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Alternate Actuator: The Bacon Edition

With humble admiration and praise for sqlrockstar and his weekly Actuator, I wonder if it might be time for an alternate Actuator. August, aka the "silly season," is just around the corner. The silly season's heat and high population density tend to make people behave differently than they would if they were cool, calm, and collected. That's why I am considering an alternate Actuator, one that will focus on the silly to honor August.

August is hot. And sweaty. And sweat is salty. And what could be better than connecting something hot with something salty, like bacon?

The Actuator:  Bacon Edition!

http://devslovebacon.com/tech_fair

For those with a penchant for tech travel, check out London's Bacon Tech Fair. "From Nodecopters to Android hacking, there is a little something for everybody."

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/2014/03/05/oscar-mayer-bacon-alarm-gadget-and-app-tech...

Are you cutting edge if your iPhone can't wake you up with the smell of bacon in the morning? Not according to The Oscar Mayer Institute for the Advancement of Bacon!

Weird Tech 3: Bacon tech | ZDNet

Seriously, from teasing your vegan daughter to making an unforgettable first impression at the TSA baggage inspection line, these business and life products masquerading as bacon are sweet. (And salty?)

Bacon, Francis | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

What would an educational Actuator Bacon story be without some dry Bacon matter?

Technology Services / Technology Services

Bacon County School District is giving every student the latest version of Office. At no cost. I guess that really takes the bacon!

http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/bacon

What could be better than using the internet to expand your vocabulary with bacon idioms?

High-tech bacon making using industrial IoT at SugarCreek - TechRepublic

Just when you thought the Internet of Things (IoT) had run out of possibilities, data-driven decision-making guides cured meat production.

Food+Tech Connect Hacking Meat: Tom Mylan on Better Bacon & Technology | Food+Tech Connect

You can't make this stuff up.

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Level 14

is nothing sacred anymore?

Level 12

oh my tummy is really rumbling for this.

Level 12

Please stop doing this to me. I want bacon! i want bacon! i want baconnnnnn!!!!!!!

Just in time for the Holidays, Bacon Christmas Tree Ornaments! 

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From Amazon.

Now THERE'S something I don't see every day.  Next thing they'll do is have these little beauties plug into the Christmas Light string, heat up, and send out some bacon scents across the air for your scents-around pleasure.

"But wait--THAT'S NOT ALL!"

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Also from Amazon.  Who knew?

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I'd like to say more, but Yum kind of sums it up.

Level 14

rschroeder​ and sqlrockstar​  I submit the following photo taken this weekend for the "bacon edition"

( Item found at Reny's Department Store Wells Maine... on Dec. 2, 2017)

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Yes, this makes me become thoughtful, and start to nod.

Good one!

Level 14

Ya... I saw this Saturday and took the picture.. my wife gave me a strange look when I told her why I did it....

Enjoy!

Level 13

Well, now I have a lot more information toward my heart stoppage.

If you're seriously (or humorously) into that topic, have you visited the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas?

Last I read, four people have died at this franchise that specializes in food bad for your arteries.

Heart Attack Grill - Wikipedia

Level 13

I've never been there, but I've always wanted to try it.

Level 14

a new entry on the bucket list

After having been there, and also after reading about their mortality rate?  You're a better man than I, Gunga-din.

2018 is almost upon us.  Do you have your new bacon-strip-a-day desk calendar yet?

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Level 13

Oh, this is a necessity!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7psbolQpcM

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For Christmas.... a gift from my children (all adults)

Kudo's to Jim Gaffigan for his varied routines praising & promoting bacon.  Here's a short one:

Jim Gaffigan - Bacon - KING BABY - YouTube

"Healthier Bacon"?  Is this really a thing?  Does bacon really cause cancer?

Healthier bacon created without 'cancer-causing' ingredients to hit supermarket shelves | The Indepe...

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And the recipe:

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looking for my insulin chaser....

;^)

I haven't made these, but I'd like to try a bite or two of one!  At least they're small.

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I need to see if Ginger Browns might try and make these or a variation of them.

They are a small hole in the wall restaurant on the west side of Fort Worth  and renowned for their cinnamon rolls....

At the fire department there is a family that drops of a dozen (2 boxes) pretty much every week...still warm. 

Nothing but pure sugary, cinnamony, doughy goodness.  Truly a diabetics bane !

Level 20

Nice to hear some people still support their local firefighters and law enforcement population.  They do, after all, save and protect people... which seems to me to be a pretty good idea to support!

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Out in the rural areas there tends to be a lot more support and not as much taken for granted.

There are a couple of groups who cold-call me on the land line at home soliciting funds for local firefighters or sheriffs associations.  Talk about a quandary!  Are these valid?  Are they scams?  Are they trying to prey on my guilt and make me worry "If I don't send money, will the firemen take their time getting to my house, or will they be without important safety equipment because people keep voting for politicians who continually cut taxes?  Will I get the rural law enforcement I need, or will the money I donate go to line someone's pocket as they fund a trip to the Bahamas?"

I don't like saying "yes, here's some money" and I don't like saying "no, I'm not comfortable knowing the money is needed and will go to the actual local emergency services people who support my neighborhood."

Uff da!

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rschroeder​, for the cold calls I don't honor them because you really don't know who is on the other end.

All of our fund raisers are held at the department or at a local location in person so there are faces and representation.

Level 20

Yeah many are not exactly on the level I think.  I get them too.  I must have a dozen different groups calling for donations all related to this.  I think what you have to do is find a local station or department you know and then donate to them with you initiating the communication.

Level 20

Exactly what I was thinking.

Level 14

I get these as well..

Some department do use these services to solicit donations... (my town included)... As I live 1000 ft from both police and fire... I walk the check down..

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That is even better...then you can shake a hand and tell the people on the front lines Thank you....

Also then your kids can climb on the trucks and take pictures. 

In some cases there are organizations that do make those solicitations, but only a small amount actually makes it to the organization as most goes into overhead and admin fees.

The people on the phone can't provide the balance sheets to show how much actually makes it...I have a problem with people making a living off of getting donations for volunteer fire departments and sheriff's organizations.  

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I have started to take my grandkids to the police/firestation on holidays (Christmas, Easter) to drop off some goodies at the station... I explain to the older ones (9,8 and 4+) that not everyone gets to enjoy the holiday and in particular the police and fire departments have to be on duty to help and protect people. They get to meet them and occasionally turn on a siren, climb on the fire truck or ring the bell... Living in a small town and knowing most of the team (I coached all of the younger ones in baseball,softball and football)... Everyone has fun and enjoys it.

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What a draw... it is close to lunch ... I was perusing articles ... how can you not go to The Bacon Edition .. how I missed this is beyond me!!!

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but now you are here...

Bacon:  it's not just for Androids anymore.

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I want the PIG USB hub with piglets, the the bacon USB drive,  the ....  BACON BACON!!!

Maybe something to suggest for the Thwack store?  Or as prizes for winning weeks in a Mission?

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Of course, we'd want them to come in Solarwinds-Orange, with diagonal bacon stripes, right?

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I will definitely add these items at the end of this month's survey!!! Thanks for the great idea!

I have the game pass the pig...   its quite fun, its like a dice game where the dice a pigs..... 

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My wife discovered Pass The PIg about 2003, and it became an instant hit with my family while waiting for food at restaurants.  Our two kids enjoyed it as a way to pass the time, and the innovative point names (My personal favorite is "the Snouter") claimed their interest.

The Pigs became an insight into our children's acceptance or aversion to risk.  My son would continually bet it all, hoping to clean house.  My daughter always quit after three rolls of the pigs, figuring she was best to play conservatively and win by watching others lose it all.

But lest this become about pigs instead of bacon: 

Check out your Bacon Factor--how many links away from Kevin Bacon you are--here:  The Oracle of Bacon

I input Winston Churchill IV and discovered Kevin and Winston are pretty closely linked:

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Back in December we had a family we had gathered gifts, food, and numerous things for.

One of the games that was included was one called "pop the pig" which we gave to one of the local police officers as a joke.

It was a rather humorous picture...

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For those of you who don't know what pop the pig is... I looked it up... and they have a New and Improved version!

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I think I just added those to my list!

If you like the Olympics, AND you like bacon, you might like this podcast:

Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Winter Olympics Episode

Beards, Booze, and Bacon by The Manual on Apple Podcasts

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Level 9

I want to wake up to a Whiff of Bacon!!

All it takes is money and the right hardware.

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Bacon is also useful for technological analogies, as demonstrated here:

AI building blocks: The eggs, the chicken, and the bacon - O'Reilly Media

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most important statement in that link..

Bottom line: do not forget the bacon!

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About the Author
I grew up in Forest Lake, Minnesota in the 1960's, enjoying fishing, hunting, photography, bird watching, church, theater, music, mini-boggan, snowmobiling, neighborhood friends, and life in general. I've seen a bit, have had my eyes opened more than once, and tend not to make the same mistakes twice. Reinventing the wheel is not my preference, and if I can benefit from someone else's experience, that's good all the way around. If someone can benefit from my experience, it's why I share on Thwack.