Posted on March 10, 2014

Over the past two months I have slowly worked on building my own home-brew kegerator. Last night I put my first batch of brew in the fridge and turned everything on.

I brewed my first batch of home-brew with Cody Hoffman sometime in mid 2010 and have loved the process. The first batch we brewed was a pale ale which we named (while brewing) Epic Ale. I even went to the effort of making a label for the bottles. We opened the first bottles on a trip up at Truckee lake and the beer was quickly re-name “Epic Fail”. It was carbonated, smelled good but tasted like metal. It turned out that Cody had been holding on to the cracked grains since Christmas and neither of us knew any better. We didn’t let it detour us though and we brewed a handful more batches, a few of them even got fancy labels and fun names and we setup a fun Facebook page for our en devours. But the number one problem we seemed to have was getting the right amount of carbonation in the bottles. I expect its a common problem for home-brewers, especially new ones like we were.

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Sabrina to Hungry Packer Lake

This is a highly interactive post. The map below, and some of the large panorama pictures are able to zoom and pan like google maps. I also ENCOURAGE you to click on the pictures, you’ll get a bigger view, and more information about whats going on. You’ll also find some words with dots under them, if you hover your mouse over the word you’ll get more information. Thanks, and enjoy.

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Disabling Map Scrolling in The Events Calendar

Posted on April 3, 2013

I’ve been working a lot the past few days to get a site setup for my newest client, Bad Moon Shooting. The primary role of the site is to allow visitors to find a handgun class and register for it online. It makes heavy use of three plugins for the core functionality. WooCommerce (free) handles the commerce part of things (the cart, accepting payments, etc). The Events Calendar (free) is used for scheduling classes, and finally WooTickets ($50) is used to sell tickets to events through WooCommerce. This has been a great combination, and all the plugins are well polished.

The Events Calendar includes a map on the event page, which is great because it helps people associate with where the classes are being held. The problem is that the map is set by default to be full-page width, and I found that as I scrolled the page, and my cursor fell over the map I would end up zooming the map instead of scrolling the page. Annoying. The Google Maps API is pretty robust, and includes the ability to disable this, but the plugin settings did not have any front facing option to do so. So I added one.

It was an easy tweak, and one I’ve submitted to the Tribe guys (authors of The Events Calendar and WooTickets). If you’re interested in it though and know your way around a diff file, I’ll include one below.

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