IRIG and Arduino

I just added a page that explains the IRIG-B decoder project I am working on.  It involves an Arduino and some Windows programming.  Pretty basic stuff, but it has proven to be extremely useful.  This is still a work in progress.  The page is here:

IRIG connections to Arduino board

Ice Box Rolls

This is the recipe my grandmother used to make dinner rolls.  It’s a bit of work, but definitely worth the effort.  This makes about 3 dozen rolls.

Ice Box Rolls


  • 7 Cups flour
  • 2 packages yeast
  • 1 egg – beaten
  • 2 cups very warm water
  • 1/3 cup melted crisco or butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar


  1. Mix warm water, yeast, sugar and salt. Add egg and melted butter (or crisco) and mix well.
  2. Add the mixture to the flour and knead until dough is made.  Add water or flour as needed to make the dough not too dry or sticky.
  3. Let rise in a warm place (around 80 degrees) until it doubles.  Usually about an hour to hour and a half.
  4. Punch down and make rolls a bit smaller than ping pong balls and place into greased pan.
    Let rise again for about an hour.
  5. Bake at 350 until brown, about 15 – 20 minutes.

Robert’s Chili recipe

I always wanted to make chili from scratch and several years ago I just started throwing things into a crock pot to see what would come out.  The first few batches were pretty bland.  It was edible, but not good chili at all.  So I looked for ways to spice it up, and after many batches I’ve pretty much settled on what I think is a pretty good recipe.  If you cook much at all, then you know that in this case the amounts are not terribly critical, so you can adjust as necessary to your own tastes.

I use a 3.5 quart crock pot to cook the chili.

Robert’s Chili recipe

1 lb ground beef
1 lb Jimmy Dean Sage sausage
1/2 bag red kidney beans (16 oz bag, so I guess that’s 8 oz of beans)
1 can (14-16 oz) diced tomatoes
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 24 oz jar Pace Salsa or Picante sauce
1 6 oz can pineapple or apple juice
1 tsp Chili powder
1/4 – 1/2 tsp mustard powder
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 or 2 tsp Texas Pete
1 tbsp Heinz 57
1 or 2 tbsp Ketchup
1 tsp yellow mustard
1 or 2 tbsp brown sugar
1 or 2 tbsp molasses
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

  1. Brown the beef and sausage in a pan, drain, and put it in the crock pot.
  2. Add diced tomatoes, Picante sauce, tomato paste, and juice.
  3. Add the beans dry, they will cook in the chili.  (this makes better chili beans than pre-cooking them)
  4. Add all the seasonings.
  5. Using the picante jar, add about 1 to 1 1/2 jars of water.  This is for the beans to cook.  I usually go by looks here, but it’s always a bit more than one jar.  Just enough water to make it soupy, the beans will soak it up.
  6. Stir the whole thing well.
  7. Set the crock pot on high and cook for 6 – 8 hours, stirring occasionally.  It usually takes about 6 hours for the beans to fully cook.
  8. After it cooks on high, I set the crock pot to low and let it cook for several more hours.  After an additional 2-4 hours the chili reaches a really good consistency.


Photo file naming

I imagine everybody thinks about this – I’ve got thousands of pictures on my computer, and they are taken with a variety of devices.  Each device has its own way to name files and most of the time the file names are relatively meaningless.

If there was a way to name all the files in a consistent fashion, then it would be easier to search and find the files you are looking for.

My proposal is this:

YYYYMMDD,HHMMSS,{Camera model},{original filename},{optional description}.[ext]

This makes for a longer name, but the files are sorted correctly, regardless of the device that took the picture.  This naming convention is very similar to the IEEE C37.232 Comnames convention.

So the obvious question now is how to accomplish this.  I use Total Commander with the EXIF plugin.  There’s also a program called Stamp that will accomplish this.  Stamp hasn’t been updated in years, but it still works.

Update:  Here are a couple more programs that will rename the photo files for you:

  • Advanced Renamer – The best and easiest to use of the bunch that I have tried.
  • Bulk Rename Utility – A comprehensive rename utility.  It will rename anything.
  • NameEXIF – A rename utility specifically for digital camera files.

First post

This is the latest installation of WordPress.  Not sure what I’ll put here, maybe a link to the PSFM project.  This year’s Super Bowl generated about the same number of frequency triggers on the Eastern Interconnection as usual.  I’ll put some plots up here later.


The current hardware design