Author: truthspew

Seriously, an I.T. guy interested in government and rights. Go figure.

Happy Spring – when there’s a snow storm warning

My weather app has been dinging me all day saying there’s another Nor’easter coming tomorrow. It’s supposed to affect all of northern Rhode Island, MA and CT. Now

I don’t consider us to live in northern Rhode Island even though we’re just 8 miles from the Massachusetts border.

But enough with this cold weather and snow already. Happy Spring!

Reading a series on Netflix

The Ministry of Time. It’s all in Spanish, my favorite Castillian variety too.

Jumping about in time is a favorite of mine. Just think of the changes you could make say if you jumped back 2018 years. Well you get it.

I should expand, I was studying Spanish on DuoLingo but the speaker – the dialect she is speaking is, how shall I put this one I cannot comprehend easily. But in this series the actual title of the show is El Ministerio del Tiempo.

I’d love to do immersion training in Spain.

Double Chocolate Brownies

Yum is all I can say, not those greasy boxed deals. Home made from a recipe on Epicurious that I printed out.

It so happened I had ALL the ingredients. What can I say these are seriously rich brownies. I cut them a little small – maybe 1.25×1.25″ Delicious. This recipe is a keeper.


Make them – they only take about an hour and a half but one is rich enough. You will need:

  • 1 cup (150g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 3/4 cup (75g) cocoa
  • 3/4 cup (130g) brown sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups (290g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 175g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 125g dark chocolate, chopped

A kitchen scale that can do grams is good to have too. Weight is much better than volume. And it uses the better part of a stick of unsalted butter.

Hmm – even the Postal Service?

So I was expecting a couple items today. Apparently the snow is bad enough that they didn’t deliver any mail today.

I seem to recall the old U.S. Postal Service motto – “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”.  So while it’s not USPS official creedo it damned well should be.

We’ve gotten really pussified when it comes to snow. It’s funny I mentioned the above to someone and he said “Well they had horses!” to which I replied “And we have 4 wheel and all wheel drive.”

In Support of Joy Behar

So this recently came to my attention. Apparently VP Mike Pence is calling for Joy Behar to apologize for her comments about Christians.

First of all rabid Christianity – and conservatism are likely tied to an enlarged Amygdala – it’s in the reptile part of the human brain is related to our sense of fear. In fact I’ve put forth it’d be easy to scan for this in most people. Just walk up behind them and go Boo. Simple yet effective. If they freak the fuck out – enlarged reptile brain, if not they’re normal.

And I agree with Behar – if you think Jesus is talking to you get yourself to a Psychologist/Psychiatrist. Same goes if you see a bush suddenly burst into flame, or have a vision of Christ on the road to Damascus.

And VP Pence, shut the fuck up already.

More advanced Python

So Python is pretty simple. I’m just doing some basic float based calculations. A converter app of sorts.

See if you can figure out what it does and how.

def cvttemp(): #Temperature Conversion
print (“Enter temperature in Fahrenheit:/n”)
t= float(input (“Temp in F:”))
print (“Temp in C is: “)
print ((t-32)*(5/9)) # Standard F to C calculation in print statement
def cvtctof: #Celsius to Fahrenheit
c= float(input(“Temp in C:”))

def cvtdist(): #KM to Miles
print (“Enter distance in km”)
d=float(input(“Distance in KM:”))

def cvtliquid(): $Liters to Ounces
print(“Enter volume in liters”)
v=input(“Volume in Liters:”)

print (“Prees 1 for F to C”)
print (“Press 2 for C to F”)
print (“Press 3 for KM to Miles”)
print (“Press 4 for Miles to KM”)
print (“Press 5 for Liters to Ounces”)
print (“Press 6 for Ounce to Liters”)

a = int(input (“Enter your choice now: “))

if a == 1:
elif a==2:
elif a==3:
elif a==4:
#Fill in Miles to KM calc – define the function.
elif a==5:


Some baked goods today

First I did Buttermilk biscuits. They’re just flour, butter, buttermilk and goats milk.

Here’s the dough:


Yes, it’s a somewhat sticky dough so flour is a must.

But this is that dough, cut up and baked:


Those brown spots are the bits of goats milk that splattered. And why I use parchment paper.

And then I got an email from the New York Times to a recipe on their Cooking page for a Gruyere cheese puff.

Now you know I’ve sung the glory of Gruyere. I say it’s what Swiss cheese wishes it could be.

The recipe reminds me of the one for Dutch Baby, or even popovers. It uses eggs, milk, flour, salt, pepper and 3/4 cup shredded Gruyere cheese. It’s awesome.


Did that one in the cast iron pan. Buttered the pan up and it didn’t even stick – just wiped the pan out with paper towels. That’s why I love cast iron.