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Btw, it’s really easy to make beef jerky

This weekend I added my 2nd and 3rd batches of beef jerky to the dryer. The first batch came out well; I used Alton Brown’s stock recipe/box-fan technique.

The new batches are inspired from this thread. I have a mango-jalepenos (my local store was out of habaneros) and a carde-asada batch drying out now. For both, I used my trusty food processor to make the marinades. Here are the recipes, for ~.5 lbs of beef respectively:

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I are terriblez @ writting…

@gthmb finally started blogging again. I hope he keeps it up! (maybe adding in a spell-check & grammar edit by his wife)


Good thing I am married to a lovely editor-in-chief. She is pretty fantastic!

Making beautiful things out of the dust

Colleen and I went to evening service at church last night. Not surprisingly, 9/11 was an underlying theme. Dave’s sermon linked it nicely with the parable of the indebted servants. He says, Jesus supplied 3 surprising tenants tenets from that parable:

  • Do not fear
  • Do not judge
  • Do not complain

Applying these tenets to 9/11, both reflections and future actions, can seem illogical on the surface. But really, regardless of religious affiliation or not, any good that sprung forth in 9/11’s wake abides.

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The Makeshift Patriot

10 years ago, nearly to the hour, I was in my digital photography lab at Washtenaw Community College. My teacher came into the class room with tears running down her face. She said a plane had just crashed into the World Trade Center. We could not believe it. We made it into the hallway just in time to see the second plane crash via the news.

Obviously that day changed our lives. In both very personal and very far-reaching ways. My heart still hurts for the all the victims of the attacks. Their families. The people suffering still today. Either socially, politically, or far worse those mourning the loss of loved ones. I also have an overwhelming feeling of strength and heroics thinking of the first responders, and all those who put themselves in great danger for the sake of their fellow man.

Finally, there is sense of bewilderment, anger, and frustration regarding the aftermath of 9/11. Seeing civil rights narrowed, warfare, racial profiling, the patriotism bandwagon, the list goes on. Ten years ago Sage Francis wrote a raw song – Makeshift Patriot, very soon after the attacks. Above being an acute criticism of blurred 9/11 coverage, it has sadly proved prophetic as well.
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Holy Crap … Textpattern is wayyy better with comment spam

The WordPress version of this sight has been live for a couple hours, and I already had to delete a half dozen spam comments. I am going to look around for spam blocking plugins!