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I’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is that I still haven’t finished the book yet. The good news is that I’ve written some Matlab to decode more of the secret messages! More »

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I’ve got a lot on my plate in terms of entertainment (Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Final Fantasy Tactics for iOS being the main culprits), so I haven’t finished Ghost in the Wires yet. But I threw together a Matlab script that will decode some of the messages at the start of each chapter, so I thought I’d share. More »

After seeing him on the Colbert Report (or was it the Daily Show?) and hearing about how he’s the “World’s Most Wanted Hacker”, I had to pick up Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnik. More »

There have been mumblings about the web about this new website called ‘Pottermore‘. Today, J.K. Rowling unveiled more info. More »

After last February’s snowpocalypse, I was pretty disappointed this morning. More »

I’ll save you a few clicks, “List of common misconceptions.” More »

Earlier this week, NASA teased a big discovery, which many thought to be life on Titan. More »

Books are awesome. Textbooks are awesome. A free textbook? Mind. Blown. More »

The world is complicated. More »

2009 went out with a bang.

Above was our final dinner for 2009: split-pea soup, tenderloin steak, broccoli, and tomatoes. I’m no chef. Yet our dinner banter led us to critique the meal as if we were in a restaurant; and oh was it painful. The soup wasn’t smooth — mostly because I got impatient waiting for the peas to completely soften since they’d been on the stove for over an hour. The steak was dry — a rookie mistake to be sure, but in my defense I haven’t cooked steak in a long time. And the broccoli and tomatoes were just an afterthought — the broccoli itself was just steamed and pretty boring, and the tomatoes were raw, again, because of impatience and wanting to eat. Yet if you throw a little parmesan and garnish around, all of it doesn’t look half bad. In conclusion, while this was a totally edible meal, I don’t think I could cut it as a chef.

The wine was a Malbec. We’ve had an interesting relationship with Malbecs. The first time we tried one, it had these wonderful fruity notes of strawberry and raspberry. Ever since then it’s been a search for another Malbec that could do the same. 3 or 4 bottles later and nothing has come close — the one pictured was no different. Uninspiring is a good word for it. It wasn’t bad wine, per say, it just wasn’t anything like our first.

For dessert, a fruit tart. I didn’t arrange the fruit, I just cut and washed everything earlier so that we could put it together, together. This is dessert in its simplest form; a ready-made pie crust, cool-whip, fruit, and a lemon glaze from the New York Times. Unfortunately, cutting the tart proved difficult due to the fact that the crust was pretty cheap and crumbled on us. Regardless, the crumbled mixture of fruit, cool-whip, and graham cracker crust, while not pretty on our individual plates, was tasty.

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