A Father’s Day Meditation

I used to scoff at “Hallmark Holidays” like Father’s Day..but that was then and this is now. The years have transformed me into a sentimental middle-aged goofball who is becoming increasingly aware of both the how temporary this life is and how important it is to savor every moment. With Father’s Day upon us I want to take a moment to reflect on two people that help to guide me as I walk the path.

The first is my father, who has been gone for many years. His love, his ability to look within and improve his life and his artist’s heart are all qualities that I work to cultivate in my life.

The second is my son, whose mere presence gives me the gift of purpose. He is the funniest, smartest, most dynamic 9-year-old that I have ever known. His hunger to learn, his joyous presence and his hilarious and fun energy are all qualities I work to cultivate in my life. I won’t be celebrating Father’s Day with my son this year as he is in Australia with his mother.

I miss my father and my son dearly every day. With an open mind and a gentle heart I pause to reflect on these two amazing people. Memories come rushing into my mind. I take a moment to savor each memory. I allow these same thoughts to leave when it is time…making effort to avoid both pushing the thought away and clinging to it (’cause that’s how we Buddhists roll).

Happy Father’s Day to you all.  If you can, visit your father today. If you cannot, visit the memories. The same goes for the dads out there…snuggle your children if they are close, and if they are far away visit the memories, call ‘em on Skype and tell them that you love them.

Hanging out with my father in my grandparent’s living room…80′s style…rocking the Indiana Jones shirt and playing a Nintendo Game + Watch.

Here he is playing a few songs. Listen with headphones to hear the bass properly.  I’m digging that top hat

Skype

Domenico and I during one of our many Skype chats.  Sometimes we play Magic: The Gathering…sometimes he wins ;)

Dinner and Magic Deck Review

Kraken Burgers

This massive beast of a sandwich is a 1/4 lb crab cake served on a fried ramen bun with bacon, spinach and Sriracha. The recpie below serves two.

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Kraken Burgers

Servings: 2 (with a few crab cakes left over)

Ingredients

4 slices of thick cut bacon
6 Leaves Baby Spinach
Sriracha

For the ramen buns
2 packages of ramen
2 eggs

For the crab cakes
2 slices dried bread, crusts removed
milk
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Parsley Flakes
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1 pound lump crabmeat

Instructions

Prepare two packages of ramen per the instructions on the packet. After it’s cooked let it sit for five minutes, strain out the broth and add it two a bowl. Add a beaten egg and form into patties per the instructions on this video. Chill the uncooked patties in the fridge.

Next cook four pieces of bacon in a large pan. As the bacon is cooking make the crab cake mixture per the instructions on the side of a container of Old Bay.

When the bacon is done remove it from the pan…important: keep the grease! Form four large crabcake patties and fry ‘em up. Then (using the same bacon greese) cook the ramen buns. Again refer to this video for more info.

Assemble the kraken burgers in this order: bottom bun, crabcake, bacon, spinach, sriracha, top bun. Before taking your first bite be sure to speak these words…

RELEASE THE KRAKEN!

Borka Kegslayer and Pyg Keg Carrier (Unfinished)

These two are my first metal models. The detail superior to plastic. I’m back on board with the wet palette painting method, applying thinner coats in an effort to avoid paint blobs.

The Pyg Keg Carrier was a blast to paint. I borked up Borka’s elbow when assembling him.
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Christmas Borka?
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Borka Is Mad About Christmas
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I will update this post with more pics as I progress.

First Game

Here is a pic from my first game of Hordes. I shot this two turns before killing my opponent’s caster.

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Dire Troll Mauler, Blue Blanka-Style

Here is my second mini painting project…a Trollbloods Dire Troll Mauler. I’ll post up another pic when the beast is complete.

Update: Added two more pics of the completed mauler.

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Trollbloods Battlegroup

After 41 years of being a geek I finally painted some miniatures. I’m happy with how they turned out.

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Export Dygraph To PNG

Dygraphs is a fast and easy-to-use JavaScript charting library. Check out lines 22-35 below to see just how easy it is to make a chart with Dygraphs. If you want to export your charts as images for whatever reason you can grab the handy JavaScript file over at http://cavorite.com/labs/js/dygraphs-export/

Don’t Be That Guy

Hey fellow party goer…I see that you are having a good time at this party that we are both at…let me take you away from enjoying this party so you can watch something on my smartphone…I call it my “tiny television”…the video is five minutes long…the volume is inadequate for you to hear the audio.

From Canvas to PDF via AJAX

If you are ever in the peculiar position of having to convert a canvas tag into an image, post it via AJAX to a CFC and then generate a PDF then I have your solution.

The first file below is the HTML and JavaScript needed to generate a canvas image, convert it to a JavaScript image and ship it to CFC Land via AJAX. The second file is the first (non-functional) version of the CFC. The third file is the working version of the CFC. Hit me with a comment if you have any questions or have a more concise (or different) way of solving this problem. I also shared this problem…and the answer over at Stack Exchange.

UPDATE: Scroll down to the bottom of the code for a bonus SVG-to-Canvas-to-PNG conversion.

Bonus Code: SVG-to-Canvas-to-PNG!

Hacky Zurb Foundation 4 Checkbox Fixer

After screwing around with Zurb Foundation 4 for a time I have to say that it is not without it’s quirks. One of them is not being able to consistently write to a checkbox. Here is my hacky work-around. Pardon the ‘this’ scope…this method is part of a utility object that I created in an effort to handle all of Foundation 4′s quirks in one place. The benefit of delegating responsibility in this manner is that when/if I upgrade the code base to Foundation 5 (or perhaps Twitter Bootstrap) I will only have to change one object.

Supposedly this is fixed in Foundation 5.