Join Me with Insights for IBM Connect 2016

Ed Brill, Julian Robichaux, and I will be discussing IBM Connect 2016.  Join us for the live discussion!

http://ibm-connect-2016.mybluemix.net/MicroEvents

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It’s Official!

It’s official!  I have registered for IBM Connect 2016!  Booked hotel, booked my flight, registered for the conference.  And I’ll be speaking!  Once again I will be speaking with the wonderful Julian Robichaux.  He and I will present:

Outside the Box:  Integrating with Non-Domino Apps Using XPages and Java

Hope to see you at the conference, please say HI!

IBM Champion

I am once again pleased to say that I have been selected as an IBM Champion.  Congratulations to all of this year’s Champions, but a special congrats to the first-timers!  It’s exciting to see new people taking part in the community and being recognized for it!

IBM Champions 2016

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PSClug

Roughly once per quarter, I travel out to Schaumburg, IL to spend time in the PSC office. While it is work, in an office, cubes and all, it’s also something I love to do. I work with amazing, smart, and smartass people. We throw around coding ideas and technology topics. I fill my “thinking well”.

We also have lunches and dinners and drinks and I fill my social well.

No two of us are alike. In fact many of us are so opposite each other, it’s a wonder we can speak, and yet we are more than just speaking, we are friends. We respect our differences and celebrate them, both political and technology-based.

At the end of another week at the mothership, I just had to take a moment and express my joy and gratitude that I get to work with such wonderful people.

I Made Ribs So Good I Had To Blog About Them

Seriously.  If you’re looking for a tech post or a running post, move on.  This is truly about pork ribs.

Ribs and greens

I am on my third year of taking part in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm share.  This time I decided to do the pork add on, which means once a month, in addition to my weekly vegetables, I get a big ol’ bag o’ pork.  This month I received pork chops, bacon, breakfast sausage, italian sausage, chorizo, ground pork, and pork ribs.  Pork ribs.  Delicious pork ribs.

I wanted to cook them (well, really, I wanted to eat them, but it is suggested that you cook them first, so…) and I turned to the internet for how to accomplish that.  Of course, there are many ways to cook ribs, but I had some limitations.  1) I am currently eating low carb and thus did not want a BBQ sauce-based recipe/method.  2) I do not own a smoker or even a grill.  3) It was 90F today, so the oven was sort of out of the question.

I found this recipe for a dry rub and mustard to make it stick. But again, the oven was not an option.  So I decided I would throw the ribs in my slow cooker.  Plenty of recipes/directions online for that.  BUT they all involved drowning the ribs in sauce, which again, was not an option.

I got creative.  I wanted the ribs in the slow cooker.  I wanted them dry-rubbed as in the above linked recipe.  I didn’t want them in liquid, but the slow cooker has a tendency to make things, well, liquidy.  Last week we had shucked corn, but didn’t cook it all.  So I decided to use the shucked corn cobs as my slow cooker base layer.  I then stacked the ribs on top of the corn, and then on top of each other.  Turned it on low and left if for 8 hours or so.

The result were the most amazing ribs I have ever eaten in my entire life.  The meat literally fell off the bone when I pulled them out of the slow cooker.

To go with the ribs, I sauteed up some of the farm share greens in olive oil and drizzled with a little of the pork drippings from the slow cooker.  Soooooooooo good.

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