Month: May 2018

The horror – no coffee

So last night we went to a friends home – it was one of our friends birthday. So I didn’t get to roast another batch of coffee. The horror this morning – what? Luckily yesterday someone picked up a package of these dark chocolate covered coffee beans. Just munch a handful of those for my caffeine blast.

Tech Issue: Kitchen IP camera was down

So I tried accessing the Kitchen IP camera, the one that watches the kitchen and back door. It wouldn’t come up – I have it assigned at – I thought maybe the DHCP lease changed but then didn’t see it on the firewall connections.

Think back the first rule or as I like to call it a commandment  in technical support is check thine power connections. Went to the Kitchen and noticed the plug in the electrical socket looked weird.

The plug was askew in the socket. Pulled it out and the port side blade was bent out at an angle. Someone must have snagged it when they went past to put laundry into the middle room. Bent the blade back, plugged it in and the camera is up again.

It’s funny – I recall the show the I.T. Crowd – brilliant comedy. But whenever someone would call they’d say “Have you turned it off then on again.” That’s another rule of I.T. And I believe I made the DHCP IP address reservation static on the firewall. That way they ALWAYS get the same IP.

A Series I’m getting into

It’s the series Lucifer. The premise of the series is that the Devil decides to take a vacation from Hell and lands in Los Angeles.

At the beginning of the series he’s rather dickish – which one would expect of a devil if one in fact existed. I think I’ve posted before the idea of Satan, hell and the like was lifted by Christianity directly from the Zoroastrians of Persia.

But the series is interesting. He pines for the female detective – and when she finally shows up drunk he doesn’t have sex with her. He’s the one who stops it. He’s becoming more human.

And the angel¬†Amenadeil – he’s been put in charge to make sure nobody escapes from Hell whilst Lucifer is having a good time on Earth. But the angel goes a bit too far – he knows Lucifer is now becoming mortal and he tells Lucifer that some thug is going to kill him and it’s back to hell Lucifer goes.

Just because I’m an atheist doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the play of good vs. evil in this.

Chilli for dinner

So last night I made 8 shortbread cheddar biscuits. I jokingly said to someone he can now call me the Biscuit King. If you’ve ever seen Ferris Buelers Day Off you know he was Abe Froman the Sausage King of Chicago. I’m the Biscuit King of Providence.



What’s in it – let’s see:




Chilli Powder






Diced Tomato and Juice

Great Northern Beans

Red Kidney Beans

Ground beef (2lbs)

Salt and pepper to taste.


If you really want to stir the pot on YouTube

Make Vegans answer the question – did they do it for health or moral reasons? Of course the way I say it I say moral superiority.

Then I add that plants check off all the same boxes that chordates do.

You wouldn’t believe the amount of comments I catch on those two things. Vegans do not like to be told to stop eating everything. And then there’s the classification problem. Mammals are one thing, but then there’s the birds, the insects etc. When you come down to all life then you really have a problem.

So I countered I love pork too much to ever go even vegetarian let alone vegan. I think vegan is a bit on the lunatic fringe to be honest. But I did say I do my part to help the environment. All the light bulbs in this house are either CFL’s or LED’s. No more incandescent bulbs. Hasn’t been that way for years. And I generally eschew plastic bags when we shop. We have a bunch of fabric bags or rugged bags and we use those when we shop.

But we do not recycle – in fact not even available as our trash is hauled by a private concern. When we build our place I plan to have a compost bin for vegetable and fruit waste. Good example is peppers, the seed mass and the stem are usually thrown out.

And I tried to get us to use less paper towels – but they’re just so damned convenient.

And one thing that bothers me is plastic packaging of everything. I do like glass containers as they can in fact be fully recycled. Plastics are a crap shoot with recycling.

So we can each make choices that help the environment from using less energy to preventing more plastic going into the waste stream.

It’s a bit amusing to poke the vegans – they try to twist it in all sorts of directions to try to take umbrage at my statements. It’s hilarious.

The trick to speeding

So I realized – headed on I-95 South around 6PM – the highway was moving at 75MPH to 80MPH. Gads I love it that way. I wish more people did that.

Then of course coming back I hit 90MPH. In a minivan. And I managed to chirp the tires on the Honda Odyssey. Totally unintentional too which made oh so much sweeter. I had to explain again why that sound amuses me so. When I was 16 I had a 1976 Pontiac Trans Am with a 455 CID engine mated to a 4 speed manual transmission. Revving it up in 1st gear and dumping the clutch that baby would burn serious rubber. And ever since if I can get a car or truck to make the tires sing all the better.