Picture of the Meat Pies still in the muffin tin.

Little Meat Pies (Recipe)

Ok, hear me out for a second. I know I’m not usually a source of amazing cooking tips (in fact, Kraft Dinner sometimes throws me for a loop), but this is one of my all-time favourite recipes. Seriously, these things are amazing and really easy to make.

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The Perfect Thanksgiving Cocktail: The East Indian

Thanksgiving is easily my favourite Holiday. A time for pumpkin pie, deviled eggs, turkey, and canned cranberry jelly (That’s right, you can keep your damn fresh cranberry sauce!). But, what do we drink with all of this amazing food? Trust me, the East Indian cocktail is exactly what you need.

Get Angry — The Elliot Lake Mall collapse

As most of you have heard, a mall in Elliot Lake collapsed Saturday around 2:20 pm trapping dozens under the rubble. Many have been pulled from the crippled building, and more may remain under the concrete waiting for a rescue that will never happen.

At this time, the rescue effort has shifted to a recovery effort.

What I plead to the people of Canada is: Don’t let these people die for nothing, let their tragic deaths light a fire under Canada. Let that uncomfortable heat remind us that we are still human, and that the importance of life should untangle bureaucratic messes like this.

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A Nice Cuppa: David’s Tea VS Teaopia

About a year ago, I was introduced to a company that introduced me to a world that I had neglected to pay any attention to. That company helped to open my eyes to something that would become both a love and an obsession. That obsession: Tea. The Company: David’s Tea. To even suggest to me that there is a better tea company conjures up all sorts of spiteful feelings from deep within my tea tank. However, with the recent opening of Teaopia in Sault Ste. Marie, well… I have to consider that I may not need to have my tea shipped to me; perhaps I can find the same high quality tea with just a quick trip to the mall.

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#alightinthedark

15 second exposure with a light behind a stencil. Taken for an Instagram Weekend Hashtag Project. Right-click and “Save As” here to download the wallpaper version.

Fixing Photoshop’s “View Print Size” Feature

Photo of a ruler showing that the Print Size on the screen is not correctIf you’ve ever worked with photoshop, chances are you’ve run into this issue: You want to view your image at the exact size that it will print, so logically, you go to View > Print Size and notice that it’s no where near the size it should be. If you’re like most designers, you just accept this as a flaw in Photoshop and work around it. But to hell with that, why is the feature even there if it doesn’t work? Well, the short answer to that question is that it does work.

Dzama Guide to Grand Cayman

Dzama Guide to Grand Cayman: Snuggling with Stingrays

Morning Mai Tai fuel tanks full (it’s alright, your on vacation), you step onto the solid ground of the hurricane ravaged heaven known as Grand Cayman. The subtle sound of the sea and gentle rustle of the palm trees is every so often interrupted by the welcome bellow of a Sailor Jerry type character chopping coconuts in the square. Known only as the Coconut Man, he sits serving fresh coconut milk straight from the coconut while hollering one of three phrases:

“Have a good day mon, have a good day!”
“Small island, small pop-oo-lat-ion!”
“Beautiful morning mon, welcome to da island!”

That’s one of the first things you’ll notice about Grand Cayman that sets it apart: No one is trying to sell you overpriced touristy junk. You get a genuine feeling that they just want you to have fun.

Hop in a taxi, and you’ll see that a lot of the island is still rebuilding from hurricane Ivan. Deserted resorts and rubble still line the streets serving as a reminder that Grand Cayman is a two sided coin: on one side, opulent resorts for the rich, royal, and famous; and on the other, the struggle of the people of the island to survive and rebuild.

Zombie Killer T-Shirt
Uzi 9mm
12 Gauge Slug Shotgun
Zombie AR-15
M1911 .45 Handgun

The Dzama Guide to Vegas: Zombie Certification

Alright, you get off the plane in Vegas, you’re jet-lagged as hell, and your stomach is protesting wildly at the onslaught of stale peanuts it’s been forced to digest for the past 6 hours  — what is the first thing you’re gonna do?

If you answered, “Grab a gun and shoot zombies” — you’re close. Eat tacos was the answer we were looking for — because if your stomach is gonna get out of line, it’s gonna get a healthy dose of habanero hot sauce (and might I reccommend the T&T Hell Sauce (so freaking good)) to put it back in its place (and you should probably have your current mental state evaluated. Really, zombies before tacos? Please…). It’s dangerous to fire a weapon without a belly full of Tacos. Plus, if you are going to be standing in line at The Gun Store for three hours (One of those hours being in the hot Las Vegas sun) waiting to receive your Zombie Killing Certification, passing out in the line is an automatic fail; you should probably make a pit-stop at Tacos and Tequila. But remember kids, alcohol and semi-automatic death dealers don’t mix, so maybe hold off on the margaritas. I know it’s hard, since alcohol is way more abundant than water here, but try anyway.

Here's to the Crazy Ones

Stay hungry. Stay foolish.

A little tribute to Steve Jobs I cooked up. The commercial it was taken from can be seen below:

Migrating WordPress to a new domain without a splitting headache

Moving WordPress from one domain to another can be intimidating, but it doesn’t need to be the bane of your existence. If you know the easy way to do it, you can get it done in 16 minutes flat (depending on the size of your website). Surprisingly enough, there aren’t very many articles on the net on how to “easily” move a WordPress site from an old domain to a new domain. Now why would you want to do such a thing? Well, maybe you’re tired of your old domain and want to move your site to a new domain, or maybe you just want to migrate a WordPress site from a development server to a production server. No matter the reason, it’s gotta get done, so here is the easy way to do it. For the steps below I’m using the following (which is up to date at the time of writing this article):

  • cPanel: 11.30.5 (build 2)
  • phpMyAdmin: 3.4.7.1
  • WordPress: 3.2.1

If you don’t have exactly the load-out above, it should be fairly easy to fill in the gaps.