Bork Chops – Brought To You By A Totally Sweet Father’s Day Gift

Bork Chops I am a new father (as I’ve mentioned before) and was privy to the a glorious new holiday…Father’s Day! w00t! On that day, my daughter (…fine…and my wife) hooked me up with some sweet grilling tools. I am now the proud owner of a new black grilling apron that features the phrase: “Charred to perfection by the king of the grill,” as well as some fancy flames at the bottom. Along with the apron comes a grilling mitt featuring the same flames and the phrase: “Burned by the best dad in the world.”

Of particular note is my new Meat Mark-It Personalized Steak Branding Iron which I skillfully put to use making my new famous Bork Chops. Simply grill the chops as normal, heat the iron, press into the meat, serve with awesomeness. Seen here:

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MasterWish – Practicing What I Preach

masterwish MasterWish, my labor of love (created with my friends Zach Tirrell and Jon Emmons) is my playground for Ajax and Web 2.0 experiments.

If you haven’t been acquainted with the site, its a wishlist site with a schlew of features. The high point is the ability to secure down lists and grant access to specific buddy groups. I’m pleased to say that we have gained a decent member base in the past 8 months and I am also happy to say that things are going to change around shortly!

MasterWish was built using SAJAX as the tool of choice for Ajax communication but as I’ve mentioned in the past, I am a Prototype convert. My knowledge of Ajax, JSON, and general application structure has been morphing so much in recent weeks that I have held off in completely revamping the wish list site.

Things are changing. I have begun the work to implement the following:

  • Creation of more “hackable” Web Service APIs using SOAP and REST
  • Representation of data using both XML and JSON
  • Ajax powered by Prototype
  • Sweet DOM manipulation powered by Script.aculo.us
  • Separation of Layout and Logic with event:Selectors
  • and of course, we’re already doing: Server-Side Templating for greater separation of Layout and Logic.

Sign up. Stay tuned. Get gifts.

MasterWish

If you have ever made an Amazon wish list (or any wish list feature from any store), then you know how handy it is…how easy it can be to add items. But, despite the wish lists’ ease of use, you typically end up with managing more than one list…which is an irritating task. Enter: MasterWish, a new kind of wish-list. For the better part of this year Jon Emmons, Zach Tirrell and I have been working hard on this site and we are happy to announce that it is now ready for prime-time.

Ok, so whats the deal with MasterWish? Why did we make it? What is its purpose? Well, our goal was to create a centralized wish list site to house your needs and desires (as most wishlists do)…but we wanted the wish lists to be store independant. With MasterWish, you are able to create lists of items from any site you want (heck, your items don’t even have to be from a website…you can add items that you want to pick up at the grocery store). My friend Jon said it best when he wrote:

MasterWish is a wish list site with a whole lot more. Items on MasterWish can be from anywhere. Make up your birthday list with items from your favorite online vendors, but don’t stop there… You want things that may not come from online vendors. How about that nice lilac you saw at the garden center? Or that circular saw from the hardware store? Add those too! You can list items from anywhere and enter a web URL, a description of where to find it, or both!

Once you have a bunch of items you can organize them into lists. I have lists for music, videos, kitchen toys, and more, but the great thing is items can belong to more than one list. My birthday is coming up so I created a birthday list and added items from all my categories to it. It’s that easy.

The other big difference with MasterWish is you can control who sees your wish lists. You can create a wish list of what you want from friends and one for family and control who can see them.

MasterWish is still in beta, so we’re still working on improving and streamlining the site. If you have any suggestions please leave them at the Bugs & Suggestions link. We’ll do our best to implement everyone’s suggestions.

I hope you enjoy the site, make lots of suggestions, and get everything you wish for.