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Monday, December 30, 2019

The Best Sweet Brisket Recipe featuring Ginger Ale

I've finally found the best brisket recipe. It combines Tori Avey's holiday brisket, with a couple of recipes from my mom's Jewish cookbooks.

I've modified the recipe in a few ways and cooked it in a slow cooker.

Here are the ingredients:

3 lbs brisket. We found a reasonable size in Wegmans.
extra virgin olive oil

1 large white onion, sliced and diced
1 handful of baby carrots
1 package of cut up celery hearts

14.10 oz POMI Strained Tomatoes
Crushed garlic
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups, or more, Ginger Ale
Ocean Spray Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce, to taste
Salt and pepper

1. Season the brisket with salt and pepper to taste. Sear the brisket until brown in a fry pan using olive oil. Then remove from pan.
2. Saute onion
3. Add carrots and celery

4. Pour half of the tomatoes into the slow cooker
5. Place the brisket into the slow cooker
6. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over brisket in the slow cooker

7. Cover and cook for 8 HOURS on LOW.

8. Allow the brisket to cool, then place in the refrigerator over-night.
9. Slice the brisket against the grain, and place the brisket back in its liquid. Bake at 350 for 1/2 hour.
10. Place back in refrigerator, after cooled.

11. Re-heat brisket to serve.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

EOD: End of Decade 2010 - 2019

2010 - My Book Get Seen comes out. live show on the Pulse Network debuts.
2011 - Live Streaming #TVnext with Ustream and Wirecast 4. Part of CNN iReport teaming up with iReporters and Vimeo filmmakers at South by Southwest, Steve Garfield and Jimmy Fallon in the Boston Herald, the end of WBZ TV's Declare Your Curiosity.
2012 - Fun at SXSW with Bruce Springsteen, Jeffrey Tambor, Eugene Mirman and Baratunde Thurston. Hosted NAB 2012 Telestream LIVE - April 17 and 18. Amanda Palmer Dances to Celebrate Passing $1 Million on Kickstarter.
2013 - I visited Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Thursday February 21st. I was able to go to both the monologue run through, and the taping of the whole show. Franklin BBQ at SXSW. Cadillac ATS Test Drive First Impressions. World Domination Summit Portland, OR.
2014 - Mercedes Benz CLA Review. Ireland, Rochester, NY, Finger Lakes.
2015 - We're going to the Super Bowl as guests of GMC. Mercedes-Benz of Burlington - Front Page Boston Globe. Meerkat. Desert Springs. San Diego. Nantucket. Dublin. Lord Hobo Brewing Company Opens. Bordeaux. Amsterdam. Atlantis. I have given up on Massachusetts Health Connector.
2016 - SXSW 2016. Mercedes European Tour.
2017 - SXSW 2017. Casey Neistat, Gary Vaynerchuk, Robert Scoble. A weekend in Cleveland. Bermuda, Treehouse Brewing Company opens in Charlton. ICELAND: Private Super Jeep Tour of Northern Lights.
2018 - Chatham Bars Inn, Berkshires. TACONIC, A Kimpton Hotel, Manchester, Vermont.
2019 - Game Of Thrones Xfinity Watchathon Watch Party at Hammond Castle. Viking Grand European Tour River Cruise. Boston Media Makers, The Final Mingle at Doyle's Cafe 10/20/19.

How To: Getting Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+, YouTube and CBS All Access on Sony Android TV

I'm planning for the imminent installation of my SONY A9G Master SERIES OLED 4K ULTRA HD HDR 65” TV.

Here's how to get Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+, YouTube and CBS All Access through the Android TV apps on the TV. HBO and Starz will be through Comcast Xfinity, and Apple TV+ will be through my Apple TV box.

Over time the majority of these apps will be available via the Comcast Xfinity X1 box, and not require separate apps.

Some of the Netflix ready devices include a NETFLIX button on the supplied remote that can be used to launch the app. If the remote for your Netflix ready device doesn't include a NETFLIX button, the app can be accessed by pressing the HOME button, and then navigating to the Netflix app. I am subscribing to Netflix through a Comcast Xfinity package.

The Android TV™ supports 4K streaming of the Amazon® Instant Video app. To enjoy 4K streaming of the Amazon Instant Video app, download and install the latest software update for the Android TV. Amazon Prime Video is included with Amazon Prime.

There is one Hulu app on all of our Android TVs. The service you receive will depend on your Hulu subscription plan. I am paying for Hulu without commercial.

The Disney+ Android app can be installed from Google Play™ Store or Sony Select on your Android TV. I bought a three year subscription to Disney+.

You can play 4K movies on the YouTube® app with a compatible Android TV™. Free.

If you own an Android TV you can use the official CBS All Access app from the Google Play Store. I will be subscribing through the CBS All Access app.

COMCAST Xfinity Box

Note: To make things easier, bundled in with the Comcast Xfinity interface, you can also get these streaming services via the X1 box:
- Netflix
- Amazon Prime Video
- YouTube

Coming Soon:
- Hulu
- CBS All Access

- Apple TV+

Setup and Troubleshooting Video Streaming Services
This page provides common Setup and Troubleshooting information for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+, and YouTube.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

How to Turn Off Facebook NOTIFICATIONS for someone.

How to Turn Off Facebook NOTIFICATIONS for someone.

Pick someone you get notifications for.

CLICK on their name to GO to their page
Under that drop down menu, DE-SELECT "GET NOTIFICATIONS"

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

I Made my 2020 Calendar on my Mac with Motif

Last year I used mimeo to create my 2019 calendar. It worked well.

This year I went to create my 2020 calendar, and after duplicating the 2019 calendar and renaming it 2020, I double-clicked it, and the app never loaded. I tried it a few times, then gave up.

I downloaded Motif from the Mac App Store and opened it through the CREATE menu on the Photo app.

It opened right up.

After dragging the photos that I wanted to use in my new calendar, it's simple to drag and drop photos on to each page.

Here's my cover:

On the month pages, you can choose to use up to 9 photos on each page in many different configurations, that are able to be modified. Lots of power here.

This is my December:

Here are some of the features you can use when creating your Motif calendar.

I like the feature that allows you to add a photo to an important date.

I'd like to be able to edit the text more to allow the background photo to show up more.

I had an overall great experience with Motif making my calendar for 2020.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Boston Media Makers, The Final Mingle at Doyle's Cafe 10/20/19

It’s still hard to believe that Doyle’s is closing.

Thanks again to Gerry, Donna, Eileen, and the team who took care of us for the 11 years that we had Boston Media Makers meetings there on the first Sunday of every month.

For many years Carol and I stopped in for corned beef and cabbage.

It’s the type of place that we would search for when traveling around the world. A classic Irish bar with a lot of character. Sad to see it go.

#MPB2B Photo Walk at #NationalHarbor

It was my pleasure to lead two photo walks at the Marketing Profs B2B Forum, at National Harbor, MD this year.

Prior to the walk, I gave photo tips to attendees using the MPB2B App. Then, prior to each walk, I gave a brief review of photo taking tips.

We had one walk at midday, and the second, first thing in the morning.

These walks are a great way to casually meet other conference goers who share an interest in photography, or who just want to walk around with a bunch of photographers.

We had all levels of photographers on the walks. The majority were wither using photographers in social media posts, or shooting photos for fun.

Do you use hashtags?

Prior to the walk, I monitored the #NationalHarbor hashtag on Instagram to get a feeling fpr popular photo stops. This was in valuable for me to make sure our walks hit all the highlights.

I suggested the use of these hashtags for our walks:

- #MPB2B , the conference hashtag
- #MPB2BPhotoWalk, a hashtag specific to our walk
- NationalHarbor, the hashtag manhy people use for the area

Here are the TOP INSTAGRAM POSTS using the #MPB2BPhotoWalk hashtag:

Looking at the MOST RECENT POSTS using the #MPB2BPhotoWalk hashtag you can see some photographers followed my suggestion to make a mosaic using letters to spell something.

One thing I like to do when traveling is to get the attention of venue I am visiting. Here, the @NationalHarbor Instagram account shared one of my photos.

We have a lot of fun on these photo walks. Hope to see you at the next one in San Francisco at the Marketing Profs B2B Forum 2020.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition will arrive in Boston on June 15, 2019

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition will arrive in Boston on June 15, 2019 for a strictly limited time.

Starting at $35, seniors from 33.



Children ages 14 and under visit for free when accompanied by a paying adult.

10am to 6:00pm (last ticket sold at 4:30 pm)
Some Exceptions Apply.

The Castle at Park Plaza
130 Columbus Ave, Boston
At the intersection of Stuart St, Arlington St, and Columbus Ave

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Using CHIP and PIN Credit Cards and ApplePay in Europe

In Europe credit cards use CHIP and PIN. In the US, most credit cards use CHIP only. No PIN. This article can show you which cards support both CHIP and PIN.

Credit Card Insider: Chip-and-PIN Credit Cards in the USA.

Since I have a CHIP only card, when I tried to use it in Amsterdam, I was required to show my license and give a signature. Lame.

When I was in Germany, at the checkout, I said I wanted to pay with a CARD, and then used my iPhone to pay with ApplePay. That worked 95% of the time and made payments seamless. I tied my ApplePay to a credit card without foreign transaction fees.

Note: When the vendor asks if you want to have them convert the transaction from EURO to US DOLLARS, say NO, because their foreign transaction fees will be high, and your credit card without foreign transaction fees will take care of it.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Viking Grand European Tour River Cruise - DAY 14 and 15 Budapest, Hungary

Final evening view from our stateroom.

Final morning view from our stateroom.

Viking Grand European Tour River Cruise - DAY 12 and 13 Vienna, Austria

Found the Apple Store. Fast internet!

Mak Vienna was a great modern museum. Fun to visit.

The subway system was very easy to navigate. We paid for a 24-hour ticket which let us get on and off as much as we wanted.

You pay for the ticket, and the first time you use it, you get it validated with a time stamp in a blue box. From then on, it's the honor system to get on and off the trains. You might be randomly checked to see if you have a valid ticket. It's a very nice system.

Viking Grand European Tour River Cruise - DAY 11 Melk, Austria

Viking Grand European Tour River Cruise - DAY 10 Passau, Germany

Viking Grand European Tour River Cruise - DAY 9 Regensburg, Germany

Shopped in a cute supermarket.

This museum and beer hall was not open yet, but should be when you visit.


Viking Grand European Tour River Cruise - DAY 8 Nuremberg, Germany

Viking Grand European Tour River Cruise - DAY 7 Bamberg, Germany


Viking Grand European Tour River Cruise - DAY 6 Würzburg, Germany

Wine on the bridge.