Month: August 2003

Carry on my warward son…

I’ve spend much of today listening to 70’s stadium rock … man, it’s the greatest. Right up there with 80’s power ballads and heavy metal, and that’s saying something.

Been reading some new comics, firstly J. Michael Stracztnski’s “Rising Stars” which is (as expected) utterly engrossing, from a story perspective. However, I find the artwork to be a bit of a mindscramble – I have difficulty telling some of the characters apart at first glance, and they all appear to have exactly one facial expression. Which is a bit such, cos otherwise it’s awesome.

Secondly, the also very good “Powers” comic, by Brian Bendis and Michael Oeming – I’ve had this one recommended to me about 10,000 times in the last couple of years, and it does in fact turn out to be pretty damn good.

Oh, yeah. Annette made me watch “From Justin to Kelly”. Which is a “romantic comedy” about text messaging. Imagine my delight. It was much much worse that I was expecting, however. If you’re pondering seeing it for sheer crap value, don’t. Go rent “The Rollerblade Seven” instead. You’ll be glad you did.

What else .. um… work is being busy, but a bunch of fun otherwise. I got to buy a FRICKIN’ LASER the other day, to connect a couple of buildings in town. New Layer-1 devices are always welcome in my lab! Short-range IR lasers are amazingly cheap these days!

The apartment appears laughably not-even-close to finished, and we were supposed to be in there in around a week. There’s NO WAY this will be happening in that time frame. Ah well. Hopefully we’re not pissing Annette’s parents off too much by lurking in the back backroom like toads in a well.


This may well be the single best chocolate chip cookies recipe ever:


1.) 532.35 cm3 gluten
2.) 4.9 cm3 NaHCO3
3.) 4.9 cm3 refined halite
4.) 236.6 cm3 partially hydrogenated tallow triglyceride
5.) 177.45 cm3 crystalline C12H22O11
6.) 177.45 cm3 unrefined C12H22O11
7.) 4.9 cm3 methyl ether of protocatechuic aldehyde
8.) Two calcium carbonate-encapsulated avian albumen-coated protein
9.) 473.2 cm3 theobroma cacao
10.) 236.6 cm3 de-encapsulated legume meats (sieve size &10)

To a 2-L jacketed round reactor vessel (reactor &1) with an overall heat transfer coefficient of about 100 Btu/F-ft2-hr, add ingredients one, two and three with constant agitation. In a second 2-L reactor vessel with a radial flow impeller operating at 100 rpm, add ingredients four, five, six, and seven until the mixture is homogenous.

To reactor &2, add ingredient eight, followed by three equal volumes of the homogenous mixture in reactor &1. Additionally, add ingredient nine and ten slowly, with constant agitation. Care must be taken at this point in the reaction to control any temperature rise that may be the result of an exothermic reaction. Using a screw extrude attached to a &4 nodulizer, place the mixture piece-meal on a 316SS sheet (300 x 600 mm). Heat in a 460K oven for a period of time that is in agreement with Frank & Johnston’s first order rate expression (see JACOS, 21, 55), or until golden brown. Once the reaction is complete, place the sheet on a 25C heat-transfer table, allowing the product to come to equilibrium.