Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Ed Mabrey At TEDxDayton

Ed Mabrey has won the Individual World Poetry Slam title in 2007, 2012 and 2016 and tied for first in 2013.  His performance at TEDxDayton in 2015, at this YouTube link, was just stunning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybjkxJJNZuA


Monday, April 23, 2018

Decorative Gift Box

Using a decorative gift box instead of gift wrapping a traditional white box not only results in a very classy presentation, but leaves a very useful second gift. This gift box came from Tuesday Morning, a fun place just to wonder through.

https://www.tuesdaymorning.com



Friday, April 20, 2018

General Tso's Crispy Chicken Sandwich

This takes a bit of work, but the results are fantastic.  The combination of cornstarch and self-rising flour in the coating makes for a super-crispy crust and the General Tso's Sauce, with ginger, garlic, pepper and hoisin, is sweet-spicy. The Chinese slaw is a nice touch, but optional in my opinion.  Store-bought Chinese mustard will also save time and effort.

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/jeff-mauro/general-tsos-crispy-chicken-sandwich-4699755


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Mac Screenshots

I've known for awhile that Shift-Command-4 lets me take a screenshot of a portion of my Mac's display and save it as a PNG file on my desktop.  What I just learned was by adding Control to that sequence places the image in the clipboard, a very useful place to have it, for example, adding it to an email.  And on top of that I learned that Shift-Command-4 followed by a space brings up a little camera icon that will screenshot an entire window.  There's even more at this Apple support link.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201361


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

MBOX Converter

Another option for the Gmail exported "MBOX" files in yesterday's post is to convert them into another format using the free (I love free) "MBOX Converter" by Aid4Mail.  In the example below, I converted GMail export to ".eml" files, which open up directly into Microsoft Outlook (last screenshot), the Mac's Mail program and Mozilla's Thunderbird, just to drop a few of the more popular names.

https://www.aid4mail.com/free-mbox-converter


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

MBOX Viewer

In a post early in 2018 (https://dailyposts.paulishing.com/2018/02/download-your-google-data.html) I showed how you can download your data from Google.  For email, it gets exported into a single "MBOX" file which can be accessed using the free (I love free) "MBOX Viewer" by Systools.  In the example below, I started by searching my Gmail for "Travel Gnome" (a topic for another day), selected them all and applied a label to all of them.  I then had Google export just the email with that label, downloaded the "MBOX" File and brought it up in MBOX Viewer to get the screenshot below.

http://www.mboxviewer.com


Monday, April 16, 2018

Squeezing Lemons

I've always squeezed lemons and other citrus using a press with the fruit pointed down, like pictured at the bottom right.  But while watching Trisha Yearwood's cooking show, in a blink of any eye, I swore I saw her squeeze it upside down.  A quick back-it-up then play-and-pause and sure enough, I see that the fruit should be pointed up instead, like the picture at the bottom left.  A quick test showed that I get about 25% more juice, and a lot less mess, using what seems to me to be the upside-down way of doing this. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAlelDEfkUw


Friday, April 13, 2018

Grilled Chicken Sliders

A little chili powder kicks the marinade up a couple notches, then you decide your toppings, simple as that.  Why is it that little sliders just seem to taste better than their larger cousins?

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/grilled-chicken-sliders-2409091


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Perfect Color Match

A useful feature of Microsoft Paint is finding the exact Red, Green and Blue color values in an image to match it elsewhere, such as a presentation slide deck.  As the animated GIF below demonstrates, all that's necessary is to click the eyedropper, click on the color of interest, click "Edit colors" and the values appear at the bottom right of the pop-up dialog box.

http://suiteminute.com/find-the-perfect-color-match-with-microsoft-paint-and-use-it-in-powerpoint-with-video


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Turning Off IPv6

Internet Protocol version 6 provides a major expansion in the number of Internet addresses from the familiar version 4 (e.g. 172.168.1.1), in fact, this upgrade went from just over 4 billion to 340 undecillion IPv6 addresses (10 to the power of 38), which should last us just about forever.  But we suspected our home Windows PC was having connectivity problems due to using IPv6 (my guess is the router), so we turned off IPv6 in the Local Area Connection Properties, as shown below, which has seemed to resolve the issue.  That's no big deal for a home PC sitting behind a router/firewall, since your local IP address will be changed anyway as it traverses across the firewall to the Internet, a process called NAT (Network Address Translation). 

https://kb.iu.edu/d/aqig



Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Design Of Everyday Things

Do you feel stupid when you can't figure out how to open a door or work a dishwasher?  It's not you, it's the products design, as this book's author so rightfully explains.  He also provides a number of useful framework concepts fro designs such as Signifiers, Affordances, Constraints, Mental Images, Knowledge in the Head and Knowledge in the World.  Full of real life examples, this book is equally entertaining as it is instructive.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0465050654


Monday, April 9, 2018

Photoscan

The Photoscan app takes five pictures and stitches them together to make its final product, including this adorable picture of yours truly, oh so many years ago, with a full head of hair.  Using multiple photo avoids the inevitable glare from showing up on the final image.  To avoid the watermark at the bottom, save the picture to your photo gallery first.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.photos.scanner

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photoscan-by-google-photos/id1165525994


Friday, April 6, 2018

Asparagus Fries

A little flour, a little egg and a dredge of Panko and Parmesan turn these baked asparagus spears into a unique, healthy and delicious side dish.

https://damndelicious.net/2014/05/09/baked-asparagus-fries


Thursday, April 5, 2018

EPS Viewer

EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) is a great vector image file format and you can scale them up without loss of sharpness.  But PowerPoint doesn't allow them any more (a security bug, imagine that), so they need to be converted to a bitmap image first.  EPSViewer will do just that and can scale up in resolutions higher than one of those new-fangled 4K UltraHD TVs.  The fish below was scaled (pun intended) up to 10,000-by-4812, but higher is possible, and unlikely ever necessary.

http://epsviewer.org


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Registered Jack

I regularly throw out terms without really knowing what they mean, like the "RJ" used as a prefix for telephone (RJ-11) or Ethernet (RJ-45) cabling.  I now know that "RJ" stands for "Registered Jack", but the real eye-opener was that the aforementioned RJ-45 used for computer networking is really
an 8P8C.  But I guess that mouthful is a bit much, so RJ-45 stuck.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Registered_jack

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modular_connector


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Son's Cars

My son has been in love with cool, fast cars since he bought his first Camaro as a teenager.  He recently paired his Ferrari with a Corvette.  To go with the "NO ROSSO" (not red) plate on the Ferrari, he went with "NOKIDZS" for the Vette, which is pretty self-explanatory.  Here's hoping for some more father/son time this summer!  He also owns a Hummer H2.  My boy has his toys!





Monday, April 2, 2018

Roku Private Listening

This Roku feature allows you to be the only one listening to a show, handy for late nights or just wanting to listen to Top Gun with the volume cranked way up.  I pair my bluetooth headphones to my smartphone which has the Roku app installed.  From my simulated home screen I press on the



icon, which brings up the Remote Settings screen.  Then slide the Private Listening dot to the right and poof, the TV sound is turned off and the sound is piped to your smartphone.

https://support.roku.com/article/217478308-how-to-use-headphones-on-your-mobile-device-for-private-listening