#760

10:59 am, Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Aced my MIS exam. 94/100. I really wish I’d loaded up on caffeine before the test though. I stayed up way too late studying (well, mostly putting-off-studying) and only got a few hours of sleep. In class I wasn’t really tired or in danger of falling asleep, but I found it really hard to focus on the questions. Like, the text seemed blurry even though my eyes were okay. Know what I mean?

I’ve been cooking again. I guess it got Brett in the mood too, cuz he made a really good pork/udon stirfry. Some pics:

Homemade Hamburgers    Brett's Pork/Udon Stirfry    Salmon Fettucini with Bell Peppers

From left to right: Hamburgers (made with soft rolls instead of buns), Brett’s stirfry (with peanuts, fried tofu, and veggies), and salmon fettucini with bell peppers. As I’ve mentioned before, our local grocery store frequently has dirt-cheap salmon — I got two big fillets for eight bucks on our last trip; hence the last dish. I did a new kind of white sauce for that one: A béchamel with a roux base (first time I’d used that thickener), minced garlic, bell peppers, heavy cream, nutmeg, pepper, and a little parmesan. It came out really great; I’m definitely making that one again in the future.

I got a couple items from KingSizeDirect earlier this week. I hadn’t been super impressed with their merchandise in the past (mostly pants), but the prices were good, so I gave them a try again. Anyway, I’m extremely pleased with the stuff I got — a zip-front hoodie and a pair of something called “Judo shorts.” The shorts are huge — they’re practically pants. Insanely comfortable. The hoodie endorses a football team, but that’s okay because it’s my favorite shade of orange and Texas is a pretty neat state. The only problem is that a little stitching came undone on one of the pockets. I think I can fix it though.

Some nifty links:

Patricia Piccinini – The Young Family — A really neat art installation. You’ve probably seen some of it on the internet before, but the images are usually incomplete and uncredited. Possibly NSFW for a little fake quasi-human nudity.

The Wisdom of Children — Very short (but hilarious) New Yorker article by Simon Rich. Funniest thing I’ve read all week. I like the short-sketch (micro-play?) presentation. Here’s one of my favorite bits from Part III: How College Kids Imagine the United States Government:

—Did you hear the news, Mr. President? The students at the University of Pittsfield are walking out of their classes, in protest over the war.

—(spits out coffee) Wha— What did you say?

—Apparently, students are standing up in the middle of lectures and walking right out of the building.

—But students love lectures. If they’re willing to give those up, they must really be serious about this peace thing!

Moskau! — Imagine ABBA if they did Russian dances. Wirklich toll.

Scrubs was actually good this week. Surprised me — I was starting to think it’d jumped the shark. None of the episodes since the introduction of “Private Dancer” (the soldier injured in Iraq) had been terribly enjoyable IMO, but somehow they managed to get back on course with “My No Good Reason” (S06E14). I really hope they can keep it up — “My Long Goodbye” airs April 5th.

And the past few Lost episodes have been really great. I do wish they’d get back to the more paranormal puzzles though, like the black smoke, the numbers, etc. And when are we going to see Libby’s story? They built up her psych ward mystery so much and then just killed her off. I remember hearing a rumor some time ago about her getting her getting her own flashback before the end of season three. Wonder how they’ll pull that off.

I made my first torrent yesterday. I’d share it here, but it’s on OINK and you have to be invited to see the listings. It was much easier than I’d expected.

4 Responses to “#760”

  1. Krunk:

    Congrats on your MIS exam!

    //krunk (^_^x)

  2. hjo3:

    Heh, thanks!

  3. amy:

    those hamburgers look positivly delish!

  4. hjo3:

    Thanks! I was trying to make a slightly more upscale version of the White Castle slyder.