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  • April 30, 2018

Last weekend, my two oldest kids and I attended the 2018 Linuxfest Northwest conference in Bellingham, WA. The best way I would describe the experience was that I worked at reducing the size of my Third Order Ignorance. Here is a brief summary of the talks I attended and the things I learned that I didn’t know that I didn’t know.

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  • January 19, 2017

My wife and I got several cooking appliances this holiday season. We got an amazing smoker that I will likely write about later; a multi-purpose Cuisinart thing to replace our electric griddle, waffle iron and George Foreman grill; and an Instant Pot to replace our crockpot, pressure cooker and rice maker. Unless you have been under a rock, the internet has been buzzing about the Instant Pot, for good reason. Last night we made a clam chowder so good, I felt like I had to share it. We made up the recipe, but I had a lot of help. First, we found the following recipes on the internet.

Instant Pot New England Clam Chowder
Pressure Cooker Recipe: New England Clam Chowder
New England Clam Chowder In Pressure Cooker Recipe
New England Clam Chowder (Pressure Cooker)
Lower Carb New England-Style Clam Chowder
Light Low-Carb New England Clam Chowder Recipe
Creamy Paleo Clam Chowder

I even found a Ketogenic Diet Pressure Cooker Recipes cookbook that I plan to order. After that, I took my favorite ingredients from all of the above, together with advice gleaned from friends who have Instant Pots, Keto and Instant Pot groups on Facebook and of course, /r/ketorecipes and improvised the rest.

Kelly’s Keto Klam Kachow-der

I had to throw the family name in there because even accidentally being associated with a hate group is offensive and we can’t have that. That’s four K’s not 3. Besides, this recipe turned out so good it can only improve the family name.


  • 1 lbs Bacon cut crosswise into pieces
  • 1 medium Onion chopped
  • 2 stalks Celery chopped
  • 1 head Cauliflower cut into florets
  • 3 10oz cans of Fancy Whole Baby Clams
  • 1 can Mushroom Pieces strained
  • 2 cans Chicken Stock (about 3 cups)
  • 1 tsp Ground Thyme
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Old Bay Seafood Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 8oz Cream Cheese softened
  • 1/2 stick Butter melted
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream


  • Saute Bacon in non-stick pan
  • Add Onions and stir occasionally until Bacon is cooked and Onions are caramelized
  • Empty the contents of the pan into the Instant Po
  • Deglaze the pan with the juice from the canned clams and pour into Instant Pot

    This is not how I did it, but how I will do it again. I had tried to saute the Bacon and Onions in the Instant Pot but the bottom was getting crusty and it didn’t seem to get hot enough to caramelize the onions. I remembered being told that the Instant Pot might not come to pressure if the bottom was scorched so I transferred it to a non-stick pan and my wife finished frying it up while I deglazed the Instant Pot on Saute with the Clam juice.

  • Add Clams, Mushrooms, Celery and Cauliflower (should fill the Instant Pot 2/3 to 3/4 full, stirring will distribute the Bacon, Clams and Mushrooms among the florets and settle the contents a bit in case you are worried)
  • Add Chicken Stock (This should bring the water level upto about the level of the ingredients)
  • Close lid, press the Soup button and select Low Pressure (it should default to 30 minutes)
  • When done, do a Quick Release (which took 4 minutes), add remaining ingredients, stir thoroughly and serve
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  • July 11, 2015

I just finished my first week as a full stack web developer. It was awesome, mostly because of the great people I get to work with, but also because there were so many new things to learn. Developing on a Mac, using Git and Github for source control, PivotalTracker for scrum management, Slack for chatting with everyone whether they are in the office or not, oh yeah and Google Apps for everything else. Aside from the technology change there is also a culture change. Where at Microsoft, I worked in my own private office and everyone used email to communicate with everyone, even if they were in the office next door. Here, the whole company is in one big room and so you just look up and chat with whoever or maybe they slide their chair (or roll their yoga ball for the younger employees) over and work in a spontaneous group. So what did I learn in my first week?

  • I learned many keyboard shortcuts for Gmail, Atom & iTerm.
  • I learned tons of markdown and the differences in how it is parsed and displayed in Atom and on Github.
  • I learned how to archive repos from Github and connect to file servers on Macs.
  • I learned how to identify merged branches on Git.
  • I learned how to identify unmerged branches on Git and create bundles of all the changes in a branch.
  • I learned how to do Pull Requests and Code Reviews on Github.
  • I learned where the /etc/hosts file is on Windows and why I’d want to use it.
  • Finally, I learned about the .gitattributes file, but that deserves its own post.
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  • September 28, 2012

So we’re in the car, and Hannah asks for the radio. Mom says, “We can sing: La, la, lala, la!” Dad cuts in with, “La, la, lala la la, la lalah la la lah!” Cue “Ah, come on!” from me, playing along.

Mom turns on the radio. It’s Sail. Final bridge to chorus. “La la la lalah, la la la lalah, oh…”

Here it comes…

This time for real…


We had an awesome week out at Mayfield Lake. We managed to record some of the action and I used MovieMaker to put together a summary video. A good time was had by all and we plan on making this an annual event.

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  • July 30, 2012

Hey, it’s Hannah! I’m chillin’ at the comp right now ’cause I just finished my school for the day and all my chores.

Today’s been fun because I went to a group called Handmade Blessings at my grandma’s church today (something I’ve been doing for a while now.) and one lady brought an awesome lemony-cake-thing for a snack. I had, like, five slices. 😀 But it was kinda hard today because my arms are sore from tubing yesterday (see next paragraph) and the ladies always ask me to do stuff and carry things for them. As soon as I got there, there was a problem with the coffee machine (’cause something just had to go wrong :P) and I had to pick it up and move stuff around. Then I had to look for the coffee grounds; and when I finally finished and brought it back to the crafting room, Helen tried to get coffee and nothing came out. I had left the stupid pump out. *facepalm* Then I helped Marlis carry some stuff into the attic and Julie needed help with the birdhouses. Now my arms are even more sore. *heavy sigh*

Now to explain why my arms are sore. Hehehehe!! Yesterday we took the boat out on Lake Sammamish and hooked the inner tube up to it. I was the first one on, by popular vote. As I sat there, floating away from the boat, I began to doubt whether or not this was going to be any fun. Then mom sped up… ’nuff said. My mom is VICIOUS when she drives the boat. She has this whiplash technique that is very painful but so much fun!!! She turns a hard right and you go flying off the left side of the boat, then she turns left and you whip the other way and gain so much speed that by the time you’re on the right side, the inner tube starts flipping and sends you crashing into the water. Sorry no one got any pics. 🙁

We must do this again next weekend!!!

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  • October 6, 2010

As Fall gracefully leaves, the beautiful Winter stalks out quietly. She gently covers buildings and cars with a thin, pure layer of frost. The winds blow colder and the animals scurry to their shelters to sleep through it. Winter leans over and touches the waters, freezing the top of every river and stream and brook. However, she frowns at the oceans, for their wildness she cannot tame. She sends the clouds to cover the sky and scatters snowflakes o’er the lands below. She stacks the snow either inches or feet high and covers the ground. She watches as the young children play in her creation and she witnesses the older ones gazing in awe at the magnificence of her work. She sends gails and winds to shake the trees and send the children inside before she makes her most favorite thing of all. Blizzards. The winds pickup speed. The ice on the roads and the hail in the air make it difficult to see anything. But Winter sees. She smiles and laughs at her creation. Some days she let the wind loose and it whipps around trees and buildings. But most days everything is peaceful and lovely. She’ll continue her work till Spring arrives and begs her to leave. Occasionally Winter can bride Spring into letting her stay longer but not in this scenario. Winter’s tears freeze in the snow as she melts away slowly, not to see her beautiful work for a long while.

He he!

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  • August 30, 2010

Falls coming up and I’m going to describe it. Don’t know why….

 Summer’s brilliance slowly fades into the distance and Autumn shyly peeks her head out. She is seemingly inferior to Summer’s glory and radiance at first. She starts small. Wispy breezes  float down from the mountains.The leaves change color slowly at first, only gradually becoming a soft yellow green. She gently urges the animals to collect food before Winter comes. The days turn chilly and Autumn watches in silent joy as young people cuddle together in front of the blazing fire. The leave continue slowly changing, the winds pick up speed. Then  Autumn glides gracefully out of hiding. The leaves fall from the trees in magnificent shades of ambers, and yellows, and oranges. She tenderly drapes the land in a thick fog, engulfing the horizon with the clouds. A gust scatters to the wind the pile of leaves a child had gathered together. Some days the sun shines, but some days the rain comes pouring down. It drips through the gaps in the trees and soaks the ground in it’s wake. Autumn peers down at the children skipping in the mud. She giggles in glee and continues her work. The rain soon stops and she brings out the sun as she strolls through the grain field. She adds a breeze for good measure and watches in bliss as the stalks wave in the wind. She observes the harvesters and their machines picking the grain. After four months of delightful labor the branches hang bare, the animals begin hibernation, and all is prepared for Winter’s arrival. In sadness, Autumn bids farewell to Earth and greets Winter as he approaches to begin his work. With one last longing glance, Autumn departs, yearning for the day when she may come again….

K’ay, so, that’s about it…. hope y’all like it.