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Talk Like a Pirate Day September 19, 2006

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Talk Like a Pirate Day

I think the title says it all.  This site is all things pirate with a translator to boot!

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CPU Reviews September 12, 2006

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Here are some overviews of the new Core 2 units from Intel (both Duo and Quadro) and a head on comparison of the Duos with the AM2.

I am the luckiest guy in the world August 21, 2006

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Cafe Juanita 

So out of nowhere a friend at work I had helped with some computer rebuilding and some warez issues (ahem), invited me to a sort of tradition in food tasting he does for his birthday.  So I meet him and his wife at Cafe Juanita and we have this amazing multi course meal.  If you check out the menu you can see it was designed to be eaten that way.  I started with an apertivo of Prosecco (sort of the Italian version of champaign) with organic parmigano reggiano.  For an antipasti, I had the bufala mozzarella with little fritti (fried baby veggies).  (I also learned that the buffalo in bufala mozz is the American buffalo!!  Apparently brought over by a king of Naples because he was into the American West – this is so strange a story I need to check it out and see if it’s the real story)

We all shared, which is the perfect way to enjoy this type of meal.  The other two antipasti we had were the prosciutto with summer fruit and the Foie Gras with nectarines which also had the amazing addition of cocoa nibs – really an interesting and complex flavor blend.  For the antipasti I had a very nice white wine (forget the name) similar to a chardonay.

For salad I had the green bean salad with creme fraiche and tomatos.  My buddy had the beet salad.  The creme fraiche was laced with garlic and just an amazing coating and the tiny heirloom tomatoes were sweet, tart and juicy like candy.  The beet salad was very good also but no where near the bean salad in taste and texture.  By the way, the marcona almonds (never had before) were amazing – so different than the overpowering almonds you usually get with salads.  They were more subtle in flavor but also much deeper.

For pasta I had the rabbit ravioli with sage butter.  My friends wife tried the Risotto Barbaresco which as the name portends is an unusual Risotto flavored mostly of that deep red Barbaresco wine – unusual and really good.  The ravioli was perfect and very good – my first rabbit ever.

For the main course we all really differed, my friend got the lamb and his wife tried the wagyu strip steak and I got the braised rabbit.  All three were just amazing but of the three the rabbit was an eye opening melange of flavors and textures – really a masterpiece.  It was fall-apart tender and just delectible.  The lamb was also remarkable.

For dessert I had an off the menu fig tart with chocolate gelato.  Oh my… we also had two differnent and very nice reds for the pasta and the main course. 

We met there at about 7pm and got out at around 11 with of course a lot of great conversation.  I think I need to start doing this for my bday as well – really a wonderful tradition.

Hitachi-Maxell to Ship Holographic Storage this Year August 5, 2006

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DailyTech – Hitachi-Maxell to Ship Holographic Storage this Year

This has been sooooo long in coming.  I remember reading about this idea years ago.  Hopefully demand will bring the prices into the consumer range fast.

Maximizing your ROI at Pizza Hut August 1, 2006

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Maximizing your ROI at Pizza Hut at start.com.my blog

I’m still laughing from this one – be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to see the finished “salad”.  Rules always do seem to serve as a barrier that begs to be broken.  Clearly this guy broke the salad bar single visit barrier!

Another cool thing from Microsoft Research July 31, 2006

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Microsoft Live Labs: Photosynth

This is a pretty neat idea.  I’ve seen a few apps that do similar things but this seems to move beyond simple stitching by introducing geophysical data and a community concept with the idea of sharing these and merging them online.

I’m not sure that I understand the attraction, but I think I must have this! July 25, 2006

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CONNECT2CAR: 3RD GENERATION CAR CONTROL SYSTEMS

I’ve always liked the idea of being able to remotely control parts of my car – this certainly looks like a cool way to do that given that my smartphone is always within reach these days.  I don’t know… maybe it’s just the Homer in me dreaming of adventures like James Bond always has. 

Pretty much the final say on Ted Stevens’ imaginary internet July 20, 2006

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YouTube – DJ Ted Stevens Techno Remix: “A Series of Tubes”

I had so much fun watching Kevin last night on YouTube I went to look for more today and stumbled across this great tribute to the Senator from AK without a brain.  A little known fact about Alaska is that the state bird there is in fact a Tube.   I did not know that… 🙂

Great YouTube post – How to make a bad movie July 19, 2006

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YouTube – Kevin Smith talks about writing Superman

Kevin Smith was great as Silent Bob in movies like Dogma and Clerks (which he also wrote and directed), and lately he’s gotten a great rep for his college talks which are very funny.  There’s a three hour movie of these they play from time to time on IFC.  I don’t think this is from that but it’s hilarious – I’m still laughing about the end.   Anyway this is his hollywood story about his adventures writing the script for the new Superman movie almost ten years ago.   For some reason this video has a blurry translation into some other language so it’s also your opportunity to learn how to swear in a foreign tongue.  Not too bad though… 🙂

Google-Earthing the North Korean Military July 19, 2006

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Open Source

Check out these Google Earth links from our North Korean friends!  Get your cold-war nostalgia on right here.