Saturday, July 20, 2019

keto/sugar-free beef jerky recipe

I generally hate food blogs. The unctuous writing. The loathsome abundance of worthless content before the actual recipe. I especially dread the Q&A type worthless content - "Is jerky right for me"?

Anyway, I generally didn't like any of the recipes I found online so I decided to wing it and make my own. This is my first attempt at this and I will revise or make a future post if this doesn't come out well.
Food blog-esque high quality pics.

On to the recipe:

1.75 lbs top round, sliced, beaten with a meat tenderizer (a flat one, not a spikey one)
1 cup each Worcester sauce, soy sauce, and Diet Coke
2 Tsp salt
2 Tsp garlic powder 
1 tsp cayenne 
Marinated overnight 


I put them on my pellet grill (I have a Rec-Tec) on the "Low" setting which is about 180F for 2 hours before even checking on them. I recently got a jerky rack thing off Amazon - it's a Traeger brand but fits fine I have a Rec-Tec "Stampede". It would probably be best in the future to load up the rack on a cookie sheet and then put the rack in the grill. Looks like it could hold 3-4 lbs or so. These cooked for a total of 3 hours.

Ici nous avons le jerky du bouef.
 The finished product could use a little more salt and sweet flavor. Spiciness is at the correct level. I'm generally happy with the result.


Friday, July 19, 2019

some miscellaneous thoughts about a recent trip to Thailand

Just returned. Here are some thoughts to share.

As hotels go, the St. Regis is not terribly expensive, is extremely convenient to the BTS, and has wonderful food, service, amenities. Great staff. Property is slightly dated in some common areas - pool and spa. Overall my though is that if it's within your budget it should be your first choice unless you are determined to be near the river.

Many people rave about the Sheraton Royal Orchid (it's a favorite on the flyertalk forums). We spent 2 nights there and it's OK but not great. Larger property. Close to the river and has nice ferry service but hard to get around because you usually have to take the ferry to the BTS stop then proceed on from there.

Grab is the Thai version of Uber. They used to have Uber. Not sure why they got rid of Uber. Grab is convenient and inexpensive. The drivers we used spoke no english or so little that it made things difficult. Don't count on communicating directly.

Google Translate is now useful for Thai. Previously when I had tried it lacked significant functionality vs German or French (for example). That appears to have been fixed.

I've spent probably 3 weeks in aggregate time in Bangkok. I think in the future I only need to go for 2-3 days and then go someplace else - either Chiang Mai or Laos for the next trip. Would like to see Ko Phi Phi also. This isn't because I don't love Bangkok. I do love Bangkok. It's just a big city and there are limited attractions. I like going primarily for good food and shopping at this point.

Lime soda (both home-made at restaurants and the stuff in 7-11's and Family Mart) is delicious and not sweet.

Check the Buddhist calendar as there are now days during the year (1-2 or even 3 day periods) where there are no alcohol sales anywhere but duty-free stores.

Also note (I could not find an answer on the web anywhere) - airport lounges (Thai Air in particular) DOES SERVE BOOZE during these holidays.

Crab yellow curry was my favorite dish this trip. I also continue to love Chiang Mai and Issan sausage.

Cooking schools seem to always offer the same few dishes (or minor variations) - glass noodle salad, some kind of curry, and fish cakes.

Raja's Fashions in Bangkok - make sure you go to the correct one (there's an imposter across the street) - is probably the only tailor I will ever use in the future. Made my 4th (I think) visit there. Lovely people. Lively shop with many returning customers. Reasonable prices. Lovely garments. Click the URL link and take note of what their logo looks like so you don't go to the wrong store.

That's it.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

ESXi 6.5u2 and macOS High Sierra

I found this surprisingly easy to set up.
It doesn’t matter but the hardware is a Dell r210ii with 16gb of RAM. 
Installed the Dell ESXi image from the Dell website. 
WinSCP to move DrDonk’s Unlocker v2.1 to a datastore and ran the ESXi installer included. 
Downloaded High Sierra on a Mac using the App Store and made an ISO using instructions found online. 
Installed ISO - went without a hitch. 
Downloaded VMWare tools from VMWare website. Used latest version (10.1). Dug darwin.iso out of the zip file and installed the macOS tools. This enabled changing screen resolution. 
Everything is working perfectly, no problems so far.

EDIT (17-Sept-2018) - you must follow these instructions for High Sierra or your VM disk will keep filling up and crashing the machine.


Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Dell Poweredge R720

Certainly a beast of a machine. Problem is the lack of user configuration for fan speeds. Dell seems either not to care about sysadmins and their hearing; or users tweaking their hardware.

It's a shame, it's a nice box and prices are reasonable for a home server.

See also: information from the UnRaid forums

Update (19-July-2019) -
Here's a how you do it:



Friday, October 13, 2017

i haven't posted in a while, here's a nifty script

there are lots of queries everywhere about how to script PRAW and youtube-dl to download videos off Reddit subs (i use this to load my Plex server with relevant music videos). here it is (it'll take a CLI of the sub you want to scrape and get the "Hot" 10 links:


#!python2.7
import praw
import youtube_dl
import sys      
#import urllib
 
r = praw.Reddit(client_id='insert your info here',
                     client_secret='insert your info here',
                     password='insert your info here',
                     user_agent='insert your info here',
                     username='insert your info here')
        
        
urls = []
 
def yt() :
        for submission in r.subreddit(sys.argv[1]).hot(limit=10):
                urls.append(str(submission.url))
        return urls
 
yt_urls = yt()
ydl_opts = {'ignoreerrors': 'False'}
ydl = youtube_dl.YoutubeDL(ydl_opts)
 
for item in yt_urls:
        #print([item, ])
        ydl.download([item, ])