Pancakes and a Hopping Good Time

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David Byrd
David Byrd is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer for Raven Guru Marketing. Previously, he was the CMO and EVP of Sales for CloudRoute. Prior to CloudRoute, He was CMO at ANPI, CMO & EVP of Sales at Broadvox, VP of channels and Alliances for Telcordia and Director of eBusiness development with i2 Technologies.He has also held executive positions with Planet Hollywood Online, Hewlett-Packard, Tandem Computers, Sprint and Ericsson.
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Pancakes and a Hopping Good Time

I go into every weekend wondering what I will make that is original and be of interest to you guys. However, I, too, like to eat some things more than once and from time to time it is not convenient to cook. This weekend was almost like that. Friday I made Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches. I use a thinly sliced rib eye purchased from H Mart, a nearby Asian market. The meat is packaged for shabu shabu, a dish where thin slices of beef and other meats and veggies are dipped in hot pots that contain a seasoned broth or soup. However, the meat is also perfect for cheese steak sandwiches. Saturday, we went to a friend’s home for dinner where he served excellent lamb shanks, crab cakes and a dessert called sopapilla cheesecake. It is a very interesting and tasty dessert. (I do wonder if the canned crescent rolls could be replaced with puff pastry.) Finally, on Sunday I prepared pancakes with my apple smoked bacon and braised rabbit ala coq au vin style. The rabbit was incredible but I know that some of you guys are a little squeamish about eating the cute little critters. I will give you this much. It was essentially coq au vin with the rabbit substituting for the traditional chicken. And instead of red wine, I used a bottle of chardonnay. The resulting gravy/sauce accommodated the rabbit very well. Yet, it is a cute and cuddly animal. So, today’s recipe of the week is Pancakes with Apple Smoke Bacon. The bacon adds a new taste component as part of the pancake. A very pleasant way to start out a Sunday. Enjoy!

A Light VoIP List

Often we take our lives and work too seriously and forget that we should sometimes let down our hair and just enjoy a moment of levity. To that end, as I researched what to write about today I considered several interesting topics; the use of IP in making international calls, the FCC delay in addressing access charges, the role of customer service and support in implementing VoIP/SIP Trunking and how to improve number porting for ITSPs. They all seem interesting but the one I could not get away from was an article on VoIP-News called 30 Ways to Use VoIP That You've Never Heard Of. It’s not laugh out loud funny and some of the 30 ways are not that new, but I liked the title and could not get away from it. It is too long to summarize here but I will provide the list. Check out the article and the newest episode of IP Man Adventures molded after the television show “24” called “The Resonance Virus”. It stars Ingate as the solution as he saves the IETF from the alluring villainess Echo. Here is the list…

1.        Get educated.

2.        Improve your dating life.

3.        Conference around the world.

4.        Do business while you're in bed.

5.         Get revenge on telemarketers.

6.         Secretly talk on the phone at work.

7.        Save a ton of money.

8.        Create podcasts.

9.        Have an alternate number.

10.     Make three-way calls.

11.     Gear up your gaming.

12.     Become your own CEO.

13.     Become a freelancer.

14.     Start tutoring.

15.     Speak in other languages.

16.     Eliminate vishers.

17.     Spy on others.

18.     Multitask your career.

19.     Link up your Bluetooth with VoIP.

20.      Use Skype as a regular phone.

21.     Remember birthdays.

22.     Start your own Gossip Girl.

23.     Collaborate in real time.

24.     Share music.

25.     Keep records of conversations and deals.

26.     Schedule wake-up calls.

27.     Listen to the radio.

28.     Work with your colleagues remotely.

29.     Forward calls to your office or cell phones.

30.     Talk on your cell phone with Skype.


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