Last week I lost my grandmother, the matriarch of the Levensailor family. She was 35 years a widow.

Isn’t that something?

She wasn’t the typical grandmother, or mother from what I hear. I remember her letting me drive her BMW, at 13, in the country club parking lot. One time she took me to a Mexican restaurant where we watched boxing, she said it was her favorite to watch. She rarely, if ever, cooked. This was a good thing, as she gave me botulism twice, and also because we would have thanksgiving “at the club”. …

1987–1991 Ford F150 (Eighth Generation)

1980 Toyota 4x4 Hilux Pickup

Ingredients

some bacon or country ham

1 green bell pepper

1 white onion

1 green onion aka scallions

2 cloves garlic

Bob’s Red Mill Grits

butter (for the grits)

some flour

tomato paste

chicken stock

chardonnay

shrimps

substitutions: if you don’t drink you can sub red wine or white vinegar for the chardonnay. it’s just not going to be quite good. if you don’t have tomato paste OR chardonnay, you can use ketchup, just don’t tell anyone.

spices: cayenne pepper, paprika, salt, black pepper. …

finished product

ingredients

  • mason jars with lids
  • graham crackers
  • 2 cups of blueberries
  • your favorite brandy or cognac
  • 2.5 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 lb. whole fat cream cheese
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1/4 c sour cream
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs

crust

combine crushed graham crackers, butter and a 1/4 cup of sugar until it starts to stick together. line the mason jars with equal amounts and bake for 8–10 min at 350F until its visibly darker but not too dark.

filling

combine cream cheese (hope you took it out of the fridge to soften…

Inspired by all the talk about Quentin Tarantino’s top movie list, and the unexpected films he included, I decided to make my own list :

#1 Lawless (2012)

John Hillcoat, Nick Cave (Aussies)

Shia LeBeuof, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman

Based on the book “The Wetting County in the World,” Lawless is a perfect bootlegging film set in prohibition era 1930s Virginia. It was Shia’s much needed reprieve back into small budget films after “Transformers,” and my introduction to the badass-ness of Tom Hardy and Jason Clarke.

I don’t know much about John Hillcoat, but he’s most…

.. and a song to get you started

#1 The War On Drugs — Lost In a Dream (2014)

While 2017’s “A Deeper Understanding” won a Grammy, the prior album was better. With modern recording techniques, DAWs and autotune, there is a longing for something human and just a little imperfect. These rock songs are good enough to play with headphones on and have people look at you a little funny. All of a sudden the world makes a little more sense. …

caps lock mutes microphone

If you’re like me, you have a ton of conference calls, and if you aren’t a complete noob, you have yourself on mute when you don’t need to talk. The problem is hunting for the mute button and no visibility when you are “on air”

For this I use Push to Talk in conjunction with Karabiner to remap caps lock to Push to Talk’s shortcut sequence (mine’s control+p). The best part is I get a blue light that goes on and off to show when i’m “on air”.

I realize this takes away the caps lock, but unless you’re in…

Jeff Levensailor

Software Developer, Engineer, Builder of things

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