Family Roadtrip – Utah 2018

The girls and I are meeting up with the Marquez and Shukla Families in Utah this summer.  We rented two houses for 7 days of Utah Fun.  We will start our road trip 5 days before we meet.  Here is our planned trip.  Watch our updates!


Utah

Fluffy Paelo Pancakes that are Actually Fluffy.

I’ve analyzed a few recipes and have hobbled together this new recipe.  Normally, paelo or gluten free pancakes are dense and not airy.  Look no further, fluffy pancakes are here to stay.

Homemade Smoked Cured Bacon

Our family goes through bacon like it’s bread.  We eat bacon almost everyday.  I’d say we go through 2-3 lbs of bacon a week.  This can add up and for the longest time I wanted to make my own.  So, I scoured through the internet, looking at some really good sites and using science and reviewing recipes, I came up with my own successful recipe.

Before curing

After curing

Now where does one grab a slab of pork belly?  Costco started selling 10lb slabs for a good price of $2.99/lb.  This means what normally is $7.99/lb of bacon at the store, can be a big savings in the pocketbook.

 

Good Beer Bad Beer: The Art of Describing Flavors

Vinous, isovaleric, tarry, geraniol, and mercaptan are just some of the flavors of beer that can either make or break a home brewer’s spirit. Sitting amongst my fellow peers, judging beer, we were surrounded by small glasses of eager brews waiting to be swooshed, swirled, chewed, and spit into a saliva laden coffin. I was young in the beer judging scene. (more…)

Fiber – Where It’s At In Austin

On a most recent hunt for connectivity options in our Gravitant Office, I have amassed a list of telco providers that offer fiber in Austin.  Hopefully this information would be of use for other folks in the Austin Area.

Alpheus – Fiber Schematic MapBuilding List
Zayo – Google Maps Address Search
Level3 – Map Interface
Fiberlite – PDF Map
FPL FiberNet – Map Interface
TWTelcom – PDF Map

Looking for Austin City Pool?

The Summer heat in Austin is kicking in.  Time to spend those weekends at the pool!  I’ve compiled a list and map of Austin City Pools using FusionTables from Google.

And just in case you missed my post about all the Austin Restaurants with Playscapes.

Can you tell what type of SQL DB this .sql file is for?

Can you tell what sql database this sql snippet is for?

CREATE TABLE attachment (
 type text,
 id text,
 filename text,
 size integer,
 time integer,
 description text,
 author text,
 ipnr text,
 UNIQUE (type,id,filename)
 );

INSERT INTO "attachment" VALUES('wiki','CrazyTown','mysql-ds.xml',1146,
1149200303854610,'','master','192.168.1.1');

Answer is  (more…)

Secret Sauce For Minimizing Resources Without Sacrificing Performance For VMs

Once again, I felt like a chemist or a cook in the kitchen when reading the publication “Algorithm Design for Performance Aware VM Consolidation“, written by Alan Roytman, Aman Kansal, Sriram Govindan, Jie Liu, and Suman Nath over at MSR.  The conclusion is that optimally aligning VMs based on predictive workloads and reducing contention amongst VMs on shared infrastructure will generate a…

… proposed system realiz[ing] over 30% savings in energy costs and up to 52% reduction in performance degradation”

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Restaurants with Playscapes in Austin, TX

For all of you parents in Austin… here are some restaurants that have playscapes.   I scraped this data off the web and placed it on a google map.  I originally created it using a google spreadsheet and a map gadget, but 2 things made this a bad idea.  First, it took an extremely long time to render the gadget.  Secondly, gadgets on google docs are set to disappear in a few months.

Solution?  I just learned about Fusion Tables in Google.  Boy,  I wish I learned about these sooner with all of my huge spreadsheets…. (more…)

Homemade Goat Milk Ricotta

Ricotta cheese is a favorite cheese of mine and I always wondered how you make it.  I often eat it by sneaking a spoonful here and there while I’m making lasagna or baked ziti.  Let’s face it I’m addicted to ricotta and can eat a whole container if I had the time.

When I did my sleuthing on the internet, I came across a dozen different recipes.  All of them consistently described that ricotta is as simple as milk, temperature, and acid:  An hour later you have ricotta cheese.  With this info, I’ve come up with a recipe of my own.  The traditional way is to let the acid sit with the milk for 12 to 24 hours at room temperature, then heating it to near boil.  This miraculously develops curds that can then be strained out.