Beef Stock

Soup stock is almost a staple in our kitchen.  It’s remarkably useful. Almost any time we have chicken, we save the bones for use in making stock (freezing them until we have enough to use).  If I want beef stock, though, I usually have to go out and buy bones …

Four-way Chess

I’ve been toying with an idea for a while regarding chess with more than two players.  I think I see a fairly simple way to play chess with four players. Four-way Chessboard Basic Rules The board is pretty simple, take a standard board and put a half-board on each side …

Universal Easter Eggs

“Studying Calculus and Physics makes me want to believe in god. I keep learning things that are so beautiful in their profound simplicity… it’s like someone left Easter Eggs all over the Universe just for me to discover and delight in.”

— Arienna Lee

Aren’t Reorgs Fun?

(after laying out a new table of organization on the whiteboard…)
Manager 1: “We’ll call this group the ‘Application Security Services Penetration Engineers’…”
*writes name on the whiteboard*
Manager 2: “ASS Penetration Engineers?”
*awkward silence*
Manager 1: “Uh, yeah. Forget I said that. I’d better go change the documentation now.”

Tourette Syndrome

Is Tourette Syndrome an occupational hazard of programmers?  Because I’m afraid this codebase is giving it to me.  WTF?!  FFS!  FMH! (On that note, I’ll be starting a blog at for the sorts of things that made me consider this relationship.)

Primal Pasta Sauce

Ideally this recipe would use grass-fed meat.  I’m working on it.  The meat I used (both beef and the sausage) was lean enough I had to add olive oil to keep things from getting unpleasant, so if we don’t look too carefully we should be okay. It’s my birthday later …

Christmas Breakfast

Since my kids were born, my parents come over to my place for Christmas.  After we moved closer to them, we’ve split the hosting duties — morning (with the tree and presents, and breakfast) at my place, then we all go to their place for dinner. Because we’re having a …