To make it, rub your piece of pork with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and five spice powder on the meat side only. Rub the skin side with a mixture of salt & lime juice. Put it on a plate, skin-side down in the fridge overnight. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and roast on a rack skin side down for 45 minutes. Raise the oven to 450 degrees and continue roasting skin side up for 10 minutes. Then broil until the skin puffs up. Let cool before slicing.
There’s only this minor issue though. Microsoft Bing is inferior to Google. There’s no if’s, and’s or but’s about it. They produce consistently worse results than Google. Although many of the top results are similar for common searches, it’s the esoteric uncommon stuff that Google begins to show how it dominates. And it’s those uncommon searches where people arguably needs more help. The other thing is that Microsoft lacks in basic search tools like a really fine tooth come to restrict results by time frame. Microsoft gives you a couple of slices of the last 24 hours, the last month and that’s about it. Otherwise it’ll return stuff that’s 5 years old. In this day & age, 5 years is ancient. Google does a much better result of giving relevant answers plus you can restrict searches to any time frame you wish via its custom time range. Microsoft Bing just sucks in that regard.
I’ve resorted to using Bing first to get my points and then going to a new private window to search Google for better results. It doesn’t have to be this way but unfortunately it is. At this point this is my only solution until Microsoft engineers wake up. Unfortunately it seems that Microsoft engineers are not at the same level as Google’s engineers.
I’ve never seen this one before. I was aware of the recall; it was for the ELF Fuel Pressure Sensor. Lexus had sent a letter to me about it and I had it done just the week before. I’ve received other recall notices in the past and have always taken care of them but I cannot ever remember a time when a vehicle recall prevented me from registering my vehicle.
I for one whole heartedly support this new effort. I think that due to vehicle ownership changing hands all the time that a lot of vehicles out there are not taken care of properly. This is a huge safety issue and I’m glad that states are beginning to be pro-active about it. My only issue now is to figure out what this Correction Certificate business is all about. I have the repair receipt but that doesn’t sound like it. I’ll be reaching out to my dealer today to see what the next steps are.
After some searching, I stumbled upon a free alternative called TCPBlock. It’s a lightweight, loadable kernel module that does exactly what I needed it to do: block outgoing connections to the Internet by application. The interface is easy to use and it takes just a few clicks to set everything up on my system. It may lack all of the bells and whistles of a paid program but dammit, it works. It does exactly what I needed and the price can’t be beat. So if you’re looking for an alternative to Little Snitch, give TCPBlock a try.
Here’s the interface. It’s clean and simple. You access it via your Mac’s System Preferences:
For the fruit, I buy frozen fruits from either Trader Joe’s or from Walmart under its Great Value brand. Walmart is definitely more affordable but I swear the frozen fruit from Trader Joe’s makes for a better tasting smoothie. I’m not sure if that’s subliminal or not but that’s my experience. I would swear that they all get their frozen fruit from a common supplier, despite what Trader Joe’s marketing will say, but somehow they do taste different. I have a few bags of frozen fruit in the freezer from Walmart and as soon as they are out I’m probably going to get the Trader Joe’s brand. I usually get the mango, pineapple, strawberries and tropical fruit blends. They tend to make the best smoothies. I will sometimes use other fruits as well like frozen cherries but they can be tart… a spoonful of sugar will fix that issue! Blend on folks!
On the other hand, that USB direct connect feature is awesome. I can get one of those Western Digital portable USB drives and connect it directly. These drives come in up to 2 TB configuration these days and because they’re portable drives without a separate power cable, they’re super convenient to plug into the TV. With 2 TB, I can put a ton of movies onto this thing. As a portable drive, the performance is not up to par with other USB drives but you hardly notice it when copying movies; it might be a tad slower. For viewing though, it’s not an issue. The portability completely trumps the performance. What awesome for me is how many different formats the Samsung TV supports. I have most of my movies in the MKV format as I think it’s the most versatile. It can hold subtitles, different audio streams, attached thumbnail images, etc. I do wish the Samsung supported thumbnail view though; but that’s just a small quibble. It has played most of the major formats I’ve thrown at it. This is pretty awesome if you ask me.
I love it so much that my newest TV is a 55″ 4K TV from Samsung in the hopes that it has the same Smart features. It should. I take delivery next Friday and cannot wait to get it up on the wall. It’ll be a nice addition to be able to watch my 4K Phantom 3 Videos.
So today we made the drive from San Diego to the French Consulate in West Los Angeles to apply for her visa. The process went very well and we should be receiving the visa back in about a week. The experience was completely different at the Italian consulate last month though. They were a lot more picky on the required documents and that didn’t go well at all. We’re back home now and are looking forward to a nice weekend.