Sunday, December 6, 2009

Oriental Inspired Peach Chicken

This was derived from a few sources on the intarwebs, it comes from General Tso' chicken, but I use peach sauce for an amazingly sweet flavor, that will leave you wanting more.

So here it is, my secret recipe - I should state that the brand of peaches is pretty much important, I've failed with another type, and created some putred blend of aroma's I'd care not to describe. So just stick with the Del Monte ones until I can figure out just exactly the difference between that brand and others.

1cup rice
2cup water

Sauce, mix thoughly
1/2 Peach Juice (Del Monte)
1.4 tbls soy sauce (optional)
3 tbls sugar
2 tbls sherry/rice wine
1.5 tbls White Vinegar
2tbls corn starch

3 eggs
1/2 cup corn starch (add more to thicken)

1lb chicken boned/cubed/skinned

Hopefully you know how to cook rice, but here it is anyway. Heat water to a boil put in rice, and let it simmer for 15minute covered.

Mix all ingredient for sauce in a sauce pan, an option that is quite delicious is to chop up 2 or three peach slices into the sauce heat until carmelized, will turn from its "frothy" tan tone, to a very dark almost clear tone. I usually heat it a bit longer than carmelziation, just to make sure.

Put eggs into a container, and beat well,add in corn starch. I suggest adding it in incrementally as it doesn't mix ... cleanly with egg, and you'll just end up with a powder mess as the egg slaps back over your pile of starch. Deep fry them I usually pan fry them quite easily, but if the depth of your oil doesn't cover the chicken cubes, then the coating will ooze off one side. (perhaps you
can cut cubes smaller?)

theoretically serves four, but honestly, you might need more for that. Also optionally leave out the soy sauce, your sauce will loose its brownish tone, and look quite clear, very sweet amazing...

This tastes less like dinner and more like desert.

If you have any questions, which I'm sure you will - just let me know I'll try to keep a close eye on this. Again this in theory make for four people, but if I were going to have to cook it for four I'd double everything and just have left overs.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Texting and Driving

My response to NY Times's terrible texting FUD -

So I got that link off my facebook - someone posted it, and I decided to play it, and I must say. I came to a conclusion that is so far off of what NY Times did.

The game is an unrealistic situation, First of all, when I'm texting and driving, I have the phone right in the middle of my view, so I can see it and everything that's not directly in front of me, cause if you were directly in front of me, I'm probably not going to swerve to miss your ass anyway. Second, I can see the road when I type, I just can't see it when I read a message, you can't drag the phone around on this game, or I'd run some tests for that as well.

So taking in to consideration these issues, here is my first test result, all in all I think its a good test score.

I didn't do so well in the first part, cause I didn't know what I was doing, buy I fragged the hell outta that invisible lady. ... Has any seen her ever? Cause after 10 games or so, I've yet to see her - I think its a conspiracy.

I decided I could do better than that so I ran it again, and didn't mis any gates, and got much lower times. (lower is better) after looking at how well I was, I did it again. This time using shorter messages.
Again, an improvement, I did miss a gate (had to scratch my head).

All in all a good job, but I came to a different conclusion.

That if you practice enough and use shorter words, you can text like a pro, but still hit the gray lady. Obviously my scores to prove it!. Read more...

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Twitter needs out of band messaging.

Straight and to the point, messages should be able to be tagged. This may seem silly to some, but picture it this way I'm listening to music, and I post that music to and all is well, but really I'd like to post that to twitter, so anyone who wanted to interface with the information could. (and easily so)

normally you'd end up seeing mindless post after post of my songs changing. This is mostly unimportant information, I mean who really wants to read all of the songs I listened to in a day. If I could post the message to twitter with a categorical tag, called "music" you could easily filter out the junk.

Twitter would become the #1 location for market research, if it isn't already. Instead of searching through posts looking for the latest movie trends or relying on some market research website, you'd just look at the top 10 phrases trending in the movies sub-channel.

Not only that, but if wanted to rate the movie, I could put extraneous details that computers would filter into data - out of band messaging is perfect for that, - movie "Star Trek :: 9/10" thats it just a nugget of information and truth.

Or for those location addicts, instead of updating their information all the time, they could just have an out-of-band message - location "38.950425,-92.328003" and blammo, if people really wanted to know what coffee shop you were writing your rants from, they'd know.

out-of-band channels also need privacy settings public, followers, friends, private - the idea of private out of band channels is nifty, I could have a device, say my washer be twitter enabled, and it posts a message to my automation channel, which in turn my cell phone is monitoring - I have no desire to publish when my underwear is clean, but I may want to know that for personal reasons.

On the technical side, I'm thinking the channel id's should be considered free form and open to whatever whims the public decides something like a 32 character field should be adequate for just about any need. like music, movies, terroristmovements

One last thing that has been pissing me off about twitter since I actually started to pay attention to people, I'd like to be able to place tags on people so I can filter my main list - I'd be the happiest person alive, I think the cell phone updates should be converted to a tag as well. I could see celebrities using this to follow you back and just put you in their "eh, I'm not really following him" category, at least you'd feel like they thought you were interesting. :D

Thoughts ??

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Fundamental Differences

So at work we had a difference of opinion on how things should work. I have been working on a PHP framework and backend stuff that interfaces with our database. There is a function named getCoordinatesForCity which simply takes $city, $state for parameters, and returns the lat, long of the city and state.

This function is used a few times. The boss wanted to change it to add fuzzy lookups.

It already does "check database 1 if failure check database 2", he wanted to add "if failure after database2 do a fuzzy lookup"

I mentioned that he should just create a new function for this action like getFuzzyCoordinatesForCity (or whatever) simply because the contract the function spells out is "I will get whatever you ask for from the database or return a failed state to you" and is used in that context quite often. where as his change would turn it into a "I will get whatever you ask for, or the closest possible answer, or a failure"
. My attitude is, it might work, but I can't guarantee the operation would be proper in existing implementations. Odds are about 99% likely it will work without issue, but still this is production code, going live later today.. seriously make it so you won't break it.

I said, sure just implement a new function and in his opinion we are increasing the features for existing implementations, and I said no, you are presenting new opportunities for bugs. If we need the new features in the existing implementation we can add your function later, why break stuff now?

I keep getting into fundamental arguments with the boss over stuff like this, trying to make the design work is becomming arduous simply because he would prefer everything to return a result no matter what input you get, in his mind this reduces the number of errors, in my mind this just makes the errors crop up in places you wouldn't expect.

It's like the dutch boy and the dyke, sure he's got ten fingers and as long as the wholes pop up in relatively close proximity, you can plug them, but when it pops 700ft away, or it starts backing up and flooding houses, would you know where the bug came from and why?

What's everyones opinion on this? I mean I get so weary of these silly arguments when implementing a new function is not an arduous task, and it increases the options you have later, when you want fuzzy searching, you can use it, if you don't want fuzzy searching you don't have to use it.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

The snake in the garden of financial crisis

I worry about the financial crisis, and the hidden costs of our way of life. There is a proverbial snake waiting to strike - lying in wait. It's in the homes of over 40% of all Americans. And if you're reading this, then I can guarantee it affects you as well.

The Internet is a global network of interconnected computers, enabling users to share information along multiple channels. -

The Internet in its current incarnation is approximately 19 years old. During its youth it's growth was fuel by big business and large investments. This is commonly known as the “Dot Com Bubble”. The aftermath of this is the well known “Dot Com Bust”.

This failure left us with an inheritance of left over Internet pipelines, dark fiber as we call it. Connections to the telecoms that are no longer live, and they're more than willing to sell, and sell they did. Relatively cheap infrastructure was able to connect more people and businesses.

Without this huge investment in infrastructure the Internet as we know it would not exist. You would likely not be browsing with broadband, if at all - and perhaps not even have an email account.

With the recent financial crisis rearing its head, I fear lack of investment into the Internet infrastructure, and business. Specifically I feel this could pop another bubble the number of small businesses dependent on the Internet.

As the collapse of the economy pushes in, the assumption always goes to the lower income brackets will re-evaluating luxury expenses. I would argue that this inlcudes the Internet, and the pre-requisite computer to access it. Further than that rural communities will not get the investment of broadband they need to be big players in the Internet economy

Its hard to really pin down any exact numbers or even if this conjecture will come to fruition, but the side effect will be smaller customer bases for on-line businesses. Businesses that likely rely on the people who are no longer on-line, further pushing economic recovery down the line.

This isn't any new logic, no money = no customers = no businesses = no money = nauseum - the difference is, there are so many points of failure for internet businesses that make them currently artificially inflated, leaving them setup for massive failure, the carpet could be pulled out from under them, and in turn us.

On the plus side, cellular phone companies pushing their networks are competing with Internet connectivity, and as long as cost is kept low we can only win.

Wireless networks are easier to deploy over large areas, and will cellular technologies most of the infrastructure is already there.

In-fact I'd make a prediction that cell phones will be the biggest connectivity option of the next 5 years, which I'd predict regardless of the economy. Taking economic forces into the equation, you can see that they end up being the cheapest option for many, looking to replace a broken computer, lost Internet and general communications a cell phone is the easiest solution.

I suppose what I'm getting at is, if we're not careful the infrastructure that could bring us back from the brink, could be the same infrastructure that sends us off it. Indeed a snake lying in wait, a double edged sword. A perfect weapon if wielded correctly. But it seems like every other financial expert is completely ignoring what could be gained from it.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Rampant hypocrisy

I was out and about wandering around town over the weekend, and hit upon a conversation two girls were having, slightly funny. Slightly not.

I'm gonna give these girls reference names, Sandi and Sally. They were both waiting for their boyfriends to show up and were rambling about everything that had happened over the past week.

Sandi mentioned catching some women breast-feeding at the mall, and before Sally could respond, to which I was certain she was going to defend the action. Sandi quickly retorted how much she thought that was gross, and inappropriate. Sally was quiet, but quickly agreed, and allowed the conversation to progress, seemed like a bit of a tactical retreat to me, more than a real agreement on the appropriateness of breast-feeding in public. (My opinion is simply, it silly to let a breast-feeding women to bother you in the least, get over it.) She kinda started a rant on how it's just wrong and "nasty", etc.

About 30 minutes later or so, they were talking about fellatio, and Sandi mentioned "giving head" to a guy at work. At first I assumed it was her boyfriend, because she mentioned him being with her at work a lot, and it bothered her he was always around.

It turns out in fact, that Steve is not her boyfriend but Marty is, and she was mad that Marty kept bothering her at work, because she really wants to flirt with Steve.

10 minutes later she was bitching about the fact that Marty is acting jealous all the time, and worries about her spending time with Jack, as she asserts she's doing nothing inappropriate with him.

During this time Sally barely spoke a word. She did seem to think that Marty getting jealous over Jack was stupid.

Eventually both boyfriends show up, and they had a pleasant dinner and Marty paid for Sandi's meal. I almost felt compelled to go over there and tell him what I over-heard, just to watch sparks fly.. okay sometimes I feel evil, but I did feel sorry for him, Sandi is likely going to use him until she decides that Steve is worth the effort and make the switch.

So I learned lots of new lessons from this. Its totally okay to give head to a guy in the office, but not to breast-feed in public. Men should not get jealous over the wrong guy. (make sure she tells you who she's cheating on you with first so you don't screw that up.) And last but not least, always date the dope and flirt with the sleaze.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Cursing and Insults

I'm sitting at home trying to expand my lexicon, by reading British curse phrases. This is my mindless dribble that followed the endeavor.

No one culture on this planet can curse quite like the Brits. I'm jealous. I'ts not fair. Americans? Pfft, we're all redundant "fuck this", "fuck that", "damn it to hell", and that's about all we have. We have no real substance, we have no words that have great innate meaning. Well aside from racial slurs, the common ones we all know. But they aren't American in nature.

Speaking of racial slurs, does anyone know any REALLY great white racist jokes? I can't think of any that really just make me feel offended. I've been wondering if this is a perspective thing? Most racial jokes deal with stereo-typical behaviors or class structure.

I can't find a white joke that seems equally as insulting as a black/asian/hispanic/etc...

I think it might have to do with it being hard to peg white people to one stereo-type. Trailer trash is a good white stereo-type. The number of white people on Jerry Springer is arguably higher than what would be statistically equal to minority demographics, or I suppose that the white people on the show are just so significantly ridiculous that they just stick in our minds.

I suppose overall, us white folk are just too varied for the jokes to stick or have any lasting meaning. In order for an insult to work, it has to be offensive to all the people involved, you can't insult "white people". You can insult a stereotype of white people - like the trailer-trash one, and I'll just laugh and think, well thats not me. Or you make some insult to the successful business man, with a tiny penis. Again, one of those isn't me, so the whole joke is lost. The rule of thumb seems for the insult to work, you have to insult 80% of the general race target all at once.

There is an exception to this, it seems women can't get away from the insults. So white males basically get shafted, there's no great insulting joke that exemplifies our bad styles/tastes/personality.