Today we took a father son walk.
We decided to walk down to the stop sign at the highway and back up the hill again, about 1.5 miles round trip.
It was a beautiful walk. We are lucky to live in such a wonderful place.
My family and I went to Round Valley (Covelo, CA) today to see Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers featuring Derek Miller play for the California Indian Day Celebration. We have been fans of Derek Miller for quite long time, and I love the blues that Gary writes and plays too. This is the first time I have seen either in person. It was a blast!
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Family Salmon Recipe
Traditionally cooked Salmon (in my wife’s culture, Karuk) would be roasted on redwood sticks over a very hot Alder fire. It is not possible to do this on given random weeknights at home when we want salmon for the family dinner. However, my wife has found an oven-roasted salmon recipe that creates some of the same wonderful flavors of salmon cooked on sticks over a fire, simply and quickly.
This is a high-heat recipe, intended to imitate the properties of searing heat from the fire on the salmon fillets. The basics of the recipe come from “The Joy of Cooking” 1997 edition.
You don’t want to overcook the fish, keep to the recommended cooking times, then inspect the fish for doneness. You want to remove it before the center is totally opaque, 125-132 degrees, depending on taste.
The oven should be fully preheated to 500 degrees.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small sauce pan and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a half teaspoon of salt.
Get a shallow roasting pan, spread half the melted butter/oil mixture over bottom of pan. Add salmon fillets, 1.5” thick (plus or minus), into pan, skin side up. Spread remaining butter/oil mixture over fish. Salt and pepper as desired.
Roast for five to six minutes in fully preheated 500 degree oven, remove fish, close oven to keep it at heat, flip fish, return to oven, cook for another five to six minutes on other side.
Check for doneness. Remove the salmon to a platter, pour pan juice over it.
The Family Quiche Recipe
dash of hot sauce (I like the green kind best in egg dishes)
½ to ¾ cup of any filler item(s) you like, chopped into appropriate sized bits. I have tried each of the following at one time or another:
- Bacon (I just can’t help it, sometimes I’m bad.)
- Alder Smoked Tofu (redemption for the bacon, and really good too!)
- Smoked Salmon (traditional quiche? Aaaaay)
- Spinach (lightly cook the spinach leaves to reduce the water content before adding to quiche)
- Mushrooms (also lightly sauté to reduce water content before adding to quiche)
- Broccoli and Pine Nuts
Combine cottage cheese with eggs, milk, and seasonings in blender, beat on high till smooth and frothy. Pour a thin layer of egg mixture on bottom of pastry shell. Sprinkle jack or swiss cheese in bottom of pastry shell. Then scatter into the pie shell the onions and any filler items from list above, (or invent your own). Pour remainder of egg mixture over cheese, onions and filler items in pastry shell. Do not overfill. Cook at 350 degrees for a total of 45-50 min (or more) till silver knife inserted in center comes out clean. (Sprinkle cheddar cheese over top of quiche after first 30 minutes in oven so it melts all over the top during last 15-20 minutes of cooking).Allow to cool and set for 20 minutes or more before cutting and serving. (I guarantee whatever you don’t finish will be even better the next day! I usually just double the recipe and make two).
The Internet is abuzz today with news that the U.S. Patent Office has canceled several trademarks belonging to, as John Oliver calls it, “the-football-team-for-some-reason-not-yet-formerly-known-as the Washington Redskins.” The patent office ruled that the term “redskins” is “disparaging to Native Americans.”
The move comes — coincidentally it would seem — at the crest of a wave of public backlash. Last month 50 U.S. senators wrote a letter urging team owner Daniel Snyder to change the name, and President Obama recently suggested the same thing. (Snyder has vowed repeatedly that he’ll never do so.)
Anyway, all this hubbub got us thinking about a certain auto repair shop near Costco in Eureka.
Honest Engine has been in business since our nation’s bicentennial, and lest you miss the pun, its logo features an “injun” in a feather headdress — an apparent riff on the old Indian Head penny.
Is that racist? In our experience, opinions locally range from totally blasé (“Meh, I never even thought about it.”) to fairly incredulous (“How can they still have that name?!”).
To: Ryan Burns, Lost Coast Outpost
The local business name, coupled with the logo is insulting to say the least. The entire concept of the pun behind that business name belongs in the history books chronicling the dark ages of this country, next to blackface and minstrel shows. (Do a google image search on "Negrobilia advertising"). Would any decent person approve of Negrobilia style advertising in this day and age? Why is it ok when it is an Indian?While I am not Indian, my wife and 8yr old son are Indian. I am tired of having to try and explain why society allows the inherent racism of the Washington R-word team name splashed all over national media to my son, and I am saddened by local businesses using cultural appropriation and racist implications in their pun-based name as a dark ages advertising gimmick.Greg Gehr
This is a old video of my son, 2 yrs old at the time, reading Sandra Boynton's book "What's Wrong Little Pookie?" to his grandparents. It is one of my all-time favorite videos and I decided I want to have it accessible on-line. He really is reading it, it is not memorized. He even starts to read the back of the book at the end of the video. The book is of course copyrighted by Sandra Boynton, and if she objects, I would/will pull the video at once. But I hope she agrees that this is fair use, and pretty darn cute too! (I am sending her the link so she can let me know if she objects). If you want to get a great book for a little kid, I highly recommend buying this book (and her others too!)
My good friend, David Isley, has provided me some of his recent studio session recordings, and I am honored to post them here for you to enjoy with his permission. I could wax on about David's musical talents, and the many instruments and styles of music he plays, but I think the music speaks for itself.
Eleven days ago, I send an "Open Letter to Apple" regarding the "motion sickness" symptoms that I was experiencing due to my upgrade to iOS 7. I sent this letter to the known email address for Tim Cook, and to email@example.com.
I actually received a response. While, what I am assuming is a canned response from Apple, told me to change all the settings I indicated I had already changed in my initial letter to Apple, I still was pleased to hear them state that:
"Apple is aware that some users may need additional motion control options. We do appreciate your feedback and will forward this information on to the appropriate people for review."
This is GREAT NEWS. Apple has acknowledged the problem, and indicated that they are reviewing what else they can do to assist people like me! This is truly great customer support and wonderful news! Even though I still am getting a little nauseous when I use my phone, it helps me in dealing with it to know that some team at Apple is considering what to do to make it better!
Thank you Apple!
COPY OF EMAIL SENT TO ME BY APPLE:
Begin forwarded message:
From: Apple Accessibility <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject:  An Open Letter to Apple
Date: October 4, 2013 12:30:33 PM PDT
To: #####@mac.com (My personal email is removed to prevent "spamming" If you want to contact me, tweet me @GregGehr)
Reply-To: Apple Accessibility <email@example.com>
Thank you for writing to Apple. At this time we want to ensure that you are aware of the current options to help reduce motion in iOS 7.
If you have an iPhone 5, iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c, you can Reduce Motion, which turns off Parallax and limits the animations of other apps and icon badges, by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion.
Additionally, you can Increase Contrast and enable Bold Text - some users have informed us that that has helped them reduce the perception of motion they encounter in iOS 7.
Apple is aware that some users may need additional motion control options. We do appreciate your feedback and will forward this information on to the appropriate people for review.
At this time, we cannot comment on when a possible solution will be made available.
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11/21/13 - Update #1: The 7.03 update to iOS 7 provides significant relief from the aspects of the iOS system that were causing my distress. I have the following settings under Settings>General>Accessability:
Bold Text ON
Reduce Motion ON
These settings provide less animations (with Reduce Motion on, most animations change to "fades") and larger type that does not seem to "vibrate"