Tue, 03 May 2016

A Small Boy on a Big Slide

There’s this older playground in Allen Park, kinda wedged between a subdivision and some train tracks. There’s a ball field in one corner.

It’s not a Modern Safety Playground™, no, not at all. There’s rust and the heights of the slides and swings are… challenging. I’ll tell you, though, that The Boy loved this slide like none other I’ve ever seen him on.

The Big Slide

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016

A Family Tradition

Jake with Bud

I think the first time Bud Wade cut my hair I was probably 8 years old or so. He started cutting hair as a teenager in a basement on (I think) 9th Street in Ecorse. While my Dad still lived in Ecorse, he’d get haircuts there, too.

This isn’t the first time Jake’s had a haircut, but it’s the first time he’s been to Bud’s Barber Shop.

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Wed, 20 Apr 2016

Second Childhood

the little hoop

One of the best things about having a very little kid as an older parent is getting to re-experience all the most fun parts of childhood: getting a new toy, visiting Santa and the Easter Bunny, etc.

The little guy will be coming home from nursery school to see this one, and I can’t wait.

outside on his cycle

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Tue, 12 Apr 2016

New MacBook Pro

apple logoI’m probably the last Mac owner in the world to switch to a Retina MBP. My problem has been that Macs stay useful for so long — my previous machine was over 5 years old, and quite honestly, still works fine. It really only had one real limtation — it maxed out at 8GB of RAM, which made it uncomfortably tight when I needed to run virtual machines on it.

I was really getting frustrated with it at the end of 2014, but then I replaced the spinning rust with an SSD and got another 18 useful months out of it.

Compute-wise, I went from
dexter
to
nsno

It’s enough of an improvement to feel during everyday use, especially when I’m doing a lot of things at the same time (I gained 2 compute cores and a lot of cache, and the built-in SSD is much faster than the third-party one I installed in the old machine.)

Honestly, though, the biggest difference is the screen. The gorgeous, gorgeous screen. Combined with subpixel anti-aliasing, I’ve never seen a sharper display.

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Tue, 29 Dec 2015

Autodesk Graphic

Autodesk Graphic header image

Treated myself to this as a late Christmas gift. Just playing around with it I’m pretty happy so far. Between 1990-1999 I used to support a small company’s worth of artists, illustrators, and layout people. I’ve never claimed to be any sort of artist, but out necessity I picked up some facility with the applications those folks used (primarily the Adobe suite.)

If you’d told me that I’d one day be able to buy an application that had essentially all of the functionality of Illustrator (at least the parts I used) for 1/20th of the price I’d have said you were nuts.

Apparently there’s a pretty feature-comparable iPad version that reads and writes the same files. I’ll try that out later.

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Fri, 11 Dec 2015

Dictionary Attack Suckas

I may start doing this periodically.

Here’s a subset of addresses from which I’ve received dictionary-based SSH attacks over the last month or so.

I’m guessing the majority of these are zombied boxes.

216.212.69.158.in-addr.arpa. 86400 IN   PTR     216.ip-158-69-212.net.
83.66.130.61.in-addr.arpa. 77998 IN     PTR     ppp83-66.hz.zj.cninfo.net.
113.148.83.212.in-addr.arpa. 8402 IN    PTR     212-83-148-113.rev.poneytelecom.eu.
107.196.172.184.in-addr.arpa. 58317 IN  PTR     6b.c4.acb8.ip4.static.sl-reverse.com.
85.145.195.113.in-addr.arpa. 2125 IN    PTR     85.145.195.113.adsl-pool.jx.chinaunicom.com.

read more after the break...

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Fri, 02 Oct 2015

Dumb Placeholder Entry

Sometimes you have to do something dumb because software is being a butt. This has been one of those times.

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Thu, 20 Aug 2015

Boarding Passes

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Mon, 20 Jul 2015

Green++

Will quick-boil these and toss them with a touch of salt, coriander, and olive oil to go with tonight’s grilled pork chops.

green+

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Wed, 17 Jun 2015

Active

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Sun, 24 May 2015

Jacob Helps Out At The Flower Stand

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Tonight’s dinner.

Source: http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2011/10/slow-cooker-chicken-tikka-masala/

Prep Time: 40 mins | Cook Time: 5 hrs | Difficulty: Medium

Ingredients:

FOR THE CHICKEN:

  • 9 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 cup Yogurt
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 whole Jalapeno Pepper, Stem Removed, Pepper Pierced Several Times With A Sharp Knife

FOR THE SAUCE:

  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 whole Large Onion, Peeled And Diced
  • 6 cloves Garlic, Peeled And Minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Garam Masala
  • 1 piece Fresh Ginger, About 2-3 Inches, Peeled And Grated
  • 4 cups Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon Raw Sugar (can Substitute White Granulated If Necessary)
  • 2 teaspoons Cornstarch Or Cleargel
  • 1-½ cup Heavy Cream

TO SERVE:

  • Hot Buttered Rice And Peas
  • Chopped Fresh Cilantro

Directions:

Cut the boneless, skinless chicken thighs into 1- 1 1/2 inch pieces. Sprinkle the coriander, cumin and salt over the chicken, then stir in the yogurt until all the pieces are evenly coated. Cover lightly and let sit for 10 minutes before proceeding.

Melt 1 tablespoon the butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. Raise the heat to medium high and quickly brown about 1/4 of the chicken. Transfer browned chicken to the slow cooker as it is finished, using 1 tablespoon of butter per batch, and repeat until the chicken is all in the slow-cooker. Throw the pierced jalapeno in on top of the chicken.

Prepare the sauce. Return the pan to the heat and melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the onions, garlic, and kosher salt, then stir. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions begin to lightly brown around the edges.

Stir in the garam masala and ginger and cook until fragrant (about 1 minute) before raising the heat to high and adding the crushed tomatoes and raw sugar. Stir well, scraping the caramelized bits from the bottom of the pan, and bring to a boil. Pour over the chicken in the slow-cooker.

Cover and cook on LOW for 5 hours, or until the chicken is very tender.

Use a fork or whisk to stir the cornstarch or cleargel into the heavy cream until smooth. Pour into the slow-cooker and stir gently until the colour is even. Replace the lid and let cook for 10 minutes or until bubbly around the edges.

Serve over hot rice and peas, topped with a generous amount of chopped cilantro.

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015

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3 Seger Moon

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Fri, 30 Jan 2015

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Mon, 12 Jan 2015

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Jacob: Michelin Man mode

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Tue, 06 Jan 2015

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GT70 prototype

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Wed, 31 Dec 2014

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The Future

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014

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"When you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."

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