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.

Gotcha for Adding Ext JS (or other extras) to Domino Designer

I recently downloaded Ext JS 5 to add to my XPages applications.  La dee da, create new application, download Ext JS 5, import into application, do some stuff, close Designer, re-open Designer, attempt to re-open my app, and BOOM


Now I can’t re-open my application.  Ext JS5 has a lot of elements straight out of the box.  If you add the whole thing, you’ll likely blow up your application.  The worst part is that once you get this error, you can’t get back into the application in order to delete elements you don’t need.

So either back up your application before adding stuff, or you use source control, or be sure you aren’t importing too many elements.

For Ext JS Grids 5, I recommend just the build folder (and it’s direct level contents) and the package folder within the build folder that includes the theme you are using.

10 Lines or Less: Demo App and Slides

Julian Robichaux and I presented “10 Lines or Less: Interesting Things You Can Do With Java” at IBM ConnectED this January.  As promised (if not a bit delayed), here is the sample app, and a link to the slides.

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Sparks Ideas Videos

If you haven’t yet watched this year’s Sparks Ideas videos, I urge you to go check them out.  (If you haven’t watched past years, I urge you to watch those, too!)

This year’s theme was “Things or People That Have Inspired You”.  And not to get all Buzzfeed about it, but “You Won’t Believe What This Woman Said Inspired Her!”.  I hope you’ll watch, and enjoy, my slightly embarrassing, but hopefully inspiring 6-minute talk on what inspired me.

And THANK YOU to the people at IBM ConnectED who came up to me after (and throughout the week) to talk about my topic.  THAT is why we have the sparks session for people to share and connect and learn more about each other and feel inspired.

Here is the blog post and link to this year’s videos:  http://nerdgirlsgroup.com/2015/02/03/sparks-ideas-video-connected-2015/

And here is the link to our Vimeo channel with past years:  http://vimeo.com/channels/sparkideas

My Take on IBM ConnectED 2015

I am surprised to be saying this, to have said it this week, but…this was my best Lotusphere ever.  Before you start arguing and telling me what things you felt weren’t the best, I will say, this was *MY* best Lotusphere.

Honorable mention:  my first Lotusphere in 2008.  I went by myself and didn’t know a soul there.  I didn’t know about Planet Lotus or who any of the speakers or attendees were.  It could never be the best as I barely spoke to anyone, but I saw speakers like Paul Mooney and Bill Buchan doing Worst Practices, and Julian Robichaux and Rob McDonough looking like pirates (they were pirates, right?  I just remember facial hair) and presenting on charts.  I met Marie Scott and Joni and ??, who were kind enough to let me hang out with them when I felt completely out of place.

Runner-up:  My third Lotusphere (2010) is definitely in contention for my best Lotusphere.  It was my first Lotusphere as a speaker.  It was my first conference of any kind as a speaker. (And here was my blog post wrap up for THAT Lotusphere, http://www.runningnotes.net/index.php/2010/01/25/lotusphere-2010-%e2%80%93-the-surreal-year/)  I met Tom Duff the day before I presented with him.  How could that not be at the top of my list?

But the winner is 2015.  Yes, I know, technically, it was IBM ConnectED and not Lotusphere, but let’s face it, it was Lotusphere.  So why was it my best?  Amusingly, it was how I connected with people.  “A new way to engage”, indeed.  Although, it wasn’t better because of social business, it was better because I made a promise to myself to talk to more people.  I wanted to reach out beyond the circle of people I knew and meet (and talk and connect) to new people.  I did just that.

A side note: I was informed before the conference this year that my “resting b!tch face” is pretty strong.  aka when I’m just sitting around thinking about nothing in particular, I look like I am angry or focused, so people tend to think they shouldn’t bother me.  Even friends have said they wouldn’t approach me when I’ve got that face on.  As a result, I tweeted that people should still say hi, AND I went out of my way to try and make eye contact with people and even (GASP) smile.

I got to talk to so many wonderful people this year.  Of course, all my friends that I’ve seen year after year, but also new people that I’d only just met.  I thank everyone for taking the time to talk to me.  I feel like we really did truly connect (pardon the pun).  I had wonderful conversations, loads of laughs, and never enough hugs.

Whatever the future may bring, in terms of conferences, or LUGs, or vacations, I hope to see you all again.  Correction, I hope to connect with you all sometime soon.

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