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Video: Quick Rice Pilaf – Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 – 20/30

August 19th, 2014 No comments

Part of the Dog Days of Podcasting 

My cider is finishing fermenting, so it is time to “rack” it off the spent yeast and add isinglass to help clarify the final product.

More information on Douglas E. Welch and Careers in New Media:

Previously in the Dog Days of Podcasting 2014:

What is the Dog Days of Podcasting?

“Essentially, it is a challenge to do a podcast for 30 days in a row.

In 2012 Kreg Steppe was looking to give himself a little push in regards to recording his own personal podcast since he wasn’t recording it very often. That turned into a challenge for himself to record a show everyday for 30 days believing that after 30 days it would turn into a habit. Once it was mentioned to Chuck Tomasi he took the challenge too and they decided it would be a great idea to record starting 30 days before Dragon*Con, culminating with the last episode where they would record it together when they saw each other there.”

Under the weather…or just being lazy – End of the Day for August 18, 2014

August 18th, 2014 No comments

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A bit of a rest day today. I was feeling a bit under the weather. Nothing bad, just some bad hay fever, but today it made me feel generally lousy, not just the specific allergy symptoms. I plowed my way through some daily work but spent the rest of the day sitting, reading, watching some TV — generally playing poor baby sick boy.

Given my own odd proclivities though, there came a time during the day when I wondered if perhaps I was just being lazy and using the hay fever as an excuse. I had worked through it on other days. Surely it wasn’t any worse today.

A Gardener Rests

It is one of my bad traits that I’m harder on myself than anyone else might be. I am always worried about being productive and useful and getting work done. That’s one great reason I hate being sick. I always feel that it’s getting in the way of things what needs to be done, and it makes me feel like I’m being a bit lazy.

Today soon proved that not to be the case, though. I fell asleep twice in my chair and ended up eating much less than usual. This is certainly not normal for me. I felt a slight sore throat coming and wanted nothing more than to curl up on the couch and read — so I did.

If you take a moment, it can be quite easy to see when you are actually a bit sick. I can remember the precise moment today when I realized I was not feel 100%. I was feeling like I needed to get up and do some work at my computer and realized my body would prefer not to do that. (LAUGH) Once I realized that, it made the day a lot easier. I settled in and did those things I could do from my chair and left the larger projects for tomorrow.

Now, if I have taken my rest day well enough, by tomorrow I should be back on track. I have a speaking engagement on Friday, so It is even more important I take the time to feel better before then. You have to look out for yourself or you’ll end up being sicker longer and that isn’t good for you, your family or you’re productivity.

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The long hot summer nights – End of the Day for August 17, 2014

August 17th, 2014 No comments

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A long hot day turns to a long, not, sticky night and it seems certain that sleep will be hard to come by. The outdoor air feels too hot and neither one of us like to run the air conditioning at night so we are in a bit of a difficult position. I has been many years since I have had to face such issues, though. My childhood home in Ohio had only fans to move around the sticky air I once described as breathable cotton candy and it led to many a miserable night. Those memories make me dread even our relatively low humidity levels here in Los Angeles. If this is the biggest problemI have, I guess that means life is pretty good.

Late Summer Evening

Today was filled with a bit of work and some good conversation. It always amazes me how a good talk can brighten my mood and elevate my day. I spend way too much time cloistered here in the home office. Sure, I talk with a lot of people online, but face-to-face communication carries a different weight, a different feeling.

After this, it was time to return home and make dinner. Tonight was our family red sauce, my own Italian-style concoction I have developed over the years. I make a large pot that we can store away in the freezer for those nights when we don’t feel like cooking an entire meal. It comes together quickly with just a few ingredients, so it is a great staple to always keep on hand. We use it on pasta, with chicken and as a pizza sauce, too. Having it in huge freezer also means we can quickly heat it up on hot nights like this and save ourselves a small swelter just to make dinner.

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Noted: 5 Unexpected Ways to Make Your Polenta Better via Food 52

August 17th, 2014 No comments

5 Unexpected Ways to Make Your Polenta Better via Food 52

5 Unexpected Ways to Make Your Polenta Better via Food 52

Polenta, sometimes referred to as “Italian grits,” most often serves as a trusty sidekick to spotlight-stealing protein, or sits smothered under tomato sauce and cheese. Make no mistake — it’s delicious in both contexts, but this classic cornmeal dish is far more versatile than tradition suggests. Here are our five favorite ways to give polenta a long-overdue chance to shine. 

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Noted: This Video Helps You Choose The Best Mixing Bowls for Your Kitchen via Lifehacker

August 17th, 2014 No comments

This Video Helps You Choose The Best Mixing Bowls for Your Kitchen via Lifehacker

This Video Helps You Choose The Best Mixing Bowls for Your Kitchen via Lifehacker

You might think that there’s nothing special about mixing bowls. America’s Test Kitchen would beg to differ, and in this video they explain what you should look for—and what you should avoid—when buying good mixing bowls for your kitchen.

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Noted: How to Create Amazing Urban Landscape and Street Photography Images via Digital Photography School

August 17th, 2014 No comments

How to Create Amazing Urban Landscape and Street Photography Images via Digital Photography School

How to Create Amazing Urban Landscape and Street Photography Images via Digital Photography School

Many of us live in cities nowadays, in fact almost 80% of the world’s population lives in, or near, a large city. While it is fantastic to be out in nature, photographing the remote seascape scenes or the snow capped mountains, that is not possible for most photographers, everyday. That might mean that you don’t photograph for weeks at a time. As you probably know by now, to make big improvements in your photography you need to practice, practice, and practice some more.

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Video: Summer Tip #1: Enjoy Live Theater! – Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 – 18/30

August 17th, 2014 No comments

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Summer Tip #1: Enjoy Live Theater! - Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 - 18/30 

Get out and enjoy some live theater this Summer, as we do every year with the Independent Shakespeare Company (http://iscla.org)

More information on Douglas E. Welch and Careers in New Media:

Previously in the Dog Days of Podcasting 2014:

What is the Dog Days of Podcasting?

“Essentially, it is a challenge to do a podcast for 30 days in a row.

In 2012 Kreg Steppe was looking to give himself a little push in regards to recording his own personal podcast since he wasn’t recording it very often. That turned into a challenge for himself to record a show everyday for 30 days believing that after 30 days it would turn into a habit. Once it was mentioned to Chuck Tomasi he took the challenge too and they decided it would be a great idea to record starting 30 days before Dragon*Con, culminating with the last episode where they would record it together when they saw each other there.”

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Noted: Americans rediscovering a taste for hard cider via The Los Angeles Times

August 17th, 2014 No comments

Americans rediscovering a taste for hard cider via The Los Angeles Times

Americans rediscovering a taste for hard cider via The Los Angeles Times

British transplant Jeffrey House has long believed in the appeal of a pint of fermented apple juice.

But when he landed in California in the 1980s, he found few Americans willing to venture outside the familiar territory of beer and wine.

Fast forward a few decades. Add drinkers who have been groomed by the craft beer movement. Throw in a dollop of gluten avoidance. Now, House’s business is producing 1 million gallons of hard cider a year under the brand Ace Cider, quadruple what he was making in 2008.

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Looking for the Fall – End of the Day for August 16, 2014

August 16th, 2014 No comments

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Even though we have had a fairly moderate Summer this year, with temperatures rising above 90 have been fairly rare, thank goodness. Here in the San Fernando Valley we are usually blessed with cooler evenings, too. This allows us to cool the house down each evening so we need not run the air conditioning so much during the day. The savings in electricity are significant, but we can’t always go without. Working here at home all day, if the temperature rises above about 82° inside it can feel quite uncomfortable and distracting. Days like this always make me look to the Fall for some relief. We do have those years when high heat arrives late in the Fall, but I am hoping that things turn milder as soon as possible. Being from Ohio originally, I think I have more affinity for the Fall and Winter than I do for high Summer. From the clothes that I like to wear to the activities I like to do, Summer is just to darn hot to make it comfortable. I always look forward to that particular smell I get when Fall has arrived. It is hard to describe but it has elements of leaves decaying, rain falling and wood smoke rising, even here in Los Angeles.

Pigeons after the rain

One way of reaching out to the cool is spending the night outdoors, watching live Shakespeare in the park as we did tonight. Taming of the Shrew was the play, put on by the Independent Shakespeare Company of LA. We make a point of seeing all the shows whenever we can. It is a great excuse to engage in the theater we love and spend some time in the cool night air. They have a few more shows this summer, so check them out if you can.

Fall’s arrival is even more important this year here in California and other drought-stricken areas. We need out annual rainy season to be better than average this year in hopes of getting our water supply — even our own garden – back on the right track. Drought stresses everything here in our near desert climate. The trees start to fail, plants turn brown and die, even with supplemental watering and our water rationing turns tighter and tighter as reservoirs drop and empty. While some in LA may hate the rain when it arrives, I welcome it with open arms. Let it rain. We all want it and need it. The sooner the better.

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Video: Making Hard Cider – Racking – Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 – 17/30

August 16th, 2014 No comments

Update: The Los Angeles Times had this article on the resurgence of hard cider in America, Americans rediscovering a taste for hard cider.

Part of the Dog Days of Podcasting 

Video: Making Hard Cider - Racking - Dog Days of Podcasting 2014 - 17/30

My cider is finishing fermenting, so it is time to “rack” it off the spent yeast and add isinglass to help clarify the final product.

More information on Douglas E. Welch and Careers in New Media:

Previously in the Dog Days of Podcasting 2014:

What is the Dog Days of Podcasting?

“Essentially, it is a challenge to do a podcast for 30 days in a row.

In 2012 Kreg Steppe was looking to give himself a little push in regards to recording his own personal podcast since he wasn’t recording it very often. That turned into a challenge for himself to record a show everyday for 30 days believing that after 30 days it would turn into a habit. Once it was mentioned to Chuck Tomasi he took the challenge too and they decided it would be a great idea to record starting 30 days before Dragon*Con, culminating with the last episode where they would record it together when they saw each other there.”

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