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Adventures in DIY coffee roasting - The Whirley-Pop!

So there I was, cleaning out my kitchen.

Way in the back of an under-the-counter cabinet, I found it. It had been a wedding present from a dear friend. Mrs. Zennmaster and I had been married for over ten years.

When it was new, it came with a brick of orange butter/oil/grease and a special . . . → Read More: Adventures in DIY coffee roasting – The Whirley-Pop!

My procedure for roasting coffee with a popcorn popper and a gas burner.

In a previous post, I discussed my experience with starting to roast coffee using the side burner of my gas grill and a crank-style popcorn popper. Now I will describe in greater detail my procedure and process for roasting great-tasting coffee at home.

Equipment:

You will only need a few things to get started:

A . . . → Read More: My procedure for roasting coffee with a popcorn popper and a gas burner.

Coffee on the road: The Aeropress.

 

If you’re not a coffee nerd, you might not have heard of one of the more interesting gadgets of the last few of years.

The Aeropress by Aerobie

I am speaking, of course, of the Aeropress, manufactured by Aerobie. I’ll wait a second while you try to figure out why that sounds familiar.

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Squatchin' with the Daughter, Expedition 2, addendum

No real new adventures or information here, but I found a couple of videos that I meant to put into the last installment, so here they are:

Here Maile explains the bag of sand. We collected this gray, granular alluvial sand from the very site of the Patterson/Gimlin film.

 

This is going . . . → Read More: Squatchin’ with the Daughter, Expedition 2, addendum

Squatchin' with the daughter: Expedition 2, part 2 - The P/G Film Site!

Maile and the Bat Box

(If you’re unfamiliar with what this Patterson/Gimlin film thing is that I keep talking about, here is a brief explanation)

After a fantastic first day of our second Squatchin’ adventure, Maile and I awoke (relatively) early, eager to finally make it to the Patterson/Gimlin film site, then start our journey home. On the way out . . . → Read More: Squatchin’ with the daughter: Expedition 2, part 2 – The P/G Film Site!

Squatchin' with the daughter: Expedition 2, part 1

Downstream at Bluff Creek

(If you’re unfamiliar with what this Patterson/Gimlin film thing is that I keep talking about, here is a brief explanation)

After our first epic Squatchin’ adventure, Maile and I couldn’t wait to get back to Bigfoot Country. Late in August, as the dust was settling from her birthday revelries, we once again loaded up the . . . → Read More: Squatchin’ with the daughter: Expedition 2, part 1

Squatchin' with the Daughter: Expedition 1.

I’ve aways been fascinated with Bigfoot. I first learned of the creature when I was five years old, from a cousin who was eight. I hope you’ve all had a cousin like this one, who is just enough older than you that everything they do is cool, and there is no one in the world . . . → Read More: Squatchin’ with the Daughter: Expedition 1.

Squatchin' with the daughter: Background files - The Patterson/Gimlin film

If you’ve read any of the first three posts in the Squatchin with the daughter series, you may be wondering just what this “Patterson/Gimlin film” thing is.

Here is a fairly compressed version of the story:

The mid 1960’s were a very active and interesting time for those on the hunt for Bigfoot. One of . . . → Read More: Squatchin’ with the daughter: Background files – The Patterson/Gimlin film

Stitch MP4 files in Ubuntu

I recently found myself with a number of smaller MP4 video files that I really wanted to stitch together into a single, longer video. My first thought was to download one of the many highly capable video editors from the Ubuntu repositories. It turns out there is an even easier way:

First, you’ll need to . . . → Read More: Stitch MP4 files in Ubuntu

How my data survived a perfect storm of hard disk destruction...

I guess I knew it would have to happen eventually, even though I thought I had a pretty good program figured out.

Not long ago, two events happened in rapid succession that could have been completely catastrophic, but due to some prior planning, turned out to just be inconvenient.

A couple weeks ago, I went . . . → Read More: How my data survived a perfect storm of hard disk destruction…