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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