Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Sleep like a Pancake!

Sleep like a Pancake! is a simple, open source, ad-free, mildly-mindful sleep sound app utilizing audio files from Freesound.org, mindful meditations from The Free Mindfulness Project (mostly) and noises generated by the author via Audacity.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 - Dangerous Toy

Summary: Potentially dangerous toy: exploding batteries! Leaky acid!

I bought this toy, LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit, for my nephew for Christmas from Amazon. A month later I asked my sister if he was enjoying it. She had to inform me that the batteries exploded and broke a bunch of parts and she’s was trying to get Lego to send her new ones. Luckily, it was still in the return period, and since Lego didn’t seem to be very responsive or helpful, I sent it back to Amazon for a refund.

He really enjoyed the toy, so I sent him another one. A month and half later, I get a text from my sister that it happened again: exploding batteries and leaky acid! Unfortunately, the return window had closed. My nephew is stuck with a broken, potentially dangerous toy and I’m out a bunch of money. It’s unfortunate because he loves this toy!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Ryan No. 3: Untitled

Newest contender to challenge my favorite cocktail...


  • 1 oz Bourbon
  • 1 1/2 oz KAS Krupnikas
  • 1/2 oz Aperol
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 4 dashes orange bitters

Shake (or stir) with ice and strain into martini glass. Add bitters.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Ryan No. 2: Untitled


  • 1 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz pear liquor
  • 1/2 oz honey syrup
  • 1/4 oz lemon juice

Shake (or stir) with ice. Strain into martini glass.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Ryan No. 1: Mintpucky Derby


Muddle peppermint and maple syrup. Add other ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into martini glass.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Tasting XIV: Best of Rye!

The second in a series of "open bottle" tastings...this one "Best of Rye!" We both brought four rye winners from previous tastings. John might have brought one for our guest taster...Howard! Fuggles was a no show! Does Fuggles not like rye?

Monday, June 13, 2016

Tasting XV: Best of Bourbon?

So we decided to have a few rounds of "best-ofs." This one was bourbon. We were supposed to each bring four of our winners from previous rounds. Can you tell which one of us didn't follow instructions?

Monday, April 11, 2016

Tasting XIV

After the last two tasting, I'd exhausted my supply of exciting whiskey. So I phoned it in. John? I guess he can blame Audra for sleep deprivation.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Tasting XIII

Lucky 13! I wasn't going to be able to top my entries from last tasting, but I had some stuff I thought John would find interesting (and one I thought would win to hedge my bets). Unknowingly, John brought all bourbon, too.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Tasting XII

So, I've been taking the easy road the last few tastings: playing to win. I felt John was a little uninspired by my choices, so with a little luck from the bourbon gods, I decided to bring all things John would find "interesting." John decided to bring all rye.