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Is Terry Pratchett’s “Snuff” The Next Book For You?

13 Nov

Imagine, if you will, an expert gardener. For decades he has been tending a plot of land near a highway. He grows beautiful plants and tends each one for years until it is absolutely stunning. People come from all over the world to enjoy the plants in his plot. A few notice that within the patterns made by plants is an important message that the gardener wants to communicate.

One day the gardener learns that the highway is to be widened. His plot of land will be reclaimed and bulldozed. There is nothing he can do to prevent this, but he still has his garden for a few more years.

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Refactored Bonding

21 Mar

I refactored the code in XKCD’s Bonding :

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Woodman Point Jetty Fishing

19 Oct


We headed to Woodman Point Jetty for fishing on the 14/10/2012, just a day before the kids went back to school. The jetty seemed to be dirty compared to Lancelin jetty. You can find broken beer bottles on the jetty. Woodman Point is about 8km south of Fremantle along Cockburn road. As we were fishing on the jetty two huge pelican birds marching up our way. My younger boy, Matthew got scared. These clever pelicans were waiting for someone to feed them. Yes, some kind soul gave the bird some fish. Unfortunately we did not catch any fish. We concluded that the only place which we were able to catch some fish was Cervantes. After  2 hours we have to leave the jetty with disappointment  because it was raining. Never mind at least we did try!


Nasi Lemak

11 Oct

I made nasi lemak for my family one night. They said that it tasted delicious. Here are the recipes for the nasi lemak, sambal and fried chicken.For the nasi lemak, you will need a can of coconut milk about 200mls, 3 cups of rice. 3 cups of rice will need 3.5 water. So if you use 3 cups of rice and 200mls of coconut milk it will be fine. I placed a tiny slice of ginger and a sliced shallots into the washed rice. Slice your shallots finely. Finally put 4 pandan leaves which you tie into a knot  on the washed rice. The pandan leaves are available in the oriental shop. The pandan leaves are sold frozen. The leaves will give a nice fragrance to the rice. Don’t forget to put half a teaspoon of salt  too.

For the fried chicken, I use 850gram  chicken(drumsticks, breast or cut up chicken pieces), 4 cloves of garlic(peeled and pounded), 2 tablespoons of cilantro root. You use the stalks and not the leaves, 1/2 tablespoon of ground pepper, 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 tablespoon of oyster sauce, 3 tablespoons of fish sauce and oil for deep frying. For the flour you will need 4 tablespoons of plain flour, 4 tablespoons of cornstarch and 4 tablespoons of rice flour. Firstly you will clean the chicken and pat it dry with paper towel. I use my thermomix to mash up the garlic, cilantro roots and salt until they become a fine paste. You can use a food processor too. Then add the paste , fish sauce, oyster sauce to the chicken and coat it well onto the chicken pieces. Transfer the chicken pieces into a glad bag and marinate them for at least 4 to 6 hours in the fridge. When they are ready, heat up a pot or a wok of cooking oil to fry the chicken pieces. While waiting for the oil to heat up, mix the three types of flour together  and transfer the marinated chicken onto the flour mixture. Make sure you coat the chickens evenly with the flour mixture. Shake the excess flour off. Next place the chicken gently into the hot oil and fry the chicken pieces until it is golden brown. Transfer the fried chicken on a plate lined with paper towels to soak up the excess oil.

For the sambal(chilli sauce for the nasi lemak), I use 70g big dry chillies. Please wash it and soak it for about an hour and get rid off the seeds before you used it. If you leave the seeds in the chillies, your sambal will be very hot. 2 tomatoes, 15g garlic, 100g onions, 2 tsp shrimp paste, 1 tablespoon of tamarind juice, 50g oil, 50g brown sugar, 100g anchovies and salt to taste. To make the sambal I use my thermomix. You can always make it in a pot over the stove. I put the dry chillies, tomato, garlic, onions, shrimp paste into the thermomix jug and add 100g water into the jug. I cook it for 10 minutes at varoma speed 2. Then I blend 1 minute at speed 10. Next put the oil, salt, brown sugar, anchovies, tamarind juice and onions into the cooked mixture and cook it again for another 5 minutes at varoma speed 2. Then the sambal is done. You can store them in a sterilised jar.

You can fry up some anchovies, slice some cucumber and boil some hard boiled egg to eat it with the nasi lemak. Enjoy!







Jeremy’s Angry Birds

05 Oct

These angry birds belong to Jeremy. He is a great fan of angry birds. He has 8 angry birds. He likes the blue one because it is cute. The green pig is the enemy of the angry birds. The pigs will build buildings and the birds are supposed to knock it down.
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XKCD 1110 has 164 People

29 Sep

Ok, so the author of XKCD recently published an excellent strip called “Click and Drag“, which stretches the boundaries of what cartoons are – both figuratively and literally.

The last panel is huge!!! You can’t see it all at once, instead, you are invited to drag the image around to see what’s there.

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Christmas Stories

29 Dec

M2 is 5 years and 6 months old – his birthday is in June. At bedtime, on the 25th of December, all the presents unwrapped and played with, this conversation transpired….

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Bedtime Conversation

28 Nov

M1 : Your turn
M2 : Uno!

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That Rabbit Is Evil

13 Oct

Scene : Bunnings (a large hardware chain), a weekend, during the school holidays.

Characters : Me (me) and M2 (my 5-year-old son)

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Why Don’t I Like Stuff By Arthur C Clarke?

07 Sep

Arthur C Clarke is supposed to be one of the giants of Science Fiction. However, I’ve been very often disappointed by his stuff. Why? And does anyone else feel the same way? Or do most people just say “Arthur C Who??”

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