Making cannable fruit butters in the oven

Jodie and I have begun dabbling in some home canning. Our first experiment, a roasted tomatillo salsa, has turned out lovely, and at the very least has not killed us yet. Now we’re looking at other recipes, especially for next year, and these fruit butters, which you prepare in the oven before jarring and processing … Read more

Don’t call me, mail me or send me credit card offers

Don’t want telemarketing calls? Sick of 10 credit card offers showing up in the mail every day? Don’t want to receive anymore catalogs you didn’t want in the first place? Here are the silver bullets for getting yourself removed from all these: National Do Not Call Registry * good for 5 years National Do Not … Read more

Do you write “beautiful” HTML?

I know – who thinks of HTML, good ol’ webpage source code, as "beautiful’? Chris Coyier does, and I agree. Good code, crafted well, tends to mean a well-organized, well-presented, fast, easy-to-use site. Here’s what makes better, more user-friendly, and even beautiful HTML: Link: What Beautiful HTML Code Looks�Like – CSS-Tricks. what makes beautiful code? … Read more

Green Store offers line of ‘alternatives’: The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore.

Jodie and I had dinner at The Beanery on 5th Street last night, and were talking about this new space. Through the windows we could see some of the Green Store’s wares, such as flooring, but this R-G article has us quite interested in seeing what DIYness the Green Store can fulfill for us: Link: … Read more

What is the best recording of Orff’s Carmina Burana?

The Eugene Symphony rocked the Hult Center last night with a stellar performance of Orff’s Carmina Burana. There’s nothing like a good intense chorus, sung in Latin in German, that sounds all transcendent and high-minded, but really it’s about drinking, getting some booty and how crappy life can be. The roast swan is a nice … Read more

Carmina Burana & Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony tonight at Hult Center, Eugene

The Eugene Symphony performs Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, the Pastorale, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. Tickets still available, show’s at 8 p.m. in the Silva Concert Hall at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts.

Extend the life of razor blades

Just bought a new pack of razor blades for my Mach 3, and I’ve always been on the hunt for ways to make the expensive buggers last longer while still cutting cleanly. Here is a treasure trove of tips to make razor blades last longer. With rinsing and blotting dry the blade after each use … Read more

Ogling Ural motorcycles in Salem – A trip to Raceway Services

Quick post, then I’m back to nursing an annoying cold… Rolled up to Salem, OR, this past weekend to meet Jim Petitti, the main man behind Raceway Services. Raceway specializes in sales and service for the non-Harley, non-Japanese bike crowd. Looking for a Whizzer motorbike or Cushman? Want to go British and snag up a … Read more

Lifehacker test drives Firefox 3.0 beta

Lifehacker’s got a great breakdown, with screenshots, of the latest beta release of Firefox 3.0. Some good innovations in here, namely the "Stars" to help you identify and manage bookmarks, and a rich interface to manage feeds and file types. No mention yet on whether Mozilla has roped in Firefox’s tendency to be a memory … Read more