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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.

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 saut� 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.

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HTML5 form magic

Here is my first foray into HTML form magic.


Future: play around with regex and field bubbles)

Closed Captioning Capers

Seen a funny closed captioning error while watching TV? Add it to my Closed Captioning wiki.

Home Security Stickers

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