Month: July 2018

bacon popcorn

Maybe this is obvious but it was enough of a revelation that I thought I’d document it. After flirtations with curry flavored coconut oil popped popcorn (excellent), I cast around for other ways to impart a unique flavor to popcorn. My Irish immigrant father kept a jar of bacon fat in the fridge when I Read More

markov boyfriend

Reading about artificially generated tweets from a certain (in)famous twit got me thinking about an idea I had for a plug-in to my chat app. There was a time, before I implemented the chat app, when I was not the most communicative husband. In my defense, I was deep in code in a state of Read More

smoked pork butt

After reading through “Franklin Barbecue, a Meat Smoking Manifesto,” I was inspired to knock the dust off of my Bradley smoker. The results were impressive enough that my resident food critic/wife requested that I write down the recipe. So without further ado here it is: Get your hands on a pork butt. Mine weighed 4 Read More

skinner whole house

While mucking around with whole house automation I arrived at the inevitable point when I needed something to actually do with all the cool technology that almost worked. Having devoted entirely too much time to the process of raising and training a miniature human my first instinct was to make my task is parent easier. Read More

couples therapy chat

As part of a more general initiative to take ownership of my data by hosting it myself, I cobbled together a chat app.  My target audience is limited to me and my wife mostly discussing logistics. A fancy way of phrasing “what’s for dinner”, “there is nothing in the fridge”, “what time are we supposed Read More


Jayne was an automated yelling and nagging entity. She was my early attempt at a whole house AI before that was a thing.  She was definitely artificial but not particularly intelligent. She ruled our house from my daughter’s kindergarten until third grade. What follows are a few observations about the experience. Before her retirement Jayne Read More

fitness tracker chore dump

We started a family step count game. The idea is simple: whoever wins the daily step count gets bragging rights. We keep a running tally of weekly victories. The weekly winner gets to assign the weekly loser a chore of their choice. I kitted each of us out with a Xiaomi Mi Fit 2. At Read More

smoked meat

So … what is the appeal of bacon? Sure, pork belly is utterly, incontrovertibly delicious. Nitrates, nitrites, salt, oh my. Maple syrup? Nah. It turns out its all about the smoke. How can you tell? Smoke something, anything really. It picks up a hint of bacony umami. Cheese, turkey, for the love of everything holy Read More