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A Few Minutes In Milan [Audio]

October 30th, 2018 Comments off

What are your favorite sights in Italy or Europe? Share In the comments!

During lunch one day I simply turned on my recorder to capture some of the atmosphere of Milan. Enjoy!

A Few Minutes In Milan [Audio]

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In Milan: Riding the 16 Tram from Duomo to Corso Magenta (4k Video) [Video] (3:13)

September 26th, 2018 Comments off

Happening upon the Apple Store, Piazza of Liberty, Milano, Italy [Video] (4:16)

September 21st, 2018 Comments off
Categories: Italy-Sicily, Podcast, Show, Technology, Travel Tags:

A Minute in Milano 2 – Piazza del Duomo at Night [Video] (1:05)

September 18th, 2018 Comments off

A Minute in Milano 2 – Piazza del Duomo at Night

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Piazza del Duomo in Milan at Night The world’s first shopping mall.😀 An amazing place I visited on a number of occasions during this trip. Also home to an amazing Leonardo exhibit. This is adjacent to the Piazza del Duomo and was filled with people and music each evening. A perfect place for passeggiata, and Italian evening stroll.

A Minute in Milano 2 - Piazza del Duomo at Night

 

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A Moment in Milano 1 [Video]

September 17th, 2018 Comments off

A Moment in Milano 1

The view from our hotel window on Corso Magenta during our recent trip to Milan, Italy

A Moment in Milano 1


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In The Kitchen: Whynter ICM-200LS Stainless Steel Ice Cream Maker, 2.1-Quart

August 24th, 2018 Comments off

Whynter ICM-200LS Stainless Steel Ice Cream Maker, 2.1-Quart

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I was more than a bit envious the other day when I found out a good friend had picked up this gem of a kitchen appliance on a recent sale. While I have an ice cream bowl attachment for my KitchenAid mixer, this all-in-one unit brings a level of convenience that is completely ridiculous.

One big advantage is you don’t have to remember to freeze your mixing bowl ahead of time. Lack of memory and lack of space in my freezer makes it nearly impossible to mix up a batch on the spur of the moment. Oh to be so lucky to mix up the ingredients, throw it in the freezer and have a lovely dessert just an hour later.

Some ice cream makers are a bit loud, but this one is well below the level of conversation so it doesn’t require you to shout over it if you’re in the kitchen. You don’t even notice it in the next room until the timer alarm goes off telling you the batch is done.

While certainly not a need for everyone, if you entertain regularly or make up batches of ice cream to give away in the summer, this could be an excellent tool for you.

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Take on dessert making like never before! Make delicious homemade ice cream that you can fully customize to taste with the Whynter ICM-200LS 2.1 Quart Ice Cream Maker. Incredibly easy to use, you can create delicious ice cream, rich creamy gelato and sorbet all in the comfort of your own home. Ideal for entertaining, this high capacity unit makes up to two quarts of your favorite frozen dessert in a single batch. Our full featured ice-cream maker offers premium functions not available in budget ice cream makers. A built-in powerful compressor freezer allows for continuous use without the inconvenience of having to pre-freeze the mixing bowl. Not only is it so much easier, it also tastes a whole lot better. The Whynter ICM-200LS features an Extended Cooling function that prevents the mixture from melting and a Motor Protection function that stops the motor from churning to prevent overheating or damage to the motor when the mixture becomes solid. This unit also includes an electronic timer, ice cream scoop and easy-to-follow recipe guide. The sleek stainless steel exterior and soft touch LCD control panel will accent any kitchen counter. This will quickly become your new best friend. You will never again have to wait hours or take up freezer space before being able to make your favorite frozen dessert. This unit includes an electronic timer, temperature display, ice cream scoop and we’ll even send you some secret recipes on request!.

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Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 8, 2018 – 2 in a series [Video]

August 16th, 2018 Comments off

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 8, 2018 – 2 in a series [Video]

A Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) in the garden. A closer, head and shoulders shot.

This series of videos were taken on a particularly hot day hence the bees and hawk were both making great use of the birdbath. The hawk appears a bit annoyed when bees buzz by or try to land on them, but otherwise unperturbed by sharing the space.

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 8, 2018 - 2 in a series [Video]

 

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Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 8, 2018 – 1 in a series

August 10th, 2018 Comments off

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 8, 2018 – 1 in a series

This series of videos were taken on a particularly hot day hence the bees and hawk were both making great use of the birdbath. The hawk appears a bit annoyed when bees buzz by or try to land on them, but otherwise unperturbed by sharing the space.

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 8, 2018 - 1 in a series

 

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Female Black-Headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) – 4 in a series [Video] (1:00)

July 25th, 2018 Comments off

Female Black-Headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) – 4 in a series [Video] (1:00)

Female Black-Headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) - 4 in a series [Video] (1:00)

 

A female Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) made an appearance over a few days here in the garden. I am guessing she was migrating north for the summer as grosbeaks are not a regular visitor.

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Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 5, 2018 – 3 in a series [Video] (1:00)

July 22nd, 2018 Comments off

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 5, 2018 – 3 in a series

A Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) in the garden again, so I’ll be sharing a series of video clips of its behaviors for those interested in raptors. This one appears to be a different hawk from previous videos as it looks much smaller at least to my eyes,

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Van Nuys, CA, July 5, 2018 - 3 in a series

 

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