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September 1, 2007

Yahoo Food Site

I just recently found this site and I have to say I really like it. Now that I have some time (life after grad school), I can really enjoy culinary arts from an amateur's perspective. It really accommodates all levels of cooks. You can sort recipes by culture, ingredients, occasion, diet, taste, method (e.g. boiling, grilling, etc.), time-sensitive, health. and recommendation (I try to find recipes with 4 or more stars and with more than 5 ratings). Each dish has nutritional information, which is helpful to diabetics or people with higher cholesterol. Sometimes when I read the Martha Stewart Living Magazine recipes (no offense to Martha, but she's got a whole crew and endless time to prepare and photograph those recipes), I know that it will take either a great amount of time or I will botch the dish up. This site aggregates a lot of recipes from gourmet and/or health sites.

So far I've tried two recipes. The first is a scallop dish (Scallops with Tarragon), which I prepared twice. It's super-simple, but can be quite pricey, but definitely worth it. Follow this recipe to the tee. I tried improvising, and I almost messed it up. I suggest using "sea scallops" from Whole Foods, and fresh tarragon. It tastes good on top of pasta. It just takes 4 or 5 ingredients, and two you have to actually buy because the other three you have. This recipe made me realize the importance of using FRESH herbs. They do make a difference.

The second dish was a potato salad (Warm Sausage-and-Potato salad), which is good as a side. There's room for improvisation here, as I omitted the romaine lettuce, used Italian parsley (flat) instead of the traditional parsley, and used Andouille sausage instead of smoked sausage, such as kielbasa. I wouldn't improvise on the Dijon mustard. Anyway, it was pretty yummy, and didn't take that long to prepare.


September 9, 2007

My Sister's Blog...

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I started reading my sister's blog, and I really love it. She's so deftly honest. Anyway, good stock tips (except Altria which was formerly "Philip Morris," but they are known to higher dividends, and Ebay) and random minutia that "microwave popcorn" linked to lung cancer. I first heard about this 15 months ago from Nick's parents, but didn't know the chemical that caused it (diacetyl). I can't believe that those popcorn manufacturers (Orville Redenbacher's and Act II brands) are going to remove that chemical by the end of this year. HOW ABOUT RECALL NOW?!? I really think they should get fined for waiting that long.

Anyway, she's from Los Angeles, so some of the advice might be helpful to those that live there.

"Quechup is rotten"

http://www.boingboing.net/2007/09/04/quechup-is-rotten-do.html

I first started seeing a debate about Quechup two weeks ago on the IxDA mailing list, and then it started appearing on the ITP list. The IxDA community was really upset with the poor person who probably had no idea when accepting the invitation. Anyway, avoid this site like the plague. Judging by both reactions in both lists I wouldn't accept any invitations because it'll make you look like an ass.

Suzan just posted this info via "Howard Rhinegold at Twitter via Boing-Boing:"

Quechup attorney, I am told: Loeb & Loeb LLP 345 Park Avenue New York, NY 10154-0037 Tel: (212) 407-4000Tel: (212) 407-4000 USA

Quechup parent corp, I'm told: iDate Corporation 6767 West Tropicana Ave. Suite 207, Las Vegas, NV 89103 Las Vegas, NV 89103

Bloom Energy and MFG.com

Found these interesting companies from the New York Times. One deals with energy, and the other deals with manufacturing.

Bloom Energy. The company is developing a solid-oxide fuel cell that it believes “could generate more than enough electricity to power a house.”

MFG.com. This is basically the eBay of manufacturing. “In the past 12 months, $2 billion worth of gears, molds and machined parts were sourced and traded on the site.”


September 11, 2007

I really would love and iPhone BUT...

because they exclusively sell them with AT&T service, I will opt out. About 4 years ago, I had a nasty experience with AT&T, which they never recovered the cost of just $50 for which was clearly something they promoted in a plan so you could try their service. There were so many charges for roaming by that faulty phone and there was no way to turn it off. After 20 or so calls to customer service, and their adamant attitude not to help, I vowed not to ever use their service again. Even when they merged with Cingular, I would not budge. That was 4 years ago.

I just read this article in the NY Times, which confirms my beliefs about this nasty corporation sticking it to their customers again, "Fun, Tours and a $3,000 Bill for Hardly using an iPhone." What a nightmare! I really feel for these people. AT&T won't change, but as consumers, you have the power to not use their service. I was really disappointed that Apple would be linked to this company. Hopefully, in 6 months, they'll offer the iPhone with other carriers, just like the Blackberry Pearl and T-Mobile. Or there are rumors that Apple will try to bid on some wireless bandwidth. I'm holding out for Google's phone.

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I read another horrible story about studies showing that implanted chips causing tumors in dogs or lab animals. Read it here.

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Last, I'm LOVING Google Reader. It's not just an app I've used for a week. I've used it for a month now. I really like getting my articles on my mobile phone.

September 12, 2007

Following the Blue Lights...

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to the Ground Zero site. I just watched "Building on Ground Zero" on Nova, and then visited the site. For more photos, please visit my flickr site. If you need higher resolution version of any of the photos, don't hesitate to email me through my flickr account.

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September 15, 2007

Helvetica

Only in New York will sell every seat to the movie Helvetica. There was an ITP "designers" reunion at 8:20 pm last night. The movie was great in exhibiting pro-Helvetica and anti-Helvetica sentiments. Liked how the movie presented the historical and cultural contexts of helvetica and graphic design in general. Super designers from the older and current generations gave their two cents. In the end, the director, Gary Hustwit and type designer Tobias Frere-Jones made a special appearance. The director was down-to-earth and honest. He admitted that he was approached to direct a movie on the font Times New Roman. I really liked the movie, and would probably watch it again to see David Carson, who will make a special appearance today. I was a big fan of his work in Ray Gun magazine.

If you go, do pick up an "I hate Helvetica" or "I love Helvetica" pin.

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Gary Hustwit and type designer Tobias Frere-Jones
Photo Credit: Lia Bulaong

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Jane and Tim in this photo, among other ITPers that went, Pollie, Dmitri, Dan, Ahn (Mang), and Lia. It was really great to see them.


Very USEFUL signage!!!

Well, it's about time. I was looking for the 2 train at the 14th street station and came across these signs via the L. A copy of D.C.'s wonderful subway system, these signs tell you when the train will arrive and in what direction. This is really useful because when you're standing around waiting for a device, be it an elevator or train, 3 seconds can sometimes feel like 3 minutes. I really hate elevators that don't indicate what floor they're on, which is useful information of whether I should stand and wait or just use the stairs. I remember Tom's first pComp assignment (2005), and our group (Matthew Burton and Cory Forsyth, both very cerebral) proposed to improve the subway system. Ahhh, brings back memories of passing surveys around to subway riders at the Union Square station.

Only saw these on the "L" train.

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Jimmy Wales will be ITP next Saturday, 9/22

As part of OneWebDay, Matthew Burton is coordinating a Q&A session with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. Dan Phiffer will be presenting ShiftSpace and Fred Benenson will be presenting Free Culture NYU on Creative Commons.

Noon-2:30pm
RSVP
721 Broadway, New York

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On the subject of wikis, under Tom Igoe's recommendation, I tried wikidot, kind of like the wiki version of Blogger. You can customize and make your own wiki without learning how to code.

September 30, 2007

Our rock sculpture in Pololu Valley

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The Big Island, Hawaii

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I would recommend this place to anyone, even for more adventurous travelers. This place is truly a paradise, and less touristy than most of the other destinations I've been to. I would recommend renting a four-wheel drive instead of taking tours because you can visit a lot of "off-site" historical places. I recommend this book [Hawaii The Big Island Revealed published by Wizard] if you visit, very straightforward and honest about Hawaii's history, and was temporarily banned in the 60's. Also, directions in this book are really specific, perfect for taking the car off the road. The Big Island is totally worth the 10-hour flight. I had the best sushi, mahi mahi, and mangoes I've ever had out there. Now I see why Mark Twain visited this Hawaii. Also, be careful if you go snorkeling. The waves can get pretty choppy.

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For more photos, click here.

Mauna Kea Observatories

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This was one of my favorite sites in Hawaii. We almost missed it. We only wish we could've stayed to see the stars. It looks a bit futuristic and science fiction-like. If you go up, take a 45 minute break to get acclimated to the climate and pressure. This is suppose to be one of the tallest mountains in the world if you include sea level, 14,000 feet high. This is as close to the clouds as you can get without the window seat in an airplane.

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For more photos, click here.

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