Yearly Archives: 2012

Free Idea: Abstracted Facebook Anonymizer

1 minute, 25 seconds

Welcome to my first post in the oft thought of, but rarely written, category of free ideas. These are ideas that if I had more time I might execute on. However, being a full time employee, husband and father of two, I don’t have time to build, create or code them. Instead, I shall give them away for free here in hopes that some one else will at least get a kick out of them, if not actual do something with ’em!

Y’all remember I wrote the 404er plugin for wordpress, right? This plugin was created out of the desire to give people the ability to publish a blog only for human consumption. Search engines would see the 404 header on every page of your blog and not index a lick of information. While not entirely practical, you could publish a blog that wouldn’t exist (if a tree falls and google hasn’t indexed it…) unless some one sent you a link directly.

In that same vein, I’ve never been on Facebook as I don’t trust their privacy policy and intentions. I’m not alone. However, everyone and their mother (OMG! almost a billion people) is on Facebook. This means you miss out on photos, invites and such your friends are sharing.

Enter the Abstracted Facebook Anonymizer, first up in the free idea category. An SDK would be written against the Facebook API. The SDK would somehow create one Facebook account per friend. It would then re-assemble all the posts from your many accounts with one friend each into a single wall, as if you had a single account. The net result would be that you could use Facebook via this SDK proxy and Facebook wouldn’t ever have the full data picture of who you were friends with and what you were sharing.

I await the creation of, though I’m sure Facebook’s TOS wouldn’t stand for it!

More Bee Pictures

0 minutes, 10 seconds

I’m not up on my bees, but this was a big bee! He was very docile (…dying?) and in my in-laws yard. Easy target for the camera! Same yard as the baby spiders from way back when! Just two pics:

How I Make Coffee

0 minutes, 38 seconds


  1. Start kettle on the stove
  2. Measure 24 grams of beans
  3. Grind beans in bur grinder
  4. Wet Chemex filter
  5. Put grinds in Chemex filter
  6. Pour 30-60 grams by weight of water to bloom grinds
  7. Wait
  8. Poor a total of 240 grams by weight of water
  9. Enjoy


  • I use a scale
  • My target is 10 to 1, water to grinds. For 24 grams, I would use 240 grams of water, by weight.
  • My grinder is Kitchen Aid KPCG100OB Bur Grinder
  • I use a small Chemex
  • I get my beans from the wonderful Bica Coffee House
  • The grind is set to be as course or fine as Bica grinds their poor overs
  • I drink my coffee black
  • I try to use beans that were roasted less than 3 weeks ago
  • I store my beans in a hermetically sealed, light proof jar
  • 8oz fluid ounces of coffee per serving is just right for me!