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Miscellaneous Lookups


DEA Number Validator

Want to ensure the DEA number on a medical presciption is valid? Check it here.

All the following lookups access external sites

Dictionary Lookup

Wikipedia Search


Quick hack to convert a USA street address to a Wiki template format.

Pollen Forecast

Pet Projects


My slog

Fun Time-Wasters that also benefit others:

folding@home logo http://folding.stanford.edu/ Let your computer help scientists research protein folding to help understand the causes of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and cancer, among others. A much better use in my opinion than to Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI).
Distributed Proofreaders logo http://www.pgdp.net/c/ Help digitize books in the public domain to allow anyone with Internet access to read the book. Provides content to Project Gutenberg by dividing up the proofreading and formatting tasks a page at a time to the Internet community. Their motto: "Preserving History One Page at a Time."

View My current post processing projects.

Kitchen Fun

Healthy Recipes


Following are some healthy recipes low in sodium and low in fat:

Morning Parfait

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Serves one - prep time 60 seconds


Put the yogurt into a bowl, pour the peaches over the yogurt, and then sprinkle the Grape-Nuts™ over the top and enjoy, or layer into a tall goblet if you want to impress someone.

Pita Pizza

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Serves two - prep time and cook time 20 minutes



  1. Place a cookie sheet in the oven and preheat oven to 375°
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the tomato sauce, garlic, and Italian seasoning and simmer about 5 minutes
  3. While the tomato sauce is simmering, take the pitas and split them. One way is to cut off about 1/2 inch of the outer rim: Diagram showing pita splitting No, you don't have to draw a dotted line on the pita first!

    Now that the outer edge is trimmed off, it should be easy to carefully put the edge of a long slender knife into the side and split it in half. When the oven is finished pre-heating, place in oven for 5 minutes, then remove.

  4. Put the pitas cut-side (rough) facing up on the work surface, and when the sauce is finished simmering, pour the sauce onto each pita, spreading with a spatula.
  5. Sprinkle toppings on pita and then open the oven and carefully place the pita pizza on the pre-heated cookie sheet.
  6. Cook for 3 - 5 more minutes

Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

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Modified version (no added fat, leave on skin, no added sodium) of recipe from the Cooking Thin program on Food Network:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Wash sweet potatoes; do not peel skins
  3. Cut into french-fry sized pieces
  4. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and put in the oven
  5. Cook for 25-30 minutes total; flip fries over after 15 minutes

These are good without any dipping sauce; I haven't tried any sauces yet.

Philly Steak & Cheese Sub

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Serves two - prep time and cook time 20 minutes


  1. Slice the top of the onion off and slice in half through the root; then place the flat side of the 1/2 onion on the cutting board, hold onto the root, and thinly slice the onion to get nice half-circles.
  2. Slice the green pepper into thin slices about 2" long.
  3. Pour the beef stock into a skillet on medium to medium-high. When it starts to boil or smoke, toss in the garlic, onions and green peppers, and saute until the onions are translucent, and almost golden.
  4. While cooking the onions and peppers, split the rolls and put on a baking sheet in the top shelf of the oven and broil until toasted. Don't forget to check on it!
  5. Chop up the roast beef roughly, just a bit, and toss it in with the peppers and onions. Toss around until heated through and onions are golden.
  6. Layer on the filling onto the toasted buns and add a slice of Swiss cheese.

Cookie Cutters

Check out some fun cookie cutters with several video-game themed shapes from Sugar And Spice Cookie.

Sample cookie cutter

Vote for Whatever

Express your lack of concern with this bumper sticker:
Whatever Bumper Sticker

HTML5 form magic

Here is my first foray into HTML form magic.


Future: play around with regex and field bubbles)

Home Security Stickers

Want a professional warning sticker to scare away crooks but don't want to pay monthly fees? Check out Secure Safe Home Monitoring.

Database Nerds

Zero is Not Null bumper sticker
Zero is Not Null bumper sticker
by markymark7

Couch Potatoes!

Lazy Man's Marathon Oval Sticker
Lazy Man's Marathon Oval Sticker
by markymark7

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