Feb 10 2013

Why isn’t there an app for that?

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It’s 2013.  We’re not just in the 21st Century, we’re hurtling through it at breakneck speed.  And as part of a busy, 21st Century family with busy, 21st Century lives, I live in eternal gratitude for the marvels of modern technology that make things easier.  The Mint that’s currently mopping my kitchen floor while I put my feet up, for example, or the streaming service that’s enabling me to catch up on my favourite shows while I write this.

But there’s something missing.

Today was supermarket day.  And, as is always the way on supermarket day, there’s a certain amount of organising to be done first – what do we need, what have we finished / used up during the week and so on.  Then there’s the inevitable refrigerator triage – throwing out the time-expired food that we never quite got around to cooking or eating.

C’mon, 21st Century, you can fix this.

The building blocks are already there:  I can go online right now and see a list of everything we bought; I can scan barcodes into any number of recipe or fitness apps and it’ll tell me everything about the product in question.  I can curate my shopping list on my ‘phone or iPad.  So let’s get smart and put this all together.

 

I want a cloud-based app which:

  • Connects with my supermarket bonus card so it knows everything we bought this afternoon
  • Lets me manually enter (or scan the barcodes of) stuff so it has a complete inventory of what’s in my kitchen
  • Interfaces with the supermarket’s stock control system so it knows the expiration date of all the above
  • Lets me scan products (or manually enter them) as I use them, to help me compile next week’s shopping list
  • Sends me alerts when something’s approaching its expiry date.  “Hey, James, you’d better eat those Andouille sausages today or tomorrow”.
  • Gives me recipe suggestions.  “In fact, you’ve got some celery that needs eaten, too, and plenty of potatoes onions and pulses.  So why don’t you make a sausage casserole tonight?  Here’s the recipe!”
  • Tells me what I have and haven’t got if I want to make a particular dish.  Even when I’m not in the house.  “You want to make a curry?  Sure, but you’d better stop off for cumin on the way home from work.”

None of this should be that difficult.  Green Egg Shopper does some of it.  So does 222million tons.  I want the whole package, though, even if we might need to reinvent the humble barcode a little to include use-by data.  Who’s up for the challenge?

There’s a serious point to this.  Depending on what you read and who you believe, almost half the food we grow goes to waste.  Surely there’s serious PR capital for whichever supermarket comes up with an app for that?

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Oct 02 2012

Bluebirds.

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A musical question I’ve been pondering for a while.

Simon's Mum's Bluebird.  Well, one just like it.

Some twenty five years ago I was driven to school every morning by Simon’s Mum in a entirely unremarkable Nissan Bluebird very much like this one.

After a couple of years she got a new one which, apart from being red and having the dubious distinction of being built in Sunderland, was just as unremarkable.

 

Unless you’re a Fratelli.

My evidence:

Now Vince was a loner, a loveable stoner a ha
He lived in a Bluebird, spelled his name backward a ha  

–  Vince the Loveable Stoner

 

What’s this I once heard, you drive a Bluebird
Ya got no money for the petrol, that’s what I heard

–  Baby Fratelli

 

And in one of my favourite tracks, the poor Nissan got stolen and pranged:

And all the girls were weeping when we said
That their Bluebird days were dead

–  Dirty Barry Stole The Bluebird

 

So why the fascination?  Did ever a Toyota Corolla or Honda Accord inspire such affection?  I suspect not.

 

Perhaps what Dirty Barry really needed was one of these.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oct 01 2012

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Sep 17 2012

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Sep 10 2012

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Aug 27 2012

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Aug 20 2012

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Aug 13 2012

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