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5 min Easy Bread

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Large Bowl with a lid. I use a big glass 4qt bowl that came with a lid.
Liquid measure cup.
Dry Measuring cup. 1 cup, .5 cup and 1tbsp
Spoon, spatula or bread whisk. Whatever bread dough won’t stick to.
Ingredients
1.5 Cups Lukewarm Water
1 Tbsp Yeast
.5 Tbsp Salt
3.25 Cups flower

If you are doing a 50/50 bread do half white, half of whatever other flour you like.
1.75 All Purpose unbleached white
1.75 Other

Instructions

Mix Lukewarm Water(this is important just warmer than you can actually tell) and the full measure of Yeast.
Let stand for 2 minutes so the yeast can activate.

Add the rest of the dry ingredients.

Mix for approx 2-3 mins until ingredients are just integrated with no lumps or dry material left.

There’s your 5 minutes the first day.

Cover the bowls or container but leave a bit of a crack in the cover.
Let rise at least 2 hours.

Putting it in the fridge is so fast it doesn’t count.

Refrigerate with the lid still slightly cracked open.
Regrigeration time can vary from 12hrs to 3 weeks.
The longer you refrigerate it the stronger the sourdough like taste will be.

When you’re ready to take it out and cook it.

Use butter or oil to coat the loaf pan.
Put some flour on your hands so the dough won’t stick.
Take the dough out of the bowl and pull the edges under it so it forms a smooth oval to fit in your rectangle loaf pan.
Put it in the pan!

Let the dough rise in the pan for at least 2 hours. If it looks like it’s rising well sometimes I’ll let it rise 3 hours.

Set a timer for the rise time, we’ll say 2hrs for example minus 30 minutes. So 1.5hrs instead of 2.

The reason you’re cutting off half an hour is because you need to pre-heat your oven for 30 minutes.

When your timer goes off put a broiler tray in the bottom rack of the oven turn the oven to 400F.
Reset the timer for 30 minutes.

When the timer goes off that will signal the end of pre-heat and rise.

Fill a mug with the hotest water your tap will make.
Put the loaf pan in the oven.
Using an oven mit quickly but carefully pour the water in to the broiler tray and quickly shut the oven.

Bake for 40 minutes. Your oven may vary.

It’s an interesting thing to note but there’s a distinct bread cooking smell that you’ll notice. That smell starts to go away and then change in to a sort of over cooked smell. Once you bake the bread a few times you’ll start to notice and recognize the smell. You can adjust your bake time once you get a nose for this.


Whole House Live Streaming On A Budget

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Let me preface this by saying this system is by no means perfect. You may need more or less depending on what you’re doing. Things like saving all your broadcasts locally will incur more of a cost in storage.

The goal is to stream 720p at 30FPS at a minimum. The system can then be upgraded from there to provide whatever additional power is necessary.

I decided, as a proof of concept that I wanted to see if I could make this work. My roommate throws a video game party called GamesAtSams every Saturday. I figured this would serve as a good test bed for such a system. We have one main TV with multiple consoles attached and then a PC lan party. So lets look at the tools at hand. (more…)


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Access the New Nintendo 3DS’s SD Card Without Removing It

I don’t give much credit to Nintendo for a lot of things outside of making entertaining games. Frankly they’re terrible about keeping up with the modern state of gaming, by in large, and they’re especially bad at dealing with networking and the Internet. So it seems weird that I’m about to write about Nintendo doing something, arguably, right on just such a subject.

Many a games journalism website has seen fit to highlight the New 3DS’s microSD card slot and the fact that it’s kind of oddly locked away under a bottom cover that requires a tool to get in to. Knowing only this as I’m sure many people will might lead one to believe that this is just Nintendo up to their old tricks. And at first glance you’d be right. If you have a need to physically swap sd cards then perhaps you’re out of luck.3DS SD Card Share

Fortunately if you’re just looking to make a backup Nintendo got smart and tucked away a little trick that makes that microSD card accessible through a network share on your home network.

Under “Data Management” you will find an option for “microSD Management”. This wizard will walk you through creating a network name for your 3DS and a username and password and then connect you to your homes wifi network so you can access the storage on the card.

On your windows PC open a file explorer window and in the quick access icons in the left window pane scroll down to network and click the icon. You should see the name of your 3DS listed. Click on that to access it. If for some reason you don’t see your 3DS listed click on any blank space in the address bar on the file explorer window and type \\MY3DSNAME where MY3DSNAME is the name you picked for your 3DS. This should find and open your 3DS files for you.

Enjoy this tiny slice of Nintendo finally getting with the new(I use the word loosely) networked world. There isn’t much of it to be had.


The Curious Case Of Destiny Perception

03-o-golden-age-postcardI’m going to toss my two cents in the ring right here quick about Destiny.

In regard to story quality. I’ll grant you that some of the writing isn’t the best but then few works of pop culture nail every line every time. There’s plenty of horrible writing in virtually every beloved franchise no matter if it’s TV, Movies or Video Games. I’m pretty sure every Star Trek ever has some pretty terrible episodes. Some works of pop culture we look on fondly are BECAUSE their writing was terrible. Axe Cop anyone? So maybe we can ease up on the couple of truly bad lines in Destiny. To counter those there are some pretty good ones. “Why is the right place always so terrifying?”

The story is just getting started. You’re getting an incomplete or what is perceived as a shoddy story because you aren’t getting a whole story to start with. Who is the stranger? Who is she talking to on her comms? She’s not a Guardian so what is she? (more…)


A Week With The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition

First things first I had to take the beast out of the box. So here’s that.

Most people would probably lead off talking about the size and shape of the device since that is what you typically notice first. The reason I’m not going to do that is because I want you to have the good news first. The quad core Snapdragon 600 at 1.7Ghz is very fast. It’s consistent with a premium device. Apps fire what feels like instantly and games run silky smooth. 2GB of ram as we’ve seen seems to be the key amount to keep a device from feeling slow.
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Poker Night 2 Announcement Trailer

Holy buckets! That is all.

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Telltale Games has released a trailer for their upcoming, star studded, Poker Night 2!

You gotta love the poking fun of old adventure games and also… Brock FREAKIN’ Samson! Nicely done, a pity they couldn’t get Bruce Campbell for Ash but what the hell. Poker Night 2 is coming out later this month on Xbox Live Marketplace, Playstation Network, and Steam for PC and Mac.

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Defiance Beta Playstation 3 Extended Look

As promised I spent some more time with the Defiance beta on PlayStation 3. For those who may not know Defiance is a Third Person Shooter MMO on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game is part of some form of over arching story/universe being constructed to go along with Syfy’s (pronounced “sifee”?) television show of the same name.

In my last post on the subject I hadn’t had a very good experience with the game. This time around it’s gotten a bit better. You eventually work your way out in to the open world as you tend to do with most MMOs. This helped the situation greatly. Several quest lines opened up, some items like an ATV were handed over and the game got a bit more entertaining. Sadly the voice acting and facial animations through out extend not a hint of humanity or serve to draw you in emotionally. The game is not terrible but it’s not great. It’s what most would call mediocre. The shooting mechanics are pretty solid and there seem to be plenty of challenges, objectives and creatures dotting the landscape to keep you busy. Thats really about the extent of it. If there weren’t better MMOs available this game would be just fine. But as it is it has to contend with the likes of WoW, Guild Wars 2 and PlanetSide 2. I don’t see this game going any where unless they manage to slap a thick layer of polish on whats in this beta or the TV show is able to draw people deeply in to the universe it’s trying to create.

I think this video sums up the experience nicely.