I helped (slightly) to sponsor the SkyCube satellite via their Kickstarter campaign. Being able to tweet from space briefly, and being able to direct the camera to take images occasionally, has a pretty high cool value.
Remember that really cool laptop lap-desk / cooler that neatly nests around the laptop for storage? I’m on my second one (second laptop was larger).
I just got notice that they’re having a big sale, the biggest deal being free shipping including into the US (the fact that you had to pay shipping from Canada was a factor driving up their effective price rather high).
See their website.
I wouldn’t be that surprised if they disappeared when the inventory sold out.
This is from Friday. I don’t think it’s going to work out for anything more than showing off the nice colors on the web; I shot it too tight, and can’t find the good composition within the boundaries I have (this is a 9-shot panorama with the 45mm lens in portrait format, Olympus OM-D EM-5; so there would have been lots of pixels for big prints if it worked out).
There are also some merge artifacts I haven’t bothered to fix. The color balance across the frame is interesting; the camera was locked on “cloudy”, so differences ought to represent real differences in the scene.
For those who haven’t seen it, or similar scenes, the ice colors are quite real.
That is, a spicy pork filling for things like tacos.
Also, the second experiment in the little crockpot.
- Small pork roast, 1.7 lbs with bone in my case, trimmed of excess fat and divided into natural pieces
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp thyme
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 T olive oil
- 1 T oregano
- 1 tsp cumin seed
- 1 roma tomato, minced
- 1 ancho chile, cut up
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp powdered guajilo chile
- ½ tsp chile arbol
- ½ tsp cayenne (ran out of chile arbol)
Put the onion, tomato, and seasonings into a small crockpot. Put the meat on top.
Add beef broth slowly (it takes a while to work its way down through the layers) until nearly covered (remember, crockpot should be less than ¾ full).
Cover and cook on high for 5 hours.
Take out the bone, picking off and returning any edible bits. Mash the remaining meat with a potato masher (it should be cooked enough for this to work).
I served this in soft corn tortillas. Adding crystal hot sauce made it considerably better, it was not sufficiently seasoned initially. There’s too much liquid to use directly, dish it up with a slotted spoon or have very soupy tacos.
We got 4 servings out of this, each of which filled three tacos decently. Adding some garnishes, chopped onion and sour cream for example, would probably help.
The original recipe called for tomato sauce rather than actual tomato, and had no cumin in it (shock, horror!). And had numerous other differences (and was for a much bigger batch).
I’d want to increase the chiles, the cumin, and the herbs. And add something, beer or wine or vinegar, to move the flavor that direction a bit.