Make a Starbucks Frappuccino

If you love a Starbucks Frappuccino, you can use this recipe.  You may want to vary the coffe-to-ice ratio to adjust the texture.

Frappuccino ingredients: makes 2.5 cups 

  • 1 cup double-strength Starbucks coffee OR 3/4 cup fresh espresso (cold)
  • 3/4 cup milk (low fat, 2%, whole or whatever)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar (or to taste)
  • 2 cups ice
  • Pinch of Xanthan Gum
    OR 1 teaspoon Dry Pectin
    (keeps Frapp from separating)

This should only cost aboout 10% compared to the Starbucks version.

Homeade Cleaner Recipies

A few Homemade cleaner recipies:

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1 cup rubbing alcohol

1 cup water

1 tablespoon vinegar

Instructions:  Combine and spray on glass for a great clean.  Pretty simple, and it is very effective.

Hard Water Calcium Remover:


Up to 1 cup Water

1 tablespoon citric acid powder

Instructions:  Heat water and mix in citric acid.  Works great for cleaning mineral deposits from hard water in humidifiers, coffee makers, irons, and more.  The solution can be placed directly on the area requiring cleaning.  Works a LOT faster than vinegar and without the harsh smell.  You can put it directly into the coffee maker or iron and run it through as long as everything has been dissolved.  For coffee makers, use a mild baking soda solution to neutralize it (1 tsp soda + 1 cup water), and then one cup of plain water.  This will make sure there the coffee taste isn’t affected.

Most Common iPhone Passcodes

Interesting password analysis from iPhone passcodes in Big Brother Camera Security (Free) from Daniel Amitay:

Naturally, 1234 is the most common passcode: mimicking the most common internet passwords. To put this into perspective, these 10 codes represent 15% of all passcodes in use. Most of the top passcodes follow typical formulas, such as four identical digits, moving in a line up/down the pad, repetition. 5683 is the passcode with the least obvious pattern, but it turns out that it is the number representation of LOVE (5683), once again mimicking a very common internet password: “iloveyou.”

via Most Common iPhone Passcodes | iPhone | Daniel Amitay.

Alvoids Wallpaper

New wallpaper from The Alvis Zone: Alvoids.


Created with Photoshop and Blender 3D.

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