Archive for 2010

Midwife Visit

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

The great midwives from Alma stopped by our home today and brought along the Doppler. “We” are now 15 weeks and 5 days along. The micro Nag’s heartbeat sound great:

Spruce Ale (version 3.0) Update Spruce Ale (version 3.0) Update

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

It’s been about a week and a half since I brewed up the newest version of the Spruce Ale. The fermentation had slowed, meaning that it was time to rack the beer. Below, I will list some observations. Observations: Clarity This is one cloudy brew. It almost looks like cider. I remember that the others […]

Simple A/B Testing Simple A/B Testing

Monday, December 6th, 2010

A few months ago we changed the resources index on www.pcc.edu. Rather than one long list, visitors are initially presented with the student resources. An interface at the top allows you to switch to faculty, or a list of all the resources. We included a hash feature, so that faculty could link directly to the […]

Spruce Ale (version 3.0) Spruce Ale (version 3.0)

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

This is my third batch of spruce ale. The base recipe is solid, but I like to switch up the spruce and hops in each version. This year, I am going for a truly spruced-out beer. My hope is to have it taste/smell like you are drinking an xmas tree.The ginger and aroma hops have […]

Dust Cover (NES) Dust Cover (NES)

Friday, November 19th, 2010

We were at the goodwill today and I spotted a strange accessory for my old school Nintendo Entertainment System. Was it a power glove? Or, perhaps an NES Advantage controller? No, it was something even more useless… an official NES Dust Cover! But hey, we’re talking a mint-condition, still-in-the-package accessory from 1990. For only $2, […]

50th Code 50th Code

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Last month, I was asked to speak at two conferences (HighEdWeb, NCMPR). During both, I showed slides of our neat 50th website that lets people add a story to the map. Since then, I have received several requests for more information and code. I already posted some of the essential code here, but people want […]

Black Frost (An Epic CDA) Black Frost (An Epic CDA)

Friday, November 5th, 2010

This is one that I have wanted to brew for a while. Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA) is a jet black, highly hopped beer style. They areĀ  often referred to as “Black IPA”, but do have subtle malt characteristics. Though, this is all up for debate, since neither CDA or Black IPA is an official BJCP […]

Garden tomato sauce Garden tomato sauce

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

After harvesting from the garden yesterday, we had a lot of produce to process. First up? Tomato sauce: Alton Brown has a great recipe that you can see in full at the food network. We didn’t actually follow the exact measurements – just the general steps: Halve and de-seed the tomatoes. We didn’t bother de-seeding […]

Shakespearish Stout Shakespearish Stout

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

It turned out to be a very rainy Sunday. My plan was to work in the yard, but it was way too wet for that. So, instead I decided to brew. This is the second time that we have done a 10 gallon batch based on the Rogue recipe. The last batch was delicious even […]

What Are Your Visual Communications Saying About You?

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Propeller Communications President Sue Kirtland will help us understand the importance of accurately depicting our college to maximize return on all media investments-traditional and non-traditional. Through the use of actual case studies, take a look at the five elements of successful visual messaging, a more powerful approach to brand positioning that will automatically trigger desired […]