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by julius
Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [UK]South-West of England / shameless plug: Microcon
Replies: 5
Views: 1999

Re: South-West of England / shameless plug: Microcon

There's a backpackers' hostel about 20 minutes from campus, and a YMCA about 15 minutes away. 20/15 minutes walking? Er, sorry, yes. I'm just so used to walking being the default way of getting around, among most people I know in Exeter. There are buses from the city centre (5 minutes' walk from ei...
by julius
Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [UK]South-West of England / shameless plug: Microcon
Replies: 5
Views: 1999

Re: South-West of England / shameless plug: Microcon

Hmmm, if I ask nicely I might be able to get the Sunday off work and extend my holiday to attend your convention. If that means attending just the Sunday, and you'd be travelling to do so, don't bother - most of the action is happening on Saturday. How far would you be travelling? Is it welcome to ...
by julius
Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [UK]South-West of England / shameless plug: Microcon
Replies: 5
Views: 1999

[UK]South-West of England / shameless plug: Microcon

While I generally wouldn't mind meeting other Devon/Cornwall/West Country xkcd'ers, this is mostly a shameless plug for a geeky event I'm involved with. It's a sci-fi convention called Microcon run by the University of Exeter's sci-fi and fantasy society. This year's line-up of guests includes Jaspe...
by julius
Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Me, I'm an olfactory cook...
Replies: 6
Views: 1079

Re: Me, I'm an olfactory cook...

Interesting ideas... of course smell and taste are closely related, so that makes a lot of sense. I haven't got a very good sense of smell, so while smelling what I'm cooking is an important part of the process, it's not really the starting point. And while taste/flavour is important, it's also not ...
by julius
Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Odd dining experiences.
Replies: 39
Views: 6831

Re: Odd dining experiences.

joeframbach wrote:MEAT ON A SWORD. That's right. A sword. With meat on it.


Mmmmnnggggh... must... not... make... childish... joke... oh sod it. PORK SWORD!!!

I'm so sorry.

(Watching the latest Top Gear last night didn't help - it did, indeed, feature a pork sword.)
by julius
Sun Dec 14, 2008 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: How to Cheat at Cooking
Replies: 34
Views: 4748

Re: How to Cheat at Cooking

Chicken Kiev. It has a fancy name. It's pretty. It looks difficult but it's really not. I beg to differ. Well, it's not difficult per se, but messy. The dipping in egg part, mainly. But freshly breaded things are nice. (I've never done kievs, but I quite like Wiener Schnitzel, which is simply a ver...
by julius
Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: How to Cheat at Cooking
Replies: 34
Views: 4748

Re: How to Cheat at Cooking

I think the amount of skill you can fake is quite limited - but it shouldn't be necessary, as long as you basically can cook. Of course, if you're someone that stares at an onion in confusion, you may as well give up... A meal that I think works quite well as a "posh" dinner and is fairly ...
by julius
Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Best meal you ever had
Replies: 40
Views: 5530

Re: Best meal you ever had

A couple of years ago my parents took me to Wielandshöhe restaurant in Stuttgart (http://www.wielandshoehe.de/) on my birthday. I'm a bit of a fan of the guy that runs it, as is my mum. We quite like his views on food: good, local basic ingredients, relatively simple but interesting dishes - he's su...
by julius
Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Linksys NSLU2 thread
Replies: 0
Views: 663

Linksys NSLU2 thread

A quick search suggests the only reference to this fantastic piece of kit on the entire forum was posted by me, as an aside in a thread about something else. This won't do - as I said, it's a lovely little machine. For those not in the know, the NSLU2 ("Network Storage Link for USB 2.0 Disks&qu...
by julius
Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Double wireless XBox
Replies: 5
Views: 1219

Re: Double wireless XBox

I tried to do something similar to this once. As far as I'm aware it's theoretically possible. In practice, I had no such luck. I also believe you need either a special version of the router's (where the pre-installed firmware supports this) or to install custom firmware yourself. Oh ok, would I ha...
by julius
Thu Dec 04, 2008 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Upgradable mac laptop suggestion
Replies: 12
Views: 1759

Re: Upgradable mac laptop suggestion

Hey guys, I'm looking to get a mac laptop, for the proprietary applications like logic and so I can use iTunes with my Phone (read: please don't spoil this thread with any mention of using something win or linux else i'll cry really I will ). I won't spoil anything, I use a Mac myself... I'd like o...
by julius
Fri Nov 21, 2008 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Random Recipe Generator
Replies: 69
Views: 12417

Re: Random Recipe Generator

This is epically awesome. I need to keep going until I find one that seems reasonably preparable and edible. How about this one? Serves 2 You will need: 5 sheets of ricepaper 130g mushrooms 80ml mint sauce 100g ham Instructions: defrost the ham slice the mushrooms add the mushrooms stir-fry the she...
by julius
Fri Nov 21, 2008 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Random Recipe Generator
Replies: 69
Views: 12417

Re: Random Recipe Generator

Jebobek wrote:What the hell does "go down the pub" mean


It's proper English for "Go to your local bar".

Probably a good idea after trying that recipe, too.
by julius
Fri Nov 21, 2008 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Random Recipe Generator
Replies: 69
Views: 12417

Random Recipe Generator

Just found this via the http://www.b3ta.com newsletter: A random recipe generator. http://jamesoff.net/site/fun/random-recipe-generator/ I just got this fantastic recipe: Lamb Chops With Pickle Crust Serves 3 You will need: • 1 lamb chops • 130g pickle • 5 sprigs of asparagus • 50ml white wine • 150...
by julius
Fri Oct 31, 2008 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0498: "Secretary: Part 5"
Replies: 139
Views: 22913

Re: Secretary: Part 5

phlip wrote:
Paranoid Android wrote:although I still dont get the "there's no grid//How do I steeeeear!!!"

This. (Yes, it has its own WP page...)

Speaking of which... who edited the "Other Uses" section? Come on, fess up...
by julius
Thu Oct 23, 2008 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Backup PC Data to VHS?
Replies: 10
Views: 12390

Re: Backup PC Data to VHS?

Heh, I did once see this sold as a fairly cheap home-use backup solution - it was a fairly simple converter box, plugs into the computer's parallel port and connects to the VCR via composite. Well, you could convert your data to a series of images, make a movie out of them, play it into your VCR usi...
by julius
Thu Oct 23, 2008 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Can I Convert my Scanner to USB?
Replies: 11
Views: 7294

Re: Can I Convert my Scanner to USB?

An entirely different approach: Get an old computer from the skip/freecycle (eBay if you have to), run the scanner through that... shouldn't need much power after all, anywhere around say a 100 MHz Pentium should do, but it'll need a network interface or other way of getting the data off it.
by julius
Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: GMOs
Replies: 8
Views: 1149

Re: GMOs

I was quite firmly, and in fact knee-jerkingly, anti-GMO for a long time. I now realise that that's not really a justifiable position, but I still have a few issues with GM in agriculture. Much of it is about the agricultural industry - e.g. some of the most common GMO crops being "Roundup-read...
by julius
Tue Oct 21, 2008 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: from the makers of THE CEREAL POLL: The PB&? Poll
Replies: 38
Views: 3511

Re: from the makers of THE CEREAL POLL and other fine products

I voted for the first option, but I'd like to add the suggestion of chocolate spread such as Nutella ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutella ) - a PB and Nutella sandwich, specifically, is known in my family as a "Snickers sandwich" because that's what it tastes like (unlike that horrible p...
by julius
Tue Oct 21, 2008 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Cooking for my group for a week - Help!
Replies: 11
Views: 1406

Re: Cooking for my group for a week - Help!

I say PASTA. At least once or twice. Making a huge batch of basic tomato sauce* is easy and cheap, and so is the pasta itself. Allows for plenty of variations (e.g. add meat for a bolognese), and the sauce will keep for a few days so you can have two slightly different meals based on it. *i.e. chop ...
by julius
Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: $10M X Prize for 100 mpg? Let me dust off my 20 y.o. car!
Replies: 70
Views: 5902

Re: $10M X Prize for 100 mpg? Let me dust off my 20 y.o. car!

I'm not going to re-re-re-reply to any of the existing strands of conversation here, as many good points have been made and bad ones debunked, and it'd just get too complicated... but there are a few things I want to throw out there. Firstly, everyone seems strangely obsessed with the weight of the ...
by julius
Wed Sep 24, 2008 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Suggestion for cheapest device to get on the web?
Replies: 13
Views: 2694

Re: Suggestion for cheapest device to get on the web?

Nokia Internet Tablet? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Tablet

And of course, the Eee http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EeePC - which has the advantage of being a 'proper' computer except for the limited disk space.
by julius
Fri Sep 19, 2008 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Macgyvering computer hardware
Replies: 18
Views: 2698

Re: Macgyvering computer hardware

One of my finer moments was my utterly ghetto nullmodem cable. I was living at my grandmother's house at the time (2002) and had left most of my hardware collection elsewhere. I got bored, and ripped the wires connecting the various unnecessary front panel LEDs and switches out of one of the compute...
by julius
Mon Sep 15, 2008 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Simple, yet effective desserts
Replies: 45
Views: 9229

Re: Simple, yet effective desserts

I can't believe no one's mentioned a good British crumble. It's certainly simple, and more... natural than many of the things mentioned so far. Fill a baking dish just under halfway with apples, cored (peeling is optional) and cut into large chunks. Pears should also work, as will mixing with other ...
by julius
Wed Jun 04, 2008 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food and the Environment
Replies: 32
Views: 3258

Re: Food and the Environment

I like to think of cows/dairy animals being little living milk factories, in which case their efficiency of food consumption isn't that bad, especially since they consume boring grain and turn it into exciting milk. Well, if they're grain-fed you've still got some inefficiency though. What I find a...
by julius
Mon May 05, 2008 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Pizza Thread!
Replies: 139
Views: 15514

Re: Pizza Thread!

OK, question from a European, who, in terms of "American" pizza, knows only the big chains like Pizza Hut and Dominos - what exactly is Chicago, New York etc. pizza?
by julius
Wed Apr 23, 2008 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Dead hard drive
Replies: 2
Views: 1648

Re: Dead hard drive

Seagate Momentus? Found, as the article states, in most recent Apple laptops?

Good thing I upgraded mine ages ago (and the new one is not made by Seagate)...
by julius
Tue Apr 22, 2008 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: now you're cooking with fruit!
Replies: 22
Views: 1787

Re: now you're cooking with fruit!

roasted That reminds me... I roasted a chicken the other day, and I made a stuffing with minced pork and finely chopped apples (as well as onions, breadcrumbs and egg). A roast chicken is hard to screw up anyway, but the stuffing in particular was excellent. Pork and apple tends to work well as a c...
by julius
Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile
Replies: 102
Views: 23053

Re: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile

I haven't driven many other cars so my perspective is probably not great. But she's great. Comfy inside, at least in the front, but tiny tiny (easy to park, yay!) outside. With the back seats folded down it's pretty easy to get a lot of stuff in there - I've done a weeks worth of camping stuff for ...
by julius
Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: now you're cooking with fruit!
Replies: 22
Views: 1787

Re: now you're cooking with fruit!

I second (third?) the mango chutney suggestion if you can find a good recipe. I've never done it, although I have made other chutneys. For fruit in general, a good one is apples and onions, both chopped up quite finely, and sautéd in butter. Makes a nice "vegetable" side for some dishes - ...
by julius
Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile
Replies: 102
Views: 23053

Re: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile

My girl, Alice: 2006 Toyota Aygo. How are you liking that one? I've been vaguely contemplating getting rid of my ass-car Fiat (see above) - much as I like it, it's about as reliable as you'd expect from a Fiat that's nearly ten years old. That, and the fuel economy. Plus, my parents' Prius is makin...
by julius
Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Post your computing setup
Replies: 312
Views: 58188

Re: Post your computing setup

Endless Mike wrote:That eMac should be able to run 10.4 pretty smoothly with some more RAM.


10.5 even. I have a 733 MHz G4 (below spec!) with 1.5 GB RAM that runs Leopard happily.
by julius
Mon Apr 21, 2008 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile
Replies: 102
Views: 23053

Re: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile

I find it odd that you're calling hydrogen a 'dead end' - to me its entire advantage is that it isn't an endpoint, it's a non-polluting and efficient storage medium that can be produced from any number of energy sources. We only need to make the transition to hydrogen once and we are then able to u...
by julius
Mon Apr 21, 2008 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile
Replies: 102
Views: 23053

Re: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile

First off - holy crap, in the name of all that is tasteful, that is a weird car. The studio designer in me wants to scream. I know - it's great, isn't it? I'm thinking the term 'ass-car' might be particularly appropriate here... Anyway, it does fit six (two rows of three) comfortable, adult-size se...
by julius
Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile
Replies: 102
Views: 23053

Re: That's a sweet ass-car! Post your xkcd-mobile

*sits in corner rocking back and forth, whimpering and muttering "global warming"* I don't mean this in a sanctimonious you-evil-polluters way. A lot of the cars posted are clearly enthusiasts' cars, others are *needed* for a daily commute, and everyone has their own reasons for the choice...
by julius
Fri Apr 18, 2008 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Pizza Thread!
Replies: 139
Views: 15514

Pizza Thread!

I did a quick search and the closest thing I could find was one on pizza toppings. I think we need a general pizza thread. Toppings, bases, cheeses, where to buy pizza and how to make it. I'll make a start then. I've started to experiment with making pizza, with a simple wheat flour dough (pretty mu...
by julius
Thu Apr 17, 2008 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: How have you destroyed a computer?
Replies: 101
Views: 21628

Re: How have you destroyed a computer?

Hmm, yeah. The soup one reminded me of a good one. Friend of mine (not giving names) bought a Macbook, and fairly soon after killed it by spilling diet Coke (I think) all over it. Here's the good bit: He got it replaced on insurance. Then killed the replacement by spilling beer on it. He hasn't boug...
by julius
Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Post-Drinking Miracle Recipes
Replies: 37
Views: 3115

Re: Post-Drinking Miracle Recipes

I agree on the fry-up. Getting to the point where you can get the fry-up down, and keep it down, can be tricky - but from that point onward, the fry-up solves the problem... On the question of getting/keeping stuff down - if I'm feeling really rough, and can't bear the thought of eating anything, th...
by julius
Wed Apr 16, 2008 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Manual vs Automatic
Replies: 101
Views: 7739

Re: Manual vs Automatic

I've never driven a "normal" automatic - only my parents' Prius (aaah, the smug - but seriously, it's a good car, I like it). Apart from that, only manuals. I don't mind shifting, quite like it, not that I've done any "serious" driving in "serious" (/fast/powerful/sport...
by julius
Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Gas purchase amounts
Replies: 86
Views: 7261

Re: Gas purchase amounts

I usually fill up completely to track fuel efficiency (which I consider pretty bad, but most Americans would probably consider decent). That, and I've done a few trips recently which involved getting refunded for my fuel, so I had to fill up before and after to know exactly how much I'd used. Just f...

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