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Monthly Archives: January 2007

Upgrading to WordPress 2.1, etc.

WordPress has recently been upgraded to 2.1. I’ve been testing it on my local setup (thanks to MAMP) for the past few weeks, and found that upgrading from 2.0.x is rather easy. I found hitches with only a couple of my plugins, Antileech and Link Library. Even the theme used, a somewhat modified version of […]

Delicious orange cake

Today I tried out the Gâteau Piège recipe from Chocolate & Zucchini. The result was delicious: a tender, orange flavored cake which reminded me of a slightly crumbly pound cake. Baking it also made the house pleasantly sweet-smelling. Thanks, Clotilde! Modifications: I used only 1/3 cup of orange juice, which came from one and half […]

JavaScript books

I’ve had earlier editions Flanagan’s JavaScript: The Definitive Guide (O’Reilly) sitting on my bookshelf for years. But I rarely cracked it open. When I did, I often became frustrated with not being able to find succinct or coherent information. Not too surprisingly, I rarely used JavaScript. Then came Jeremy Keith’s book on DOM scripting, and […]

Farewell: Restaurants closed in 2006

Last year witnessed the closure of some wonderful restaurants. From this group, Brigitte’s will be sorely missed. Brigitte’s: French Mediterranean, Gourmet and Healthy Cuisine. Santa Clara, CA. This became our favorite French restaurant in the Bay Area. Fresh ingredients, often locally produced or organic. Innovative menu which changed daily to fit the seasons and market. […]

Baked macaroni and cheese

I have this fond memory of the cheesy, creamy goodness of the baked macaroni and cheese from the Netscape cafeteria. That memory cropped up recently, along with the thought, “Hm, it’s been a while since I’ve made or eaten mac-n-cheese.” This recipe is influenced, of course, by others: The one from The Joy of Cooking […]

Mac OS X 3rd party applications that suck

Some non-Apple applications ought to be singled out, in my opinion, if they’ve become necessary evils. Not because one would pay money for them, or because they’re commercially produced, but because they’ve become an essential part of one’s computer habits. Yet at the same time frustration reigns during actual use. Anyone know of better alternatives […]

Chicken rice soup for a cold

Or, rather, for the cold which has been haranguing me for nearly two weeks. This soup is quite simple: Throw rice into a pot of chicken stock, then simmer until done. The small amount of rice expands into a remarkably generous serving! Depending on your taste, you can additional spices or veggies. The basic recipe […]

Comfort Noodles

Comfort Noodles is the name we gave this soup: To comfort you on cold days and nights, to comfort you when having a cold. This recipe was inspired by phở gà, Vietnamese chicken noodle soup, and ramen. Oddly, I haven’t made this yet using ramen noodles. Spaghetti works easily since I almost always have it […]

Photos of the garden pond

Finally uploaded photographs documenting the pond Simon installed in the backyard. The process started in early 2003, and took well over a year for plants to become established. We need to replace some of the plants (the Japanese maple couldn’t tolerate the heat), but we now have lovely gold fines gravel for the bench area […]

Mac OS X 3rd party applications I use

I’ve had my MacBook Pro for about half a year. Never satisfied with limiting myself to what came out of the box, I thought it’d be useful to document what third party (non-Apple) applications I found useful, if not indispensable. Update (10 January 2007): Thanks to SjG for mentioning MAMP, which I use frequently. My […]