Archive for October, 2004

Albacore Tuna & Mussels

Sunday, October 31st, 2004

A visit to the farmer’s market yesterday yielded a pound of mussels and a pound of the last Albacore Tuna of the season. This is what I did with it. It was a success.

Steamed Mussels

  • 1 pound clean, fresh, live mussels
  • In a good sized pot, add:
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • fresh dill
  • juice of one fresh lemon
  • 1/8th stick of butter
  • Bring the goop in the pot to a boil and add mussels. Boil for 5 minutes
  • Remove mussels
  • Bring to a hard boil and add 1/4 stick of butter
  • Cook until butter is fully melted
  • Pour over mussels and serve
  • Grilled Albacore Tuna

    Frankly, the grill isn’t necessary. You could do this in the oven equally as well.

    Stick a good sized hunk of albacore tuna in two sheets of foil (sheets large enough to fully wrap the tuna). Add fresh dill, olive oil, soy sauce, white pepper, ground dried lemon peel, and a touch of salt.

    Wrap tightly and cook on the grill at medium heat (you should be able to hold your hand 5 inches above the grill for 4 or 5 seconds) for 20 to 30 minutes.

    The result should be a tender, but flaky, hunk of tasty tuna. Tomorrow, I’m going to make tuna salad with the leftovers.

    NSA: Securing Mac OS X

    Thursday, October 28th, 2004

    The National Security Agency has a set of guides for securing systems and software.

    Included in the list of guides is a 3.1 MB PDF document describing how to secure Apple’s Mac OS X Panther (10.3.x).

    (Thanks to afp548 for posting the pointer to the PDF. It took me a damned long time to find the rest of the NSA links listed above.)

    Mac OS X Conference, Korean Food, and Bowling

    Monday, October 25th, 2004

    On Tuesday (Oct 26th), we will be going for Korean food at 8pm, followed by bowling* at 9:00 or 9:15pm. A number of people from the O’Reilly Mac OS X Conference will be there, along with an assortment of Apple folks and Subversion developers.

    The bowling alley is Homestead lanes. Contact info is 20990 Homestead Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014-0355 (408) 255-5700 Fax (408) 255-5912.

    The Korean restaurant is next door. They make an excellent Dol Sot Bi-Bim-Bab (among other things).

    I’m going to try to head over to the convention center around 5:30 or 6pm tomorrow evening.

    *The non-competitive, quaff a beer or two and have a lot of fun, type of bowling.

    Update: Success! We had 32 for dinner, effectively taking over the restaurant (which did a wonderful job of ensuring that we were stuffed). From there, we had 22 bowlers across 5 or so lanes at the bowling alley. It was an absolute blast. Thank you to everyone that showed up. I hope you had as much fun as I did!

    I do believe we will have to do this again next year.

    Alton Brown’s WebLog

    Saturday, October 23rd, 2004

    Alton Brown has a weblog.

    For those living under a rock, Alton is the lead character/creator of Food Network’s Good Eats, a wonderful cooking show that is grounded in science.

    Old Man Street

    Saturday, October 23rd, 2004

    This weblog is documenting one couple’s adventures in knocking an old house back into shape. Adventures with Mold! Flammable Treasure! Mid ’60’s Tile Work!

    It has already given me a couple of good ideas as to how to attack a few things around this place. Instead of mold, I’m battling subterranean termites — the worst kind. So far, I have found that if I dump a bit o’ bleach on the wall/ground where they are trying to invade, they seem to eventually give up.

    Given that the Old Man is, well, old, I’d bet they are dealing with quality mid-50s or prior wiring like the stuff I’m dealing with. Two prong, ungrounded outlets that have occasionally had a three pronger dropped in just ’cause some idiot thought it was more convenient.

    The joys of house maintenance…

    BumFiles download link

    Friday, October 22nd, 2004

    I added a Downloads link in the link list to the left. It will take you to a file sharing page on my .mac account into which I have posted various random bits of software that I find useful.

    It has the Python BSD-DB and Readline modules, both source and Mac OS X binaries. You’ll also find the slides from my PyObjC talk at O’Reilly’s 2003 OS X conference. Unfortunately, I won’t be speaking this year, but I will be around intermittently.

    cal 9 1752

    Thursday, October 21st, 2004

    Forwarding Address: OS X discusses the incredibly useful cal command line tool.

    Mankind has had a notoriously weird notion of time over the ages. It wasn’t until fairly recently that clocks and calendars were synchronized around the world. While time zones are much more complex, the day/month/year calendar has its share of oddities.

    cal‘s implementation, thus, required knowledge of such events to be built-in. From the man page:

    The Gregorian Reformation is assumed to have occurred in 1752 on the 3rd
    of September. By this time, most countries had recognized the reforma-
    tion (although a few did not recognize it until the early 1900's.) Ten
    days following that date were eliminated by the reformation, so the cal-
    endar for that month is a bit unusual.

    Thus producing:

    % cal 9 1752
    September 1752
    S M Tu W Th F S
    1 2 14 15 16
    17 18 19 20 21 22 23
    24 25 26 27 28 29 30

    Fox airs a naughty word!

    Wednesday, October 20th, 2004

    If you happen to have watched the Red Sox rush the field after the final out (Congrats Sox!), you might have caught the two players that gave each other a celebratory hug while one of them quite clearly said “I’m so fuckin’ proud of you!”.

    Caught it on TiVo. Replayed. Definitely. Chatted a friend. He caught it on the East Coast, too.

    Oops… If Janet’s little wardrobe malfunction was boobgate, I guess this one will be…

    I wonder if the FCC will notice?

    PyObjC: Drag-n-drop with NSTableView

    Wednesday, October 20th, 2004

    An article outlining how to support drag-and-drop from an NSTableView within a PyObjC based application. Good stuff. If it used Cocoa Bindings, a couple of methods could be dropped.

    Rice/Shrimp of the Gods

    Friday, October 15th, 2004
    • In a large cooking pot, simmer 1/2 of a large onion + diced elephant garlic in some butter or olive oil. I use a cast iron dutch oven for these kinds of things.
    • Add homemade chili powder to taste (Thanks to Ben H for forgetting to take his home!!)
    • Add powdered ginger (couple of tablespoons) and 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Tommy’s Nectar of the Gods and simmer until onions are somewhat tender
    • Add 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth (or some combo), frozen peas, and some cooked black beans. I used a can of black beans.
    • Bring to a boil and slowly stir in 2 cups of jasmine rice
    • Reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes (covered)
    • Stir in raw shrimp, diced green onions, and diced red/yellow/orange bell peppers (to taste on each)
    • Cover and simmer for another 10 minutes

    Yum. The ginger and Tommy’s Nectar of the Gods adds a distinctly fresh citrus-esque zing to the dish.

    At this rate, I’m going to have to start buying Tommy’s by the gallon.