Archive for November, 2015

Candle Holder

Posted on Monday, November 30th, 2015 at 11:53 pm

Rendered this candle holder, all materials original procedurals in modo. All light is from the candle and background (reflection).

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Black Friday

Posted on Saturday, November 28th, 2015 at 4:55 am

I stayed home on Black Friday.  Surprise, surprise.

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The hand has healed, only the slightest soreness at the main wound.

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The temp dropped 18°F in 5 minutes this afternoon, right before sunset.  It was quite a rush to shut the house before it got a chance to cool off.  Heater is back on.

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Thanksgiving gave me the deep satisfaction of seeing a particularly obsessed troll get banned.  The fajita turkey was good, but the banning was the highlight that will be remembered.  I’m not normally like this, but here I make an exception.  hehehehe

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Three months to go until spring.

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Haven’t decided what I’ll do for my birthday.

Wounded

Posted on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 at 10:49 pm

Myka bit me yesterday, the deepest puncture that she has ever laid on me.  It was out of the blue.  The cold weather had sent critters outside scurrying, both visibly and audibly, frustrating her about being an indoor cat.  She casually strolled up behind my chair, stood up, and chomped like she never had before.  Needless to say, she went into the hoosegow  for an hour ad change.  After that, she got a lot of cold shoulder, as it was still hurting.

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I treated it with antiseptic and liquid bandage, but it is slowly spreading.  Granted, I used warm water as a local fever, which releases the microbes from the cellular enclosures, so it spread slightly.  But I have no fever, there is no pus, and it doesn’t hurt as much.  However, I am a little woozy from the response of my immune system.  But it’s not surprising, as the warm water treatment will do that for a short period.  So I’m in R&R for the indeterminate future.  Lots of movies and low-interactive time-eating stuff, and plenty of sleep.

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I have let up the cold shoulder with Myka, but the pestering me in the office chair and recliner is coming to a halt.  When I see her about to try for my attention, I give her a simple but stern NO.  This is a habit that is coming to an end.  She can talk to me if she wants gym practice.

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In the image below (no, my wrist and hand are not swollen, just wide angle perspective) the black circles show the wounds (#1 is the deep one) and the green circles the general area of redness.  It’s not that serious, but I am taking all precautions, such as antibiotic ointment and rest.  I expect to be back in action by Thanksgiving.

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Fajita Turkey

Posted on Friday, November 20th, 2015 at 1:12 am

I had to do something this week with the traditional TRD weekend coming.  Even though the party is in the past, 30 year old habits die hard.

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Here is fajita turkey, an original experimental recipe.

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Turkey hen breast, 7 lb / 3.5 kg.

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Fajita marinade, 24 hours in the fridge, skin on.

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10/15 sweet yellow onion and bell pepper saute’d in butter with a splash of the marinade and two healthy sprinkles of fajita seasoning (add after the pepper has softened) over low heat.

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Lay the turkey on a bacon platform (9 pieces overlaping) front to back and wrap. Add bacon along the sides, pinning with skewers.  Sprinkle seasoning moderately on skin before covering.

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Add the onion/pepper saute’ into the cavity.  Seal the cavity with 5 strips of bacon.

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Bake at 350°F / 175°C until core of breast reaches 165°F / 75°C.  Stuffing will be about 155°F / 63°C.

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Peel bacon, scoop out stuffing, cool the turkey and remove meat from carcass.  Dump the fat.

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On flour tortilla, lay a strip of bacon, lay a strip of turkey breast, add a glob onions/pepper, throw on some pico de gallo, avocado or guacamole, some mild cheddar is optional.

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Fajita marinade:  https://www.baumerfoods.com/sauces/fabulosa-fajitas-marinade

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Fajita seasoning: https://www.fiestaspices.com/fajita-seasoning/salt-free-chicken-fajita-seasoning/

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Be sure to make a stock of the carcass.

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This one is a keeper.

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Blue Screen

Posted on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 11:30 am

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Firewalls and Cards

Posted on Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 at 2:07 pm

It bugs me when the processor decides to add a rule to the firewall’s anti-spyware list that blocks a process port.  Fortunately, I learned long ago to check the firewall logs as one of the first three diagnostics when something vanishes. (Activity Monitor, Console, firewall logs)

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Got my holiday greeting card done for this year.

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David Rodriguez

Posted on Friday, November 6th, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Heard on Wednesday that David Rodriguez passed away.  For someone I never met face to face in the flesh, he had quite an influence on me.  I had video conferenced with him and emailed more than a few times.  I almost did his website, but a bad deal messed up domain rights…  We did a round of Ballad of the Snow Leopard and the Tanqueray Cowboy for him.

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One of the Texas flames has gone out.

Music School

Posted on Thursday, November 5th, 2015 at 9:24 am

Went to Bryan yesterday for Music School, Walter Sphinx, Andre, Sharon, and Frieda were there, which was a real treat.  Did Happy Boy, which everyone liked, despite the fact that I had less than 24 hours to prepare for it.  Hubba hubba hubba hubba hubba.  We all had a lot of fun.  I drove back last night, rather than staying over, as it looks like rain.  Fingers are sore as usual, voice is marginal.