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Hot Sauce - Second Batch

2021-02-10 hot sauce cooking

Batch #2 of the sauce has been bottled. This is a much mellower sauce than the first one, because my son loves hot sauce but he is six and he can't quite handle anything super hot. This one was modelled after the "Not So Hot" hot sauce from Spice of Life which is a delightful hot sauce compan…

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Hot Sauce - First Batch

2021-01-21 hot sauce cooking

I guess I have taken up fermenting hot sauces, as seems customary during a pandemic. I've made and bottled my first one, and while I do not have the best tools for the job yet, I am hoping to procure some. t's quite a lot like sriracha, but a bit fruitier and quite a bit spicier. I did boil it, but I think not quite enough, because I don't think the fermentation has completely stopped (you can see I put a fermentation lid on in the picture)…

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Yet Another Refresh

2020-12-01 meta

It is time once more to refresh Aphoenix.ca. I spent a bit of time recently taking part in a project called TiMaSoMo. Tildes Makes Something Month. I elected to once again remake this website. This time around, I decided to use a static website generated called Zola. I've been retroactively adding things that I've written over the last 8 years since my last official entry, and I'll probably continue doing so.

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The Problem with Gaming

2020-08-20 gaming long holding forth

Preface This essay came about as the result of someone asking, "Scribblenauts: can someone explain what makes it so great? I heard you can basically work around every puzzle with a jetpack." I enjoy Scribblenauts and it got me to thinking about how and why different people enjoy different games.

The Problem with Gaming: There are fundamentally different reasons that people want to play games…

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2020-06-08 personal family tildes

Most of what I am writing these days are things that are prompted by questions asked by others, often on Tildes. This is no different. The question was "What are the things that make you happy?"

To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of ...

Oh wait, I've misinterpreted the question. I actually try to find joy in many areas of my life. Here are things that I did this weekend that brought happiness into my life.

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Game Backlog Burner - Part 4

2020-04-29 gaming tildes game backlog burner

I didn't have any particular plans for this week, as I had met my goal by week 3. I didn't play as much and I revisited one of the games that I had played in Week 3 - Truberbrook - to make some more progress. Guild of Dungeoneering and Q.U.B.E. Director's Cut both get mini-reviews.

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Game Backlog Burner - Part 3

2020-04-22 gaming tildes game backlog burner

I've thought more on the games since my edits to last week's threads. This last week was a bit rough, and I spent more time in the evening playing video games than I should have. As a result, I have made it through my April goal, which was to play one game from each of the last 12 months of Humble Monthly Bundles. This was one of the best weeks - Evergarden, Soul Calibur VI, Truberbrook, and a couple of others.

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Game Backlog Burner - Part 2

2020-04-15 gaming tildes game backlog burner

A week into backlog burner and chill and I have made a lot of progress towards the goal of trying out a bunch of games that were not on my radar at all before now. This is shaping up to be a fun event, and I will be trying to do more of these community created events. Surviving Mars, God's Trigger, Sonic Mania, Bad North are all up!

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Game Backlog Burner - Part 1

2020-04-08 gaming tildes game backlog burner

At Tildes there's an event going on called the Game Backlog Burner and I have decided to take part in it. Here's the idea in brief:

I know that many of us will be stuck at home for this month, I know that many of us could likely use something to pull our attention away from the news, and I know that many of us have accumulated quite the to-play list of games. As such, I'm thinking it could be fun for us to tackle those lists together and collectively clean up our clutter! Let's all burn through our backlogs!

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Prepping for Lockdown

2020-03-16 covid activities holding forth

We may be faced with a couple of months of not going out much, so I thought I'd prepare a list of possible activities! These are all things that are relatively socially distant that you can do without too much in the way of preparation.

I've separated things into two groups: "staying in" and "staying distant". Staying in may require a yard, so if it doesn't work for you, my apologies. Staying distant typically requi…

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