EPCOT Food and Wine 2015 – Day 1

Festival CenterI was lucky enough to be able to get to EPCOT’s 20th Food & Wine Festival this year.  It was just for a quick weekend, but I got to enjoy it just the same.  I had planning all set, so I knew what to look for and how to pace myself.

Here is the start of this year’s rundown.  I’m breaking each day into its own post.  Otherwise this would be an incredibly long article.

Friday was a short day for Food & Wine as we landed in the early afternoon, and wasn’t able to get to EPCOT till late afternoon.  Add to that a (very) late dinner over at Morimoto Asia left only a few booths available for tasting.  Even so we managed to squeeze in 4 booths and 9 different entrees and desserts.

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Food and Wine 2015 Checklist

patagonia-booth-2015Food and Wine is once again upon us.  With almost 40 booths, over 100 Food items, over 160 drink choices, and bunch of flights… it’s in your best interest to figure out what you would like before being caught up in everything.  Otherwise you’ll quickly find yourself spending way too much, and still possibly missing some of the best items you’d like to try.  What you need is a little foreknowledge and a little planning.

Well I’m here to help with that.

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Family Style Cook Book

So I’m finally getting around to making a cook book… Below is what I have so far topic wise. Anything else I should include? I’m still way early in the process and trying to get everything sorted and organized first.  The idea is to keep it to things that the Family/Me has made over and over again. Things I’ve been asked “how it’s made, or just mentioned that I should bring it in for events.  The “tried and true” sorta recipes. Thoughts? With what I have so far it’s about 78 pages just from what I have on this website (still need tons of editing, not to mention me recooking everything to get proper pictures, instructions, and methods for the book). Continue reading

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German Sour Cream Cucumber Salad recipe (w/ bonus Cement recipe)

Recently my grandfather passed away and it made me think back on all the items that he’d shared with me over the years.  From instilling my love of computers and spreadsheets, to games and cooking.  So I’d thought I’d share two of my favorite family recipes.  The first a cucumber salad that anyone would loves a pickle will love, and second an old favorite open faced sandwich called “Cement” from my childhood summers up with my grandfather.Cucumber Salad Continue reading

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6 Strikes and you’re off the internet

access deniedOk, maybe that’s a bit of hyperbole, but it’s fairly close.  Similar to france’s “3-strike” law, as of February 25th, 2013, the US cable providers (AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon) have teamed together with the RIAA and MPAA to create the Copyright Alert System, or CAS for short.  With this in place there is now an official way that you can get in trouble, even if you haven’t done anything. Continue reading

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At what point does your eyes stop caring?

MathOK… let me just start out by saying to other than the 0.00001% of you out there that will get this, I’m sorry.  I’m soooo sorry.  You can skip this one.  But this has been irking me.  In fact it’s been nagging at me to figure it out for months now.  I know it could be figured out simply, but just never got around to it.  I know that your eye can really only see so much quality.  I’ve gone over this a little before, but it’s come up a few times at work, and I’ve mentioned that there was a formula to figure it out.  Except I didn’t know what it was.  And every time I’ve searched for it I’ve come up empty.  So I did what any respecting nerd would do and figure it out.  Here’s basically the simplified version of what I got (all measured in inches):

52.35 / (Distance to object * 0.01745) ≤ (Square root (image pixel width squared + image pixel height squared)) / image measured diagonally ≤ 83.2365 /(Distance to object * 0.01745) Continue reading

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Disabling Java on your computer

javaWith all the news about security holes, hacking, vulnerabilities and tons of other stuff all relating to simply having java installed on your computer, I figured now might be a good time to go over how to disable Java (not to be confused with JavaScript which is completely different, or java, aka coffee, which shouldn’t probably not be in your computer already).

For most people you don’t need Java to do 99% of the web.  There are a few sites, and you need to be carefully in what you allow to install java apps on your computer.  Only do so for sites you completely trust!  But for most of you out there it’s probably in your best interest to turn java off.  Heck even the US government is telling people to disable it!

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