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6Apr/100

Privacy in the new age

Forbes: Google And Facebook's Privacy Illusion

In January Facebook Chief Executive, Mark Zuckerberg, declared the age of privacy to be over...

It's just not true. People, including the younger generation, still care about privacy. Yes, they're far more public on the Internet than their parents: writing personal details on Facebook, posting embarrassing photos on Flickr and having intimate conversations on Twitter. But they take steps to protect their privacy and vociferously complain when they feel it violated. They're not technically sophisticated about privacy and make mistakes all the time, but that's mostly the fault of companies and Web sites that try to manipulate them for financial gain....

Read the whole article

20Mar/100

Plants v Zombies

So of course I spend an hour playing Plants vs. Zombies before I leave the house.

BRAAAINS

BRAAAINS

20Mar/100

Recipe: Pot Roast

I am so awesome. I made a pot roast in the slow cooker and it was the best thing ever and it only took 12 hours.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup flour
salt and pepper
One roast, of about 4 lbs/2kg
Canola or vegetable oil
2 onions, quartered
4 carrots, peeled and chunked
2 celery stalks, chunked
1 cup beef broth
1 cup tomato or pasta sauce
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp corn starch

Steps after the cut

20Mar/100

Recipe: Slow cooker stroganoff

I'm always really happy to find a good beef recipe. Also a good slow cooker recipe. Combine the two and zing! I must tell the world.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
2 lbs stewing beef, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 cups white mushrooms, sliced
1 large onion, sliced
1-1/2 cup beef stock
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (accept no substitutes)
3 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp paprika
1-1/2 tbsp mustard
1 cup sour cream
Egg noodles

Steps after the cut

15Mar/100

Beef Jerky Stew

So this is what I get when I start running out of ingredients and ideas midway through making dinner.

Ingredients:

Onion, diced
Pound or so of lean ground beef
Two cans of chickpeas, drained
One can of diced tomatoes, not drained
Spices:
Cumin seeds
Mexican chili powder
Garlic powder
Smoked paprika (I like La Chinata)
Salt n peppa

Steps after the cut

7Mar/100

Kaled to death

I was poking around a recipe book looking for a new vegetable recipe, and found a kale recipe that called for two hours of cooking time.

All I could think was, ew, kale sludge.

This is how I cook kale (or collard greens, or other leafy green members of the cabbage family):

Ingredients:

  • Kale (however many bunches you'd like. If for a side dish, one head serves two people)
  • Garlic cloves, peeled (3 per bunch kale)
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Bit of water

Steps:

  1. Wash kale well in cold water.
  2. Remove stems from kale. Slice leaves into bite-size pieces.
  3. Heat two tablespoons olive oil in a wok or large-sided pot, on medium-high.
  4. Using a garlic press, crush the garlic into the heated oil.
  5. When the garlic is just beginning to brown, throw in the kale.
  6. Stir frequently. Drip in a bit of water from time to time, to lightly steam the kale from within.
  7. Salt and pepper lightly.
  8. When the kale is cooked and just beginning to brown, perhaps 6 minutes, remove from heat. Taste before you serve; you may need to add a bit more salt.

Enjoy. It's healthy for you and full o flavor.

2Mar/100

Snakes on an historical plane

This is just too terrifying to not post about.

'Anaconda' Meets 'Jurassic Park': Fossil Snake from India Fed on Hatchling Dinosaurs

The remains of an extraordinary fossil unearthed in 67-million-year-old sediments from Gujarat, western India provide a rare glimpse at an unusual feeding behavior in ancient snakes... The remains of a nearly complete snake were found preserved in the nest of a sauropod dinosaur, adults of which are the largest animals known to have walked the earth. The snake was coiled around a recently hatched egg adjacent to a hatchling sauropod. Remains of other snake individuals associated with egg clutches at the same site indicate that the newly described snake made its living feeding on young dinosaurs.

That's right. Dinosaur-eating snakes.

Sleep tight.

2Mar/100

Back to usual

The Olympics are over. The roads are busy, the skies are clear, and the whole city seems to be suffering from a post-Olympic hangover.

Maybe we should add oxygen.

Hangover-Free Booze? Increasing Dissolved Oxygen Concentrations in Alcohol May Reduce Negative Side Effects

A new study has found that increasing dissolved oxygen concentrations in alcohol may help to reduce alcohol-related side effects and accidents... Results showed that elevated, dissolved oxygen concentrations in alcoholic drinks can accelerate the metabolism and elimination of alcohol.

Science!

28Feb/100

Canada sets Winter Games medal record

CTV: Canada sets Winter Games medal record: Canada reached rare heights Saturday, becoming only the third country to win 13 gold medals at the Olympic Winter Games.

With 13 gold medals (as of the time I posted this), Canada is tied as  the country having the most gold medals at a Winter GAmes. The others are Norway (2002) and the USSE (1976). And who knows what the results of the Men's Ice Hockey Gold Medal match will be?

I have to say: Go Canada  go.

21Feb/100

Old and creaky (with some She Wants Revenge)

I went out dancing with friends last night and I'm really feeling it today. I think there's a point in everyone's life when you realize you're getting too old for this stuff. My left hip tells me, today was that day.

In other news, I had a moment of nostalgia on the dance floor when "Beautiful People" by Marylin Manson came on. I remember thinking, "I remember back when Marylin Mason was edgy."

Sigh.

On the other hand, one band I secretly wanted to hear last night was She Wants Revenge. Sadly, left too soon to know if they got any airtime last night. I wasn't all that impressed with their latest EP, but I really enjoy their first two albums.


Tear You Apart, my all-time favourite of their songs, even tho the video is a bit weird.


Written in Blood, video an homage to a few vampire movies. This one is somewhat NSFW.