Chico’s Tacos Recipe for Ex-El Pasoans

Homemade Chico's Pic stolen from Pinterest
Mmmm… Homemade

Chico’s Tacos Recipe for Ex-El Pasoans

Every now and then you need to satisfy your Chico’s craving, especially if you have left your hometown. Considering that El Paso is now the number 1 town people are leaving in the United States, and the Mora’s don’t seem to want to franchise anytime soon, there’s a whole lot of us out there that need our Chico’s. So here’s a recipe to get you through those tough times.

This was originally posted on Alley Nomi’s Tumblr, but I’ve made a couple of adjustments. Continue reading

Using fail2ban to Protect WordPress from Brute Force Attacks

Super quick guide on how to set up fail2ban to protect your server from WordPress brute force attacks. This guide assumes use of Apache and CentOS.

Install fail2ban if it is not installed already, then add this configuration file:


and these contents:

 failregex = ^<HOST> .* "POST /wp-login.php.*$
 ignoreregex =

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Installing Holland Backup for mysqldump on CentOS (and now Ubuntu), ‘Cause the Other Guides Suck

All the guides on how to do this SUCK, so here’s my own.

First install the package:

# yum install holland-mysqldump

For Ubuntu, use this script:

OS_VERSION=`lsb_release -i | awk -F ':' '{print $2}' | cut -f2`"_"`lsb_release -r | awk -F ':' '{print $2}' | cut -f2`
sudo wget -q$OS_VERSION/Release.key -O - | sudo apt-key add - >/dev/null
sudo echo "deb$OS_VERSION/ ./" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/holland.list
sudo apt-get update > /dev/null
sudo apt-get install -y holland holland-common holland-mysqldump > /dev/null

Then make the config file:

# holland mk-config  mysqldump > /etc/holland/providers/mysqldump.conf

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WrestleMania Weekend 2016

“Remember this moment, when you’re grown you’ll tell your kids about this.” These words I overheard made me legit misty eyed.

So what can I say about WrestleMania? If you watched it on the network you know it was twisty turney. Watching it live was a very different experience, as the ring was so far away from us that we couldn’t hear much of anything. It was like we were all watching a silent movie and reacting to it. Despite the lack of audio, watching with so so so many die hard fans was awesome. I talked with so many really cool people from all over. Continue reading

Cheap Podcast Hosting Using Rackspace Cloud Files


A conversation on twitter prompted me to type out a quick and dirty way of getting your podcast hosted for less than a $1 a month using Rackspace Cloud Files. I’ve mentioned this in passing before, but here’s how to do this. Forgive me on not being very detailed. If you have questions, feel free to contact me, maybe I’ll update this post later.

STEP 1: First get a Rackspace Cloud account:

STEP 2: Once set up, use Cloud Files to upload your episodes:

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Caldo de Res Recipe

corn tortillas, FTW

Flour tortillas are the devil.

Recipe By:
Alex Trejo, modified by Danny Lujan

“This is a traditional Mexican home recipe for beef soup (Caldo De Res).  My Grandma Mema used to make this for us when we were kids. Serve corn tortillas. ”

1 pound beef shank
2 potatoes, cubed
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1/2 medium head cabbage, chopped
1 cup of rice
1/2 can of tomato sauce (Goya brand if you can find it, non salted generic can be substituted)
1 tsp of Knorr Tomato Chicken Granulated Bouillon
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

2 – 3 corn tortillas
In a large pot, heat water to boil. Add meat, reduce heat to simmer. Skim fat off of the water till clear. Combine the beef, tomato, potatoes, onion, carrots, cabbage, garlic, 5 teaspoons cilantro, salt and cumin. Stir well, cover and simmer for 2 hours. Fry rice, boil 2 cups of water in a medium to large pot, place fried rice in pot with 1/2 cup of tomato sauce and 1 tsp of bouillon. Cook rice till absorbed.
Remove lid, stir, and simmer for another hour with lid off. Serve hot over fried rice and with warm corn torillas