Dad’s Instant Pot Chili

A delicious and hearty chili that is made quickly, and really sticks to your ribs for a cold winter day.

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Dad's Instant Pot Chili
  1. Add beans to instant pot along with 16 cups of water
  2. Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes - then quick release pressure
  3. Drain water and set beans aside to be used later
  4. Rinse pot, and set to sauté
  5. Cook bacon until crisp, stirring often
  6. Remove bacon to a paper towel to soak up excess grease
  7. Add onions and bell peppers, and cook until tender
  8. Add meat and cook until browned
  9. Drain off grease from pot
  10. Add all remaining ingredients and stir
  11. Set the instant pot to "Chili" and cook for 18 minutes
  12. Allow pressure to naturally release for 15 minutes - then quick release
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Saloman Le Man

Saloman Le Man is currently the furthest back I have been able to trace the Mann family name.

Here is someone’s family tree, our family splits off with Salmon’s grandson, James; Where this particular tree follows another linage.

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Mann Family History and potential Coat of Arms

Previously tracked family to William Mann (b.1607) can now go back even further to Saloman Le Man (b.1400s) and some info about a possible coat of arms.  A better image of this coat of arms can be found in the previously uploaded PDF I have from the George S. Mann book.

Mann Family History:

“This mural (below) was erected by Frances Blaverhasset as a monument to her husband, William Mann, after his death. It depicts the husband and wife kneeling before a desk, as well as the Mann coat of arms: a chevron ermines, between three lions rampant, sable. This tablet was placed on the north side of St. Mary Bredin Church, Canterbury, England. However the church was destroyed during the bombing of WWII in 1942. She died in 1600.” (Mann Family History)

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Jacob’s Drone Resources

Jacob’s Drone Resources

Indy Drone Owner Group Contest Galleries

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Eclipse – A Debriefing

Eclipse – A Debriefing

I read A LOT about photographing the 2017 eclipse. I’m glad I did. I managed to come away with a few shots I’m proud of. And now that the 2ish minutes of taking photos of the totality are likely over for the next 7 years… I thought I’d put down some thoughts for myself to reference later, and anyone else thinking of trying to capture some amazing pictures of a total solar eclipse in their area.

My Photos:

My Notes:

I had a difficult time using my remote trigger and bracketed shots. Sometimes it would fire off all three and stop (like I think it should) and other times it’d get one or two shots into the next set. This causes an issue where you can’t change settings on the camera until you finish out the bracketed set. This caused me to take a lot of extra photos at the same exposure, while frantically trying to figure out where in the group of three I was. Then when I started to adjust the camera, I went the wrong way, and took shots at very long exposure settings that resulted in washed out useless images.

The blurriness from Image9 could be caused by slightly off focus, or the slightly long exposure time. Many images I took seem to be slightly out of focus- and the two changes I would make for next time would be shooting for shorter and shorter exposure times, as well as shooting tethered to a laptop with a large (and well shaded) screen for instant feedback. The infinite focus on my lens was technically too far, and I had to bring it back just a little to get the sun in focus correctly. If this was bumped, it could throw the next few sets of photos way out of whack. I was constantly checking the focus. Some gaffer tape to lock down the focus might be a good idea for next time, once I am confident it’s dialed in.

I think a big part of the chaos was not knowing where to start the camera. Once I removed the eclipse filter- I had no idea what kind of exposures were going to be needed. Hopefully, the info in this post can assist myself and others as a starting point for a future eclipse. Image1-Image3 and Image10 were all using an eclipse filter. Image4-Image9 were unobstructed, as we were in totality. (Image9 of the diamond ring is technically NOT during totality- and my filter when back on immediately after that photo was snapped.)

200mm seemed to work well. I shot at f/5.0, for no reason other than to stay away from the limits of the lens.  I might open that up some more next time, or research that a little bit more to see if I can, to get better shutter speeds.

I’m still on the fence if this would have made for more amazing photos: Opteka 650-1300mm (with 2x- 1300-2600mm) — The f-stop would be atrocious if there was any zooming at all, although it can be argued that going over 650mm is useless if you want to capture corona during the totality. The graphic from should be referenced for this debate in the future:

MrEclipse also has a great chart for recommended shutter speeds.

Overall, taking photos of the initial phases of the eclipse with the eclipse filter on was easy. Plenty of time, conditions not changing that much, very little to actually worry about preparing for. The totality time is what brings all the stress, regrets, and thoughts for next time.

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2017 IndyCar Indy 500 Official Frequencies for CHIRP, Baofeng Radios

If you’ve wanted to listen in to team radio and track announcements- now you can do it yourself for about the same price as rental! Plus you’ll be able to do it every year afterwards at no extra cost.

>>> Download Chirp CSV Frequencies export file <<<

>>> View Frequencies List <<<

>>> Bonus Frequencies to Try <<<

2015_StartV1_1600x800Cars are input on channels that correspond with their number. So if you see a car pulling into the pits, or watching the lead change- perhaps a crash just happened- you should be able to type in the car number into your radio to skip directly to that frequency.  All car and track frequencies are set with “Duplex off” to avoid accidentally transmitting on these frequencies.

I use CHIRP to program my Baofeng radio, and then export it to a CSV file that anyone else can use to import, or use as reference for a different programming method. You are free to use it and share with your family and friends. All driver frequencies are taken from the official spotters guide. Additionally, I have added in frequencies that in the past have included the PA system, race officials, broadcast radio feed, and TV feeds. Some of these might not work- but they are there to experiment with. (Channels 116-127)

I’ve added the NOAA weather frequency on channel 000 for this year.

Finally- my export includes local Indianapolis repeaters and national calling frequencies for HAM operators. You must hold a Armature Radio License in order to transmit on these frequencies- but you can always listen! (Channels 100-115) (Learn more about obtaining your HAM license here)


Don’t have the gear to listen this year? It’s not too late. Amazon has everything you need- and if you’re in Indy- you can get free SAME DAY delivery if you’re a Prime member.


Baofeng UV-82 (the radio I use)
Baofeng UV-5R Dual Band ($24.90! With Same Day Prime!!)
Baofeng Black UV-5R V2+ Plus (Same day Prime eligible)

Adapter to make Headphones work

YCS Basics Headphones + Mic / Stereo Headset Adapter Cable for Office/Home Phones


Howard Leight 1030110 Sync Noise-Blocking Stereo Earmuff (Same day Prime eligible)
Howard Leight by Honeywell 1010390 Hi-Vis Radio and MP3 Ear Muff (built in radio)
3M TEKK WorkTunes Hearing Protector, MP3 Compatible with AM/FM Tuner

Earbuds – use your own, and then add some standard headphone ear protection (saftey, and better ability to hear radio transmissions)

3M Peltor H10A Optime 105 Earmuff (hearing protection only- use your own earbuds)


Download Chirp here:
Learn how to install Chirp and necessary drivers here:

The Miklor site is the best out there for Baofeng info!

(Other Chirp compatible radios)
If you already own or want to buy something other than the Baofengs listed above- the Chirp software should be able to program any of the following radios.


  • AT-5888UV
    Also includes the Intek HR-2040
    Also includes the Polmar DB-50M
    Also includes the Powerwerx DB-750


  • DR-03T
  • DR-06T
  • DR135T
  • DR235T
  • DR435T
  • DJ596T
  • DJ175T


  • F-11
  • UV-3R
  • UV-5R and variants
  • UV-6
  • UV-82/82L/82X
    Also includes the GT-5
  • UV-82C
  • UV-82HP/82DX/82HX
  • UV-B5/B6
    Also includes the BF-V85
  • BF-666S/777S/888S
    Also includes the GT-1
  • BF-F8HP
    Also includes the BF-A58
    Also includes the BF-F9V2+
    Also includes the GT-3TP
    Also includes the UV-5RTP
    Also includes the UV-5R7W


  • BJ-UV55
  • BJ-9900


  • UV-2501
  • UV-2501+220
  • UV-5001


  • FD-150A
  • FD-160A
  • FD-268A
  • FD-268B
  • FD-288A
  • FD-288B
  • FD-450A
  • FD-460A


  • IC-80AD
  • IC-2820H
  • ID-800H
  • ID-880H
  • IC-208H
  • IC-2200H
  • IC-91/92AD
  • IC-V/U82
  • ID-RPx000V/RP2x
  • IC-2100H
  • IC-2720H
  • IC-T70
  • IC-T7H
  • IC-T8A
  • IC-Q7A
  • IC-W32A
  • IC-746
  • IC-7200
  • IC-7000
  • ID-31A
  • ID-51A


  • KT-980HP


  • JT220M
  • JT270M
  • JT2705M (use QYT KT-UV980)

  • JT-6188 Mini (use QYT KT8900)


  • TH-D7A/G
  • TH-D72
  • TH-F6A
  • TH-F7E
  • TH-G71A
  • TH-K2
  • TK-260/270/272/278
  • TK-260G/270G/272G/278G
  • TK-360/370/372/378
  • TK-760/762/768
  • TK-760G/762G/768G
  • TK-860/862/868
  • TK-860G/862G/868G
  • TK-7102/8102/7108/8108
  • TM-271A
  • TM-281A
  • TM-D700
  • TM-D710
  • TM-G707
  • TM-V7A
  • TM-V71A


  • NC-630A


  • VV-898


  • PX-2R (UHF)
  • PX-777


  • KT-UV980
  • KT8900 (same as KT-8900)


  • H-777 (use Baofeng BF-888)
  • RT-B6 (use Baofeng UV-B5)


  • GT-890 (use QYT KT8900)


  • TH-UV3R
  • TH-UVF1
  • TH-9000
  • TH-9800


  • FT-1D
  • FT-50R
  • FT-60R
  • FT-90R
  • FT-817/ND
  • FT-857/D
  • FT-897
  • FT-1802M
  • FT-2800M
  • FT-1900R/2900M
  • FT-7800R/7900R
  • FT-8800R
  • FT-8900R
  • FTM-350R
  • VX-170
  • VX-2R
  • VX-3R
  • VX-5R
  • VX-6R
  • VX-7R
  • VX-8R


  • MINI-8900


  • KG-UV6D/UV6X
  • KG-UV8D
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Mann memorial. A record of the Mann family in America. – by George S. Mann

Mann memorial. A record of the Mann family in America. – by George S. Mann

Mann memorial. A record of the Mann family in America. Genealogy of the descendants of Richard Mann, of Scituate, Mass. Preceded by English family records, and an account of the Wrentham, Rehoboth, Boston, Lexington, Virginia, and other branches of the Manns who settled in this country

by Mann, George S. (George Sumner), 1834-1909
Published 1884
PDF |  Full Text  |  Kindle
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Indy downtown lightning – July 13th, 2015

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