Life in the WiFi Fast Lane

credit: “Fuzzy WiFi problem” by Major Clanger I’ve been living in a crowded wasteland. The over-crowded 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g WiFi spectrum, to be exact. It used to be the only people using WiFi were the geeks and techies out there. Sometimes one would set up friends and family to be able to work wirelessly, too. …

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Vegetarian Chili

credit: “Vegetarian chili” by Michael Gurski (that’s me!) This recipe is a bit of a departure for me. I’m an unabashed, unapologetic carnivorous omnivore. However, it’s currently Lent, and my wife is a sometimes-practicing Catholic, and with it being Friday, we needed something that didn’t have red meat, at least for her. Last week I …

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Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Apple Glaze, and Steamed Broccoli

credit: “Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Apple Glaze …” by Michael Gurski (that’s me!) Wow! Another pork recipe! I’ve got to admit, I have a soft spot in my heart for pork tenderloin. It’s significantly more affordable than beef tenderloin, but can pretty much be prepared the same way, in my experience. This isn’t one of …

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Pork Chops with Balsamic Citrus Reduction, Wilted Arugula Salad

credit: “Balsamic citrus glazed pork …” by Michael Gurski (that’s me!) This is the dinner I’d planned to make on Friday night, but was just too tired to attempt after a longish week with nights of poor sleep. It started life last weekend with the kernel of an idea that was simply “pork medallions”. I …

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Improvised Sausage & Peppers Rustico

credit: “Sausage & Peppers 3” by Michael Gurski (that’s me!) So Thursday night, I decided I wanted to do something different with sausage. Earlier in the week, I’d taken a kielbasa out of the freezer to thaw in the fridge, forgetting that we had other meals planned for the next few nights already. So, it …

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Being “appropriately lazy”

Now that it looks like it will really happen, I think I can post about it… credit: “LAZY DOG” by paddynapper A little over a week ago, one of the directors where I work asked to talk to me. During the course of the discussion, he told me he wanted me to work primarily on …

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A Yummy Marinade

credit: “Pig” by Boston Public Library This is a marinade that I concocted last week for some pork chops. To the best of my knowledge, this is wholly an original recipe, as everything I googled for my basic idea of “lemon basil soy” only came up with lemon-basil recipes which were breaded, while this is …

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Automatic Monitoring with Puppet and Nagios

Part of my current push at work right now is trying to get some sort of configuration management system in place, and in a usable state. Part of the reason for wanting to do this is consistency of common configuration among the many systems and virtual machines I manage, especially when several serve essentially the …

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Getting back in the habit

So, in the past couple weeks, with prodding from the wife, I’ve gotten back into a highly addictive and potentially expensive habit. It’s one that requires specialized lighting, heating, and fertilizers, but probably not what some may be thinking. No worries about DEA raids, RICO seizures, or failed random drug tests here, the habit is…