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October 4, 2017

October 4, 2017: Dutch Ovens, IdeaBoardz, Like Fab Ostpay Bork!

Filed under: My Stack — Brandon @ 4:45 pm


Dutch Oven Dude
Camping is a lot of fun in its own right, but being able to prepare meals over a campfire beyond hot dogs and s’mores takes the experience to a whole new level. Dutch oven cooking is a time-tested method and a favored one for many campers. Basic ingredients go in and surprisingly awesome dishes come out, almost as if by magic…almost. Don’t camp? No problem! Dutch ovens are great for backyard cooking too. If you are new to dutch ovens or just want a long list of recipes to try, I highly recommend visiting Dutch Oven Dude. The site has a bunch of recipes and I have had great success with the ones I’ve tried so far. There is also a ‘Getting Started’ section for beginners, tips on how to season, clean, store, and fix your cast iron cookware, and even instructions on how to determine how hot your dutch oven is before pouring in the ingredients!

In a recent class on Agile development, I was introduced to IdeaBoardz, a collaborative site for hosting restrospectives, brainstorming sessions, and other types of card-based or ‘sticky note’ meetings online. The site is free, though an optional login account can be created to help keep track of previous meeting links. At the time of this writing, there are fifteen formats for collaboration boards, including to-do lists, pros & cons, several types of retrospective styles, and generic boards with 1 to 10 sections. The cards (or sticky notes) can be merged, moved, and even liked by meeting participants. A link to a board can be shared with anyone (e.g. via e-mail), so it doesn’t look like information is truly private; however, if card content remains fairly generic and the board is used in conjunction with a more secure channel of communication (e.g. a conference call), then privacy may not be a huge concern.

English to Chef/Jive/Val Speak/Pig Latin Translator
I found this novelty online translator quite by accident. It translates English words and phrases to one of several other ‘languages’ (or a combination of all). Written in C/Lex, it is the brainchild of John Burges Chambers, a (former) doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin in the 1990s. The source code is still available for download.

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