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Sunday, August 02, 2020

Buttermilk Pancakes

I made my favorite buttermilk pancakes for breakfast this morning. The recipe, one I mentioned here. Note, rather than cooking spray, I use vegetable oil in the pan.

Actually, this is the third or fourth time I have made these pancakes since mid July. Did not want to waste the buttermilk and this "from scratch" recipe, is very easy. Briefly, the recipe calls for:

  • Cup of all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • Teaspoon of baking powder
  • Half teaspoon of baking soda
  • Quarter teaspoon of salt
  • Cup of buttermilk
  • Lightly stirred egg
  • Teaspoon of vegetable oil

Mix in a bowl with at least a 2 cup capacity, the first 5 ingredients. In a separate bowl (I use liquid measuring cups), mix the buttermilk, oil and egg. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir well. Pour on a hot pan with oil and wait until you see the bubbles. If you like buttermilk pancakes you will love these.

Did you know you can make buttermilk with plain milk and vinegar? See this post.


Thursday, July 02, 2020

Ann Taylor Heist

I am always looking for affordable business styles, and Ann Taylor has always been a favorite- reference post.

Two weeks ago, an Ann Taylor blouse I bookmarked over a year ago, went on sale. Shown in the images below, the Lush Lagoon Tie Neck blouse.

The other two tops were also on sale. Though out of season now, in the coming months, I will be able to pair various pieces I already own- with the new tops.

I tend to know what works for me, however sometimes, I miss on prints. I was pleasantly surprised, the tie neck geometric print blouse, works with black- in suits, skirts and high waisted slacks.

As things slowly begin to reopen in my area, I am doing more in the local business community with a project I have been thinking about for awhile (did you know I registered hanover-magazine.com and hanovermaryland.org a couple of years ago?).

I want my style to suggest, I really mean business....


Thursday, June 25, 2020

WiredPages News Headline Feeds- Status

Late Friday, June 19, 2020, I noticed a couple of issues with several of the news headline feeds maintained on WiredPages.

Over the weekend, I had most of the issues worked out, however decided not to install all of the updates, because I wanted to thoroughly checkout the new resources.

Below, illustrative examples of the feeds that were not installed, however ready for live production.

Currently, the following WiredPages are using live versions of new headline feeds:

In total, there were 8 pages affected by the Friday night outage, so I was happy to find solutions as quickly as I did.

Another major issue, I had to switch the (site) server for the new Java Servlets used to provide the news headlines. qisoftware.com is my main site, however when I have SSL protocol issues, I have to move programs and applications to my hosting site-- hosting-q.com.

This the other reason, I am holding off on installing all of the new programs at the same time. I am always concerned about server overload, so I am installing one or two updates at a time and checking. I am not sure why I have site load issues. According to most statistics related to my sites, I should not have any. Why the conflict (FBI)?


Sunday, June 14, 2020

Instagram API Interface Migration

In July 2018 (blog post), I developed an Instagram API Demonstration Interface to showcase how social media API resources can be customized for individual sites and blogs.

Last fall, I noticed Facebook had taken over management of the Instagram API, however I thought- because my interface only accessed QiSoftware's Instagram data, there would be no need to migrate the tool to the Facebook platform.

I noticed something in a forum post last week, so I checked again and decided- to be on the safe side, I would migrate the interface to the Facebook platform. Spent most of the day (today) on this project.

This was a little more effort than I thought it would be, however when I realized my mistake, the task became relatively easy.

Another easy thing today- lunch.

Yesterday, I made enchiladas and tacos with enough in the way of leftovers for lunch today. So in between debugging and playing with Postman, in an attempt to figure out why I could not set up the correct access tokens for the Facebook/Instagram Graph API platform, I did not starve because I forgot to eat. I could not wait for lunch...


Thursday, June 11, 2020

My New Business Heel

For business, I tend to purchase suits, dresses and heels in the same muted solid colors; blacks, browns, caramels and olives. Since I am more conservative than not, this has worked to my advantage in that most of my business wear has lasted through the years.

My business heel? Since high school a 2-3" skinny heel, that suits my rather small ankles. Toe coverage is minimal, meaning just enough leather to hide them.

That said, these days, I prefer a wider, more sturdy heel, to my old standbys. The Amazon orders shown on the right, illustrate how I acquired the recent additions to my wardrobe. I love the new heels because they are so comfortable.

The illustration below, top row: shows the older version of heels I wear with business suits and dresses, and the lower row: the new heels I began purchasing last fall to accommodate new style, as well as a physique that is no longer between 120-130 pounds.

So how is it that I can wear all of my old fours, sixes and eights if I am no longer between 120 and 130 pounds? Okay, I cannot, however (1) I plan on reaching that size again, and (2) I have newer (with vanity sizing and stretchable rayon) items, in my color palette- that will work for the time being.

Either way, my new business heels should work.


Saturday, June 06, 2020

WiredPages- New Tools Ready For Installation

I mentioned in the last post, there are several new tools ready for installation on WiredPages.

The following summarizes each tool, and provides illustration as to how the new tool will appear on each page.

The WiredPages Home page will get a Market Indices bug, which will provide timely information about stock markets.


The WiredPages Real Estate page will get a Mortgage Calculator.


The WiredPages Business & Markets page will get the Market Indices bug along with a Biz Zip Search tool.


The WiredPages Style & Events page will get the "This Day In History Calendar". Click on any day and the tool provides important events in history for that day.


The WiredPages Media page gets the NPR One StationFinder interface.


The WiredPages Health & Wellness page will get the FatSecret Nutrition Information Search tool.


The WiredPages Arts & Entertainment page gets the Youtube Music Video Search & Playback tool.


The WiredPages Reference page gets the World Factbook interface.


The WiredPages Technology page will get the Alexa Site Rank tool.


There are several other tools in the works, however the tools listed here are ready for installation. Why not install now? Security and potential server load issues. Why continue to develop new interfaces? I hope my issues will be resolved and quite frankly, I love developing new software tools for WiredPages.

Note, the overlay for each tool is larger for illustration purposes.




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