Archive for February, 2006

#640

8:13 pm, Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

Wow, well this is a first for me — I received spam on OGame encouraging me to expatriate. First this guy sent spy probes to my home planet, so I responded in kind. Then he messages me asking what language I speak. Then he asks me where I’m from and I say “Washington state, US.” Up to that point I thought it was just polite chat. He says he lives in the Netherlands though he’s originally from Washington, DC. I say, “Oh, that’s cool.” Then he starts in with this crap about how easy it is to defect and includes links to anti-US propaganda sites. WTF? Way more offensive than the “Nigerian businessmen”…

Last night for dinner I made some Shake ‘N Bake chicken breast and sauteed zuchinni and mushrooms. It was okay, but I didn’t care for the Shake ‘N Bake much. I’ve found a way to cook chicken breast that’s much tastier — I coat it in olive oil, cover it with herbs, spices and seasoning, and wrap it in aluminum foil before putting it in the oven. Works really well.

Shake 'N Bake chicken

And today for lunch I made a frittata. It came out perfect, but I forgot to take a picture. It had mozzarella and Colby Jack cheese in it along with shredded spinach and sauteed mushrooms, zuchinni, and green pepper. It was pretty rich though. And really filling. It’ll probably be a while before I try one of those again. Tonight I’m gonna make spaghetti.

No one’s more content than Stephen Colbert.

#639

11:19 pm, Sunday, February 26th, 2006

Man, I am loving WordPress. A few of the folks I chat with have scoffed at it for being so mainstream, but it makes posting so easy I really don’t care. When I was doing this site with Dreamweaver it was such a hassle to add linked images and archive the blog… I had been using Dreamweaver 4, so I decided to upgrade to 8 but that just made things worse. Some bugs were fixed, but it ended up being way, way more work because of the way it handles templates. (Like, if your template’s uneditable region has nested tables in it then you can’t create tables through the Design interface in the editable regions. Stupid things like that.) Winning this year’s IMBC is going to be a cinch… Beefy’s even saying he wants to migrate his main blog to WordPress before April now, haha. Hopefully Jones’ll get in on the action too.

I’ve been playing OGame since the 15th (as part of the AnandTech alliance) and only recently has it gotten really interesting. It’s my favorite web-game now; Earth 2025 is too chaotic, UrbanDead has level caps, but OGame seems to have unlimited potential. Today I raided my first planet (1:353:7) — got a couple thousand units each of metal and crystal. Right now my fleet’s out raiding another planet… if this one’s successful, I ought to gain about 15,000 units of various resources. Really need to upgrade my engine technologies; ATM these raids take about four hours round trip. Anyway, Jones and I are both playing in Universe 13 if anyone wants to join us. (If you’re just getting started, this thread is really helpful.)

Saw this posted somewhere… I found it oddly hilarious. I might be the only one.

#638

8:54 pm, Saturday, February 25th, 2006

I went shopping for groceries this afternoon. Drove to the Safeway in Fremont. Got a 9×13″ Pyrex baking pan for a pretty good price, plus a whisk, some measuring spoons, and a sieve. Anywho, I’ve been wanting to have lasagna for a while, but always lacked the equipment for it. So I made a batch today. It came out pretty good. Need to use a little more sauce next time. Still quite delicious. Had it with some really good apple cider.

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This video is the coolest thing I’ve seen all week. It’s a Japanese commercial for the SNES Legend of Zelda game. Way, way better than the Zelda commercials we got over here.

#637

11:54 am, Friday, February 24th, 2006

I was on ThinkGeek and I saw the Penny Arcade card game and, remembering how psyched Jones had been about it last weekend, ordered the “deathmatch” pack. Can’t wait for it to get here. I also picked up a Viva Miyamoto T-shirt… I’m developing a collection of these Che Guevera parody tees (my others are Einstein and Ronald Reagan). Gotta remember to get the Cher one at Octopus Gardens that Jones was talking about.

My mom got me one of these (in Aluminum) last week. It’s really cool. Right now I have the push set to open my MP3 playlist and rotation set to + and – (which zooms in Opera, ACDSee, and Paintshop Pro). It’s a neat little gadget. Very customizable; you can set the rate at which it pulses its light, various sensitivities, program-specific functions, etc.

I was in one of Beefy and Jones’ podcasts last Sunday. Lots of fun. Not sure it’d make a whole lot of sense to anyone outside the immediate group though — when we’re together we speak a language composed primarily of movie quotes and standup references. Anyway, it’s like 40 minutes long and 36 megs big.

Saw a trailer for Thank You for Smoking when I went to see The Matador the Saturday before last. Really looking forward to it. The Matador was pretty good, BTW. I’d give it a 7 out of 10. Smart humor, an interesting twist towards the end.

Here’s a picture of the artichoke and red pepper quiche I had for breakfast this morning. It was good.

quiche breakfast

#636

9:11 am, Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

I finally made the switch to WordPress. It took for-freaking-ever to get the site looking the way I wanted… I loathe the design of the Kubrick theme. About halfway through editing the CSS and PHP code, I realized I should have used a different theme as a base. But I’m lazy and stubborn, so I pushed on. Getting everything to display the same in Opera, Firefox, and IE was a nightmare. This guy I met on the WordPress.org forums, spencerp, was a huge help though. (He’s a lot more affable than you’d expect from reading his blog.) This site still doesn’t display right in Safari, but so what? Screw the Safari users.

There was a post on ATOT recently that asked users what their last meal would be. Here’s mine:

Entrees: Four pieces of sushi of each of the following: salmon, tuna, yellowtail, red snapper. An 8 oz. tenderloin steak, rare, with teriyaki sauce. Half an order of General Tso’s Chicken over steamed white rice. Half a tuna salad sandwich with ketchup, grilled. A pork chop with applesauce.

Sides: A baked potato with chives, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and butter. Brussels sprouts in butter. Spinach with butter.

Dessert: A sliver of cheesecake. A cup of Maggie Moo’s “Better Batter” ice cream with crushed almonds.

Drinks: Coca-cola with ice and Dasani bottled water, chilled.

Isn’t that beautiful? A great menu is like a work of art.

Here’s a sketch I did of General Martok while watching DS9 the other week.

Sketch of General Martok (Klingon) from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine