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Cornflowers

Posted in bilder, in English on 2008-07-16 by Kristian

A wheat field on the way home from work is covered with Cornflowers.

I’m thinking that the poor farmer that owns the field won’t get much for his crop, the blue areas will probably not yield any wheat at all.

Looks pretty though.

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sweep-o-matic

Posted in in English, software on 2008-07-13 by Kristian

Too lazy to play ”minesweeper”?

Try ”sweep-o-matic”!

(download) (start in browser, requires plugin see below)

Sweep-o-matic plays minesweeper for you, which is at least as interesting as playing it yourself.


(Requires tcl/tk, downloadable here, or the tcl/tk firefox plugin, downloadable here. The plugin doesn’t play nice with ff3, it crashes when you press the ”back” button, at least mine does)

Wardriving

Posted in computers, gps, in English on 2008-07-11 by Kristian


Yesterday, I played a little with ”Network Stumbler” while trying to find out what the laptop was doing with its network interface.

Of course, leaving the laptop at home while driving to the in-laws today wasn’t really an option, one must play with the new toys, so we hooked it up to the GPS, a task that wasn’t as simple as it should have been since the GPS is USB and netstumbler handles serial only. Using a newer wardriving software, such as Inssider was impossible, the laptop has W2K and not XP. The solution was a trial version of Franson GPSGate which translates Garmin USB to a virtual NMEA serial port.

There are lots and lots of AP:s out there. You drive past a field, and the software picks up something from behind a small copse in the distance. It is amazingly sensitive, even when enclosed in the metal cage of the car.

What surprised me was the amount of unencrypted networks, 52 out of a total of 110, making it nearly one unencrypted network per kilometer, not counting the ones that were shielded by the car. (I tried walking around with the computer when we got to our destination, and it immediately found three networks not detected when driving).

Is this due to incompetence, or is it a clever scheme to try to aquire deniability in case IFPI knocks on the door?

Irish Stew, or how to use a metric ton of Pak Choi

Posted in bilder, food, in English on 2008-07-09 by Kristian

Lately we have eaten lots of ”Irish Stew”. It is dead simple to make, reasonably cheap, and provides an opportunity to use the insane volumes of Pak Choi that grows in our greenhouse.

”Irish Stew” is basically a lobscouse, you put meat and vegetables in a pot and boil it until the vegetables have dissolved. As such, it is well suited to finish cooking in the oven.

What you need:

  • 0.5 kg potatoes, sliced to 1 cm thickness, then chopped to 2×2 cm pieces.
  • approximately 0.2 kg green cabbage, shredded.
  • garlic, 1-5 cloves
  • onion, 1-2 medium size, sliced
  • fat, for frying
  • lamb or mutton, 0.25 kg, diced to 2x1x2 cm.
  • beef or chicken stock, to cover the ingredients.
  • herbs. Rosemary, thyme, oregano. If you tie the sprigs together with some cotton twine, it will be easier to remove them later.
  • salt and pepper
  • medium size pot, about 3 liters. Preferably oven-proof, but it is not critical.

The measurements are approximate. I usually use a lot more cabbage. YMMV.

Use the oven if you are lazy and have problems keeping track of the time, the likelihood of burning or otherwise ruining the food is much lower than if you keep it on the stove. The oven should be preheated and set to 175 centigrade.

Put the meat in the pot, cover it with cold water, bring to a boil, discard the water. Rinse the meat with cold water, and leave it to dry in a colander. Rinse and dry the pot as well.

Heat the fat in the pot. Add the onions and garlic. Fry gently until soft.

Add the potatoes. If it is a ”soft” variety, reserve half and add closer to when the stew is finished. If it is a ”hard” variety, add all of the potatoes.

Add the meat, cabbage, and herbs. Cover the ingredients with stock, cover the pot with a lid, and bring to a boil.

Put the pot in the oven or continue boiling on low temperature on the stove.

The idea is to keep boiling the stew until the potatoes and onions have dissolved and thickened the sauce. This takes about one hour.

Then you add the remaining potatoes, if you reserved any, and season with salt and pepper as needed. Boil an additional 20 minutes to soften the potatoes.

Remove the herbs before serving. Eat with bread.

If you use new potatoes or very ”hard” potatoes, it is unlikely that they will dissolve completely, in that case try thickening the sauce with onion powder. Avoid using flour, it ruins the texture of the dish.


Pak Choi

Posted in bilder, garden, in English on 2008-07-06 by Kristian

The pak choi is growing rapidly in the greenhouse. The seeds were getting old, so I planted all of them, which means that we’re harvesting bucket-loads of cabbage.


phun – "the 2D physics sandbox"

Posted in in English, software on 2008-07-04 by Kristian


Our latest addiction is ”phun”, a 2D physics simulation for your desktop. The son is absolutely fascinated and demands to ”look at the water”.

The interface is a bit strange, you have to start and stop the simulation in order to position things where you want them, but this is only a minor nuisance. This software will keep any nerd occupied for hours.

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