Tool Talk Radio: 3.05.2023: A Tacky Lamp, Lord of the Rings, and Fiber Technology

Joe and Allan get started with Joe’s quest for the perfect lamp for an odd place in his ongoing renovation. A little tacky can be a good thing. Allan rants a bit about landscaping and water control around the home during Spring showers. Then, he has to clean up water seeping in under the tiles. Great Moments in Building History is all about the movie sets for The Lord of The Rings in New Zealand. The guys wrap this episode up with a chat about fiber technology and how it influencing so much in the DIY industries.

Geek Tank Radio: 3.05.2023: To AI or not to AI

The guys start of with a short conversation about the new season of The Mandalorian and all of the directions the show can go from here. Then it is all about how artificial intelligence is creeping into everything. There are new apps that can produce all kinds of artwork in a variety of styles. It seems that AI is starting to influence everything from music to college papers and even story telling, both movies and books.

Tool Talk Radio: 2.25.2023: The St. Louis Arch, Demolition Tales, and Gardening Advice.

Joe finally gets a video of a sink draining in New Zealand. Then, he talks about his experience demolishing a bathroom for a renovation job. Allan’s Week in Review starts off with the benefits of installing a strainer drain in the bathroom sink. He wraps up by warning everyone to be aware of how much stuff weighs while you are dealing with demolition and constriction wastes. It weights a lot more than you think. Great Moments in Building History features the famous Gateway to the West, The St. Louis Arch. The guys wrap up with advice from Allan about starting your backyard and garden plans early by laying it all out early before the vegetation kicks in.

Geek Tank Radio: 2.25.2023: Movie Attendance, Star Trek History, And Star Wars Politics

Joe, Brandon, and Allan jump right in with a short chat about Cocaine Bear and Ant-Man and the Wasp. Next, they salute John and Bjo Trimble for their role in helping to keep the original Star Trek on the air. Finally, they get into the twisted politics of the new Star Wars programming.

Cooking in a Tiny Kitchen: Season 1 Episode 7: Homemade Pizza

Scott decided to save some serious money this episode by making pizza at home from scratch. Yes, that includes making his own crust.

Pizza Dough
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/3 cups warm water (100-110F)

Mix the sugar and water together. Once the sugar is dissolved, add the yeast and mix. Let sit until the yeast blooms, approx. 5 minutes. Once bloomed, add the olive oil.
In a large bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixed, add the flour and salt, and stir gently until just combined. Add the bloomed yeast mixture and beat on low for 2-4 minutes, or until the dough has formed a ball.
Turn out dough ball onto a floured surface and knead for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until the dough bounces back from a poke test.
Grease a large bowl with olive oil and place the dough ball inside. Cover with clear wrap or a damp kitchen towel, and let sit at room temperature for 60-90 minutes, or until doubled in size.
Once risen, turn the dough out onto a floured surface, punch it down, and separate into two. If only making one pizza, place the second dough ball into an airtight container and freeze for up to three months.
Punch out the dough into your desired shape and start making your pizza.

Buffalo Sauce
1 cup hot sauce of choice
1/2 cup butter
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon paprika
1 dash of cinnamon