December 15, 2003

Backlog: Beef, beans, and bacon in buns – 2003.12.10

December 15, 2003 - Categories: cookordie

Whoops, hadn’t been writing. Have, however, faithfully adhered to
constraints of CookOrDie. Last Wednesday, threw together quickie lunch
of ground beef, pork and beans, and bacon (real bacon!) in hamburger
buns. Decent meal – reminded me a bit of some meal I’d eaten before
but forgotten.

Preparation was fairly simple.

– Attempted to cook bacon.
– Became disturbed as bacon does not brown after a few minutes of cooking.
– Suspected that constant flipping to check doneness did not contribute to quick cooking of bacon.
– Consoled self by browning 1/8 kg. of ground beef in same pan.
– Opened can of pork and beans impulsively bought day before and dumped contents in aforementioned pan.
– Stirred for a few minutes and poured results into hastily cleaned plastic container.
– Stuffed extra hamburger buns into storage bags and into ref.
– Grabbed remaining hamburger buns and container with meat and beans mixture and headed off to school.

Backlog: Mashed potatoes, beef, and bacon bits – 2003.12.11

December 15, 2003 - Categories: cookordie

Another quickie meal as had class in less than 30 minutes.

– Grab large pink potatoes from supermarket, as convenience justifies expense.
– Also buy 1/8 kg. ground beef.
– Ensure that salt, pepper, and bacon bits containers were firmly closed. Throw them into school bag for very quick lunch in school.
– Hastily wash large plastic container in school.
– Pop washed, pricked, pink potato into container and microwave for 5 minutes.
– Flip pink potato.
– Pack ground beef into small plastic container and place it into microwave along with flipped potato.
– Microwave potato and beef for 2 minutes.
– Pour some bacon bits onto plastic lid. Microwave for 20 seconds to make bacon bits crunchy.
– Pick up ground beef with fork, as fat had rendered in the plastic container. Place ground beef in large container with well-cooked potato.
– Dump bacon bits into large container.
– Tear potato apart with fork and spoon, effectively mashing potato with beef and bacon bits. Sprinkle with lots of pepper and mix thoroughly.
– Look at the clock and start panicking.

Backlog: Potatoes, beef, bacon – real this time – and cheese – 2003.12.12

December 15, 2003 - Categories: cookordie

– Microwave second pink potato for 5 minutes.
– Cook half of second slice of bacon. (Still unable to figure out how to get nice, crispy bacon, and am about to give up and always chuck it into the microwave.)
– Brown ground beef. Add plenty of salt and pepper. (This is starting to sound very familiar.)
– Flip potato and microwave for another 2 minutes.
– Mash potato, beef, and bacon together.
– Add diced cheese to amalgam and mix thoroughly.
– Pop into microwave and set for a few minutes under “Grill” in attempt to brown potato mixture nicely..


December 15, 2003 - Categories: cookordie

Parents very supportive of CookOrDie project. Suspect they find it
funny as youngest daughter makes far-out attempts to become
“independent girl” while still remaining v. close to parents. To wit:
have told them about double-entry accounting (but have been slipping
these days due to rush-rush CookOrDie grocery shopping), CookOrDie
project, and even contemplated SewOrDie project as cannot easily find
clothes to wear – teacher clothes somewhat boring, but most clothes my
size too casual. (That said, find The Black Shop a nice place to
window shop.)

As result of parental support, have now acquired full complement of
pots, pans, and knives. Parents have thankfully kept space and cooking
limitations of CookOrDie project in mind – no huge woks or
for-several-thousand-people pans.

Parents unbelievably keen on youngest daughter learning how to cook.
Parents enlisted help of company cook in teaching how to make rice,
although as had been very busy this weekend, had not actually had
time. However, performed rice experiment earlier with mom with great

Cooked 1/2 cup rice traditional way and 1/2 cup rice microwave way.
Did not actually know correct microwave procedure, so guessed.
Microwave finished first, but had problems with boiling over – suspect
must use deeper casserole. Traditional way documented on rice package
resulted in good rice after 20 minutes, although also resulted in
crunchy part which most Filipinos like but personally am not
particularly fond of.

Also, prepared very first cup of tsokolate. May need strainer, but is
v. nice – although a bit rich. Perhaps water instead of milk is

Contemplating trip

December 15, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

Mom brought up ideas for trip abroad. Find am looking forward to
travelling the world and exchanging ideas. Am thinking of going to
Australia and New Zealand this summer to check out universities, as
many of the universities that do ComputerScienceEducationResearch are
there. Besides, remember AU as more fun than US, and have many friends
to visit. Wonder where Andrew Clausen is
now? Homepage says Victoria; should put
University of Melbourne on tour
map, as would very much like to thank Andrew for helping introduce me
to Linux. (Wonder if he still remembers how to play Speed?)

“Transforming Non-Geeks Into Computer Whizzes”

December 15, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

Ellen Spertus, who runs an interdisciplinary computer science
graduate program at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., is
attempting to break myths about computer geeks in the hopes of
bringing more women—and other persons with non-technical …
Oooh. Ellen Spertus was geek of the year or something like that. =)

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Kids’ software for Linux

December 15, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

Group reviews

December 15, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

Watching the students help each other review gives me a warm and fuzzy
feeling. I know they’ll probably think it’s a way for me to get out of
teaching – and who knows, that’ll probably affect my evaluations – but
I think that in their communal meaning-making, they’re learning a lot
more than from my lectures.

What about the primarily visual learners? I’ve had a number of people
ask me for handouts. I should think about doing something in the line
of man perlintro…

Chess with M.

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Move W(M) B(S)
1 e4 e5
2 d4 exd4
3 Qxd4 Nc6
4 Qc4 Nf6
5 Bd3 d5
6 Qc3 dxe4
7 Bxe4 Bb4
8 Bd2 Bxc3
9 Nxc3 Nxe4
10 Nxe4 Nd4
11 o-o-o| Bf4
12 Re1 o-o
13 Nf3 Re8
14 Bd3 Re4
15 Nd4 Rxd4
16 Bxd4 Qxd4
17 Rd1 Qxf2
18 Rd2 Qxd2 to make the game interesting
19 Kxd2 g5
20 h4 g5
21 g3 h8
22 Rf1 Bg6
23 Ke3 Kf8
24 Rf4 c6
25 c4 Ke7
26 Rd4 Re8
27 Kf4 Rd8
28 Rxd8 Kxd8
29 Ke5 Kc7
30 b4 Kb6
31 c5 Kb5
32 a3 a5
33 Kd4 axb4
34 axb4 Kxb4
35 resign


December 15, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized
Move W (M) B (S)
1 e4 e5
2 Nf3 Nc6
3 Nc3 Bb4
4 Nd5 Ba5
5 c3 Nf6
6 b4 Nxd5
7 exd5 e4
8 dxc6 exf3
9 bxa5 Qe7+
10 Be2 fxe2
11 Qxe2 Qxe7+
12 Kxe2 dxe6
13 Ba3 Be6
14 d4 b6
15 Bb4 Kd7
16 Rhb1 Bc4+
17 Ke3 Rhe8+
18 Kf4 Re2
19 Rd1 Rxf2
20 Kg3 Rxa2
21 Kf4 Rxg2
22 Ke5 Rxh2
23 d5 Re8+
24 Kf4 c5
25 axb6 axb6
26 Kg3 Ree2
27 Kf3 Rd2
28 Ke4 Bxd5+
29 Ke5 cxb4
30 cxb4 f6+
31 Kf5 Be6+
32 Ke4 |Kc6
33 Rab1 Rxd1
34 Rxd1 Rh4+
35 Kd3 Rxb4
36 Rc1+ Kd6
37 Kc3 |Rc4+
38 resign