December 28, 2004
Christmas in Michigan
Christmas in Michigan was pretty much the same as ever, but that's part of what I like about it. Half of my friend come to town, most of them come down with a cold, too many presents, too much shopping, too much food, too little time, too much Mario Kart, and I always come back with too much stuff.
Riva, Yasir (hiding), Natasha, Lea and Jake gawking at the computer.
Matt and Jeff hunting for the pickle. I decided that taking photos and looking half-heartedly was more fun.
Angie, Dad, and Grandma (having her height measured).
"Waiting abates the lesser passions while enhancing the grand ones."
F. de la Rochefoucauld
December 21, 2004
George likes his chicken spicyAnother food adventure...
Kung pao chicken!
This turned out pretty mediocre: I was suspicious of the 3 tablespoons of rice vinegar that the recipe called for, and I was right to be.
I ought to take this opportunity to plug Golden Pacific Market. It's so cheap, they have everything, and the guy who works the checkout is really nice and helpful.Posted at December 21, 2004 11:29 AM, Categories: Food
December 20, 2004
What are the nation's yahoos looking at?
I finally upgrade my My Yahoo! page to their new layout. For weeks my portal page has had this yellow banner saying I should upgrade now that the new My Yahoo! is ready. The banner kept getting bigger and bolder as the weeks went by, so I finally did it. The only change it's brought to me is a more visually distracting portal. (The banner ads are still blocked by the wonderful Pith Helmet Safari add-on.
Anyway, in the process of upgrading I decided to reevaluate what I have shown on my page. I'm interested in becoming a photojournalist, so I decided to add the "most recent viewed" and "most recent emailed" photos. I figured a glimpse into what photos are capturing the imagination of netizens would be informative. Instead, I get stuff like this: this, this, and this. I should have known what's on the minds of America: boobs, fallen celebrities, and violence.Posted at December 20, 2004 03:51 PM, Categories: Photography
December 18, 2004
How many foreigners fought in Iraq?
I've been reading this series of articles by Evan Wright from the time he spent embedded with a platoon of the Marines First Reconnaissance Battalion. It's fascinating reading, both frightening and reassuring: some of the marines seem like kill-crazy wackos, some seem very intelligent and informed, many are all of these things. But I just read a statistic I've never heard:
Intelligence officers in the Marine First Division later estimate that between fifty and seventy-five percent of all enemy combatants in central Iraq were foreigners -- primarily young Palestinian men bearing Syrian or Egyptian passports.
What?! I had no idea! I'm having trouble finding stats like this elsewhere. All I hear about is how many of the current insurgents are foreigners, but the original "major combat operations"?Posted at December 18, 2004 02:44 PM, Categories: Beardcore
December 17, 2004
OK, this is just ridiculous, but I thought I would share this: 401(k) rollover options. Why? Because it took me a good 40 minutes to find this simple answer online. My 401(k) has just been sitting there since I left Motorola and I thought I had to do something about it, but it turns out I can just leave it there. Even better, it gained 15% this year. Which I think is good..
This kind of random drivel is reminiscent of a web business I thought up years ago but have yet to act on, but for security sake I can't spill the beans here... Don't worry: if it was that good of an idea, someone would have done it by now!Posted at December 17, 2004 09:19 PM, Categories: Beardcore
What's happening to me? The only thing I can think to write about is food. Besides the influence from Cindy's food adventure blog, it may be because my days are almost entirely comprised of photo editing, web site editing, video editing, sleeping and eating.
Anyway, I decided to try katsu chicken, probably the easiest of Asian meals I could attempt. Having more time at home and a growing interest in food, I've decided to try to pick up a few skills. Roasting chicken or baking tuna creations doesn't appeal to me too much (though I did make a decent meatloaf the other day), so I want to make some Chinese, Indian, and Hawaiian food. Turns out the Hawaiians use a different sauce on their katsu chicken than the Japanese do, but it was still pretty good:
My first real frying experience!
Katsu chicken with post-apocalyptic green beans.
Yes, the beans are disgusting. They've been in my freezer for years and I thought I would see if they were any good, and if not at least they would add some color to the plate. The food cooled a little as I took a couple dozen photos, trying to get the lighting just right. I've never really shot food before.Posted at December 17, 2004 11:19 AM, Categories: Food
December 14, 2004
This is crazy.. someone must have lit a fire under Frito-Lay's butt, because they suddenly have all kinds of new Cheetos on the market:
I can't find a link to the low-carb guys. What does it say that Frito-lay can't keep their website up to date with their products?
Anyway, I've tried the baked Cheetos (crunchy, of course), and today I couldn't help but buy the Natural Cheetos. They both tasted good, and pretty much like normal Cheetos. Check out that natural packaging though: it's all pastoral and healthy-looking, with an inviting half-shucked ear of corn at the bottom. And a cartoon cheetah sticking his tongue out while reaching for my wallet.
Posted at December 14, 2004 01:40 PM,
December 10, 2004
Get this party started (again)
So I want to get this thing up and going again, just like I want to get POTD up and going again. Partly because I've been redesigning my web page and want something new for you to look at besides tweaked colors and well-aligned CSS boxes, partly because I've so enjoyed reading Cindy's blog, and partly because, while I work from home and I swear I'm very busy, I should be able to find the time to convey some of the wisdom that's going to waste in my head. Ha!
On the food front (because Cindy's always talking about it, because knowing her has made me more aware of the crap I eat, and because I think we should someday write a joint food column: foodie vs. food idiot), I was excited to find a few remaining McIntosh apples at Jewel yesterday. I thought they were probably long-gone, and I had found a hidden treasure. So far, though, they have no taste. Like, literally they taste like nothing. They smell like McIntosh apples, they look like them, but they taste like water and cold.
To celebrate a big check from a client (I'm still new enough at running my own business that I literally feel BAD when collecting large checks), I ordered out last night. Sadly, Opart Thai House is temporarily closed for remodeling, so I ordered Pad Thai and Basil Leaves with chicken from Arroy Thai. I know so little about food that I didn't remember what Pad Thai was like, but I now know that it's boring. The basil dish, though, was just spicy enough.Posted at December 10, 2004 12:59 PM, Categories: Beardcore