There’s, like, 19GB of free space on this hard disk! I’d defragged for
7 gb for main, 2 gb for data, 512m for swap, and everything else for
backup of the above? We’ll leave it unpartitioned for now.
Installing base Debian system. I hope the network works.
Decisions, decisions… I think we’ll run on unstable. <evil grin>
The CookOrDie! plan involves eating out at most one meal a day. If I
don’t want to starve, I will _have_ to learn how to cook.
I was thinking of making baked potatoes today, but the supermarket is
out of large potatoes and only has regular-sized ones. I suppose, if
absolutely desperate, I could just cook and eat them.
Think. I have a toaster. I have a microwave oven. I _should_ be able
to get something that resembles food.
Brilliant idea. Buy food before dinner. _Must_ do something with it or
starve. This looks promising:
- whole wheat pita bread
- grated cheese
SOUP: Boil water in a medium-size saucepan. Add chopped vegetables of
choice (such as onion, a carrot, a potato, parsley; frozen veggies are
OK). A bouillon cube is optional. Let soup return to boil. Add a small
handful of spaghetti (about 1/4 cup) that you have broken into 1-inch
or smaller bits.
(Do we even have a saucepan?)
Survived my experiment. (I think; I feel a little bit bloated, which could be a good thing or a bad thing.)
Passed by the supermarket before going to the dorm. Still no large potatoes.
|6 pita pockets||39.99|
|5 native tomatoes||7.65|
|4 Hungarian cocktail sausages||36.40|
|Cheese lying around ref||have no idea, but I know I must have bought it before|
Best result today:
Couldn’t buy just one sausage – minimum is 100g, which is approximately 4 cocktail sausages. This may have been a good thing, though. Hungarian sausage made concoction pleasantly spicy.
Experimented with leaving the cocktail sausage whole. Less work, but sausage taste overwhelming and somewhat monotonous because you know where it is.
Approximate cost of one pita: (+ (/ 39.99 6) (/ 7.65 5) (/ 36.40 4)) ~
PHP 17.25 Two pitas made me somewhat full. Actually, I had three pitas
and two sausages, so that’s ~ 42.75. If I had only two pitas,
(* 2 (+ (/ 39.99 6) (/ 7.65 5) (/ 36.40 4))) ~ 34.50 isn’t too bad.
KFC’s original-recipe 1-pc chicken is 49, though, and it comes with water.
Still, KFC’s original-recipe 1-pc chicken is _not_ going to help me
Learn How To Cook, and it won’t satisfy my CookOrDie constraint.
Possible next step:
Bacon, mushroom and cheese pita
Wow. This is _so_ cool! Google it and be enlightened. ;)
I _definitely_ want to pull this off at the next science fair.
I’ve successfully installed Linux onto the main computer, but I’m
still having problems with the workstation – to wit, the mouse is just
First of all, it’s a serial mouse, not a PS/2 mouse. Second, gpm and X
both freeze. It’s weird! X displays happily. No keyboard input, no
mouse motion, nothing – not even Ctrl-Alt-Backspace! I have to ssh in
to kill the offending process.
The mouse name is “IdealMouse”, so I’ll Google tomorrow and see
if there are any issues. Doubt it, though.
John Hunter is looking for a data structure to identify the closest
neighbor in 2D to new points as they are added to the structure. Brute
force works, but is there something better?
I vaguely remember Voronoi diagrams, although I’ve never used them.
E-Mail from Federico Sevilla III
E-Mail from Federico Sevilla III
Plan for dinner:
I can just hear it now.
Welcome to Day 2 of CookOrDie: Adventures of a Desperate Cook! I’m Sacha Chua and I’ll be your host for today’s segment, "Veal sausage and potatoes".
It has all the makings of a bad survival show… Hey, now there’s an idea – grab a bunch of geeks who have no idea how to cook, turn them loose in a supermarket with a budget of PHP 100 (~ USD 2) a day, and see how long they can survive without repeating recipes and using only a microwave and a toaster oven!
This meal was a bit more expensive than it should have been, but I know how to fix it now. It came to a total of (+ 44 9.25), or 53.25. I can improve this by using more potatoes, thus ensuring that I can keep half of the bratwurst for breakfast the next day. If I doubled my portion of potatoes and added some herbs and spices – would you believe that I have neither salt nor pepper? – then I could have a good meal for (+ 22 (* 2 9.25)), or 40.50.
Microwave chopped potatoes (1/4 ~ 1/2 inch) for 2.5 minutes.
Must find correct way to use butter to flavor these things. Trying to put garlic in butter didn’t really do anything either.
You know what? I should learn how to toast garlic, or however they prepare the garlic that goes on top of arrozcaldo…
Realization #1: Pita pockets are named pita pockets for a _reason_. I should try Hungarian-sausage+tomato+cheese stuffed pita pockets. Maybe tomorrow; I can bring neat little sandwich bags to the UPSA rehearsal.
Realization #2: If I slice the sausages before putting them in the oven toaster, then they have nice texture.
Tomorrow: Pita pockets of slice-toasted Hungarian sausages, mushrooms and cheese.
Spent most of today working on the lab computers. The teacher’s
computer in F227 has Linux and assorted goodies now, but the students’
computers are proving a bit of a headache. Suspect the mouse.
Pleased to see Dominique had written
an article on school laboratory management blues. Prefer rsync-based
solutions over dd ones because of uncertain partition sizes. Should
check out if lab computers can netboot, or will just make bootdisks
that will repartition and rsync. (w00t.) Solution of X problem
optional, as can mirror Windows FAT32 partitions easily. apt-move also
He says I should write it up. Soon, soon. Would very much like to
sneak Linux into the labs.
Am looking forward to meeting with PLmar (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng
Marikina). They want help in improving their curriculum. Teacher
training, finding creative examples… challenge!
Maybe can get students to prepare learning materials like that study I
Have plans for tomorrow. No projector, no computer, no problem! Will
do class-wide mind-map and sneak operating systems concepts into the
thing too. Looking forward to bouncing ideas off Jerome as recently
had chat with him about real-world relevance of operating systems.
Walking around, had brilliant-but-completely-obvious-to-everyone-else
insight that operating systems is not just about managing programs -
many of the principles can be applied to everyday life. Find self
specializing in drawing far-out but semi-plausible connections between
computer science and “real life.”
Have amazing amount of time. Don’t know where it came from. Perhaps
coming home to cook forces me away from distractions. Must continue if