Author Archives: Jim Vanderveen

About Jim Vanderveen

I'm a bit of a Renaissance man, with far too many hobbies for my free time! But more important than any hobby is my family. My proudest accomplishment has been raising some great kids! And somehow convincing my wife to put up with me since 1988. ;)

Space Station visibility gadget

Back in October I was thinking about how I might build a Space Station visibility indicator. Yesterday I ran across a similar idea at ISS Above, and it got me thinking some more about how I would implement my own … Continue reading

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Day #1 of 30-day blogging challenge

Ever since I began using FaceBook, I’ve kind of let my blog rot. It’s just too damned easy to post on FaceBook, because I hold my blog posts to a higher standard. And due to inertia and habit, I end … Continue reading

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Homemade chorizo

First time I’ve made this recipe: http://honestcooking.com/authentic-homemade-mexican-chorizo/ We couldn’t find ancho chile powder at our local Mexican market, so we substituted paprika+red chile powder+cayenne as suggested. I made a 2.5 kg batch (5x the recipe) because that was how much … Continue reading

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BoardGameGeek widget

I finally visited the BoardGameGeek site after a prolonged absence and got to fiddling with the widget generator. Here’s what I came up with: Thumbnails of the 5 games I’ve most recently played (and remembered to log on BGG!) I … Continue reading

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Brian’s gingerbread cookie recipe

Brian brought some gingerbread cookies in to the office last week, and they were amazingly tasty! I asked him for the recipe (and permission to publish it here), which he graciously granted. Following typical cookie recipe procedure, here are the … Continue reading

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New gravy recipe?

SimplyRecipes has a giblet gravy recipe that looks interesting. I haven’t used mirepoix in my Thanksgiving gravy before, but that certainly sounds like a worthy addition!

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Atari lives!

I got one of my two Atari 800′s out and fired it up today. My 30-year-old computer is still kicking! My wife and/or kids started typing on my old computer, and their opinion is apparent! The old programming cartridges (Action!, … Continue reading

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The Dark Tower

Back in September 2011, I (and many other geeks) was introduced to NPR’s “Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books” via SFsignal’s amazing flowchart. I had already experienced about half of the books, but that still left quite a few … Continue reading

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Quilt shop update

About seven months ago, we got a notice from Sacramento County about our expired permit for the quilt shop. We renewed the permit (to avoid ever-increasing penalties), and now we’re just days away from having to call for an inspection … Continue reading

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Chicken with peanut sauce

This is my adaptation of Martin Yan’s recipe for glass noodles with peanut sauce from A Wok For All Seasons, currently out of print. If you like this, I highly recommend that you ferret out a copy of the book! … Continue reading

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