Raptor Dance

Voyages on Bill Finkelstein & Mary Macks Valiant 50

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Recently Updated (just click the Main Menu Links on the left, or click below):
Bill & Mary's Oatty Bar Recipe - Now that we're back to Biking, we've come up with this recipe for a healthy exercise "Bar".  Oct 27, 2012
Panama Canal Transit Video - Our Transit of the Panama Canal on April 19, 2011 on the Celebrity Infinity
Guys Can Cook Too - Veggie Raptor Chili Recipe - May 14, 2011
Sandy Bridge PC Build:  Our new super fast PC we built - Updated March 9, 2011
Gold Coast Cruising Guide: Covering Barra de Navidad, Tenacatita, and Santiago Bay - updated March 4, 2013 by Chris & Heather on SV Legacy
Net Controllers Guidelines: (aka Net Controllers Cheat Sheet) Script for the morning Gold Coast Cruisers Net - updated March 5, 2013 by Chris & Heather on SV Legacy
Cruising in Mexico - updated Sept 29, 2010
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 17:54

2011 Feb - Sandy Bridge PC Build

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*Update* (9 Mar 11) OK, Well that went faster than I thought. On Friday I got the notice about the replacement motherboards being available. Filled in the Paperwork, the replacement was shipped on Monday, got it at 1 PM on Tuesday and did the transplant. It only took about 2 1/2 hours. Computer fired back up with no problems. Packed up the old board and got it to our local UPS store in time for the 4:30 PM Pickup. Newegg.com (our board vendor) rocks! Total cost to us, $0 (not counting 7 miles worth of gas to get to the UPS store)! 

I've also updated our Bill of Materials to show our system as it now is.  Click Here to see the "As Built" Bill of Materials

*Update* (1 Feb 11) Well it seems that Intel has a bug in their P67 & H67 "Cougar Point" Chipsets for their new line of "Sandy Bridge" series CPUs  Click here for the Geeky Details.  As a result, all boards with these chips are being recalled and replaced.  Also, all the distributors have stopped shipment of new motherboards containing these chips.  So the system I'm building is basically unaffected as I ordered everything before the shipping halt. I did however upgrade to the ASUS Maximus IV Board, which is a slightly higher priced "Enthusiast" Board, but has sufficient SATA III and non-Intel SATA II ports to meet our needs now and in the foreseeable future.    The vendors have also promised to exchange the motherboard with an upgraded one when Intel ships the "fixed" chip in about the April or May timeframe.  So it will cause me some extra work to swap MOBOs, when the new ones are available.

It seems that around $2,000 is a sweet spot for "Non-Extravagant",  "Enthusiast" PC builds. 

Back in 2009 when I built our prior PC (see our July 2009 Core i7-920 SFF PC Build article), the entire build totaled $2,208.70

The parts we ordered for this build totalled $2,295.89 (if we bought everything from Newegg.com, our favorite vendor).  We didn't though,  we bought some parts on Amazon.com (click here to see their prices on our build parts).  It turns out that we can buy from Amazon using our Prime account, get two day free shipping.  Note that not all the parts are currently available on Amazon - so I've made some substitutions.

Prices on Amazon  were lower for some items and Newegg's were lower for some others, so we bought each part where the net cost to us was lower.  Another useful thing about Amazon is that you can now use American Express Membership Rewards Points to buy items, since we had a pile of those, this PC only cost us a few hundred dollars.  If we paid for everything (no points) we would have saved about $200 by buying some parts at Amazon. 

If you do buy any of these parts from Amazon, please use our link above - then Mary and I will earn a few bucks commission (thank you!).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 March 2011 17:26

Check us out on Facebook

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OK, so Mary and I aren't posting that frequently on our website anymore.  It's because most of our activity these days is on Facebook!  We will still post new interesting items here too, particularly the longer posts.  But for more frequent updates - check us out on Facebook!  See the links on the left menu of this page.

Just make sure that you also send us an email or include information on who you are in the Facebook request as well, particularly if we're not really close friends, so we are reminded who you are and how we know you!


New Photo and Video Section

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Check out our latest photos and videos in the new sections in the top menu bar!


Bill’s Tasty Multigrain Bread

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We love multigrain bread. Unfortunately, our favorite bread from our local artisan bakery at Whole Foods Market is no longer available.  It was Thot Brot which had over 6,000 mg of Sodium per loaf!  So we started to play around with a substitute recipe using the ingredients on the label and came up with this great tasting, low salt, no added fat bread.   It tastes great and is good for you too!  The recipe below is the updated version that we describe in our article "Bill's Tasty Multigrain Bread Nutritional Analysis"

We make it in our Zojirushi BCC X20 bread machine on it's basic Wheat Bread setting.   This is a 2 pound machine and this loaf weighs just over 2 pounds.   You could also make this machine by hand, but our bread machine does such a great job we let it do it's thing.

You really need to use a scale to measure most of the dry ingredients as volumetric measurement of flour is too imprecise.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2012 09:03

Product Recommendations

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Mary and I have added a site with the products that we use and recommend.  Follow this link to get there.

We will only be posting those items here that: 1) We recommend and 2) Our referral will get you a discount through Amazon.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 September 2010 15:46

Raptor Dance Under Sail

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See a gallery of our sailing shots at by clicking here

Also be sure to check our pictures from before 2010 on the older version of our homepage at http://old.raptordance.com

Raptor Dance is a Valiant 50, Hull 107, built in 2001 by Valiant Yachts on Lake Texoma, Texas.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 March 2011 17:35

Our New Layout

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Welcome to the new Raptor Dance dot Com!

We have set up this new website infrastructure to make it easier to author and maintain our content.  We hope you like it! Over the coming months, we will migrate a lot of our content over to this new layout.

If you would like to go to our old website - with all the past pictures, etc. please go to http://old.raptordance.com

We set this site up using the same tools and services that Bill uses to build website for other people (see http://williamfinkelstein.com )

What we use:

For Internet services, Email and Web hosting, we use and recommend "1and1 Internet Services" .  For more information see:  http://www.1and1.com/?k_id=10309854 ). 

For content management, authoring and overall site creation, we use and recommend a great, open source (free), tool called Joomla (for more info see http://www.joomla.org/ )

For our Weblog, we use http://blogger.com - if all you want is to set up a blog, this is an easy to use and free service.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2009 14:25

Bill's Tasty Multigrain Bread Nutritional Analysis

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I finally got around to doing a nutritional analysis for our home made multi-grain bread (click here for the complete analysis) and was a little surprised that I wound up with 17% Calories from Fat!  All of it was good fat, but 17% is way too high for our diet target of 7% to 10%.  So I worked on the recipe and produced a loaf every bit as tasty, but with just 10% Calories from Fat.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2012 08:45
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