Posts from January 2008

Thursday, 31 January 2008

Is Kaput

So my computer surgery was only partially successful. I had to take one of my two hard drives to a doctor. The computer doctor guys called today and said they couldn’t recover anything from my hard drive. It equals kaput. Lost a lot of stuff, including handouts and advertisements I made for the Bead Fact’ry. Also all of my business invoices I mailed out last year, which are kind of important come tax time so I have an accurate account of how much money I made. Not quite sure what to do about that.

But I ordered a fancy new hard drive from TigerDirect, and it should show up sometime next week. Then I’ll re-install XP and all of the programs I need (I still have all of those) and I should be mostly back up and running again.

Categories: Computers, Updates.

Monday, 28 January 2008

Delicate Surgery

Attempting a transplant. I’ll let you know how well it worked.

Categories: Computers, Updates.

Monday, 21 January 2008

Why Does the PSP Get All the Coolest Looking Games?

First there was LocoRoco.

Now comes Patapon, a rhythm-based, 2-D scrolling war game of sorts. Check out the trailer:

I’m serious: if anybody has a PSP that they don’t want anymore, I’ll totally take it off your hands. I have a little bit of Christmas money left.

Categories: Links, Video Games, Videos.

Sunday, 20 January 2008

Cloverfield (2008)

Directed by Matt Reeves

Cloverfield is the brainchild of J.J. Abrams. It plays something like this: Imagine a cross between The Blair Witch Project, a giant monster movie, the TV show Felicity, and a surprisingly large dose of the obscure 80s movie Miracle Mile. In a good way. In a very, very good way. [Read my full review here]

Note: I actually saw Sweeny Todd before i saw Cloverfield, but I just wanted to get this review out of the way because it’s more timely (Cloverfield just opened this last Friday).

Categories: Movie Reviews, Updates.

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Everywhere But Here

The last week has been kind of a crazy week for weather here in the Pacific Northwest. Everywhere, that is, except for Tacoma.

It started last Thursday when an actual tornado struck Vancouver, WA.

Then Sunday and Monday were particularly beautiful days (apart from some morning fog). Sunny and warm on Sunday, sunny and cold on Monday.

Monday evening I finished watching The Sarah Connor Chronicles and the Q13 News at 10:00 came on with a big story about the huge winter storm that was slamming the Northwest.

“What!?” I exclaimed out loud. I rushed to the window. Completely clear. The TV was showing footage of cars struggling to drive in snow flurries and on snow-coated roads in Seattle. I let Suki out to potty in the backyard and discovered a beautiful, crystal evening with a clear, black sky and bright stars. The trees weren’t disturbed the the slightest wind.

Meanwhile in Puyallup a tree got blown over in a windstorm and smashed a garage.

This morning all the news reports were of snow, ice, and dangerous roads. Here in Tacoma it’s a beautiful, sunny day again. A little bit of ice on the ground, but not on any of the main roads at all.

It seems often that Tacoma is an anti-convergence zone. We tend to get the opposite weather that the rest of the Northwest is getting.

Very strange.

Categories: Tornadoes, Weather.

Sunday, 13 January 2008

Katsu Kraziness

This story kinda starts a while back, quite a ways before Christmas.

I was up in Seattle hanging out with Tangetnbot‘s wife, waiting for him to get off work. She was prepping a dinner of pork katsu with panko bread crumbs and tonkatsu sauce. It ended up being delicious.

Then in her Christmas stocking(s), Carrie received both a bottle of tonkatsu sauce and a package of panko.

So a while after Christmas Carrie & I made chicken katsu for dinner with equally delicious results. The sauce and the crumbs were both from the inimitable Uwajimaya up in Seattle. I love Uwajimaya, but Seattle is just a bit too far away for a casual jaunt out to get some Japanese foodstuffs. So I started wondering if there were any Asian markets closer by.

A quick search told me that there was a place called East Asia Super Market (note “Super Market,” not “Supermarket”) just a stone’s throw across I-5 from us. Tacoma Mama gives it a sterling review (Tacoma Mama is, by the way, a great resource for things in Tacoma), so I’m curious to go check it out sometime soon. I doubt it can be anywhere near as cool as Uwajimaya, but at least it’s something, eh?

By the way, Tangentbot is posting some tasty recipes on his site if you wanna make some good food. He hasn’t posted a katsu recipe yet, though, so here’s what Carrie & I did!

Chicken Katsu 

Chicken cutlets (or chicken breast halves, pounded until they’re as thin as cutlets)
All-purpouse flour
1 egg, beaten
Panko bread crumbs
Salt & Pepa to taste
Tonkatsu sauce

  1. Set up three shallow dishes: 1 with flour in it, 1 with a beaten egg in it, and 1 with the panko in it.
  2. Season the chicken to taste.
  3. Dredge the chicken through the flower to coat, then through the egg, and then through the panko until it is thoroughly coated with bread crumbs
  4. Heat about ¼” of oil in a pan over medium to medium-high heat. Fry the chicken in the oil 3-4 minutes per side (until golden brown and cooked through)
  5. Let the chicken rest for several minutes, then slice on a diagonal (like you’re julienning a carrot).
  6. Serve on a bed of steamed white rice and drizzle with tonkatsu sauce (you can add purple cabbage to the rice for even more authenticity)

Categories: Cooking, Japan, Links.

Saturday, 12 January 2008


From Japan comes a very strange CGI-animated series of shorts: Usavich. It’s about two rabbits in prison. They’re all under two minutes, and most-surprising of all is the fact that they have continuity! Once you get into their rhythm, they’re rather hilarious.

[Found via Cartoon Brew]

Categories: Cartoons, Japan, Links, Videos.