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I bought a hand blender lately

Treasa Lynch - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 13:29

I’m going to spare you an ode to the iron I bought; I haven’t yet unpacked it. 

But I bought a handblender yet. You don’t need to know any details about it except it has a metal blade attachment, came with a cutter tool that resembles a baby food processor, and it also came with a jug type thing. That jug type thing, and the metal blade attachment were my selection criteria, that and not costing 120E while not being a supermarket own brand that I have never heard of. 

I wanted to make my own smoothies. I wanted to do this because most smoothies I buy seem to have added sugar in them. I don’t want or need this. I have a basic recipe and it goes like this. 

You will need the following stuff

  • a hand blender
  • something to blend the stuff in
  • a citrus squeezer of some description. 
  • a knife. 
  • a dessert spoon
  • a banana or some papaya
  • strawberries or blueberries or mango
  • some no-sugar added natural yogurt. I use a set yogurt with very low sugar content
  • some orange juice
  • some ground ginger, 
  • a lime

Here is how you do it:

  • Chop some (say, four) strawberries/some mango, some blueberries) into your something to blend the stuff into. 
  • Chop the banana/papaya into that something
  • Add the juice of one lime, or half a lime if you are a wimp
  • Add “some” ground ginger. Err on the side of caution (I like a lot, but that should be no reflection on you. 
  • Add two dessert spoonfuls of yogurt
  • Top up with orange juice. I generally advise against the stuff with pulp as cleaning that out is a hassle, particularly by hand. 
  • Use the blender to liquidise everything. 
  • Remove and rinse the blender attachment immediately. Dried on smoothie is a bitch to clean off. 
  • Decant some smoothie into a glass. Enjoy. 

I bought a sewing machine lately

Treasa Lynch - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 13:18

On Good Friday, 2019, to be precise. I had been angling for one for around 10 years but had never quite….got there. Until now. 

I had a conversation with a friend lately on the question of clothing; we both focus on the comfort of clothing, in my case, because I am so damn glad to find clothes that fit me that the colour matching is completely a secondary concern. I am Between Sizes. I have always been Between Sizes because I have DD cup breasts. It doesn’t matter what size I am, I am between sizes. 

I live with it. 

The problem is when you find clothing styles you like and the vendor discontinues them. I have serious issues sourcing nightwear at the moment, and swimsuits are a hassle too, causing a decision to quit Speedo after nearly 25 years of loyalty to the brand. And it occurred to me that in theory (note those two words as they may come back to haunt later) it should be possible to dismember clothes I like but which are no longer respectable to wear in company (that would be those two purple/lilac coloured tops, there, which I bought at least 7 years ago but refuse to give up because I like how they fit) and use them to creat basic patterns, particularly the non-stretchy fabric (that would be that last remaining shortish satin nightdress that I need to fix the dart on and really should throw out as I can’t even begin to remember when it was bought but we’re probably talking ca 10 years ago). 

One of my friend bought an overlocker. No, I didn’t know what one of those was either but she made a skirt using it, and it did not appear to have been a particularly high mountain to climb. I am a logical person sometimes. I reason, this works like computer stuff and knitting patterns. There are instructions, you follow them, and 10 years later or so, when you get around to finishing stuff, you have a wearable. 

I kind of need a shorter timeline than ten years would be helpful but recent experience of finishing two doilies started ten years ago gives me a fresh view of my motivation sometimes. Anyway. I went looking at the three sewing machine shops and found one with staff I liked/found friendly/found helpful, and agreed to buy a Brother A16 sewing machine. It cost 30E more than its older brother, the A15. The A15 was a beautiful looking machine. The A16 was a bit boxier looking. I asked what the difference was and was told that the needle threading mechanism was easier to work on the A16 to the A15. As I expect to have the machine for at least 10 years, I ignored the more esthetically pleasing A15 and bought the miracle of engineering that was the A16. The fact that the single most common complaint about the A15 in amazon reviews related to the needle threading and my lack of patience with that may have contributed. The shop sales staff trained me in threading the needle and the bobbin, several times, and away I went. 

I’m nothing if not ambitious. I bought a whole pile of fat quarters and plan to make some napkins for my house and for my sister’s house. I can’t wear these of course, but I need to get the hang of basic stuff like a) sewing in a straight line and b) putting enough thread on the bobbin so as not to run out in the middle of something. I also need to read the manual. 

But on Good Friday, I felt it would be a good idea to unpack it and try and figure out how I was going to fit it into my desk area. I have no other options – the desk where I paint and write blog entries is also where I will be sewing and cutting. So I also decided that sewing would be useful. 

So yeah I had a go at sewing, and trying to style photographs of me sewing. 

That was about my fourth attempt. I put up a hem and tried parallel lines too. Then I looked up YouTube videos and tried to figure out how I would make some napkins. It turned out the answer was “buy more fat quarters”. So I went back and did that. 

Then I discovered you had to wash and iron fabric before you sewed it. So I have about a dozen and a half fat quarters drying on the clothes horse and a deep desire to iron stuff so that I can start making napkins, either later today, or tomorrow. 

The washing them…was interesting. I’m starting to wonder if I should like, tack them before hand given that the edge threads are prone to rip. Some one of the blog instructions I read stated that you could do like 8 napkins in 2 hours but she didn’t include washing, drying or ironing in that time, as far as I can see. 

In general though, I have found the sewing world remarkably honest. You need stuff when you are starting off. It’s not a case of “just buy yourself some needles and away you go”. No. 

Buy the following items. 

  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • needles for your sewing machine
  • pins
  • probably a pin cushion
  • chalk marking pencil
  • iron
  • ironing board

Where the scissors are concerned, issue death threats should someone be dumb enough to use your new and recommendedly the best you can afford to buy fabric scissors for anything other than fabric. I have no potential victims so I think I will be okay. But it’s refreshing that they recognise that you need to invest a certain amount of money up front. I had to buy an iron and ironing board for example. And I need to find homes for all these things. 

Roast Lamb Feast

Caitriona Redmond - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 10:53

This Easter Sunday we’ll all gather as a family; my siblings, our partners, our children, and my parents, and we’ll enjoy this classic roast lamb feast. When I say a classic roast lamb feast that’s not strictly true in the Irish sense of the term. The flavours and the food that we will eat together are a reflection of us as a family. The meal speaks to us of a time spent in the Middle East when Dad was serving with UNIFIL and the youngest of us was still in nappies.

It’s a meal that we will all contribute to. I’ve already been told I’m responsible for the vegetables, which is really my favourite part anyway. The biggest battle in my house will be to get all the vegetables chopped without the kids depleting the serving platter. The beauty of serving a roast lamb feast in this way is that everybody gets to pick what they like. Some family members don’t like cucumbers, some love peppers; everybody will fill their pitta bread and plates before we sit down together and celebrate Easter as a family.

Roast Lamb Feast

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 2 Hours
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Leg of Lamb
  •  Hummus
  • 1 Red Pepper, sliced
  • 1 Yellow Pepper, sliced
  • 1 Pack snack cucumbers, sliced lengthways
  • 1 pack radishes, sliced
  • 2 large carrots, coarsely grated
  • 2 baby gem lettuce heads, leaves removed and rinsed
  • 1 pomegranate, you’ll only need the seeds
  • Fresh coriander
  • Pitta Breads
  • Salt & Pepper


Preheat a fan oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Put the leg of lamb on a roasting tray, cover the end with tinfoil. Score the outside of the leg of lamb with a sharp knife so that you get a criss-cross pattern. Season with salt and pepper.

Roast the lamb in the preheated oven for 1 hour 30 minutes. Then remove the lamb from the oven, cover it in tinfoil and leave to rest for 20 minutes before slicing and enjoying.

Serve slices and generous chunks of roast lamb stuffed inside of pitta breads with a dollop of hummus, oodles of chopped vegetables, salad, fresh pomegranate seeds, and coriander. Top with thin slices of fresh chilli if you like the heat!

Top Tips

  • Soften your pitta breads by sprinkling with water and microwaving each pitta individually for 20 seconds on high.
  • Leftover lamb meat (if there is such a thing) makes for delicious traditional shepherd’s pie filling.
  • If you have leftover chopped veggies use them to make a stir fry the following day.

Disclosure: This recipe was originally developed, written, and photographed for Lidl Ireland.

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There's more than 448 pages #MuellerReport

Bernie Goldbach - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 10:24

I'VE DISCOVERED fascinating cross-talk beyond the 448 page Mueller Report. Local radio host Fran Curry counted on me to digest the large document so I printed it for him and then went on air to localise its content for Tipperary listeners.

Tipp Today Mueller Report

It will take several weeks to listen to the cross-talk from others who have also read special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. But I know that only a micro-segment of America truly cares about its contents. "No Collusion" and all that.

Nonetheless, there exists jaw-dropping details about the inner workings of the administration of President Donald Trump, meetings with foreign officials and plots to affect not only the Americas elections but other elections throughout Western Europe.

Trump has business dealings in Ireland and now I wonder if his commercial property evolved after working with relatively unknown developers like in his Moscow dealings. The type of development Trump wanted in Moscow needed Putin's approval. That would have been something Trump needed to keep from prying eyes.

Moscow for Trump would have been a mega deal. In fact, Cohen said the Trump Tower Moscow overall "was potentially a $1 billion deal.” Under the terms of the agreement, the Trump Organization would get an upfront fee, a share of sales and rental revenue, and an additional 20% of the operating profit. The deal offered by the well-known Agalarov developers, in contrast, would have brought in a flat 3.5%.

For Trump, this agreement promised to be the deal of a lifetime.

For a better analysis, I recommend you listen to ProPublica's "Harm to Ongoing Matter".

In the meantime, I'm continuing to parse the single section of the Mueller Report that explains how Russia weaponises social media. That's what is in the screen cap above and I will update this blog post with a link to the relevant OneNote content once I've reviewed my edits. I'm capturing the pages by using Microsoft Office Lens and OneNote 2016.

[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business on the Clonmel Digital Campus of the Limerick Institute of Technology.]

People are better off without email. [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 05:04

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Because--you know--Twitter. More inside WaPo.

Carving out a hidden gate [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 05:03

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Part of the backyard dig out.

Battery discharges when using FlyLitchi [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 05:03

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

None of the discharges used more than 2800 mW when flying and recording on the DJI P3P with Fly Litchi.

Ultrasonic system error [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 05:03

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

When the drone cannot find the ground. It's actually three metres above the ground but confused by the clear panoramic roof of the car.

Three game art designers talking about The Inevitable [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 13:43

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Neil Nolan, Adam Mullen, and Rafal Radziwill.

Streaming Drone Video from Clonmel Pastureland

Bernie Goldbach - Sat, 04/13/2019 - 08:12

AS PART OF A CLOUD COMPUTING meet-up in the Questum Centre, videographer Jack Allen will attempt to fly the Clonmel Digital Campus drone on a survey mission along the proposed route of the Clonmel outer ring road. If high winds scrub the flight, we will be inside a Zoom Conference room that you're welcome to join between 1115 and 1145 Irish time on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Listen to "Planning a Drone Flight And Zoom Hangout E80" on Spreaker.

Thanks to the generous RAM on my Samsung Note 9, we've been able to fly the DJI Phantom while streaming its video to an audience. We've discovered there's good interactivity from an audience who enjoys seeing an "eye in the sky" drone while talking to the aircrew. People can ask pilot Jack Allen to direct the drone's 4K camera at specific landmarks, recording video footage and snapping high resolution still photos. The on-board mission tracking of the DJI Phantom 3 Pro records its flight path, giving us an exceptionally accurate idea of where items are located under the drone's flight path. We use Wowza Cloud Streaming and our work can be seen on a specific hosted page.

We will put archival footage on this blog post after the live stream is finished at 1140. You can join the Zoom Conference at http://zoom.us/j/386174369 between 1115 and 1145 on Saturday the 13th of April.

Shure X2U [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 15:59

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

As explained on Spreaker edtech.

Friendly t.bone mic [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 15:58

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Cardioid and well-priced.

Pop Filter Needed [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 15:40

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

While making an edtech episode.

Fabien White thinking about tracking [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 14:36

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

An inevitable trend.

Denis Burke Park [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 19:05

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

While overcoming EMF interference.

Carey's Castle Follow-me [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 19:05

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Using DJI Go in Follow-me mode.

Battle damage [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 12:04

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Jack Allen needs three more weeks of work from his gaming laptop. Here's hoping the cracked bezel doesn't short out the motherboard.

Work with Precious Material [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 11:52

Bernie Goldbach posted a video:

As we digitise cemetery records.

Setting up Wowza Live Streaming [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 11:50

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Using the DJI Go app with Jack Allen.

RTMP works with DJI P3P drone [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 11:50

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Part of the Wowza Streaming Cloud.