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I can knock together some pretty decent burritos, nachos, or bean dip with these. I find the spice level comfortable; some people find them hot.

Five-Pepper Refried Beans

1 1/4 cup (3 dl) dried pinto beans (approximately 2 cans)
1 Tbsp (msk) olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp (tsk) sambal olek
1 vegetable boullion cube
1/4 tsp (tsk) ground black pepper
1/4 tsp (tsk) ground white pepper
1/4 tsp (tsk) ground piripiri
1/4 tsp (tsk) coarse ground tellicherry pepper
1/4 tsp (tsk) crushed red pepper
optional: 1/2 tsp tumeric (gurkmeja)1
salt to taste (boullion cube and sambal olek both contain salt already)

First prepare the beans:
Add the beans to a pot along with 4 cups (1 liter) of water and bring them to a boil. Boil for 3-5 minutes, turn off the heat, and allow the beans to sit on burner for 2-3 hours until cool.

Drain and rinse the beans, replace in the pot with 3-4 cups (.75 to 1 liter)...

Skrivet av alphanum3r1c, 2008-08-03

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Proof is the LHC:

The ATLAS Hadronic endcap Liquid Argon Calorimeter.
(Photographer: Roy Langstaff; © CERN)

It's so beautiful, it makes me want to cry. More photos here. Larger, too.

(Thanks for that link, dragonman97.)

Tagged: Photos, Science

Skrivet av alphanum3r1c, 2008-08-03

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Some days are just a treasure trove for the visual arts category, like the internet just had an urge to disgorge beautiful things.

First is Swedish digital artist Mats Minnhagen:

Next is Little People - a tiny street art project, which reminds me a little of the previously noted Bent Objects:

And also Inner City Snail - a slow moving street art project by the same artist:

To see more, go to the respective artist's site.

Tagged: Art

Skrivet av alphanum3r1c, 2008-08-02

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One of my favorite things about Bloggis is the option to use Textile. The Textism reference linked on the post form is useful but I actually prefer the Textile Quick Reference from Hobix, even though it doesn't all work on Bloggis.

Tagged: Bloggis, Note to Self

Skrivet av alphanum3r1c, 2008-07-29

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I had no idea you could stick custom javascripts into Opera. Never had a need until dragonman97 kindly did one up that removes a general annoyance (more on that later).

Caveat: I'm not running the most recent Opera yet, so this may not work for later versions. Because computers are like that.

Tools >> Preferences >> Advanced >> Content >> Javascript Options button.
In the My Javascript Files field, fill in the path to the folder where you keep your user scripts. (Mine is ~/.opera/scripts.)


Link: Take Control with User JavaScript (from Opera.com)

Tagged: Note to Self, Software (other)

Skrivet av alphanum3r1c, 2008-07-29

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What Bush and Batman Have in Common by Andrew Klavan (The Wall Street Journal; July 25, 2008)

Could it be any easier than an essay comparing a U.S. President's actions to those of a fictional vigilante, and praising the likeness?

It seems to me that what is fundamentally at issue here is the neocon grasp of reality. For Andrew Klavan, I'm going to make a short list of things that aren't real:

  1. Batman
  2. Narnia
  3. The Spartan warriors of 300
  4. Hobbits, Gandalf, elves, and Middle Earth

Now I'm going to make a short list of things that are real:

  1. George W. Bush
  2. Civil rights and liberties
  3. Vigilantism
  4. The rule of law

Now the basis that Andrew Klavan's essay rests on, its fundamental assumption, is that Batman is a hero.

This is not the case.

Batman is an antihero. He is not noble and he doesn't have lofty goals or principles. He's obsessed with revenge and he is subject...

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Cuil (pronounced "cool" as an exercise in non-intuitive web 2.0 language) is being touted as the challenger to the Google search throne.

My impression? Not so much.

Not that I think Google is any great shakes lately. More and more I find that, while it used to give me what I needed, lately it is becoming irrelevant. Too much spam, too many websites that are really just product placement, but they are full of fancy SEO tricks to make Google like them.

In short: Google is jammed full of cruft.

It's going to be a while before Cuil can really compete. I've gotten used to the simplicity of Google. I'm not really caring for the images loading with my search results. It takes too long for the page of results to load, and when I've finished the text I want to move on. They need either a margin at the bottom of the page, or else to put next page links at the top of the results because the ones on the bottom are at the very bottom of my screen and effectively blocked by my...

Skrivet av alphanum3r1c, 2008-07-28

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To add a Skype link:

<a href="skype:echo123">Default Action to echo123</a>
<a href="skype:echo123?call">Call echo123</a>
<a href="skype:echo123;user123?call">Conference Call echo123 and user123</a>
(Note: you can use a phone number in place of a username as long as it follows SkypeOut format: +12125551111)
<a href="skype:echo123?chat">Start Chat with Echo123</a>
<a href="skype:echo123?sendfile">Send a File to Echo123</a>
<a href="skype:echo123?userinfo ">View echo123's Profile</a>
<a href="skype:echo123?add">Add echo123 to Contacts</a>

More, fancier stuff with javascript at the link above.

"Making Skype links...

Skrivet av alphanum3r1c, 2008-07-28

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