Are You Just Glad To See Me?

by A. J. Coltrane

Tonight is LeBron’s “homecoming” game in Cleveland.

Other NBA matchups (ESPN/StubHub prices):

MATCHUP TICKETS Washington at Orlando 501 available from $12 Detroit at Minnesota 215 available from $19 New York at Cleveland 56 available from $701 Utah at Dallas 1,064 available from $13 Oklahoma City at LA Clippers 2,159 available from $27

Looks like Cleveland is glad alright.


When is that last time […]

EarthBox 2014 Recap — The Peppers

by A.J. Coltrane

2013 Pepper recap here.

The final 2014 harvest:

The 2013 harvest came to 22.2 pounds of peppers from 11 plants — 2 pounds per plant. This year we bumped it up to 18 plants and got 31.0 pounds. That’s 1.7 pounds per plant — a 15% reduction in yield, though that’s close enough […]

More Appointment Viewing

by A.J. Coltrane

Saturday sees Dak Prescott and # 1 Mississippi State play Kentucky. 12:30, CBS.

This week’s Sports Illustrated cover:

Then Colt McCoy starts for Washington on Monday Night Football:

It very likely represents an aggregate “peak” for those two, but… FUN!


Container Garden Update — October 19, 2014

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.

Row covers:

Everything is arranged under the deck. The afternoon and evening sun hits the boxes — I *think* there’s adequate light.

The south end. These boxes get direct afternoon sun for a couple of hours, at least:

The bit of green visible through the row cover:


The GNOIF Big Sandwich Bread

by A.J. Coltrane

I’ve been making a sheet-tray sized sandwich for every GNOIF over at least the last two or three years. The bread components of those sandwiches have all been riffs on focaccia.

The most recent ratios:

Ingredient Measure Baker’s % Flour 600g Water 420g 70 Salt 14g 2.33 Honey 1 TBP Instant Yeast 1.5 […]

Winter Planting Lead Time

by A.J. Coltrane

I’m attempting to at loosely nail down the timing for starting winter vegetables, with the thought that we could harvest all winter and into the spring, rather than just waiting for the spring growth.

The idea is to select winter hardy plants and have them mostly full-grown by whenever the cold and lack of sunlight stops […]

GNOIF: Monsters, Murder, And Mayhem — The Recap

by A.J. Coltrane

GNOIF # 14 recap — Monsters, Murder, And Mayhem (Death and Destruction themes.)

Games That Got Played — Bang!, Dead Fellas, The Doom That Came To Atlantic City, Zombie Fluxx, Get Dr. Lucky, King of Tokyo, Last Night On Earth, Mr. Jack N.Y., Mystery of the Abbey, Poo!

Games That Didn’t Get […]

Yelp And Michelin Do New York

by A.J. Coltrane

By Nate Silver, posted on his Five-Thirty-Eight site. The piece looks at the correlation between Yelp reviews and Michelin stars in New York. “Yelp and Michelin Have The Same Taste In New York Restaurants” (Please excuse the messiness. I didn’t feel like spending my evening winnowing out the hyperlinks):

…Yelp and Michelin […]

Who’s That?

by A.J. Coltrane

Breakfast on Saturday was at the Elliot Bay Brewery on Lake City. The Mississippi State/Texas A&M game was on the TV.

The MSU quarterback made a pretty throw on the move….

Me: “Who’s that?”

My Dining Companion: “Oh no.”


See, everytime I say that phrase it indicates in a new Man Crush. […]

Container Garden Update — October 4, 2014

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.

October 7, 2013 post here.

We still had summer vegetables growing at this time last year. They’re long gone by now this time around, replaced by winter vegetables:

Bunch Onions

I’m still figuring out when to start winter veg, and what varieties do best in cold/long storage […]