Photo of Herbie Hancock's Takin' Off LP.

“…everything around you that you call life was made up by people who were no smarter than you; and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use”.

Steve Jobs

Work has been somewhat all-encompassing this month, to the point that Monday through Friday, little else happens. I hope that scales back soon so I can spend a little more time on personal projects. Yes, that is a way to say I did nothing on the personal project front this week.

Finally visited the Jazz Record Center in Chelsea this weekend, exercised some self control and only bought one LP. Will return though, it’s a great place.

Published this Low Effort Sourdough Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread recipe–a slight tweak from a yeast one I used for a while before I was gifted some sourdough starter last year.

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Photo of whole wheat sourdough sandwich bread partially sliced on a wood cutting board.

This recipe uses 50% whole wheat flour, which gives it a nutty flavor and some bite, but not too much. There’s a hint of sourdough tang, but not overpowering. All that and the dense crumb makes for great sandwiches. It is our current house bread.

The basis for the recipe is this Hearty Sandwich Bread (the former house bread). Timing has been changed to allow for the longer sourdough fermentation time. The weights have also been increased a touch so it fills the pan more.

I continue to refine my technique on this. I’m on the fence about metal vs. glass pans (I like the browning that comes from glass) and to slash or not to slash (I have a hard time slashing this wet dough). If I come to any conclusions, I’ll update the recipe here.


Recipe

Active time: 10 minutes | Inactive time: 12.5 hours (18.5 – 20.5 hours including starter feeding)

Equipment: Large bowl, 1 pound (8.5″ x 4.5″ x 2.5″) loaf pan, scale, scraper, oven

Ingredients

100gActive whole wheat starter
230gBread flour
180gWhole wheat flour
7gSalt
320gWater (room temperature)
  1. If needed, feed starter. I usually set out the filtered water so it comes to room temperature. Once the starter has at least doubled in size, go to step 2.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well with a spoon or hand until a shaggy dough forms and no dry flour remains.
  3. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and allow dough to ferment for about 10 hours, it should double in size.
  4. Grease the loaf pan with butter.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface–it’s going to be very sticky.
  6. Sprinkle a bit more flour on top and with floured hands, pat the dough down to remove any large gas bubble and form a rectangle.
  7. Fold the rectangle over on itself in thirds.
  8. Repeat the patting process forming rectangle that will fit the loaf pan, lengthwise.
  9. With a scraper and floured hands, roll the rectangle into a loaf and place in the pan seam side down.
  10. Cover pan with plastic wrap and proof until the dough is rising up to the top edge of the pan, about 2 hours.
  11. About 30 minutes before the loaf is ready to bake, preheat the over to 450º F.
  12. Slash the top of the loaf with a razor or sharp knife, or don’t. It might be difficult to get a clean cut since the dough is quite wet.
  13. Place in oven, bake for 15 minutes. Then, turn 180º and bake for another 15 minutes.
  14. When done, the top of the loaf should be dark brown with an internal temperature of 190 – 200º
  15. Remove from oven and turn loaf out onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

…only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars.

Dr. Martin Luther King

Set up activity publishing to Mastodon. Part of that effort required spending some quality time cleaning up the configuration on this server. There are comments in those files from 2010. So glad I included those, I can’t remember what I was thinking back in 2010.

For a while, I’ve been thinking about making some changes to the old Good Morning Display. I committed some of those thoughts to “paper” in this post. Now, time to get to work!

New York City finally saw some snow this week and it’s cold. It looks and feels like the arctic tundra out there.

Jammed not once, but twice this week. We did an early, “all ages show” on Monday in addition to the usual Friday night jam. For posterity, here’s our song list roughly in order of proficiency (best to not so best):

  • Rock and Roll Ruby (Setzer)
  • Heroes (Bowie)
  • China Girl (Bowie)
  • Man Who Sold the World (Bowie)
  • This Year’s Girl (Costello)
  • Welcome to the Working Week (Costello)
  • Look Sharp! (Jackson)
  • One More Time (Jackson)
  • Sunday Papers (Jackson)
  • Mary Jane’s Last Dance (Petty)
  • American Girl (Petty)

We should start reaching beyond these five artists. Also, we need a drummer. If you’re interested, hit me up!

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A major component of these weeknotes is likely to be links. A major inspiration for this is Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino’s Sunday Scraps.

Years ago, I created a sort of home dashboard to offer up relevant information–mostly when getting ready to head to work in the morning. I gave it the perhaps poor title of Good Morning Display, which has stuck all these years. This isn’t an original idea, by far. However, it has proven not only to be a useful information tool, but also a great platform for learning about new (to me) technologies.

Now, all the these years later, I’m thinking about another rewrite to better serve my current needs. What follows is a bit of a brain dump before I embark on this project. Keep reading for some history and my thoughts for what might be next…

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Work is in full swing this week. Everybody is back from their holiday with a lot of energy and ideas.

I continued to play around with various Jamulus recording setups and Reaper. A fair number of people seem to prefer recording on the client side. From what I can tell, this produces keeps everything in time, but it’s all on one track. We don’t plan to record every session. Next time, we’ll record on the server again and adjust timing in the mix.

Speaking of jams, we had one of our better ones this week. Good energy all around and I was more natural on the bass. It may have had something to do with the beer I drank at dinner beforehand.

Projectwise, I fixed some issues with the static site generator used for the One a Day site. Not the links are correct. That site really needs some TLC on the layout.

The wild weather continued this week with a lot of rain and very high winds.