27 August 2007

Winger’s Original Buffalo Wings Sauce

I deep fried some wings tonight for dinner. I found a recipe on the web for Winger’s Original Buffalo Wings Sauce. The recipe I used was not correct though. It called for 2 1/2 cups of brown sugar. It was more like carameled wings then buffalo wings. Pretty bad really. I have put a corrected version below so I will not make that mistake again.

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/3 cup Frank’s Red Hot pepper sauce
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup hot water

Place brown sugar and corn syrup in medium saucepan and melt over medium heat until boiling. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly or it will burn. Add hot water, pepper sauce and vinegar. Stir all ingredients together well and continue cooking at a low boil, stirring often until mixture has reduced to a syrupy consistency (about 15 minutes). The sauce will thicken considerably as it cools. You can adjust the amounts of Frank’s Red Hot and water to get the right amount of spice for your taste. Some people like only Hot sauce and no water.

11 August 2007

2007 Backpacking highlight video

I created a short highlight movie of some of the backpacking trips I went on this summer with our boy scout troop. I created the movie with iPhoto and iMovie. It was surprisingly easy. After finishing I remembered one of the apple ads. “Better Results” is the personification of how easy it is to create a very nice movie. There is sample music, useful clip transitions, easy music adjustments, clip effects, and many more useful tools. The tools are available, but more than that, they are easy to use. It took only about an hour to build the movie, and upload it to YouTube. It was fun to waste the hour creating the movie.


10 August 2007

I've started a book

So I have been working at FamilyLearn for over a year now. I am finally getting around to writing my own book. I got the idea when my son start talking about “three fingered Jack.” I had made up a ghost story on our vacation to the Oregon coast. The kids were restless and I saw a sign that read “three fingered Jack.” I don’t know what the sign was there for, but it gave me an idea for a story. So I started to make up a story about a man named “three fingered Jack”. It was silly and I didn’t think the children even listened…but now months later I hear my son talking about it. This experience made me think that I should record these stories. Hence the book.

The experience writing the story (from a technical point of view) has been very good. The system is working much better than it ever has before. It is actually fun to write there. I didn’t think I would like writing in a web browser, but it was really not too bad. I want to write a few more books and put together some gifts for people as well. But, one at a time is probably best.

My mother is writting a personal history about her father. It has been a lot of fun helping her edit the book and organize ideas and so forth. I can’t wait to see the finished book.


03 August 2007

Closed in the Last 7 Days

I use trac for most of my project management purposes. One issue I had for quite some time was that I did not have a report showing me what tickets were closed in the last x amount of time. After studying the stock reports and digging through the database I found what I needed. The following query generates a report showing a list of closed tickets over the last 7 days (actually 604800 seconds).

SELECT id AS ticket, summary, component, version,
priority, t.type AS type, owner, resolution,
changetime AS _changetime, description AS _description,
reporter AS _reporter
FROM ticket t
LEFT JOIN enum p ON p.name = t.priority AND p.type = 'priority'
WHERE status = 'closed'
AND _changetime > (strftime('%s','now')-604800)
ORDER BY changetime DESC

I hope this report will help someone else. Enjoy!

01 August 2007

Flower in the crannied wall

Flower in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies;—
Hold you here, root and all, in my hand,
Little flower—but if I could understand
What you are, root and all, and all in all,
I should know what God and man is.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson