Wall of Knowledge

by carbonboy on January 20, 2018

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I started going through a 1000 books I collected over the decades, planning to discard most of them. What the hell, I’ll just pack them up – they might come in as handy someday.

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The $37,900 Carbon Fiber Bathtub

by carbonboy on January 17, 2018

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Photo credit – Alvarae Design Studios

I might be violating copyright here, but so few visit this site, I will risk it. Without question this is a cool product, but it has the two flaws that I want to avoid: ridiculously high price offered by famous design house. Clearly there’s a market for this stuff, and they don’t have to sell many to turn a small profit.

Photo credit – Alvarae Design Studios

Often these things are designed to simply promote the designer or brand, like the outrageous garb  seen on high-end fashion industry catwalks. Yet given the 1% is growing globally, this may be a smart business move.

Photo credit – Alvarae Design Studios

Of course when we relaunch Composites-By-Design (or its newly branded name) in Las Vegas later this year, we still want to focus on affordable and portable.

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Halt and be Reborn

by carbonboy on January 14, 2018

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I’m a sucker for skillful writing. I’m slow these days – I have no idea what’s hot & not regarding film, art or music. I no longer care, and just wish to dabble.

Currently my brain is juxtaposing “Halt and Catch Fire” on Netflix with the novel “Rebirth” on my iPad.

It’s an interesting mix! Both are highly recommended – understandingly a bit late.

I’d love to take the pilgrimage, given I could have a warm bed at night, and hot shower in the morning. I don’t think that is how that works!

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Homemade Pizza – from C- to C+

by carbonboy on January 7, 2018

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Well, there is no perfect “fast” pizza dough solution. For simple pizza, it takes 48-72 hours for the dough to be perfect (most of that time in the refrigerator).

I didn’t believe that until today, but I made an inferior pizza, but still is 99% better than anything locally here in Southern Maryland. Next time I hope to rise to a “B”.

Most Americans don’t have a clue what real pizza is. I had the luxury of spending a half year in Napoli. I will never be able to recreate the pizza from that historic region, but I will get closer!

Now, can I get my high-end convection oven over 550 F?

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From 6 to 60

by carbonboy on January 7, 2018

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Piney Point endured the worst of the big freeze early this morning with a low of 6 degrees F! By Friday we will peak at 60.

Clearly that won’t last, but it is reassuring. I now recall why I chose to leave Wisconsin some 40 years ago.

Plans are in place to re-launch my start-up somewhere near the Downtown Project in Las Vegas this Spring.

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Surviving the “Bomb Cyclone” in Style

by carbonboy on January 4, 2018

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  1. Sleep in, set the thermostat at 72 F.
  2. Relish in the fact that you went shopping for supplies yesterday.
  3. Cook a great seafood omelet for breakfast.
  4. Be happy you have a personal assistant that can shovel the snow.
  5. Cook a great healthy chicken curry dish with the supplies on hand.
  6. Crack open an exceptional wine to go with the curry.
  7. Step outside for a moment totally naked and be thankful you are not homeless.
  8. Soak in your man-sized Jacuzzi tub, and again be thankful.
  9. Wake-up tomorrow and figure out how the hell you will get out of this frozen hell forever (and be thankful you are not homeless).

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Time to Clean Out the Laundry Room

by carbonboy on January 1, 2018

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That’s it – I am done – I am moving out of Maryland for good. This is nothing compared to the Midwest or Northeast – but it is frozen hell.

Like Amazon, I am searching the country for my new headquarters. I wish it could be on coastal California, but the cost and homeless population is soaring.

Maybe downtown Las Vegas, in spite of the failed downtown project (deals can be made when a project has failed). Hey Tony Hsieh – got a spare Airstream for rent?

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Pizza & Champagne to end 2017

by carbonboy on December 31, 2017

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I thought it was a safe bet to stay home and attempt pizza again.

C- as the crust was too thick, but I ate it anyway.

My friends in Italy would pass. So sums up the year. But I am optimistic for the next!

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Preparing for Pizza 12-31-17

by carbonboy on December 28, 2017

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The fucking gluten-free movement is alive and well, but has about the credibility of the idiot Anti-Vaccers’. Stupidity runs vapid!

OK, I eat only real whole wheat bread, pasta and brown rice. But . . . for pizza I am going back to the source – Napoli.

There ain’t no fucking brown whole wheat crap in Neapolitan Pizza.

Too bad I don’t have a wood-fired oven at 700 F. I will manage!

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Hunkering Down for the Winter

by carbonboy on December 26, 2017

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Now that the ham, garlic mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables are all gone, it’s time to survive the winter on my new budget. I likely will not do any consulting until next spring – Airbus is on holiday until, well, whenever the French end their holiday.

My focus is developing a viable business plan. I have a dozen great carbon fiber products in the works, but I need to identify my market for investors. This is no easy task!

Although I thrive on fresh fruits and vegetables, I stocked up on some canned basics, and simplified my eating habits – whole wheat pasta once a week, chicken or seafood enchiladas a few days after.

Around here, one can only find farmed salmon, so I’ve adapted an old favorite of my mom’s – salmon patties once a week. Of course, I prefer red salmon, adding onion, capers and a few other secret ingredients – better than the best crab cakes here in crab cake country!

Costco’s Kirkland white albacore tuna is consistently the best one can buy. I’ll take two cans, two chopped hard-boiled eggs with a bit of mayo, chopped onion and black olives on wheat toast with a freshly sliced avocado. Fantastic!

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Christmas Past on the Potomac River

December 25, 2017
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Feels about the same tonight!  

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Detail of Antoni Gaudí’s Nativity at Sagrada Família

December 25, 2017
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All the details are amazing and cannot be captured here.  

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Christmas in Roma a Decade Ago with my Sweetheart

December 24, 2017
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Amazing how the decade flew by!  

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Exploring Places I Never Go in my House

December 23, 2017
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I have two massive bookshelves in my bedroom, with hundreds of books, worthless to all but me. On one, this is what I found on the top. It looks like a happy family overdue for a long vacation! It’s coming!

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Black Gold

December 23, 2017
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Just a Thought

December 22, 2017
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I’m thinking it is going to be 64 F in Piney Point tomorrow, but I would rather live here. Just a thought in preparation for January.

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It’s so Much Fun to Distort Reality

December 21, 2017
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Hey – if Trump can do it, why can’t I?

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Back to 2010 when I’d Photograph my Food in my Studio!

December 21, 2017
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  The healthy eating paid off – all my “numbers” are normal after a recent physical. My goal of 75 kilo will happen in 2018! Of course, life span is decreasing in America. WAKE-UP AMERICA – the Trump diet will kill you!

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Sunday Brunch at the Ruddy Duck

December 17, 2017
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Winters in Piney Point can become rather dull, especially when one is on a budget, as I now am. Trips to DC or Annapolis are rare, and the waters of the Potomac are a bit chilly for any summer activities. Piney Point has a mini-mart and a historic bar/pizza joint, the OCI Pub, which once […]

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St. George Island Homestead Restored

December 17, 2017
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I took this first photo in October of 2009 when I was playing with HDR photography. I never quite mastered it. The house is a historic homestead, but I don’t know (or care to look up) its history. In November of that year we had a tropical storm roll through, flooding most of the island. […]

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