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Monthly Archives: September 2010


The basics …

13 gal wastebasket with touch lid
9″ desktop fan (recycled in my example, ideally with a couple of fan speeds to help vary temperature)
x2 lamp sockets with 40 watt incandescent light bulbs (to control temperature)
x2 threaded metal rods with x4 matching lock nuts
Screen patches to cover ventilation holes (to keep insects and vermin out)
A biltong recipe

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Here’s my productivity tip of the day: sends nicely formatted follow up emails on request, as follows: Include FollowUpThen among your email recipients as follows — where the time interval is nhours, ndays, nweeks etc., n being a whole number, such as 2hours, 3days, 4 weeks etc.

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Our routine of late has been to take in a Farmers Market on Saturday morning and end off the day dining on the fresh, often organic, produce we find. With National Braai* Day approaching I’ve found a farmer growing colourful roots to which we’ll add brussels sprouts and onions and roast them up in a seasoned marinade of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic and chopped fresh herbs.

Add to that two grass fed steaks, slowly cooked to just 145 ˚F (63˚C) and then very briefly roasted under the searing heat of a propane torch to caramelise the surface.

This evening was just a test run for Friday …

*braai = BBQ

Caption: In a story on bed bugs on CBS News Sunday Morning one of the subjects can be seen crawling around the camera’s lens — upper right. Read More »

Caption: Bo in her studio on South Campus. Read More »