Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Riverscape Ice Rink

Downtown Dayton's outdoor ice rink is open for business and a bargain at $5 for all-day skating and $2 skate rentals. I'd join you, but my ankles have a hard enough time keeping me upright in shoes.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ohio Stadium

Saturday's #2 Ohio State versus #3 Michigan football game was an instant classic, emotional roller-coaster that lasted two overtimes and ended happily (30-27) for these more than a hundred thousand Buckeye fans in attendance, many that wanted to savor the moment on the field, my son included. I just wanted to start breathing again.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Dynamic DNS

Your Internet-facing IP address (assigned by your ISP) can change at any time. This is not an issue for web browsing, Netflix or other services that start connections outbound from your home, but for anything that starts from the Internet towards your home (e.g. a VPN connection), that changing address is a pain. The solution is using a free (I love free) dynamic DNS provider such as Dynu, which now resolves to whatever my current IP address happens to be. That will make my current IoT (Internet of Things) project much easier to accomplish. More on that in a later post.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp

Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah), gluten-free and high in protein and fiber, provides a nice alternative to rice or other starches in this 25-minute, complete-meal recipe.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Good Neighbor House

Made a donation this week of towels, blankets and clothes to Good Neighbor House, another of the organizations around Dayton that provide assistance to the less fortunate. As you switch your closets from summer to winter, you always run into items you haven't worn in years and probably never will again. Pack them up and help out your community.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Turkey Trot #38

This is the 38th year for the Miamisburg (Ohio) Turkey Trot race where 10,000+ brave (some say not-so-nice other things) men and women will make room for an extra helping of turkey and dressing by running and/or walking 5 miles. This year we receive this official 2016 Race Hoodie, a nice upgrade from the usual sweatshirt.

I began running this race back when only a couple hundred serious runners participated and watched it grow over the years into an overflowing mass of folks.  It's still fun, but except for the few who start at the front of the pack, it's more a game of dodge-em than running.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Mini Stereo Amplifier with Optical SPDIF

We had a older, but awesome, set of wired speakers that we wanted to connect to a TV.  This tiny solution, shown next to a K-cup to gain the proper size perspective, filled to need. Connected the TV's optical audio output to the front and the speaker wires to the back. Only downside is the volume control, which is controlled manually by a wheel on the front.

Monday, November 14, 2016

St. Vincent de Paul

We're updating the furniture in the basement, freeing up a couch, end table, lamps and a few other things, all still in good working order, which we donated to St. Vincent de Paul. We moved them to the garage and they loaded them from there.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Meyer Lemon Chicken Piccata

Meyer lemons are smaller and less acidic than your normal variety, but either can be used to make this delicious dish. The capers, those green, salty, pickled flower buds from a caper bush, add a nice punch. Clocks in at just over a half-hour, making it a good choice for a mid-work-week delight.

Thursday, November 10, 2016


Google last week introduced Jamboard, a 55-inch 4K collaboration system with a built-in HD camera, speakers and Wi-Fi.  All for under $6,000 plus a G Suite subscription.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Carbon Dioxide To Ethanol

I really wish one of these types of technology would reach mass commercial stage, and this one is at the top of my wish list.  Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have created a process to directly convert carbon dioxide into ethanol with common materials at room temperatures. And like many discoveries, this was an accident.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Cyndi's List

This is a great place to start your genealogical research with its hundreds of thousands of links to hundreds of web sites with historical information on people categorized by geography, religion and numerous others.  It's not limited to people, so if you're searching on obscure topics such as Ireland Dog Licence Registers, you can find links to help you out.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Tailgate Grill

We're getting towards the end of tailgate season this little grill has served the cause well.  It's a good tradeoff between portability and grill surface.  One person can easily load, unload and setup and I've cooked 8 burgers and 8 hot dogs simultaneously.  It uses those quart-sized propane cylinders and gets plenty hot.  Just need to remember to bring something to handle the grease tray.  Gee, Christmas is just around the corner...

Friday, November 4, 2016

Bacon Tomato Parmesan Hasselback Chicken

Another version of Hasselback chicken, this one from my imagination.  I love the taste of tomato paste and use it when I make from-scratch pizza in lieu of another sauce.  Add bacon and cheese and you have all the yummy food groups.

4 chicken breasts
8 bacon strips, cut into 2” long pieces
½ pound block of hard Parmesan cheese, cut into thin 1 ½” wide by ¾” high slices
1 small can of tomato paste
Garlic powder
½ cup grated mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2. Slice across the chicken, about ¾ inch apart, but only cut about 80% of the way through.
3. Cook the bacon over medium heat until about halfway done, then cool enough to handle.
4. Fill the slices in the chicken with tomato paste, then bacon and finally Parmesan.
5. Sprinkle the chicken with garlic powder and top with mozzarella cheese.
6. Bake in the center of the oven for 20 minutes (or more) until the chicken is completely cooked.

Thursday, November 3, 2016


Aruba gets my vote for the best Caribbean vacation island, but if you can't take the heat, stay out of this kitchen. But with the help of the consistently brisk winds and a beach umbrella you can hold your own. Personally I would go out and run in the heat and jump into the pool afterwards. Yeah, I'm nuts that way.

Aruba is Dutch and its location just north of Venezuela brings in Spanish influences. English is spoken everywhere, unlike some other islands. For a chillaxing vacation, check it out.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Delta's Bag View

Delta Airlines bag app just got cooler with its newfangled ability to show you the last checkpoint your bag passed through.  If you suffer from "new-city-no-clothes" syndrome, this can help calm your fears.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Google Domains

I've been using GoDaddy for years, but the next time I renew I'll be checking out Google Domains to save $3 per year.