Weightlifting, cooking, self improvement, and moral support for the Oxford comma.
Heading to the gym now. My goal today is to squat 250 pounds and bench press 205. I’m slowly moving down the comeback road. My goals for the end of 2018 are: Squat 400, Deadlift 400, and Bench 300. 1,100 pounds.
With Easter 2018 here, I feel it's important to consider non-Christians, and why (and what) they might consider for this important day.
Believe. Believe in renewal. Believe in the idea that you can always start over, start fresh, start to build a new life free of the failings of your past.
Forgive. Forgive others to avoid bitterness. Forgive yourself for your past transgressions, mistakes, and lapses in judgement. Forgive your future self -- because you know you'll mess up yet again.
Embrace. Embrace, if not the faith, the very idea of some kind of perfection, existing somewhere, that calls you to be a better person. A kind of unobtainable perfection that is still worth striving for.
Even more than January 1, Easter is the time to expect a better future. It represents rebirth, forgiveness, life. Contemplate a be…
So I'm working on this huge project. Not huge in terms of lines of code, or in terms of number of people involved. Huge in terms of: It will be used by tens or hundreds of millions of people every year. Yeah ... pretty cool. The project isn't being managed as well as it could be, in my opinion. Let me emphasize that: In my opinion. So, I suggested -- to the owner of the company that is creating the software product -- that we use Basecamp. It's a web-based "Software As A Service" application. Disclaimer: Basecamp is a product of 37 Signals. The founder of 37 Signals, Jason Fried, is a personal friend. Basecamp is, arguably, the single most important piece of project management software ever created. "Wow, Don ... that's quite a statement!" Yeah, well, you use Basecamp and you'll become an evangelist as I am. Basecamp allows all the important parts of a project -- artifacts, messages, schedules, etc. -- to be stored in one place. Any "stakeholder&q…
I'll start the year by giving you my recipe for my amazing black bean dip. It's a wonderful dip for when you're watching football or hockey. Or anything else, for that matter. Enjoy! Don's Black Bean Dip
Two cans (15.5 ounces each) of black beans One small (4 oz.) can of green chili peppers One garlic clove, minced One teaspoon cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder (or dried onion flakes or fresh onion) 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons chipotle sauce; I like Pass Out. Optional: Hot sauce of choice Real easy; Just dump everything into a food processor and blend until smooth enough to suit your tastes. I use a stick blender and blend it right in the container, so it can be stored in the refrigerator (assuming there are leftovers, which hardly ever happens). Great with Green Mountain Gringo Tortilla Strips Quick backstory: I fell in love with Desert Pepper Black Bean Dip, but at five bucks a jar I was spending at least $20 a month on the stuff. I checked out the ingredients and did a pre…