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Monday, November 24 2014

Egg Free Mayo at Walmart

Just found this tonight. I will be trying it later on.

http://www.hamptoncreek.com/just-mayo

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Tuesday, November 18 2014

You're Next 2011

Awesome movie. Basically, what appears to be a bunch of psychos kills a family, but there is much more to it. What I loved, was the cleverness by one of the characters. Use of nails boards, traps and a camera as a dazzler.

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Doc Visit and the wonders of Type 2

Go off eggs for a week and my blood pressure is off the charts. My lab work came-back, my cholesterol and blood sugar followed suit too. Always wondered why my blood pressure was normal, the wonders of histamine. Now I'm going to be a freaking pharmacy in the morning. 

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Monday, November 17 2014

Eggs

When I was growing-up, I thought gluten and egg free was hippy stuff. Well, I have to avoid gluten unless I want to live near a bathroom. While annoying the hell out of my brother on the way back, it dawned on me that when I travel, I avoid breakfast and eggs in general. First try at a week egg free was a success, so to celebrate we had Chinese. I thought 1 egg was the limit before symptoms appears, so it is much small than that. It basically, makes me hungry and saps my strength. Also the stress on my digestive track really affects my ability to think clearly. 

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Wednesday, November 12 2014

Roku & DLNA

The Roku USB Player is now the Roku Media Player and supports Mediatomb on Linux. Yeah!!!!! I could never get Plex to work on my system and in fact, it would somehow kill my network. Now if only Amarok & DAAP would work together.

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Monday, October 27 2014

Cricket Samsung Flip Phone

A word to the wise, the phone is set-up by default to remind of voicemails once for normal and silent. I kinda suspected that, but today I missed a call from my boss. :-(

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Sunday, October 12 2014

Day 1 in Portlandia

Went to Portland Meadows and watched a few horse races with my brother. It was something we wanted to see since the industry is having problems. The track is a few feet above the commons, which I found odd. I know absolutely nothing about racing and would've like to have been closer to the starting gate. It was quite the thrill to hear the horses running. Knocked off Goodwill and Sgt Gator from our itinerary. Also to those that like abandoned buildings, seeing the Blue Heron Mill in Oregon City was awesome. Wish we could've walked the site and snapped pictures before it gets torn down.

Tuesday, October 7 2014

GlobalSat BU-353 Automotive GPS Receiver

Got one of these awhile ago for my Raspberry PI, but could not get it to work. The identities are 067B:2303 and 091E:0003 that come-up when configuring. Turns out you just need one configuration command "stty -F /dev/ttyUSB0 ispeed 4800" and then "cat /dev/ttyUSB0 | grep "\$GPRMC"." The secret is that it initially puts out garbage and everyone appears to assume it is not configured for NMEA, but it is if you want 1 more second and then the ASCII appears. 

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Monday, September 22 2014

After the Dark (2013) on Netflix

I have to post something because it doesn't deserve the bad review on imdb. A movie about hypothetical nuclear scenarios sounds boring, but in this case it is done quite well. All the scenes are gorgeous, with lots of cuts to new places for the bunkers. It made for quite a lively discussion with my wife, but the audio goes ultra quiet so it is hard to hear what the actors are talking about.


SPOILERS

In the hedonist scenario, there is a library so in theory they could learn all the missing skills. 

To improve, trim the end scene. Redo the quiet audio. Make the grading harsher, like an automatic F for those who leave or give a bad scenario. Incorporate a gun, fake or real, into the classroom. I would love it if the poetry student would somehow get revenge on the teacher at the bunker island. Maybe have the teacher goes nuts and threatens to blow them up and the poetry student kills him. 

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Tuesday, September 9 2014

Foreign Languages

Chas was posting about learning a new language and I had to remark about how the internet allows you to have much more material to practice with than just what the classroom provides. Youtube in HTML5 mode allows you to speed-up or slow down a video so you don't get lost listening to a fast talking native speaker. I speed-up everything now, minimum 1.25X. If I'm really not interested, I go for 1.5X. Also sped up my mp3's too with Sox and tempo. I just wish Google translation allows you to translate an article into 3rd grade German or something like that. 

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Wednesday, September 3 2014

slow cooking meat

I was cooking with an air temp of 150F for 12 hours and bumping it to the safe temp at the last minute with no luck getting gristle to soften. Turns out I was off, it needs to be 225F air temp and usually the maximum internal temp is air temp minus 50.  Gonna try this next time I fire up the smoker. 


http://amazingribs.com/tips_and_technique/meat_science.html

 225°F (107°C). Ideal air temperature for "low & slow" cooking of meats high in connective tissue. It is high enough so water evaporates from the surface to help form the desired crust called "bark", but low enough to get the most out of enzymes, collagen melting, and fat rendering.


http://www.scienceofcooking.com/meat/slow_cooking1.htm


160°F/70°C -- Connective tissue collagen begins to dissolve to gelatin. Melting of collagen starts to accelerate at 160F and continues rapidly up to 180F. 

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Saturday, August 30 2014

House Cooling

My old solution of venting the cold air return(hot air in summer) to the garage stopped working. At 400lbs, I'm too fat to get into the attic access to stick the duct back together again, but still not too fat to open the refrigerator door. Next solution, cheap box fan pushing air from the cooler northside rear door and another cheap box fan sucking warm air out the south facing front door. Also covered up the screen doors with cardboard, so air wouldn't move around it. On their own, neither fan works very well, but together they work great. 

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Thursday, August 21 2014

New Sewing Machine

Got a Brother RXR1355 from Woot this weekend.  Almost want to stay home and play with it, but it'll wait until the weekend. It was $100, normally $135 off ebay. Worth the risk for the price. Melissa will probably get the most use out of it. I really want the Toyota machine I see on Ebay, that sews leather. 

Garth

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Wednesday, August 13 2014

Ancient IBox PC

Got a couple of these from my brother and I decided to give them a try. It is a non-PAE device, so Antix is about the only thing I could get to work. Its 800Mhz is not enough to run Flash, but there is an alternative. A simple webpage that merely passes an a link to the mp3 and let the default player handle it. I have a delete link then to indicate I have a watched it. I was trying to get this to work on a Roku, but I can't enable programmer mode.

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Saturday, August 2 2014

Keurig B31

It died a few months ago and I finally gave up trying to see if the ants made a nest in the power supply. So I cut the wires to the motor and plugged it into a 12 volt power supply, nothing happened. I hooked-up my multimeter to it and it was an open circuit. This model doesn't have the flaw that other models have with a water solenoid above it that drips onto the windings. 

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Monday, July 28 2014

Postgresql

I love Postgres, but I was having performance issues especially for big databases. I was moving some databases around and noticed that performance improved when it shouldn't. So I read more about clustering and it turns out, that only happens when you specify it and for existing data only. 

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Tuesday, July 15 2014

Crackle Audio Problems

While bemoaning the minimum audio constantly changing on Crackle, for instance if you mute the commercial the show doesn't have any audio no matter the slider position. Anway, noticed that if you just set the audio to the minimum and don't mute the commercials, the audio is basically off for the commercials and audible for the show. Personally, I'd wish they'd fix the mute issue, but that bug is kinda handy.


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Monday, July 14 2014

Ethernet Cable Making

I was this close to buying the expensive pull through wires for RJ45's, but then a comment caught my attention. He said they are great for straightening wires for normal cheap connectors. Then it hit me, anglers can use rubber pieces to decurl monofilament, so why not use it to untwist twisted pair. It helps enough to make it worthwhile for me. If I was my brother, I'd buy $10 nylon tipped pliers to do the same thing. Also occured to my to try backfilling the connector with urethane glue to prevent movement. I'd prefer elmers glue since it flows easier, but water based compounds are bad for metals. I made abut 10 cables the other day and it seems to work.

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Monday, July 7 2014

Erased 2012

Could've been a 4, but came out a 3. Mainly because it was slow. They should have sprinkled the Halgate group information in the beginning with news reports. Also they should've had him spill fluid from the alarm system as an excuse to write the information on her hand. 

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Wednesday, July 2 2014

Charlie Jade on Hulu

Overall an okay series. Kind of hard to follow, when you use it as background noise. Visually, very nice except for the 30 fps that was used initially. 

http://www.hulu.com/grid/charlie-jade?video_type=episode

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