Sunday, June 28, 2009

Garden Salad 2.0


romaine lettuce (3/4 bowl, chopped)
fresh basil leaves (1/4 bowl, also chopped)
vine-ripe tomatoes (chopped into half-bite-sized pieces)
fresh mozerella cheese (also chopped into half-bite-sized pieces)
jalapeno peppers (1 or 2)
garlic cloves (about 1 head of garlic)
shredded parmesan
fresh lemon balm (finely chopped, optional)

juice from 1 lime
olive oil
salt & pepper to taste


1. Peel all garlic cloves (partial-smashing is an acceptable method for peeling).
2. Decapitate and disembowel jalapeno peppers, and chop into cm^2 pieces.
3. Pan-sear garlic and jalapeno pepper pieces in a small frying pan with olive oil until soft and cooked.
4. Combine all remaining ingredients in one large salad bowl.
5. Toss in the contents of the frying pan. Add the juice from one lime.
6. Mix well. Consume.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

behold, the mustard squeeze bottle centrifuge

Do you ever wish your kitchen had a centrifuge so that the mustard squeeze bottle would actually dispense mustard?

Yes, I ran into this problem when making a sandwich. The solution: a piece of string.

The basic construction involves 2 tight loops (one around the neck of the bottle, another around the 'waist' or skinnier portion in the middle), and a handle (attached to both loops so it stays centered when you spin it).

You can use whatever topology suits you best, but my method used one continuous piece of string, somewhat similar to tying a ribbon around a gift box. By similar, I mean ribbon^2(giftbox) where giftbox = mustard bottle.

Also discovered that the two red wires in my thermostat were switched, but that it didn't matter for heating, only for cooling. I'm on a roll.

Current music: Don't worry be happy.

Friday, June 19, 2009

live, from the frequency domain

F*** you Neuroscan. For being clunky and ugly. (Why can't you be cute like a Mac?) For your idiotic power-of-two requirement of number of points and not zero-padding for me which any sane and forward-looking developer would have put in. The only reason I'm not doing this in MATLAB is because MATLAB runs out of memory when dealing with files this large. =

Current music: Nomoredolls - Electric Sheep

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Google Reader Feed Streams

Yes, indeed, it's possible to create google reader pages for different tags. It's like me editing a personalized magazine of what's out there.

So, here we are.

Jade's science feed (journal articles, news/blog clippings)
Jade's music feed (an assortment of free music downloads)
Jade's eco feed (green-ness)

Current music: Boxing Fox - Do you live?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

partly cloudy? partly sunny?

The chickpea sprouts in the garden have all been consumed by small furry creatures. My mother left for China. My eyes hurt from reading ~60 pages of technical stuff.

So, yes, it looks like it's seriously raining. And so, Coco can't be walked.

But Z just told me Eclipse has a plugin for Matlab and it will make me more efficient with coding. And subversion for version control. Less headache. More awesomeness.

Current music: Thievery Corporation - Amerimacka

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Wow, my mother is very whiny when she doesn't get to level up in Wii Tanks...