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Test your product

For my monthly cooking classes, I generally try to pick a theme and then arrange a menu around the theme.
For example, tonight I'm cooking a number of Spanish dishes, mainly tapas, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins Sept. 15 in this country.
I thought I'd go Old School on the plates, rather than picking something, as I have in the past, from the Americas.
After tonight, I'll be thinking about October's menu, and I may have some help on it. Jane Wyatt, president of LazyTexan products, came by this morning with a sample of her seasoning mix for me to try out. We started talking, and she's going to come up with something using one or more of her food products for a German-themed menu in October -- for Oktoberfest.
This is a good opportunity for her to get the word out about her new business and line of food products; it's good for my class; and it should be good for those who attend on Oct. 3.
So, here's the deal: If  you  have a food product or idea for a product and want to test it out and get the word out, come by and let's talk about featuring what you have in progress.
Or give me a call: 512-847-2188!

Enough of 'Game'

So, just go ahead and call us fuddie-duddies.
My wife and I are just not up to watching one more head chopped from a human body or one more slut in bed with a jerk.
So, after watching all of Season 1 and a couple of episodes of Season 2, we are calling it quits on "Game of Thrones."
We may actually be the last adults in America to have started this HBO series. Surely we are not the first, nor the last, to put it back on the shelf and turn the channel to Shark Tank or Flip or Flop.
I'd rather watch Mr. Wonderful use word play to eviscerate a would-be entrepreneur than see another set of vital organs spilled out on the cold, barren soil of Neverland as envisioned by Mr. George R.R. Martin.
It's just all too, too much.
Actually, I might prefer watching paint dry.

A joyful-er noise

The Adult Spelling Bee is coming up on Oct. 28 at the community center, sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
This year we should have about 20 teams, up from 15 we had last year in the first-ever Wimberley Bee.
Last year, we had some issues with the community center sound system, which has apparently not been improved upon since then.
Nobody liked the way the P.A. system sounded, frankly.
So, we are looking for a substitute.
Know anyone who has a portable system we could use?
Please contact me at 512-847-2188.

Good cause to worry

Much was made over the weekend about the possibility that Russian hackers would try toi meddle in the November elections in the United States.
President Obama even had a conversation about that subject with Vlad Putin, the Russian czar.
Comments about the issue have tended to focus on what may happen based on what actually has happened in the past. The Russians have, in fact, hacked the Democratic Party and various other political venues just recently. They are not likely to change their behavior unless there is some penalty for doing so. Putin is not inclined to penalize them. So, it's safe to say they may, in fact, try to affect the elections just from that perspective.
There is another perspective, though, and that is technical.
Pricenomics, an international group that crunches data on all sorts of subjects for clients worldwide, just issued a report based on data from HackerRank, a customer.
It is disturbing.
The report is about which countries have the best technologists -- potentially the best hackers.
Here is what the report concludes:
"According to the data, China and Russia score as the most talented developers. Chinese programmers outscore all other countries in mathematics, functional programming, and data structures challenges, while Russians dominate in algorithms, the most popular and most competitive arena. While the United States and India provide the majority of competitors on HackerRank, they only manage to rank 28th and 31st."
Maybe we could just hire all those experts and bring them to San Jose?

Butting out

I'm full of excellent advice on, among many other things, how to raise children.
Just ask me.
Go ahead and ask -- because you'll be the only person to have done so in my long tenure as a parent and grandparent. No child of mine or anyone else has ever asked me so much as a question about how to dispose of a dirty diaper, much less how to stop babies from playing all night and sleeping all day. And that's completely in spite of the fact that I do know these things.
Like your children and granchildren, mine know everything. Or they can afford to hire someone not related to me to tell them what to do.
I don't resent all this. Maybe they know that my advice at this stage in my life would be for them to relax and let their kids be kids, for the most part.
That's not a very satisfying answer to a quesion about how to get a kid to get along in kindergarten.
Although, I have learned recently that it is very sound advice, indeed. Alison Gopnik has written a book about letting kids be kids. It's called "The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children." (Whew)
I read a review of the book in Sunday's New York Times.
I would buy the book, but won't.
Why should I? I could get better educated on my philosophy and still nobody would care.
DMC Firewall is developed by Dean Marshall Consultancy Ltd