G Hotspot

  • Unlimited 4G Data

  • Unlimited Talk and Text

  • HD Quality Streaming

  • Unlimited Mobile Hotspot

  • Verizon Up Rewards

  • Mexico and Canada Talk, Text and Data

  • Apple Music

Go Unlimited

Go Unlimited is aimed at those users that want unlimited but don’t need the extra features and cost of the two plans above.

  • Unlimited Data

  • Unlimited Talk and Text

  • DVD Quality Streaming

  • Unlimited Mobile HotSpot

  • Mexico and Canada Talk, Text and Data

  • Free Apple Music for 6 months

Just Kids

If you have kids that need or want a smartphone then you definitely don’t need to spend a lot and have the kids burn through your data. This plan offers the following features:

  • 5GB of 4G Data

  • Unlimited Talk and Text to 20 contacts

  • Safety Mode to Avoid Data Overages

  • Verizon Smart Family

  • DVD Quality Streaming

  • Verizon Up Rewards

  • Data Boost.

Verizon Unlimited Plan Prices

Above Unlimited - $95.00 per line

Beyond Unlimited - $85.00 per line

Go Unlimited - $75.00 per line

Just Kids - $35.00 per line

What’s the Best Unlimited Verizon Plan?

If it we me, I would probably go with the Go Unlimited Plan as I really only use abut 3GB a month, but I do travel to Canada a fair bit so the fact that I can use my phone there as I would inside the US would be a great thing to have.

See all Verizon Unlimited Plans Here