Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Management Myth

I picked up The Management Myth because it poked at my appreciation of management theory insights and was likely to entertain me while killing time on a plane between LA and Sydney.

Finished reading it about a week ago. I feel more smug.

[btw, i got 2 books at that particular moment, this one and also The Prince, and I finally did away with it only just now, while basking in the sun during my summer break. both good reads.]

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Glebe Street Fair 2008

sorry, this is out of sequence and a year late, but i want the whole 3 years in a row set (2007 2008 2009) blogged just to be consistent -- show all

Monday, November 16, 2009

Glebe Street Fair 2009

A column of people all the way up the street

Free Water, Free Random Stuff, Free Advice

Free Computer, Free Uno Game


oh the catwalk

on the catwalk

stuff to buy

ends in The Lansdowne Hotel and beer

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Eating seaweed

Since about September, been big on seaweed; Nori, Wakame, Kombu, also tried others, and good soy sauce. Now giving it a break somewhat.

My favorite is seaweed salad (soaked wakame, chopped red onion, soy sauce, olive oil) wrapped in nori. It is not too filling and very wet. Messy to cut.

Tofu and rice wrapped in nori.

Nori with curry rice.

I don't quite remember, but it looks like soaking kombu. also cooked kombu with rice.

Seaweed salad: seaweed (soaked and rinsed), onion, tomato, lemon grass, chili, curry powder, secret ingredient (leftover samosa dipping sauce), cooked for 20 minutes -- separate broth -- rice cooked separately -- served : broth soup in a cup; rice topped with seaweed, garnished with olive oil (cold pressed) and soy sauce -- opinion: OK -- notable: seaweed texture is slimy and pasta like; distinct medium mild smell and aftertaste (especially if having had drank the cup of broth first); good cooking adventure meal. Photos show the start of the preparation.

Seaweed shoots: eat uncooked (soak, then rinse otherwise may be too salty, especially if had with soy sauce), with cooked rice and garnish (olive oil, soy sauce, sesame seeds if you got them), 4 big servings -- stringy and chewy -- advice: chop it up first else long strings are awkward to eat gracefully. If you are lucky then you might be able to get the thin type, which is better.

Salad: tofu, seaweed, tomato, etc

Revision 2010 02 28 :

  • wakame seaweed
  • red onion
  • chili
  • soy sauce, sesame oil, olive oil
step 1: soak the wakame for 10 minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients

step 2: blend

step 3: apply blended mass to nori sheet and roll it up

step 4: chill the SEAWEED ROLL in a freezer for 10 minutes or else set it aside for 20 minutes in a cool place. Serve whole, avoid cutting as it could get messy.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Some of my recent stuff

An arbitrary cross section of recent stuff that I got.

LED 1xAA flashlight
Korean shop for kimchi
World Square
pink ribbon day
received bathrobe gift
another Lush solid perfume, this time The Comforter
soy miso paste for miso soup and miso anything

The Prince

I picked up The Prince because it was thin, cheap, and likely to entertain me while killing time on a plane between LA and Sydney.

This is the one to do with Machiavelli -- it is better to be feared than loved.

Finished reading it about a week ago. I feel more smug.

There is an ebook.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

TDK Xa40 speaker cube

Yesterday I picked up this ewaste from JBHiFi, for $25, second last one from display. This item has a long and stupid story in my mind, but now I have it.

Sure, this is in the category of crap-i-dont-need but the consequences of getting it were minimal, and so maybe allowable.

Earlier, Apr 6, 2007 ...

When I came to live at my current place of residence I found some stuff from a previous resident (I'm talking about you Mario), among which was a set of amplified computer speakers, 90s vintage. Today I picked up a cable to connect them to my laptop (RCA to 3.5mm). Wow. What a stunning result. Filled the room with sound.

Alas, my current policy revolves around portability. That means that any new gadget must either replace an existing gadget and fit into my gear bag, or something like that. A full size desktop speaker fails the test. So I stand by my portable and personal space for sound. That means that so far as speakers are concerned, I either use the built in laptop speakers or my Skype mic headphone piece. Spartan, I know.

However, on my wishlist is a TDK Tremor XA40 cube. It's nice and simple, one part only, has enough power to fill a room well enough, and costs $59 (at DSE) which I think is quite fair. I like the design; like the price; but I must refrain from getting it because it fails the bag test; also it costs less to pass. Sad but also thrifty.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Mukarp, Ikealand, and Ikeafever

Went to Ikealand.

Got a Mukarp mattress for my futon that's been on and off the wishlist for a long time with conflicting lifestyle ideology undoing object acquisition - resolved. The pack is 80% deflated and rolled up into a tight almost solid mass of PU; sez it takes 3-4 days to take full shape.

BTW, there are no covers for it in the catalog; they used to have a thick navy blue cotton cover - now computa sez no.

Also saw 2 interesting products:
  1. sunnan :: solar powered desk lamp - I know, sounds like a perpetual energy device - warm white LED matrix, useful size polycrystalline silicon wafers that may have been reclaimed material from the solar panel industry like offcuts and mitigated defects, $35;
  2. ingo :: desk size square table, raw pine, that seems low in embodied energy, misc inputs, and generally seems to be low on my rule of thumb harm index.
I currently need neither, but regardless of that fact most visits to Ikealand induce Ikeafever that in turn causes a purchase.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

phone downgrade

It has become clear that I am not using my phone as much as I used to, and it never had much traffic to begin with.

Opting to give up the half decent phone, the one on the right, in favour of a slim basic device on the left.

However, for the odd times when a phone is relevant I brought back the old Nokia 1600 (it's the one one the left) : basic phone; default calendar year is 2005; trimed the size of it by removing some of the shell (some cutting was involved). It will live in the bag, not in any of my pockets, and mostly set to off mode. The alarm feature is the most useful thing about it - good for Monday 6AM wake up.

The Nokia 6300 (the one on the right will go to a good home).

Sunday, February 22, 2009

scarf crochet

  • went to Lincraft, got Bamboozle yarn
  • yesterday got inspired by this, via craftzine
  • starting with something easy, a scarf. not too worried about errors; it is priceless regardless of ultra low quality craftsmanship
  • about two years ago i found out about the virtues of bamboo, and textiles as one if its many applications
  • could not get started because i could not find any yarn for a reasonable price, until now.
  • at this point i doubt that i will advance to making my own sweater but maybe little mini sweaters for my 2 dogs, a camera sock, maybe a laptop cozy; time will tell
  • taking back crocheting, for the patriarchy
  • i learned the basics back in third grade at school; it's like riding a bicycle, you don't forget it
  • the act of crocheting is an effective cure for my mid afternoon drowsy period, unfortunately the addictive nature of it may null the benefit

[Revision 20090224 - used up one of the 50g balls, just over 2 feet of scarf, the going got fast when i figured out the stitch pattern and used it consistently.]

[Revision 20090301 : the above product was melted down and combined with more yarn (this time 100% bamboo cleckheaton brand) to produced the following. Time well spent? duno, but i can cross it of my todo list.]