Today it seems I’m experiencing a touch of writer’s block. This is not the brain numbing, deadline busting, can’t-think-of-anything block – my words just aren’t flowing as smoothly as I want and as freely as I am used to. I might blame the heat – it is about 100 degrees outside right now; but the house is cool at its normal temperature. I might blame the political discord that assaults all our senses daily but I’ve cut way back on watching the news so it is not politics. Nope, it is just that I need to find a way to pop the cork and get those thoughts moving.
“Hello world.” This expression helped jumpstart more than one programmer. Just don’t make me work in C — at least not today.
I might flip on the TV and see what the latest scoop is being touted by the talking heads. This would likely trigger a bout of Tourette’s and make my head hurt so I’ll skip that. I’m not looking to correct writer’s block with fake news or flip flopping assertions.
Maybe it is a good thing when our imaginary friends keep quiet. That inner voice in me is starting to speak and I perceive the trickle of ideas as the text flows across this page, There are many things to write about. Friends, family, work, projects, hobbies, the future of mankind – we’ll skip moaning about the weather and politics.
So for now, things are just ducky. I’ve updated all my software, scanned for undesirable and bad things, made backups of EVERYTHING, and am ready to get on with it.
Check out the School Of Hard Rocks on YouTube. And remember the fundamental rule of rock music: if you can hear it you are not playing it loud enough.
What could be better than corned beef hash on a cold winter morning? Corned beef hash with eggs and toast and coffee – of course.
One of me special presents this Christmas was a NuWave Brio oven. Now, I am totally new to air frying but this little oven is a real gem. It is easy to set up, easy to load, cooks everything quickly and with no added oils or grease. It is even easy to clean when all is done. This is a win-win-win.
This morning I fired up some corned beef hash with eggs. They were sooooo good.
One thing I have noticed is that when using the NuWave Brio, I have to adjust the temperatures and times noted in any recipe or box instructions I am following. Generally this means reducing the temperature by about 50 degrees and shortening the time by one third. As I get better with the Brio, I will share my adjustments on this blog.
Today is the first Monday of summer. Finally. At long last. We can enjoy warm days and cool drinks. I am ready to fire up the grill and cook some filet cro-magnon.
You need to start every day with something whimsical – so here is a little video I happened across. Some days you feel like you are bouncing from task to task to task – and maybe it’s true. Just be smooth when you do it.
And no day is complete without some appropriate music. So if you are working on projects like I am fire this up, play it loud and get your hands dirty.
Can their be anything better than working in the shop? This is THE guy thing that is in our genes. There is noise and heat and dust and figuring out and and more noise and even trips to the hardware store. We get to beat on things and cut things into pieces. We get to stack and glue and clamp. Sometime we even sand and smooth and apply finish – and, yes, this can be right up there with some of the chemical magic ladies do while working on their finger nails.
You know there is something special about the din that one finds in the shop. It is melodic in its own way. Anybody worth half a sou in the woodshop knows how he is doing by the sound of the saws or that little groan the wood makes as the clamps close down tight. Don’t listen to or fail to understand those sounds and you may get to start over or even use that first aid kit that is on the wall. Each of the tools has its unique signature and as a project moves through its phases the sounds ares very much like a symphony.