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Tasty Food

by on Aug.22, 2010 @ 04:30 pm, under Cooking

Hmmm, I like to cook from time-to-time. Try new things. But I never really record what I cook if it turns out well.

Lunch was delicious. Here’s how I made it. YMMV.

2 bags of chili-flavored Maruchan ramen noodles
1 onion, diced or smaller
1 jalapeno, sliced or chopped
2 small cloves garlic, pressed
soy sauce
ground peppercorn
garlic salt
buttered toast

(I tried running my onion through a garlic press, not sure if it was worth it, but it was messy and fun!)
Crush noodles, reserve flavor packets. Put 1/4″-1/2″ water, noodles, jalapenos, about a teaspoon of oil, and onions in a medium frying pan on high to medium-high heat. Keep stirred. When most the water is boiled away, add garlic, flavor packets, a few tablespoons of oil, a couple tablespoons of soy sauce, and peppercorn/garlic salt to taste. Cook until onions are finished. Serve with buttered toast.

Thoughts: Very tasty, it almost seems like its a solid sauce of tastiness on bread. Perhaps, if I had some Sriracha to go with it…

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Too Good – Simulated MJPEG Video Streaming

by on Mar.21, 2010 @ 10:46 pm, under Technology

This was just too good.  I was playing with video codes for real-time streaming of data off my webcam-crane-contraption and decided to try MJPEG.  I wasn’t a fan of rewriting code to put it in the proper format, so for now I thought I’d just set a JPEG to refresh frequently.

So I did.

And it worked, moderately well:

The best part though: It also works on my iPod! Plain ‘ol Safari and JavaScript.  I thought that was pretty cool.  I guess Google, in building Google Chrome to handle the next generation of applications, wasn’t too far off the path.

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Camera Crane WIP

by on Mar.03, 2010 @ 08:43 pm, under Technology

Let’s see, so I bought a house, switched to Linux and now am hacking away at this:

Camera Crane

K'nex, RC servos, a Phidget, and if you look closely, me!

Codename: TelePlaymutte.  ‘Cause I wanna play games remotely.  VOIP, CheckersOIP, DNDOIP, etc. ;-)

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Halloween is so much fun

by on Nov.08, 2009 @ 06:45 pm, under Fantasy, General

So, this last Halloween I had some fun with the kiddos that come around asking for candy.

Welcome to the haunt

My garage this past Halloween

Last year I did something similar, but simpler.  This year was a bit more complex.

It seemed simple enough a task for the trick-or-treater: walk in, enjoy the spooky ambiance (and random lasers stabbing thorough the upper level of fog), grab a reward from the yellow glowing pumpkin, and move on to the next house.


Looking up as you walk in

Looking up as you walk in

Not with me around.  (Haha – trick or treak? Trick!)  With the help of my sister, we ushered all the, um, victims into the cage (a repurposed dog “kennel”).  Once the kids were sure the smiling Goth-dressed-female wasn’t going to bite them, and that everyone was clear of the door, the lights would suddenly drop out.  An enormous thunder and lightning strike from directly in front of them would illuminate a monster, arms outstretched and ready to grab them!  Before anyone could but turn around, the door to the chain-link cage would swing shut, chains clanking loudly against the metal.  You were trapped!

Though you could get away without a trick?  Didja?

Though you could get away without a trick? Didja?

And then . . . we let them go.  We didn’t scare the really litl’ ones.

Here’s an AVI movie, I’ll have to get me a flash player setup sometime.  The microphone normalises stuff too much so you can’t really hear things.

By the end we had fog, black light, strobes, lasers, subs, amps, a laptop . . . so pretty much an instant rave party afterwards. ;-)

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

Thanks to the fam for helping get things setup!

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Life has its happens

by on Nov.02, 2009 @ 07:22 pm, under General

Life happens and come and goes around sometimes, I guess. Today half the team I work on, including a co-worker that I had known for quite some time, was laid off. Bam, just like that, I never even saw it coming.
Life is mean sometimes, but what would life be…

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