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Can miso paste be canned (successfully)? Seems it'd be that much simpler to shuffle around the world, without any need to keep it cool en route. It's just been a bit too long since I enjoyed the simple delight of miso soup, or miso glazed salmon.. :-9 Mmm, salmon. Maybe I'll pick some good fillets up tomorrow and marinate it in a soy/vinegar/dill/water mix for a day or two - quite simple, and so tasty. And no cooking required!

One of the coming days' adventures will be getting Debian installed on a Linksys NSLU2 (more affectionately known as SLUGs =:), graciously donated by roohbear. Its original purpose was just to serve USB-connected HDs over a LAN, using a very lightweight Linux - inevitably, the hackers descended upon it, bringing with them a dizzying array of hacks and ports. (It's proven popular enough that it's officially supported by Debian) I'll be using it with an old 60GB drive, formerly within Bunny, until its PMU gave up the ghost. Hmm. I could even add a WiFi adaptor on the other USB socket, and set it up as a bridge downstairs, to offer full-strength connectivity to the bathroom.. and it's all tiny enough it could be tucked away from curious paws. (File under "Famous Last Words")

Now there's a surprise.. a few animation afficionados may recall Siawase Apartment's Okojo-san, a particularly cute anime (which ran for 51 episodes) about a wild sort-of-weasel who was inadvertantly trapped in the wild, winding up in an apartment, where he's determined to show his independence of humans. Three episodes were fansubbed a few years back, but just as an experiment on the part of the translator, rather than an ongoing project. It seems Alopex and SS-Anime have now picked it up, hopefully until the final episode. ^_^ Here's the first opening theme.

I'd urge anyone with a spare ear to give Kaada a try; he writes quite eerily complex music with perhaps a sense of melancholy, yet aethereal delight as well.

I do like these examples of Ashanti LeShelle's SL photography, as highlighted in NPIRL by Bettina Tizzy.

I'd never even heard of the Lighter Evenings (Experiment) Bill of 2006, which apparently passed the House of Lords, effectively putting the UK on Western European Time. It wouldn't have killed summer time, unfortunately, which commences in the UK on Mar 30, and in the US on Mar 9.

dronon noticed this clip, demonstrating what happens when Bollywood and furriness are combined. ^_^;

If you've a yen to learn Japanese, I noticed NHK offers online audio lessons courtesy of its shortwave service, in a variety of languages.

Amongst the effects global warming is having is a set of changes in grape harvesting in wine growing regions of the world, with harvests arriving some ten days earlier. With faster maturity, however, comes a difference in the final grapes - "'higher concentrations of sugar, lower acidity and a higher pH level,' said Fernando Zamora of the oenology faculty at the University of Tarragona in Spain." France could be particularly affected, with the optimal climate for some varieties shifting to England. "'There are Champagne producers who have bought land in Sussex and Kent,' said Pancho Campos, the president of the Wine Academy of Spain."

While it's still disappointing to see the BBC clinging to DRM, forcing automatic deletion of files after a preset period of time, it's still a positive move that they're aiming to bring iPlayer to more platforms, including AppleTV and Virgin Cable.

SL tourism can bring you to many real and purely imaginary places, but I can't say I've see a tour around a testis offered before, courtesy of Dr Doug Danforth of Ohio State University. ^_^ A similar ovarian exhibit is planned shortly.

I'm not much for hockey, but SL Hockey does look remarkably well organised. I'd imagine it'll need a beast of a machine for the action to be slick, though.

Dusan Writer's holding a bug competition. ^_^ Top prizes are L$50,000, L$20,000, and L$10,000, plus 22 runners-up of L$1,000. You retain all rights, but grant him the unlimited use of your design within his builds. Up to 20cm on a side, no scripting, and a maximum of 25 prims.

And for the photographically inclined, three L$20,000 prizes are on offer here, if you sign up with the sponsoring site: "What does mean "Exotic" in your Second Life? Maybe Exotic is a beach under the sun or a sensual dancer in a sexy club. Exotic could be a landscape manipulated with Windlight or just your avatar with extravagant hair! This Contest is about the concept of Exotic in Second Life! Don't be shy, tell us what Exotic is for you and submit your photos!" Closes on Mar 6, up to two entries per person.

Interesting little piece: virtual worlds and enterprise.

Not a bad price - for anyone in the UK, Singapore, or Malaysia, Maplin's got a mains socket power meter for £10, displaying power, current, voltage, VA, frequency, or power factor when the appliance is plugged in. So, it's trivial to find out just how much power any device actually draws, and thus, how much it's costing to keep on, or just idle.

Dinner was a simple affair - the centerpiece being some green beans and baby corn sauteed in an ad hoc mix of lemon juice, soy sauce, hot sauce, pepper, and sesame oil, with some Bolognese style tomato sauce added at the end, plus ten grilled chicken nuggets. Easy, quick, and tasty. ^_^
 
 
 
 
 
 
I'd imagine that's just to keep the size of the unit down - it's only slightly taller than a toilet roll, and a bit shallower. If you need more than two sockets, of course, a hub's cheap enough - not the most elegant solution, but not a terrible compromise between lightweight server duty and multi-TB fileserver. It's a bit of a pity the ethernet interface is only 100Base-T, though - that cuts down the throughput from even the slowest HD.

Still, it's a couple years old now, so maybe there's something gig-E equipped now. Wish modem/router manufacturers would get with the program, though.. gig-E's hardly rare and exotic stuff now.

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Easy enough - a pair of 1TB drives. ^_^ Or a hub and four 1TB. Won't be as fast as something more general purpose in nature, but even 100Base-TX makes short work of a gig or two, and this way, it's all in a matchbox taking a couple watts (plus the drives).

Going a much higher up the scale, Drobo looks like a rather good little box. 'Course, there are much cheaper (and less featured) NAS boxes too, but that's a pretty good way of getting it right commercially.

If I needed to serve data, I'd be tempted by an old, cheap PowerBook with FireWire 800, and add a few mirrored drive pairs there. Though if speed weren't a top concern (movies rather than sample libraries, say), a couple cheap FW400/USB2 cases on an even older PowerBook would be fine. More than enough CPU to keep things ticking along, easy to maintain, compact, and minimal power consumption.