Rosa Parks Featherlite Peanut Butter Pancakes

In honor of International Pancake Day, I wanted to make pancakes for lunch. Since it was Black History Month, why not Rosa Parks featherlite peanut butter pancakes.

I didn’t have all the ingredients, so I did some improvising. Used wheat flour instead of white flour, and almond butter instead of peanut butter. Then I used dried egg whites instead of real eggs. That last substitution is not recommended. The final product fell apart easily. If I remember my home economics, eggs act as a binding agent. The dried egg whites failed me here.

The result was quite yummy. Also quite filling. I was only able to eat half of the 16 small pancakes I made. So I will be eating the remainder tomorrow.

Atari Lynx

I was inspired by the Classic Game Room review of the Atari Lynx. There is actually some titles for the Lynx that I would like to play, so I leaped on to Ebay. So like I always do, I over-payed for an Atari Lynx II with 27 games. I have never owned a hand-held game console. No gameboy or Vita for me. Well, I have if you include those Mattel hand-helds from the 70s. And I did buy that Dingoo A320.

I did this at a time when I am trying to get rid of crap. So I need to get rid of two things to compensate for taking on this one thing. Time to go into the retro collection pile and find some things to sell or toss out. I really don’t want the label of being a hoarder.

CeraVe Day 6

I received my first big tub of CeraVe last Tuesday. I have been using it ever since fairly diligently. I took an empty hotel shampoo mini-bottle and filled with CeraVe, and I plopped it into my pocket. I am trying to reapply every time I wash my hands or after a couple hours. Also occasionally apply to my feet, but not quite as frequently.

The conclusion after this brief period:  Not a cure, but an excellent treatment. My immune system is still attacking my skin. The steroid goop is supposed to suppress this, but failing. I can feel my skin is thickening with time. But the CeraVe seems to be preventing my skin from chalking, peeling, cracking then bleeding. I am very pleased so far. I appear to finally have something, after over a decade of trying to figure something out.

I purchased this initial tub off of Amazon. Nearly $17 for 16 ounces. I went to two Cubs and a Super Target, but no CeraVe. Today I went to the Shakopee Walgreens, and they had the big tub, as well as an even pricier pump bottle. No price break – the price to have Amazon ship it to my house was the same as buying it at Walgreens. But Walgreens did have a generic knock-off. Simply called “Moisturizing Lotion with Ceramides”. Ceramides is the magic ingredient here. The generic went for $11 for 12 ounces in a pump bottle. I purchased one and will give it a try.

So it would appear I have a victory in this latest round of set-backs I have had lately. I can’t say my mood has dramatically improved, but I think outside elements are preventing that  from occurring. This is a beauty cream, maybe if I used it on my face as well.

Nerd vs Geek

I’m witty, but a slow wit. I was in a conversation a couple weekends ago, that involved whether a person was a geek or a nerd. The people at the table were proudly saying they were geeks, not nerds. The conversation desperately needed some snark injected, that I knew. Being a bit slow, nothing popped into my head at the time. But 8 days later, I finally have my snappy line. Here it comes:

A geek cares about the difference between a geek and a nerd. A nerd doesn’t care.

Given, I probably would of been slapped upside the head for that comment (I’m socially inept after-all), but it would of been worth it. Below is the Venn diagram for future reference. Now shut-up nerds.

Santorum Conversation

Me: Why do you want to make America stupid and lazy?

Santorum: What?

Me: You don’t like Obama’s initiative to make higher education affordable and accessible to all Americans.

Santorum: Dah… Wha?

Me: You think going to college is snobbish, and a bridge to losing one’s religion.

Santorum: Open minds are bad.

Me: The study you reference about younger American’s dropping out of religion while in college also says that those that don’t go to college, drop out of religion at a higher rate.

Santorum: Derp.

Me: How do you expect to compete in the international economic playing field without an educated and skilled work force? China went from 6.4 million college enrollment in 1998 to 23 million in 2009. Do you think we need to compete with that?

Santorum: Herpa-derp.

Me: So do you think we should keep our American’s stupid and non-competitive?

Santorum: You like gay porn, don’t you.

Conversations in my head seem to always go this way.

Kaiser Horse

“It is time to meet your maker, My Magic Unicorn”, exclaimed the Kaiser Horse with an exaggerated German accent, “but before I extinguish your life force with magnificent villianary, I have one last query to ask you… Why the long face?”

My Magic Unicorn began to laugh with so much joy at this funny question, that she emitted great glee waves from her horn. The glee waves swept away all hate and anger from the Kaiser Horse.

“I can not carry out this extermination, for I have not an evil pore within my being. I shall set you free My Magic Unicorn, so you may spread your happiness throughout the land”, said the Kaiser Horse, with a much tempered German accent.

The Kaiser Horse and My Magic Unicorn both skip off into a rainbow sunset, where My Magic Unicorn gores Kaiser Horse in the left lung, leaving him to die.

WRF Weather Modellin’ Cluster

Another computer, another node added to my Basement Super Computer Cluster. I am up to 3 computers in my weather model cluster. Added another 6 core Phenom II to the mess. This computer seems to be unstable, so I should be careful not to overhype this. Your cluster is only as good as your weakest computer. It has been up for 24 hours straight now, so hopes are higher.

What these 6 additional cores have afforded me is to convert my nearly continental US covering model run from 25 km to 20 km grid spacing. I then expanded my 4 km grid spaced “meso” run from covering  just southern Minnesota, to nearly the 5 state area.

Took the opportunity to update the web page. The old page is still up and running, so feel free to use it. Some of you like legacy HTML with 15 year old javascript … I fully understand.

The new pages use OpenLayers and some HTML5/CSS3/Javascript to work their magic. Still not that pretty, but I am an engineer not a designer, so stop complaining.  The course grained run that covers the CONUS can be found here. The finer resolution meso run can be found here. I tried to make these pages work with mobile devices. I succeeded somewhat. They work OK with tablets, not so good with the smaller screens. OpenLayers added pinch and touch natively to their libraries, so that is kind of slick.

The other thing I tinkered with is the Turbulence maps. Some comrades over at Chicago are doing a study and they shipped over some preliminary results. They are comparing speed shear with pilot reported clear air turbulence. The results were quite promising, so I am going to see if I can use it operationally. The Turb 500 mb through the Turb 200 mb charts on the CONUS model run now show speed shear between 50 mb layers. These maps still highlight in thick red contours where the WRF thinks mod-sev Turb will be… so we have that for comparison. As  far as the shading… blue = 25-35 kts shear (lgt-mod turb) | yellow = 35-50 kts shear (mod turb) | red = >50 kt shear (sev turb). It will be interesting to see how this verifies.

Cerave – eczema super cure

I paid a visit to my 3rd Dermatologist concerning the eczema on my hands and feet. Nothing new. No miracle cure. Same advice that the previous two gave me. He did give me a fresh list of cremes and ointments to plaster on my dry and cracked skin.

The first lotion I am going to try is Cerave. On the list that the doctor gave me, this is the one he starred and underlined… well OK then. The main takeaway I got from this doctor was that whatever cream, lotion, ointment, suave I choose – it should not only moisturize, but set up some sort of barrier to prevent your natural moisture from escaping. This is what Careve does, in theory. So a mini-tub of Careve is on the way to my place from the great Amazon warehouse in the sky, and should be at my house by mid-week.

According to Amazon reviews, it is that miracle cure… an example:

Cerave is probably the single most effective treatment I have found for reducing inflammation and strengthening the skin barrier. (And compared to other treatments I have had, what a bargain! ) I am not aware of any side effects. Skin improvement began the first week I used it. My skin is softer and more supple, ichthyosis and scaling are way down, redness has abated considerably (though not entirely) , and the horrible itching is a minor distraction now. I have had fewer outbreaks of staph infections, and – most remarkable – I look healthier and am comfortable most of the time. In addition I am more focused mentally, more rested, and less prone to depression . 

These results are amazing given my history. I do need to use CeraVe at least twice daily to maintain its benefits, which seem to include immune system strengthening. And there is one frustrating area not responding very well to this treatment – my face ( not the area I would choose if I had to have one problem area). Overall though, with the itching way down, I am more relaxed and happier than I have been in years. I hope others with my condition will find this cream as as helpful.

So there you go… Careve will not only disappear-ify my skin sloughing, but will rid me of those nagging deep black depressions. A miracle indeed.