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Aug 12, 02:39 PM · from the mouth of Tyler

Pleeeeeeease. :)

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Dan's Ribs

Jul 28, 01:06 PM · from the mouth of Tyler

After our delectably carnivorous 4th of July, I was jonesing for some ribs. I loved Robin’s slow smoked ribs, not to mention those that the neighbor brought over! But since I don’t have a real smoker myself (yet!) I couldn’t recreate them exactly. But Sarah’s stepdad Dan had a different way of making them that I’d never heard of, and it was much easier if you don’t have a smoker. So the other night, I tried it, and they were fabulous!! Here’s how I did it:

Dan’s Bahaman Ribs

The night before, cut up a rack of pork ribs into individual ribs (we used spare ribs… bigger, meatier, and cheaper than baby back). Put in a large ziplock bag and drown them in Coca Cola Classic. I used a whole 2-liter bottle. Then stick in the fridge to marinate overnight. (You might want to put the bag in a large bowl to prevent any leaks from messing up your fridge).

When you’re ready to cook, pour the whole bag of ribs and Coke into a large pot and heat on high until boiling. I added some garlic powder, smoked paprika, cumin, and salt to the liquid. I didn’t measure, but I’d guess that I added about 2 Tbsp of each. Once boiling, turn down to a simmer, and cook for about an hour or an hour and a half. You’ll be able to tell that the ribs have gotten soft and the meat is already just about falling off the bones.

Meanwhile, get your grill ready, and soak some smoking chips in water for 20-30 minutes. When you’re ready, pull the ribs out of the boiling liquid. Turn out the coals and arrange them for indirect heat, drain the wood chips and throw them right on the coals. Then put the ribs right on the grill, close the cover, and let ‘em smoke! Remember, the ribs are already cooked through when you put them on the grill, so you’re really just finishing them here. It doesn’t take that long. When they’re just about done, remove the lid, baste them with some BBQ sauce, and finish the ribs over the hot part of the grill.

Serve with a cold beer and lots of napkins!

For those with a gas grill (Jake perhaps?), follow the same instructions, but soak the smoking chips (available in the grocery store, right next to the charcoal) and wrap in a foil pouch. You should be able to just drop the foil pouch directly onto the burner in your grill and get smoke.

For those of you who live in a third-floor New York City walk-up and don’t have a grill, (you know who you are), just finish them under the broiler with some BBQ sauce. Just remember the all important rule of using the broiler: DON’T LEAVE THE KITCHEN. The broiler works great, but you’ve got to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. A good smokey BBQ sauce is Bull’s Eye. It won an America’s Test Kitchen taste test, and it’s what I use.

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Parker in High-Def!

Jul 28, 12:35 PM · from the mouth of Tyler

YouTube has come a long way in a few short years. Every video used to be small, and crappy quality. Now, it’s fully HD capable, and videos are actually watchable!

Here’s a cute little video of Parker that I shot last night with our little HD Flip Mino camera. He’s really been starting to smile a lot in the last week or two. When you guys have kids, you’ll see— when they first start to smile, there’s nothing better!

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And here are some cute smiley pictures from the other day. (Sorry for the poor quality… It was a low-light situation and I didn’t have my lightscoop…)

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The Age of the Petabyte

Jul 8, 03:14 PM · from the mouth of Tyler

I just found this on Gizmodo and had to share it. It’s geeky. And cool.

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The American Craft Beer Fest

Jun 24, 06:57 PM · from the mouth of Tyler

Speaking of beer…. (aren’t we ALWAYS speaking of beer?)

This past weekend I went to the American Craft Beer Fest in Boston!

I went with my friends Shelly and Steve, who most of you have met.

I had a great time.

There were lots of people there.

And LOTS of good beer! I saw our friends from Boulder Beer, who told me the place has been remodeled or something since we were there in 2002… It’s 2009 now. Whoa. Anyway, he also said they do brewery tours at 2pm on weekdays. I’m just sayin.

I discovered a brewery I’d never heard of, but am glad I have now!! 21st Amendment is from San Fransisco, but apparently just stared selling beer in the Boston area in the last couple weeks (don’t know if they’re in CT/NY yet.) Their Watermelon Wheat is AWESOME!

Woodstock Inn Brewery from New Hampshire was another I’d never heard of. They had an amazing Maple Porter and also a really tasty Brown Ale (and I’m not usually a fan of browns).

Surly was another brewery I’d never heard of, I think from Minnesota. They were strategically tapping barrels of certain beers at key moments during the festival, and when they tapped “The Darkness” people LINED UP.

Here’s the line to taste “The Darkness.” I had no idea what it was, but I figured everyone else must have known something I didn’t, so I got on line. It turned out to be a Russian Imperial Stout, and boy was it strong!! And TASTY!

Here’s my sample of “The Darkness”, and while it may look small, there was a LOT of flavor packed into those 2 ounces!

All in all, it was a really good time. I’m sorry to say I couldn’t sample everything, or even a fraction of the 300+ beers they had to offer. Ommegang was there, but at the moment I was passing their booth, I had another beer in my hand and wasn’t feeling like rushing. Oh well. But It was well worth it. And I look forward to having our own little Coloradan Craft Beer Fest next week!!

P.S. Sorry for the crappy iPhone photos. :)

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Stereographic Projections

May 6, 01:35 PM · from the mouth of Tyler

Wow. Yesterday, I had my mind blown. I was surfing around Flickr just looking at random panoramas, and I found a whole new world of photography that I never knew existed. Stereographic Projection! It’s a style of mainly landscape photography where essentially the photographer takes a full pano 360° around him or her, and 180° up and down. Then using software, all the individual shots are stitched together in such a way that the landscape ends up looking like a miniature planet floating in space. The term “stereographic projection” refers to this highly complicated math equation that projects a sphere onto a flat plane. I dunno, it’s over my head. Here’s a Wikipedia article on it if you feel like geeking out.

Here’s an example:

The guy who took this said it originated from 9 HDR images, or a total of 27 shots. (HDR is a whole ‘nother thing altogether… something I’d also like to get into, but we’ll save that for another post.) I love the sky, and the way the trees stick out into space.

Here’s one with people:

This is one of my favs. I LOVE how the people are warped, with big heads and little bodies. Fabulous!

Here’s one with some buildings (click for a larger view):

And some more notable ones:

You can see by those last two that you can get some really neat effects using indoor shots as well.

Here’s a link to the group on Flickr where I found all of these. There are so many incredible images. And there are 460 members in the group, so there are obviously lots of people doing this. Jimmy, Jake, have you guys ever seen this before? I’d LOVE to learn how to do it. It really blows my mind.

Semi-related, I’d just like to take this opportunity to endorse Cool Iris. Cool Iris is the most amazing browser plug-in I’ve ever seen. It basically creates a whole new, super cool 3D environment for viewing images and video content. It takes a Flickr page and turns it into this amazing wall of images that you can move and interact with. Also great for doing Google image searches, YouTube, and even looking at your own photos in iPhoto or whatever. It’s free, it’s really simple to install, and it’ll knock your socks off. Click the link in the first sentence to get it. It works on Safari, Firefox, and IE. There’s even an iPhone app!

Love Ty.

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Happy Beefday Andy!!

Apr 2, 11:38 AM · from the mouth of Tyler

Yeay, I managed to get this one up ON your actual birthday! May your 30th be truly memorable. Sorry I won’t be able to make it to your shindig at the Ginger Man… You’ve said such great things about that place, and I really want to go there sometime. Jess and Kieran and I are leaving for Maine in about an hour, otherwise I’d be there.

Here’s a picture of something I didn’t get you for your birthday. The Beer Belly!

Love Ty.

P.S. I still haven’t seen Jake or Jimmy chime in about the Colorado trip…….

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Colorado -and- Happy Beefday Jimmy!!

Mar 30, 01:47 PM · from the mouth of Tyler

Okay, so I posted about this subject in my St. Pats thread, but it never turned into anything. So I’ll give it it’s own post. And I’ll email you guys about it too.


I didn’t take that picture— found it with Google Image search. But we’ve been there! Remember? Last time, I stupidly didn’t bring a camera!! I just bought a disposable somewhere. Stupid, stupid, stupid! Won’t make that mistake again!

Anyway, Andy has mentioned that his preferred dates of travel would be Tuesday June 30th to Monday July 6th. Though since I don’t get any vacation time, I’d prefer to shave a day or so off of that. I’d propose either an evening flight on Tuesday the 30th or an early morning flight on Wednesday the 1st, then an evening flight on July 5th if possible.

Jimmy, since we’d be crashing your house, you get a say in the matter. And Jake, feel free to chime in as well…

And by the way…

Happy Beefday Jimmy!!

Now you’re an old fogey too. Andy has a couple days left, and I’ve still got another 6 months of being a 20-something. ;) Sure, I’m technically in my late, LATE 20’s, but who’s counting, really? Anywho, hope you had a great 30th.

Okay, start chiming in…

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St. Pat's!

Mar 17, 06:51 PM · from the mouth of Tyler

Cheers! May everyone have a lovely St. Pat’s this evening. Here’s an Irish toast to you all:

I drink to your health when I’m with you,
I drink to your health when I’m alone,
I drink to your health so often,
I’m starting to worry about my own!

It was great to see everyone the other night. So glad you could all make it! I’ll take the liberty of posting a few of Jake’s pics here (since I haven’t uploaded my own yet!)

Thanks Jake!!

Now onto other business. Are we really going to do a trip to see Jimmy this summer? Because we should probably plan that now, and not let it go the way of our plan to go see Spamalot together. :(

I forget the specific days we were thinking about going, but I just did a quick search of Priceline and found that if we go from July 1st to July 7th (random days) we can have round trip airfare for $213 with a layover or $242 non-stop.

Okay, I started the conversation. Now discuss!

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Happy Beefday Jake!!

Mar 5, 01:35 PM · from the mouth of Tyler

Happy Birthday Jake!!! Sorry I couldn’t make it to your celebration the other night. Did you even go through with it? I know Monday was the day of that big blizzard.

Since you’re the oldest Goof, you get to pave the way for the rest of us. So what’s it like being 30? I bet it’s awesome. Yeay for Jake!!!!

Here’s a little something special just for you.

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