Archive for October, 2006


Halloween at work

Halloween has come, and my office was beautifully (dreadfully?) decorated by Laura. I’ll try to get some pictures.
 
In the mean time, here is an interesting perspective on work at Microsoft, and a bunch of links to more local Halloween spirit.
 
 
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As time goes by and I grow older, I find that not only does my writing style get more pretentious, but also that I use my Live Space blog page as a repository for all sorts of crap – links, notes, reminders to myself, etc.
 
For example, isn’t it shameless that I would add a post just to say that the way to grant everyone read access to all the files in a directory from the console (the only way to do this in Windows XP Home as far as I know) is as follows?
 
cacls * /E /G "NT AUTHORITY\Everyone":R
 
Shameless, I say.
 
Good stuff
  • Tabbed browsing.
  • Support for RSS.
  • Good integration with Live Toolbar.
  • Print Preview that allows you to adjust margins and add/remove headers and footers.
  • Printing that doesn’t crop horizontally!
Bad stuff
  • I couldn’t import my OPML file ("no feeds imported") as exported from Onfolio – had to manually load RSS feeds.
  • ClearType is disabled if you use the filter: to add gradients to your document. Ugly, ugly, ugly.
And we’ll see how it continues…
 

Yes, an odd thing to link to. And yet Consumer Reports will regularly come up with something useful (that you obviously won’t find at the precise time you need it). Perhaps linking to this will help me in the future? Hard to tell.

In any case, I can vouch for the conclusion: mechanical devices are better than chemicals at unclogging your drains.

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ConsumerReports.org – Drain cleaners 11/06: Clogged drain, plunger

La cena de hoy

Créase o no, hoy cociné yo la cena, con un poco de ayuda de Lau (pero relativamente poca). El plato es, of course, ultra-sencillo, pero así y todo quedó bastante sabroso.

Ah, well. Acá va el link a la receta (y sí, la conseguí siguiendo el link que estaba en la lata de atún).

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Chicken of the Sea – Delicious Recipes

This is taken from Appendix B in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005.
 
(and brought to you in table form thanks to Microsoft Word macros)
 
Food, Standard Amount Potassium (mg) Calories
Sweetpotato, baked, 1 potato (146 g) 694 131
Tomato paste, 1/4 cup 664 54
Beet greens, cooked, 1/2 cup 655 19
Potato, baked, flesh, 1 potato (156 g) 610 145
White beans, canned, 1/2 cup 595 153
Yogurt, plain, nonfat, 8oz container 579 127
 
Food, Standard Amount AT (mg) Calories
Fortified readytoeat cereals, ~1 oz 1.6—12.8 90—107
Sunflower seeds, dry roasted, 1 oz 7.4 165
Almonds, 1 oz 7.3 164
Sunflower oil, high linoleic, 1 Tbsp 5.6 120
Cottonseed oil, 1 Tbsp 4.8 120
Safflower oil, high oleic, 1 Tbsp 4.6 120
Hazelnuts (filberts), 1 oz
 
Food, Standard Amount Iron (mg) Calories
Clams, canned, drained, 3 oz 23.8 126
Fortified readytoeat cereals (various), ~ 1 oz 1.8 —21.1 54—127
Oysters, eastern, wild, cooked, moist heat, 3 oz 10.2 116
Organ meats (liver, giblets), various, cooked, 3 oz a 5.2—9.9 134—235
Fortified instant cooked cereals (various), 1 packet 4.9—8.1 Varies
Soybeans, mature, cooked, 1/2 cup 4.4 149
 
Food, Standard Amount Calcium (mg) Calories
Fortified readytoeat cereals (various), 1 oz 236–1043 88–106
Soy beverage, calcium fortified, 1 cup 368 98
Sardines, Atlantic, in oil, drained, 3 oz 325 177
Tofu, firm, prepared with nigarib , 1/2 cup 253 88
Pink salmon, canned, with bone, 3 oz 181 118
Collards, cooked from frozen, 1/2 cup 178 31
 
Food, Standard Amount Calcium (mg) Calories
Plain yogurt, nonfat (13 g protein/8 oz), 8oz container 452 127
Romano cheese, 1.5 oz 452 165
Pasteurized process Swiss cheese, 2 oz 438 190
Plain yogurt, lowfat (12 g protein/8 oz), 8oz container 415 143
Fruit yogurt, lowfat (10 g protein/8 oz), 8oz container 345 232
Swiss cheese, 1.5 oz 336 162
 
Food, Standard Amount Vitamin A (μg RAE) Calories
Organ meats (liver, giblets), various, cooked, 3 oza 1490—9126 134—235
Carrot juice, 3 /4 cup 1692 71
Sweetpotato with peel, baked, 1 medium 1096 103
Pumpkin, canned, 1/2 cup 953 42
Carrots, cooked from fresh, 1/2 cup 671 27
Spinach, cooked from frozen, 1/2 cup 573 30
 
Food, Standard Amount Magnesium (mg) Calories
Pumpkin and squash seed kernels, roasted, 1 oz 151 148
Brazil nuts, 1 oz 107 186
Bran readytoeat cereal (100%), ~1 oz 103 74
Halibut, cooked, 3 oz 91 119
Quinoa, dry, 1/4 cup 89 159
Spinach, canned, 1/2 cup 81 25
 
Food, Standard Amount Dietary Fiber (g) Calories
Navy beans, cooked, 1/2 cup 9.5 128
Bran readytoeat cereal (100%), 1/2 cup 8.8 78
Kidney beans, canned, 1/2 cup 8.2 109
Split peas, cooked, 1/2 cup 8.1 116
Lentils, cooked, 1/2 cup 7.8 115
Black beans, cooked, 1/2 cup 7.5 114
 
Food, Standard Amount Vitamin C (mg) Calories
Guava, raw, 1/2 cup 188 56
Red sweet pepper, raw, 1/2 cup 142 20
Red sweet pepper, cooked, 1/2 cup 116 19
Kiwi fruit, 1 medium 70 46
Orange, raw, 1 medium 70 62
Orange juice, 3 /4 cup 61—93 79—84
 
Enjoy!
 

Desayuno con huevitos

Mmmmm…. Un desayuno que vale la pena recordar. Hoy a la mañana, después de una pasadita rápida por el supermercadito local (¿mercado?), preparamos ‘eggs benedict’, o sea: muffins abiertos recubiertos con huevos pasados por agua y una salsa holandesa. ¡Yummy! Fedex aprovechó que estaba al churrete y cayó para desayunar.

Ah, y también comimos hash browns, aunque no quedaba mucho. Y ahora son como las tres y pico de la tarde, y estoy llenito… (aunque admitamos que estábamos desayunando entre la una y las dos).

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Recipes : Eggs Benedict : Food Network

Talking about game economics

VG Cats has ups and downs, and this comic is way, way up.

Learn about economics and the gaming industry, fellas! 

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VG Cats – Comics – Updated Monday

Twilight Zone Episodes

I’ve been spending a lot of time over the last couple of days just reading up on all the goodness from the Twilight Zone. (nanu-nanu nanu-nanu nanu-nanu…)
 
Wikipedia has this very cool page with links to every episode, most of which have a nice description of the plot (twist ending included, of course). The stories are for the most part quite good; it’s a 30-minute format, which probably maps very well to the classic sci-fi short story.
 
Follow this link if you have the time to spare.
 
 

Otro día de corrida

Arrancó bien la semana – un día, una salida a correr. Veremos cómo sigue con la semana – la meta sigue siendo cuatro veces, tres en la semana, una más larga el findes. Hoy corrí un poco más lejos que las comunes de la semana pasada, pero menos que la ‘larga’ del sábado.
 
Por ahora, el clima está con solcito aunque esté fresco, lo cual ayuda. Ya veremos qué pasa cuando empiece la lluviecita chota del invierno…