Content-Aware Image Sizing

January 20, 2008

The narrator’s voice may put you to sleep, but hang in there for a minute. They’ve opened up a whole new level of photo editing capabilities.

So many times I’ve wished I had more image to work with, or a better crop.

A Photoshop plug-in should be coming soon from onOne Software.


Grandma’s Chunky F’ing Chili

November 4, 2007

Today I’m getting ready to make the first annual autumn batch of Chunky F’ing Chili. The recipe started out with my grandma on my step-dads side of the family. As for the name? We’re from the Northeast. Maybe we swear a lot. Even grandma.

Here goes…

Chunky F’ing Chili

  1. Get a big pot
  2. Brown a pound of ground beef over medium heat. Don’t drain the grease!
  3. Add: baby carrots, 2 green pepper, 2 med. size onion, sliced fresh mushrooms. Make sure all of your veggies are cut into nice, chunky size pieces, or else it won’t be Chunky F’ing Chili. Sprinkle lightly with salt & pepper, paprika and chili powder while it cooks.
  4. Let veggies and beef cook together, intermingling their tasty juices and flavors, until veggies start to get soft.
  5. Add: 3 cans tomato soup, 1 can of corn, drained, 1 can white northern beans, 1 can black beans, both drained. (You can add 2 cans of kidney beans instead, but I’ve never liked them much. Plus, the whole black/white beans makes a really great racial harmony statement).
  6. Stir everything together and sprinkle chili powder until it forms a layer over the entire surface of the chili, then, stir the powder in. It should turn a deep red. Add more chili powder to taste (load it up if you like it spicy).
  7. Switch your heat down to low, put a lid on it, and let simmer for at least 30 minutes.
  8. Stir well and serve. Top with shredded cheese.

I’ve served this over white rice, which is tasty, but not really necessary. Buttered biscuits or buttered bread really go well with this chili too.

The beauty of the recipe is that you can add whatever veggies you like, I’ve added red potatoes, zucchini, all sorts of stuff, and it always ends up tasty.


I can haz Basecamp?

October 16, 2007

I’m not really big on camping in a camper, I like to tent it. If you’re gonna get out of the house and go outside and rough it, what’s the point of spending time in a smaller version of your house that you tow behind your car/truck/SUV?

Airstream BasecampYeah. Well, screw all that. Now the Airstream Basecamp is actually in production. I could camp in that thing just based on design principle alone. I’m already daydreaming about hitching it up to the pickup, sticking the bike and kayak in there, and heading out. Way out. For a long time. A really, really long time.

Loud guys talking smart

September 17, 2007

Finally, A Talk show for me…

There’s something strange about hearing these guys speak so intelligently and quietly. I know they’re all incredibly smart guys, but what a contrast to their stage presence. It’d be like my grandpa jumping out of his recliner and belting out some Pantera. Only in reverse, I guess.

For example:

Crazy Henry, Low Self-opinion

And some old Black Flag

SOAD, Sugar

RATM, Killing in the Name

That is Grand Haven

January 29, 2007

Someone has started up a nice local blog about the Grand Haven area called “This is Grand Haven.” From the looks of things it’s pretty new still, but has some kinda nifty stuff like an events calendar powered by Google calendars, some links to local bloggers, and so far, a couple of videos and photos that feed from flickr and youtube.


January 9, 2007

First, a note to myself for next year: Mortage the house and buy a shitload of apple stock about a week before Macworld. (Google Finance is pretty slick too, first I’ve seen it.)

OK, the iPhone looks incredibly slick. The funny thing is, I could see myself using, and loving all of the features of this “device” except for the phone. But I’m probably in the minority there, just because I don’t like to talk on the phone. At all.

But… having movies, music, web, email, maps, widgets, a 2MP camera, calendar, notes, chat, etc, etc, etc… all rich, desktop class apps, all running on OSX…all in your pocket? Awesome.

The more I go back and read about the details and features on this thing, the more I want one. I started this post a few minutes ago, about to say that I had no use for something like the iPhone. That’ll teach me to make snap judgements.

The bad? (not too bad.)

  • It’s expensive. $600 (including contract) is a good chunk of change. I’d have a hard time ponying up that kind of cash for a pice of technology that will very likely change within a year.
  • Disc space. 4 & 8 GB seems a little light for something meant to play music, movies, and store photos and email. Push that sucker up to 40 GB.
  • Battery life. looks like with normal video, surfing, talking usage you’re battery only lasts about 5 hours. 16 hours if you’re just listening to music.

As great as the phone is, I still think I’ll hold out for the next generation iPod, that hopefully uses the same widescreen format, multi-touch interface, and is equipped with some more storage space and wireless earbuds. 150 GB would be perfect. While they’re at it, the nice brushed aluminum back, like the back of the iPhone, would be nice too. It would sure save me money on buying a new case.

Nice job again Apple, you guys should be proud. You can see it in the keynote.

Christmas, New Years and fat.

January 3, 2007

Christmas and New Years have come and gone already. Both were good. It was was my parents year for Christmas, but this year they came up from South Carolina instead of having us drive all the way down there with the kids and all. Plus they were excited to have a white Christmas with all the piles of snow we always have here. Yeah. Sorry about that. No sledding, but we did go bowling, so that counts for something.

New years was spent a few hours north in Glen Arbor, we scored a really cheap stay in a friend of a friends condo at The Homestead. It’s a really nice place on the lake with a nice view of the Manitou Islands. The place itself seems to revolve around golf in the summer and skiing in the winter, which explains why it was pretty much empty when we were there (still no snow). That was fine by me because I: A) Don’t ski and B) Don’t care much for people.

There was, however just enough man-made snow for the kids (and grown-ups) to do some scary sledding down one of the ski hills. Evan had a nice run that ended with a backwards wipeout into one of the sand traps. I know you want to see it, it’s below-

And lastly, I was given a scale for Christmas. A pretty subtle hint. I could’ve just gotten a sign that said “Hey, you’re getting pretty fat and I just want you to know.” I topped out at 199 lbs. Just one pound shy of devastation. My goal is to drop to 150 by April 1st. Don’t call it a resolution though. Those are for retards.