Archive for the 2D Category


Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at 4:25 pm

Brisket just started cooking, rubbed. (I can smell the rub on my right hand.) I figure 6 hours at 250°F. 4-10pm.

Myka is not feeling good, hiding in the front room, turns her nose up at gravy. It looks to be digestive, as she was in the litter box earlier, to no avail. She purrs when I pet her, but otherwise makes no attempt to move around, except once to hide in the closet. I’m hoping it passes quickly.

Light rain today, bringing cooler temps (60s, low 70s), which is why the brisket is being cooked today. No sense in doing it in the heat.

Heat is being dampened for about 4 hours by the passing rain (light, barely wet things down), plenty of downdraft ahead of it to chill things down. Wind will turn around from the south around dark, and we’ll be back to normal again.

Tender, juicy, and yummy.


Posted on Monday, April 1st, 2019 at 7:23 pm
Two racks of baby back ribs.

Red Myka

Posted on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 at 9:14 pm
Red Myka – iPad and Photoshop

Myka Flash

Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2019 at 1:49 pm
More iPad/Photoshop action.

Still playing around with the new iPad. I think that I might get to like it as a tool.

Padded cell

Posted on Sunday, March 24th, 2019 at 8:24 am

Well, I think I have the new iPad configured and fleshed out. I’m sure that there are plenty of options that need attention, but for the most point, it has what it needs and everything tests out. There are apps that no longer work on iOS 12, and some that didn’t transfer data during migration. But by and large, after 18 hours, it’s pretty much where I want it to be. There are new habits to learn. The Apple Pencil works very well. It’s nice to have iWork on board.

Myka has been happy in the LZB in my absence. I need to make something in the kitchen, as a diet of quick sandwiches is not a sustainable menu.


Selfie (iPad and Photoshop)


Posted on Friday, December 7th, 2018 at 5:42 pm

Texas is wet.  A Pacific mass has wandered across Mexico and is dumping rain over 70% of the state.  It’s pretty much a constant moderate rain.  A couple of inches is what I expect, maybe a bit more.


WordPress 5.0 released today.  Did all the backups, including the entire website.  I’m not sure that I like it.  It’s a little too modular for my taste.  At least the theme still works with it.  I will survive, but I’ll probably grumble a bit.


Myka has been fixating on the LZB whenever I’m not in it.  The only time the chair is empty is if:

  1. I get up when she is in deep sleep.
  2. There is food or oat grass being served or the perception thereof.
  3. She is up running through the house from room to room.
  4. She is bored and pestering me.



Posted on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at 3:48 pm



mixed busy

Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018 at 8:20 pm

Back on Vince’s site today.  Looking at two or three more days.  Today was mostly the big picture, creating new pages, placing widgets, etc, but also a few details, and more expected tonight.


Went to Bryan yesterday for a follow-up with the ophthalmologist.  My vision, especially in my left eye has improved markedly.  The incision has healed quite well, nothing but a pretty report.  No more appointments for a year.  All the rest of the medical appointments will be local.


Was busy in the kitchen today.  Chicken/broccoli/rice was lunch.  I wanted to clean out the kitchen this morning before I took the garbage to the curb, so I was busy.  Tenderized and marinated sirloin just came out of the broiler.  (Yum.  I am getting addicted to this.)  And I just cooked up a batch of spuds for mashed potatoes, which I haven’t made in ages.  They will go well with the sirloin.


Base Fin

Posted on Monday, January 29th, 2018 at 10:32 pm

Done with the content loading on the site, Now it’s all responsive adjustments and tweaking. So to celebrate, I went this way: broiled rib eye


Posted on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 at 12:18 am

In the middle of a 30 hour freeze.  My response to the duty of keeping the pipes from popping is this,


Tenderized, marinated, broiled sirloin taco meat.


ribs 2018

Posted on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 at 10:54 pm

Mopped and popped, baby back 2018.


retiring the 2017 card

Posted on Monday, December 25th, 2017 at 3:41 pm

Today is the final display date for the 2017 holiday card.



Posted on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at 6:35 pm

Ribs – n. – ree’-ubs – heaven on a bone, ((2 X 6)+1)




Myka in the Bluebonnets

Posted on Friday, March 24th, 2017 at 11:29 pm

I generally don’t stoop to photographing bluebonnets to avoid being in the same class of photographers who pull off on the side of the road and have their kids sit in the wildflowers for a photo op.  It’s considered rather gauche in serious photographer circles.  (Unless there is a paycheck in it.)  So this is rather tongue in cheek.


No bluebonnets were crushed during this photo op.



Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 at 10:07 pm

Made a GIF of Myka winking every three minutes.  (Yes, you have to watch it for three minutes to see it wink.)









Okay, okay, you only have to wait 5 seconds for this one.



Holiday card 2016

Posted on Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at 9:36 pm

Finally got my greeting card made and distributed.



Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2016 at 3:17 am

Thawed and cooked the two racks of spare ribs in the freezer, replacing them with two more racks (individually wrapped this time).  One of the racks had Rib Tickler rub and the other mesquite bbq sauce.  12 packs of ribs will go in the freezer, should last me a while.



nanas in the mist

Posted on Saturday, September 24th, 2016 at 8:35 am

Went out this morning to roll up the extension cord for the wifi range extender, and found these growing right off the back porch, just out of reach.




Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2016 at 6:14 am

Well, the hard drives are all in order like ducks in a row, three 4TB USB 3.0 externals and the 500G Firewire system clone/catch all.  The backup drive still has the old folder order, but the backup files are all there, just needing a little shifting.


The desk has more room with two drives removed, making Myka happy.  That is not likely to last long, with the Mac Air addition expected this week or next.


I am trying to get the Esther’s photos retouched.  Eight have been completed and uploaded.  Almost halfway there.  My eyes are a little sore, but I did a pretty good job on the first ones.  One or two more days of Photoshop and I’ll have the existing scans delivered, internet willing.


Looks like the rain is finally drying out.  Temps will be returning to the low 90’s for summer’s finale.  Forecast is not calling for any more upper 90’s.  Not complaining.

Two years prior

Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 at 10:05 pm

Me at Liberty Lunch in 1978.  Photo by Dan Hendricks.



scans and cameras

Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2016 at 11:34 pm

Been giving the new 35 mm film scanner its first heavy assignment.  Some of the film has damaged emulsion, not real bad, but a Photoshop retouching nightmare.  Not all are bad and some will have quality image alternatives.  But it adds up to extra time.


Anyway, I found the original 4X5 copy negative of the Ratchett and Rose photogram, and I shot it with the Nikon at 14Mp, then subjected it to all sorts of Photoshop, and it came out rather well.  Not quite the original, being digital, but good enough for printing.


And I fond a few photos of me in my late 20’s up to 30.  This one was taken by Jeanne Baxter at 29, upon a return trip to visit Austin.  This was the look that won me second place in a Halloween contest for “coming as myself and having no one recognize me”.





Teh Kitteh

Posted on Saturday, July 9th, 2016 at 9:43 am

Here she is, very affectionate.




Posted on Saturday, May 21st, 2016 at 11:05 pm

A little photoshopping.



Baby backs

Posted on Thursday, May 19th, 2016 at 5:26 pm

Oven roasted a rack of pork baby back ribs and a pork tenderloin, both from the freezer.  The rain storm that meandered across the area kept temps in the low 60’s for the day, so it was a perfect day for heating up the kitchen.  That is good stuff…  They came out just right; tender, juicy, and delish!




Posted on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 at 3:30 pm

The blue bonnets are popping out in Brenham, at least starting to show.  They are off to an early start, thanks to the rains last week.