In Random on May 29, 2011 at 8:32 pm
Paul Butterfield asked me to post this recipe.
- 2 cups of flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- cinnamon to taste
- 1 medium-sized sweet potato
- 1 cup of fresh blueberries
- 1.5 cups of milk
- 6 tbsp of butter, melted
- 2 eggs, separated
Ok notice, this recipe has no sugar. Your favorite syrup will fix that later.
So this is what you do: Microwave the Sweet Potato for about 4 minutes. That should soften it up pretty well. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl with a wisk. If you are OCD, sift them. However you melted the butter, mix that with the egg yolks. That will cool the butter down (why? we want to avoid cooking the egg whites or curdling the milk with the hot butter…the yolk has a lot of fat so it mixes with the hot butter and stays liquid) . Mix the egg whites and milk in a bowl. now pour in the butter/yolk mixture into the wet ingredients bowl. About now, the sweet potato comes out of the microwave. Peel off the skin and chop up the meat into blueberry sized pieces (just as a reference…you can go smaller if you want but larger would be bad). Spread the sweet potato pieces on a disk so that they cool off quickly. Pour the wet bowl contents into the dry bowl. Add the blueberries and sweet potatoes. With a spatula scrape from the bottom of the bowl to the top to mix the wet and dry ingredients. Mix it till the mixture is sorta lumpy from the flour and liquids combining…don’t try to get it smooth because I’ve been told that makes pancakes hard like crepes.
Now cool the pancakes on a pan or griddle that has been greased a bit with either butter or some spray oil. (I have one of those oil sprayers you pump to build up the pressure).
As I said before, this recipe relies on the sugar in the sweet potatoes and blueberries. Once you add syrup you’re all set. Did I mention to start brewing the coffee just before starting this recipe. 🙂
In Random on May 21, 2011 at 2:38 am
This week made Bill Clinton happy and Ted Kennedy kick once.
I just wish the news was a little less interesting to the easily titillated. $14 Trillion of national debt, wars or drug wars on 4 continents, and the most important thing on TV (and on the web) are Ahnold’s love child, Newt getting covered in glitter and the International Monetary Fool.
and the discovery that Osama Bin Laden was taking Herbal Viagra or something…Oh and the commercial is the Amazing Pocket Chair…
Wow we’ve really degenerated…
In career, Random on May 19, 2011 at 3:30 am
So the mission on the star trek sim is winding down this week and a new one starts next week. My semester at Bentley ended successfully last week, only 7 more classes to go. I’ve done a bunch of other writing, started my first email campaign, received a few comments on my book on goodreads from the giveaway winners and Sunday School is winding down this Sunday for the summer.
So I performed my once a year ritual to code something mostly useless to humanity but I had spare cycles this evening. Last year I coded some C# up to move things between two related by unconnected databases. the year before I wrote a widget in VB that made excel into microsoft project. There was a perl riff the year before to solve some problem. A few years ago it was that Rube Goldberg thing where a cron job called a make file that called Korn shell script to get a set of bugs out of CMVC, sort them in perl, read them into excel auto generate some pivot tables, and some VBA to move data around so that I could graph our burn down chart and predict out time to zero issues.
Mostly I don’t code much anymore, but I have this yearly ritual where I spend a day or a few nights relearning how to think in objects and classes. This time it I was looking for a way to model our kanban board so that I could make some predictions about the optimal ticket size we should shoot for to keep our flow constant. The reason for Excel and VBA? Pretty simply, Excel is can be my database and my UI. VBA does the that Excel can’t including running a set of data in a loop. The nice thing about excel as a UI for a business process exercise is that It’s like a quick and dirty dashboard. I can vary the input, the WIP limits on stages, the length of time per stage, et cetera and see the result of my contraption immediately.
So anyway, I had to re-remember for the nth time how VB classes work…in these days of ubiquitous info, that was about 30 minutes of poking around and typing and an Ah yes…Anyway, as always, the hardest part is that when you aren’t coding all the time, you suffer a certain ADD when it comes to scripting logic when you come back to it. It takes a couple of hours to just settle my brain down and start thinking in a linear fashion. I had to debug and trash a 75 line method and rewrite it in about 25 line when I finally settled the synapses down.
In the end, I go the thing to work about 9pm tonight. Once I got the basic board flowing and could control the number of tickets going in and stuff I’m going to expand it to handle resource bottlenecks and recording each day’s results in a separate table. The inspiration for this was a tool that I used in my BPM class last year that did process modeling. That was a cool tool. We mapped out Car Washes and Book Stores and manufacturing flows. I wish I could have used that tool for this exercise, but without it, I took the opportunity to crack open my brain for a couple of hours.
In Random on May 10, 2011 at 8:40 pm
I’m playing with the Hootsuite integration on Constant Contact’s email marketing feature http://ow.ly/4Rzfu