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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Vista SP1

It's not installing... Gives 0x800f0826 error telling me it couldn't be configured... Oh well.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Yet another one bit the dust

The other day it was a Seagate 300 GB HDD. Today, it's a Seagate 200 GB HDD. It just went. Damn. No more Seagate product for me, I suppose. The 300 GB drive I could just ditch. This 200 GB one not so... I used it as a backup drive for my work. Now how should I go about getting the data recovered...? Data recovery looks exorbitantly expensive and so I think I'll give a go at replacing the logic board. I just hope I will be able to find one to fit this drive though.

Cafe Karadeniz (Grafton, Auckland)

So we had a visitor in the lab (yet again) and this time we went out to Cafe Karadeniz down the road from the Med School. The place looked cozy with lots of pictures of middle eastern origin (or so they appeared to me); I guess it's something to do with the fact that it's a Turkish restaurant. I had a lamb moussaka. It was pretty good, tasty and also plentiful (even though it didn't look that big on the plate). Salad on the side was lemony and refreshing yet not too sour. I was pretty happy with the meal. Next time perhaps I'll try some chicken dish.

Sunday, May 25, 2008


So I made some oden yet again; I know, I am boring at times. But it's so yummy! Especially on a cold day! And this time I gave a go at making ganmodoki, or deep fried tofu fritter. It's often used in oden as an ingredient. Basically you squeeze out water from your regular tofu, mush it up, add grated Japanese yam (nagaimo), flour, salt, eggs, finely chopped onions, mushrooms and carrots then mix well to make a kind of dough. Take some this dough, shape it in a small ball that fits on your hand then deep fry. And this was the result:

They came out alright though this was the first time I ever made it. Next time I'll try to get my hands on real Japanese mushrooms such as shiitake and kikurage. I'm calling them ganmodoki-modoki as I don't think the ingredients were true to the recipe and thus it is a substitute ganmodoki, itself a goose substitute...
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Nori helper?

As a follow up from a previous blog entry:


This time, it's missing a letter "bi" to make it biscuit. Why is that the first letter is missing in these packages? Are they just trying to fit the characters in the limited space?
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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Iron man

So I didn't have anything better to do tonight, and since a PhD student in the lab wanted to see a movie, we went down to Newmarket to see Iron man. I thought it was pretty good. Really. I like all sorts of movies, but this one I didn't have to think; just enjoyed the ride. I liked the performance of actors, I thought they were pretty good. But effects blew me out of water! Pretty darn good it was. Maybe it went a little fast at the beginning, lingered a little too much on the development of the battle suit and the last fighting scene could've been a little longer and maybe a tad more intense. But then again. It's not the kind of movie you expect a lot of character development or soppy moments. Anyhow, I really enjoyed it.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Got me ticket and...

I'm off to Adelaide again, in late July. One of my friends back from there is getting married. I have known the guy for the last... 14 years or so. Wow. Come to think of it, that's pretty long... How exciting! A perfectly good excuse to take a few days off to see my family as well.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Seaweed Lacquer?

I found something...


Just nori crackers. But the package lacks the letter for "ku", making it to mean "lacquer"... Thought it was amusing.
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It's getting a little cold out there (though it would never be as cold as DC), and I wanted to eat something Japanese... Mmm... Nabe...? Nah... Something else...


So I made oden. A freaking stock pot full. I went truly overboard with this one, how am I to finish this off before they all go bad? I guess I'll be eating this until all is gone...
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Saturday, May 17, 2008


I saw this little video the first time about 10 years ago when I was a grad student. Just to share.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Finally. I got one, the iPod Classic (160 GB, black). I used to use an iRiver ihp140. I've had it for the last 4-5 years or so, and quite liked it. In fact its remote I think is better than the iPod I just bought; iPod doesn't come with one. the iriver remote has this small LCD screen to display things which was really handy. OTOH iPod I have to change things on the machine itself; an inconvenience. I guess the reason for upgrading for me was the ease of managing podcast subscriptions. With the iHP140 I had to manually download (maybe it's my ignorance but I didn't know any other way) podcast and update them also manually. At least with the iPod I can let itunes handle all that. Also the iPod is smaller and thinner than iHP140 but that comes with a price; can't record and doesn't have a radio. I guess I can overlook that as I never really used these features anyway. So am I happy with the iPod? Yeah I guess I am. Am I overwhelmed? No. To me it's just another hdd based music player.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

LOL, funny that

Monday, May 05, 2008

Mikano (Mechanics Bay, Auckland)

We have a visitor from Dunedin. He's up here to give a seminar tomorrow. So, the boss decided we go out for a dinner. He really takes good care of us. We went out to Mikano restaurant down in Mechanics Bay, by the heliport just down the road from my place. I've actually wanted to go to this place every time I went past it. It looked good from outside I thought. And it did not disappoint inside either. So 3 of us plus the boss and the visitor met up at the place, and went in to find a bar; a nice looking one. Went through that and found the dining area. Even though it was Monday the place was somewhat busy. We chose to have a bottle of Pinot Gris from Rimu Grove Winery; pretty good stuff. I decided to have baby paua (abalone) salad as an entree followed by pan-fried market fish then finishing off with a creme brulee with apple crumble and apple sorbet. I like abalones but never had baby one; adult one I had were sashimi and sushi, and had this crunchy/chewy texture. This one however was pretty tender, and lightly grilled with what tasted like some soy sauce. With wasabi sauce and small salad (julienned cucumber mixed with some smoked salmon) it tasted pretty good. I would've like to have a little bit more though; 3 pieces were not quite enough, and was a little expensive for what it was. After waiting for yongs (we joked about this one, but maybe waitresses stayed away from us because when they came around to take orders they had to come back a few times as we were busy talking to each other) the main came out. Again it was pretty good, served with mussel salad. The dessert was also good; creme brulee I often find in very thin serving dish and not quite enough. Not this place. It came in a small cup, with sorbet and crumbles. It was more of creamy custard than a regular brulee but there was plenty of it, which is always good. Had a flat white to go with it too. I needed all that to keep me going as I headed back to the lab to finish off the evening...

Sunday, May 04, 2008

That season returns

Well. That shitty season has returned. It's cold, wet and miserable out there. It's pissing down out there, wind blowing all over so my umbrella's kinda useless (and it has already wrecked one umbrella) and yet not cold enough so that you feel the terrible humidity. Mmm...