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Baby-Back Ribs Beef Food Smoking Turkey

Smoked Meats

I’m starting to do apple smoked meats locally (Sacramento area) for those that are interested. On a request by request basis.

  • Brisket
  • Baby-Back Ribs
  • Pulled Pork
  • Turkey Breast

Brisket

I start with an entire brisket. Covering it amply with salt and pepper. It is smoked over apple wood for 10 hours. then wrap the meat and cook until tender. Usually 12-16 hours depending on weather and smoker temperature. A single brisket will serve from 1 to 20 people.

Price depends on market and availability. Minimum order is one full brisket. I can cook up to 4 full briskets at a time.

Baby-Back Ribs

I start with a trimmed and skinned rib. Cover lightly with salt, pepper and dried garlic. Then braise with bourbon and crushed garlic for the first 3-4 hours. Then I bring the ribs out of the braise and smoke for an additional 3-4 hours with apple wood. I then finish over a hot grill covered in a home made bourbon garlic bbq sauce. I can finish with or without the BBQ sauce. One cup of BBQ Sauce are provided with each 3 rack order. I cannot say how many people this feeds. It depends. I eat an entire rack. So, take this into consideration. 😉

Price depends on market and availability. Minimum of 3 racks per order. I can accept orders of up to 12 racks at a time.

Pulled Pork

I start with a trimmed pork butt roast. Cover lightly with salt, pepper and dried garlic. I then smoke 12 hours with apple wood. I then wrap the roasts and cook for an additional 6-8 hours. I finish them by pulling them apart with a nice home made bourbon garlic BBQ sauce (with or without chili-flake). Includes home mixed coleslaw and rolls. Two pork butts serves 15-20 people.

Price depends on market and availability. Minimum of 2 pork butts per order. I can accept orders of up to 8 pork butts.

Turkey Breast

These are special. I brine turkey breast for 24-48 hours in a brown sugar, rosemary, sage, and kosher salt brine. Then I smoke each breast with apple wood low and slow for 8-10 hours. Each breast comes out juicy and sweet. This can be made hot for delivery, or chilled for warm up in your oven on party night.

Price depends on market and availability. Minimum of 1 breast per order. I can accept orders of up to 6 turkey breasts.

Bourbon Garlic BBQ Sauce

I created this sauce using the nearest bourbon on hand. I usually have Maker’s Mark closest at hand. Crushed garlic, diced onions, a bit of honey, and using a tomato base I simmer the sauce slow over low heat for 6-8 hours until reduced and thick. I make this sauce special for each order, so it’s slightly different each time. I can add heat (upon request) to this sauce using a special home made chili garlic oil. This is only provided with meat orders. I do not make this sauce for order.

Cole Slaw

I make two kinds of coleslaw. For those with issues around mayonnaise I use a vinegar/sesame oil mixture. For those without issues around mayonnaise I make a fairly normal coleslaw. This is only provided with the pulled pork.

Categories
Crochet Needle Art

Atlanticus CAL (2018) 2019 V2 Scrumptious Lush – Basic Info

I’ve decided to make two of these. Mostly because of the yarn I found for it. I am working through all 4 skeins of this at once. As the color changes for each skein. I switch skeins until all of that color has been worked into the piece. I expect this to be a LONG term project as there are 4000M of yarn to work. If you count both versions it’s 8000M of yarn.

I am working towards getting in around 4-5 rows per week. There are around 116 rows to this piece. We’ll see how much I have left when I’m done!

I’ll keep updating progress with more posts.

Yarn

Name: Sheepjes Whirl

Color: Scrumptious Lush, Color 777, Lot 7078

Yardage: 4000M

Yarn details
Yarn details

Date Started: 4/23/2018

Pattern

Name: Atlanticus Compendium

Hook: 3.5mm

Link:  Atlanticus Compendium 

Ravelry Images: Medium Image

Progress

Progress 6/22/2019
Progress 6/22/2019
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Crochet Needle Art

Atlanticus CAL (2018) 2019 Passion Fruit Melt – Basic Info

I saw this as a finished work online right after the CAL was nearly finished online. I was interested because I had been working on another mandala like piece. Then saw someone who made another pattern with the Sheepjies Whirl and I fell in love with the yarn. So, I decided to make two (2)!

Yarn

Name: Sheepjes Whirl

Color: Passion Fruit Melt, Color 779, Lot 7030

Yardage: 4000M

Yarn details
Yarn details

Date Started: 5/19/2018

Pattern

Name: Atlanticus Compendium

Hook: 4.5mm

Link:  Atlanticus Compendium 

Ravelry Images: Medium Image

Progress

Project bag
Project bag
Mandala
Mandala
Initial Progress
Initial Progress
Initial progress with skein
Initial progress with skein
Progress 7/5/2019
Progress 7/5/2019
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Computer Sciences Software Engineering Systems Engineering

The 9/11 That Should Have Never Been

I’m very sad today. Because so many people have lost their lives. Not only in the 9/11 attacks. Something we all watched as it happened. None of it fake. All of it real. Also for the loss since then in wars related to it.

Three thousand people died on 9/11  (https://goo.gl/4jzU8b) and as a consequence about three hundred seventy thousand others – that’s 370,000 people – have perished as a direct result in the wars since, and at least an additional eight hundred thousand – that’s 800,000 more people – have died indirectly (https://goo.gl/iCvou5). All because a group of people @ the NSA wanted to rake in a few hundred billion dollars.

All of this would have been prevented by the use of ThinThread @ the NSA. A program that proved the NSA had the data already collected a month before 9/11. ThinThread’s creators were not allowed to analyze the data with the application until October 2001. ThinThread’s analysis revealed the attackers connections with Al Qaeda would have been available to the executive branch real time a month before the 9/11 tragedy. The program would have also protected our privacy.

In 2005 this act of fraud was covered up by the Justice Department. They continued to spend the money and violate the privacy of every single American citizen.

Watch A Good American (2015) – His sophisticated data-gathering program identified terror threats in real time. A month before 9/11, it was cancelled. The documentary is available on Netflix.

I love you all and I’m real sad…

I’m done with government waste for today. I’m going to close out this day of remembrance by working while watching some corporate waste (The Office)

 

References:
ThinThread – https://goo.gl/yrZtmW
A Good American – https://goo.gl/RdZ3r9

 

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Life

Booklist and Other Stuffs.

I’ve been struggling to describe my politics. I think this is a start. I also think it’s something others might be interested in. So, I’m going to share it here. I know this started as a way to blog about my journey in needle works. It’s obviously changed/morphed. So here it goes. Here is my reading list – yes, this is just for the first 6 months of 2017.

Book must read reading list:
  • Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom – by Thomas E. Ricks (Amazon: https://goo.gl/zj9x3m) – Really the entire book boils down to the afterward. If you already know what Churchill & Orwell are really all about, and most do not, you can just go to B&N pick up the book and read the afterward right there. If you do not know about the Churchill & Orwell life journeys then buy the book and read it cover to cover…. Like this: Did you know that JFK’s father worked to sabotage US/UK relations to keep Rosevelt from helping the UK defend itself from Nazi Germany?
  • Letter from Birmingham Jail – by Martin Luther King Jr (about the letter: https://goo.gl/smcfky, PDF: https://goo.gl/4AJL6W)- Written in the margins of a newspaper during his stay in a Birmingham jail this details the theme described in the previous afterward. It makes plain the reasoning necessary to combat apathy.
  • A Colony In A Nation – By Chris Hayes (Amazon: https://goo.gl/jvyViv, ) – A description of what America is for the poor in America today with historical context that resonates with the previous two. Gives me an understandable perspective regarding why Ferguson was a thing and how blind I’ve been to the issues that face the poor in America today. Did you know that even if we released all people of color in prisons today. We would still be the #1 country by prison population?
I’m intensely interested in understanding the past so I can better understand how we arrived at today. Maybe learn something about how to begin fixing it. I won’t know who I should vote for in the next election otherwise…
Foundation reading list:
  • Sapiens: A brief history of Humankind – by Yuval Noah Harari (Amazon: https://goo.gl/ycOv0A) – Laying down perspective. Listened to this 3 times.
  • Homo Deus – by Yuval Noah Harari (Amazon: https://goo.gl/jqlm21) – More perspective more topical regarding where our global society is heading. Listened to this 3 times.
  • Liberal Fascism – by Jonah Goldberg (Amazon: https://goo.gl/JmQgp9) – This one bursts a bubble: Fascism grew from the left. Under the Nazi’s the left was killed off and the right picked up the baton. Yeah. Blew me away. Brings some topical things to light about the history of Fascism and what our nation seems to be forming up to become (good or bad). Like, Did you know that the social programs sparked under JFK are basically at their core Fascist? This was not seen as a bad thing because the nasty ethnic cleansing aspects are left out. This book led me to the next one.
  • One Minute to Midnight – One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War – by Michael Dobbs (Amazon: https://goo.gl/ZRgHYq) – I listened to this one at the same time I listened to Liberal Fascism. I wanted to know more about JFK and his brother Robert Kennedy. These two remind me of how Trump has modeled his executive branch. By brining in family to advise him directly. Helping me understand why JFK’s model worked and Trump’s is a bull in a china shop.
Those led me to and from these through various avenues. I’ve been listening and reading these for years. So this is outside the 2017 book list above.
  • Waking Up – Podcast by Sam Harris – (https://goo.gl/CvP8Dx) Start with episode #73 an interview with Charles Murray. I got hooked into this through something I don’t remember at the moment, but it has become key to my journey. I came away from this very interested in Charles Murray. Mostly because of how much sense the next two books made. I have not read the The Bell Curve – the one Charles Murray is most known for – but that one matters less, so far, compared to the next two books. To close this one Sam Harris is also very interesting.
  • Loosing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980 – by Charles Murray (Amazon: https://goo.gl/tJkD6b) – Just read it. Describes using data of the time the social programs I never understood the origin of.
  • Coming Apart: The state of White America, 1960-2010 – by Charles Murray (Amazon: https://goo.gl/mkEAap)- Again, just read it. It’s REAL important for context.
  • Common Sense podcasts – by Dan Carlin (https://goo.gl/Yr7gNn) – Listen to ALL of them. I think this guy’s politics fits mine best. I can’t quantify that in writing yet.
  • Hardcore History podcasts – by Dan Carlin (https://goo.gl/0Nr95B) – Listen to ALL of them. They are amazing and give a LOT of historical context.
All of these are available in audio form (from Audible) or are available on whatever podcast app you might have access to.
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Computer Sciences Software Engineering Systems Engineering

Antsle – Private Cloud Device – Review & Expanding Windows Volumes

First this device is awesome and is invaluable (worth every penny) if you are doing development of any kind these days. Many of my deployments these days are to Windows based retail point of sale systems. Integrations mostly. I’ve been running a Windows Server 2008 R2 on my MacBook Pro using VMWare Fusion. This has been a boon. But I wanted more flexibility to support running the 6-7 different styles of deployment on different VM’s keeping them separate and self-contained. Nothing offered this kind of flexibility cost effectively.

Until Antsle. I picked one up on a Black Friday sale a few weeks ago and this is my first shameless plug. If you do any kind of web based work or even Windows development. This is the product for you!!

So, I ran into what I thought was my first problem. They have a number of Windows based templates available. I’m using the Windows Server 2008 R2 template. After getting the OS activated using our MSDN subscription keys and getting it updated there was not enough space to do any deployment work! So I went searching for ways to expand the volume used by windows. Which lives on a ZFS volume on the Antsle device.  I also asked their support group (support@antsle.com) and they gave me some hints too.

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This is what I did. Note, the following commands are run from an ssh session with the Antsle device.

  • Got my Windows Antlet stable (apply product keys, get updates installed, etc)
  • Look for the qcow2 file that houses the Antlet’s disk.
zfs list |grep <antletName>

This command lists the location of the Antlet’s disk in ZFS.

  • Get info about what the Antlet’s virtual disk size.
qemu-img info <antlet-qcow2-path-and-filename>

This command lists the info known about the Antlet’s disk.

  • Perform the Antlet disk resize
qemu-img resize <antlet-qcod2-path-and-filename> +<size>

This command expands the virtual size for the Antlet’s disk.

  • Finally expand the Windows disk with Computer Management > Disk Management by using Extend Volume. You get this!

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After Antlet’s disk resize.

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After ‘Expand Volume…’

Enjoy!
Andrew…

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Uncategorized

Tonight’s final debate…

I have many friends who have strong opinions about which of these party leaders should be president. An overall majority of whom are following a Democratic party line by standing with Hillary Clinton. A thin minority who are either solidly behind or kind-of-behind Trump.
 
I was asked by a friend about tonight’s debate. Many of you know that I am independent, so you won’t be shocked by my answer: I didn’t hear from anyone who should be president.
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Cycling Life

So, I did this!

Yes! I did it! The ride was beautiful. If a bit chilly. My ColdGear was invaluable! Lots of water stops and in the last 10 miles I must have stopped every 3 to stretch. The last 5 miles was the hardest.

(original post: http://wp.me/p58XNs-4h)

Everyone was there at the end. Even those that could only be there in spirit. Remember, you never really do things completely alone.

Thanks To: Mom & Dad, Becky, Jason, Julia, Liz, Molly, Ryan, Cassie, Karen, Mary, Ashley, Mara, Joel & Melissa, the entire H&M SB staff and anyone else who has touched my life in the last number of months.

I want to do it again. Go farther. Next one might be just after the new year.

Oh and Becky, thanks for getting me to jog. Never knew i could do it without injuring myself!

Free stuff!
Free stuff!

 

On the road
On the road

On the road #2
On the road #2

On the road #3
On the road #3

Finish!
Finish!

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Cycling Life

So, I’m doing this!

Sacramento Century Challenge

So, I’m doing a metric century this weekend. (10/1/2016) I’ve been training consistently on the bike since August 1st (3 days a week). I’ve brought my old trainer, Becky, out of trainer-retirement to help me with an additional 2 core-workouts a week for the last month. I completed my first real 34 mile stretch with Liz a three weeks ago. I put in a collective 66 miles last weekend – for the first time in a couple of years. Last pre-ride workout was this evening. I’m feeling euphoric. I’m feeling strong. I am feeling ready. Time to Kick Ass and Take Names!

Follow this link to donate to fight childhood cancers here. [https://goo.gl/VvVPAB]

 

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Knitted Lace Knitting Needle Art

Estonian Dream Shawl, take one…

Got this one started! Using Artyarns Milano crimson  pattern is by Judy Marples. Not many mistakes to go back for this time. (Knock on wood)

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