Does Dylan paint like he sings?

Just kidding Bobby, I love you. The above is a cover for Dylan’s album “Self-Portrait” I do like the concept of a musical self-portrait. We have an autobiography for words, a portrait for painters, but what do we have for music? Dylan?

Along those lines, here some things I have done. As a means of describing oneself in a non-traditional way.

List of events I have bore witness to:

  • Got food poisoning while on a multi-day hike near the Sun Gate in the Andes. Was very tiring.
  • Got peed on by a French kid on a bike in a small town in Normandy. He thought it was funny I thought that French people were very strange.
  • Played Chess with the regional Champion in Washington D.C. I didn’t know people could play that well.
  • Lived in a nice little house at the bottom of stream in the mountains of Montana for a while. It had a postcard beauty.





“With Eric”

“Me” In “China”


I never went to China, but that didn’t stop a buddy of mine from tagging me in his travel photos and posting it to his Facebook. He stitched me into a few along the way. Adding a tag “with Eric” everytime. Did anyone think I went to China with him? Was there a point? When we travel apart from our friends our journey is still shaped by them? 

“With” Eric

Weird Food Part 1

Arepas with Guasacaca and Queso Fresco


Arepas are the Venezuelan answer to empanadas, and are made with Masa Harina and usually lard… but I made these with vegetable shortening. Often they are filled with meat but here I stuffed them with Guasacaca which is a guacamole like sauce. The Guasaca is usually not that color, but I used a red pepper instead of green.

Side Note: I hate those top down recipes that are everywhere right now. I also regret taking this picture from this angle.

Charred Lemon, Butternut Pizza

A butternut sage sauce with charred lemon on top. I stole this recipe with minor alterations from  Power Vegetables, an awesome cookbook from Lucky Peach. Could have used Myers lemons… the pizza dough was perfect and from the Bread Bible best bread book I have found. Was definitely weird, but I really liked it. I’m just a sucker for lemon, butternut and chev.


Not That Weird Chev Citrus Carrot Salad

I don’t have that much to say about this other than, I fricken love Chev. Goat Cheese Chevre. Really simple salad, but really refreshing. Goes great with oranges…


Brain Dump- Moonlets?

A supermoon rises above central London on December 14, 2016. The phenomenon happens when the moon is full at the same time as, or very near, perigee -- its closest point to Earth on an elliptical, monthly orbit. / AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS        (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
 AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the moon made of many moonlets?

New simulations suggest the moon is made of around 20 mini-moons, or moonlets. Israeli researchers are opposing the predominate theory of one massive impact from a Mars sized object called Theia (Theia was a greek Titaness whose also went by Euryphaessa  meaning “wide-shining”) about 4.31 billion years ago. Instead, they suggest several smaller impacts created earth debris, and moonlets, and which were later fused together by gravitational forces.

Did these smaller impacts effect the earths rotation or position in solar system? What effect did this have on early geology?

Could we examine moon soil for a better look at Gaia’s (early earth) composition?

Could there be a surviving record of space stuff, or impact craters to support this…

I don’t know, but the idea of the earth spinning with several small moons is pleasant. And moonlet is great word.

Creative Commons

“The Snuggle for Survival” Creative Commons Video

Creative Commons allows free use of web content to be shared. Legal permissions are granted, but they are not all the same. Some are offered for non-commercial use only, while others are not restricted at all. Specifically, creative commons is a set of licenses

You can look here for some of last years top Creative Commons content. You can also use to do an image search for creative commons images. Enter a search term and then select creative commons from the licensing tab.

My favorite open source project is lichess a totally free online chess server. It’s not just free it’s easily the best. It’s released under an MIT license and you can view all of the source code on GITHUB if you’d like. (GITHUB is also awesome, and if you like computer coding at all and don’t know what it is, it will blow your mind!)

Where is my blog roll and when can I eat it?

Blog rolls are a good way to get the word out on blogs you like and sometimes they even add you increasing your readership. I added a couple of food blogs since that is the same general direction I plan on heading with this blog in the future.

You add the blog links under links, but you add must also add the widget to get the links in the side bar. Be careful with the link categories, I had to fiddle a bit to get only the food blogs to show.

RSS: Feed the Beast

An RSS Feed well keep you up to date on the new posts and updates on blogs, wikis and news sources you want to follow. You can add it to the side bar on your blog if you’d like in the Admin panel of word press… But first you have to find the link!

I tried looking for the standard RSS (Rich Site Summary) logo. A little orange wifi looking thing. Never found it. But don’t fear, you can “hack” into the source code of the website and pull it straight from the HTML. (Left click- view page source or Control U or Command U) There is also a trick using page source code to find the last person who looked at your facebook…

Copy this link into your feedly box, or whatever RSS reader you are using. Eh viola. I used IFTTT (If this than that @ to automatically post the RSS feed from the course website to my blog. IFTTT can also make a smart light turn blue when it rains, or purple when the Vikings score. Beware, this can panic house guests.