Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Hummingbirds, coffee filters, spell checkers, love-crazed woodpeckers

Posted Thursday, April 21, 2011, at 7:43 AM
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  • I don't have an iPhone, but apparently the spell-checker for its messaging features -- which aggressively tries to change your words to the "right" ones -- leaves something to be desired, resulting in the creation of this web site:


    ...which is dedicated to funny spelling "corrections" made by the iPhone. (I used a URL shortner because there's a profanity in the actual URL.)

    -- Posted by Jicarney on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 2:52 PM
  • I should add that some of the corrections are vulgarities -- someone tries to type an innocent statement, and the correction turns it into either a double entendre or an outright profanity.

    -- Posted by Jicarney on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 2:54 PM
  • Steve,

    Since I don't drink coffee, I don't have a problem with filters. Have you ever thought about going the instant route; that would solve your problem.

    -- Posted by Tyger on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 9:01 PM
  • Steve,

    Try the non-disposable coffee filter basket - purchase at Wal-Mart - no more paper filters and less expense.

    There are many types of woodpeckers in Middle Tennessee. A Northern flicker is a larger, brown woodpecker and has a red spot on the back of its head. The red-headed woodpecker has no stripes and a solid red head - listed on endangered and threatened species list.

    I think you may be describing either a downy woodpecker -a small, black and white striped woodpecker with a red head or a red-bellied woodpecker - which has similar colors but is larger in size.

    -- Posted by wildwoman on Fri, Apr 22, 2011, at 5:26 AM
  • John, I've had the unwanted correction as well. (not on an i-phone though) What annoys me most is that it sometimes will not let me over-ride the @#$% thing. I can understand the profanity. As long as it gives me a choice, but mine is usually correct. Can they "learn" the user's most frequently used terms?

    INSTANT COFFEE!? Tyger, how could you say such words? That used to be by poison but ever since I owned a coffee shop, I never went back. I think I like the aroma of it brewing as much, if not more than the actual drink. It is such a "warm fuzzy" when I walk into a coffee shop now-a-days.

    Hmmm, a non-disposable filter. I need to check that out. Has anyone tried it?

    The Downy and Red-Bellied are the best suspects. I know it was not brown. I believe we have a Red-Headed but I did not know they were endangered. Why is that?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Apr 23, 2011, at 8:26 AM
  • By the way, since I wrote about the early morning drumbeat, it has been replaced with the croaking frog. You don't suppose they read the T-G blog too?

    The frog can not wake us up, so it is a better trade-off.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Apr 23, 2011, at 8:28 AM
  • I have used a non-disposable coffee filter and as long as you get the right size they work great. They do have to rinsed clean of the finer grounds, but its worth it.

    Now I double filter my coffee. I place the non-disposable inside the paper filter (yes, it's a challenge to get only one.) But I believe it cuts down on some of the acids in the coffee and makes for a smoother cup of coffee.

    -- Posted by amalphia on Sat, Apr 23, 2011, at 12:02 PM
  • From what are the re-usable filters made? Could they add to the acidity of the coffee?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Apr 23, 2011, at 8:33 PM
  • There are several woodpeckers that are on the endangered or threatened species lists. This is primarily attributed to loss of habitat.

    -- Posted by wildwoman on Sun, Apr 24, 2011, at 9:02 AM
  • I used to use one made from hemp. I quit using it, because it didn't work well with real fine ground coffee (espresso).

    You can try it if you want-I think I still have it somewhere. Just let me know....

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Sun, Apr 24, 2011, at 10:10 AM
  • Hemp? Hmmm, I wonder if that adds something "special" to the brew?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Apr 24, 2011, at 10:43 AM
  • Steve,

    Sorry for the delay in responding, but I have spent the last5 days searching for one of our dogs - no luck.

    As I understand it, the acids are produced during the bean roasting process. South American and Expresso coffees have some of the highest acid contents. Too much acid in the coffee can produce a "sour" or "bitter" taste.

    My mature (read aged) stomach doesn't handle the high acidity very well, but I'm a coffee addict and can't give it up. Please don't recommend decaf, I've tried it and it doesn't work for me.

    Hope this explains the reference to acid in coffee.

    -- Posted by amalphia on Wed, Apr 27, 2011, at 12:30 PM
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