An insect that makes a chirping sound by rubbing its wing casings against combs on its hind legs.

Status update on April 7, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Every time I use a touchless paper towel dispenser, I feel like a Jedi.


Status update on April 5, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Just once, I would like to attend a class where the assignments become shorter later in the semester.


Status update on April 5, 2010 at 8:52 am

The pollen is caked on the walkways at school.


Status update on April 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I think i just swallowed a bug.


Status update on April 1, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Ah, it’s a beautiful day. Good day to have the windows open… while playing WoW.


Status update on March 31, 2010 at 12:36 am owns my blog.


Recipe: Creamy Tomato Chicken


I mixed this up for my picky eater. She doesn’t eat the zucchini, red pepper, or onion, though.

I hope you enjoy it. Also available as a PDF.

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Whole chicken breasts baked over noodles in a creamy tomato sauce.


  1. 2 servings (~100g) of elbow noodle pasta
  2. 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  3. 10 3/4 oz cream of chicken soup
  4. 6 oz tomato paste
  5. 1 cup water
  6. 1/4 red pepper, diced
  7. 1/8 large sweet onion, diced
  8. 1 roma tomato, sliced
  9. 1 small zucchini, diced
  10. 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  11. olive oil
  12. dried basil


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Hot! Hot! Hot!
  2. Cook elbow noodles for half the time recommended by pasta’s packaging; should not stick to ceiling when ready.
  3. Sautée onion, red pepper, and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until partially cooked and browned.
  4. Meanwhile, mix chicken soup, tomato paste, and water in a medium-sized bowl; try not to spill, klutz.
  5. Mix pasta, sautéed onion and red pepper, zucchini, and sauce in a small casserole dish.
  6. Arrange raw chicken breasts over pasta; season with basil and top with tomato slices; lightly spoon sauce over chicken. I said, “lightly!”
  7. Bake at 400°F for 25-30 minutes or until chicken reaches a safe internal temperature; don’t guess, use a thermo-meter.
  • An 8×8 inch casserole dish or a high-walled 10-inch oven-safe skillet works well.
  • Steps 2, 3, and 4 should be completed simultaneously, as if you have six arms.
  • For best results, remove from oven and stir pasta half way through cook time.
  • Recipe originally designed for thin chicken breasts approximately half-pound each. Thicker breasts may require more time in oven.
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Hidden Installer Bundles

It bothers me when software vendors that write for OS X distribute their standard OS X installer package wrapped in a bundle that launches their own custom installer before opening the installer package.  What is that little middleman executable really doing?



Twitter is tempting me.  I resist on principle, though.


Respond, you bloody DNS!


I find it amusing that I was able to find two DNS servers four to five hops outside Suddenlink‘s network that respond faster than Suddenlink’s own recommended DNS servers.  I consider this a far superior alternative to opting out of their “enhanced” DNS redirection “service.”

On a related note, is it ethical to use a third party’s DNS servers for recursive lookups without asking first?

Hummina, hummina, hummina!