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I did one more for Wife; this is on the back of the table flipping pumpkin.
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Huntsman was yesterday. Though I lacked training due to weather and work, I made it 75 miles and didn't die. #huntsman140
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I made a crackle bomb for Pioneer Day. Now you can enjoy it, too. 
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#6OremOafs - I like it.

TL;DR: Orem's city council screwed up and now other cities will get the benefit of the Macquarie deal while we sit by and try hopelessly to pay back the bonds. Yay!

I know I don't have a lot of influence around, but some of you do, so let's try to get this going around. Please reshare!
 
Alright +City of Orem Government, we can't have nice things (UTOPIA) because that's "an unfair tax" on the people. I'd like to hear the plan you've got for making it fair that I've been paying taxes towards bonds that pay for that service for years now, without being able to utilize it.

You (Orem City) and Utopia have mismanaged what should have been an amazing benefit and service to our city for nearly 10 years now. It should be your responsibility to make right on this, and yet, the first chance that comes along to redeem the debacle, and we vote it down 6 to 1? That's not okay. The only thing that makes this worse is that not a one of the people that cast a 'nay' vote has a better plan for how we proceed. (If they do, they certainly haven't made inroads to pursue it, and I dare them to produce their plan here and now.)

So where do we go now? How do we make things 'fair' (since that seemed to be the big concern with moving forward with Macquarie) to the thousands of us who have been patiently paying for our bond debt awaiting the chance to embrace the future and get a fiber hook up? How does the city repay the estimated $5000 that my property stood to increase in value as a result of having that fiber hookup? At the end of the day, how do we get to the end of this with a fully built out municipal network that all citizens can utilize? It's only fair that we get what we've been (and will continue) paying for after all.

To those of you reading this who are also Orem city residents, I want to recommend that we start a campaign to demand answers. Re-share this, or ask for yourself; what is Orem city's plan to move forward now that we've spit in the eye of the best deal going?

To those of you who are not Orem city residents, but who are citizens in Utopia member cities, I ask that you do the same. 6 short sighted individuals have jeopardized the future of internet connectivity for all of us along the Wasatch Front who are potential beneficiaries in a fiber future (Orem accounted for 22% of the Macquarie deal, and has likely shut it down as a result of their vote.) We should not let them do this without consequence, and we should demand that they provide answers for having made their decision.

On the flip side of this, we should applaud and support Margaret Black for being the only council member with enough sense to see through to doing the right thing. She's got my vote going forward should she pursue further office, and she ought to have yours as well.

I'd like to have a hash tag to go with this movement, I'm partial to #6OremOafs but that's perhaps a little harsh, so feel free to hit me up with something better if you have it.
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Heart Attack in a Skillet

So a friend and I invented this in early 2007, and I've made it probably a hundred times since then, but have never shared the recipe for this amazing(ly unhealthy) #breakfast food. It bears some resemblance to a farmer's omelet, but is not nearly as good for you, and is twice as delicious! So here you go!

Stuff needed:
Suitable amounts of #bacon , ground sausage (I like the Italian and/or Maple flavors), eggs, grated #cheese (I like colby jack), butter, and maple syrup. For seasonings, gather up some salt, pepper, and a good heap of garlic. Optional ingredients include diced ham and tortillas.
 Those that are chefier than me are welcome to share other seasonings and ingredients that might make it more pleasing to yourself.

Construction steps:
1. Hand-shred the bacon into squarish chunks 'n drop it in the frying pan. You can cut it with kitchen scissors, too, but I feel more manly when I'm just ripping the bacon with my bare hands.
2. Start frying the bacon, much as if you were scrambling eggs or browning hamburger. If your bacon did not come pre-peppered, pepper it now. Also sprinkle a thin layer of garlic on it (most of it will cook off, but it sure smells nice).
3. Once the bacon is about 3/4 of the way cooked, drop a hefty chunk of sausage in there with it. Scramble the sausage and mix it together real nice. If you timed it right, the sausage and the bacon should finish cooking at nearly the same time. If your sausage is any good, you shouldn't need to put any seasoning on it
4. (Optional) If you're my mom, you can drain some of the extra bacon grease now. If you have the cubed ham, this is where you throw it in to the pan and toast it.
5. Get a tablespoon or two of butter (depending on how much Heart Attack you're making) and throw it in with everything else. Stir it around the other food and the bottom of the pan. The purpose of butter is two-fold: it coats the bacon/sausage combo in another delicious flavor, and it helps the eggs not stick to the pan.
6. Speaking of eggs, in they go! For a half pound of bacon and sausage each, I generally put between 6-8 eggs in. Just as you did with the bacon and sausage, scramble it all together. You'll definitely want to salt, pepper, and garlic the whole mixture to make sure the eggs are suitably seasoned.
Wife likes to add a bit of milk and cheese to the eggs before pouring them in, but I prefer without. Either way works, just do it how you like it.
7. After everything is finished cooking, you should have a hideous but wonderful-smelling amalgamation. Remove the frying pan from heat, but before it has a chance to cool, sprinkle your cheese onto it and fold it in.
Warning: Despite the natural law stating that there is no such thing as "too much cheese", I have found that the Heart Attack is exempt. More scientific investigation is required to fully explain this.
8. Next, and again while it's still hot, lightly drizzle some maple syrup across it (probably no more than you'd put on a single pancake). Some marvel or revile at the idea of syrup on all this stuff, but the syrup separates and leaves a slightly sugary and slightly mapley flavor on everything, and it's wonderful.
9. (Optional) Somewhere in the middle of it all, get your tortillas ready: put a few of them in between two damp paper towels and microwave for ~30s. Expert mode: Scoop all the food out of the frying pan and leave the greasy, wet remains. Warm your tortillas in the spoo for awesome flavor and terrible heart problems.
10. Wrap the Heart Attack up in a warm tortilla and consume immediately. If you've done it right, your tortilla will probably have some yellowish grease leaking from the bottom; this is normal and perfectly healthy; it's mostly sugar, water, and maybe a bit of butter runoff. If you didn't feel like tortillas today, eat the stuff straight off your plate with a fork; nobody will criticize you.

 The proper nomenclature is normally Heart Attack in a Skillet when eaten straight, and Heart Attack in a Tortilla when... well, you get the idea.

Thanks very much for reading! I welcome suggestions and improvements in the comments. Feel free to +1 and Share to anyone you want to give a Heart Attack to!
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Minus the syrup and tortilla, we call that dish Train Wreck. Because it looks like the aftermath, of course.
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Shoot. According to this chart, IE9 is provably better than Firefox and Chrome. Guess we'll all have to switch now.

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Microsoft gives Internet Explorer a perfect score (4 points!) for security, and they say Chrome only deserves 2.5 points. I'm not sure it's worth doing a full debunk of this. It's the same "Look, we have more checkboxes filled in" type of marketing that was more common in the boxed software era. The checkboxes are pretty arbitrary or omit important points, e.g. MSFT says that Chrome doesn't block insecure content on HTTPS, but Chrome users have had that option since June: http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/2011/06/trying-to-end-mixed-scripting.html

If I were designing a benchmark, I'd probably choose something like "the odds that a typical user of browser X will be infected by malware" and try to minimize those odds. My guess is that's what the Chrome team tries to do.
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MS has been under fire for security so hard and for so long that they are actually starting to make good products. I don't know if it is better but I know I haven't been impressed with firefox recently.
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This year's pumpkining
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My voice is sore.
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40 liters of root beer in my fridge makes me happy. 
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Been waiting all morning to share this!
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Today the Google Fiber team is in Provo, Utah, where Mayor John Curtis just announced that we intend to make Provo our third Google Fiber City. Utah is already home to hundreds of tech companies and s...
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It's all on the same fiber backbone (last I checked), so I'll keep my hopes up for a little while at least. :D
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I'm not much into the business side of things, but it seems that my workplace is hitting the global news!
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Programming WTF of the Day!

Okay, so there hasn't been one for like... a week and a half. Ever notice that when you actually have a chance to tell people about some of your stories, you forget all of them? Guess I'll just post these as I think about 'em, rather than daily.

File Uploads are nasty business. Any time you let someone arbitrarily upload files to your servers, they'll use them to do evil and malicious things. So we validate those files. Anyone with half a sense of security will tell you to not allow executable content to be uploaded, because there's no good reason for it, and all the bad reasons are plenty bad enough to filter it. The one characteristic that's basically consistent about these things is that they have a Content Type of application/octet-stream. So when a file is uploaded, we just ask that, right?

Well, no. That's also really insecure, because if Douchemonkey McGee wants to screw with people, he'll just modify his uploaded Content Type and we'll be none the wiser. So we use our own system to figure out what it is! PHP has a neat module built in now called Fileinfo. We'll use that (because we don't have another choice in PHP).

This works beautifully, except that PHP apparently has a built-in mime database that it doesn't really ever mention. Anywhere. In any doc. You glean this information from random comments throughout the PHP docs and other sites, so you can hunt for hours and change every magic and magic.mime file in the system to add a new type that they seem to have missed and never make a single change. Want .ics files to resolve to text/calendar? Too bad. WTF

It gets better! Sometimes there are known MIME types, but everyone knows PHP is smarter than you. That's why when you try to upload certain mp3 or other media files (which perhaps have custom tags from Adobe Audition or somesuch), you're greeted with the ever-friendly 'application/octet-stream' Content Type. WTF

Let's talk about IE8 now and how it handles Content Types. When we set up a file for download (after all, what else would we do with uploaded files than download them?), it has a name and an extension. We also send a Content Type so the browser can determine an auto-open program or whatever it is that browsers like to do. Unfortunately, what IE8 likes to do is ignorantly discard whatever extension the file once had, and picks a new one based on Content Type. Even if you manually change the extension back when saving (which Average Joe doesn't know or think to do), IE8 will gladly corrupt your file instead. WTF

#programming #programmingfail
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