Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Selling T-Shirts to raise money for Women's Center

Our college, Oregon Institute of Technology does not have enough money for daycare let alone a place for parents to find information on getting daycare. I am donating 50% of the profits from t-shirt sales to help. If you want prints email me at Rakista@gmail.com

http://www.cafepress.com/womensci

Sunday, April 16, 2006

With the Iranians getting ready to blow us all up...

What does Iranian food look and taste like; because, we have fought the Germans, Japanese and Vietnamaese and most Americans only know about them through the cuisine. Will Americans be eating Iranian style buffets in 20 years after the 1st nuclear war, or will we relegate them to the British level of cuisine exchange? Only time will tell.

Iranian Recipes

More Iranian and Persian style recipes

If you are in La La Land you can even eat at a Persian/Iranian style restaurant called Javan.

Morasah-Polow, looks especially good; sweet, savory and spicey. My bet is that this will become the lemon chicken of Iranian-American style restaurants.

Tabula Rasa

I recently got a copy of Steven Pinker's Blank Slate and I am thoroughly enjoying its well thought out comprimise between the nature and nurture sides of human development.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

New 19" LCD monitor

Got a new monitor today, it weighs like 1/10th of my current 21" inch SGI monitor and the colors are not weird from being turned on for 10 years. Happy days.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

My top neighbor is only 7% is that normal?

On my Last FM account my "neighbors" are people with similiar musical tastes to my own. I am unsure of the exact metric used in calculating them but I am sure that most people do not listen to the amalagration of music in my collection because while most people have neighbors in the 20-30% range my nearest one hovers around 6-7%.

My top neighbor is only 7% is that normal?

On my Last FM account my "neighbors" are people with similiar musical tastes to my own. I am unsure of the exact metric used in calculating them but I am sure that most people do not listen to the amalagration of music in my collection because while most people have neighbors in the 20-30% range my nearest one hovers around 6-7%.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Volcano Vaporizer

I bought a Volcano Vaporizer about a year ago and have been nothing but pleased with my purchase. Not only are my lungs feeling better but I have a cool coffee table item to spark up conversations with people who come over for parties and the like. It gets about as much play time as my MAME system I setup 2 years ago on the big screen TV and people are known to bring weed over just to try it so unlike my MAME station it actually pays for itself.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

HP Laptop stories

Well I got my laptop back from HP finnally and I have to say I am pretty pleased with it. The electrical transformer had failed in the charger pack along with some of the connects on the power board inside the laptop and both were replaced without comment. The only thing I wish this laptop had was some nicer speakers because these creative ones sound crummy at any sound level.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Can the US military do anything more?

Much of the US military is now bound up in two conflicts. One in the dust blown desert of Iraq with its radically divided Baghdad and the other in the hurricane ravaged gulf coast whose epicenter is New Orleans. If anything else needs the attention of the US military one of the current deployments will be jeopardy of losing support. On one hand if the US withdraws from Iraq it may avert at least some criticism at home that they are insensitive to the needs of their citizens; however, if they leave Iraq in the hands of a radical shia bloc, the Kurds and the small secular group of sunnis there will be no knowing if the Middle East will not succumb to regional war over the souls and oil reserves present in southern Iraq.