Monday, October 02, 2006

First day of class

Well; Classes officially started today.
All is well; I'm starting off with a basic Intro to Culinary Arts class; it's basically a "get stuff out of the way" class- "Here's how the school works, here's how you wear your uniform" and the ServSafe certification, which we HAVE to have before we can take lab classes.
Homework was fairly easy- read two chapters, I'm not sure if we're to complete the study guide , so I'm doing it anyway. (I was having some panic attacks this morning. Normal for me; it was a big change that was crystallizing. [AKA before it was just theoretical, still in solution. Suddenly, it crystallized into reality.]) Also some reading in the "workbook," which is really the book and workbook for the College Success class that is ALSO part of this first class.
And I'm glad to report that the uniform kicks ass. Tomorrow a haircut, Wednesday, seeing how the ladies react to the uniform in public... heh.
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Monday, August 14, 2006

Flatbread... or is it a Pita?

Camp Bread.
It's simple, it's quite tasty, and it's perfect for grilling over a fire.
I'm not too talkative today, so to the Recipe!
Tasty, Tasty Flatbread
(Or a tasty Pocket bread)
(From "The Inn of the Last Home," a Dragonlance supplement.)

2 1/2 Cups Flour (White flour, or 1C White, 1 1/2 Wheat or Rye)
1 Package Dry Yeast
1/2 Cup Warm Water mixed with 1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 Cup Warm Water mixed with 1 teaspoon salt

1. Pour warm sugar-water into a bowl; sprinkle with yeast so it sinks smoothly without clumping. Let stand 10 minutes.
2. Add salt water and 1 C flour; mix well.
3. Add remaining flour and mix well.
4. Knead 10 minutes
5. Divide into 6 portions, and roll each into a 1/2-3/4 inch circle.

Here's where we split ways and have some interesting options.
For the Frybread:
In a heavy skillet, fry bread in 1 Tablespoon of hot oil over Medium heat for about 2 minutes per side until golden brown spots appear. (Bread should be mostly unbrowned.)

For the Pockets-
On a greased cookie sheet, bake at 425 for 8-12 minutes, or until golden brown spots appear on the edges and bottom.

Note- This bread deals very well with freezer storage; to eat, simply reheat straight from the freezer at 400 degrees for 5 minutes.)

Note 2- it's OH so good with jams and jellies. Oh so very, very good.
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Monday, June 12, 2006

Mmmmm. DS Lite.

Ooooooh, yeah baby. Treat me right, DS Lite.
This thing is a dream, and I'm quite enjoying it.
(Day two, 35 on Brain Age. Cool.)

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Carnival of the Recipes: A Bizarre thought.

Well. Way back in Carnival 84, I was reading Third World Country's Flat Chicken Enchiladas and it hit me... "Handheld Hawaiian Haystacks."
Well, I tried to do some research into Hawaiian haystacks to give the history, etc... but apparantly, they're a distinctively LDS (aka "Mormon") meal, so... yeah. I'll explain as best I can- Hawaiian Haystacks are a quick, cheap, easy, and surprisingly tasty one-plate dinner. Good for moms on the go that want to have a sit-down meal with the family that's actually good for them.
So I started playing in the kitchen, and here's what I came up with:

Handheld Hawaiian Haystacks
(Here is a normal Hawaiian haystacks recipe for comparison [scroll down.])
This recipe is based on a single serving; but it scales nicely, so have at it.

1 Giant tortilla (Note #1)
1 Cup cooked rice
1/2 Cup cooked chicken
1/2 Cup Cream of Chicken soup (Or, if you want a thinner "sauce," use 2/3C soup and
1/3C evaporated milk)

Your choice of "Fillers" (Here's some of the classics:)
Thinly diced cellery
Pineapple tidbits (drained)
Shredded coconut
Chinese chow mein noodles
Shredded mild cheddar cheese
Thinly sliced green onions
Chopped tomatoes
Slivered almonds

1. Lay out the tortilla and spread the rice into an oval shape, so that you have at least 2 in. of uncovered tortilla on either end along the long axis of the rice, and plenty of room for rolling along the sides.
2. Mix the chicken and soup, then spread fairly evenly over the rice.
3. Add your "fillers" of choice. (Personally, I go with Pineapple chunks, tomatoes, and cheese. But I'm a fairly boring guy. Feel free to try this bugger out with your own more exotic additions. Maybe pepperjack cheese, hot sauce? Some Chile? Have at it, experiment away!)
4. Roll that puppy up and go. Filling, somewhat on the nutritious side, and depending on what you put in there, rather tasty... and of course, really really quick.

#1. If you're not fortunate enough to live in the Southwest or near a large hispanic community, I guess you can make do with the generic stuff... but you really should be buying the gigantic, 12-inch-diameter-minimum, fresh-baked tortillas. (Hrm... sounds like another recipe I have to post...)

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Carnival of the Recipes submission: Peanut Butter Play-doh

Well; When I was a young'un my Aunt Jerry used to make this delicious Play-doh-like substance when my family came to visit; we kids would play with it and have a wonderful time, then have an even better time eating it when we were done. Of course, my mother got the recipe from my Aunt (She also got her famed yeast rolls recipe... but we'll save that for another time ^_- )

Peanut Butter Play-doh

1C Peanut Butter (Note #1)
1C Powdered Sugar
1-1/2 C Corn Syrup
1-1/2 C Powdered Milk

1. Blend all the ingredients together.
2. Knead the resulting dough-like substance for about 10 minutes, or until it's fairly consistant. (Note #2)
3. Play with it and/or eat it. Simple, eh?

#1: Smooth peanut butter is traditional, and really required if you plan on anyone playing with this. You can use crunchy if you want to; but I'd really only do that if you plan on using this purely as a candy.
#2: Kneading is necessary for a smooth texture, which is mostly for play. If you're JUST going to eat it, you can save a little labor and skip this, or only knead for a little while.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Oldie but Goodie: MadTV: Keep posin'

Aaaaah. Great parody by MadTV of Limp Bizkit (yes, it's old.)

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Razor Gator review

Well, then...
Ok; the Razor gator is fairly useless to me, but that's just because I shave in the shower; all the gunk that it is meant to remove gets blasted out when I rinse the blade. Tried it out shaving out of the shower a couple of times; I can see it being kidna usefull, but overall... meh. Neat idea, though.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Razor Gator!

Well; I've a Razor Gator, on the way to me to review. So, In a week or two I'll be posting a review of the Razor Gator disposable razor cleaning tool! (Hopefully, they're able to save my razors as they claim- I go through ENTIRELY too many of those expensive as all get out buggers...)

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Los Angeles Times: "Mormons blow"

Did you see the Times article, "Bedrock of a Faith is Jolted?"
In it, they rehash an old, tired argument against the LDS faith, all while providing... hmm... let's double check here... yeah, NO LDS perspective.
Well, I take that back. They fake LDS perspective- the opinions and beleifs they claim "Mormons" hold are incorrect at best, but mostly just blatant lies.
According to the Book of Mormon, by 385 AD the dark-skinned Lamanites had wiped out other Hebrews. The Mormon church called the victors "the principal ancestors of the American Indians." If the Lamanites returned to the church, their skin could once again become white.

I'd LOVE to meet the "Expert" they got that one from...

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Power generation and Energy Crises

Howard Tayler started an interesting thread when he blogged about nuclear power (And later, about Thermal depolymerization (an interesting process that turns pretty much any biomatter [meat, "wastes," even plastics] into crude oil and methane.)

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Is Santa Dead? Hell no, he's just waaay ahead of us.

By now, you've all seen this:
WARNING! DO NOT READ IF YOU STILL BELIEVE IN SANTA CLAUSE! A physical one anyway, still fully believe in a symbolic Santa Clause deep in most peoples heart.

Santa can't exist.

There are approximately two billion children (persons under 18) in the world. However, since Santa does not visit children of Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or Buddhist religions (except maybe in Japan), this reduces the workload for Christmas night to 15% of the total,or 378 million (according to the population reference bureau). At an average (census) rate of 3.5 children per household, that comes to 108 million homes, presuming there is at least one good child in each. Santa has about 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming east to west (which seems logical). This works out to 967.7 visits per second. This is to say that for each Christian household with a good child, Santa has around 1/1000th of a second to park his sleigh, hop out, jump down the chimney, fill the stocking, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left for him, get back up the chimney, jump into the sleigh and get onto the next house.

Assuming that each of these 108 million stops is evenly distributed around the earth (which, of course, we know to be false, but will accept for the purposes of our calculations), we are now talking about 0.78 miles per household; a total trip of 75.5 million miles, not counting bathroom stops or breaks. This means that Santa's sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second,3000 times the speed of sound. For purposes of comparison, the fastest man made vehicle, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a poky 27.4 miles per second, and a conventional reindeer can run (at best) 15 miles per hour. The payload of the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium sized LEGO set (two pounds), the sleigh is carrying
over 500 thousand tons, not counting Santa himself.

On land, a conventional reindeer can pull no more than 300 pounds. Even granting that the "flying" reindeer can pull 10 times the normal amount, the job can't be done with eight or even nine of them---Santa would need 360,000 of them. This increases the payload, not counting the weight of the sleigh, another 54,000 tons, or roughly seven times the weight of the Queen Elizabeth (the ship not the monarch).

600,000 tons traveling at 650 miles per second creates enormous air resistance - this would heat up the reindeer in the same fashion as a spacecraft re-entering the earth's atmosphere. The lead pair of reindeer would absorb 14.3 quintillion joules of energy per second each. In short, they would burst into flames almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them and creating deafening sonic booms in their wake. The entire reindeer team would be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths of a second, or right about the same time that Santa reached the fifth house on his trip.

Not that it matters, however, since Santa, as a result of accelerating from a dead stop to 650 m.p.s. in 0.001 seconds, would be subjected to acceleration forces of 17,000 g's. A 250pound Santa (which seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of the sleigh by 4,315,015
pounds of force, instantly crushing his bones and organs and reducing him to a quivering blob of pink goo.

Therefore, if Santa did exist, he's dead now.

Bah; the problem with that theory is this:
If santa is able to create all those toys, etc. then he must have a pretty damn high-tech shop.
Therefore it can be supposed that, in order to be able to have all the LATEST toys en masse before Christmas, MUST be ahead of us technilogically.

This is evident in his either 1. "Pocket dimension" 2. "Dimension Door" (stealing terms from D&D), or (the one I like the best) 3. Nanotech manufactory "magic sack." How else could one explain his ability to carry all the necessary toys (and coal) in a sack he can sling over his back? (Simple; keep a large mass of extremely dense material on board the sleigh. After several stops, when the manufactory bag is out of materials, refill with another "brick" of material and continue.)

Now, to extrapolate- if Santa has tech of this level, what prevents him from having tech to 1. shield his sleigh and (obviously FTL/Time-affecting drives) "Reindeer" from debris/Atmosphere?

And from the reindeer- it is CLEAR from your previous post that Santa is capable of FTL travel and/or controlled Time Dilation. (Which leads BACK to the sack; if the material is dense enough, it could be causing said dilation; maybe a manufactured, well-controlled singularity? Mayhaps the Sack itself is the source of Santa's time dilation?)

Anyway; so it would be safe to assume that he would have technology allowing the manipulation of Inertia (which is theorized in Alastair Reynolds' Redemption Ark/Revelation Space/Absolution Gap series to be an effect of the Quantum foam) so that the jumps from house to house could be acheived at 1 G, rather than the standard Santa-crushing 17,000 G's?

Thus, with his Time-dilating controlled singularity nano-manufactory sack, Santa and his FTL-drive reindeer could EASILY pull off Christmas, with time left over for... "Quality time" with the Mrs.
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Monday, December 12, 2005

Here we come a Wassailing!

Merry Christmas!
I've blatantly stolen a few recipes from the Renaissance Store here in Tucson, although I'm going to be making some changes (Namely, since I don't drink alcohol, I'm stripping that out and replacing it with similar components.)
The original recipes (and a VERY interesting article on the history of what we refer to as "wassailing") can be found at the Renstore website
A sample:
Like many lasting customs, wassailing is associated with an ancient legend. A beautiful Saxon princess named Rowena offered Prince Vortigen a bowl of wine while toasting him with the phrase, “Waes hael,” which is an Anglo-Saxon phrase meaning “good health.”

In Saxon times you would have said “Waes hael,” not “Waaassup,” to greet or say goodbye to somebody; it literally meant, “be in good health.” By the 12th century, “Waes hael” had become the salutation one offered as a toast, to which the standard reply was, “drinc hail”, “drink to your good health.” (“Hail” is an older form of our modern word “hale,” meaning “health or well-being” and is closely related to our word “hail” meaning “to salute, greet, or welcome.”) Eventually, the word came to be associated with the alcoholic beverage used for toasting, especially the spiced ale or mulled cider that was drunk on Christmas Eve and Twelfth Night.

If you are having a traditional holiday party and want to incorporate this custom, here is the old way to share wassail. While everyone is gathered, shout "Wassail!" before sipping from a large, festively decorated cup. Then pass the cup to your neighbor. That person replies "Drinkhail," to you and takes a sip. He shouts "Wassail!" to the next person, and passes the cup along, giving a kiss to the recipient who says, "Drinkhail!" Though pre-dating Christianity, this kind of cup sharing custom later became known as "the loving cup" in Christian circles. Unlike the church custom, traditional wassail toasting could get very rowdy and flirty. If you don't wish to drink from the communal cup when offered, you may drink from your own cup and pass the wassail cup with a kiss. If you don't want to be kissed on the mouth, turn your cheek or offer your hand.

Anyway; to the modified recipes!

A quick hint: When you will be removing the spices (AKA pretty much all of these recipes,) try bundling them in a cheesecloth bag tied tightly; they'll still lend their flavor to the dish while facilitating easy removal.

Spiced Cider Wassail Bowl

Pre-heating the punch bowl reduces the thermal shock on the bowl and keeps the wassail from cooling too fast.

2 quarts apple cider
½ cup brown sugar
juice of 4 lemons
6 cinnamon sticks
12 whole cloves
12 whole allspice
1 ½ teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 Gallon Orange juice
1 1/4 Cups Pineapple juice
Garnish of orange and lemon slices

1. Combine cider, lemon juice, sugar and spices in pot.
2. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer 20 minutes.
3. Remove spices and add remaining juices. Heat until just below boiling.
4. Meanwhile, heat water in a tea kettle.
5. Fill a punch bowl with the boiling water. Let stand one minute, then empty carefully.
6. Immediately fill the punch bowl with wassail and garnish with floating orange or lemon slices, studded with cloves.
(Serves 8-12)

Ye Olde Ale Wassail

Make serving your wassail a showy affair with songs and noise and holiday flair.

1 quart "Ale" (Mix white Grape Juice and Ginger ale to taste.)
1 quart White grape juice
1 Tbsp. Raspberry or (non-alcoholic) Brandy Extract
grated lemon peel
3 eggs
4 oz powdered sugar (or 1/2 cup, but it's nearly impossible to properly measure powdered sugar by volume.)

1. Heat "ale" to almost boiling with spices.
2. Beat eggs with sugar while "ale" is heating up.
3. Combine whipped eggs and hot "ale" in a large pitcher.
4. Mix White Grape Juice and raspberry extract into another large pitcher and then pour from one to another until mixed well.
5. Pour into a holiday wreathed wassail bowl (or punch bowl). Best served hot! (Serves 8)

Fireside Christmas Wassail

This can be cooked in a dutch oven sitting on the hearth with the fire blazing.

4 cups Ginger ale
3/4 cup White grape juice
1/4 cup Cider Vinegar
3 oz brown sugar
4 apples
peel of ½ lemon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger

1. Wash the apples and peel them just around their waists and stud with a few cloves.
2. Place the apples, brown sugar, and 4 tbsp of the ginger ale into a 3-quart or larger dutch oven.
3. Cover and bake in the oven at 350° F for 25 minutes or place one foot from the fire in an open fireplace and simmer until the apples are tender.
4. Remove the apples to a plate and add the remaining ale, grape juice, and vinegar to the dutch oven; stir in the lemon peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger and let simmer for a few more minutes.
5. Put the apples back in the wassail and serve warm.
(Serves 4)

Friday, November 18, 2005

City of Villains!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Alan Alda for President

Apparantly, I missed out last night by not watching the West Wing. (Not that I ever watch the show normally.)
But from what I've been reading, it sounds like, bizzare as it may be, the show actually depicted a pretty good spot-on Jeffersonian Republican canditate.
Check out Russel Robert's post over at Cafe Hayek
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Monday, October 31, 2005

I live. Seriously.

See, this is what happens.
Something new comes along and I "obsess" on it; I don't really even read the blogs like I used to, I'm too busy reading the CoV/H Forums to be able to get to the blogs.
Of course, it looks like I'm assuming the leadership position for My Guild's CoH/CoV branches.

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