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End Grain Cutting Board

I made an end-grain cutting board, and it’s about the coolest thing. It’s 1 34” thick and made from white maple. I’ll take you through the steps I followed.

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Cold brew coffee: try # 1

I saw a Kickstarter for a cold brew coffee device today, and I started reading about it. Cold Brew is supposed to taste different from your traditional hot brews – it gets less of the acidic flavors than traditionally brewed coffee, so you wind up with a smoother beverage. Also, cold brew techniques produce a coffee concentrate that you’re supposed to dilute, and the idea of mixing up 50⁄50 cold brew and milk is interesting. Read more →

Mergesort on all the spices in the kitchen

It bothered me that the spices in the kitchen were out of order. So, I sorted them using my favorite sorting algorithm, Mergesort. My cats helped. I started with an un-ordered list of spices. Then I started to divide the list up into smaller lists. Panther helped. 31 elements became 15 and 16. Then 7, 8, 8, 8. Then 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4. Then 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 Read more →

Box Fan Beef Jerky, part 2

In this post, I started making box fan beef jerky. If you can’t remember where I was when I left off, go take a peek. Okay, so. The meat sat in the marinade overnight, and come morning I loaded it onto a 20” by 20” HVAC filter, courtesy of The Home Depot. The cats were very interested. I assembled the filters and strapped them to the fan. Read more →