Beards, Bytes and Brews

bytes of thought by Daniel Tucker

Carne Asada

2019-10-05 Prep: 15 min Cook: 16 min
Marinate the steak: Whisk to combine the olive oil, soy sauce, lime juice, vinegar, black pepper, and cumin in a large, non-reactive bowl or baking dish. Stir in the minced garlic, jalapeño, and cilantro. Place the steak in a gallon size bag and then pour marinade over the steak. Give the bag a few shakes and message in the marinade for a moment. Refrigerate for 1-4 hours (if using flank steak marinate at least 3 hours).


  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 limes, juiced (about 2 Tbsp)
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced (4 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin seed (if have whole, toast and then grind)
  • 1 jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and minced
  • ½ bunch fresh cilantro, leaves and stems, finely chopped (great flavor in the stems!), about ½ cup
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Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.

Swami Sivananda

It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.


Verizon Pixel and Pixel XL Bootloader Unlock

As all Pixel owners should know by now there is a end of support scheduled for each phone they ship. I like many others have a perfectly functional Pixel device which will soon be vulnerable to security issues and without Google support I am left with little options. I am not one to need the latest and greatest so I have chosen to install LineageOS. The greatest problem with Verizon is that they prevent you from toggling the “OEM unlocking” which would allow you to wipe the device then sideload a new OS. Continue reading

Above 8700ft Red

2019-03-12 Prep: 10 min
The prefered method of preparing the salsa is using a blender. Start by chopping up all the ingredients and placing them in the blender. Be cautious with how much salt you use. It is always safer to add a little then taste then add more. Blend the salsa in pulses and occationally use a spatula to mix up any ingredients that have not been blended. Pour and enjoy!


  • 28 ounces whole peeled tomatoes
  • 4 ounces green chilies (fire roasted)
  • 1 white onion
  • ½ bunch cilantro (stalk and leaves)
  • 2 cloves garlic (to taste)
  • 1 - 2 jalapeno (depends on heat)
  • ½ habenaro
  • 1 lime
  • ~2 teaspoons salt (to taste)
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We build our computer (systems) the way we build our cities: over time, without a plan, on top of ruins.

Ellen Ullman

Visual Studio Code - Selected Text to Uppercase

In Visual Studio we are all used to being able to use CTRL+SHIFT+U to transform the selected text to uppercase but for Visual Studio Code this key binding was left out. As long as you are using Version 1.8.1 or above you will be able to take advantage of the built in keyboard shortcuts. Do the following to enable the keybindings. Note: Ubuntu users will need to use a modified binding; change to ctrl+alt+u and ctrl+alt+l. Continue reading
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