I have a love/hate relationship with the crocodile clip. Nothing is so quick to lash together

I have a love/hate relationship with the crocodile clip. Nothing is so quick to lash together a few half-baked prototype boards on your desk, but nothing ends up in such a tangle so quickly, either. I love the range of pretty colors that crocodiles come in, as well as the easy ability to just clip on to the side of a PCB, or any old loose wire. But they come loose, they can have intermittent contacts, and we’re not even sure if there is such a thing as a current rating for them. When [WarriorRocker] wrote in asking what we use instead of crocodile clips, he included a photo that sent a chill down my spine, from a review of some clips on Amazon. I’ve seen this one in real life. And what’s worse is the one with the loose wires that sometimes make contact with the spring-clip body and sometimes not. After an hour-long debugging session about twelve years ago now, such an intermittent croc caused us to make a lifelong vow. All of our croco-clips have been disassembled, manually inspected, and many of them soldered together. When I buy new ones, I check them all before mixing them in with the known-goods. Even thinking about this now makes me want to pull back their little rubber bo...

Historic Steam Plant reopens its restaurant and brewery with an all-new look and menu | Food News | Spokane | The Pacific Northwest Inlander

One hundred years ago, the massive coal-fueled furnaces inside the Steam Plant burned hot and bright, day and night, to warm the city’s core. Now, the only fire burning there is fed with the wood of apple trees, heating the newly remodeled Steam Plant Kitchen’s stone-hearth pizza oven. Pizza is one of many new features on the menu of the re-envisioned restaurant and brewery housed inside the historic brick building topped by the iconic twin smoke stacks visible across the cityscape. In fact, nothing from the menu of the restaurant’s former iteration, Stacks at Steam Plant, remains since the venue emerged from a nearly seven-month-long, $4 million refresh of its interior space, equipment and menu. The newly named Steam Plant Kitchen + Brewery now serves what its new manager John Lockhart describes as “polished casual” fare. The restaurant’s culinary team, led by chef Steve Leonard, another new hire and Le Cordon Bleu Paris-trained industry vet who comes to Spokane by way of Chicago, is employing techniques in the kitchen such as sous vide (vacuum-sealed food slow-cooked in a low heat water bath), rotisserie and other scratch-cooking practices u...