2010
09.03
i made this for breakfast this morning, and nearly cried.
would easily serve 3.
  • 6 slices stale bread (left out overnight on a rack is best, 1/2 inch thick would be best if possible)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • large pinch of salt

preheat oven to 190C/370F.

beat eggs & salt, beat in milk & cream, beat in honey & cinnamon.   strain/decant this mixture into a pan large enough to fit bread without squishing.   soak bread in mixture, 30 seconds on each side.   remove to a wire rack and let sit for at least a full minute before frying.

fry each side with a little butter until deep golden brown, and remove back to wire rack until entire batch is fried.   place toasts into oven, either on rack or directly onto oven shelf for 5 minutes, before removing, and serving immediately with butter and maple syrup.

2010
05.05

i had a dream where i was in some kind of video game (unaware of genre or anything else) – where i had to gather large amounts of mashed potato in order to defeat/placate the final boss.

the icon for the potato kinda looked like a wooden spoon with some mashed potato on it.

i don’t remember anything else.

2010
01.01

i just ordered my new pc

first new pc in years.   paid for mostly by giving up smoking about 3 months ago.
it’s not absolutely top of the line, but it’ll actually run windows 7.   though i plan on dual booting xp and some form of linux.

2009
12.17

i’m going to be attempting to write my own 2d-skeletal-animation-library- i believe i’ve figured out the overall structure of things, and how to handle z-ordering (while i’m not sure it’s the most efficient way, it’s definitely simple to understand/implement).

with that in mind, i was vaguely leaning towards some kind of custom written file format to handle them, until i remembered reading about google’s protobuf (which is almost done building in MSYS at last), which will have the added advantage of being a piece of piss to expand on should i need to later.   i look forward to starting to hack away at this.

i’ve also set up crossposting to LJ. *waves to LJ*

2009
12.07

project 001

Finally decided to go with SFML – lovely little library, completely OO, cross-platform, and so far i’m extremely pleased with it.

I just got bored of trying to figure out how to load up a PNG image into an opengl texture.

I’ve also ditched Visual C#/C++ in favour of Code::Blocks with MinGW.   so far, the only gripes i have with it are code completion’s a little messy (i’ve really gotten used to the silky way it works in VC#), and during debugging, it sets the working directory of a program to be the directory that the project file resides in, not the executable itself.   this messes with my head a bit.

2009
11.25

Antivirus Pro

i think it’s more than a little convenient that this crap blocks every single application from being run… EXCEPT the installer for Malwarebytes Anti Malware.

i’m cleaning my damned machine out, but am filled with hate.   I have absolutely no idea where it came from, I was just browsing uoguide.com when everything went to shit.

2009
10.29

lethargy

i’m hoping it’s a side effect of having experienced many anxiety attacks over the past few weeks, but i’m so exhausted it’s not funny.

on the plus side, i’ve made it into the third week of not smoking.

makin’ spaghetti and meatball marinara tonight.

2009
10.24

Weird friggin’ dream involving my flying to Wisconsin to see a show by “Phil Collins’ backing band”, who were randomly called “Morgana”, and all female.

The show was being held in a dollar store, and featured comedy from some guy dressed as a Merlin type figure, wearing a massively oversized moustache, and a wizard hat and robe.

After I realized I hadn’t packed any clothes (or anything at all for that matter), and the wizard guy slammed a piano on the stage and started wailing on it in a song called “Critical Losers”, I woke up in a cold sweat.

Probably got a lot to do with my forgetting to remove the nicotine patch last night.

2009
10.24

BNP support in poll sparks anger

A YouGov poll in the Daily Telegraph suggests 22% of people questioned would “seriously consider” voting BNP.

That’s an awful lot, especially with a voter turnout of ~60% at the last general election.

More than 240 complainants to the BBC felt the show was biased against the BNP, while more than 100 complaints were about Mr Griffin being allowed to appear on Question Time.

That’s right- more than double the number of people were annoyed at the railing against him than were annoyed at him.

2009
10.23
  • 500g cubed beef
  • 1 package french onion soup mix
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 can of red kidney beans
  • 1/2 can refried beans
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander seeds
  • ~1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chilli purée
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 beef bouillon cube

sweat onions in a little oil over a medium heat until softened.   raise heat to high, and add beef – stir until well browned, and onions golden.   reduce heat to medium-high, add cumin, ground coriander seeds, chilli powder & purée, garlic, and cayenne pepper.   stir for a minute or two until everything well coated.   add onion soup mix, beans, and about 1 litre water.   bring to the boil, stirring frequently, and then cover, and simmer gently over a very low heat for a couple of hours, or until meat is tender.   add coriander leaves about 5 minutes before serving.

serve over boiled rice – serves 2.