Monthly Archives: September 2009

Game Day 09/30/2009

Taking pictures of Tim

Tonight was game night. But first, Jeff took some pictures of Tim for his profile.

Game #1


I was able to convince a group to play Automobile. As I remember it, (being a month later — so sad) I ended up in second place. My problem was that I never diversified much. I think you definitely need to sell the high end cars as well as the middle or low end cars.

Black Beans

Black Beans

Lately, I have been experiment cooking basic black beans. I was intrigued with a recipe from America’s Test Kitchen. It involved performing two things that I haven’t tried before (at least with beans). These were brining and cooking in the oven. And the recipe is as follows:

Remove any stones or ugly beans from a one pound bag of black beans. Soak them overnight (unrefrigerated) in four quarts of water with three tablespoons of salt added (dissolved of course).

Discard the water and rinse the beans thoroughly a couple of times to remove the salt. Cooking beans in salted water will toughen the skins. However, beans soaked in salted water will help create a creamy texture.

Put the beans in a pan and cover them with water. Add sliced garlic, a couple of bay leaves, oregano, onion powder, and some chopped pancetta. Bring the water up to a simmer. And then place the covered pan into an oven set to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook the beans for an hour.

The beans came out great! The next time I am going to try cooking some meat in there. The temperature is perfect for converting collagen into gelatin. I think a pound of Ox tails would work well.

Ace Race 2009


I was a little worried when I browsed the Ace Race site and only saw events for Waco or San Antonio. Not only that, but I couldn’t attend them because I would be traveling to Florida then. But there was no worries, they did indeed hold one in Austin that I could attend.

lost disc

Jon and I practiced a little bit before the event. Unfortunately, I had thrown one of my two discs (you can only use the two special Ace race discs) into the brush. We must have spent twenty minutes looking for it. And I was almost ready to call it lost. But I spotted it!


I had fun again at the tournament. You only receive one throw for each basket. The only thing that counts is if it goes in the basket (ace) or if it hits any part of the basket or pole (metal). Unfortunately, I did not hit anything. And only got close once (or at least it looked close from the angle I was at).

pecan street festival
Casino El Camino

For lunch, we decided on some burgers at Casino El Camino. Their hamburgers are pretty good. But I do wish that they would have a better quality of bun than the cheap white bread burger bun. And it seems that the Pecan Street Festival was going on at the same time.

chihuahua cart

As we were walking to the car, I spotted a little Chihuahua dog pulling a cart behind it. I don’t know what the deal was with that setup…

Game Day 09/25/2009

Game #1


Mike hosted a session to try out his new game that he purchased, Endeavor. It was interesting. An area control game with four different abilities that you can specialize in. However, I don’t think that we will play it again anytime soon. So it is hard to judge a game based on one playing…


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Poor man’s BBQ link via

Ryoan-ji Zen temple link via

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10 photography pet peeves we’d throw down a black hole link via

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Perseid meteors penetrating circumpolar star trails link via

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How many nukes would it take to destroy human civilization? link via

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The Civil War in four minutes link via

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River of five colors link via

Isometric pixel map of Beijing link via

Pool floating in lake link via

World’s fastest zip line link via

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Tichu Dragon tattoo link via

Asus Eee Keyboard confirmed for October link via

Bach canon visualized as a moebius strip link via

8 bicycle concepts link via

How to kiss a woman link via

Intense activity on one end, quiet stillness on the other link via

The ghost fleet of the recession link via

Altoids Tin Bread Bake link via

Volkswagen’s Diesel-Hybrid L1 Concept Gets 170 MPG, Available by 2013 link via

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Guide to hamburger styles link via

Amateur covers of Michael Jackson link via

Sea aged IPA link via

Single use lamp powered by a drop of your blood link via

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Carl Sagan – ‘A Glorious Dawn’ link via

’09 Malibu vs. ’59 Bel Air crash test link via

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Prince Rupert’s drop link via

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New herb garden

New herb garden

It looks like Monument Cafe planted a new herb garden on some unused land. Which is certainly cool. All restaurants should do something like this in my opinion. Actually, if it were up to me, I would design a restaurant where the entire roof would be a greenhouse. And it would collect and store rainwater as well. The first floor would be a parking garage. All of the outside trees would be fruit or nut bearing trees. Heck, you could probably maintain a honeybee hive somewhere on the property as well.

Disc Golf 09/20/2009

More trees taken down

We went to Old Settler’s park for some disc golf today. I was quite sad to see even more trees taken down. The years of drought have taken their toll. I really hope they plant new tress to replace them.

Outlaw singles

Fortunately, we missed the Outlaw Singles tournament. There wasn’t anyone out on the field except us.

Lost disc

Jon lost his disc in the trees on hole 4. Can you spot it?

Watering a tree with ice

Apparently, it is so hot out here, that you need to water the trees with ice. But it was probably just discarded from a cooler for the Outlaw Singles tournament cleanup.

New mando signs

I like how they used towels to mark a temporary mando. Unfortunately, these trees are dead and will probably be cut down eventually.

Birdie #1
Birdie #2

I got one easy birdie on the “B” hole. And another one on hole 12.

La Selva

And, of course, we ended with a trip to La Selva.

Johnny T’s BBQ

Johnny T's
Johnny T's food

Jeff told me about this place and that I had to try it out. They have some pretty good sides. The tamale potato casserole was good, the apple slaw was nice and tart (perhaps a little too tart),. The pulled pork was on the dry side, however. And, while the desserts sounded good, they turned out to not be homemade. The Cheeky Monkey Parfait used banana pudding from a can.

Disc Golf 09/19/2009

hedge balls

We went down to Leander for some disc golf today. Man, with the recent rains, this place is overgrown! And the Hedge Balls were fruiting as well. Jon took some home for insect control.

overgrown field

It was hard to tell where the field is supposed to be and where the rough begins. It was all rough today.

In the water #1
Int the water #2

It was also rough when we threw our discs in the water. Which was in abundance today.


I did make one birdie today though.

Burger Central #1
Burger Central #2

We stopped by Burger Central for lunch afterwards. I was hopeful. The had pictures of what meat looks like when it is cooked rare and medium rare (as well as the other degrees). So I ordered a burger with blue cheese cooked “blue” (or rare). Unfortunately, it was cooked well done. And they forget the sweet potato fries as well. I guess the new waitress was partly to blame since she was having a meltdown. But I wouldn’t come back here to try it out again.