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Fri, Mar. 27th, 2009, 11:29 am
Writer's Block: Previously on My Journal

If a friend started reading your journal today, what would you need to fill them in on so they could understand what you're writing about?

I suppose I'd fill them in on the "Previous 20" button.

I hope to god my friends can figure that one out on their own.

Tue, Mar. 24th, 2009, 07:04 pm
Writer's Block: Multimedia

What is your favorite macro? Why?

Those aren't Macros you morons, those are Memes, I don't care "According to Wikipedia" when "Macro" has been standing for Command Shortcut on your Keyboard, Aka "Bind "Key" "Command" nearly a decade and a half, you can bet your sorry ass I'm going to go by the global standard.

As far as Memes go, I'm growing to be a fan of most Gurren Laggan Memes, watch the anime, please, in japanese if you can, its better spoken, but the english for once isn't too bad.

As far as Macros go, If you want to see something REALLY cool? Hold Alt and press F4, trust me, its super awesome.

Sun, Mar. 22nd, 2009, 02:38 pm
Writer's Block: Take Your Chances

Do you think people deserve second chances?

Simply? It depends on the mistake and how frequently it is made.

Sun, Mar. 8th, 2009, 06:22 pm
Wow, need to really work on my word versatility

Just re-looked at the first paragraph of the last entry: gotta say that it needs some work. "I" popped up more than should be desired in any sort of writing to be taken seriously. A few spread out is fine but something akin to a bombing raid on London? Not cool.

Fri, Mar. 6th, 2009, 04:25 pm
Writer's Block: Miss Manners

What recently developed technology—cell phones, wi-fi, laptops, handheld gaming devices, etc.—do you think has had the worst influence on how people behave in public?

No, it started with the "hey, you know your semi bare ass(guys)/stomach & thong(girls) is sort of hanging out of your pants?" movement, this is sort of just a continuation of bad mannerisms manifesting in a lack of sufficient self control. I try to keep my headphones down so I can still hear when someone addresses me and when I am I turn my PSP off / take my headphones off so I can fully concentrate on whatever they might need from me, or even just to talk. The game pauses exactly where I was when I turned it off and it I don't have a life or death dependency on the funny little plastic toy - It just doesn't have anything more important to offer me than may be confronting me, that...and Sony has quite badly failed at providing games that hold my interest. I've got the "Alchemists of Al-Revis" port that's coming out this month to look forward to and "Disgaea" to hunt down, but those are pause able too.

Cellphones are ridiculous, people are screaming at the screen constantly even though several now have a loudspeaker function which magnifies your voice and the speaker's voice in case (you or they) can't hear (them or you) well enough due to background noise, not to mention minor annoyances like people who drive and talk, people who talk in the least acceptable places or moments and some others I can't recall at the moment.

Not so much with Laptops, when a person opens their laptop in the proper place it means they're either there to get some much needed business done in a place they consider their "Oasis" so to speak, or to quickly check their mail, usually nothing that is going to harass other people...at least, not as far as I've seen.

Tue, Mar. 3rd, 2009, 06:40 pm
Writer's Block: More Island Time

You're packing your bag for that other desert island—the one with no electricity—what 5 books do you take with you?

How about food? Fuck the books, I can live without books, but food, water, a map, a compass and a portable kayaking set don't need any electricity. why is everybody caught up in STAYING on the goddamn desert island?

Sat, Feb. 21st, 2009, 10:03 pm
Writer's Block: Words to Live By

What is your personal motto or favorite quotation?

Bro Bro, Fight the Power! :grins:

I'm just tossing that out there.

Thu, Feb. 19th, 2009, 04:42 pm
Pepper & Pineapple Sauce & About The Chicken

Sauce(to prep ahead of time)
*This made enough sauce to flavor and coat 6 servings of diced chicken VERY well, in truth its supposed to be for like 4 or 3 servings.

1 cup diced bell peppers of any kind
1 1/2 cups of chicken stock, low sodium preffed
1 large can of sliced pineapples in juice (18 oz can?)
(You're going to dice those, but need the juice so buying diced is a no-go)
1/2 cup of vinegar
1/2 cup of sugar
some salt
Rice Cooking Wine

Sauce Thickener (Add this after you cooked your meat and veggies and have those aside, unless you like sitting around with a thick sweet sauce? it probably won't develop more flavor after adding this, at least not well)

1/2 cup of chicken stock, low sodium preffed
2 tablespoons corn starch
1 tablespoon soy sauce (you can probably not even add it though, I didn't)
Grab a pot you figure can hold all of this, if you're increasing amounts then consider for it.

1)Insert diced Bell Peppers into pot
2)Insert diced Pineapple into pot
3)Insert 1 cup of chicken stock into...you guessed it, da pot.

Simmer for 5 or 6 minutes for flavor to spread into the stock

4)Add 1/2 cup of sugar, vinegar and juice, stir to dissolve,
5)You don't HAVE to add rice cooking wine or the salt,but I like to: I only added maybe 1/7th of a cup of it along with a half a teaspoon of salt
6)Simmer this down, stirring for about 35 minutes, or 3 cups: basic rule to reducing sauces like this is the longer you simmer, the stronger the flavor concentration BUT, the less liquid there will be for the actual sauce.
7)Once meat and veggies are in the pot, you can put the sauce in with them and start heating it, I added the sauce from a jar from the refrigerator right into the hot ingredients, heated and added the thickening agent: make sure you keep mixing because this stuff thickens extremely quickly and you want to coat everything while making sure it doesn't burn. Don't worry: you're not going to have left over sauce: it will be stuck fast to the food.

The Pineapple and Pepper Chicken was a smashing success! It actually came out restaurant quality here, and it wasn't nearly as much salt in it as all the different recipes did...why the bloody hell would someone thicken a sauce with half a cup of soy sauce mixed with cornstarch? dear GOD those are freakin SCARY amounts of salt we're talking here, if you're using it "for the color" then just get some color additive, its quite likely to be less damaging to your body than that sodium is.

The chicken was a bit overwhelming at first, I decided to quickly marinate the cubed chicken bits in the juice of one pink grapefruit and some fresh ginger while I contemplated "how the hell am I going to fry this without burning my face to bits" In the end the batter I made was too eggy to be "crunchy" but it did well enough covering the chicken to keep it moist and juicy on the inside and not dry. Using the smaller metal pan along with around 1/2 an inch of oil in conjunction with a pot to mix everything in at the end was a good idea: and to re-expound: When you start stir frying things, there is no time for second thoughts, two hands are needed to keep the chicken apart and to turn it once its properly cooked on one side then to bring it to the pot and you can't grow a third arm, next time I try something like this though I'm using tempura batter: its a solid and proven batter for most meats and again...some of these online recipes call for insane amounts of soy sauce for some reason, maybe people think soy sauce is like ketchup over in Asia?

The portabello mushroom I tossed in was nice, I think it gave a bit of earthiness to the onion and garlic stir fry, its just a bit difficult since stir fries added together like this call for really thinly sliced mushrooms, and the portabello, well, "she a-no-like to-a-be a-sliced"

Also: California long grain rice is awesome, but remember to rinse it after you are done steaming it or it will be sticky like a son of a *%T&#, which is fine since I actually like eating rice-balls for a quick lunch with some dried fish, or just some salt but the stickiness doesn't lend itself to fried rice, and my next trick is either a huge batch of doughnut holes, a filling pizza my dad will eat (The nearby pizzaria is awesome but he has eating his way through pizza) or some form of fried rice for lunch, probably pork since we don't do beef anymore as mom has an aversion to non-organic, and when dad makes chicken its usually paprika chicken drumsticks or breaded chicken breasts.

Thu, Feb. 19th, 2009, 04:29 pm
Writer's Block: Animal Instinct

What creature would you choose as your spirit animal?

I've always been partial to wolves and wolf dog breeds like Huskies, but then there are Ravens as well...

For some reason I always think of spirit animals as pairs, one for the sky and one for the ground...you don't really get many aquatic based spirit animals unless you're in asian folk-lore and mythology, in which case almost always some sort of dragon.

In truth I'd still probably end up closer to a dog of some sort.

Wed, Feb. 11th, 2009, 06:05 pm
Writer's Block: Challenges I’ve Faced

What challenges in life have you conquered and emerged from a better person?

Aside from the ongoing cancer treatment, the cruelty experienced in elementary school as a foreign student, the constant movement of my family from town to town (and thus, my movement from school to school), Having to talk one of my elementary school friends out of suicide and more recently: my friend from the hospital dieing as a result of infection during his own cancer treatment (and me not finding out about it until a week later)?

I think we can emerge almost always a better person, or at least, a more learned person if we are open to the possibility, at least I'm not an emotional wall anymore, though I think I have always been rather passive and democratic when it comes to dealing with problems instead of taking the aggressive way through, I guess by most standards that makes me a push over when it comes to dealing with problems?

I wouldn't know, I've solved more issues by calmly talking and searching for a way for both parties to be satisfied than by wanting to "win"

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