Building Interesting Garden Boxes

alt

I live in Utah. Specifically, zone 6-ish, or 0–5 degrees Fahrenheit. One of my top priorities after moving into my house was to create a garden. The soil around my house is not ideal for gardening. It is a heavy clay and very sticky when wet. I decided to…

What Kind of Tree is Awesome and Will Grow in Utah?

I live in Utah, in the suburbs of Salt Lake City. I have this spot in my yard where I have planted a couple trees and watched those trees die. The first was a Golden Deodar Cedar. Since I live in Utah and was sold the tree in Utah, I…

Automated GUI testing will kill you.

An Evolution of Automated Testing Philosophy This is an evolution that I have seen many people and organizations go through. A progression and learning process on how to write automated tests and where to write them. Assumptions I assume that you have someone other than the customer testing something. A…

Minify, gzip, or both? Or Neither?

I am working on an Angular project (angular being the thing to do now). Our production servers gzip the javascript and CSS files before serving them. The question came up, “should we minify this thing if we already gzip it?” Why not to minify First, let’s look at some…

Saltair ruins as seen from a kite

alt

In the early 1900’s, the Saltair resort was the place to be. It was built to be a wholesome family getaway. Bath houses, rides (including a giant roller coaster) and a quick train ride from downtown Salt Lake City made this place what some called the “Coney Island of…

Why does water wrinkle when it comes out of the tap?

alt

I was helping my three year old brush his teeth when he pointed out to me that the water wrinkles when he puts his finger in it. He showed me and sure enough, it wrinkled. Fortunately, he did not ask me why. I had to do some research. I tried…

Easy Paella Recipe and Some History

alt

I gave this recipe for an “easy paella” from Martha Stewart a try. It was pretty good. I think I made a poor choice in sausage though. If you do make this recipe, make sure you get a good sausage. Maybe even a spicier sausage would be good. Other than…

Grinding Your Own Fresh Horseradish

alt

We ran into a problem on Christmas day. We had shrimp. We did not have cocktail sauce. We had ketchup, but we did not have horseradish. Fortunately, I had some in the garden. After I ground it up, I let my three year old smell it. It made him cry…

Dealing with Facebook the Right Way — Part 3

alt

In part 2 of this post, I described the first portion of a solution to my problem of wanting to participate in the Facebook community and information overload. The solution I came up with was an artificial intelligence algorithm that sorts and classifies the articles I may want to read…

What Moses Already Told Us

Science and religion have been fighting for a long time. Why they have to fight at all is beyond me. I suppose it all has to do with the beliefs of the person who is consuming or producing the information. We have brains for a reason God does not expect…

Dealing with Facebook the Right Way — Part 2

alt

In part 1 of this post I described a solution to two problems I have: first, I, for some reason want to participate in the world of Facebook (because someone, somewhere must care what I think about things), and second, there is a lot of information out there and only…

Fine Artisan Rye-ish Bread

I came across a book called Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. While the name seemed to me like a marketing gimmick, I thought I would give some of the recipes a try. The basic premise of the book is to make a large amount of dough all at…

Dealing with Facebook the Right Way — Part 1

alt

Facebook is everywhere. Even if you want to “stay off the grid” someone you know will post a picture of you and update the world as to your doings. Meanwhile, Facebook will track your meanderings across the Internet like a virtual bloodhound. All in the interest of peddling the multitudinous…

Amazing photographs of the Milky Way

alt

If you are in a place where you are free from the light pollution of the big city (and it is dark), take the time to look up. Here are some of my favorite pictures of the Milky Way. http://abduzeedo.com/dreamy-milky-way-photography http://tobyharriman.com/new-photo-series-modern-sky/ http://www.slrlounge.…

Building a Cradle for a Doll

I need to build a cradle for a doll. Looking at plans online I have found that they range anywhere from super ornate to very simple, or vintage This one has a roof in case you leave your baby in the rain. I think I like this next style the…

Solving the Mysteries of the Universe

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey is simply amazing. Their mission, as stated on their website, is “to map the Milky Way, search for extrasolar planets, and solve the mystery of dark energy.” Their unique opportunity is to build a 3D map of the night sky. They have plotted the exact…

Why do we take the tourist shots?

alt

flickr: M@ Kadlick You are a tourist at heart. There is a sign...you pull over, take the same picture a million other people took. Why do we do it? You’re not a tourist, you’re better. You are an artist. You don’t use a camera phone. You…

Perfect rustic bread

alt

I want to make a loaf of bread. Not just any bread. I want to make a loaf of bread that has a thick, rustic crust. I want a course texture and I want a good flavor. I want to put 7 tablespoons of butter and 6 of jam on…