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Mint-Plum Sauce Lamb Chops

I gotta admit off hand, most of this recipe is about the plum sauce.

Mint-Plum Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 6 plums (no need to immediately pit)
  • shallow water
  • 1 pkg. fresh mint leaves
  • 2-3 T. honey
  • ¼ c. sherry wine
  • 1-2 t. ground ginger
  • 2 small cloves garlic, finely minced

Rinse six plums, and set them in shallow water in a saucepan (should rise no higher than an inch and a half). Drop in one sprig of mint leaves. Start burner, drop to medium to medium high, and wait for simmer. As plums cook down, stir periodically to prevent skin (which will simmer off) from sticking to the bottom of the pan. As plums soften, open with slight pressure from a set of tongs and remove pit, then dispose. (Remember that you will have a total of six pits!)

Once plums have cooked down into a homogeneous purple substance, add remaining mint leaves, then stir. Allow mint leaves to cook into the fruit sauce. Add honey, stir, and allow to cook further. Add quarter cup sherry wine (which, remember, will slightly sweeten the sauce) and bring back to a simmer. Turn to low, add ground ginger. Peel garlic, crush under a knife blade, and finely mince it; then add that to the sauce; simmer for no less than five minutes more. (Get the flavor of the garlic, which is also sweet but mildly pungent, cooked thoroughly into the bulk of the sauce.) Turn off burner, let cool.

Suggest serving over grilled lamb, with a side of quinoa and briefly steamed kale (2-6 minutes, to taste).

lamb with plum sauce—blog ready

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2017 in Recipes, Uncategorized

 

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Never Stop Running

Never Stop Running

You know that burning feeling you get, in the center of your chest, your very core, when you just need to get something magnificent done? Not just a frequent thing like doing laundry, or cleaning the house, but something life vindicating? Because I’ve got that lately. I’ve spent the past month taking care of all of the heat that the part-time is getting, purely for the sake of this; January should be just boring enough to finish everything off.

I say I’m a systems engineer, but generally only when I want to change subjects. The long answer is that I build machines that build universes. I have a degree that redefined what it means to be “hard-earned”; in the fields of Physics and Neuroscience. I’ve been programming since I was a tyke. I’ve been writing since I was ten years old. All of this ultimately accumulates toward the same end goal. The whole point of building simulators is to answer “what if”. Stories, games, the entertainment of the future; it’s all in systems and simulation. Everything is and always has been about that.

Back in the 1960s and 70s, before the personal computer was standing up and walking on two feet, aerospace companies like Boeing used to build tiny scale models of their aircraft before the actual prototype was ever constructed. The idea was, given that a specific part goes out and needs to be replaced on such-and-such an aeroplane, what are we going to have to pull way to get to it? What would be the cost model? If half of the aeroplane had to be pulled apart to get to a specific gearbox, then the lifetime of that gearbox might be the lifetime of the aeroplane. The design might be too expensive to fix.

Were these micro-models expensive? Absolutely. However, they were much cheaper than figuring this out only after the aircraft was built. They were worth every penny, and every replacement model was worth every penny in turn. I look at this chop-shop job, and I remind myself that. It’s my funding and my micro-model.

Yesterday, I finished off the better part of a detailed three dimensional collision detection system, with an outline to covering four dimensions if the need ever arises. It’s as modular and expandable as it can get. It was harder than it sounded, it was twice as much fun, and it’s completely self-validating. When I’m done with this, all I’ll need to worry about is penning, sculpting, composing, and storyboarding.

That, my friends, is the best Christmas present ever. Happy Solstice!

[Note: image is a rambled selfie with tonight’s desert, an orange chocolate mousse with raspberries and freshly whipped cream]

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2015 in State of the Moment, Uncategorized

 

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The Marvel DubSmash War Of SDCC 2015 – When Agents Collide, Everyone Wins!

The Marvel DubSmash War Of SDCC 2015 – When Agents Collide, Everyone Wins!

The Insightful Panda

This past Season on Agents Of SHIELD and Agent Carter, we saw a lot of ‘almost’ Civil Wars: Coulson’s S.H.I.E.L.D. vs Gonzales’ S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter vs the SSR. Thankfully those two resolved peacefully and it seemed like we’d have to wait for Captain America: Civil War to see the next battle. Well, we were wrong because a new war brewed this past weekend at San Diego Comic Con when all these Agents met up at the fists lip syncing flew! DubSmash War!

At approximately 8:08 PM on Jun 10th – sometime after the Marvel TV Panel – the challenge was issued by Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson) and Chloe Bennet (Agent Skye/Daisy).

What was this strange new battlefield? Hayley and Atwell (Agent Carter) and James Darcy (Edwin Jarvis) were up for the challenge, but first wanted to practice a little…

… and then, officially accepted the challenge 2 hours later that…

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Posted by on July 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Google Deep Dream ruins food forever.

Giger rest in peace. He would have had so much fun with Deep Dream.

Ken Vermette

Google Deep Dream is an interesting piece of AI software which looks for patterns in pictures, much like humans may look for patterns in clouds. Deep Dream has been trained to find a few things, like eyes, animals, arches, pagodas, and the most fascinating part is that Deep Dream can also spit out what it “saw”. Then Google opened Deep Dream to the public and people started loading tonnes of images into the system, and when you combine food with Deep Dream it turns into the stuff of nightmares.

RUN NOW OR FOREVER RUIN FOOD FOREVER! Here’s pictures of food turned to ghoulish nightmare-fuel courtesy of Deep Dream;

Via Steve Kaiser Via Steve Kaiser

Nope. NOPE. Great start. Never eating takeout again. At least nothing bad can happen to the humble doughnut.

Duncan Nicoll, thank you. Via Ibitimes Duncan Nicoll, thank you. Via Ibitimes

GREAT. FANTASTIC. I didn’t like doughnuts anyway. ARE THOSE LEGS?

Ibitimes also had this. Spaghetti & nightmares.Ibitimes also had this. Spaghetti…

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Posted by on July 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Famous Works of Art Improved by Cats

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

20 Python libraries you can’t live without

Python Tips

Hi there fellas. Today i am going to list 20 python libraries which have been a part of my toolbelt and should be a part of yours as well. So here they are

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Posted by on March 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Anouk’s New Creation: Intel Edison Based Spider Dress 2.0

Anouk’s New Creation: Intel Edison Based Spider Dress 2.0

Coolest thing since Iron Man.

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

3D Printed Prosthetics Allow Dog To Run

3D Printed Prosthetics Allow Dog To Run

3D-printed prosthetic legs—for dogs!

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Designing Classes for Extension

This guy has a lot of good advice. I see many cases of code on the web that could be vastly improved by implementing his methods.

Programming Ideas With Jake

Intro

In Effective Java by Joshua Bloch, it is explained that if you create a class, you should “design and document for inheritance or else prohibit it” (item 17). It gives some very good advice about making classes to be extended, but I always felt it lacking in patterns for doing so. I highly recommend Effective Java to any Java programmer, as it has good tips for just about every level of Java programmer (other than maybe a super expert).

I would dig into the tips that he provides, but that would be invading on his great work, and it would probably make my article too long for my liking.

Prohibiting Inheritance

One of the first things you should do when designing a class to be inherited from is to figure out what you don’t want subclasses to change or have access to. If you’re fairly certain that you…

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Posted by on December 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Famous Rejection Letters

Goddamn hilarious.

Cristian Mihai

letterFor any aspiring writer, a rejection letter, regardless of the provenience of said letter, is one of the most dreaded of objects. In this line of work getting rejected is considered a sort of literary murder – people are knowingly destroying something you’ve spent time on, and a lot of it. But the thing is everyone got rejected, more or less. I can think of very few instances when writers found publishers/agents from the first try. Or the second, or the tenth.

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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Uncategorized