Monthly Archives: November 2008

Moving Hard Drives

It’s been a most annoying thing! I had to swap out my HD and being an SATA drive, I didn’t have an external drive bay for it. So I had to migrate my data the hard way, copying it onto an interim medium.

I tried making a list of all the folders and things I’d need to move and succeeded quite well – except I missed out on some personal data as well my OneNote files in which I have the majority of my work!! 😀

Thankfully moving OneNote files is a breeze. You just copy the folders into the OneNote directory and Open a folder as a Notebook using the File menu. And now I’m back in business. I’m considering making a quick personal note of it, in case I need to do this again.

Did I also mention that I forgot to move my Internet Explorer favorites and other stuff. Almost like I never made that list.

Favorite food sites

Yeah. While I’m on the food topic, here are my favorite food sites.

Of course, allrecipes.com – they’re awesome! Got some great recipes and all the ingredients can be calculated based on servings needed.

Another great one passed on to me by weewilly is foodblogsearch.com

Mushroom Risotto!

The original recipe was the one I gleaned off allrecipes.com – however you can be lazier and simplify it somewhat.

Ingredients:

  • Butter
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1.5 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 liter (4 cups) vegetable stock
  • Add cheese, salt & pepper to taste.

Generally, I found the vegetable stock to be quite salty – ergo, I never needed any more salt.

Directions:

Wash the rice first. It’s a boring job, but needs doing. Rinse and repeat a few times while you sort of mash it up in your hands.

Melt butter in a wide large skillet and add the garlic and onions to soften and turn golden. Low heat. Add the mushrooms until they give off some water and turn soft.

Add the cream and rice. Stir nicely until rice absorbs it all. That’s exactly what we’ll do with the stock, adding one cup at a time.

I promise: this dish is so darn delicious, you’ll wish you’d made more! And have a glass of wine to add to the good cheer. Christmas is almost here! 🙂

Programming

I may be spiraling away again with the many projects I’m onto. But we’ll see.

So I was working on

  • Sleep
  • Exercise
  • Writing

and now I’m adding Programming to the list.

At this time I’m downloading the C# Express edition from the MSDN website. And tagging along with that is SQL Express.

MS seems to have a beginner developer center that I’ll be using too. Lucky me I have access to some other resources. Just have to keep plugging away though.

My inspiration for today was the author of bLADE Wiki, Dale Lane. He’s got the bLADE Wiki app and also a cool tool for working with MS Money files on the mobile. Really glad to have found that. While he’s not using Open Source, at least he’s putting out freeware.

Daily Posting

Obviously the daily posting is going to take a bit more effort than I’d previously imagined.

I watched Untraceable yesterday. Some thoughts – Diane Lane seems to be starring in Un movies! Two, she’s more mature looking and I’m glad that it’s not always a hot chick who’s the star. The conversation in the movie was overall quite intelligent with the techie bits – but quite stereotypical on the human bits. And fourth, the discussion and debate never goes deep enough!

The premise of a killer involving the viewers in a ‘live’ kill was quite interesting. The killer too chose to involve a senator’s son. The senator was involved with the subject of Net Neutrality? or was it Brutality? From the context it sounded like Net Neutrality and that was followed by two lines on the topic – end of subject. What?! How?! Where’s the moral angle or debate here? Nada. And, of course, the internet is a ‘jungle’.

The second bit of discussion was around the guilt of the viewers. Again, glossed over in a brief chat about, “why should you feel guilty about looking up a web page,” or something similar.

Overall, great concept, good direction and cinematography, but poor when it comes to actual handling of issues.

21 days or 28?

I was listening to a talk by Kevin Turner on leadership and while he dropped quite a few pearls of wisdom, one got stuck in my mind. Perhaps because it’s something I’m working on myself – forming habits.

The comment was, “It takes 21 days to form a habit.” Or so his mom said – and for him she recommended 28. When I heard it – the concept struck me as being simple. And thinking more on it, I guess it’s a elucidation of our internal processes around forming patterns. I’m hoping to develop some better patterns – notably sleep and exercise. With the sleep, I’m almost halfway through and with exercise, I’ve got another 8 weeks to go!

So, let’s aim for 21 and hope for the best!

Serendipity

Baz moved stealthily, watching where he put his feet. He opened his mouth slightly to silence his breathing and quickly glanced behind him. Slipping behind a tree he stilled himself to listen for sounds of pursuit. He could hear night sounds of the wood around him; crickets chirping, flapping wings of bats and owls, hoots and bays of other animals. The incessant sound of leaves swaying in the gentle cadence of the woods at night was a constant murmur.

Closing his eyes, Baz tried to stretch his hearing, laying his hands on the rough bark behind him. Be one with the forest. The instruction came unbidden from deep within. And he tried.

The air was warm underneath the canopy of these fair trees and he felt the breeze tickling his skin and cooling him as he sweated. He was sure that there were at least 4 pursuers, but no more than 7. That number of stealthily moving people would be an impossibility. He must hear something – a loud voice, a footstep falling on a twig, unsettled birds – anything!

As a courier, Baz was used to dealing with occupational hazards like bandits and the occasional crooked dealer. However, over the years he’d filtered the shops, inns and brothels he visited and knew the proprietors and employees by sight at least, if not on a first-name basis. As a courier, he didn’t always know what knowledge or packages he carried. So, it was safest to know the lay of the ground when traveling to protect the interests of his employers.

When Baz caught sight of a trio following him around Pati, he went on guard. In Jala, seeing the same trio conferring with another bunch, he’d decided that trouble was brewing. Bringing up the issue with the militia would certainly bring only more unwelcome attention to himself. It was best  to lose them. His destination was North, towards Alim. But Alim was on a plateau with hardly any cover and once headed North, they’d be able to catch him eventually. East was the river and the border with smaller villages. West was the only way out with Kaf, the regional horse market which he visited often.

Kaf was a bustling town famous for it’s horse market that attracted buyers from all over the region. The Kaf road was always  busy no matter the time of the year. Amoy, the first city in that direction, lay close to the Vala forest. The Vala forest was big. It stretched from Amoy at it’s southern end to So he hatched a simple plan to hitch a ride to Amoy

 

 

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