Photo taken at: UT Turtle Pond
I feel like there is a solid current events metaphor here. Or five or fifty. Just going to let you, fine reader, pick your own.
Photo taken at: TownLake YMCA
I’m stoked to pour this one, but going to wait until I can share it with some folks. I’ve yet to have anything from The Bruery that wasn’t great.
This missive from the parents of 12 kids is, all in all, a very interesting roadmap for raising a family, but I reject one particular portion.
We did not have snacks between meals. We always had the four food groups (meat, dairy, grain, fruits and vegetables) and nearly always had dessert of some kind. To this day, our kids are not afraid to try different foods, and have no allergies to foods. They try all kinds of new foods and eat only until they are full. Not one of our kids is even a little bit heavy. They are thin, athletic, and very healthy. With 12 kids, you would think that at least one would have some food allergies or food special needs. (I am not a doctor.)
While I encourage kids to try different foods and provide a balance meal, the insinuation that children with food allergies have them due to improper parenting is wrong. [Read more…] about Food Allergies Aren’t From Bad Parenting
For nearly four years, I’ve used Macs and OS X professionally. Most of the company and the industry uses Mac and all seemed fine in the world. At Automattic, we update our hardware every 18 months, which I deferred for six months waiting for the new MacBook Pro update.
I was underwhelmed by the updates. Not the latest chips. A TouchBar that feels more gimmick than innovation. Simple stated, I’m disillusioned with the status quo thought that Apple makes the best devices for geeky work.
After investigating the Surface Book, which is an amazing feeling device from demoing in store, I ended up going with Dell’s new 13-inch XPS 13 2-in-1 device. The keyboard folds completely back to go into tablet mode, Intel i7 7th generation chips, good price, with Thunderbolt 3 support on the USB C ports.
I’m reserving final judgement, but so far, it isn’t as elegant as what Apple once was (the new MacBook Pro’s doggle-city puts this in the past tense). I purchased a power companion which acts as a power adapter, battery back-up, and USB charging device in one. As advertised, it is great for plugging into the laptop while it is in the bag from one place to the next, charging on the go.
I haven’t had a chance to put it through a real-world scenerio, but it was painful once I realized how it all fit together.
First, in comes in five parts. 1, 2, 3 are the power companion components, which requires a power adapter as it does not include any way to plug into the wall.
- Item 1 plugs into the computer and into the battery pack.
- Item 2 is the battery pack itself, includes 2 USB ports for charging phones, etc.
- Item 3 is the Dell propritary power connector to USB C adapter.
- Item 4 is the USB 3 power adapter that shipped with the laptop.
- Item 5 is the North American power cord for the adapter.
To make this device functional on the road, I need to have all five items in my bag.
I’m trying to be optimistic and remind myself that my first days on OS X felt strange as I figured out the operating system and the various must-have apps and utilities.
I ran a tad over 10km tonight for the first time since shortly after the twins were born. It felt great; I’ve missed it.
I racked tonight my Cranberry Dark Wit for Airport. Looking good and hitting the estimated gravity. Only need to place odds on if I’ll get lucky enough for a cold spell in February when it’ll be ready for drinking.
In brewing, racking is the process of moving the beer from a primary to a secondary fermenter. The additional time during the conditioning phase will clarify the beer and provide an overall better product. It’s known as secondary fermentation in homebrewing circles, but the fermentation has pretty much happened—the final gravity has been taken—but the yeast will still reabsorb a bit to clean the beer up a bit. After a couple of weeks, we’ll add a little priming sugar, which will start a smaller fermentation process to carbonate the beer, and get it in the bottle.