What’s The Beef?

I’ve got two options today. One is a corned beef, the other is more or a Montreal-style beef. Start with a couple chunks of cow.These are pretty lean, just what we want. Did I say lean? Well, there’s not a huge amount of marbling, true, but this fat cap has …

Adventures in Ham, 2018-12-13

I’m trying a new recipe for making ham. Not ‘cooking ham’, but for converting an unsuspecting chunk of pig into something pink and delicious. It’s actually pretty simple. I’m starting with an eight-pound picnic shoulder, shown below, and a dry brine mix (kosher salt, brown sugar, pinking salt). I coated …

Potato Soup

Not paleo, but I thought I’d log it anyway. I was asked today if I had a recipe for potato soup.  I have to admit that I don’t, but I’m pretty sure I can come up with one. This is in fact based on my clam chowder recipe, making changes …

Barbecued Pork Chops

I tried Sara’s barbecue sauce recipe.  I think I had a little too much onion (all of a smallish one, rather than half of a largish one).  I can’t imagine why anyone would add orange juice, as it was it was sweeter than I want.  A few substitutions. Ingredients small …

OCRchie-Based OCR Library

A little over eleven years ago I had a need for an OCR library for a project at work.  The commercial ones we had available weren’t doing what we needed (such as “not crash”, “read characters accurately”, and “be reasonably priced”) so I did a little digging around and found …

What to Study

As a youth, I studied the languages of the earth so I could better understand the people around me. Now I study the languages of math and it’s slang dialect physics so I can better understand the universe.

— Arienna Lee

Walter Hall

I’m feeling mildly maudlin today.  I was reminded of an old friend of the family, Walter Hall. He was our neighbour some thirty years ago.  I remember going fishing with him and my dad, going up into the slash (place where loggers have cleared trees but there are still a …