April 28, 2007


In the context of moving to half as big a house, I have assorted objects to unload upon my Milwaukee readers, surplus to continuing operations. Except as noted any and all offers will be deemed reasonable, and except as noted, delivery is available for further pittance.

S100 Computer System: Suitable for restraining a small watercraft or running vintage software in conjunction with a video terminal. For the latter function, it features 5-1/4" floppy and Winchester drives.

Ultimate Apple Collectable: Offered as a museum piece only, this metal cased Apple][ clone violates patent and copyright.

Trash80 Model 1: Keyboard console and monitor. No cables, no power supply.

Decor Item: Three trashbags full of vintage steel-bodied beer cans with aluminum pull-tab tops. Sorry, no tabs. Mostly PBR, some Hamms.

Lionel Stuff: Track, freight cars, steam loco, and transformer. Mostly O-27 except for a Spirit of '76 Maryland boxcar. Would like to trade for HO or N gauge 4 or 6 axle switchers, especially the Docksider in N.

Band Saw: Upright, industrial size cast frame, made for butcher use. No table, untested because the installed motor is 220V, but I reckon it's worth $125.00 to someone prepared to rebuild it. Cannot deliver.

More to follow.

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Pantry Salad

The epitome of quick and easy, if you have all the ingredients in your pantry. The original recipe called for regular Italian salad dressing; since we happened not to have any, we went a little more flavorful as listed. If it were up to me, the tomatoes would be left out, but short of that it might be worth the extra effort to seed and dice some nice firm Roma tomatoes.

1 can black beans -- drained ad rinsed
1 can whole kernel corn -- drained
1 can black eyed peas -- drained
1 can diced tomatoes
1 bell pepper -- diced
1 bunch green onions -- chopped
2 carrots -- peeled and chopped
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup oil,
1 TBSP coarse grind black pepper,
2 TBSP Tony's spicy Italian Spaghetti seasoning
2 TBSP sriracha sauce

In a large bowl mix all ingredients. Serve chilled.

This is, I should mention, likely to be the last recipe I post which is in fact a creation of my wee wifey. She now has her own blog, and is posting her own recipes.

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April 26, 2007

Like He Says

Heh, indeed.

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April 25, 2007

The Chicago Version

"Hey, driver, does this bus go OODA Loop?"

"No, Lady, it goes 'Beep-beep'."

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April 24, 2007

Quote For The Day

I can't imagine spending the majority of my life in a situation where everyone assumed I was the smartest person in the room. That sure makes it easy for alot of bad information to accumulate in a person's mind.
From a forum discussion of just how wrong a college professor can be. Altho the discussion was not about elitist environmentalism or fluffybunny foriegn policy, the principle clearly carries over.
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April 21, 2007

Ditty For The Day

To market, to market,
To spend dead presidents.
Jiggety jiggety
Back to the residence.

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April 20, 2007

Got A Minute?

We've been too caught up in the mundane to take note of the event, but I hope that those who observed it had a wondrous Bicycle Day.

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April 17, 2007

Quote For The Day

"A fight can express things people might not be able to say with words."
From the actor, Brandon Lee, a very expressive fighter.
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April 15, 2007

Word For The Day

Found, courtesy of the host of this week's Recipe Carnival, in a post which references both Konrad Lorenz and Hulk Hogan.

Note that in Yiddish geshrei is not a ceremony, but a wail, a rant, a hue and cry. Still works.

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April 14, 2007

Mexican Silk Chocolate Pie

This is the simplest recipe I've ever posted. Not the simplest to make, just the simplest for me to post. I merely copied one I'd posted before, and made a simple ingredient substitution.

That simple ingredient substitution completely changes the character of this pie. The wee wifey learned recently that cinnamon can help control her blood sugar, and it's been turning up since then in a lot of what she eats. She asked me if I thought the extract would work in the pie she was making for this weekend's Easteroid gathering, and I suggested also adding almond, so as to emulate the Mexican hot chocolate, and it worked well enough to amount to a new recipe.

1 cup unsalted butter - 2 sticks
1 1/2 cups white sugar (very fine sugar, such as some of the generic beet sugar, is best)
4 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
4 eggs
1 pie crust -- (9 inch) baked

Cream butter and sugar. Blend in chocolate and flavor extracts. Beating at high speed, add one egg and beat until thoroughly incorporated. Repeat with each remaining egg. Keep whipping until fluffy.
Spread in cooked pie shell of choice and keep refrigerated

Wee wifey's notes: "I generally use a crust made from pecan shortbread cookies. The key to success is thorough beating. Beat 5 minutes after each egg for a minimum of 20 minutes total for the pie. This is what makes the pie! And yes, I use a hand mixer. To do so I sit at the kitchen table with another chair in front of me (between my legs). On the chair I have 2 large phone books on which the bowl is placed. In this position I can lay my arm on the kitchen table and hold the hand mixer -- thus I am able to mix the filling for the required 20-25 minutes and not have my "arm drop off". Be sure that you can see a clock from this position. It also helps to have the radio or TV on to make the time go a bit faster."

Please note this pie uses raw eggs. Be sure to use only fresh eggs for this recipe. Do not serve to the immune impaired.


Chilled and set up, the flavoring was a little subtler than I expected. You may wish to try 1 teaspoon cinnamon extract and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract.

For the same occasion we* also made another batch of the Italian sausage pepper and onion recipe I posted a couple of weeks ago. The suggested improvements worked as expected.

*Yes, we. I prepped the vegetables for our entire contribution, including slicing lots of onions and peeling 6 each, cucumbers and potatoes. The trick is to sharpen the peeler from the back side with a triangle stone.

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April 11, 2007

Start Wreck

Name: Kirk
Status: Redshirt, self-inflicted.

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April 10, 2007

Once Again

A fine example of straight thinking, from someone with a twisted identity.

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Idled By Idol

I've got a brief contract, three nights over this week and the next, drive team project coordinator, verifying that a cellular network upgrade comes up correctly. This evening's operations will start later than originally scheduled, because allowance must be made for the measurable cellular traffic surge generated by American Idol.

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April 09, 2007

Under An Assumed Name

The old joke about growing a beard and moving to Argentina isn't applicable in this case, but any rumor of demise is clearly exaggerated.

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April 07, 2007

Slow Cooker Hot Fudge Sundae Cake

Since I still don't have the exact recipe for the potatoes we'll be bringing to the Easter gathering, I'm tossing out a fun one from the mailing list. It's described as being magic, but, per Clarke's Law a crock-pot is simply sufficiently advanced technology. A rich hot fudge sauce forms while the cake bakes.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped nuts
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1 1/2 cups hot water

Lightly coat the inside of a 2 to 3 1/2-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Mix flour, granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa, the baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Stir in milk, oil and vanilla until smooth. Stir in nuts. Spread batter evenly in slow cooker.

Mix brown sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa in small bowl. Stir in hot water until smooth. Pour evenly over batter in slow cooker.

Cover and cook on high heat setting for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Turn off the slow cooker. Let cake stand uncovered 30 to 40 minutes to cool slightly before serving. Spoon warm cake into dessert dishes. Spoon sauce over top.

Supposedly makes 6 servings, but you could divide it among more people if you are feeling mean.


I actually noted early in the week who would be hosting the Carnival this week, and told myself to ask the wee wifey for something suitable. She is fortunate enough not to have to cook as a diabetic, and disciplined enough to get by with a taste of her sweetwork. I totally spaced it, and by pure luck wound up at the far end of the glycemic index. A scan of my recipes category will turn up quite a few dishes which are not sickly sweet.

Could someone from the mailing list which is sending folks here leave me a comment about where you're coming from?

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April 06, 2007

Wisconsin History

During the years immediately following the U.S. Civil War, the plight of Southerners of all persuasions was not helped by the large influx of scalawags and other folks trying to make a fast buck off the locals' troubles. One particularly troublesome group originated from the Midwestern city of Madison. This group, singing their theme song "On Wisconsin", became known as the Carpetbadgers.

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Word For The Day

From the conversation of a family seated near us at the fish fry, discussing the image of a cow on the half-pint carton of milk the young lady had been served.
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Man Bites Fish

Channel 2 News had cameras at Serb Hall today, getting on the spot coverage of the breaking news that Good Friday produced a good turnout for the fish fry. This ranks right up there in timeliness with "Well, it's really cold and windy here by the War Memorial it being the third week in January" and "Um, it looks like people are really, um, enjoying themselves at the Festival Grounds this Summerfest."

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April 05, 2007

Hint For The Day

The current (May 2007) issue of Machinist's Workshop has an article that looks like it would be of interest to any black rifle shooters out there. Usually the Gunsmith Machinist column describes how he solves relatively obscure problems - at least I hope there aren't a lot of 1911s out there with the feed ramp so crudely modified as to need weld filling. This month he deals with centering the front sight on the AR-15, which apparently needs to be done more often. If yours is accurate once you crank a bunch of windage into the rear sight you will want to read this.

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April 04, 2007


What in the world is illegal furniture?

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April 03, 2007

Indirect Bleg

Back about 25 years ago, when I was having multiple car troubles, M. Simon helped me out with the loan of his big brown Chevy. Now, at a time when I am looking forward to my first three days of work for the year, he's the one who could use some help. If anyone reading this has a tip jar hit to spare, his could use it.

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April 02, 2007


To apologise without discussing causes for side effects of the right thing having been done is wrong. To apologise now for a wrong which was addressed 200 years ago is stupid.

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Proper Response

James recently linked to me over something rather silly. I'm going to return the favor; the difference is that his post is important.

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