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  • Rich 6:59 pm on October 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Scarlett Studio 2i2 by Focusrite 

    I saw this Focusrite Scarlett Studio 2i2 at Pioneer Pawn.
    focusrite scarlett studio 2i2 gen 1
    Beginner’s like this setup because you get a microphone, an interface that supports two mics and headphones for under a hundred bucks, used. — Heck, I almost bought it.

    The dvd with the software has gone walk-about, but I never did like Cubase LE and I’m too broke to buy the full version, so this is not a problem. The drivers can be downloaded(Ser # starts with S so it’s 1st gen) and my favorite editor, Audacity, is still free. It’s available for Mac, PC and Linux.

    An aspiring pod-caster will need a computer, a quiet place to work and some sort of mic-stand to eliminate the noise generated by handling the mic.

    I’m using a Rode PSA1 boom arm, but at a C-note it’s kind of expensive for a beginner. — But don’t buy one of those 15 or 20 dollar arms you see on eBay, they are not strong enough to handle even a medium-heavy mic and they make a godawful lot of noise.

    Whatever you do, do not rush out and buy the best equipment on the planet, all that will do is max your credit cards. There’s no way in Hell all that junk is going to miraculously make you a star.

    On the other hand, if you want a cheap way to figure out if talking, screaming or singing to an audience you can’t see is for you, this setup will get you started.

    • Rich 11:42 am on October 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

      Black Bean Salad for Supper 

      I’m having black bean salad for supper because, once again, I’m trying to lose about a half a person.

      I’m down from 300 to 270 so I guess I’m doing good, but I’d kill for a huge baked potato smothered in butter and sour cream.


      Black bean salad: recipe (Chop everything to about the size of the beans)

      2 lbs black beans cooked or use 2 15 oz cans –well-rinsed
      2 lbs Trader Joe’s frozen roasted corn thawed and drained
      1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
      2 cloves garlic, minced
      2-3 jalapeno peppers, diced
      1 red Bell pepper, cleaned, diced
      1 small jar of pimentos, drained
      3 tomatoes, diced
      1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
      1 large avocado
      Salt and cracked black pepper to taste

      Toss everything but the avocado with the dressing and refrigerate for a couple of hours.
      Then peel, dice and add the avocado just before serving

      Dressing: –There’s no oil so it doesn’t stick very well, but it tastes good.
      –Don’t overdo the cumin or the dressing tastes bitter.

      3 Tbs fresh lime juice
      2 Tbs fresh orange juice
      3 tsp lime zest
      1/2 tsp ground cumin
      Salt and cracked black pepper to taste

      (I’m not sure where I got the recipe so no credit is given.)
      Photo from 123rf

      • Rich 7:34 am on October 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

        Fudge Done Right 

        Jack Daniel’s fudge

        Two pounds of powdered sugar
        12oz Semi-sweet chocolate
        One cup Jack Daniels

        Stir the whiskey into the sugar (it gets fairly stiff)
        Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave and add to the sugar mixture.
        Pour it into a lightly greased pan. Put it in the fridge for about a half an hour.

        That’s all it takes to turn this

        Into this. 🙂

        I used Jim Beam Honey instead of Jack because that’s all the whiskey I had in the house -I’m a Tequila drinker- so it’s not quite as good as I expected, but I notice everyone keeps coming back for more.

        • Rich 4:30 pm on October 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

          Broccoli Bites 

          Some years back if you went to TGI Friday’s you could get broccoli in cheddar cheese coated in bread crumbs and deep fried.
          Those, along with their Long Island Iced Tea, were pretty much the only reason I went to Friday’s.

          Much to my dismay they have long since been discontinued. Fortunately, thanks to one of their former bartenders, I know the secret ingredient…. It’s bacon bits. Yup, those dry crunchy things of unknown origin that taste almost but not quite entirely unlike bacon are what gives one of my favorite snacks their unique flavor.

          They’re really easy to make.
          You melt sharp cheddar cheese, add bacon bits and then coat small pieces of broccoli with the cheese.
          –In fact, unless I have someone around that really insists on having broccoli I skip the green stuff all together. 😉

          At any rate, wait until the cheese starts to cool then roll the mixture into bite sized balls, dip the balls in cornstarch, followed by slightly beaten egg and then bread crumbs.
          Deep fry them until they’re golden brown.

          Ranch dressing and a cold beer and you’re golden.

          • Rich 4:26 pm on August 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

            Professional Cuddlers 

            There are in this world Professional cuddlers.
            –Now there’s a job description that will either thrill you or just plain creep you out.

            Imagine having to cuddle up next to someone you’ve never met before. You don’t know if they’re a serial rapist or a saint. In fact you don’t even know if they have lice or bed bugs. I don’t care how often you wash the sheets or your hair, without special treatment there are somethings that just will not go away.

            What about body odor or halitosis? There are people out there who have these problems no matter how often they bathe or brush their teeth.

            Haven’t grossed you out yet? OK, so here’s the link to “Certified Cuddlers” FAQ. –It should give you an idea about how the job really works.

            A final thought: If the cuddler farts while cuddling you, can you demand your money back?

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