Boris Mann’s Personal Blog

Jan 2024

The Dystopia is doing great, thanks for asking.

This was a test of a security system at a construction site that I walked past on the weekend. Original audio!

Jan 2024

Bread is complete. I’ll let it cool, wrap it, and see how it tastes for breakfast tomorrow.

The “no knead” technique was first widely shared in 2006 in the NY Times Cooking section.

Here’s my entry for it in the FoodWiki.

#FoodWiki #baking #bread

Round golden loaf fresh out of the oven on a wire rack
Jan 2024

Chad and his wife Kumie gave me a bit of their family miso back in June, in a container in this bag with instructions.

  • cool dark place
  • mix once in summer
  • ready to eat fall

And: おいしくなった, roughly translated as “it will have become delicious”

It is delicious! Thank you friends!


Jan 2024

We were in North Van today and went to a Filipino restaurant Alloz Grill for lunch.

I had garlic rice with beef stew & a sour tamarind pork soup (pictured), Rachael had all-day-breakfast Longsilog. We got a leche flan to take home.

#FoodWiki #restaurant #Filipino #NorthVan #OsmVancouver

Jan 2024

Overnight rise of No-Knead bread recipe. It’s been a long time since I’ve attempted bread.

#FoodWiki #baking

Jan 2024

Trying out Phở Jade “the place for noodle soup lovers”.

It’s got a pretty big menu. I tried a large bowl of pho with all the meats to get a baseline.

It’s good! Fragrant floral broth.

#Vancouver #EastVan #FoodWiki #pho #restaurant #Vietnamese #OsmVancouver

Phở Jade Menu cover - Authentic Vietnamese Restaurant - The Place for Noodle Soup LoversA steaming bowl of pho with all the meats. A pile of bean sprouts and fresh Thai basil.

Jan 2024

Turns out it’s Timbertrain’s 10th anniversary — and they’re doing a giveaway raffle if you subscribe to their newsletter.

This is my #EastVan local and before that the #Gastown location was our afternoon macchiato stop.

#Vancouver #coffee

Jan 2024

Rachael got started shovelling, I finished it off and did the sidewalk.

I took the second picture where you can see it’s snowing enough to start covering things again.

#Vancouver #snow #BCStorm

Jan 2024

Jazzed my way through making a beef stew with lots of onions, red wine, and roasted red peppers.

It’s similar to Spanish Chilindron, when I went to go look for recipes afterwards.

I was thinking about paprika, but just added some tomato paste & Calabrian chillies right at the end.


Jan 2024

I got all my Google Maps saved places exported and imported into FacilMap.

But! They’re all just labelled as “Point” and lost the name of the business.

More research on GeoJSON and FacilMap import formats needed.

Jan 2024

I made up a recipe for Whole Wheat Coconut Waffles. It’s a modification of the Buttermilk Waffles recipe I use with my vertical waffle maker.

#FoodWiki #waffles #baking #coconut

Jan 2024

Went to Jang Mo Jib on Robson for lunch. Had Gahl Bee Tahng with all the fixings. It’s a nice second floor space!

#FoodWiki #Korean #restaurant #Vancouver

Jan 2024

Cocktail orange for breakfast. Also known as a mandelo, for “Mandarin + Pomelo”.

All citrus are actually hybrids of mandarin, pomelo, and citron (chart via Wikipedia).

I collected some links on the FoodWiki and learned about the UC Citrus Experiment Station.

#FoodWiki #citrus

Cocktail orange cut in halfHybridization of citrus cultivars

Jan 2024

Some fun packaging at the Sungiven Foods at City Square. Sungiven is pretty great, with stores all over Metro Vancouver.

Photos are of Soda crackers (sea salt) aka shark edition, and (chive) aka caveman and dinosaur buddy.

I didn’t buy candied olives, but I did buy candied plums.

#FoodWiki #Vancouver #grocery

Soda Crackers (Sea Salt)Soda Crackers (Chives)ONETANG Candied Olive

Jan 2024

Went to the new Oidé Coffee location at the Waterfall Building near Granville Island.

Black sesame pastry is very tasty!

#FoodWiki #pastry #Vancouver

A twist? A knot? I don’t like the word cruffin. Dusted with sugar and filled with sweet black sesame.
Jan 2024

Dragon fruit for breakfast. Bought it at the Sungiven when I went to City Square Centre for Nine Dumplings yesterday.


cut open side of a dragon fruit. White flesh small black seeds and the bright red skin of the fruit
Jan 2024

I’m wandering around #Vancouver today.

If anyone is around in the next couple of hours, I’m going to go for lunch at Nine Dumplings.

I’ve been told it’s now in the City Square Centre food court.

I guess I’ll tag this a #FediMeetup

Jan 2024

After several months of tinkering with Cloudron, the server management system you install on your own Ubuntu server for self hosting apps, I put together some notes on it, including total costs and a description about apps / types of services it can provide.

#selfhosting #Cloudron

Dec 2023

I added Rio Friendly Meats, a butcher at 2477 E Hastings in #EastVan, to #OpenStreetMap via Organic Maps.

#Vancouver #buylocal

Dec 2023

Learning that Apple Maps has guides (collections of places) and ability to contribute photos to places (I don’t really ever use it).

Organic Maps has bookmarks which can be organized into lists.

Here’s Bloedel Conservatory, a classic #Vancouver destination for me when it rains for weeks.

Red macaw parrots at the Bloedel ConservatoryView of tropical trees and palms looking up to the top of the Bloedel Conservatory dome

Dec 2023

I think the future is divergent mutual incomprehension and that’s good.

Part of a post by Venkatesh Rao @vgr on Farcaster. He wrote Divergentism which goes into more detail.

Dec 2023

Installed linkding shared bookmarking on the #CommonsComputer

As written up in the link, I’m still working out how to describe these shared services.

I have an OpenCollective for #ToolsForThoughtRocks but want to set things up that people can join the commons generally.

Dec 2023

I’m on Bowen Island for the holidays visiting my parents, so here are pictures from our usual Killarney Lake walk. Views East and West from the Meadow Bridge.

#BowenIsland #CrippenPark

View east from the Meadow Bridge on Bowen Island. Old beaver dam, Killarney Creek, brown grass / marsh plants, tall dead spar of a tree, reflecting in the still creek water. View west from the Meadow Bridge on Bowen Island. Killarney Creek, brown grass / marsh plants.

Dec 2023

Tinkering with Organic Maps, realizing I only have one bookmark in it: Mirika, a cafe in Berlin with great coffee, pastries, and classic German hot lunches.

Organic Maps is no-charge, open source offline maps based on OpenStreetMap.

Screenshot of iOS Organic Maps, offline Open Street Map&10;&10;This is a bookmark I have for Mirika, a cafe in Berlin, Germany
Dec 2023

RSS and Mastodon could fit in the same app…I’d start with the social media experience: the single timeline of posts. Very simple sidebar. No article view. No read/unread status — just position in the timeline.

Brent Simmons, On Mastodon Support in NetNewsWire

#RSS #Mastodon