What We Cook

Chocolate Mousse (Low carb) 1 cup half-and-half (or 1/2 cup half-and half and 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk) 2 egg yolks 1oz bakers unsweetened chocolate 1/2 oz Ghirardelli 100% cacao unsweetened chocolate 3/4 cup cream 1/4 cup Splenda (or equivalent amount stevia) 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Scald half-and-half in double boiler. (Remember, top pot in … Read more

Nature Sounds for Leopards

Cell phone ringtones of mooing cows are used to lure leopards away from human dwellings in Gujarat, India. “The moos of a cow, bleating of a goat from the phone has proved effective to trap leopards,” said D. Vasani, a senior forest official in Gujarat. “This trick works.” CNN and Reuters

Moving to Vista V

We have been looking at Windows Vista (TM Microsoft) for a few weeks, seeing how it will affect Sagebrush products. View earlier articles Part1, Part2, Part3, Part4. Another Look at Monitoring Sound Input. In the previous part of this series, we looked at a change in the way that sound is routed to the speakers … Read more

What We Spy

Since Google Street View began, our cats have been jealous of the attention received by Monty (Internet celebrity cat back in the day). We don’t have Street View available in our community yet, but Google Earth does show a couple of pets at our home. Image used by permission. Just two the left of the … Read more

Example FM Tuner Design II

In a previous post we pointed to a design project report for a USB FM tuner . Here is another tuner project, a reference design by a semiconductor company wishing to promote its FM tuner ICs. The application note includes software, firmware, board layout, and parts list. The reference design kit is available for purchase … Read more

Theremin Patents

A previous post surveyed wind chime patents, and we have also presented the original theremin patent. Here we look at other theremin-related patents, filtering out inventions dealing with proximity detector (such as a paper towel dispenser) or electronic oscillator not related to music. METHOD OF AND APPARATUS FOR THE GENERATION OF SOUNDS, 1925. Here is … Read more

Sans Comity

We happened upon this web site, dedicated to fighting a particular font. “Comic sans”, hmmmmm, where have I heard that term before? Oh yeah, when designing our own web site style sheet: H1,H2,H3,H4,H5,H6{font-family: “Comic Sans MS”…} Now, we understand graphic designers have strong opinions about fonts (and web page layout, user interface design, etc, etc, … Read more