Category: How-to

Morning Yoga

I don’t always do this, but it looks like a good routine –


Cheesy Meatballs with Sauce and Spaghetti

Before cooking

2 tbs olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Red pepper flakes to taste
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning mix
1 pound lean ground beef
1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg
Some fresh basil leaves
1 (24 ounce) jar meatless Pasta Sauce
12 ounces spaghetti, cooked and drained
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving


1. Heat up the olive oil and fry the garlic until browned. Add the red pepper and italian herbs. Cook until fragrant. Deglaze the pan with white wine or chicken broth.
2. Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, and cheese in a medium bowl. Add the garlic. Mix together.
3. Use an ice cream scoop to portion into 8 or 9 meatballs.
4. Pour 1/3 of the sauce into the pan. Gently place the meatballs into the sauce. Cover them with the rest of the sauce. Put basil leaves on top. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about ten minutes. Turn the meatballs over, cook over medium heat until cooked through. (about 15 more minutes.
5. Ladle some of the sauce over hot pasta and toss to coat. Serve with more sauce and the meatballs with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

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Moroccan Fish (recipe)

Not mine, but this is a better picture

1 lb tilapia (fillets)
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into long thin strips
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1 large garlic clove, coarsely chopped
1 bunch fresh cilantro, cut into large pieces (my son doesn’t like cilantro, so I used some thyme and oregano from the garden – parsley is also a good substitute)
1/2 onion, chopped
2 tbs Trader Joe’s Stuff (mixed spices) you could also use a mixture of some paprika, a little thyme, oregano and garlic powder
1 14 oz. can roasted tomatoes
1/2 cup dry white wine
juice of 1/2 lime
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large deep skillet, heat the oil over medium heat – Add the chopped garlic, onion, carrots and peppers. Cook for a few minutes until soft. Add the spices (zatar, Joe’s stuff, cilantro/herbs and ground black pepper to taste) Cook until fragrant. Deglaze the pan as necessary with white wine.

Turn down the heat. Add the tilapia filets and pour the tomatoes over them. Bring to a boil, spread the tomatoes evenly over the fish and then cook over low/med heat until the tilapia gets white on the outside. Flip the fillets over, coat them with tomatoes, and cook until you can cut the fish into quarters with a soft spatula and the fish is white inside. (I never time these things but it’s probably about 20 minutes). Throw in or drink any white wine that might be left and add the lime juice.

Serve over quinoa, rice or couscous

How to Fly a Drone

#1 Rule – Don’t Panic-fly. If you feel like you’re losing control, land it ASAP

Thanks to Droneista

Terminology and Definitions

Another basic step in understanding how to fly a drone is to become acquainted with all of the terms involved. How could you possibly know to fly a drone unless you understand things like throttle, roll, yaw, or pitch? That’s why we thought it useful to include a small glossary in this guide to flying a drone.

Throttle. If you’ve ever had anything to do with any type of moving vehicles, you’ll know that throttle makes it go forward or backward. However, that’s just with some of them. Helicopters, quadcopters, or any sort of machine that flies by using propellers uses the throttle to go up. Alternatively, lowering throttle makes the vehicle go down. Simple as that.

Roll. The roll of a quadcopter makes the vehicle rotate to the left or rotate to the right. This one is pretty straightforward. It can be used very effectively while hovering.

Pitch. The pitch represents the component that makes the drone go forward or backward. Pitches works best when the throttle is stable, although advanced maneuvers require careful handling of both these settings.

Yaw. The yaw dictates the angle of inclination of the quadcopter. If you hold the yaw to the right, the drone will lean accordingly. Likewise the other way around. More about how to control this in the next sections of this guide.

Aileron. The stick that controls roll. The aileron will be mentioned a lot when it comes to flight maneuvering since it’s one of the most important controls along with the rudder.

Rudder. The rudder is the stick that controls yaw. Yaw adjustment is necessary especially when executing turns and other intermediate and advanced flying maneuvers.

Infographic thanks to SYG Quad: My journey to build a fully automated quadcopter from scratch and learn about flight dynamics, control systems and IoT.

New Microsoft Visio Drawing

Notes: Sailing the Hudson

My daughter and I took an ‘intro to sailing’ course at Hudson River Community Sailing. I spent most of the time trying not to fall off the boat, and she mastered tacking and jibing. It was a great day!

Sailing Lessons

Some notes:

Parts of the Boat (click to see larger version)
Hudson Tides (click to see larger version)
Tacking (click to see larger version)
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Southern Comfort : Playing with actions in Photoshop

Photos taken at Savannah’s  Bonaventure Cemetery, which became famous when it was featured in the 1994 novel “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”.

The Spanish moss and scenery were charming and spooky at the same time. But it was a sunny day, which didn’t add much to the atmosphere.


I desaturated the photos a bit, added some diffuse light, warmed the colors and recorded it as “Southern Comfort” in Photoshop Actions.


Although my version of photoshop is old (C4) I was thinking of posting it on Git Hub –

Summer project : Sailing

My summer project is to sell (and/or sail) my Sandpiper 565


Remembering summers past:


More about Sandpipers

Aircraft Composites

Using resins in composite construction

There are several resins types that can be used with composites. Generally, use the one that your aircraft kit manufacturer advises. Some examples are: vinyl-ester, polyester and epoxy resins. Epoxy being more expensive, will not react on most materials used in aircraft construction. But it might have a negative effect on your body, epoxies can be toxic.

Polyester resin dissolves some foam like materials as easily as warm water melts sugar. It hardens quickly when mixed when MEKP catalyst is added in the right amount by weight.

Vinyl Ester Resin

Vinyl-ester is a relatively newcomer and is mainly used because of the aggressive allergic problems some people experienced with the other epoxy resins.

The right choice of resin also depends on the application. If you are building fuel tanks then polyester resin might not be the best choice as it will slowly be dissolved by the alcohol in the fuel. Either use vinyl-ester resins, aluminum tanks or stay away from fuels with alcohol.

How to Paint Your Boat


Thanks to WikiHow