Monday, October 27, 2008


I got an Antec Skeleton case from today.

Case out of the box. Cat in the box:

Empty case, front view:

Empty case, rear view:

Full case, up and running Gentoo Linux of course:

Yes, the computer booted in less than 5 tries. Connectors were the main culprit in lack of bootage.

The documentation that came with this case is absolute crap. I had to google and find a review site to find out how the HDD mount system worked. I pity the noob that tries to assemble one of these from scratch.

Total time for disassembly of the existing Linux box and reassembly in the new case and successful boot: 2.5 hours.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


I made butter today. Took half an hour including cleanup. Detailed instructions are found at Cooking for Engineers.

I started with 2 quarts of heavy cream and 2/3 cup of cultured buttermilk. The cream and buttermilk mixture fermented for about 12 hours. Into the KitchenAid with the whisk attachment, rinse off butter, and viola!

Yielded 777g of butter and a bunch of buttermilk. I will use the buttermilk to marinate chicken for fried chicken tomorrow. It costs about $6 per pound for butter this way. I am going to see if I can find a raw milk supplier and skip the whole heavy cream purchase next time.


Fresh butter on homemade sourdough bread, 'nuff said.