April 27, 2004

Civic Forum

http://www.jdmcivic.com/forums/: check it out later to help figure out how to go about fixing my new baby - tentatively named Patricia.

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April 26, 2004

Car

When your car breaks down in a spectacular fashion, a week of your life falls into a void never to been seen again. So does a good bit of money. And time to sleep. So tired. And poor. But happy. Different car. Just got. Still used. But better. Serendipity. Lucky. Chance. Love. And. Peace. Sleep.

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April 19, 2004

テスト

日本語がわかりますか?

Posted by kstroke at 11:01 AM | Comments (28)

April 16, 2004

Japanese Audio

Have the 3 Pimsleur Japanese courses now. Also compiled some other Japanese audio stuff that I had. Yay, time for Japanese learning fun.

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April 14, 2004

JPLT Resource

From kuoj. Best Japanese language proficiency test resource I've seen, yet.

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April 12, 2004

Language Learning theory

Look into this more later.

Posted by kstroke at 03:58 PM | Comments (16)

AIM down?

I seem to be disconnected from the world. Is it just my computer/network, or has AIM been down all day?

Posted by kstroke at 03:21 PM | Comments (17)

Flash Card Strategy

For Flash Card Maker: Leitner Cardfile System for learning/arranging flash cards for review. Fairly basic strategy.

Posted by kstroke at 11:48 AM | Comments (19)

April 06, 2004

Java XML Serialization

Read in more detail later to see if this is useful.

Posted by kstroke at 05:16 PM | Comments (17)

New English Teaching Method

So funny. Esp. if you're a Penny Arcade fan.

Posted by kstroke at 03:35 PM | Comments (17)

April 05, 2004

I Like Arby's but...

It turns out that the half-life of an Arby's roast beef sandwich is some time less than nine days. Even in a refrigerator that's kept at stiff 38 degrees Fahrenheit. Ugh.

When I couldn't pry the top bun off, I should've stopped and tossed it. Instead, I microwaved it (the top came off nicely after that), sauced it, and ate it. Ugh. Next time, I'm just going to eat it fresh even if I'm already full.

Posted by kstroke at 09:25 PM | Comments (19)

Biz Books

Been listening/reading a bunch of money-oriented books lately.

The Millionaire Next Door gets an "eh, blah". It's worth a library checkout but not a buy. There are some good lessons, but a lot of the stuff resonates of "the C student will rule the world". I'll put up a detailed review that will negate the need for you to actually read it.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship gets a "yay". Drucker is awesome. He presents innovation as a regularly reproducible and necessary occurrence for thriving companies. Drucker offers insights into how to nurture innovation and, equally important, how to kill it.

Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Money and Investing gets an "eh". It's a look at how the stock market works through 6th grade civics spectacles. The information is very basic and the layout gave me a headache after a while. It's a loud 100+ page pamphlet. As a primer, it serves its purpose. Check this out from your local library and give this a read-through if you don't know anything about how money/investments work. After reading this, you won't know how to pick stocks, but you'll know what they are. One semi-major complaint is that this book doesn't cover compound interest. Any basic finance-oriented book needs to go over the idea of compound interest because it is THE motivation for putting your money into investments rather than your piggy bank.

Posted by kstroke at 05:10 PM | Comments (29)

April 04, 2004

Hummus

Hummus -
2 cans garbanzo beans, 4-5 cloves of garlic (minced and mushed in with a teaspoon or two of salt), a couple of dabs of peanut butter + a couple of dashes of sesame oil (or tahini if you have that), some lemon juice, some olive oil. Blend. Easy cheesy. Too thick? Add some more olive oil and lemon juice and salt (the added oil will prolly cancel out the saltiness of any salt you've added so far).

This turned out pretty well, but I put in a little too much peanut butter... Got the peanut butter substitution idea from Alton Brown's use of cashew butter as a substutution for the tahini. Substitution of a substitution. Not exactly like the stuff I've bought from stores, but I won't blame that on the peanut butter quite yet.

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April 01, 2004

Grody

The toilet paper dispenser squeaked. Flush. The stall door opened. The bathroom door opened. I'm pretty sure there's supposed to be a sound of splashing water from the sink before the bathroom door opens. Gross. I wish I had seen who it was so I'd know with whom to avoid shaking hands.

Posted by kstroke at 05:22 PM | Comments (28)

Sleep

This should be a part of a post-college get-ready-for-the-real-world kit.

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