Category Archives: Microblogging

This is an archive of my posts to Google+ and older posts to identi.ca and twitter.com.

I suppose I should give kudos to the old codger for finally recognizing that evolution…

I suppose I should give kudos to the old codger for finally recognizing that evolution and Christianity are perfectly compatible.

I will take exception to this however:

“The Big Bang, that today is considered to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the creative intervention of God; on the contrary, it requires it. Evolution in nature is not in contrast with the notion of [divine] creation because evolution requires the creation of the beings that evolve.”

Neither evolutionary theory, nor the Big Bang theory, in any way require any divine being, they get on just fine by themselves thank you.

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Big Bang theory and evolution in nature “do not contradict” the idea of creation, Pope Francis has told an audience at the Vatican, saying God was …

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Some photos I took the morning after Hurricane Gonzalo hit Sint Maarten

Some photos I took the morning after Hurricane Gonzalo hit Sint Maarten

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S̶n̶o̶w̶ Storm day today here in Sint Maarten

At our university, students get out of writing exams, and professors get another couple days to make last-minute changes to their devious questions 

Tropical Storm Gonzalo is shaping into a fun one. The rain and wind just hit a few minutes ago and it's already blowing pretty good. I'm sitting about 10 feet from the nearest open window and I'm getting wet. We're bracing up for the near inevitable power and water loss.
S̶n̶o̶w̶ Storm day today here in Sint Maarten. At our university, students get out of writing exams, and professors get another couple days to make last-minute changes to their devious questions

Tropical Storm Gonzalo is shaping into a fun one. The rain and wind just hit a few minutes ago and it’s already blowing pretty good. I’m sitting about 10 feet from the nearest open window and I’m getting wet. We’re bracing up for the near inevitable power and water loss.

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This is good

If it wasn't so disturbing, it would be funny watching these dumbass CNN journalists who just can't get their head around the idea that their guest isn't as bigoted as they are.

In the last few days I've been seeing some anti-Islam bigotry posted by so-called "friends" over on facebook. Make's me want to vomit. I guess I'm due to give my friends list a good cleaning.

Oh, and Bill Maher, you're an asshole.

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I'm sharing this only because of the FSM cameo

And to point out that they were about 5 seconds late mentioning god.

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Just backed my first kickstarter project:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nomiku/new-nomiku-sous-vide-wifi-connected-and-made-in-th

I hadn't even heard of Sous Vide until a few days ago, but it looks like a fun way to cook.  And if it encourages me to cook a few meals I'm hoping my wife will be less inclined to complain about me wasting money on silly gadgets like this.

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New Nomiku Sous Vide – WiFi-Connected and Made in the USA!
The new Nomiku – The world’s 1st WiFi-connected sous vide immersion circulator brings top chefs & community into your home kitchen.

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Project #2 for my summer break: culture a new sourdough starter

Up until a few months ago I had a sourdough starter that I had been lovingly culturing for about 4 years.  A well-meaning but misguided house guest threw it in the garbage, doing me a "favour" while cleaning out my fridge.  Sigh.

Anyway, let's not dwell on the past – it's time to grow a new one.

My last sourdough culture I started using a simple (and I guess traditional) method which wasn't much more complicated than making a paste of flour and water and letting it rot.  With daily feedings of course.

This time I thought I'd try something different. I'm using Peter Reinhart's method from the Bread Bakers Apprentice.  It's basically the traditional approach except that he uses pineapple juice instead of water for the first 2 days.  He claims the juice inhibits the growth of leuconostoc bacteria which interfere with the early stages of the culture.  I have no idea if there is any scientific basis for this, but I'll give 'er a try and see how it goes.

The culture in the pic below is at day 2.  There was a bit of a rise overnight but not much.  To be expected… it will get stronger over the next few days.

Here's a link to the Bread Baker's Apprentice. A great bread-baking book:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1580082688/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1580082688&linkCode=as2&tag=sojyujaiorg-20
Project #2 for my summer break: culture a new sourdough starter.

Up until a few months ago I had a sourdough starter that I had been lovingly culturing for about 4 years.  A well-meaning but misguided house guest threw it in the garbage, doing me a “favour” while cleaning out my fridge.  Sigh.

Anyway, let’s not dwell on the past – it’s time to grow a new one.

My last sourdough culture I started using a simple (and I guess traditional) method which wasn’t much more complicated than making a paste of flour and water and letting it rot.  With daily feedings of course.

This time I thought I’d try something different. I’m using Peter Reinhart’s method from the Bread Bakers Apprentice.  It’s basically the traditional approach except that he uses pineapple juice instead of water for the first 2 days.  He claims the juice inhibits the growth of leuconostoc bacteria which interfere with the early stages of the culture.  I have no idea if there is any scientific basis for this, but I’ll give ‘er a try and see how it goes.

The culture in the pic below is at day 2.  There was a bit of a rise overnight but not much.  To be expected… it will get stronger over the next few days.

Here’s a link to the Bread Baker’s Apprentice. A great bread-baking book:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1580082688/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1580082688&linkCode=as2&tag=sojyujaiorg-20&linkId=GT7DCB6VRZ3UZWZR

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Looks like I just bought a new car from Japan from +Trust – JapaneseVehicles.com…

Looks like I just bought a new car from Japan from +Trust – JapaneseVehicles.com 

Actually make that a rather old car: a 1999 Mustang GT.  I didn't have any plans for a mid-life crisis, but what the heck, why not?

I just wish they accepted bitcoin as a form of payment – I hate wire transfer fees, and paypal fees are outrageous (especially if there is a currency conversion)

http://www.japanesevehicles.com/vehicle_details.php?vid=160960

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FORD MUSTANG – 1999

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I'm still laughing, I just answered a hilarious phone call

Here's the backstory: back in May when we moved to St. Maarten I decided to get an ADSL subscription from the local provider Telem.  I went to their office, filled out a form, and was told they would call me back in a few days when I could go in to make an initial payment to open the account.  Deposits and who knows what else I had to pay before opening an account.

Fine, except the phone call never came. I waited a week, phoned them to find out what was going on, waited another week, same story. Eventually I even went in and filled in another form and was again told to wait a few days, and again the call never came.

Eventually I gave up and opened an account with Caribserve, the local Wimax provider. They gave me a Wimax modem and I had internet instantly.  Wimax isn't the best, but it works well enough. I forgot all about Telem and their impossible to get ADSL.

Anyway, you can guess who called me today.  August 18th, a full 4 months after I submitted the original form, Telem finally called  me back and told me I was welcome to go into their office to pay for the ADSL account.

It took me a moment to realize what they were even talking about, but when I clued in all I could do was laugh and laugh.  I'm still wiping tears from my eyes.  I know all about running on Caribbean time, but that's stupid late.  Anyway, thanks for the laugh Telem, I enjoyed that call.

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My first project for my summer break: rebuild my htpc

As happy as I've been with my raspberry pi running openelec (and I am still very impressed with it), it is limited in what it can do, it is only a raspberry pi after all.  

So it's time to rebuild this htpc.  The problem with my previous htpc was apparently a short in the motherboard – and since the board was about 6 years old it's now impossible to purchase a compatible replacement board (at least one with the hdmi and spdif ports that I want on my htpc).  So that means I need to replace almost everything: motherboard, ram, cpu, cpu cooler… I also decided to throw in a half decent gpu to give me the ability to play some games on Steam in Big Picture mode (SteamOS is an option I'm considering for the OS – but I'll probably stick with Ubuntu or one of it's variants for now).  Really the only parts I was able to recycle were the chassis (a Silverstone GD01MX) and the power supply (which was almost brand new anyway).

First step: getting out the dremel and and some rust-oleum to  take care of some corrosion on the steel parts inside the case.  Apparently salty, tropical air isn't so good for computers.
My first project for my summer break: rebuild my htpc.

As happy as I’ve been with my raspberry pi running openelec (and I am still very impressed with it), it is limited in what it can do, it is only a raspberry pi after all.

So it’s time to rebuild this htpc.  The problem with my previous htpc was apparently a short in the motherboard – and since the board was about 6 years old it’s now impossible to purchase a compatible replacement board (at least one with the hdmi and spdif ports that I want on my htpc).  So that means I need to replace almost everything: motherboard, ram, cpu, cpu cooler… I also decided to throw in a half decent gpu to give me the ability to play some games on Steam in Big Picture mode (SteamOS is an option I’m considering for the OS – but I’ll probably stick with Ubuntu or one of it’s variants for now).  Really the only parts I was able to recycle were the chassis (a Silverstone GD01MX) and the power supply (which was almost brand new anyway).

First step: getting out the dremel and and some rust-oleum to  take care of some corrosion on the steel parts inside the case.  Apparently salty, tropical air isn’t so good for computers.

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