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another reason to love Firefox: DoH

Ever heard of DNS-over-HTTPS? I hadn’t, but the engineers at Firefox have been working hard to implement it in their web browser. It’s another way they’re fighting the good fight to make the web secure.

Here is their page explaining how it works:

If you use Firefox and live in the US, this will be enabled automatically for you. And if you don’t use Firefox, you should.


Mozilla – *privacy not included

I suspect most of you are doing a lot of internet video calls these days. Some providers of those services take security and privacy way more seriously than others. Here is a good guide on how they stack up, from a trustworthy and unbiased source.

Mozilla – *privacy not included
— Read on


green chile stew

I’m doing some digital spring cleaning, going through a bunch of random old notes on my computer. And I came across part of a recipe for green chile stew that I made up to reflect what I was making. This was meant to emulate the green chile stew I had at the View Restaurant at the Monument Valley visitor center.

The thing is, I didn’t really write a full recipe, just a list of ingredients. I do that a lot, since usually they’re just to jog my memory later, and how to put the ingredients together is pretty obvious. Hopefully it’ll be obvious to you, too.

If I ever wrote down details, it would be things like “add enough cumin for it to taste good” or “cook it until it looks and smells right”. Do you cook the same way?

Here’s the list:

  • 4 pounds lamb roast cut into stew chunks, browned
  • Chopped white onion
  • Hominy
  • Chopped roasted green chiles
  • Chicken broth
  • Beef broth
  • Diced canned tomatoes
  • 3 zucchini
  • 3 yellow squash
  • 2 large potatoes
  • Ground red chile
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cumin
  • 6 cloves garlic

spicy peanut sauce

I’m experimenting with PB2 powdered peanut butter today. Here’s my first recipe, for some spicy peanut sauce. This would go well on chicken tenders.

PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter - 6.5oz : Target


  • 4 Tbsp peanut butter powder
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sriracha
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar

Put it in a bowl and stir it all together. There’s not much to it.

Note: If you don’t like spicy food, use only half a tablespoon of sriracha instead.

Here is what it looks like

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chocolate pizza

One nice thing about being out of work is I have lots more time to experiment in the kitchen. A few days ago I made “two-ingredient dough” for the first time. I made two batches, enough to make homemade bagels one day, with lots left over for another day. Today was that other day, and I decided to try some sort of somewhat low calorie dessert.

I’m doing WW right now, formerly called Weight Watchers, to lose some weight, and didn’t want a dessert that would blow my responsible eating out of the water for the day.

Going through a bunch of options in my mind, I decided to make a sort of pastry with a thick dark chocolate filling. I’m now calling it a chocolate pizza.

I rolled the dough out and then made a little lip around the edges, thinking that would help keep the chocolate topping contained (I was wrong, and it was irrelevant).

The crust being formed

Then I beat an egg and brushed it on the dough to make it look nice and shiny. Then I put that in the oven at 425.

Meanwhile, for the topping, I put the following into my food processor and mixed it all into a wonderful paste the consistency of mousse, and the flavor of dark chocolate.

  • 2 bananas, previously frozen, now thawed in the microwave
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder (not cocoa)
  • 1/4 cup pecan pieces
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
The filling/topping

After a while (15+ minutes), the crust started to brown and I thought it looked like it was ready. Baking made the crust poof up, so the lip around the edges that I made turned out to be totally useless and lost.

The baked crust

Next, I chilled the crust in the freezer a few minutes to bring it down to room temperature, because my chief taste tester was in a hurry to get home so she could do her online Jazzercise class.

After the crust chilled enough, I spread the topping on, and then cut it into 8 pieces. They look something like this.

Fully assembled and cut into pieces

They were tastier even than I had hoped, and the dark chocolate topping is so rich! I did the math, and each serving is only 3 SmartPoints.

Computers Drivel

what a day

April 2, 2020. It’s been a memorable and unusual day.

First, I got furloughed from my job. It’s essentially an unpaid and indefinite leave of absence. I’m still an employee, and still get my employee benefits. But I don’t get paid. This doesn’t surprise me too much. Obviously, the economy is in trouble right now, and there’s no way to tell when it’s going to improve. Maybe in a month, maybe in a year. So I suddenly have a lot of free time on my hands, which is great! I have a huge list of projects I’d like to work on – books to read, movies to watch, photo essays to finish, etc. I don’t know what I’ll do, but I do know I’m in no hurry to go find another job at the moment. I’ve got a CD that I’ve been paying into for a few years that I call my Layoff Insurance fund, just for this occasion. It may be time to break into that piggy bank.

Second, my other birthday gift to myself arrived today from China. It’s a brand spankin’ new MacBook Air. I’ve never had an Air before. I bought one with almost all the upgrades, and occupied myself for much of this afternoon getting it set up.

Yeah, if I knew I was gonna be furloughed, I wouldn’t have ordered a new computer. But oh well. It was time for a new laptop, and I wanted something smaller and lighter. So when they announced the new Air, I pounced on it.

Some other good news: Doing Weight Watchers is paying off. I started in mid-February and as of today have shrunk 17 pounds. I’m continuing to do Pilates as my main workout regimen, though classes are all virtual now. Somewhere under this belly fat, I’ve got some decent core muscles aching to be seen.


Happy Birthday to Me

Here is one of my birthday gifts to myself. I found it in an art gallery before the stay-at-home order went into effect, hand made by a steampunk artist named Carl Cone in Aurora. It’s a blank journal type book with homemade papyrus, but the cover is what sets it apart. He even threw in the stand for free and delivered it to my condo.

Now to fill it with mad drawings and notes for my Cthulhu themed Dungeon Crawl Classics campaign…


my world this year so far

Here is Brooke and my new cousin Kairi and me
We went hiking in the foothills near Pike’s Peak one day and here is the frozen lake
On the road up Pike’s Peak there is a Bigfoot crossing
I found this sign ironic. BCycle shut down and moved all their rental bikes out of Denver a few months ago. That’s why nothing is in the bike rack.