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The Consuming Passion: Pots & Mapping [Jun. 10th, 2010|11:08 pm]
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Another All-Clad pot was inevitable.   OK, not inevitable, but irresistible.   This one is the 2 quart straight-sided saute pan, with lid.   The 4 quart was nice, but...heavier.  Much.  Or it felt like much to me.   So I went for the 2 quart.  The interior diameter is a little less than the big iron frying pan, but still plenty large enough for what I often want to brown but don't want to have to hold (or clean out) the big old iron one.

The citrus squeezer thingie, maybe not so inevitable except I was tired of squeezing the juice out of limes with a pair of offset pliers.   R- is this moment trying it out (I already have) and it works a treat--is easier, doesn't puncture the lime's hide (which pliers do rather easily) and gets more juice out.

Then other other indulgence--a GPS.    I had resisted GPS for years (not that I thought it didn't work, but out of sheer "I can navigate on my own, thanks very much" but increasingly nature databases want citizen scientists (that would be me) to give the coordinates of what they're reporting.  My latest report, of a moth not on the county list (in fact, not within several counties, if I'm reading the site right)  was accepted, but then came the request for coordinates.   So after indulging in the cookware, I headed for REI, where I explained my need for a tough little GPS for the field that would give me coordinates of finds...and since I didn't demand that it link to my computer with bluetooth or even a USB cable...it was the cheapest, too.  

I tried it out in the parking lot near the ice rink, and again in a friend's house, and found it easy to use.   After driving home, I took it out to the spot where I found the moth and after a little hunt for satellites, it told me where we were.   I took it back in the house to write down the numbers, and it tossed up a message "Weak GPS Signal" right on top of the numbers I was trying to copy (I think maybe being inside a house with a steel roof just might have something to do with that...) so I had to go back outside and scribble (barely legibly) the numbers on the little screen.  

A hint for GPS makers would be to make the coordinates BIGGER.   As in, big enough to see easily.   And ensure that the warning of weak signal does not cover them up.

However, it's clearly a tough little critter and I expect to start making more professional-looking reports soon. 

[User Picture]From: entp2007
2010-06-11 05:58 am (UTC)
What brand of GPS did you purchase? We have a Magellan for car use and I have one built into my iPhone. I wouldn't be surprised if someone made an app for what you do.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-06-11 06:26 pm (UTC)
Garmin e-trex. I like that it's small and (relatively, considering that it depends on there being these satellites up in space) simple.
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2010-06-11 06:30 am (UTC)

settings on GPS for display size

Some GPSs have settings for controlling the size of displayed values. My Garmin eTrex Vista (8 years old now, I think?) had that at least for the "trip computer" display. It was on the page menu under "big numbers" or something like that.

Alternately, if you *can* connect your GPS to your computer, you should be able to add waypoints in the field (preferably labeling them, but entering text on my Vista was a royal pain). Once you've added and labeled those points, or recorded their number, you can then just transfer them on the computer. *shrug*

(For that matter, you should be able to review the waypoint coordinates even if there's no GPS signal at all; my Vista has an option to "use with GPS off", and that should get rid of the pop-up warning obscuring the data you're trying to record.)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-06-11 06:29 pm (UTC)

Re: settings on GPS for display size

I'll look for that "use with GPS off" setting; as this is a Garmin e-Trex (but not the same model, I'm sure) it might have it.
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[User Picture]From: mrs_redboots
2010-06-11 03:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reminding me - I need to charge our GPS up! Where it really scores is when you arrive at your destination and have no idea where to find the hotel/conference centre/wedding venue, or even the nearest supermarket or public lavatory!

What I covet is a frying-pan with a lid; I used to have one and for some reason I don't know, and they are just so useful!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-06-11 06:28 pm (UTC)
The lid I've been using on the big iron frying pan came from some other pot I no longer own and can't remember anyway...it doesn't exactly fit. The lids on the new stuff fit precisely.
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