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April, 2017


Three year old just walked into the kitchen with pants down & said "mommy, look how long my penis is!" We have guests.


Checked into Rocketship Park

Playtime with the kids!


Checked into Nelson's


Lunch in paradise.


Loving http://rclone.org for my virtual Plex Media Server!


Checked into krust

Pastries and coffee ❤️


Our Dishonest President - Los Angeles Times

The LA Times Editorial Board today released the first part in a four part series entitled "Our Dishonest President."

What is most worrisome about Trump is Trump himself. He is a man so unpredictable, so reckless, so petulant, so full of blind self-regard, so untethered to reality that it is impossible to know where his presidency will lead or how much damage he will do to our nation. His obsession with his own fame, wealth and success, his determination to vanquish enemies real and imagined, his craving for adulation — these traits were, of course, at the very heart of his scorched-earth outsider campaign; indeed, some of them helped get him elected. But in a real presidency in which he wields unimaginable power, they are nothing short of disastrous.

A scathing, damning introduction. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series, and proud that the LA Times is my hometown paper.


Checked into suburbia


Dinner with the besties!


Anyone know of an iOS app that allows for publishing HealthKit activities daily?


Yes: Looking forward to attending again this year!



Risotto with bacon, onion, peas, and parmesan. Served with a sous-vide egg and drizzled with truffle oil.


Recipe: Roasted Spatchcocked Chicken with Potatoes and Onions


  • 1 roasting chicken, 4 lbs
  • 2.5 pounds sliced red or whole fingerling potatoes
  • 2 sweet onions, sliced
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, mashed
  • 1 Tb dijon mustard
  • 1 ts minced fresh thyme, sage, and rosemary
  • Black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Olive oil

Takes . Serves 4-6.

This is an all-time favorite in the LaCour household. I believe that the original recipe came from America's Test Kitchen, years ago, but it may have been an Alton Brown creation. 

  1. Pat chicken dry. Cut out backbone and keel bone to spatchcock the chicken.
  2. Make a compound butter with kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, the minced herbs, garlic, and dijon mustard.
  3. With your fingers, loosen skin across breast and as far down drumsticks and thighs as you can, being careful not to tear the skin. Spoon butter under skin and work across as much of the chicken as possible.
  4. Apply additional salt and pepper to the top and bottom of the chicken.
  5. Toss the potatoes and onions with olive oil and salt and pepper. Add additional herbs and garlic, if you want.
  6. Line bottom of broiler pan with heavy-duty aluminium foil. Spread potato and onion mixture across pan evenly. Place grilling rack on top, and arrange the spatchcocked chicken on top, folding drumsticks inward so they cover part of the breast.
  7. Roast at 500 degrees for 20 minutes, turn pan around, roast for another 20 minutes or until internal temperature in breast is 150. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
  8. Part out the chicken into portions, and serve with the potatoes and onions.




IndiewebPress: Connecting Your Site and Mine - David Shanske

David Shanske is writing a blog series on WordPress and the IndieWeb. The first article in the series addressed comments, and this one talks about Webmention and Vouch. Its a great series worth following, especially if you're a WordPress person who is interested in learning more about the IndieWeb and how you can take part.


Great post about Mastodon and the IndieWeb.


Checked into Sacks On The Beach

Breakfast of champions!


Ajit Pai’s net neutrality plan is nonsense - The Verge

If nationalism, racism, and war mongering weren't enough, this administration is also taking aim at net neutrality! Wake me up when its 2020.


Movie Review: Disney Recreates a Classic

4 out of 5 stars

The family hit the theater today for a matinee viewing of Disney's new live-action remake of its 1991 animated feature, "Beauty and the Beast." The original is one of my all-time favorite Disney animated films, with great animation, a strong story, and a musical score that has become a classic. The live-action remake isn't as good as the original, but is a worthy take, with a strong performance by Emma Watson as Belle, reprises of all the catchy songs, and plenty of personality.

The film drags a bit in the middle, and could stand to be cut down by about 15 minutes. There is a bit too much exposition about the respective family histories of both Belle and the Beast, as well. That said, I really did enjoy the film and would recommend it for any fans of the original.


Checked into Creme de la Crepe

Brunch with the fam and besties.


Checked into Armstrong Garden Centers

Getting plants for the garden.


Checked into Columbia Park

Soccer and margaritas!


Taking the besties to Din Tai Fung tonight for dumpling times!


Checked into Seaside Torrance

Relaxing before bed.


Restaurant Review: Astro Is Epic

5 out of 5 stars

One dozen assorted doughnuts from AstroA few weeks ago, Astro Fried Chicken and Doughnuts opened up a location only a few blocks from my office in Downtown Los Angeles. Astro was founded in Washington, D.C., and quickly built a reputation as one of the best doughnut shops in the United States. Their move into L.A. is a big step up for the fledgling empire. Astro offers four "daily" doughnuts that stay on the menu – classic glazed, maple bacon, peanut butter and jelly, and creme brulee. Astro also offers a rotating menu of "special" doughnuts, including such delights as meyer lemon, smoked almond, strawberry rhubarb, and rocky road.

In addition to their sweets, Astro makes some incredible fried chicken, including both breakfast and lunch sandwiches, served on savory doughnuts or cheddar biscuits, topped with a variety of delicious toppings and sauces, including kimchi slaw and buffalo sauce. The combination of sweet, savory, and fatty is pretty much perfect for my taste.

Today for lunch, I enjoyed two pieces of dark meat fried chicken, a cheddar biscuit, and a creme brulee doughnut. I was very impressed! My DreamHost coworker and I brought back an assorted dozen doughnuts to share with the office, and they were also tasty.

I'm delighted to have Astro in the neighborhood, and I will definitely be back. Highly recommended!


Adding Indieweb interactions to Nextcloud News

I spent some time this past weekend writing up a little plugin for Nextcloud News that enables Indieweb interactions using the excellent Quill. Take a look!


Checked into Seaside Torrance

Seaside Torrance

Home with the little dude!


Watching Pete's Dragon (2016) with @williamlacour and @cleverangel while @colettelacour is away at a sleepover.


Verdict: Pete's Dragon was really good, and @williamlacour is the best.


@eddiehinkle so tasty! I can't wait to go back and try the chicken sandwiches.


@e_monty @united @delta that would drive costs way up. I'm not convinced overbooking is inherently bad.


Electron is flash for the desktop

Great article by Joseph Gentle on the rise of Electron for building "native apps" for the desktop. Electron certainly makes it easier to leverage existing web application work to create desktop experiences, but the tradeoffs are significant.

I'm a big believer in Slack, and use it on a daily basis, but as a result of it being built on top of Electron, its a huge resource hog, provides little integration with the operating system, and doesn't feel particularly native at all.

Joseph is careful to point the blame where it belongs:

To be clear, javascript on the desktop isn't the problem. In fact, I think the APIs work with in the modern web are way better than the APIs that exist on desktop. We should use them....

Developers don't let friends write electron apps. If you want to use JS and react to make a native app, try react native instead. Its like electron, but you don't need to distribute a copy of chrome to all your users, and we don't need to run another copy of chrome to use your app. It turns out modern operating systems already have nice, fast UI libraries. So use them you clod!

The open web is important, and web technologies are fantastic. Leverage them for your desktop experiences, but be smart. Use the REST APIs that you've built. Share JavaScript code, where reasonable and possible. Hell, you can even write your entire app in JavaScript, but don't forget about your users and their experience.

Joseph summarizes his recommendations nicely:

Users: Please complain more about slow programs. Its 2016. We carry supercomputers in our pockets. Its simply not ok for apps to be sluggish.

Developers: Performance matters. Memory usage matters. I don't care if you're the prettiest girl at the dance, slack. I quit you the moment I walk out of the office. I delete you from my computer when I can. Slow is a bug. The fastest program is the one you don't run. So stop embedding the entirety of chrome in your app.

Also all you web devs: Go learn C or Rust or something. Your program runs on a computer. Until you know how that computer works, you're doomed. And until then get off my lawn shakes fist.

This reminds me so much of the early days of the "write once, run everywhere" Java zealotry. "Computers are fast now! Don't worry about taking up memory or CPU!" Get off my lawn, indeed.


Tesla Solar Panels

Happy to see them releasing their own panels for those of us that have relatively new roofs, already. I'm putting this on the list to explore in 2018!


Checked into DreamHost West

Work work work!


Watched Clue: The Movie

Clue finds six colorful dinner guests gathered at the mansion of their host, Mr. Boddy -- who turns up dead after his secret is exposed: He was blackmailing all of them. With the killer among them, the guests and Boddy's chatty butler must suss out the culprit before the body count rises.

Watched on Jonathan


Watched The Expanse, Season 1 - Dulcinea

In the asteroid belt near Saturn, James Holden and the crew of the ice-freighter Canterbury, investigate a distress call from a mysterious derelict ship, the Scopuli. On Ceres Station, Detective Miller begins an off the book investigation of a missing heiress, Julie Mao.

Watched on Jonathan


Watched Mad Max: Fury Road

An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

Watched on Jonathan


Sharing what I watch...

1 min read

As I get deeper into the IndieWeb, I've been loving exploring more ways to share and publish my activities. Having a timeline that includes where I have been, what I've been eating and drinking, my recipes and reviews, along with photos, and social interactions helps me remember where I was and what I was doing on any given day.

Last night, I had trouble sleeping, so I decided to attack a new problem. I'm a big movie enthusiast, and enjoy collecting and watching great films. I decided that tracking what I'm watching would be a fun and useful way to enrich my activity stream.

I'd like to introduce Watching, a plugin for the Known CMS that I use for running this site. Using the plugin, I can publish a record of which movie or TV show I just watched. Earlier this evening, I watched a few minutes of Mad Max: Fury Road, which I absolutely adored, and it's been logged on my site.

Better yet? I've written experimental support for Plex webhooks, which create these records automatically on my site whenever I click or tap "play." How fun is that?


Wow, https://github.com/cleverdevil/Known-Watching represents my fifth plugin for @withknown! Fun :)


Great post, @chrisaldrich! Thanks for summarizing so nicely why is important.


Checked into DreamHost West

DreamHost West

Making the open web a better place.


Excellent talk with @fkarlitschek of @nexcloud this AM re: enabling people to own their own data!


@stream.boffosocko.com/profile/chrisaldrich awesome! Can't wait to see your Read plugin :) Both Watching and Read should potentially integrate with my Reviews plugin, too!


@benwerd people whinge about funding Planned Parenthood, but are OK with paying for bombs. Sigh...


Aaron Parecki on Twitter: "Micropub PR published today! 🎉 https://t.co/B4se7jOPPr This is the last step before REC status! We'd love your impl reports and feedback!"


I think, for now, a standalone plugin is best. I think, over time, it'll make sense to start consolidating some of these things into a common library of plugins. Many of my plugins are extremely similar in their implementation.

I actually think that it'd be cool for the Watching, Read, and Food plugins to detect if the Reviews plugin is installed, and to enable publishing a record of the action *along* with a review (two posts in one go!).

So many ideas, so little time.


Checked into Ortega 120

Happy Birthday to Dan Moran!


Checked into Seaside Torrance

Walking the dogs and admiring how well the veg and herbs are growing!


Humanity finds a mysterious object buried beneath the lunar surface and sets off to find its origins with the help of HAL 9000, the world's most advanced super computer.

Watched on Jonathan


When an unassuming high school chemistry teacher discovers he has a rare form of lung cancer, he decides to team up with a former student and create a top of the line crystal meth in a used RV, to provide for his family once he is gone.

Watched on Jonathan


Watched Moana

In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain's daughter's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the demigod to set things right.

Watched on PlexMediaPlayer


Checked into Umami Burger



Checked into Good Stuff Restaurant

Good Stuff Restaurant

Beautiful day for brunch with the family!


When there is a bounce house crisis at Regular Sized Rudy’s birthday party, the Belcher kids devise a scheme to save the day. Meanwhile, Bob deals with an unexpected guest at the restaurant and is forced to come to terms with a longstanding fear.

Watched on Bedroom


@eddiehinkle He has risen, indeed!


My family is the cutest.


Watched Moana

In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain's daughter's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the demigod to set things right.

Watched on Fire TV


Yes: My first IndieWeb Summit. Looking forward to it!


Watched Frozen Fever

On Anna's birthday, Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa's icy powers may put more than just the party at risk.

Watched on Fire TV


Checked into Seaside Torrance

Family leftovers dinner!


When Gene overhears talk about a mystical creature that lives nearby, he leads the Belcher kids and their friends on a journey to find it. Meanwhile, Linda’s competitive nature takes over during downtime at the restaurant.

Watched on Bedroom


When Bob’s longtime friend, Critter, finds himself in jail for unpaid parking tickets, the Belchers decide to do what they can to help him out. Meanwhile, Linda takes on a babysitting job that becomes more work than she signed up for.

Watched on Bedroom


Facebook Instant Articles are a Bust

Facebook's meteoric rise is a major driver for the decay of the open web. I'm hoping that there's still time to wrestle ownership of our data back from Facebook, and drive people back to the web again.


Alton takes to the sea on a research ship to learn more about squid and demonstrate recipes for squid appetizers.

Recipes in this episode:
- Dry Fried Calamari
- Wet Fried Calamari
- Seaside Squid Salad
- Squid Stuffed Squid

Watched on Fire TV


From their swampy origins to modern machine molds, host Alton Brown shares the sweet, sticky science behind homemade marshmallow.

Homemade Marshmallows

Watched on Fire TV


@dreamhostbrett its actually much easier! Just change your User-Agent to iPhone. Works every time :)


After fighting off a migraine, gave the kids a bath, put them in PJs, read books, snuggled, and put them to bed. Medicine for the soul!


Oh, good, an OpenStack thought leadership piece by BROCADE on LINKEDIN. Sigh.


Manton Reece on Twitter: "Finished building https://t.co/KrFEuTQtGo’s batch invite system for Kickstarter rewards. Surprising number of features to do it correctly."


Alton Brown dresses up as the ""Waffler"" and rids the neighborhood of pathetic commercial frozen waffles, and then shows how to make your very own.

Basic Waffle
Chocolate Waffle

Watched on Fire TV


Facebook’s algorithm isn’t surfacing one-third of our posts. And it’s getting worse.

I hate that we're not only giving up our data to ad-driven content silos like Facebook, we're also giving up content discovery and consumption to their biased algorithms. I continue to believe that the web needs to change as quickly as possible, wrestling control back, and placing ownership, identity, honesty, and authenticity back at the forefront.


Owning My Memories

1 min read

My quest to own more of my digital identity continues, as I continue to search for ways in which I depend on social media silos like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. One feature of Facebook that I actually find quite delightful is On This Day, which shows you content and interactions over the years on the current day of the month. I like this feature so much, I felt like I should have it for my website, in the spirit of the IndieWeb. I'm happy to say, I've got an initial implementation in place on my site!

I've created a plugin for Known, the CMS for this site, that collects a few of my own customizations, including my On This Day implementation, and its available on my GitHub. Currently, the On This Day functionality requires a patch to Known core that isn't yet open source, but I'm hoping to polish that up and attempt to get it into Known sometime in the next few weeks.

Three cheers to owning my own memories!


LivePhotosKit JS | Apple Developer Documentation

Looking forward to Live Photos this into my site!


Thank you for representing us so well, @tedlieu!


So, @cleverangel introduced @williamlacour to Animaniacs and he loves it. I'm pretty much thrilled with this outcome :)


Product leadership requires projecting an infectious enthusiasm for possibilities.


Checked into Seaside Torrance

Seaside Torrance

Friday afternoon working from home!


@doughellmann hah! This seems like a good time to thank you for giving us Coach Richt :)


I'm pretty excited about the American Gods premiere!