Zurb Foundation Stack With Sass

I’ll put this here so I don’t lose it ;-)

Here are the programs I installed that allowed me to create a Foundation 5 project using their Sass (and other) files. I’m running Windows 7 Enterprise (64 bit).

— These require Windows administrator rights —

Ruby (1.9+) for Windows
I used http://rubyinstaller.org/downloads/
Installed to C:\Ruby193\bin\ruby.exe

Git for Windows
Installed to C:\Users\[user-name]\AppData\Local\Programs\Git\cmd\git.exe

Node.js (Installs npm)
Installed to C:\Program Files (x86)\nodejs\node.exe

— These require npm —

Installed to C:\Users\[user-name]\AppData\Roaming\npm\yo

Installed to C:\Users\[user-name]\AppData\Roaming\npm\grunt

Installed to C:\Users\[user-name]\AppData\Roaming\npm\bower

— These require Ruby —

Installed to C:\Ruby193\bin\sass

Installed to C:\Ruby193\bin\compass

Foundation w/ Sass
Installed to C:\Ruby193\bin\foundation

Remember this from 2007: time capsule of irony

Remember this post from 2007: Let’s tuck this away and see what happens. I knew this day would come. Seven years ago today I wrote that post. I can’t help but laugh and think to myself, “Isn’t it ironic?”

Especially ironic is the quote “[Hillary said] she would not meet with world leaders critical of the United States,” and then Obama (perhaps sadistically) appointed her Secretary of State, where she had to meet with leaders critical of the U.S..

Sorry Randy, you gambled on an idea and lost. But, the other irony is that your horse is probably in the 2016 race. (Is it just me or is politics full of irony?)


In The Absence of Reason: The Pause for Safety Act

Some background, The Pause for Safety Act, introduced by US Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), will “…give families and associates who fear someone close to them could commit violence new tools to help prevent these tragedies.”

The three points of the law are these:

  1. It would help ensure that families and others can go to court and seek a gun violence prevention order to temporarily stop someone close to them who poses a danger to themselves or others from purchasing a firearm.
  2. It would help ensure that families and others can also seek a gun violence prevention warrant that would allow law enforcement to take temporary possession of firearms that have already been purchased if a court determines that the individual poses a threat to themselves or others.
  3. It would help ensure that law enforcement makes full use of all existing gun registries when assessing a tip, warning or request from a concerned family member or other close associate.

My two cents:

First, reasonable people know that laws don’t “ensure” (or help ensure) anything. Laws don’t prevent (or help prevent) any act from occurring. If someone really wants to do something, they will find a way to do it, and I think that is the point all, anti-anti-gun legislation people are trying to make: gun control laws don’t prevent crimes. The flip side of that statement is also true: gun control laws do prevent law abiding citizens from exercising their constitutional rights.

Second, reasonable people don’t focus on the small picture, they look at the big picture. They say, what is good for one should be good for all, and what is bad for one should be bad for all. If someone posses a threat, it is the person that is at fault, not a gun. To open it up to the big picture, we don’t need to separate threatening people from their guns, we need to separate threatening people from society. Laws concerning threatening behavior have been on the books for years. It is the job of law enforcement to followup on reports of threatening behavior, and to remove the threat if they determine one exists. We don’t need a narrowly focused law to do what existing laws already do. We should remove the person posing the threat not the potential weapons available to that person. We should also not infringe on someones constitutional rights before they have been convicted of a crime.

Memorial Day Ribs 2014

Ladies and gentlemen it’s that time once again when we strive for tender ribs, tasty sides, and family time – it’s Memorial Day weekend 2014. Last year – you’ll recall – I smoked the ribs on the grill for 1 hour then oven-baked them for 3-4 hours. This year I’m going to reverse that process: oven bake first then finish up on the grill.

Inspiration from DeepSouthDish.com: Fall Off the Bone Oven Baked Pork Spareribs with Sweet & Spicy Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Well, I delayed getting the ribs a little too long this year, and Kroger (our local grocery store) put spare ribs on sale on the Wednesday before Memorial Day (Monday). Needless to say they were sold out by Friday. All I had to pick from was plastic-wrapped, marinated St. Louis cut spare ribs (Chipotle or Kansas City flavored); I work with what I got. This will be different. I’m starting off with two slabs of marinated ribs. What is Kansas City flavor?

Bake Them

Remove the membrane. Put the rubbed (or marinated) ribs, uncovered, bones down, in an aluminum-lined baking pan. I use a disposable aluminum pan. Bake at 250 F for 2 hours.


Ribs for Memorial Day 2014 – 2 hour mark. Left one is coated with barbecue sauce. Right one awaits.

After 2 hours, pour off any fat/juice from the pan. Brush ribs liberally with your favorite barbecue sauce. Wrap (or cover them tightly) the ribs in heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake at 250 F for another 2 hours.

This time after 2 hours, check if the meat pulls away from the bone. If not, wrap them up and continue baking – check every 15 minutes – until you can pull on the bones and they start to slide out. Don’t exceed 1 hour on this step. When they’re tender pull them out of the oven.

Finish Them

You can finish them under the broiler in the oven or in a covered grill (outside). If you want to finish them in the oven, paint them with sauce, lay them in a baking pan, bones down, uncovered, about 6 inches from the broiler for 10 minutes.

If you want to finish them with a smokey grill, prepare the grill for indirect heat. When the temperature stabilizes (no flames with charcoal) place wood chips on the coals/flames. Place the ribs on the opposite side the grill from the coals/flames. Smoke the ribs for at least 15 minutes (YMMV). Check internal temperature or pull on the bones every 5 minutes.

Eat Them


Ribs for Memorial Day 2014 – plate with ribs, potato salad, macaroni salad, andouille and boudin.

Everything (except gramma’s beans) turned out great. Ribs were good and tender. The macaroni salad and potato salad were tasty. I cooked regular sausage, boudin, and andouille to go with the ribs; they were OK. We’ll try the beans again tomorrow.

The Great Contraction Experiment

I’m documenting this now before we go over the cliff so that in a few years we can look back and see if the sentiment and predictions were correct.

In keeping with a recent and occasionally controversial trend of public universities seeking savings through consolidating services, the Texas A&M University System Thursday announced a plan to overhaul its the information technology infrastructure. Source: Texas Tribune.

Staff sentiment is not good. People are saying at worst it will fail and we’ll have to redo it. At best, they say, it will lead to frustration when work isn’t done quickly. People like having a readily available IT person on staff that they can go to and get their problems fixed quickly. They don’t like having to wait or being told they can’t do something or being told they have to do it this new way because the “system” no longer supports their old way.

In regards to backlash, Sharp is quoted as saying, “Probably, the people running the IT system are not going to be crazy about the report,” he said, “Because it doesn’t say good things about the people running IT.”

Texas A&M System contracted Deloitte Consulting to audit the System and produce a recommendation. Their plan says it will save $20 million per year for the next 10 years. There was also internal audits and PriceWaterhouseCoopers was contracted for an administrative study. All of these studies were looking for every dime to make IT and Human Resources and Finance more efficient.

Savings from the first few years of the new plan would be put into a new financial/payroll system.

The most immediate expenditure stemming from the announcement will be the purchase of new payroll and financial systems, Stone said. He said the outdated systems used across the system should be replaced within three to five years for an estimated cost of $30 million. Source: The Eagle

So we’ll see if this great contraction experiment pans out in 5 to 10 years. Stay tuned.

Preppers, Schmeppers


So I saw this video on YouTube, and needless to say it kinda pissed me off. I left this comment:

If the number of preppers out numbers those that are steering us to doom, why don’t the preppers come up with a solution to prevent doom? Why except someone else’s fate? I’m sick and tired of hearing prepper doom and gloom. Get out there and work, spend, and tell others to do the same…like those people making sounds in the background of the video; picturesque setting doesn’t sell impending doom.

You can watch it on YouTube at “WHEN will the SHTF?!?! MainePrepper and PatriotNurse

She’s ThePatriotNurse and he’s MainePrepper.

Ethel Merle Cook Hodges

October 15, 1937 – March 10, 2014

Ethel Merle Cook Hodges, 76, of League City, Texas, went home to the Lord on March 10, 2014. Her family will receive guests during a visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 14, 2014 which will be immediately followed by a Celebration of Life, both at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station, Texas.

Merle was born in Bryan, Texas on October 15, 1937 to parents Marvin Morris and Ottie Mandy (Lambert) Cook. She attended Stephen F. Austin High school in Bryan, Texas. She had many jobs in her lifetime from a soda jerk as a teenager, to a travel agent, to tax preparer, business owner, and as a cashier in the MSC at Texas A&M University before retiring to League City, Texas.

Merle was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother (GiGi), aunt, sister, and friend. She loved to fellowship with family and friends, loved to travel, was an avid reader, and enjoyed music immensely. Merle had an adventurous spirit, an infectious laugh, and a sparkle in her eye with every smile. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Merle was preceded by death her parents, her siblings Barbara Ella Knight, W. Roderick “Rod” Cook, Morris Lewis Cook and Pansy O. “Pam” Pivonka. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Dr. John Hodges Jr., and Patty Hodges; daughter Teresa “Terri” Rogers; daughter and son-in law Barbara Alice Lobdell-Siems and Christopher Siems; sister-in-law Sue Cook; grandchildren Sara Eveland, Steven Hodges, Vincent Lobdell, Katie Lobdell, and Jake Lobdell; great granddaughter Presely Eveland, as well as many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Merle’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project.