Dria’s spoiler-free Serenity Review

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That was gorramn awesome, go see it. I’m gonna go see it again tomorrow.

Serenity Day!!

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Watch the Sci-Fi Inside special here.

Ballad of Serenity

Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don’t care, I’m still free
You can’t take the sky from me

Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain’t coming back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can’t take the sky from me

There’s no place I can be
Since I found Serenity
But you can’t take the sky from me….

Go see the movie. Go go go!!

Pasta with Baked Tomato Sauce

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Threw together some random basic yummy things to make an even yummier, but exceedingly simple, pasta sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 med cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 14oz can diced tomatos (salt-free if possible)
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Dash of sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/4 c fresh basil, rough chopped
  • Fresh grated parmasean cheese (optional, hi FA)
  • Pasta (linguine or spaghetti)

Preparation
Pre-heat oven to 400. Heat an oven-proof skillet on the range until medium-hot. Add oil. When oil is hot, toss in chopped garlic and stir. Let garlic cook for 20-30 seconds, then add the can of diced tomatoes (do not drain, add all the juice and stuff too). Stir. Add pepper, salt, sugar, and stir again. When oven is heated, settle tomatoes into an even layer in the bottom of the skillet and put it in the oven. Bake uncovered for about 20 mins. After sauce has finished baking, add basil and stir well. Let it sit for a minute or two so the basil wilts nicely.

While the sauce is baking, cook pasta in a generous quantity of salted water. Drain.

Top pasta with sauce, top with parmasean cheese. Yum.

Recipe sites

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For the record, my favourite recipe sites are:

Not much going on, really…

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Clearly, I will never be an Internet Rock Star, if for no other reason than I just don’t update my weblog regularly enough.

Work has been busy lately, although less so for the last couple of weeks than the two weeks before that. My project moved from Alpha to Beta testing stages, and getting things ready for that pretty much consumed most waking moments for quite a while. Since the change over I’ve been mostly puttering, making sure that everything is working as it should be, doing some project housekeeping, so on and so forth. So far, so good.

On the non-work-related side of things, I’ve been mostly playing with my new camera, learning stuff about processing RAW format photos (which is trickier than originally anticipated, but seems to be working out ok), and mucking about with new photo gallery software. It’s all fun. Unfortunately, it rained all weekend so I didn’t get a chance to deploy the new gear. Alas.

I’ve also been teaching myself how to use Adobe InDesign for no apparent reason. Adobe InDesign is software for doing print layout and design. It’s extraordinarily powerful, extremely cool, and actually a whole lot of fun. The chances of me ever using it in a professional capacity are essentially nil, but I have a few personal projects I might put together. If nothing else, it’s teaching me some of the fundamental differences between print and web publishing (which are Many), which will come it handy some day, I’m sure. Eventually. Or something. Either way, I like learning new stuff, and print is definitely a new world for me.

iPod Killaz

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Sony has launched yet another iPod “killer”, coincident with Apple’s launch of the new, ultra-hot, iPod nano. Here’s a picture of each:

Funnily, in this New York Times article about the new Walkman, I can’t find the actual name of the unit mentioned anywhere. The word “Walkman” appears 14 times, but “iPod” is used 19 times. That’s gotta sting.

Anyhow, I want a nano. Later. I guess they’re running out already. Teehee.

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