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(New York Magazine)   Every time you use your SodaStream you are drinking blood bubbles. That's right. BLOOD BUBBLES   (nymag.com) divider line 207
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2014-01-21 12:15:54 AM
Delicious, sugar-free, quick, and fresh BLOOD BUBBLES. I prefer diet dr. pete if I'm using an official mix, or strawberry italian soda mix otherwise. Yum!
 
2014-01-21 12:18:42 AM
Meh, 3rd world problems.
 
2014-01-21 12:23:19 AM

Cerebral Ballsy: If it's not Diet Coke, IT'S CRAP!


This happens often at restaurants.

"I'll have a diet coke."

"Diet pepsi OK?"

"Like I have a choice."
 
2014-01-21 12:24:53 AM

nullptr: jst3p: I have been thinking of buying one, any farkers want to say yea or nay?

Difficulty: I only drink diet soda and find most of them to taste nasty.

Diet coke, diet dew and diet dr pepper are OK.

We have the same taste. High five!


How do you feel about that Dr. Pepper 10 stuff?
 
2014-01-21 12:26:39 AM
There are plenty of instructions on how to build a carbonator online, and it costs the same or less than a sodastream for a large bottle of CO2.  Unless you really like the asthetics of the machine, I don't really know why anyone would want one.
 
2014-01-21 12:40:08 AM

PC LOAD LETTER: jonny_q: There's no hate like liberal hate.

Man that was so long ago, I forgot what alt-slinging tard said that.


You have to admire the economy of it, though. As far as the bites per syllable ratio it's up there with "Welcome to Obama's America, libs.".
 
2014-01-21 12:40:50 AM

jst3p: nullptr: jst3p: I have been thinking of buying one, any farkers want to say yea or nay?

Difficulty: I only drink diet soda and find most of them to taste nasty.

Diet coke, diet dew and diet dr pepper are OK.

We have the same taste. High five!

How do you feel about that Dr. Pepper 10 stuff?


Have not tried it. OK, so I had a "Coke Zero" tonight (office was out of Diet! GASP!) and I thought it tasted like poison. Is Dr Pepper 10 the same way?
 
2014-01-21 12:41:47 AM

wildcardjack: My real problem is they want me to use the tap water. It's bad enough Brita wont cut it, you have to use a Zero filter, but that's only good for a gallon per hour and the filter goes bad after 15 gallons.

My Sams club membership is justified in bottled water alone.


Only problem I had with the soda maker was the chlorine in the water. Turns out a pinch of sodium ascorbate totally quenches the chlorine.

\Love the soda stream,
\\Use the carbonated water to cut down juice.
\\\No guilt, housemate bought it.
 
2014-01-21 12:52:33 AM

dynomutt: AverageAmericanGuy: Some people just don't like it when Israel is involved in something. These people are typically anti-Semites, but I'll give these libs the benefit of the doubt and just refer to them as anti-Zionists (IOW, anti-Semites).

Those words don't mean what you think they mean.

Do you know what a Semite even is?  Someone who lives in an area from which Semitic languages spring?

Don't let the ADL do all of the thinking for you.

I think if you actually deconstruct those words and look up what they mean, you will be very surprised.


Are you one of those wankers who cruise by the articles having to do with anti-semitism and litter them with references like this?  Anti-semitism is hatred of Jews.  That's how language works.
 
2014-01-21 12:53:33 AM

nullptr: jst3p: nullptr: jst3p: I have been thinking of buying one, any farkers want to say yea or nay?

Difficulty: I only drink diet soda and find most of them to taste nasty.

Diet coke, diet dew and diet dr pepper are OK.

We have the same taste. High five!

How do you feel about that Dr. Pepper 10 stuff?

Have not tried it. OK, so I had a "Coke Zero" tonight (office was out of Diet! GASP!) and I thought it tasted like poison. Is Dr Pepper 10 the same way?


Dunno, haven't tried it. I agree that Coke Zero is awful.
 
2014-01-21 01:10:44 AM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: I won't not buy it because it's made by an asshole company in an Apartheid territory. I won't buy it because it's stupid.


Enjoy your HFCS
 
2014-01-21 01:11:28 AM

LaughingRadish: Anti-semitism is hatred of Jews.


There are many in scholarly circles who regard this usage as incorrect. Are you absolutely certain that you wish to side with cretins who can't even understand simple words? If all the morons around you started saying that left now means down would you go along with it? Even if you did, would you expect everyone who speaks English to suddenly agree that left now means down? Would you not understand that some would be resistant to misusing a word simply because total fools misuse it in large numbers? That is how language becomes meaningless.
 
2014-01-21 01:13:03 AM

Spaced Lion: OK. Interesting fact. Now explain why I should give two tugs of a dead dog's cock about it.


Unless your "friends" are stuck-up ignorant douchebags like the author's, then you don't have to worry about it.
 
2014-01-21 01:29:51 AM

what_now: "Enjoy your Palestinian blood cocktails," the left-wing reporter said to the vodka drinkers.

Bullshiat. I live in Somerville MA, and my soda stream came from an apartment of academics, and artists in Harvard farking Square, and no one has ever said anything like that.

One person we know doesn't have one because he doesn't like the company's politics, but no one I have ever met- and I was once in a vegan lesbian book club with people who used their own menstrwl blood as plant fertilizer- would say such a ducking thing.


Yeah, but your neighbor can still cut his own tree down.  So oppression exists IN YOUR BACKYARD!
 
2014-01-21 01:30:41 AM
You can have my SodaStream when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.

/no soda
//carbonated water
 
2014-01-21 01:41:53 AM
i.dailymail.co.uk
Look at how Germany murdered millions of Jews in the most horrible ways possible yet today I don't know a single Jew who can afford it who doesn't have a Porsche, BMW or Mercedes. Mercedes made the furnaces where Jew children were thrown in alive too. Their motto is don't sweat it, forgive and forget. People should be less uptight do the same with Sodastream.
 
2014-01-21 01:43:17 AM

untaken_name: LaughingRadish: Anti-semitism is hatred of Jews.

There are many in scholarly circles who regard this usage as incorrect. Are you absolutely certain that you wish to side with cretins who can't even understand simple words? If all the morons around you started saying that left now means down would you go along with it? Even if you did, would you expect everyone who speaks English to suddenly agree that left now means down? Would you not understand that some would be resistant to misusing a word simply because total fools misuse it in large numbers? That is how language becomes meaningless.


I understand where you are coming from.  What the semitic peoples are is not relevant.  The term "anti-semitic" was invented to describe opposition and hatred of Jews.  I get the same irritation from the term "homophobia", which my mind parses into "fear of people".  But, eh, what can you do about it?
 
2014-01-21 01:46:46 AM

Forbidden Doughnut: whatshisname: namatad: number of countries in the world which are currently occupied by their original inhabitants: ZERO

There's a few African countries which might qualify. Ethiopia for one. It's never been colonized or conquered. I guess it depends how far you go back for "original".

Somoa ( and a bunch of other Polynesian islands) would qualify as well....


Yeah, the Mu people would beg to differ.
 
2014-01-21 01:49:12 AM

SirEattonHogg: So is it like fizzy water that is slightly salty from Palestinian tears?

Because I actually do enjoy the taste of Alka Seltzer.


No. It kinda tastes like a carbonated penny because of the blood of Palestinians. Yummy, yummy blood bubbles!
 
2014-01-21 01:54:46 AM
My brother got one from Primo which out-of-the-box could use standard CO2 paintball cans. It's not so much the savings in the drink  - though it is about half the price, though some is lost due to the time of getting refills and of actually making the drink - it's the weight. It stopped him carrying huge sleeves of drinks upstairs every few days.
 
2014-01-21 01:55:07 AM
Who gives a flying flip what lefty yuppies say?

Fark em. Like the machine? Use it. Don't like the machine? Don't use it.

Stop caring what people that don't agree with you think and the world's suddenly a better place.

/hates idiots that let someone else's opinions of a product prevent them from using it
 
2014-01-21 02:17:02 AM
I saw that thing when it hit the market and thought 'cool', since I like seltzer water and from time to time, mix different flavors of soda to make new, interesting ones.

I didn't know where it was made and didn't give a shiat, figuring it was by an American company who outsourced the majority of its products to China anyhow.

You used to be able to buy these seltzer makers, which you filled with water, screwed in an easily obtainable Co2 cartridge, of which there were plenty everywhere since many pellet and BB guns for kids were powered by them and they were dirt cheap. Some companies even made seltzer water, sold in big, glass bottles, which tasted much better than the commercially produced versions in plastic or aluminum. (Seltzer Water and Club Soda.)

Publix once came out with a plastic, quart sized bottle, with a trigger, spritzer head. You squirted the stuff in a glass like they used to in the old movies of the 40s and 50s. Though, it wasn't reusable.

Then I read the specs on the machine, discovering that it wasn't cheap. (Average price, $100.00.) My folks used to buy metal containers that used CO2 cartridges to make whipped cream, for $10. Then I noticed that the CO2 cylinders were custom designed for the thing, meaning you had to send them back for refilling and couldn't just go out and buy some inexpensive pellet gun CO2 cylinders and screw one in.

They weren't cheap either. Nor were the flavor syrups.

I recalled soda jerks back when I was a kid, making delicious cold drinks by squirting a few shots of flavored syrup into a thick, tall glass, adding a shot of pure seltzer, mixing it a bit, adding ice, then more seltzer and presenting you with a tasty' fizzing soda. If you knew the guy, he'd add in a bit of extra syrup for free to give you an even better tasting soda.

In fact, everything about SodaStream is expensive, including extra soda bottles.

I mourned the passing of the era of the plentiful and dirt cheap CO2 cartridges, now becoming harder to find since folks get hysterical if little Johnny has a gas powered BB gun.

I read where one of the last of the big, locally made and home delivered seltzer water plants, served up in big glass jugs, was closing due to folks buying the cheaper, less tasty, plastic wrapped store versions.

We used to joke about cheap krap being made in Japan, but now they produce things like jeeps which you can drive off 100 foot cliff and, if you survive, start the thing up and wobble away. Now, we joke about China churning out krappy merchandise.

At least Japan didn't seem to try and poison us by shipping over cheap things made with contaminated water, lead paint, grown in human fecal material or cut with fillers not meant to be consumed by humans. China seems to be trying to get rid of its massive pollution by shipping it out in goods to the US.

I don't care where the thing is made. I just care that it's over priced.
 
2014-01-21 03:05:20 AM

Sneakytoes: jst3p: I have been thinking of buying one, any farkers want to say yea or nay?

Difficulty: I only drink diet soda and find most of them to taste nasty.

Diet coke, diet dew and diet dr pepper are OK.

Got one for Christmas - the Sodastream diet mixes are nasty, but I just use the carbonated water and add Mio per glass,  They're awesome.  If you use Kool-Aid grape "mio" it tastes just like grape soda.


The Diet Soda with the black label is good
Diet Cherry Soda is good
Diet Ginger Ale is good
Diet Cranberry Raspberry is good with vodka
The Crystal Light Peach Iced Tea is good too

Diet Soda with the blue label bleh
Diet Dr Pete not so good
Diet Rootbeer is like watered down Barqs, but not as smooth as A&W
Diet fountain mist and diet limon lime are okay, but don't taste like you want them to taste
Diet Lime Soda leaves a weird aftertaste in your mouth

I think that's all the diet versions I've tried so far.
 
2014-01-21 03:11:29 AM

namatad: meh
if you live in america you are drinking indian tears ... get over it

/number of countries in the world which are currently occupied by their original inhabitants: ZEROJapan.

 
2014-01-21 03:17:09 AM

doglover: namatad: meh
if you live in america you are drinking indian tears ... get over it

/number of countries in the world which are currently occupied by their original inhabitants: ZEROJapan.


I'm still not getting this. Are you guys saying the Ainu are not the "original inhabitants" of Japan? Or that the Ainu still "occupy" it?

Because I'm not sure I'm ready to believe either one of those.
 
2014-01-21 03:29:57 AM

brantgoose: Really? I thought they were CO2 bubbles.

But seriously, take my wife. Please! (rimshot)

OK. So SodaStream is an Israeli company.

And Malcolm in the Middle was produced by a company owned by an Israeli arms dealer who worked closely with apartheid South Africa and other shady characters. (You may not have known that.) But I love Katy Segal's voice (aka Leila of Futurama).

As much as I despise knee-jerk support for Israel, I am prepared to acknowledge they have a right to exist as much as the Palestinians do. Perhaps not as a helot military occupation like Ancient Sparta or not-so-ancient Twentieth Century Apartheid White South Africa, but as part of a two-state solution, yes.

Seeing as the adjective "blood" applies to the products of slave labour, looting, rape, torture, genocide, and murder in failed states in Africa, I think it might be over-blown or misapplied to a factory in the West Bank. I know those Israeli bastards are cunning and wicked, but they aren't forcing starving homosexual sex slaves to make designer gowns at bayonet point. That would be the Russians. (I keed, I keed, because I love.)

Is the logic of boycotting SodaStream the same as the logic of boycotting blood diamonds from the Congo or Sun City? Do the facts support this logic?

The SodaStream plant in the West Bank is one of 20 around the world, so the impact of the boycott on Paletinanian workers is likely to be slight. The old "but South African blacks depend on those jobs" argument is feeble in such a case, since there are 19 non-victims (presumably) for every supposed victim of Israeli capitalism.

(I'm getting my facts from Alarabiya.net:  http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2014/01/21/Boycott-of-Israel-s-S o daStream-may-affect-Palestinian-workers.html ).

There are 900 Palestinians employed at the West Bank plant.

The company produced a video that claims that the employees have relatively high pay (four times that available elsewhere in the West Bank) and health and social benefits, etc. An anonymous employee is quoted as saying the Palestinian workers feel like slaves and occupied people.

Who knows? I'm guessing the Israeli propaganda at least gets its numbers and facts straight. But gilded chains are still chains, so what are you going to do?

Scarlett Johansson , who is also a spokesperson for Oxfam, is "media ambassador" for the company and thus has come under criticism by the boycotters.

While I was a critic of the South Africa regime and its supporters, I don't see that boycotts are a very delicate or useful tool for protest. Too many people like a good product at a good price and even an effective boycott is a bit scattershot. On the other hands, boycotts do get media attention and sometimes press on the economic levers of even powerful and rich targets. The original Boycott was an absentee landlord in Ireland whose tenants refused to pay rents. He's famously infamous so boycotts must sometimes accomplish something.

But here's a question:  are there any substitutes for the product in question? Indubitably: Coca Cola and Pepsi, for example. Unless you are boycotting them and all their sister companies. You should probably be boycotting bottled water in general. The poor are forced to pay through the nose for clean potable water while the rich get it almost free through every tap in their massive monster homes. Water is cheap--unless you are poor, in which case it is Unobtanium.

Just thinking out loud folks. I'm not going to tell you what to do, although donations would be welcome at many of the great humanitarian and developmental aid organizations in this crazy, sad, mixed-up confusing world.


Wtf does Malcolm in the Middle have to do with Katie Segal or Futurama?
 
2014-01-21 03:32:15 AM
Soo the solution is to take jobs away from Palestinians?
 
2014-01-21 03:41:28 AM
This exact same product, was available for sale in 1987 under the name Soda mistic, it was sold kind of like an Amway product, people were recruited to sell it, and of course they had to buy their sales model at 300.00 a pop, then they sold it to their friends and family. It was only around a couple of years before going pfffft. It amuses me to see people talking about it now as if it was just invented.
 
2014-01-21 03:42:43 AM

Hack Patooey: dillenger69: How to use a regular CO2 tank with your soda stream.

http://co2doctorfreedomoneplusreview.blogspot.com/


Really good alternative flavor source

http://pittsburghsodapop.com

$132 bucks for a half dozen brass fittngs, a regullator and high pressure hose?  Im in the wrong business...


Yeah, I saw that too. After you've initially put down $300 for all the gear you're finally ready to make $0.20 worth of soda.
 
2014-01-21 03:59:22 AM
If every time I bought I fill up a bottle from a SodaStream, the Israeli forces get a bullet, I'd make a case an hour. Sadly, I can only do what I can do to support the eradication of terrorism, so I purchase my little cylinders, and hope the money goes to the right places. I do know, now, that I'll continue to support SodaStream, and never buy my children pre-made soda, like Dr. Pepper, again.
 
2014-01-21 04:16:47 AM
And how many Palestinians will be thrown out of work if the plant closes?
 
2014-01-21 05:07:04 AM

Kumana Wanalaia: Bonzo_1116: namatad: meh
if you live in america you are drinking indian tears ... get over it

/number of countries in the world which are currently occupied by their original inhabitants: ZERO

Iceland!

Japan.


Lol.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-01-21 05:09:19 AM

Nogale: And how many Palestinians will be thrown out of work if the plant closes?


I feel uptight on a Saturday night
Nine o' clock, the radio's the only light
I hear my song and it pulls me through
Comes on strong, tells me what I got to do
I got to
Get up
Everybody's gonna move their feet
Get down
Everybody's gonna leave their seat
You gotta lose your mind in Detroit Rock City
Get up
Everybody's gonna move their feet
Get down
Everybody's gonna leave their seat
 
2014-01-21 05:27:11 AM
Fred Phelps would approve of this liberal by cackling "Good! Good! Release your anger! Let the hate flow through you!"
 
2014-01-21 05:30:10 AM

LaughingRadish: I get the same irritation from the term "homophobia", which my mind parses into "fear of people".


It should parse into "fear of the same". Greek homo, not Latin homo.

pro-kas-ti-nator: This exact same product, was available for sale in 1987 under the name Soda mistic,


According to Wikipedia, this exact same product first went on sale to the general public in certain markets in 1955.

It's an icon of British 70s/80s kitsch, though; seems like everyone in the UK had one back then.
 
2014-01-21 06:12:27 AM

Rik01: I saw that thing when it hit the market and thought 'cool', since I like seltzer water and from time to time, mix different flavors of soda to make new, interesting ones.

I didn't know where it was made and didn't give a shiat, figuring it was by an American company who outsourced the majority of its products to China anyhow.

You used to be able to buy these seltzer makers, which you filled with water, screwed in an easily obtainable Co2 cartridge, of which there were plenty everywhere since many pellet and BB guns for kids were powered by them and they were dirt cheap. Some companies even made seltzer water, sold in big, glass bottles, which tasted much better than the commercially produced versions in plastic or aluminum. (Seltzer Water and Club Soda.)

Publix once came out with a plastic, quart sized bottle, with a trigger, spritzer head. You squirted the stuff in a glass like they used to in the old movies of the 40s and 50s. Though, it wasn't reusable.

Then I read the specs on the machine, discovering that it wasn't cheap. (Average price, $100.00.) My folks used to buy metal containers that used CO2 cartridges to make whipped cream, for $10. Then I noticed that the CO2 cylinders were custom designed for the thing, meaning you had to send them back for refilling and couldn't just go out and buy some inexpensive pellet gun CO2 cylinders and screw one in.

They weren't cheap either. Nor were the flavor syrups.

I recalled soda jerks back when I was a kid, making delicious cold drinks by squirting a few shots of flavored syrup into a thick, tall glass, adding a shot of pure seltzer, mixing it a bit, adding ice, then more seltzer and presenting you with a tasty' fizzing soda. If you knew the guy, he'd add in a bit of extra syrup for free to give you an even better tasting soda.

In fact, everything about SodaStream is expensive, including extra soda bottles.

I mourned the passing of the era of the plentiful and dirt cheap CO2 cartridges, now becoming harder to find since folks get hysterical if little Johnny has a gas powered BB gun.

I read where one of the last of the big, locally made and home delivered seltzer water plants, served up in big glass jugs, was closing due to folks buying the cheaper, less tasty, plastic wrapped store versions.

We used to joke about cheap krap being made in Japan, but now they produce things like jeeps which you can drive off 100 foot cliff and, if you survive, start the thing up and wobble away. Now, we joke about China churning out krappy merchandise.

At least Japan didn't seem to try and poison us by shipping over cheap things made with contaminated water, lead paint, grown in human fecal material or cut with fillers not meant to be consumed by humans. China seems to be trying to get rid of its massive pollution by shipping it out in goods to the US.

I don't care where the thing is made. I just care that it's over priced.


Whip cream uses nitrous oxide cartridges, not carbon dioxide.
 
2014-01-21 06:46:03 AM

ReapTheChaos: dillenger69: How to use a regular CO2 tank with your soda stream.

http://co2doctorfreedomoneplusreview.blogspot.com/


Really good alternative flavor source

http://pittsburghsodapop.com

So instead of having a CO2 canister that tucks neatly into the machine, you have to have that large ugly gray monstrosity sitting along side the machine on your counter top or drill a hole through the counter top or wall or whatever to store it elsewhere. All to save a penny or two on a liter of home made soda. Real genius plan.


It's not to save money, it's to save their broken souls.

Blame the Israelites for grinding Palestinian bones to release the CO2 that Allah stores there for the Caliphate.
 
2014-01-21 06:46:16 AM

ajgeek: Shostie: People still use those things? I thought they all got regifted.

I modified mine to take standard CO2 containers. One advantage of being an engineer who knows his way around a machine shop without getting himself killed.

/It's a LOT cheaper than the syrupy stuff everyone else makes.
//customizable, lighter on the syrup, and now made with the blood of Palestinians, huzzah!



An engineer who knows his way around a machine shop is a very rare creature indeed.   About 95% of them that I've met think we use pixie magic to make the products they design.

/ +- .005 inches on a 2" diameter for a cosmetic feature?   Sure I'll spend the entire day getting that for you.  Grr!
 
2014-01-21 07:16:02 AM

what_now: iPad I will never want to say " ducking " you stupid twat!!!!


Ahh, only just got it I assume?  Yes, you've got to teach it to swear... just like your smartphone.  Once you've broken autocorrect's back it'll swear like a farking one eyed carpenter though.
 
2014-01-21 08:16:12 AM

Cyber_Junk: ajgeek: Shostie: People still use those things? I thought they all got regifted.

I modified mine to take standard CO2 containers. One advantage of being an engineer who knows his way around a machine shop without getting himself killed.

/It's a LOT cheaper than the syrupy stuff everyone else makes.
//customizable, lighter on the syrup, and now made with the blood of Palestinians, huzzah!


An engineer who knows his way around a machine shop is a very rare creature indeed.   About 95% of them that I've met think we use pixie magic to make the products they design.

/ +- .005 inches on a 2" diameter for a cosmetic feature?   Sure I'll spend the entire day getting that for you.  Grr!


Ever heard of a 3-D printer?
 
2014-01-21 08:26:38 AM

Mrbogey: BunkoSquad: SodaStream is an Israeli company with a manufacturing plant in occupied territory in the West Bank, a fact that enrages a politically informed, far-left segment of the liberal-yuppie demographic the product is marketed to.

Who then get so mad they blog about it on their handcrafted artisan-probably-Navajo-made iPads which are totally not made by slave labor in the far east.


Because they're really not politically informed. A lot of folks put up a good show to impress others.


Just like Fark.  You don't say.
 
2014-01-21 08:50:45 AM

namatad: meh
if you live in america you are drinking indian tears ... get over it

/number of countries in the world which are currently occupied by their original inhabitants: ZERO


Which is completely irrelevant since colonization/empire building was the globally accepted norm when that happened; if Israel was doing this in the late 1700's or even mid 1800's I don't think there would be so much butt hurt...
 
2014-01-21 09:16:01 AM

jst3p: I have been thinking of buying one, any farkers want to say yea or nay?

Difficulty: I only drink diet soda and find most of them to taste nasty.

Diet coke, diet dew and diet dr pepper are OK.


I have a SodaStream and their diet cola syrup is less than spectacular. I found a place in Toronto where you can get gallon jugs fo brand name syrup for reasonable prices, So I just keep the jug iof Diet Coke syrup n the fridge and top up my syrup bottle for day-to-day carbonating as needed.

My favorite (although i don't get to enjoy it very often any more. Thanks diabeetus) is Tahiti Treat.  use about 1.5-2x the recommended syrup amount for a really fruity, sweet soda.
 
2014-01-21 09:30:44 AM
My wife bought me one for Christmas about three years ago because I was spending $2.50-$3.00 at least every two weeks on a 12 pack of the Kroger-brand sparkling water.   I'm still using the SodaStream.   Our tap water is excellent already, plus we have an under-the-sink filtration system.  I saw the SodaStream flavors as a novelty, and usually just drink the water the same way as I did before: plain, with freshly squeezed fruit juice, or add a few drops from a "water enhancer" (e.g., Mio).  I use it in a cocktail if I don't have any club soda or tonic water handy.   I can stop by a Bed Bath and Beyond on my way home from work to do an exchange, which only costs 16 dollars with one of their $5 coupons.   I've yet to do more than two exchanges in a year.   So, that's $32 bucks a year compared to $60-$72 for the cans.
 
2014-01-21 09:31:41 AM

DrunkWithImpotence: what_now


I swear to Cthulu, everything I read last night pissed me off.
 
2014-01-21 09:43:35 AM
i had no idea what sodastream was until just now.  i looked them up to figure out what in the hell the article was even talking about, and saw their commercial on youtube.  and i realized i've seen that commercial a bunch of times and never understood what it was for.  i remember all the soda bottles exploding, but i thought the ad was about drinking water instead of soda or something.  the commercial never actually explains what it does, after all.  i don't know if that's bad marketing on their part, or if i'm just stupid.
 
2014-01-21 10:05:08 AM

Technoir: jst3p: I have been thinking of buying one, any farkers want to say yea or nay?

Difficulty: I only drink diet soda and find most of them to taste nasty.

Diet coke, diet dew and diet dr pepper are OK.

I have a SodaStream and their diet cola syrup is less than spectacular. I found a place in Toronto where you can get gallon jugs fo brand name syrup for reasonable prices, So I just keep the jug iof Diet Coke syrup n the fridge and top up my syrup bottle for day-to-day carbonating as needed.

My favorite (although i don't get to enjoy it very often any more. Thanks diabeetus) is Tahiti Treat.  use about 1.5-2x the recommended syrup amount for a really fruity, sweet soda.


I have the Primo one, and I've tried the SodaStream syrups. I agree, they're less than spectacular.  I usually just use a bit of Torani sugar-free syrup in my sodas; a bit of their vanilla syrup makes for a really delicious soda.  Too bad they don't have a cola flavor.
 
2014-01-21 12:28:04 PM

eq2imora: Who gives a flying flip what lefty yuppies say?

Fark em. Like the machine? Use it. Don't like the machine? Don't use it.

Stop caring what people that don't agree with you think and the world's suddenly a better place.

/hates idiots that let someone else's opinions of a product prevent them from using it


Don't forget, this is a socially conscious, heavily Jewish slice of New York, where you ARE your opinions. Especially where anything related to Jews is concerned. Like Israel, or seltzer.
 
2014-01-21 12:44:51 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: Some people just don't like it when Israel is involved in something. These people are typically anti-Semites, but I'll give these libs the benefit of the doubt and just refer to them as anti-Zionists (IOW, anti-Semites).


Being accused of being an anti-semite used to mean something, but thanks to people like you it is meaningless nowadays.
 
2014-01-21 01:59:19 PM

paulleah: The kind of people who complain about this shizzit are people who are opposed to any kind of capitalist venture. They will find 15 reasons why every company is bad.

Whining whiners who whine.


I can put wine into the bubble maker and get champagne?
 
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