Starbucks Butterbeer

Usually when I get on Facebook, I’m faced with endless political opinions and funny memes, but I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered an article posted by one of my friends talking about the Secret Menu at Starbucks.

Starbucks Butterbeer

This is the ultimate nerd drink and I love that Starbucks jumped on board to provide it for us. Of course it’s only for a limited time. I’m not going to lie, I was very nervous ordering it. I’d talked to people that had ordered it and they said their barista’s didn’t know how to make it. I did a screen cap of the ingredients just in case I needed to refer to it when I placed my order.

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Luckily, I didn’t need to.  I simply asked the woman at the cash register if she knew how to make Butterbeer. She laughed and smiled, nodding that she did. I said, okay! Give me a grande. She gave the cup with the sticker to the guy making the drinks and said, “We have an Ask Me for Butterbeer.” He said really loud, “REAALLY?! Wow!” So apparently, I was their first customer to order it.

The drink is REALLY sweet if you order it their way (as you can see, it’s a total of 6 pumps of syrup in a grande) and basically tastes like liquid butterscotch. I asked her to hold the whip and if I ever ordered it again, I’d do only one pump of each syrup and get an extra shot of espresso. I thought I ordered mine with a shot, but after looking at the sticker, I don’t think I did. Either way, espresso or not, it was divine, but WAY too sweet. I only drank close to 1/3 of it. Oh well, it was worth trying.

Wanna Buy Stock in Twitter?

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If you’re into stocks and trust social media, maybe consider buying stock in Twitter! Shares of Twitter traded between $45 and $47 in their first hours on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday morning, under the ticker symbol “TWTR.” On Wednesday evening, the stock had a starting price of $26. However, with trading underway, it’s on track for an 80% jump in stock price!

It was only fitting that Patrick Stewart ring the NYSE bell, since we all know he’s a huge twitterer.

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So, would you buy stock in Twitter?

What about Facebook?

Technology is always iffy when dealing with stocks because it changes a lot. My husband and I had money invested in internet companies in the late ’90s. Sadly, they went under and we lost it all. Do you think social media will ever fail the way so many other technology driven sites have?

The Nerderific White House Response to Death Star Petition

Before Christmas a good friend of mine posted on Facebook about a petition started on Nov 14 at We the People. It was about creating a Death Star. More specifically:

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.

It already had enough signatures (34,435) that it HAD TO BE viewed by the White House.

 

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Being the nerd that I am, I had to check this out for myself. Sure enough, it was there. Sure enough, I signed it! I mean, who wouldn’t?

 

So, time passed and it went to the White House. Recently, the White House responded. The title of the email that went out to everyone that signed the petition: THIS IS NOT THE PETION RESPONSE YOU’RE LOOKING FOR.

 

The response was written by Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget.

 

His sense of humor continued with his response as to why the White House declined the petition. See the rest of the email response below:

 The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it. (Yes folks, that’s $850 quadrillion, or 850 followed by 15 zeroes).
  •  The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

However, look carefully (here’s how) and you’ll notice something already floating in the sky — that’s no Moon, it’s a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that’s helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts — American, Russian, and Canadian — living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We’ve also got two robot science labs — one wielding a laser — roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.

Keep in mind, space is no longer just government-only. Private American companies, through NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO), are ferrying cargo — and soon crew — to space for NASA, and are pursuing human missions to the Moon this decade.

Even though the United States doesn’t have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we’ve got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we’re building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discovering hundreds of new planets in other star systems and building a much more powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will see back to the early days of the universe.

We don’t have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke’s arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers.

We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White House science fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country’s future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.

If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star’s power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

What do you think of the White House response? Was it appropriate? Did it make you laugh or piss you off? I found it entertaining to say the least.

FOUR MORE YEARS!

 

 

I’ve never once hidden the fact that I’m a Democrat. I’m very liberal in my beliefs.

 

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I openly supported Obama when he ran the first time and I openly supported him during this election. I used Twitter and Facebook to discuss my beliefs and ruffled the feathers of MANY friends and family (I am the ONLY liberal in my family). I would gladly do it again.

 

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THIS PASSED IN MD!

 

I was the 1997 Class Feminist – a goofy class Superlative my Governor’s School created just for me because I stood up to my teachers junior and senior year, explaining that I didn’t care for their sexist views regarding a woman’s role in this world. Knowing this about me, it was a no brainer that I was beyond excited that Romney didn’t win.

 

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I had a massive exam the next day, but I stayed up and studied while I watched.

 

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I did okay on the exam, but my little Neaglets wouldn’t go to sleep until they found out who won. Mr. AGirlNamedNat and I have been educating them this entire campaign as to why we were voting for Obama, not saying Vote R or D because we think it’s best.

 

So happy for 4 MORE YEARS! Inauguration is Monday, January 21st and my entire family will be there with my Nerding Bestie from Canada to celebrate the day! Look for more pictures then!

 

Supporter of Obama or not – history was made. Be a part of it.

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