Saturday, November 12, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
As you may recall a couple of weeks ago I mentioned I will be testing different Android bloggin apps. Originally I started with Google Blogger, Blogger-Droid and Blogaway. The later two I liked quite a bit until I kept getting pop up ads and messages in my notifications. So I did some research and found out Blogger-Droid is known for doing this. So long Droid not cool. I get enough notifications without the need for spam and undesired ads. The quest shall continue...
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
This is actually not what you think it is. Get your mind out of the gutter you dirty pig! Actually this is a typical hamster behavior of sniffing each other out. There are a few Russian dwarf hamsters that live amongst the Blodgett Communal. Once in a while they are let out and allowed to interact. Typically what happens is they ignore each other for the first few minutes. Then they gradually get closer and sniff each other out sort of like dogs do. They ignore each other some more looking for food crumbs and interesting things to put in their pouches to take back to the cage. They usually end up sniffing each other again and then one of them tends to sit atop the other like in this picture. This is not a mating thing as they are both male. It's actually more like a hierarchical zone establishment of who's the boss. Here Mr Chip (brown) has proven his man's worth over gentle Rabbit (white). At this point we see aggression as Mr Rabbit doesn't like smelly Chip on top and this is when the little fuzz balls go back in the cage or when one of them is tossed aside and fighting ensues. Interesting habit's little dwarfs have.
As promised in past post here is the recipe for the Spicy Thai Chicken Recipe. Actually I meant to post this a little while ago but it slipped my mind till we feasted on the succulent beast again last night.
You will need the following: 11/2 to 2lbs of Chicken, 2 Red Peppers, 1 Onion, 4 Green Onions, 1 Clove of Garlic, 2 TSP of Fresh Ginger, 1 Jalapeno, Thai Style Chili Sauce (I use Kikkoman), 2 TBSP Rice Wine Vinegar, Vegetable Oil, Salt and Pepper, Sugar.
Serve this dish with a white rice. I recommend starting your rice first as this dish takes only 20-30 minutes
Step 1 : Heat Oil in a large size pan. When warm throw your chicken in and fry for about 5-10 minutes. I make sure that the majority of the chicken is lightly cooked outside and slightly pink inside before moving on to step 2. Watch closely as you don't want to over cook chicken. You can use any type of chicken you desire. On the bone adds a lot more flavor to this recipe.
Step 2: Add garlic and ginger chopped finely. Cook for about a minute.
Step 3: Throw in your chopped Onion, Salt and Pepper, 2 Green Onion, Red Peppers, Jalepeno seeded and finely diced.
*** Note when chopping the Jalepeno make sure you wear gloves. Touching the pepper with open soars or rubbing your eyes will really burn***
Step 4: Stir fry the ingredients for about 4 minutes stirring regularly.
Step 5: In a bowl Mix the Chili sauce (I use one jar of Kikkoman for this dish) about 1 cup and 2 TBSP of Rice Wine Vingear. Stir for a minute or until well mixed.
Step 6: Mix in the pot and reduce heat to a medium. If you find that the sauce is too juicy you can always add a little cornstarch to thicken. This dish has kick especially with fresh Jalapeno. If you find that the sauce is too hot you can add some sugar to cool the heat a little. Serve once the peppers are crispy. Top with the remaining 2 Green Onions before serving.
Serve with rice
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Monday, November 7, 2011
Well our brothers and sisters down south may be moving a little faster than us but as with many things we often follow suit not far behind. On the table is another proposed measure to now give police the power to place gps tracking devices on your vehicle without warrant. Of course this will be only be used to track criminal activity. One more step towards true democracy. When this passes in the States it won't be long before it comes into effect here. "And here we go"
I have a few bones with this.
1) Tax dollars should be going to worthwhile projects that help sustain the community. This bill is divisive and only another attack on the cyclists community who should be encouraged. Tying your bike to a pole is not hurting anyone or anything.
2) This sends a bad message, in that it discourages people from using alternative forms of transportation.City councilors should be doing everything they can to encourage less vehicle dependance. I don't know if anyone's looked out the window lately but its getting a little congested and smoggy here in our cities.
3) The resources and materials to implement this bills do not justify the cost. For one what are they going to do put up a bike rack at every building in the city. Who's going to put them up? Where does the city expect to get the money in their already ailing budget. Lastly who is going to enforce this along with the fine processing? Will there now be a required bike registry. How does they city expect to find out whose they have ticketed or are they going to cut the chains, take the bikes and have a big auction at the end of the year and give the proceeds to the poor or to mental health awareness programs.
Just a few questions that come to mind.