The other cookies never set

The other baking attempt this weekend were drop cookies.

They looked great, but they never set. I took them off the sheet last night, after putting them in the fridge for at least 6hrs, and they aren’t anything like the drop cookies I remember growing up.

They were Kimberly’s recipe.

Something these recipes rarely include is the quantity and other details. I have to wing it.

Maybe next week I will just make Danielle’s oatcakes again, they were delightful.

Not all baking works out – cookies

They are flat

Not all baking works out all the time. This weekend my two cookie projects didn’t work out at all. The second recipe is pictured above.

I’m not sure what I did wrong, but it may have been beaten too much or the pan was in the wrong place in the oven.

It was my first time trying this recipe in many moons.

These are recipes from a recipe book my primary teach put together. I tweeted about it a couple weeks ago.

Spring is here along with BBQ

A couple weeks ago we had a pork shoulder, and rather than roasting it in the @KamadoJeff like we would normally, we did it in the oven.

Rib Steaks on a charcoal grill

It was delicious, and there was the added benefit of the pork fat drippings that we saved for cooking.

However, this weekend I grilled steaks and they were amazing.

I know, grilling is not “BBQ”, but it is close enough to kick off the BBQ season. It’s at least in the same family.

I will post my BBQ progress on @kamadojeff and will come up with a cool hashtag to share. For now you can check out another Jeff’s hashtag or just follow my @kamadojeff account

The recipes from the weekend of bread

Its mid-week now and the bread that I made on the weekend is still holding up nicely. One of them are the hot dog buns.

So that I can find the recipes quickly in the future, I’m putting them here.

Basic White Bread

This is a recipe for basic white bread that is amazing. Lasts few days on the the counter without losing any of its delicious-ness.

Hot Dog Buns

This is a recipe by Rebecca from Foodie With Family, and you can find it here -> Homemade Hot Dog Buns

Brioche

Finally, by request, brioche.

Why I use brave browser

A year or more ago I started use brave browser as my main browser. It was a rocky start, but it appears the majority of wrinkles have been ironed out on the browser side.

I initially downloaded it because of the built in ad-blocking and the idea that I could reward publishers of sites I visit with tokens directly. This was back in the crypto-bubble.

I keep using it for the blocking. It makes a huge difference, and if you follow me on twitter I share and re-tweet a lot of digital privacy content that I find. Today I ran into a perfect example of WHY blocking is important. I came across this headline on Fark and clicked it – How the fark is this considered a “news article”? https://fark.com/go/1072983

Initially I get this data warning. This is a great example of a warning. I check the little shield at the top and it hasn’t blocked anything yet.

For kicks I click through.

39 ITEMS BLOCKED!!!

Here is the entire list: [1]

(click here to skip, its excessive)

  1. https://s.aolcdn.com/ads/adsWrapperIntl.js
  2. https://s.yimg.com/ss/rapid3.js
  3. https://cdn.vidible.tv/prod/max-suite/evergreen/aol.co.uk.js
  4. https://s.blogsmithmedia.com/www.aol.co.uk/assets-he33ca3b1745fb01fd3456bb7dc843fb5/images/nav/amazon_co_uk.png?h=a1003a44a96b2b165c3ac5812ac206ce
  5. https://cdn.taboola.com/libtrc/aol-uk/loader.js
  6. https://s.yimg.com/dy/ads/readmo.js
  7. https://sb.scorecardresearch.com/beacon.js
  8. https://s.yimg.com/av/yap/ga/yap.js
  9. https://cmp.advertising.com/cmp-apid.html
  10. https://trk.vidible.tv/trk/impression.gif?pid=57d16906a01b4d46de57a4d8&bcid=564dfd34 …
  11. https://trk.vidible.tv/trk/impression.gif?pid=57d1688fdb4bc60e4976c9a1&bcid=564dfd …
  12. https://z.moatads.com/aolvidibleapi29384728347/moatapi.js#moatApiCallback=moatApiInit1583181169401
  13. https://video.adaptv.advertising.com/ad/ads/advertisers/advertisers.txt
  14. https://www.facebook.com/tr/?id=1589527114407796&ev=fb_page_view&dl=htt …
  15. https://trk.vidible.tv/trk/action.gif?bid=5710c7c3e4b007de6511d1ff&pid=57d1688fdb4bc …
  16. https://trk.vidible.tv/trk/action.gif?bid=57b488cecc52c729a0db5ea9&pid=57d1 …
  17. https://trk.vidible.tv/trk/action.gif?bid=57b488cecc52c729a0db5ea9&pid=57 …
  18. https://trk.vidible.tv/trk/action.gif?bid=5710c7c3e4b007de6511d1ff&pid=57d1 …
  19. https://cdn-ssl.vidible.tv/prod/player/ad-time/local-storage.html
  20. https://tag.sp.advertising.com/sp.js
  21. https://video.adaptv.advertising.com/vrm?bcid=564dfd34bbe5c146d4b33c86&pid=57d1688f …
  22. https://trk.vidible.tv/trk/ad-request.gif?bcid=564dfd34bbe5c146d4b33c86&bid=5710c7 …
  23. https://trk.vidible.tv/trk/action.gif?bid=5710c7c3e4b007de6511d1ff&pid=57d168 …
  24. https://trk.vidible.tv/trk/display.gif?bid=5710c7c3e4b007de6511d1ff&pid=57d1688fdb …
  25. https://z.moatads.com/aolvidibleapi29384728347/moatapi.js#moatApiCallback=moatApiInit15 …
  26. https://video.adaptv.advertising.com/vrm?bcid=564dfd34bbe5c146d4b33c86&pid=57d1690 …
  27. https://trk.vidible.tv/trk/ad-request.gif?bcid=564dfd34bbe5c146d4b33c86&bid=57b488c …
  28. https://trk.vidible.tv/trk/action.gif?bid=57b488cecc52c729a0db5ea9&pid=57d16 …
  29. https://trk.vidible.tv/trk/display.gif?bid=57b488cecc52c729a0db5ea9&pid=57d169 …
  30. https://trk.vidible.tv/trk/video-impression.gif?bid=5710c7c3e4b007de6511d1ff&pid=57d1688f …
  31. https://trk.vidible.tv/trk/action.gif?bid=5710c7c3e4b007de6511d1ff&pid=57d168 …
  32. https://trk.vidible.tv/trk/action.gif?bid=5710c7c3e4b007de6511d1ff&pid=57d1688fd …
  33. https://trk.vidible.tv/trk/video-impression.gif?bid=57b488cecc52c729a0db5ea9&pid=57d16906 …
  34. https://trk.vidible.tv/trk/action.gif?bid=5710c7c3e4b007de6511d1ff&pid=57d1688fdb4bc60e49 …
  35. https://trk.vidible.tv/trk/action.gif?bid=57b488cecc52c729a0db5ea9&pid=57d16906a01b4d46de …
  36. https://trk.vidible.tv/trk/action.gif?bid=57b488cecc52c729a0db5ea9&pid=57d16906a01b4d46d …
  37. https://trk.vidible.tv/trk/action.gif?bid=57b488cecc52c729a0db5ea9&pid=57d1690 …
  38. https://www.facebook.com/ajax/bz
  39. https://trk.vidible.tv/trk/action.gif?bid=5710c7c3e4b007de6511d1ff&pid= …

That’s too much

Why does any single page on the internet need to track you with 39 separate trackers?

Lets take a closer look at what all these are for.

  • 21 of these are for vidible.tv, I’m guessing it’s for tracking what videos you watch on the page, how long, etc. Building a profile for you so they can entice you to spend more time on the site watching inane videos.
  • There’s one for Facebook so they (and Facebook) can build a profile for you so they can target you there too.
  • They are all related to advertising in one way or another. Marketing has a habit of ruining all the things, because attention is where the money is. Technology follows money because it costs money to develop technology.

Brave browser allows you to browse the web with a tiny bit more privacy. There are lots of ways to track you like IP address and DNS records that Brave can’t help you with.

For example, if you use public wifi there are also companies that use MAC addresses as an asset to sell to advertisers.

Other things you can do.

In future posts I will show you ways to further protect yourself from online browsers.

I will start with the simple ones Gom[2] can do like using Brave over Chrome, and build up to the more technical solutions like building your own DNS server.

Footnotes:

1 – They were all very long, so I just showed the first part.

2 – The name of my grandmother, that I gave her, when I was a wee-one