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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. ^_^
 
 
 
 
 
 
It's quite delightfully chunky, ne? ^_^ Perfect for heavy applications like washing machines, too, which tend to require special 220V circuits in the US, with yet another connector design. But yes, according to this page, it's "mainly used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Malta, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong".

Mind, it's impressive just how many various ways national authorities have deemed to be standard for the delivery of high voltage, looking down the photos. ^_^

The nice thing with US plugs is the converse, of course - if you do want to pull something out of the wall, it's just a little tug and you're off, rather than having to engage in combat with the thing.

Now, if we could only see an end to the proliferation of wall warts, e'er so good at occupying two or three sockets on a power strip, not to mention their thirstiness even when their device is idle or off..