Dad, Musician, and Nerd
Let’s Bake Cookies!
Brooke found a delicious recipe for some gluten free chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and I whipped ‘em up last night.
Thick & Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
By: Nicole @ Gluten-Free on a Shoestring.com
Recipe type: Cookie
Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 12 mins Total time: 22 mins
Gluten-free oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
1½ cups (210g) high-quality all-purpose gluten-free flour
1¼ teaspoons xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
1 cup (218g) light brown sugar
3 cups (300g) certified gluten-free old fashioned oats
8 tablespoons (112g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 extra-large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
In a large bowl, place the flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, and whisk to combine well. Place the chocolate chips in a medium-sized bowl, add one tablespoon of the whisked dry ingredients, and toss the chips to coat them evenly. Set the chips aside.
Add the granulated and light brown sugars to the large bowl of dry ingredients, and whisk again to combine well, breaking up any lumps in the brown sugar. Add the oats, and stir to combine well.
Add the butter, and mix until combined (the butter will just moisten all of the other ingredients, but the dough won’t hold together just yet). Add the beaten eggs and vanilla, and mix until the dough comes together. It will be very thick, and a bit difficult to stir. Add the chocolate chips and reserved dry ingredients to the dough, and mix to distribute the chips evenly throughout the cookie dough.
Drop the cookie dough by rounded tablespoon on the prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Place the baking sheets in the freezer until firm, about 15 minutes.
Once chilled, place the baking sheet in the center of the preheated oven, and bake for about 12 minutes, or until lightly golden brown all over (and a bit browner around the edges). The cookies will still be soft to the touch. Judge their readiness by color, not firmness. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet until firm (about 10 minutes). Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
The chocolate chips can be replaced by an equal amount (by weight) of raisins for a more traditional cookie.
The dough must be cold before baking or your cookies will spread out too much and be anything but thick and chewy
Instead of all chocolate chips, I added orange infused dried cranberries which raised the stakes on their total tastiness. Other thoughts on that front included chopped walnuts, but we opted out of that idea, thinking it might be a little busy.
Reinstalled on Tuesday, the 18th, beta build 7.0 (11A4372q)
On a lark (as well as other reasons I won’t go into) I reinstalled 11A4372q on my iPhone 5 but instead of restoring from a backup, I set up as a new phone.
Previous to the restore, battery life was inconsistent, with a tendency towards terrible. Typical days required charging midday due to battery percentages around 20 - 30%. My original number one issue, Podcasts, was no longer an issue but I was still seeing random crashes and poor battery life.
Setting the phone up as new produced a whole new experience. The first week of reports from “beta testers” (folks who otherwise have no business running an iOS beta) included a log of regret, and my hunch is all of those beta testers restored their backup and all of the iOS 6 preferences that came with it. More of the OS is smooth, transitions are more fluid and less jerky, and I haven’t seen too many dramatic crashes.
One crash that I can consistently replicate is this: Start up a web app (in my case Fever, the excellent RSS reader from Shaun Inman), hit home, start another application, double hit home to invoke the multitasking card viewer, tap the web app, crash Springboard. This has been the case since day 1, so setting up as new doesn’t factor.
Podcasts, so I don’t run up my cellular data bill, are now being funneled through Dropbox where each is marked as a favorite for offline listening. I’m curious to reinstall Podcasts with the “new” phone and see how it performs, but as the podcast list is synced over iCloud, I’m guessing the slowdown and performance hits will be synced with that data.
It is funny how after installing beta 1 you immediately start hoping and waiting for beta 2 to arrive.
SPLIT EP - DEMO VIDEOS - SHARE AND ENJOY
What it says on the tin. Delightful.
Although, I sort of hate that the bird has better pitch than I do. Stupid bird.
I defy you to claim there is not magic in the world.
Installed on Tuesday, the 11th, beta build 7.0 (11A4372q)
First impressions: Holy shit, indeed. Of course everything is different, but the little things that have hit me the most are the Phone and its flat color bars, Safari with its expanded functionality and speed, and of all things the lock screen with its beautiful animations. The spit and polish in the transitions are fantastic.
Noticeable bugs: Apple’s Podcasts app is completely hosed, for sure. Just having it installed takes the OS down in some instances. More often than not, launching Podcasts gives you a black screen and no response from anything, not even the home button. The traditional hold power then hold home force quit method doesn’t work, nor does swiping the app away in the Multitasking card view… I’m not sure if there is a user accessible way to force quit an app.
When restoring my test device from an iCloud backup (complete with email accounts, iCloud account, remembered Wifi passwords) the first run was a clutter of password prompts, each overlapping the other demanding attention. I’m sure that will be taken care of shortly.
Battery life seems to have improved as soon as I uninstalled Podcasts. I have been using iTunes Radio and iTunes Match a great deal more now that I am missing my Podcasts, and even with LTE blasting data for more than several hours today, I’m down to 30% after pulling it off the charger at 7:00AM this morning.
Thought of the day: Most folks will tell you not to the install the first iOS beta on a daily driver. They’ve been saying that for five years now, but I can’t complain. What’s exciting is revisions may modify look and feel from where we are now at beta 1.
The link above leads to a collection of video demos/ideas that ishcabittle and I have been developing into full-fledged recordings for a future split record. It’s a nice blend of his upbeat loopy layering and my more ambient/post-rock flavored compositions. We hope to have the album finished around the end of this summer (2013).
If you like these songs and want to be updated on the album-in-progress, the most surefire way to stay in the loop is by subscribing to my mailing list. Also feel free to check out my full length albums in the meantime. :-)
My buddy Alex put together a playlist of our demos for our upcoming split record. Take a listen!
I like Craig, Eddie, and Phil. They are a good trio of presenters, and at today’s WWDC keynote they presented the hell out of some amazing technologies. The new Mac Pro, iOS 7, OS X Mavericks, all three technologies are amazing, fabulous, and highly anticipated. Each new product is a long time coming and none of the three failed to disappoint.
Every presenter with the exception of Tim Cook had at least one defensive jab at the competition. Tim matter of fact-ly stated OS numbers, noting that the largest section of Android users was still running Gingerbread, a three year old OS, but that wasn’t defensive in my book. Tim was simply playing to his company’s strength in comparatively low fragmentation. Those other three cats, though, had something to say.
Craig Federighi was obviously a little defensive about the skeuomorphic design in previous versions of OS X, mentioning virtual cows in regards to Calendar.app and running out of green felt for Game Center. It felt like he had always felt that way, and now he could finally say it. You don’t go out of your way to mention how you no longer have a negative aspect in your software unless you have some unresolved feelings about it.
Phil Schiller’s defensive statement was the most blatant, “Can’t innovate, my ass!” When so many for so long say so often that Apple has dried up, has run out of new ideas and technologies, and has rested on its thumbs since you know who passed away, well, you are understandably upset. Those sorts of comments must get under your skin just a little. Not enough to show the world before the designs are final, no, but enough to pop out during his presentation. When you can’t tell people, yes, you are indeed innovating, you must build up a little resentment. I believe that was the first time anyone swore during an Apple keynote.
Finally Eddie Cue’s presentation had the most subtle jab of the keynote. When speaking of Siri’s new features, of which there were many, Eddie mentioned that web searches would be kicked out to Bing. Bing! Really? I guess if you’re going to provide search data to a rival, you pick the one who’s not in a crushingly dominant position, sure, but Bing? Let’s hope that there is a setting in Siri where you can choose Yahoo, ha ha. It retrospect, it wasn’t necessarily defensive as though Google has been calling Apple out on the fact that Google is iOS’s default search in many areas, but it was slipped in there as though there was hope that no one would immediately notice. That is a defensive, in its own way.
Let’s not detract from the good here, there is a massive change in Apple and we are just now seeing the tip of the iceberg. It just seems a little odd that even in jest there were more than a few defensive things said by our swinging executives. Odd, because in my opinion, the new tech presented today is a offensive the competition may have to scramble to keep up with.
So WWDC is going down right now, as of this writing at 2:57PM EST it is most likely wrapping up and done. My intentions this morning were as follows:
So far, all I have seen are flashes. Notably I saw Dan Frommer’s post at Splat F, “Holy Shit.”, which is just enough to excite me even further. The desire to read the recap of the live blogs is starting to overwhelm the desire to survive a news blackout and witness all of the details all at once at home on the AppleTV.
The idea of waiting until the end of the day to watch the keynote in relaxation came to me before they announced the live broadcast viewable in Safari and iOS. The temptation to watch is even greater knowing I could watch from anywhere as it was happening.
So I find myself sticking to my guns, anxious and oddly jealous of the rest of the world that already knows what is in store. Oddly jealous because the wait is self inflicted, odd because even I am not sure the wait will translate into greater enjoyment and wonder at the reveals. I will say, however, that I think I finally understand the sports fans who record their favorite team’s most important game and must wait until their time in front of the television before they catch up with the rest of their fan base.
I use my fork like an east European smoker holds his cigarette. For I am the Claradactyl.
I often dreamt about being the first bass player in space, the impact of this video is of such magnitude I cannot express myself adequately. The Colonel is a scientist, a photographer, an astronaut, a singer, a guitar player, a blogger, and an earthling. I’m as proud as proud can be to be a part of a society that put a man into space who then sang a song about a man in space, written by a rock star who was dreaming about a future where space was as beautiful as it seems to have turned out to be.
SKIRT STEAKS AND WATER TABLES
This past weekend, the family broke out a couple fun summertime devices. The Water Table, gifted to me from my sister and her husband, is something I would have loved as a child and it is very fun to watch Clara splash around. I would have played with the water slide for hours, but for now Clara is enjoying standing (full stop, no need to continue) and holding the toys up in the air in a full on gesture of triumph.
We fired up our little Webber, placing it on our pair of metro-shelves with a plank of wood for stability. It is the first time in my grilling experience that I had enough room for everything, prep, tools, and service combined. I almost shipped my pants when Clara went for the shelves, luckily it was the opposite side from the grill and we caught her well in time.
It was my first attempt at skirt steak, and unfortunately it showed. We marinated in:
After cooking each side for 4 minutes or so, the steak was done and we sat down to eat. Unfortunately, the meat turned out to be very chewy, so much so that it almost ruined the meal. A little research turned up what our mistakes were:
I’m eager to try grilling skirt again, knowing what I know now, but am also happy to grill other cuts of steak, too. Perhaps this is the summer of the Sunday steak dinner?
You grew up tough, or at least wishing you were. You were a boy, and you grew into a man. One of the many things that defined you was your gender, and that gender was manly. Testosterone ruled your teens and early twenties, you have a hairy chest, not a great deal of hair left on the top of your head, and you consider yourself an old fashioned, insensitive and brutish American man.
So why is it the Publix commercial wherein a mother and daughter are making grotesque pinwheels causes my eyes to water, why is it the dad who won’t let go of his daughter before she goes into surgery makes me desperate to find and hug my own, and why oh why do I suddenly feel the need to go out to the store and CONSUME? I’ll tell you why. You’re a dad now. Becoming a dad colors all of your perceptions. It is as though someone has taken a pink lighting gel and permanently affixed it to both your glasses and your contact lenses.
Modern media is well aware of these heartstrings and pulls them religiously, almost with a fervor. I just was never affected before, I wasn’t immune, but I could handle it. Now I can’t. In the same way that I can not look at Clara without smiling, I can’t watch a terrible commercial without relating it to my paternal experience. I recognize that the commercial is terrible, I vow to keep it out of my consciousness, and yet I think about these heartstring commercials. Unbidden, they rise into my foremost thoughts, pushing out less important things like networking details, IP addresses, necessary passwords, and/or my own phone number.
Ready to go back to work?