Monday, June 25, 2018

Carpool Karaoke With Paul McCartney

Carpool Karaoke, where late-night host James Corden drives around and sings with some of the greatest musical talent on the planet, hits a homerun with this nearly twenty-four minute trip down memory lane (including the real Penny Lane) with Sir Paul McCartney.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Hoisin-Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Sauces are so under-used these days in home cooking and finding this perfect complement to pork is not only tasty but beautiful.  The hoisin sauce, brown sugar, ketchup and soy sauce all contribute to the uber-flavorful glaze and the scallions and sesame seeds make the presentation really pop.  A half-hour or less and you're serving a gourmet meal.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Best Wastebasket

Easy-to-grip handles on our office wastebasket makes pitching the trash much easier and it's the only one in the house like it.  We bought this at IKEA years ago and it doesn't appear they still sell this model.  Sometimes it's the little things that make a chore less so.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


I've been a big WinDirStat fan for years, but WizTree has won me over with its blazing performance, taking a fraction of the time to display every file on a disk drive in the same three-panel format. The graphical display is the best way to find those huge files you once needed but now just take up space.  WizTree is free (I love free), but you can show some love by clicking on the Donate button at the top-right.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Amazon Baby Registry

A recent baby shower invitation listed Amazon as one of the places the expecting parents were registered at, and the first time we've seen that.  My wife was totally pleased with the shopping experience, from the easy layout of items to select from to the shipping options to the gift receipt.  Amazon simply nailed it and puts the other sites to shame.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Half-Hidden Owl

We bought this sand-weighted, plastic owl a few years back to scare birds off our patio railing, which worked, but in plain view the birds figured out it wasn't a threat.  I recently moved it to the elevated herb garden after seeing a bird nip off a piece of basil and fly away with it.  But unexpectedly, we now don't see many birds anywhere in our yard, which I can only attribute to the owl being partially hidden, making it appear more dangerous.  Time will tell if the birds figure this out, but so far (ten days), so good.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Grilled Asparagus with Pecorino and Pine Nuts

Until we started watching The Kitchen show, we had never zested a lemon and now it's our favorite part of the fruit. The Pecorino-Romano cheese, made from sheep's milk, is sharp and quite tangy.  The pine nuts, harvested from pine cones, are toasted to bring out even more of their nutty goodness.  All that ends up on top of grilled, char-marked asparagus.  Almost a meal in itself.

Thursday, June 14, 2018


While faxes are so totally yesterday, I had the need to receive a few faxes, but without a machine, what to do?  Well, first a Google search (my library on steroids), which resulted in finding FaxBurner.  They have a free (I love free) service where they give you a disposable fax number that lasts for only 24 hours and a limit of 25 pages inbound per month on your account, more than enough for my one-time needs.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Lincoln Park 9-11 Statue

My wife and I run past this statue at the corner of Ackerman Blvd and Lincoln Park Blvd in Kettering all the time on our four mile runs.  But until this last Sunday we've only seen the side shown in the picture on the left below, unaware that its true meaning was carved into its opposite side, the picture on the right.  Sometimes it pays to turn around.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Webcam with Tripod Ready Base

I bought this double-duty web cam to further pursue my illusion of being good at recording myself, which has proven to be the single most stressful thing I've ever attempted.  What attracted me to this device is that is has a tripod-ready base for super-steady needs and a clip mount suitable for the top of a laptop's screen.