Times like these…

Seriously, someone is having a good joke at my expense. Let me just run through the things that are broken, attempted fix, fixed, and rebroken, in no real particular order, in the last, oh, lets give it 6 weeks, max:

  • (fixed) Screen Door
  • Hammock
  • (fixed) Screen Door (after 2nd person breaks it)
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror for Xterra
  • Circuit breakers
  • Instant Hot Water Heaters
  • My Computer (hard drive)
  • My Computer (motherboard)
  • My Computer (CPU)
  • Wife’s backlight on laptop
  • sprinkle hose
  • 2 more sprinkle hoses
  • pool man disconnecting my solar heat from pool pump
  • nut on guitar
  • outlets in kitchen
  • paper shredder
  • deck, yeah, i broke a few old boards carrying tables in for the graduation party
  • (not yet) stereo amplifier keeps going in protected mode lately
  • (not yet) tivo is having pretty apparent hard disk problems at times
  • (still have to fix) fence in front from january wind
  • (almost) my HP 7310 all in one printer, it thinks its christmas, its flashing all sorts of cute lights while displaying a hex code hp’s support doesnt understand
  • (almost) cable modem, it seems it dies every few hours now

and last but not least, the #1 thing broke on my list:

  • my patience

Up for a swim?

Google, in either humor or… who knows what they are up  to.  Has a very interesting method of getting you from New York, NY to Dublin, Ireland.  Check out step #23 here.

Cinema 6 All For One

The forgotten Cinema 6 looks very similar to the Cinema 7.  Regardless, both don’t seem to care much about the GT2015DV Apex TV/DVD combo.  Good news, try out code 0156.   Our dvd player in it is broken, but the TV part works.

This post is for me, because I will naturally search the web the next time I lose this code, maybe my post will show up 🙂

Freedom from the past…

Indeed friends, family, and onlookers.   I have freed our house of one of technologies most troublesome pasts, floppy disks.   Oh, what a fine day!  They had been cluttering up a drawer for a good three years and i finally went through them all, copied off anything relatively interesting, and destroyed them.  Freedom at last!

London Broil

After reading a bunch of recipes on the ‘net, I decided to give this a try, with excellent results.

  • 1/3 Cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 Cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 Cup Shoyu (soy sauce)
  • Garlic powder (to taste)
  • Salt (to taste)

Marinade the cut of beef for 6+ hours in the fridge then stick it on a grill at 400F and pour half the remaining marinade on the beef. Grill for 10 minutes, flip, pour the rest of the marinade on, wait 10 minutes and remove.   Wait 5 minutes before slicing and enjoy!

Back from Alaska and Seattle

My wife and I just returned from a 7 day cruise on the Norweigian Star to Alaska. It all started with an overnight flight from Honolulu to Seattle, a few hours in Pike’s Farmer’s Market and then off to Alaska.  We stopped in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchican and Victoria.  Perhaps some photos and trip reports will be up soon 🙂

Oh Montreal

Tired of always using Lawrys, I’ve decided to find some steak rubs to liven up the party.

The Montreal rub is wonderful, give it a try on your next grilling event.

2 teaspoons garlic powder
4 teaspoons coarsely ground coriander seeds
2 tablespoons coarse salt (sea salt preferred)
4 teaspoons dill weed
4 teaspoons paprika
4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
4 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper (coarse)