The Tumblr thing was interesting, and as with most "official" changes on Tumblr, it wasn't announced in advance or (clearly) explained afterwards.
It's not that posts with those tags were blocked per se, but that a person browsing those specific tags could only see posts on their own blogs and blogs they follow, rather than every post on every blog that used those tags. (For context, most people on Tumblr find new blogs and posts by searching tags, so this was a pretty big deal.)
There was also a setting added in the user account page to allow these posts to show up in searches again. It appears that this setting was set to block posts by default for many people (although not everyone-my account didn't have this setting enabled, for example.) Because there had been no announcement, no one even knew the setting was there until well after the collective freak out started.
This isn't the first time Tumblr has altered the way tag searches work-prior to the Yahoo acquisition, a change was made to prioritize "popular" posts (with more Likes and Reblogs) in searches, effectively hiding some posts in specific tags. Again, this was an unannounced change, and again there's a workaround that appears to be as simple as adding /everything to the search URL. Third party extensions like Missing E, xKit and Tumblr Saviour also have options to handle this sort of personalized filtering, which is why they're so popular, but unfortunately Tumblr historically has a very poor relationship with authors of Tumblr extensions.
That yoghurt hack is brilliant!
Speaking of prawns and citrus: you can buy one of those packs of frozen prawn tails, chuck them in a skillet with some butter or a light oil and some chilli (flakes work fine) then grate zest from a lime straight on top while the prawns cook. No need for fancy seasoning with that combo, and it's done in ten minutes.
Red cabbage is magic. It's a perfect food to add when you want to add substance to a dish but don't want to overpower other flavours. It's cheap as too.
My current go-to for a quick, light meal is chopped red cabbage, grated carrot, toasted sunflower seeds and fried haloumi with a bit of balsamic vinegar and a light oil (I use rice bran.) Takes about ten minutes, including time to fry the haloumi.
Another use is in "burritos" a la Alessi. Chop up the red cabbage, lay it out in a line on a pair of tortillas, spoon over some chilli beans (canned stuff works fine, especially the Delmaine black beans in chilli, but you can also fry/refry the beans from scratch) , throw on some grated cheese, roll the tortilla up like a kebab (tucking closed one end) and grill for about fifteen minutes at 180 degrees. Throw on some guacamole and salsa or chipotle, and you're good.
You can also replace the cabbage with scrambled eggs in the burritos if you prefer a breakfast-y treat.
I wonder whether our rulers actually *wanted* to release this stuff. The rationale would be that by letting the fact of their access to corporate data into the public domain, a row will ensue, and unless legislators move to prevent this, that access will become the “new normal”. In the same vein would be the NZ government’s response to the Dotcom illegalities of substantially widening GCSBs powers.
I don't think TPTB are happy with this leak, as such, but I also don't think many people are all that surprised about the scope or intent of the data collection. The leak itself might be the most surprising part of thus story; most of us have assumed the rest was true for years.
Milford is only a secondary centre. The proposed public transit plan connects those more than today’s does. Avondale does seem less politically problematic.
There are also a lot of people living on the Shore who want to keep living on the Shore, but also want to own property that isn't so far north as to have to swear allegiance to the Starks. Milford and Belmont (also up for intensification) are the next centres out of Takapuna to receive attention. The infrastructure may not be there yet, but the population will be.
Mogwai's George Square Thatcher Death Party.(from 2011) has a title that sounds like word salad at first glance. Stonkin' song, though:
I like trout; they're much more tasty than people.
Maybe adulthood is in the same category as other "meaning of life" questions: you're an adult when you've decided for yourself what that means and how you want to answer it.
But you don’t control it. If you’re not careful it can backfire. Pick the right product for the right people. Like Paul said it’s their attention and time you’re ‘paying’ for, not specifically the end result.
I have no skin in this game, but the one thing that I think makes this situation slightly different to the other analogies mentioned is that the value of the service is a large part of what most people would consider when deciding if it's worthwhile. By getting the service for free, you're not reacting to the service as it would be for someone who was paying for it, but the free stuff you got instead.
That makes for different reactions/reviews/whatever because very little emphasis will be put on whether My Food Bag is value for money (which is honestly what most potential customers will care about.) There has been some discussion about this aspect, but it's hardly been given the emphasis it would if everyone reviewing the service had paid for it.
I think MyFoodBag is pitched a bit too specifically for us in my house. We're both really busy people on a limited budget (we're also saving for a trip to see my relatives in Italy at the end of the year) so even one wasted meal is a bit of a problem for us.
The solution has been making a lot of freezable stuff-mainly soup and pasta sauce. That won't keep most young professionals happy, but they breed 'em tough out Devonport way.