The Time for Tap-to-Pay is Now!

Almost overnight the coronavirus pandemic has literally changed our world.

Things we touched a couple of weeks ago without a second thought are now scrutinized. A trip to the store has become a monumental endeavor. And don’t even think about paying with cash!

Smart Cards aren't really all that smart. At least not in the U.S.

If only there were a way to pay without touching anything.
Oh wait… there is!

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COVID Cruise

Living in this strange new world of COVID-19 has changed the daily routine. Telecommuting and #WFH (working from home) were mere concepts to most Americans just two weeks ago. Today we’re exchanging tips for using tools like Zoom and Skype. Grammarians cringe as “slack” becomes a verb. Work may never be the same again, let alone the workplace.

We’re also looking for ways to spend our time after hours. How can we get out of the house while avoiding interactions or large gatherings? Socializing without socializing. So yesterday we did something we hadn’t done in years—we went for a drive in the country.

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Drinking Your Oats

Chobani is jumping into the oat milk business with both feet.

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What does it take to make a liter of milk?
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Detractors complain that almonds require large amounts of irrigation water. But it’s nothing when compared to the resources required for making cow’s milk.
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As sales of cow milk decline the yogurt giant is plotting their move into the growing alt.milk market. More and more people are discovering their intolerance to dairy (about half the population worldwide) and searching for plant-based alternatives. This, plus to that the increased awareness of the impact agriculture has on the planet, has spawned a wide range of milk alternatives.

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Trailhead

Like to walk or bike on a trail less traveled?

Here’s a site that offers a nationwide map of hiking, walking and cycling trails. The link I’m posting is the map view of trails near my hometown and will prompt you for a login. Before you curse hear me out.

traillink-map-view

I typically don’t post such links but…

  • this view is sort of difficult to find.
  • it’s run by a non-profit.
  • it’s really, really cool!

TrailLink.com

TrailLink.com is part of the Rails to Trails Conservancy, the folks that work to convert old railroad alignments into hiking/biking trails. If you’re not familiar visit www.railstotrails.org.