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  • Rich 11:42 am on November 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Taking a Break from Work 

    I’m taking a break from work because Google is kicking my butt, one day I’ve got the sites I maintain on the first page and the next they’re back on page two.

    On top of that, everybody wants a glorified print ad in a mobile dominated internet. In other words they want ugly, overly bright, totally useless sliders so they can stare at their website on their 27″ monitor and go, oooh, pretty. They also want their pages to load at record speeds, while serving lots of useless pictures to their iPad.

    Case in point:
    ptl
    This beast started out at 1.7mb, it takes up at least 3/4 of the page, it’s not clickable, has no alt tag, it adds nothing to the page SEO and Google pagespeed is 47/100. Not to mention it’s FUGLY!
    But they told me it was “pretty.” “Everyone likes bright pictures” they said. Fortunately It’s nothing I need to worry about…. Yet.

    Of course all this begs the question; How the hell are you going to sell somebody something if they’re using their IPhone and have to scroll down for days just to find your phone number or address??? Please put your phone number on top and make it clickable, then put your address right underneath ‘cus that’s all people look for when they hunt for you using their phone.

    –See I can be polite when I want to, but most days I just don’t fucking want to.

    End whine:
    Now to something strangely amusing.

    Selectively Social has a YouTube iframe embedded in one of their posts, that shows some guy out of Georgia -Europe, not US- who does sound effects including birds, winds and operatic voices.

    Did I happen to mention that normal work headaches combined with this latest website bullshit has made me so stressed out that I watched the whole bloody thing?

    Lastly. To answer a question:
    Yes I whine a lot. Because nobody knows this blog exists, so I can vent to my hearts desire. If people follow, that’s cool. If they don’t so what.

    I write this blog for the same reason people keep diaries. It’s more socially acceptable than talking out loud to our selves. I do that too, but most folks who know me are used to it. 🙂

     
    • Rich 2:41 pm on October 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

      Banana Nut Bread 

      OK, so I can’t sleep because of the neuropathy in my feet and legs. -Tingling, burning, twitching- As I was pacing the floor waiting for the meds to kick in, I spotted some bananas.
      bananas
      Well we all know where this is going.
      At half past midnight I started putting together a pan of banana nut bread.
      banana nut bread

      Of course by half past one I decided I had eaten too much fresh, hot nut bread with lots of butter, and my feet were making a serious effort to make me completely nuts, but you know; it was so worth it.

      You see, I’ve been trying to get used to being on the Mind diet (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay).

      It’s mainly fruits, vegetables and fish, just like the Mediterranean diet but with more leafy green veggies.

      Here’s what you should eat:

        Green leafy vegetables (like spinach and salad greens): At least six servings a week
        Other vegetables: At least one a day
        Nuts: Five servings a week
        Berries: Two or more servings a week
        Beans: At least three servings a week
        Whole grains: Three or more servings a day
        Fish: Once a week
        Poultry (like chicken or turkey): Two times a week
        Olive oil: Use it as your main cooking oil.
        Wine: One glass a day

      And here’s what you shouldn’t eat.

        Red meats
        Butter and stick margarine
        Cheese
        Pastries and sweets
        Fried or fast food

      The good part: I like red wine.
      The bad part: That entire shouldn’t eat list.

      A friend introduced me to this “life altering” diet, but what he forgot to mention that it’s taken him a couple of months to adapt. And he still mumbles about burgers on the BBQ. –Don’t whine to me about it, you volunteered.

      Nope, I didn’t tell him about the banana bread.

      I figure I’m allowed a couple of lapses, after all it’s supposed to be a really good way to lose weight and hopefully keep my mind healthier. But one thing that really bothers me is that I feel like they spent more time coming up with a cutesy acronym than they did designing the diet.

       
      • 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.
        –SOLD–

        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. 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

          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
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            Into this. 🙂
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            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.

             
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