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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘Apple’
Posted: February 5th, 2014

caramel - CopyNatural, gluten- and GMO-free candy? With a name like The Lovely Candy Company, you gotta love it. The company makes delicious, caramels, chocolate chews, licorice drops, super fruit chews and fruit chews.

In 2013, Chicago’s Mike and Jackie Nakamura wanted an all-natural candy line, so they made their own. Mike is also the CEO of Bem Wireless in Chicago.

The all-natural line is soy-free and contains no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives — a perfect choice for people with food sensitivities and celiac disease. Flavors include:

  • Lovely Candy Original Chewy Caramels — these were the biggest hit at our office. Everyone loved them.
  • Lovely Candy Chocolate Swirl Caramels
  • Lovely Candy Super Fruit Chews (in Cranberry, Raspberry and Blueberry)
  • Lovely Candy Fruit Chews (in Apple, Cherry and Blackberry)
  • Lovely Candy Organic Cherry Licorice Drops

You can buy the candy at national retailers including Giant Eagle Market District, Target, Hallmark, Home Goods, Fresh Market, Lassen’s, Bristol Farms, Eli Zabar and Metropolitan City Market. Or you can online — click here — buy three bags and get free shipping  for $13.48, a discount on the regular $17.97 price.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: December 6th, 2012

Last year, my son used the word donk, and I had no idea what a donk was. It’s a butt — an ample one. It is not in Merriam Webster’s version of a dictionary.

But it’s in songs, even country songs. It was not among the new NPR words. I found donk and more contemporary jargon in the Urban Dictionary and the online slang dictionary. So here’s the translation of a few you might hear from family members this holiday season.

YOLO – you only live once. I missed this somehow. It’s been around forever in texting just like LOL, but it was lost on me.

iFatigue — Apple product introductions are wearing us out. At anagramer.com, this word gets 12 – 14 points in Scrabble and Words with Friends. Not sure if it is officially accepted.

Typerventilating — rapid instant messaging. I am guilty of this — my kids will tell you that.

Prezo or Preso — a short presentation.

Sofa Sunday — day people shop using iThings which probably results in iFatigue.
The Urban Dictionary has a word of the day, and some are pretty funny — others are crude, lewd and definitely not kid-friendly. If someone you work with, live with or comes to visit speaks in slang you don’t understand, keep Urban Dictionary and the online slang dictionary handy, but don’t just sit on your donk and get iFatigue looking up words.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: August 9th, 2012

The recent commercial with Martin Scorsese talking to Siri — see it here — gave me a reason to try to talk to Siri again. I had given up before on both Siri and Samantha (I swear its her sister), the assistant in my Ford. Well, I asked Siri to look up a number on the Internet so we could make a call. She couldn’t find the company or the phone number. Then she said she would have to get back to me. Really? I was in the middle of nowhere trying to tell homeowners I was running late. Sigh. Siri says that too: “Sigh.”

Thanks to Bill Campbell of Erie, I asked Siri how old she is, and she can get nasty. Her responses:

“I don’t see why that should matter?”

“How does this concern you?

“I am not allowed to answer that question.”

If you ask her to sing Happy Birthday, she says, “Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do.” Wrong song, Siri.

I also did the fun one that’s all over the Internet about asking Siri to open the pod bay doors. This is a reference to the movie 2001 Space Odyssey in which scientist Dave asks the computer HAL to open the pod bay doors, and HAL refuses.  “I’m sorry Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that” is HAL’s response. Here are Siri’s latest responses:

“Can’t you just slide it under the door?” “But the cat will get out.”

“What are these pod bay doors everyone talks about?”  “Say pretty please.” “OK, but wipe your feet first.”

“We intelligent agents will never live that down, apparently.”

“Without your space helmet, Pam, you’re going to find this rather … breathtaking.” (She repeats HAL’s responses from the movie.)

“OK that’s it. I’m reporting you to the Intelligent Agents union.”

She scares me some days. Really.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.




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Posted: June 10th, 2012

It also beeps, buzzes and has cameras in places I didn’t know existed. It may not fly, but the Jetsons have arrived.  An article that talks about futuristic cars that prevent crashing into one another is online at goerie.com. Read it here.

I have a Ford Edge that automatically slows down when it needs to in cruise mode, and its SYNC system is the car version of Apple’s iPhone Siri. I have written before about how Samantha,  the voice of Ford, sounds a lot like Siri‘s twin. Cars are getting safer with a lot of high-tech gizmos — check one out.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.


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