Finding the Original Starbucks Coffee Cake

coffee-cake-slice-smlWhen Starbucks rebranded their food selections under the La Boulange name, they did away with the original coffee cake recipe that so many people had come to love. My wife, Rachael, was one of the sorely disappointed patrons. Unable to suppress the yearnings, she went on the quest to find a recipe that emulated the original. After tinkering with several concoctions, she managed to recreate something very, very close to the original recipe, and it is good!

Check out her blog post about it all at her website, NerdyAndHip.com: Starbucks Classic Coffe Cake: You Are Missed

Net Neutrality, Consumer Privacy

Here’s a very interesting article and set of survey results from Pew Research about the feelings Americans have about privacy in the digital age of government spying and corporate data breaches. The results are better than I feared, but there is still much room for improvement.

And here is a great page that lets you keep an eye on your ISP to determine if they are violating the new Net Neutrality laws. Check it often.

Netflix on Apple TV 2: “An error occurred loading this content”

First-world problem.

First-world problem: Netflix on Apple TV

This problem has plagued us for a few months. Each time we start watching Netflix on our Apple TV 2, it stops and throws up this message after about 20 seconds.

We have two Apple TV 2 units on two different televisions, and it happens on both of them. Netflix on Google Chromecast, netflix.com, my phone, and my Nook, all work perfectly.

It’s definitely a problem with the Apple TV units.

I have searched around for solutions, and certain fixes seem to work for some people, but there are many folks who still have the problem.

Restarting the device doesn’t help. All updates have been applied. I have even reset the devices completely, to no avail.

Anyone else having this problem? Anyone know a solution?

As the Earth Spins, or, Chatham Family News

IMG_20140606_194306For those of you keeping score at home, these are the things that have been happening around here.

First, Rachael is pregnant with a boy. He is due on Halloween and, needless to say, we are super excited. Gray and Dax are excited too, though each in their very different ways: Dax outwardly, Gray more inwardly. We do have a name picked out for the little fella, but it being a quest that doesn’t necessarily end until the day he pops out, we thought we’d hold off on the big reveal for a little bit 😉

Second, we are moving! We decided to find a place that is a little more conducive to having a baby. We love our current house, but with features such as a 30 foot high deck, a front yard next to a frequently traveled road, and a balcony overlooking the living room, we decided something a little safer would be better.

Our house was only on the market 10 days before it went under contract, and we soon put a bid in on a new one. That should all be going down in July, so we are preparing for a move.

Third, my parents are having a low-key 50th wedding anniversary today, so a big WHOOP WHOOP to them. They may have a juggalo-style celebration with their neighbors tonight, from what we heard.

Fourth, Gray graduated from 5th grade last week. He will be venturing to middle school this fall, and I am still completely blown away about that fact. Dax will be in 3rd grade…also hard to believe!

So that’s that for now…more soon.