Don Burnside

Recipes, technology, personal stuff and a crap load of archives.

End of Year Experiment

Dear Internet,

It has been far too long since I have posted to these pages. That’s on me, it really it. I was cheating on you with another blog that I have since shut down, but that is not a story for another day.

What is a story for another day is what I’m doing on the internet for rest of the year, mostly.

The hot trend, at least within my internet, is taking sabbatical from Facebook. Of late, it has been a major distraction and a source of anxiety for me, so I have decided to do the same, as much as I possibly can.

I can’t remove myself completely from Facebook the way civilians can. Even attempting to do the _quit for 30 days_ option causes almost 10 very high profile pages to not work, which is a problem for the sites those pages are attached to, obviously. Especially the page for White Roof Radio which requires daily management.

So I can’t fully quit.

I can, however, remove the app from my phone. I have also logged out at work. I have also changed the privacy on my page to make almost everything that has been recently posted not appear to anyone. And I won’t be engaging with any posts unless I am strongly moved to do so.

I’m not breaking up with the internet however. I am still posting to [Instagram]( and sharing those photos, when good enough, to Flickr. They also go to Twitter via the nerd machine. I am also continuing to post to Twitter.

It’s only Facebook.

I’m curious to see if anyone notices. It’s been 3 days so far, I don’t think anyone has. To be honest, I don’t think anyone will. That’s not true, the ones that might are the ones that follow on Twitter or Instagram (or both). At least they will only be seeing my stuff once or twice.

I’ll be sure to report back.

Recipe: Zucchini and Mushrooms

I know I have shared this one on Facebook. Imagine my shock when I discovered that I haven’t added it to the collection here at Let’s change that, shall we?

This is a great recipe when you want something light and quick. It’s only vegetables, but the mushrooms add a meaty texture. This is enough for 2.


* Zuchinni 2 large
* White Mushroom, 1 blue box
* Marinara sauce, about 1 cup
* Garlic, 4 cloves (go crazy here)
* Salt, 2tsp
* Olive oil, 2TBLS
* Parmesean cheese as needed


We are looking for bite sized pieces, maybe a little larger. Cut the mushrooms into 1/4s. For the zucchini, I split them and cut into 1/2″ pieces. Finally, smash the garlic.

**COOK IT!**

In your straight sided saute pan, heat the oil on medium high heat. Add the mushrooms, garlic and salt and cook until the mushrooms start to get some color and wilt, about 5-6 minutes. Add the zucchini and cook until they are the texture you want. I usually go about another 5-6 minutes here, just long enough to take the crunch out. Turn the heat to low and add your sauce, toss to coat.

I serve this in pasta bowls, topped with cheese as pictured above.


I’ve grilled the zucchini and mushrooms for a different flavor/texture. You can add diced chicken breast for a protein boost. Go crazy and serve it over rice or pasta as well.

How I Did It

2 months into 2015 and I’m on my third month of keeping my body weight at or under 220 pounds. Pretty sure that means I’m right on track where I need to be to maintain it, and with the weather improving, I expect to get more time on the bike to help reach my next goal.

Sub 210 by June 10th. Because my birthday is as good a goal date as any.

I keep getting questions about “how I did it”. The short version is excercise and watching what I eat, both quality and quantity. Let’s break that down. Continue reading “How I Did It”

Open for Business


My name is Don Burnside. You might know me as ‘db’ from other sites like [dbmini]( or [White Roof Radio]( That’s MINI Cooper stuff for those of you that might be new. And sure, those sites are awesome, but we don’t really do cars here at [](

Here we do technology. Here we do photography. Here we do food. Or, at least we used to. You can go back [through the archives]( to find WordPress tips, rants about things, my experiences with mobile technology and all of [my recipes]( It’s all there, going all the way back to November, 2003.

For 2015, we are going to get back on track. Back to using this site to tweak and play with WordPress and theme development. Back to talking about food, photography, technology and, one of your favorites, rants.

Watch for changes and more frequent updates coming in the following days. We are pretty excited to get back in the saddle!

Use What You Make

One of my current passions is hating my day job. It’s life sucking and dead end. I only tell you this for reference for the remainder of the post. I’m seeking help, don’t worry.

One of the reasons is a product that the company I work for sells, and one that I have to support. And, the pieces that tie into or make that product work that we also sell. And it’s all rubbish.

It’s geared at retail operations. Actual brick and mortar stores with cash registers and all that goes along with that. But there is a very serious disconnect between the company that I work for and it’s customers.

Nobody in the company that I work for has ever worked retail. Also, no one in the company that I work for or any of the company that I work for’s partners have had to use the product that we sell.

You see gang, in the land of POS, It Just Works isn’t just a saying. It’s one of those things that has to be true 99.5% of the time. Retail and hospitality rely heavily on the point of sales systems that are installed in their business’s to collect money, track sales and costs, historical data for projections and scheduling and many other business critical operations. It’s important stuff, usually extraordinarily time sensitive as well. Which is why It Just Works has to be true, 99.5% of the time.

The system that the company I work for does not meet this criteria. It fails, spectacularly. And when it does fail, fixes take hours of manual correction or days/weeks/months of correction by development.

I’m convinced that it is because the company that I work for employs people that don’t have any industry experience. I believe the vendors and partners that the company I work for has, also, suffers the same fate. And, once the product is created, no one that took part in it’s creation has to use it, ever, or even support it on the front lines.

The short version is, if you are going to take the time to make something, be sure to take the time to use the thing you made, talk to your intended users to find out how they plan to use what you have made. Then, try to use it the way they are. Helpful too if you have some background in the area for which your creation will be used. If not, surround yourself with those who not only have experience in that area, but have passion for that area as well.