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Sunday, April 5th, 2009
6:07 pm - What's For Dinner: Tortillitas with Shrimp
Via Mark Bittman's blog, Bitten, I found this wonderful little "appetizer" which I quickly turned into dinner.

Ingredients:

Half cup each chickpea (garbanzo) flour and all purpose flour.
Salt
1/2tsp Baking Powder
Water enough to make a thin batter (thin like heavy cream).
Minced Garlic
Finely chopped Onion (1/3 cup or so)
Herbs -- I used Cilantro
Chopped Shrimp
Pepper
Dried Chili

Method:

  • Combine flours, salt, baking powder in bowl. Add water small amounts at a time and whisk to keep the mixture from lumping. Add water until you have a thin batter, like the thickness of heavy cream.

  • Add in Garlic, Onion, Herbs, Shrimp, a decent amount of ground Pepper, and half a dried birds eye chili. (I put a whole dried birds eye chili and it was a little hot.)

  • Let the batter rest while you heat up your favorite non stick pan, medium high heat, with a decent amount of oil.

  • Once the oil comes to temperature, ladle out a ladle and a half full of the batter into the oil. It should sizzle and start to fry. Do not put a lot of batter in the pan, you want thin pancakes, not thick ones.

  • Cook three minutes per side (or until batter has thickened in the center of the pancake).


Serve immediately. If you've made them right, they are delicate, beautiful creatures with great taste!

I squeezed a bit of fresh lime juice on them and they were just fantastic. My batter would have made about two or three if I had portioned it correctly.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2009
10:32 am - An awesome weekend
After working very hard and crazily for two weeks, I asked for Friday the 20th off. What a perfect day to have!

I left Corinth around 6:45AM and made my way to Gardiner to get my car checked out for inspection. Rear subframe mounts need to be replaced, which is about a two hour job. Ugh. And various lights (which is normal). The good news: The car's chassis is in better shape than 90% of those its age in Maine. I'm jonesing for an engine swap now... Drools.

I arrived in Portland around 11 and saw on FaceBook that Tina wanted to go for a walk and have breakfast with someone. I called her, drove to her house, and that's exactly what we did. It was an absolute blast to wander around Portland reminiscing about living there and sharing stories of the distant past. We had lunch at Marcie's, which was actually quite good for a hole in the wall.

When I got to JJK's house, no one was there. But JJK did manage to rope me into seeing Watchmen later that night with Tyler. We were late enough that we missed the previews and advertisements! Life is good! Watchmen impressed me primarily because it didn't feel like three hours, things just flowed. However, the lack of character development for Ozymandias was frustrating. (Is it strange that my spell checker knows the name?)

Saturday I managed to just relax all day and not feel bad about it. We had a relaxing breakfast--French Toast prepared the way I like it (baked) and I made some good dinner, too. I'm feeling rather Curry recently. And Saturday night I think I helped remove another quarter of the Tequila from the bottle.

Finally, after waking up a little hung over on Sunday, I made it out to my parents and helped load the Virtual On arcade machine into a U-Haul headed to New Hampshire. The machine has been in my parents garage for about four years, but it has a new home now!

That was my awesome weekend. Almost completely unblemished by work, stress, or worry.

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
9:02 pm - Loving dance again.
I don't know if I've written about this recently, but I am taking tap dance lessons again. I stopped taking lessons when I was in high school, not sure exactly when, but I know I had a car when I was taking my last classes.

At the time, I thought I was too busy to spend time doing one of the things I enjoyed very much. I also thought that I wasn't getting anywhere at the studio, but didn't think about moving on to another instructor and school. Now, I realize I was an idiot to stop.

There are very few things in my life from which I can extract such enjoyment and excitement. Tap dancing, driving competitively, and fixing problems. I think they marry pretty well and the gestalt indicates something about how my mind works and how I approach everything. All three of the aforementioned things share requirements of analysis, thought, planning, and change.

I will be participating in the recital in May. I'll post information as the date approaches and as I become comfortable with the routine we'll be performing. I know the routine will be to "Step In Time" from the Mary Poppins movie.

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Friday, March 6th, 2009
10:46 pm
So, it seems I use LJ primarily to gush about television shows that I like.

I think that's a sign of a lack of something. Like a life, but whatever.

Gush: Dollhouse isn't terrible. Damages is still awesome. Lost is returning to glory. Skins is still truckin'!

I'm still at home, unshowered and thinking that I really should leave soon to drive south and baby sit the kids tomorrow.

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Monday, March 2nd, 2009
5:03 pm
I received my final W-2 from Points South, entered it, did the math, and now I owe $380 total to Maine and the Feds.

Awesome.

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
8:44 pm
Taxes:

I'm paying almost exactly what I should be throughout the year. Therefore, I'm getting about $100 in total between the Feds and Maine.

However, I don't have all W-2s. Points South may mess up this equation.

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Saturday, February 7th, 2009
11:31 am
It's been one year and a couple days since I officially started working at my current employer. It's been a lot of fun, with a lot of challenges, and I'm looking forward to the next year!

I'm due to update this journal with details about my trip to Washington D.C. during the Inauguration of President Obama. That should happen this week, I'm feeling a bit more steady and ready to write.

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Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
8:34 pm - In keeping with other recommendations
Beyond the awesomeness that is "Damages", people should watch "The Mentalist". They are both good shows for very different reasons. "Damages" is a rollercoaster of awesome. "The Mentalist" is a classic, well made, crime formula show.

And I want bandwidth back, sharing with MeIMC sucks.

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Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
9:36 am - More dream fragments.
Last night I dreamed (why isn't dreamt in my dictionary) the following:

I was at JJK's, laying down on the futon, late at night. JJK excitedly described this new gadget that he had purchased/made. "It is so trippy. Sometimes it takes a couple minutes for me to snap out of the trance it puts me in." He then turned on the device. In the dream, I entered some kind of trance state and saw very pretty, bizarre pictures. Every couple of minutes, I would jolt "awake" -- and I'm not sure whether I was waking up in reality or just in the dream or even in the dream within the dream.

A couple days ago, I dreamed that Akira and I were at an auto parts store and I bought windshield wipers.

Usually I don't remember what I dream, so these are all very strange things. But I remember their seed memories. The JJK dream is rooted in an article I read yesterday. The Akira dream came about because I realized I needed winter windshield wipers.

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Saturday, January 10th, 2009
11:50 pm
Nothing is ever perfect, I just gotta accept the reality of that.

Subbuteo move is not going terribly smoothly, but I'm sure it will settle out.

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Monday, January 5th, 2009
8:02 pm - iPhone Essential Applications
First Screen:

Twitterrific - Makes dealing with Twitter easier than it should be.
Now Playing - Movie listings, on time, easy to read.
Grocery iQ - Perfect for optimizing my grocery shopping trips. Lots of products it already knows about and what aisle the product is in.
Facebook - One of the best designed iPhone applications. Just really good.
Rolando - The most enjoyable all around game that I've played. Pick up and play.
iSSH - Now I can get into emacs from my iPhone!
NetNewsWire - An RSS reader with smarts and good sense to sync with my NetNewsWire reader at home.

Second Screen:
Cube Runner - Pick up and play. Simple, clean, straightforward controls.
Bloom - Make some music.
Darkslide - View friends Flickr pictures in style.
Google Earth - Use it.
Light - Free light or strobe. Go Erica Sadun.
Pandora - Smart streaming music made for you.
newtonica - Simple pick up game with throbbing soundtrack.

Third Screen:
Topple - Reminds me of a game in WiiWario.
1Password - A necessity when you have lots of passwords.
Shazam - Identify most any song just by holding up your iPhone to the sound.
Tap Tap NIN - Not DDR for the fingers, but close.
Trism - One of the first games I bought. Think Bejeweled but tilted.
Frenzic - Fast, pressurized game with beautiful UI design.
LiveJournal - Self explanatory.

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Sunday, January 4th, 2009
10:35 am
I just set up an automatic contribution to Doctors Without Borders. You should too.

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8:07 am - From dreamland

A fragment

I'm at Alex Waters college and have the key to his single dorm room. I think he is at class, so I sneak into his room to snoop around. The door opens into a pitch black room and I can't find the light switch.
I fumble toward his computer, which I discover is covered in a cloth. When I uncover it, it is on and running some kind of biofeedback software. The monitor casts enough light that I can see all kinds of strange apparatus in the room.
There are books on transendental meditation, out of body experiences, and alternate planar tripping.

I see Alex in the corner, all wired up, in a meditative position. I go over to him and touch his shoulder and he grabs my arm and looks at me with empty eyes. I then notice he is covered in cobwebs and has a sign pinned to his chest that indicates that he should not be touched in this state.

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Saturday, January 3rd, 2009
5:36 pm - Still kinda cold.
Foolishly, I followed through on my commitment to go to LaGrange and put up a wireless radio on our service pole there. This was foolish because it was damn cold out and there are enough trees in the way that prevent good connectivity to our AP.

Now I'm home and still warming up while the wind howls around the eaves of the house.

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4:28 pm - Awesommmmeeee!

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Friday, January 2nd, 2009
10:48 pm
And let's not forget the visual masterpiece The Fall, which transfixed me. It's now available in Blu-Ray, which means supremely beautiful imagery to go with the rather good story.

Do it up!

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10:37 pm
Sometimes get togethers that are organized at the last minute are very rewarding.

The past couple days has provided evidence of that. New Years Eve was destined to be spent watching BBC's Merlin and drinking some rockin' wine. But that did not pan out. Instead, I drove south at a mad pace to make potato leek soup at Kristy's, eat some pork awesome, drink a sufficient amount of Akira provided beverage, and enjoy the good company of good friends. I just wish that I picked a better sleeping spot.

New Years Day I trekked from South Portland to Buxton to have breakfast with the Koch clan and then booked it to Brooks. At Chez Troutman, I met wonderful people from the eastern bits of Maine (Belfast and the surrounds). I had good food, good conversation, and just plain goodness. On the way to Brooks, I saw the wind turbines in Freedom, which reminded me of Germany. I hope I see more turbines like that in the future here in Maine.

An approximate map shows the exciting journey.

In other news. I said Slumdog Millionaire was great, and it really is. Telling about the movie would spoil it. However, the tension built through the movie is just amazing. Bottle Shock is good, but has very slow build up.

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Monday, December 29th, 2008
11:08 pm
I'm super tired.
I am impressed by Vietnam.
And FairPoint hurts.

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Sunday, December 28th, 2008
9:40 pm
Slumdog Millionaire is a very good movie.
You should go watch it.

That is all.

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11:17 am

Is anything going on for New Years?

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