Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | February 16, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #7

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #7

“The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.”

– George Washington

My two cents, but please share yours:

It’s time to peek at the U.S. Constitution again.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | February 16, 2017

Foodie Corner – 2017 – Post #3 – Chinese Food Starter Kit

My motto used to be “If it didn’t get done in the microwave, it didn’t get done.” I’ve since learned to use my electric oven and its four-burner cooktop. But …

Foodie Corner – 2017 – Post #3 – Chinese Food Starter Kit

Is there a fast way to do Chinese food for just yourself?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Yes. It’s all about the sauce (the starter kit).

Take 2/3c broth (such as low-sodium chicken broth) and add to it 1/3c of equal parts low-sodium soy sauce, vinegar (rice wine vinegar or cider vinegar work well), and good quality dry sherry (never “cooking” sherry).

To this mixture, add 1T hoisin sauce, 1t ground ginger, 1t garlic powder, 1t onion powder, 1/2t ground lemongrass (or 1t lemon juice), and 1t peanut oil.

Pour the mixture over bite-size pieces of precooked meat and veggies (such as beef and broccoli). Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Use this starter kit for salads and stir fries. For a thicker sauce (for true beef and broccoli over rice for example), add 1T cornstarch to the kit just before cooking in a skillet.

Play with this Chinese food starter kit, try inventing kits for other ethnic cuisines, have fun, and make this recipe your own. Enjoy.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | February 16, 2017

Techie Corner – 2017 – Post #7 – Job Evolution

Techie Corner – 2017 – Post #7 – Job Evolution

How will jobs for humans evolve?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Androids, robots, and AI can do many things, even analysis. However, a machine doesn’t have a heart, a soul, or the ability to think creatively. A human being does.

Humans will do the jobs machines can’t do. These jobs will include–but will not be limited to–art, writing, music, performing, customer service, law, nursing, child care, care for the elderly, and technical design of all kinds, basically any occupation that requires caring, creativity, imagination, and high-level thinking.

Ultimately, the technology revolution may not involve humans versus machines at all, but rather humans merging with machines. One quick peek at high-tech eyewear and, well …

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | February 9, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day 2017!

Wishing all of my friends, near and far,

the safest and Happiest Valentine’s Day 2017!

Cheers, Ashley

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | February 9, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #6

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #6

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”

– Charles M. Schulz

My two cents, but please share yours:

Amen!

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | February 9, 2017

Techie Corner – 2017 – Post #6 – Life Returning Home

Techie Corner – 2017 – Post #6 – Life Returning Home

Will the working-from-home trend continue?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Yes. In fact, this trend will likely grow more rapidly as video-conferencing, Internet, and virtual reality technologies improve.

Two other key drivers will be 3-D printing and drone delivery. 3-D printing, to a large extent, is “desktop manufacturing.” Not only will we be able to print, in our homes, miniature copies of the Eiffel Tower and replacement spoons for our children’s dolls, but we will also be able to print more useful office supplies and anything else we might need to do our jobs. Drones will be able to deliver to our front doors whatever may be too large to print.

In other words, anything we can do at the office, we will be able to do at home–without the extra hours spent commuting in rush-hour traffic.

And we will be able to do our jobs just as easily in remote rural areas as in the heart of any city. There are those who predict that by 2050 75% of the U.S. population will live in the cities and 25% will live in the country. I’m no longer convinced this prediction will occur, and it’ll be because of this work-from-home trend.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 30, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #5

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #5

“You can’t get too much winter in the winter.”

– Robert Frost

My two cents, but please share yours:

This author’s name is perfect for his quote.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 30, 2017

Foodie Corner – 2017 – Post #2 – Single-serving Glazes

My motto used to be “If it didn’t get done in the microwave, it didn’t get done.” I’ve since learned to use my electric oven and its four-burner cooktop. But …

Foodie Corner – 2017 – Post #2 – Single-serving Glazes

Is there a fast way to glaze an entrée for just yourself?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Yes. Take a precooked portion of meat (breaded or not) or veggie (such as a thick slice of cauliflower) and coat it with a layer of ketchup. Next sprinkle on a little onion powder, garlic powder, and ginger powder. Finally, add a light topcoat of agave nectar. Use a fork to mix the ketchup, seasonings, and agave a bit and to spread this mixture out evenly. Cover and nuke until the glaze is set and bubbly (about 2-4 minutes). Serve and enjoy.

A few variations:

  • Substitute your favorite jam or jelly (grape and orange work well) for the agave nectar
  • Play with the herbs and spices, from curry powder to nutmeg to tarragon
  • Try spaghetti sauce or a middle-eastern tomato-based sauce instead of ketchup.

Play, have fun, and make this recipe your own.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 30, 2017

Techie Corner – 2017 – Post #5 – Autonomous Everything

Techie Corner – 2017 – Post #5 – Autonomous Everything

How far will “autonomous everything” go?

My two cents, but please share yours:

If it can move, it probably will. And it’ll be driverless. Let your imagination run wild!

This is one of my favorites–my back and knees love the idea of being chauffeured by a driverless car that never gets drunk and of having a vacuum that runs, by itself, neatly under chairs and tables. Drones will deliver packages to our doorsteps, shuttles will fly us without human error, and furniture will move itself from room to room or across the country.

We’ll need to be on our guard for hackers and early-stage glitches, as always. Every technology has issues initially, and anything can be weaponized by bad folks, even a benign-looking wooden spoon. But ultimately, the conveniences will be worth it.

What cool driverless gadget are you looking forward to?

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 23, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #4

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #4

“May you live in interesting times.”

– Feng Menglong and Joseph Chamberlain, maybe?

My two cents, but please share yours:

This favorite quote has quite a long and uncertain history. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_you_live_in_interesting_times

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