Jul. 3rd, 2010
2 c. oat flour
approx 2.5 c. almond milk
1.5 t. baking powder
1.5 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
.25 c. honey
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Today made with about 1.5 c of dried cranberries and about 1 c. of walnuts, lightly crushed.
Skip honey if fill-in ingredient is sweet (i.e. chocolate chips)
Add lemon juice to one cup of almond milk to create buttermilk, let sit and curdle while other ingredients are gathered. Heat up griddle.
Beat eggs. Mix in "buttermilk" to eggs. Mix in thoroughly vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, honey. Mix in flour, add in almond milk until good consistency (thick and pourable), about another 1.5 cups. Don't mix out all lumps. Stir in fill-in ingredients (today fruit and nuts).
Built in griddle at my house should be set to about 9. The portable griddle on our stove should be set to about 6-7 (7 on flat part, 6 on raised part).
Pancake cooking should be pretty standard - a small pat of goat butter and a few minutes to a side. With the buttermilk today, got more bubbles in the pancakes than we usually do with oat flour. Next time might experiment with making more of the milk into buttermilk.
Feb. 17th, 2010
06:36 am - Weird dream
Just had a very weird dream, which featured Cerulean (who I've not met), cdk, Bacchus, Yoni, and my chiropractor or dentist (not sure which); also art by Scott Kurtz and Kris Straub displayed in an unusual bar that I'm not sure I can describe (and I just noticed that Scott had drawn Narbonic sketches at the bar); cdk's apartment somehow turned into my grandparents house on the inside, and a neighbor kid and his mom came over to show off the figurines he just painted, and I washed the kid's aluminum model sheet in the sink, and then I said something very assholish to Bacchus; actually, near the beginning of the dream, my chiropractor gave me the same sedation drugs the dentist gives, and after I wake up from that is when most of the dream takes place, which is apparrently why I'm so rude to everyone, until Yoni and I get to the bar and I accidentally eat a salad with ranch dressing, and then touch a table sculpture with flashing lights and "win" a free drink (still coming down off of sedation meds - at this point just being clumsy and unwise instead of rude), which was a tasty mint mocha something, and then lost Yoni in the secret sculpture room of the bar, and I think that's where I woke up. I don't remember where I saw Cerulean in the dream, I think he was the chiropractor's neighbor.
Dec. 20th, 2009
10:23 pm - Odd occurence
About fifteen minutes ago, my phone rang. Not a number I recognized, but a 972 number, so I consider that it might be a home number for a co-worker, so I answer it, and say "Hello". The female caller immediately starts reading or reciting Shakespeare's 18th sonnet "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" At first, I'm wondering if this might be a strange recording. Towards the end of the sonnet, she trips over a couple words, and the timing of the pauses convinces me that a live person is on the other end. The voice seems slightly familiar, but I don't really recognize it. I'm trying to figure out how exactly I should respond to this, when she finishes, and says "Thank you for allowing me to recite Shakespeare's 18th sonnet to you," to which I naturally respond, "You're welcome," after which she hangs up.
Aug. 14th, 2009
12:08 pm - Computer hardware
I need to make a recommendation on computer specs for a small business, and this is one of the areas where I fail the computer geek stereotype, as hardware just isn't my thing. So, they're hoping for a computer that will last 5 years, and this will be a general office computer, running MS Office, etc. The most pressing technical need they have for the machine at the moment is that various employees will be using it to watch training videos online. I can't imagine that any new computer would have a difficulty with that task, but that's why I turn to you, lazyweb, because I'm not completely sure. I'm guessing for longevity, getting max memory would be a good idea. Do I need to worry about any particular processor setup, improved video card, size of hard drives? I'm most familiar with Dell, are they still a good choice? Obviously, a lot of this will be matters of opinion and speculation, which I'm okay with. :)
Aug. 3rd, 2009
12:36 pm - Recognition
So, a week ago, a friend was playing this song (from: this album) and I recognized the artist before any vocals began, mostly from hearing the drums. Of course, they have a very distinctive drum sound, especially in a few of their more popular songs, and this track very much follows that style.
I was thinking about that this morning as a song started on the radio, one I've not heard before. The song starts out relatively subdued, for metal anyway, and as I'm listening to the cymbals, I think I recognize the drum set. The song turned out to be "The Day That Never Comes", by Metallica. What I found most interesting is that I think I recognized it by the sound of the instrument at least as much as the style (the beginning of the song doesn't seem to me to really have Metallica's "stamp" on it, stylistically speaking).
Jul. 27th, 2009
10:37 am - efficiency proposal
Currently, my financial aid is disbursed to the school, and is used to pay for tuition and fees, etc. and I get a refund check of what's left. I have a proposal for a more efficient system: my financial aid should be split between UTD and Starbucks, and UTD can continue to refund me what I don't use of the disbursment there. No such contingency needs to be set up for Starbucks.
Jun. 14th, 2009
11:37 am - A conversation
I almost titled this "interesting conversation", but interesting is not strong enough a word.
Found this post by some random clicking, and glad I have done so - there's really a lot to consider here. Warning, the posts and threads below deal with rape, sexual harassment, and related topics which may be a trigger for some. There's a great deal to read in the comments to the posts, and I haven't even come close to reading all the comments for the original post.
Followup or related posts I also found compelling or interesting (many referenced in comments to original post):
One particularly useful thread from the comments of the original post is here.
And one more interesting link I noticed in comments.
Apr. 26th, 2009
03:26 pm - On the subject of fidgetting...
I was moved by the DSO's performance of Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony. I watched one young woman fidget distractedly, and listened to another man open a piece of candy during the piece. This reminds me to apologize for all the times I have been similarly distracting. On the other hand I'm not sure how much I can fault others. My right knee hurts from sitting still through the performance. Had I not found the piece so moving, I probably would have popped it. I'm not sure what the moral should be here. :)
Apr. 24th, 2009
Yesterday, I picked up my new CPAP machine, and learned a couple interesting things.
I've had a CPAP machine since November 2002 - the same CPAP machine. In the last few months, the motor had started running louder, such that I had to move the machine from atop my nightstand to the floor. I finally made an appointment with the pulmonologist's office last week, and they were surprised they hadn't seen me in 6.5 years. That appointment went pretty well, and I walked out with a prescription for a new CPAP. The prescription also specified that the CPAP should be appropriate for camping. As an aside, most insurance companies, including BCBS, won't cover the cost of a new CPAP machine more frequently than every 5 years.
My Durable Medical Equipment (DME) supplier called me Tuesday, to discuss filling the prescription, and I elected to come in for a visit, so I could see what options I had for machine and mask. I was especially interested in a new mask, because I've suspected that my mask was not optimal for me. As it turns out, I was correct. The pressure on my machine is set at 16 cm H20, which is a fairly high level of pressure - the sleep specialist had to verify that my chosen machine could accommodate that level of pressure. My previous mask is a nasal pillow type mask, which means that air is delivered through cushions that rest against the nostrils. Nasal pillows are not recommended for pressures above 12 cm H20. The sleep specialist actually laughed when she saw what kind of mask I had previously (in response to my verbalized assertion that I suspected my previous mask was not performing optimally). So, I now have a new mask, and this one is actually designed for active sleepers, so we'll see how this works. :) I also now have a CPAP with battery pack. The battery is rated for 11 hours at 10 cm H20, I'll have to see how long it lasts at my pressure, and that's without the heated humidifier running. Running the humidifier is reported to reduce the run time of the batter to less than 50%.
So, the first interesting thing I learned yesterday is that my CPAP has been improperly configured (insufficient mask) for as long as I've had it. The second interesting thing I learned is that as medically necessary equipment, CPAP machines do not count against the carry on limit when flying. I've been putting my CPAP case in the bottom half of my carry on luggage the last few times I flew. I'll probably get one of these to help with that process. The sleep technician also recommended checking the airline's website for any forms to print out to go with it (I already keep the letter of medical necessity in the cpap case).
Apr. 18th, 2009
07:00 pm - Out-of-context Theatre
Me: the tea was kind of bitter.
ghostdogmeta: That's because it was flavored with the tears of small children.
Me: But see, usually I like that.
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