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daylog posted: Sat 2012-07-28 16:33:45 tags: daylogs
My Castle Age guild adopted Skype. In turn, I adopted the AMIP "now playing" bridge between Skype and Winamp to impress all my Skype friends with my taste in music. If you told me two years ago that Castle Age would draw me in the way it has, I probably would have scoffed. But they got the whole guild aspect pretty much right, and my guildies do feel like a family, much as ChaoticUnion did. Sampled the Turning Leaf pinot grigio I got for my next iteration of 5-bean stew. I think it will be very suita... (...more)
fusilli chickpea salad posted: Fri 2012-07-27 06:46:32 tags: what I'm eating
Last time I made the (Alma's) whole-wheat fusilli I'd picked up on sale at Publix, I threw in my last can of canned chickpeas with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar. And it was really freakin' good, as well as packing a ridiculous amount of protein. And I thought hey, I'll have to do this again, but with chickpeas prepared from dry instead of BPA-laden canned chickpeas, and freeze what I don't need. So earlier in the week I got a bag of Conchita dry chickpeas from publix, because that was the lowest-p... (...more)
jQuery feetwetting posted: Thu 2012-07-26 14:30:17 tags: tech
Started messing with jQuery. The impetus for that was the need for a search-box sort of widget similar to those on Wikipedia and Wikia sites. At first I thought I'd just rip off Wikipedia's directly; but it turns out that not only is that non-trivial, short of installing a copy of the Wiki engine and fiddling with its internals, due to their search box being entwined with the wiki engine in ways the user doesn't see - but even their external CSS stylesheet files are generated dynamically and hence not amen... (...more)
Castle Age: Divine Power guide posted: Wed 2012-07-25 20:32:27 tags: gaming
"Divine Power" was Castle Age's new twist on monster defense, introduced in February 2011 with the Tower of Transcendence boss Agamemnon, and the quest bosses Jahanna through Azeron. Monsters with a Divine Power stat block a certain amount of damage. This blocking can be negated by possessing items with Divine Power. For clarity's sake we'll refer henceforth to monsters' Divine Power as divine "armor". If early monsters with a single life bar can be considered "first generation", and monsters with the a... (...more)
lentil-barley 1.1 concluded posted: Sun 2012-07-22 14:57:21 tags: what I'm eating
It was storming when I decided I had to start cooking, and hadn't actually bought barley yet - so the barley portion of the show waited til the weather calmed down a bit. Pubilx apparently doesn't carry any brand of (wtf is "pearled") barley but its own, and in no package size larger (i.e. more economical) than 1 lb. Same as their lentils, 1 bag is labeled ~14 quarter-cup dry servings, but I only got 13. So if this becomes a standard recipe I guess a batch will have to be adjusted to 1.125 cups each of len... (...more)