Month: June 2018

Made a real Paella tonight

So I had to try. It’s this recipe:

The only difference I couldn’t get frozen peas – had to use canned. I drained them off and mixed them in. Again no photos – we were hungry. But it turned out spectacularly. This time I used low sodium chicken stock, and real Arborio rice. Plus this time around I had julienne red bell pepper.

The process is to saute the shrimp shells and then add the stock and simmer for 20 minutes.

Strain out the shells and set the stock aside. Heat an oven to 375F to 400F – your oven may vary.

Slice up your favorite sausageĀ  – I used the hot sausage from Trader Joe’s but all you need is two links sliced up. Heat some olive oil in a large pan and cook the sausage in that oil. Then add some chopped onion, let that soften for about three minutes and then garlic and finally the Arborio rice. Get it well coated with that flavorful oil. Then in goes the reserved stock. Layer the shrimp over the top and lay out the julienne peppers and into that hot oven for 20 minutes. In my case it was fully cooked when it came out and the shrimp wasn’t tough – it was tasty.

And the thing about this dish, I did not add any salt whatsoever. But it was flavorful – I got the spiciness from the sausage, the sweetness of the shrimp and the pepper. It was awesome. You should give it a try.

Did my first EOC Staffing for Emergency Management

So this morning I did a couple hours at the Emergency Operations Center alternate over the police/fire/commissioner HQ. It was interesting first I hadn’t realized how many cameras were all over the city.

Second there were fire, police, PEMA, and three amateur radio people there.

Devil of a time getting a Kenwood TS-2000 to change it’s tuning increment so we couldĀ  monitor the fire departments frequencies. Apparently it needs the MARS mods to work properly.



Gaming on a PC

So I have three gaming apps installed on my PC:

  1. Steam – in it I have Bioshock and Bioshock II as well as Fallout IV.
  2. JNES – lots of games.
    1. Castlevania
    2. Castlevania II
    3. Donkey Kong Jr.
    4. Elevator Action
    5. Legend of Zelda
    6. Legend of Zelda II
    7. Marble Madness
    8. Monopoly
    9. PacMan
    10. Qbert
    11. RC Pro Am
    12. RC Pro Am II
    13. Super Mario Brothers
    14. Super Mario Brothers II
    15. Super Mario Brothers III
    16. Xevious
  3. Project64
    1. Mario Kart


So as you can see I do love my classic gaming. What turned me on to all this is when I worked for a certain company – we were ordered to use a Raspberry Pi III and load on all the games – hundreds from Nintendo, Sega etc. Hooked a couple controllers to it and people played.

Well my co-worker turned me on to Steam and Bioshock. The JNES I found and Project64 too.

As to where I got the ROM paks for the Nintendo consoles – the web has all of them.

A quick and dirty Paella

So I saw a recipe for one and realized I didn’t have frozen peas, or anything else but rice, hot sausage, shrimp, and some saffron and chicken base.

But I did it – took about 30 minutes to cook the dish. Not bad and of course no photos.

Added some chopped green onion, and a bit of chopped parsley to the dish too.

A way to treat police misconduct properly

So it hit me today. One of the problems when police shoot unarmed people is that the prosecutors they work with are never going to charge them, even if they do the evidence will either be downplayed or discounted and officers who shoot unarmed people are almost NEVER found guilty of murder.

Thinking about it today I came up with a solution.

First Citizen Oversight boards would be a good first step. They would recommend charges to the Attorney General or District Attorney. Then within those agencies there should be staff assigned to a unit that does nothing but prosecute police misconduct. That way prosecutors who deal with the police won’t be prosecuting them. It could even be part of the Oversight board.

Because when I worked at the AG’s office we had various units – Medicaire/Medicaid fraud control, BCI, Civil, Criminal, Diversion, etc. Why not a prosecutor or two whose sole job is to police the police?