Holy Guacamole Batman, it’s Christmas!!!

Surprise, surprise, Christmas seems to have caught us all off guard once again – how it seems to do this every year I’m not quite certain.  This year of course we experienced a significantly large amount of snowfall this past weekend effectively closing the local school systems and the federal government for a day as well.

Looking back over the past years, I’ve noticed little by little that presents don’t have much meaning but rather the closeness of family and realizing what Christ’s means for all of us.  Now, is that to say that gifts and presents shouldn’t be exchanged and given, by no means! The gleaming joy in the eyes of my nephews is priceless and something that I would not trade for the world.

For those of you like myself, single but with family nearby, chin up and draw close to your friends and family and celebrate Christmas.

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Alton Brown on safe Turkey Frying…

So if you’re like me, the holidays are coming up, and you’re thinking to yourself, “Gosh, wouldn’t it be great to have fried Turkey for that holiday meal that we’re having to celebrate that holiday?”  Well, fear not, it’s possible to do without burning your arms off (just one arm).

Okay, all kidding aside, if you are interested in partaking in this "fun" activity, check out the instructions from none other than Instructables.com where they have specific instructions on How to SAFELY fry a Turkey.

Just another day in sNOwVA

Yes folks that’s right, it’s that time of the year where the weather forecasters and meteorologists get giddy when they see pressure systems pushing one way and moisture pushing another.  To me it’s all just one big wave equation with several thermodynamic variables at play – adding in the whole presence of trees and other obstructions on the ground that cause different turbulence within the clouds… :-)  Anyway, just a little check in this evening / morning for those curious as to what’s up and going on.

And no, please don’t fret, I made ground turkey chili with medium grain rice – nice and low fat and with a lot of protein and starch to fill you up so that you’re not tempted to just eat everything in the house while trapped for a few days.

Nuance Dragon for iPhone

Like whoa, Nuance has created an iPhone App and released it to allow for dictation similar to their Dragon Naturally Speaking software for the PC. Pretty wild but you can text or email, update a Facebook status, send notes and reminders to yourself, or tweet to the world… all using your voice and dictation.

It’s available in the App store, more information available at:

One of those days…

Yet another day in the life of Dan, working through technical problems and assembling information pieces, all the while listening to music to help ease the mind and get in more of a rhythm. I decided I’d let Apple’s Genius algorithms lead my way through music this morning and based on my music collection and the main selection of Lifesong by Casting Crowns, I ended up with the following playlist:

Name Artist Album
Lifesong Casting Crowns Lifesong
Cry Out to Jesus Third Day Wherever You Are
This Man Jeremy Camp Restored
How Great Is Our God Chris Tomlin Arriving
Wholly Yours David Crowder* Band A Collision
Strong Tower Kutless Strong Tower
Voice Of Truth Casting Crowns Casting Crowns
Word of God Speak MercyMe Spoken For
He Reigns Newsboys Adoration
Here Is Our King David Crowder Band Here Is Our King
Give Me Your Eyes Brandon Heath What If We
Show Me Your Glory Third Day Come Together
Made to Worship Chris Tomlin See the Morning
Walk by Faith Jeremy Camp Stay
Dead Man (Carry Me) Jars of Clay Good Monsters
Never Alone BarlowGirl BarlowGirl
Does Anybody Hear Her Casting Crowns Lifesong
Homesick MercyMe Undone
By Your Side Tenth Avenue North Over and Underneath
Indescribable Chris Tomlin Arriving
We Fall Down Kutless Strong Tower
You Are My King (Amazing Love) Newsboys Adoration
Take You Back Jeremy Camp Restored
If We Are The Body Casting Crowns Casting Crowns
Mountain of God Third Day Wherever You Are

As it ended up, this set was pretty solid in keeping me in line with my technical work and with a pure heart and mind.