Become Your Own Soda Manufacturer

This is an update of a post I made over on Medium several years ago. All the numbers, maths and links have been updated and corrected where needed. I am an unabashed soda-holic. So much so, my soda consumption was making a serious dent in my monthly food budget. Back in 2005, I was buying […]

British Columbia introduces Vaccine Passport

British Columbia is bringing in a Vaccine Passport system for the province. It’s not perfect (it doesn’t include outdoor ticketed sports events, even those with up to 5,000 people or more, or include retail shopping or grocery stores), but it’s a good start. British Columbia has an excellent record of vaccinations. At last look, 85% […]

My One Claim to Internet Design Fame

Way back in 1997, long, long before HTML5, Ajax, DHTML, long before any kind of advanced javascript, and at the dawn of CSS (introduced in early 1997, but not really supported until 1999)… the introduction of tables to HTML markup language was the first real move towards being able to apply an advanced design to […]

Moblogs – the Precursor to Instagram

Anyone out there remember moblogs? It was a new service in 2003 provided by a company called TextAmerica that allowed you to upload, directly from your camera phone or mobile device, a photo that would be hosted on a website. All your photos would be hosted, one after the other. You could design the landing […]

Food Hack: Campbells Condensed Chicken Noodle Soup

Soup Hack

We do things a bit differently here at Spiffle! Where most blogs about food go into a long, rambly personal history with the product or dish, I’m going to save that for after the recipe, which we’re going to dive into right away. Campbells Chicken Noodle Soup Upgrade This upgrade on a condensed can of […]

Canned and Packaged Food Hacks

Soup Hack

At our home, we try to avoid processed foods where we can. When we can’t (or have childhood memories for certain food types: for me, it’s things like Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Condensed Soup), I use my interest in understanding how food (and coffee works) to improve a product. I have several go tos, including the […]

Previous Versions of my Websites!

I initially wrote this way back in 2001; I’m updating it so it’s a more recent post on the new Spiffle website as of 2021. I’ve been on the Internet since 1994, and I have almost every design, every experiment, every goof, every thought, heck, every little bit of html code I ever generated for […]

Adventures in Hydroponics

Hydroponic lettuce

(for lettuce) (this article was originally posted on Medium last winter). I’ve been (trying) to grow lettuce in the winter, in the basement of my 112 year old home, for three winters now. Up until this year, I had very little overall success. This past year, I decided to try something different. In previous years, […]

British Columbia Restart Plan – COVID-19

Today, the government of British Columbia and the public health authority came out with a definitive restart plan for our province, coming out of the COVID 19 pandemic. I’ve been mostly thankful, and sometimes critical of how things are managed in British Columbia during the global pandemic. I think the authorities had the luck of […]

Microgreens – a Primer

microgreens

For several years now, I’ve been thinking about growing microgreens at home. I have been buying them for about a decade at the fruit and veg stores, dropping $5-$7 for a paltry 100-150g of them, at least once a week because I like them so much as my “green” choice on… everything. Burgers. Sandwiches. Pizza. […]