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Oct
29
2015
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Recipe: Curried Zucchini Soup

Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
5 Cup(s), Chopped Zucchini
2 Chopped Onion(s)
3 Clove(s), Minced Garlic
2 Teaspoon(s) Curry Powder
3/4 Teaspoon(s) Salt
1/4 Teaspoon(s) Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon(s) Pepper
1 Tablespoon(s) Brown Sugar
6 Cup(s) Broth, Vegetable

Instructions:
in soup pot heat up olive oil over medium heat – sautee zucchini, onions, garlic, curry pwd, salt, cinnamon, and pepper: stirring occasionally for about 10min until softened

spinkle on brown sugar and pour in broth

bring to boil then reduce to simmer: cook covered for 20 min
blend until smooth

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Mar
03
2012
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Fernhaven’s loft couch

After more than a year, IKEA finally restocked a specific model of sofa-bed that we’ve been waiting for. I purchased it in November and it took me another 4 months to finally make a trip to Fernhaven. On Presidents Day, Peggy and I rented a trailer, hauled the boxes out there, and put it together. Now Fernhaven’s loft is complete.

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Sep
14
2009
8

MacBook Pro to USB trackpad

Over the years I’ve become a fan of the trackpad, especially since the introduction multitouch and gestures.  The problem is that I mainly use an iMac, and there are very few, if any, options for a USB trackpad that works as well on a Mac as the built in trackpad works.  In scrounging the interwebbernets for the mythical USB multitouch trackpad, I came across a few references to using a MacBook’s trackpad since it is USB based.  This went by the wayside for a while, then recently I stumbled upon a post that went in to some detail of modding a trackpad for use as a USB device, and after seeing that I could buy the MacBook Pro’s trackpad case part on eBay for $30, I figured I’d give it a go.

Following are the photos of the process and some commentary.

Soldering the lead wires:

Looking at the small ribbon connecting to the controller board, I noticed that it only had four leads.  Since this is how many wires are in a USB cable, I made some assumptions about which leads were associated to which USB functions, namely that the left one that connected to ground, the right one to power, and the other two were the data cables.  Since there was no way that I could solder to the leads themselves since they were so small, I needed to find which test points (the gold spots on the board) connected to which lead.  I used a combination of tracing the circuit board and guessing to find the match, then used a digital multimeter to verify my guess.  Once found them all, it was time to solder.  Since I did not know for sure which of these leads connected to which USB function, I decided to solder lead wires instead of directly to the USB cable.  I prepped some multi-colored wire and fired up the soldering iron.  I was using an iron with a small tip, but even smaller would have been better.  I have seen reference to a “needle tip” which probably would have been just right.  I melted the solder onto the lead wire, then used the iron to melt that on to the board.  Several times I had to unsolder a wire because it was touching multiple test points.  Suffice it to say that it was a nerve racking ordeal.  Next, I twisted and taped the lead wires to the USB cable’s wires, having to guess which data wire went to which lead.  Luckily enough, I guessed correctly the first time, because when I plugged it in to my keyboard, it just work.  It shows up in System Profiler as “Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad” and I can use the default trackpad preference pane to set the gesture functionality I want.

Cutting and folding the case:

To get this to a usable state, I knew that I’d have to cut the case down to size.  My plan was to use tin snips and a sheet metal bender to form the metal in to a nice little case (photos 9 and 10, and redesign at 11), but I quickly ran into problems.  When cutting, the tin snips were curling the metal, so I had to cut at an angle so that the excess case got curled, and not the track pad itself.  After a few tests, I was able to get this down, and snipped out the trackpad with little damage.  I wish I could say the same for folding the edges.  The sheet metal bender was too large and I had no way to keep the rest of the trackpad from flexing when trying to bend it. I reverted to slowly bending bit by bit with pliers, but in the end, I bent the trackpad enough that the button only works when pushed firmly in the center.

Conclusion:

I’ve now been using my trackpad for several days now instead of a mouse, am still getting use to it, but I think it’s going to stick.  I wish that I could customize what the gestures do, but for now will have to be satisfied with having them at all.  If you are considering making one of these, my number one suggestion is that unless you know what you are doing, DO NOT FOLD.  Cut the case and use a Dremel or something to smooth the edges, and use something else, even metal from the excess case, to support it.  This is my only regret since the button is not wonky.  My second suggestion is get a small soldering iron tip, it will just make life that much easier.

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Nov
18
2008
5

How To Lengthen Pants By Adding A Cuff

The following pictures are instructions for how to add a cuff to pants to lengthen them.

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Sep
06
2008
1

iPhone OS needs a better launcher

For nearly two months now I’ve been enjoying the wonders of third party applications on my iPod Touch, and I’ve got a lot of them.

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Aug
17
2008
1

Up a Tree

Long ago, my father, Tod, purchased a piece of property in Arch Cape between 101 and the beach.  It’s was designated a wetland after he bought it, which makes building on it rather tricky, so he has just left it alone for the time being.  Several years after he purchased it, someone put a “4 SALE” sign in a tree on the property, which wouldn’t be much of a problem except that the tree is rather large, and the sign was bolted to it.  When Tod called about the sign, the guy who bragged about putting it up said he did it because the trees on his lot (adjacent to my father’s) were to small to be seen from the freeway, and when asked to take it down, just laughed.

Fast forward to about a month ago, Tod decided it time for the sign to come down.  He called the number again, but found it was disconnected, so taking the matter into his own hands, he with me in tow, set off to cut down the sign.

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Aug
16
2008
0

Let me be your KJ

A few months ago, while at the Ambassador for Karaoke, I sang Enrique Iglesias’ Hero, but started off by changing the words, as I love to do.  I decided that it would be a fun song if I did it completely, so I re-wrote the lyrics and debuted it last night at the same place.  Afterward, I turned the lyrics over to the KJ as a gift, who said he would sing it for one of his KJ friends.  Here there are for anyone else who might be interested:

KJ (sung to Enrique Iglesias’ Hero)

Let me be your KJ

Would you sing,
If I asked you to sing?
Would you run,
Up to the stage?
Would you take,
The mic in your hands?
And would you sing a song, tonight?

Would you tremble,
If I called your name?
Would you laugh?
Oh please tell me this.
Or would you die,
If you forget the words?
Mumble through the verse, tonight.

I can be your KJ, baby.
I will let you sing your song.
I will sit back there forever.
I won’t take your mic away.

Please don’t swear,
On the microphone.
But you can act
However you like.
Is the night to short?
And the list too long?
I don’t care…
You’ll sing, tonight.

I can be your KJ, baby.
I will let you sing your song.
I will sit back there forever.
I won’t take your mic away.

Oh, I just wanna to hold your
I just wanna to hold your
song slip.
Is the night to short?
And the list too long?
I don’t care…
You’ll sing, tonight.

I can be your KJ, baby.
I will let you sing your song.
I will sit back there forever.
I won’t take your mic away.

I can be your KJ.
I will let you sing your song.
I will sit back there forever.
I won’t take your mic away.
I won’t take your mic away.

I can be your KJ.

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Aug
01
2008
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Dr. Horrible Lyrics

So I watched it online, and then I also bought it on iTunes, and have watched it several more times.  I’m really digging Dr. Horrible.  I did a quick search and came up with this site for the lyrics.

Enjoy.

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Jul
13
2008
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Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

Doing my part to further the cause of free goodness on the interwebbernet (thank Ask A Ninja for that), I add this link to Joss Whedon’s upcoming project, airing the 15th to 20th of July.

Come on, it’s got Mal and Dougie!

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Jun
27
2008
2

Prescription drug costs are my problem too

When I went to pick up my allergy meds today, I got a little sticker shock; 2 one-month supplies, $215. You see, I don’t currently have health insurance nor prescription coverage.  When I did, these prescriptions cost me $20.  When I  told the cashier/pharm-tech who was helping me this, she looked at me in astonishment, then said “Let me see what I can do.” She did a little computer magic and came back with a total price of $175, better but not great.  But as I told her, “I have allergies and no insurance, so I guess I’m paying it.”

I recalled a few years back that I had a prescription discount card that paid for some of the costs, so I hopped online and googled around.  I very easily found sites for prescription plans, but they all seamed a bit shady.  Finally I came to an informational site, NeedyMeds.com, that didn’t seem to be directly selling anything, and very quickly found the Oregon Prescription Drug Program. Upon comparison of participating pharmacies and quoted prices for the allergy meds with some of the other prescription discount sites, the OPDP plan seems the best for me.  Once I get my card next week, the quoted total price for my allergy meds should be $100, not great, but thats $125 off the original price, which after a few months is the price of a Wii.

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