T-Mobile Adventures

Several months ago, I purchased a like-new Galaxy S4 on Swappa.com, a well-known, reasonably safe used mobile device site. The phone works perfectly, and I continued to use it on T-Mobile without any trouble for around 5 months. Then, seemingly for no reason, my connection to T-Mobile disappeared. I tried everything to get it back, from toggling Airplane mode, running a factory reset, and even installing alternate operating systems, but nothing worked. So I went to T-Mobile. I was informed that my phone had been purchased on a contract, and that it had been permanently blacklisted on their network. It had worked perfectly for several months, and I had no way of contacting the original owner, who used fake info when selling it to the person I bought it from, but they said they couldn’t remove it from the blacklist. This would be just fine if they had blacklisted it right when the first or second payment on the contract was missed, but T-Mobile waited until over 6 months after the missed payments began before taking any action, by which time the phone had already been passed on to a new owner, twice. This left me with a perfectly functioning, yet useless, high-end phone. I was able to get the phone unlocked and working on AT&T, but with it never able to work on T-Mobile’s network again, the value had been greatly reduced. I’ve since purchased a new phone, and will never deal with a phone contract or used device again, because it’s just not worth it.

TL;DR: T-Mobile is crap, used phones are too.

Tesla Model S

I realized a couple days ago that with my current expenses, I could easily make payments to get a Tesla Model S… with some of the extras as well. Luckily a few people at work talked me out of it :)

I do plan on buying one eventually though… I’m just going to wait a few years.

Hello world!

I’ve moved my blog over to Phpizza.com. I like this domain. I like it a lot.

Servers... and a new PC

I’ve started renting a couple servers, one with AlienLayer (I don’t recommend them, terrible service), and DigitalOcean ($4 more than AlienLayer, worth $100s more). I got the one on DigitalOcean to replace the AlienLayer one, I’ll be closing the AlienLayer server in a week or two (before I pay for my second month).

The new server is hosting Cubik Network, and the new CubikCraft Minecraft server (CraftBukkit 1.5.2 RC2). I’ve got the old server running a Freenet node, ‘cause why not, I’ll be killing the thing in a few days anyway.

Also, I just bought some hardware to build a new desktop. This will be my first desktop in the last 7 years… wow. Anyway, it’s got some decent hardware, I’ll be able to max out any game that’s out right now, no problem. Not much RAM or HD space, but I’ll likely be adding much more of those within a few months.

It’s cool to have a blog no one reads.

Moved to Utah!

This is almost a year late, but I just haven’t really cared to update my blog. Not really sure why I’m doing it now, not like anyone even reads it…. but anyway, I’m living in Utah now! I grew up in Utah, then lived in Montana through high school (awesome place, totally recommend living there), and now I’m back in Utah.

I recently (1½ months ago) got a job at Thrive Life as a web developer, and I really like it there.

Got my domain back!

I got my imalan.tk domain back again. I’ve set it up to just redirect here, so it doesn’t really change anything, but at least now I get emails through it again. Almost lost a job offer because of that domain loss (though I didn’t take the job anyway).

Fast Soft Pretzels

These aren’t as good as the other soft pretzels I posted</a>, but they’re a lot quicker and easier to make.


  • 1¼ tsp yeast
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp + 2 tsp water
  • ½ tbsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1¾-2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp egg (~1 egg)
  • ½ tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp course salt


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F
  2. Grease one large jelly roll pan
  3. In mixer bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water ‘til dissolved
  4. Mix in sugar, salt, and ½ cup flour.  Continue to add flour in ¼ cup bits until batter turns to dough.  Blend each ¼ cup thoroughly before adding the next. You will know if you have enough flour if 1) Mix “cleans” the inside of the bowl 2) Dough doesn’t stick to fingers
  5. When dough is no longer sticky, it can be kneaded in mixer bowl with the dough hook for 3-4 minutes
  6. Divide dough into 6 equal parts, roll each piece to about 15” long and from into a pretzel shape
  7. Place pretzels 3” apart on baking sheet
  8. Brush pretzels with an egg wash and sprinkle with course salt if desired
  9. Bake 12-15 minutes

2-Day Soft Pretzels

These are incredibly delicious! Please note that this is a pretty complicated recipe compared to most that I post here. I had a hard time getting it right the first time.


  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1½ tsp yeast
  • 2 tbsp dry milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1½ cup flour


Day 1

  1. Measure water and pour into mixer bowl
  2. Sprinkle yeast over warm water, stir to dissolve
  3. Add the dry milk, sugar, oil, egg, salt, and ¾ cup flour. Mix well after every addition.
  4. On low speed, gradually add ¾ cup flour, ¼ cup at a time. Mix well after every addition.
  5. If dough is still sticky, knead more flour into the dough by hand.
  6. When dough is no longer sticky and there is no flour visible on the outside, put the dough hook on the mixer and knead dough for 3-4 minutes.
  7. If time allows, let dough rest for 10 minutes
  8. Cut dough into 6 pieces and roll each piece into approximately 15-18” strips, then shape into pretzels.
  9. Place on baking pans and refrigerate overnight.

Day 2

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Fill sauce pan with water, approximately half full. Add 1½ tsp baking soda.
  3. Bring water to a boil. Using a slotted spoon, boil each pretzel for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Lift pretzel out of the water and allow water to drain off.
  4. Brush the tops of pretzels with an egg wash and sprinkle with course salt if desired.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes



  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup melted butter or vegetable oil
  • ¾ c + 2 tbsp milk
  • 1½ tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt


  1. Heat waffle iron
  2. Beat eggs with hand beater until fluffy
  3. Beat in remaining ingredients just until smooth
  4. Pour batter (½ cup) onto center of waffle iron
  5. Bake until steaming stops, about 5 minutes
  6. Remove waffle carefully

Blueberry waffles: Sprinkle 2 to 4 tbsp fresh (or thawed) blueberries over batter immediately after pouring onto iron.

Pumpkin Pie Filling


  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ cup solid pack pumpkin
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ¾ tsp cloves
  • 1¼ cup evaporated milk


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F
  2. Beat eggs in large bowl
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients in order given
  4. Pour into unbaked pie crust
  5. Bake for 15 minutes at 425°F
  6. Reduce to 350°F and bake for ad addition 40-50 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean
  7. Cool on wire rack