Garlic Bread from @jimmyjohns Day Old Bread

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I was at Jimmy Johns (@jimmyjohns) yesterday picking up a sandwich for lunch and I noticed a sign that said “Yesterday’s bread 50 cents”.  Jimmy Johns is known for having exceptional fresh baked bread, its one of the main reasons their sandwiches are so good.  Since we were making Italian for dinner I decided to pick up one day old bread to make Garlic bread.  It turned out to be a great decision. It was some of the best garlic bread I’ve ever had.  Even though the bread was one day old it was still quite fresh.  In the oven the top got slightly crispy but the bread stayed very soft making it really easy to eat.   I highly recommend trying it!  Let me know if you come up with some other ideas on what to do with the bread.

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Updated: June 13th 11:00pm

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A few people asked me for the recipe I used so I decided to share it.  When making garlic bread I don’t typically follow any recipe.  I just follow these steps:

1. Cut the bread in half lengthwise creating two approximately equal pieces

2. Spread butter on each piece of bread.  How much is up to your liking but I usually just put enough to soak the top layer of bread when cooking.  Also I ALWAYS use real butter.  I like the KerryGold Irish butter.

3. Sprinkle Garlic Salt over the top of each piece.

4. Place in toaster oven on 400 or Oven on low broil.  It usually only takes two or three minutes to melt the butter and crisp the top.  Its often a window of 30 seconds between perfect and burned so keep a close watch

5. Remove from oven and apply chopped parsley (Optional)

If i’m feeling ambitious I will sometimes add fresh crushed garlic in addition to garlic salt.  I  pre-cook it on low with a little bit of butter on the stove so that I don’t have to cook it in the oven.  Be careful not to burn the garlic. Keep heat low and take your time.  Once the garlic is cooked I spoon it over the top after removing from the oven.

Space Needle Photos @ Kerry Park in Seattle

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I took this picture at Kerry Park in Seattle.  There are a few others on my flickr set Seattle Skyline. Kerry Park is one of my favorite photo spots in Seattle because it has a great view of the Space Needle and the Puget Sound with plenty of room to take pictures. The park is located on West Highland Drive, Seattle, WA between 2nd Ave W and 3rd Ave W. To get there simply go up (North) on Queen Anne Ave N and take a left on Highland Drive which is about half way up the hill. Be prepared with a jacket or other warm garment because the park is fairly exposed and can get quite cold at night. The great view is also great for dates so you had better be prepared to deal with some PDA. Small price to pay for such great shots.

There is usually parking on the street with people coming and going frequently. I’ve been there many times and never had an issue with parking, sometimes you will need to wait a few minutes for someone to leave, however.

In the winter of 2012 some adventurous skiers decided to create a ski jump to drop the Kerry Park ledge. To get speed they got toed by an SUV. I thought it was interesting so i’m sharing the video:

Kennewick.com For Sale – $45,000 Minimum Bid

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In a quest to get a shorter domain name I looked into purchasing Kennewick.com which has been for sale for over 10 years now. I did my standard “whois kennewick.com” from the commandline and got the administrative contact. The domain is owned by a company called Digimedia. So I contact them.  Jay, from the company promptly replied and told me that I had to use the automated service available on their website. So I did.

Thinking strategically, I offered $250 USD to set a low anchor point.  Turns out the process is totally automated.  Immediately I got rejected with the following message: “your offer is too low, please make a higher offer”. Looking at the details it suggests that I start my minimum bid at $45,000 USD. Good luck Digimedia on the sale, i’m sure if you hold on for long enough someone will come along and purchase it.  One thing is certain, I won’t be getting Kennewick.com anytime soon.

Adding Flickr Photostream Widget to WordPress (RSS Missing/Broken)

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The new Flickr interface is sweet and I can’t really complain about 1TB of free storage.  I wanted to add my photostream to my WordPress blog at mikekennewick.wordpress.com by enabling the Flickr Widget which requires your Flickr RSS feed URL.  Check.

I Couldn’t Find RSS in New Flickr Interface

If you are having trouble figuring out how to get the RSS feed for Flickr you are not alone.   I spent 10 minutes hunting around for a little orange RSS icon that is nowhere in the new interface.  Even after Googling I couldn’t easily find it.  Eventually dug into the page source.  I right clicked on the page at  http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikekennewick/ and clicked view source.  Then searched for RSS.  Interestingly in the header there is a link to the photostream RSS feed:

<link rel=”alternate” type=”application/rss+xml” title=”Flickr: Your Photostream RSS feed” href=”/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?id=94802687@N06&amp;lang=Array[intl_lang]&amp;format=rss_200“>

I pasted it into the browser with the root Flickr page and to my surprise it worked: http://www.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?id=94802687@N06&amp;lang=Array[intl_lang]&amp;format=rss_200

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If you want to get your RSS Feed you will need to know your ID, you can either get from source or use this service and type in your photostream URL: http://idgettr.com/  when I did this it returnedidGettr

If you want your RSS URL simply take the below URL and replace {InsertYourIDHere} with your ID.

http://www.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?id={InsertYourIDHere}&lang=Array[intl_lang]&format=rss_200

My WordPress Blog with Flickr Widget

After finding and pasting the right URL and enabling the Flickr Widget it worked!  Check it out below.

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Eventually I Found RSS Feed but its broken

Later I did find an RSS feed conveniently hidden under You -> Recent Activity.  However at the time of this post it appears to be broken and is pointing to a different URL.

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http://api.flickr.com/services/feeds/activity/all?user_id=94802687@N06&secret=lIF0Yf%2B1JRZcDmvYKpj7aNPcaDY%3D&lang=en-us&format=rss_200

Its likely a bug and will hopefully be fixed soon.  You can contact me at mikekennewick.com or @mikekennewick if you need any help getting this working.

Font Awesome is Awesome

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Font Awesome is an open source free font + css that is the Webdings of 2013.  The font contains countless vector based icons that can be used in a variety of applications.  Kudos to Dave Gandy (@byscuits) for coming up with such as clever packaging and sharing it with the rest of us.  There are several reasons why this is truly Awesome:

  1. You don’t need to create and include tons of images with your site
  2. Small sizes mean fast download
  3. You can leverage the full power of CSS
  4. Ridiculously easy to integrate
  5. Cross browser support for free
  6. Standard package will be on CDN for better performance

I look forward to incorporating this simple but Awesome “Font” into my next project.