Monday, March 19, 2018

Forget Bitcoin Beware the USC

‘Utility Settlement Coin’ Emerging As Bankster’s Cryptocurrency

UBS, BNY Mellon, Deutsche Bank, Santander, the market operator ICAP, and the startup Clearmatics formed an alliance in 2016 to explore the use of digital currency between financial institutions and central banks, using blockchain.
The ultimate goal of the project is to create a digital currency known as Utility Settlement Coin (USC), which will facilitate payment and settlement for institutional financial markets.

A transnational currency controlled by the banks. Eh, what's the problem?  More at Technocracy News.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Corned Beef & Cabbage for the 21st Century

By now everyone is tired of my posting the secret recipe.  Refresher:

Forget that.  Even if you have to buy an instant pot it is worth it.  Thus the new instructions:
  • 3pounds (1.5kg) corned beef, 1.5 inches in thickness
Wrong.  No reason to go with the more expensive flat cut.  The point cut will lose the fat and tenderize just the same.  no need to pay twice as much for the "better" cut.   Point cut.  Don't worry about thickness. 
  • 4 cups (1L) cold water
Wrong.   You need beer.  this is a holiday.  you need beer.  The old rules still apply.  Cheeap is fine, probably better even BUT no rice beer.  The grains are part of the process. 
  • 1 large (300g) onion, quartered
Ehhh, seems a bit much.  to taste.  I use a 1/4-1/3rd.
  • 6 (25g) garlic cloves, crushed
Again.  We aren't French cuisine here.  A couple crushed cloves is fine for that hint but 4 is overpowering 

Pickling Spices Seasoning:
Sounds about right or if your corned beef came with a seasoning packet, you can use that instead.

  • 8 (500g) carrots, peeled, cut to 2.5 inches in length
  • 6 (600g) small red potatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cabbage, cut into 3-4 wedges
Let's face it.  nobody really likes more than few bites of boiled cabbage.


Thursday, March 15, 2018

We Pay for Our Snow

At least our snow is behaved and stays on the slopes. 

View from the Dawghaus 15 May 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

More Rain Day Flowers

This is on Hawai'i from last month.

Going to be a good year for Bacon Avocados. 

Tulips in the rain. 

I had this one blown up to 8x10.  Beautious. 

Dreary Weather Interlude

A few colorful treats from the yard.