Hidden Art: Roger Long

Back in the mid 1990s, on a quest for good Thai food, my partner and I happened upon an artistic oasis in Lake Oswego, an upscale suburban burg a bit south of Portland, Oregon. Tucked away in a neglected alley in the center of town, we found a wall covered in art.

Who Supported Trump?

Immediately after the 2016 presidential election, I took off for a 10-day trip, first to Los Angeles, and then to Salt Lake City for an international tradeshow on Supercomputing. Wherever I went, almost every taxi driver, theater-goer, restaurant worker, and fellow tradeshow exhibitor and attendee I talked to mentioned the election results. Since this tradeshow of more than 11 thousand attendees included people from… Read More »

The Danger of Minimizing Sexual Harassment

You don’t have to be a victim in order to be outraged over what is being said in the national conversation about sexual harassment. Here are three out of the many reasons why everyone should be shocked and upset regardless of who you voted for.

Seoul, South Korea – April 2015 and October 2016

I went to Seoul, South Korea, for client meetings in April, 2015 and again in October, 2016. We went to the same hotel both times, a few blocks from the Han river. On the first trip, I was on the 20th floor facing the river, and from the window in my room I could see major-height skyscrapers as… Read More »

Boycott Spammers!

(This is an edited repost from my professional blog, because this bears repeating.) I have a spam problem, so much so that I shut comments down on my blogs years ago.

Dave’s Sweet Potato Curry

Building on my obsession with anything that contains sweet potatoes, Dave has continued experimenting with new dishes. Here I present this hearty sweet potato curry. It is a bit like a stew. It is fantastic on its own, or could be served over rice, faro, barley, or pasta.

Dave’s Black-Eyed Pea Soup

On a quest for new soups and thinking perhaps to wean me off my sweet potato habit, Dave made a wonderful Black-Eyedy Pea soup. This is a vegetarian soup, with a broth that is every so slightly sweet.  He served it to me with rigatoni pasta, but it would go just as  well with a hearty grain or… Read More »

My Dropbox Woes

First, let me start by saying that I really love Dropbox and think it is indispensable. I have a Dropbox Pro account that my computer and mobile devices connect to, and then I synch pretty much *every* file on my computer to it.

A Tale of Three Headsets

Every morning, the first thing I do after I get dressed is I put on my bluetooth headset. Rather then the Borgesque ear-dongle, I use a headset that goes around my neck, then only put the earbuds in when I get a call or want to listen to music (or white noise). I wear it all day, and frankly, I look… Read More »

About Dave’s Recipes

After about 26 years of marriage, Dave announced one day that he felt like cooking something. Up to this point, not much cooking had happened in our house and our kitchen was wasted space. Where our real dining took place was in restaurants — some weeks we ate literally every meal out, which is not only expensive, but… Read More »

Dave’s Creamy Carrot-Apple Soup

This soup perfectly straddles the line between sweet and savory, and it achieves a perfect texture due to the pureed avocado. I put this soup high on my list of favorite Dave creations. It’s perhaps not as photogenic as the others, but in this case that’s because It was so good I couldn’t be bothered to stop and… Read More »

Dave’s Sweet Potato Corn Chowder

Knowing that I love anything with sweet potatoes and also that we had some sweet corn kernels in the freezer to use up, Dave concocted this amazing soup for dinner yesterday. I put this at the top of my favorite Dave creations. The vegetables perfectly compliment each other in the pureed base, and the whole corn kernels and… Read More »

Dave’s Rosemary-infused Roasted Potatoes

When I order hash-brown potatoes in a restaurant, I always ask that they are “mixed and crispy” — the darker brown they are the better. I assume my Dave took that to heart when he created this new dish. These potatoes are remarkable: almost like they’ve been oh-so-lightly coated in a subtle breadcrumb coating (but they’re not). Very… Read More »

Kathleen’s Sweet Potato Hash

Don’t let the title fool you: this is another of Dave’s amazing creations. He had me put my name to it because it was my idea to create a general topper out of sweet potatoes (think Bacon-bits, but healthier, tastier, and vegan!). When he makes a batch of this, I have a container of it in the fridge… Read More »