Thursday, November 30, 2006

[FOOD] Raw Milk. Dangerous?!

Well, since when did we stop to consume "Raw Milk"? As far as I know, when I was young, all Milk are the same, they are all fresh from the milk cow. Of course some of them did went through some kind of manufacturing process. But the most attractive selling point was "FRESH", bottled the same day, actually the morning before it arrived at your door step.
Now, every brand is saying how "clean" they are, how many cleaning or special sanitizing procedure the milk went through. The milk you can from grocery store are all been treated, most of them were being heated to at least 60o Celsius and some keep at the "cooking" temperature for as long as 30 minutes. So the Milk is really "Clean" now, but it would taste like water (no flavour), and with a weird taste to it. Some would say that's a burnt taste cause by the "cooking" of the Milk.

That's just what I think, you can read the links here and see for yourself.

Got Milk? Make Sure It's Pasteurized - FDA magazine 2004
A Campaign for Real Milk
Raw Milk in Wikipedia
Pasteurization in Wikipedia
The Real Reasons Why Raw Milk is Becoming More Popular
Why Raw Milk Should Be Avoided
Finally! Raw Milk Information You Can Trust!
Organic Pastures

I don't know the whole truth behind this Milk business, I try to drink as little milk as possible, unless I'm sure about this "RAW MILK". But as I heard from someone before, which I found so true:
"Cow's Milk are suppose to be drink by young calves. It's not for human to consume it!"

- XXX's Milk should be consumed by young XXX, not for YYY (at any age) to consume it! YYY should go drink milk from the "milk-able" species in YYY's group. If the whole YYY species doesn't produce any milk, then milk isn't a choice for YYY.
- Yup, you guessed it, YYY can be Human.
- Wii doesn't have normal DVD function, so it can't play DVD movies. I just realized that could be another "safety" feature to protect Wii from any illegal copies. Hmm...
- PS3 uses Blu-ray Disc. I just read the flyers today and found out that a LG Blu-ray Disc burner is selling for just $749.99. So the day of safely copying your legal copy isn't too far away. Hmm...
- Fujifilm Natura Black F1.9
- Is anyone going to Japan any time soon?!
- Taiwan works too.
- Konica Wai Wai, it's so hard to find.
- Camera is much harder to find than a Wii or PS3.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

[GAME] Wii review - part 1

Must Get Wii...

The First game Wii reviewed is the bundled with console game - Wii Sport.

In Wii Sports, there are total of 5 games: Tennis, Bowling, Boxing, Golf and Baseball. We will start with Tennis. In the game of Tennis, Wii will use the Wii-Remote as the game controller.
Wii-Remote. Some call it the "Wiimote".

To use the Wiimote in Tennis is very simple, just hold the Wiimote as you would hold a Tennis racquet. Holding the Wiimote and move it upward as you would throw the ball up into air (of course you have to be the server!), and make the motion of hitting the ball using the Wiimote to serve. After that, play the game as if you are really holding a real racquet, but you don't need to run, the character in the game will do the running by itself. (or you can control it somehow? we haven't tested that.)
At the beginning, no one really knows how to serve, run, hit the ball and kept it within the court. (We usually ends the game within a few hits of the ball.) But as soon as we finished a few games, some of us actually served an ACE, and some does a few powerful end-to-end strokes.

After Tennis, we move on to another game - Bowling.

Since the console only comes with one set of controller, and as of this post the Wiimote is still in shortage, We only have 2 Wiimote at the time of this review. Unlike Tennis, in Bowling you can take turns in playing, so we can have 4 player with just 2 Wiimote.
Recently, rumors and/or unconfirmed videos are out there on many website saying while playing the Wii Bowling, the string connecting the hand strap and Wiimote would break. And it would slip off the player's hand, causing the Wiimote flying toward the TV unit and breaking the TV screen.
In most cases the victim is the LCD/Plasma TV, and the "killer" are some young child. During our review, we reminded ourselves over and over, and we secured the hand strap before we start the game, making sure we won't make the Wiimote a flying rocket targeting the TV.
After a few games of Wii Bowling, and carefully watching few others playing the game, I have come to a conclusion (my personal opinion): While it's not impossible for the string between Wiimote and the hand strap to break, but for wear and tear, it wouldn't happen in just a few days after the system was sold. The breaking point of the string shown in some website are simply not reasonable. I don't have any scientific test to prove or disprove anything, but I have never witness any incident of Wiimote slipping out of anyone's hand during game play. I don't think Wiimote has any problem under normal use.

Anyway~ back to our topic, Wii Bowling. After selecting players, game start without the need of choosing your bowling ball. (May be there is an option to select ball weight? We didn't check that.) Using the directional key, you can move the character sideways. Press A button, and you can change the angle the character is facing the bowling alley. After that, all you have to do is to make the motion of rolling the ball while holding on to the Wiimote and pressing the B button. Release the B button as if you would release the ball, and Wii will take care of the rest.
This is where most people would (I suspect) release the whole Wiimote and "killing" the TV. But according to our test, most people actually forgot to release the B button, (and held on to the Wiimote really tight!) which Wii will stop and let you try again. After a few strikes and splits, scoring 132 or 142?
Anyway, if you happen to getting the ball onto other people's alley, you will lose your turn. (How to do it? Move your character to the most left/right, then turn your character 45o to the left/right, and release the ball.) What's the fun/benefit of doing that? I don't know, but sure it's funny when we does that. (Everyone laughed!) Oh yeah, you can also throw the ball backward, it will shock all the NPC sitting behind the player~ Hahaha~

(To Be Continue~)

- December 8th, Bestbuy will have another shipment.
- Across Canada, retailers are receiving new shipment mid-week every week till X'mas.
- The sales of LCD/Plasma will rise for sure.
- Took me 3 hours to wrote this.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

[Blog] Direction - Redirecting East to West

Suddenly this idea appears in my mind. Don't know if anyone would actually be interested in reading it. But anyway, Here goes:

This blog will try it's best to report anything from the east side of this world. Of course it will stay with in the four most important things in life: eat, drink, play and having fun!
Currently in works are Asian Movie preview/review/discussion (p/r/d below), Japanese Anime p/r/d, Asian Music p/r/d, Asian Food (snack/meal/related news) report/recipe, Asian Game (G rated/Hentai?!) news/report/p/r/d, and many many more~
Hopefully it will be your #1 blog for sources about any of the Asian related material mentioned above (or some not mentioned too~).

With that being said, I guess I should start on working on collecting, watching, and writing anything asian. (am I just giving myself some more excuse to buy more HD, DVDs, Wii, PS3...???)

- 3rd post of the day.
- I should get myself a new desk~
- cleaning up the old isn't a bad idea. Orz

[Blog] Wizard? Blog Setup for Dummies?

Oh well, as anyone can see, I did the switch now. (Although it doesn't have much changes on the whole blog yet.) Anyway, the changes should come in soon, because I really can't stand the way this blog looks right now.

WHAT? There isn't a step-by-step wizard to setup the template of this blog?!

This problem exists when I was starting the "Testing Ground", but I guess I was blinded by the things happened at work or just that I totally forgot(?!). First of all, the list of template was not enough! or the idea of having only a few ugly not so pretty template was to encourage you to change it and make your own template?! I don't know, don't ask me.

I guess if I take anyone of these "template" from the list and delete all the settings there and put in my set of codes, it should be count as copying the original or altering the original work? Right? OK...I know you would say don't ask you.

oh well.

- need some positive energy.
- may be I should go away.

[Blog] To Switch or Not To Switch?

Should I switch over to the Blogger Beta now? or I should wait until they force us to do so? (Are they going to force us to switch?)

That's just about the whole blog, switching to the new (and improved?) Blogger system. But I guess I should really decide on what I should do with this space, as currently the reading rate is still very low and the reply rate is next to zero.

On the chinese website I did before, I faced the same problem. I just don't know how to get more people to come to read my stuff, or even just to visit and get the page hit number goes up. I know it has everything to do with the content, but how can they judge if it's good (or bad...) content if they don't even come here to read it? (or view it...whatever.)

Anyway, just fed up at work, that's all.

Oh, to the people (or person) that is subscribed to this blog, please take the link of your RSS feed program. Because once I did the switch, Blogger will repost all post here and will probably flush your RSS feed list. (It probably won't affect anyone anyway, I guess people just comes by and read it once in a while.)

- fed up at work, cuz some "temp" here is just being rude/dumb/stupid/crazy/ignorant.
- I guess I should update the template.
- using IE7 now, and this page won't show up right...
- FF2.0 seems better, but the IE poison is so deep in my vein...
- how's the censorship here in blogger? none what-so-ever? anyone knows?

Saturday, November 11, 2006

[Cooking] Kimchi Chinese Chives Pork Liver Stir-fry + XO Sauce Bean Shoots

Wednesday night, no one at home again!? Oh well, gotta cook my own dinner again, but last night dinner already used up everything in the fridge. Fine, a trip to the supermarket then, after all I have decided what to cook tonight when I was at work. A quick stop to the nearest SM and I'm all set.

Watched a Japanese tv show long time ago, in the show they showed a dish that is full of vitamin B, which can help to boost up your stamina/vigorousness?? Anyway, it sounds perfect for me, because I'm always tired.

Kimchi Chinese Chives Pork Liver Stir-fry

Kimchi (one bowl, actually it's I have left with.)
Chinese Chives (cut into about 1 inch in length.)
Pork Liver (use about half of it should be enough, but I don't know what should I do with the rest, so I used all of it. oh, don't slice it too thin, 1cm should be good.)
Pork meat (wanted to get some belly meat, but the pre-sliced ones are all gone, only the big block is there. So I ended up using the ones for Hotpot.)
Korean Hot Sauce, Sesame Oil and some Szechwan Peppercorn.

1. Heat the Oil in the pan, add Liver and Meat in it.
2. once the color of the liver changes, add Chinese Chives and Kimchi.
3. Crush the Peppercorn and add a little is enough, it's to get rid of the smell of the liver.
4. add the Hot sauce in, but it's quite sweet and very easy to burn, so mix it with little water before adding it in.
5. once the sauce thickens, serve it up~ (Liver can't cook for too long, remember that.)

A dish full of meat and intestine, gotta have some vegetable, add some "fiber", or else...

XO Sauce Bean Shoots

Bean Shoots (not those Bean sprouts, it's green.)
XO Sauce (LKK Brand. quite expensive, and I could have cook it myself, the ingredients ain't all that special anyway.)

1. Add 1 Tbsp of the Sauce (with the oil) into the pan and heat it up.
2. rinse the Bean shoots, and add it in.
3. stir-fry it a while, add some water and cover it to cook for a minute.

That's it~ if you don't really want to fry it, you can cook the bean shoots in boiling water and then mix in the sauce before you serve.

Cooking for one person is not easy. If you make one dish, it seems not enough. But if you cook two dish, there will be left overs. Gotta think of a way to change this.

P.S. - Spent whole day at work reading comics.
- I know DN released long time ago, I know I'm not "IN"
- I wish I have one.
- PIII 733 @ 133Mhz is pretty good, it should able to run W2K.
- 128Mb of RAM sucks. but for NT4 should be quite good already, right?
- C72606

Thursday, November 09, 2006

[Cooking] Kimchi Chinese Chives Sliced Lamb Stir-fry + Shrimp Omelette

No one at home on Tuesday night, guess I'll have to cook my own dinner then.
Found some Kimchi, some Chinese chives. Defrost some sliced lamb meat from the pack ready for hotpot, dig up some sauces, and so, a dish is decided.

Kimchi Chinese Chives Sliced Lamb Stir-fry

Kimchi (approx. 1 bowl)
Chinese Chives (cut into about 1 inch in length)
Sliced Lamb (since it's already sliced to use in hotpot, just defrost it and set it aside)
Green Onion (can be cut similar as the Chinese Chives, or chopped into fine pieces)
Korean style hot sauce (depending on the sweetness of the sauce, approx 1 tbsp)
and some Oil (Sesame seed oil or Vegetable oil)

1. Add some oil into the pan. once the oil is heated, add the Sliced Lamb.
2. Cook until the meat fully changes colour. (Brown or No more red is seen on the surface of the meat) Add the Chinese Chives.
3. Add Kimchi, Green Onion and the hot sauce into the pan. (If the hot sauce is too sweet, add some chili powder and soy sauce to adjust the flavour)
(Add a little bit of water to the pan if it's starts to sticks to the bottom, but don't add too much or else it will become a stew.)
4. Mix everything together, it's done when everything is well heated.

Done! This should be enough for one person. (or more than enough?!) But since I'm cooking anyway, and I found that 1 dish only is "just too bland". So I decided to cook another dish, with the de-shelled de-veined shrimp and egg.

Shrimp Omelette?

Shrimp (approx. 15 pieces, shell removed and deveined)
Eggs (5 should do it, less if the eggs are big)
Japanese soup base (or was it really flavoured soy sauce?) that is flavoured with bonito flakes (or some simple soy sauce would do)
Shallot (a little is enough)

1. Heat some Sesame oil, and put the shallot and stir-fry them for a while.
2. Shrimp goes in.
3. Eggs, Beat them up! Add some soup base(??) and mix well. Add them into the pan when the Shrimp changes colour. (Let the eggs starts to set and make sure they coat the Shrimp.)

All Done!

The reason why I wrote this post, was because if someday I have to be the "cook" of the house, I would have some kind of reference. If I don't write these down, I'll probably forget about them the next day or so.

P.S. - Took me more than 2 hours to write this.
- Haven't updated for quite some time.
- Wii are good, PS3 is just too expensive.
- should just sleep more.
- anyone still uses Windows NT 4.0?
- C72506.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Big Bug in Google

This is probably the biggest bug ever in Google Map and probably the biggest bug ever existed on the surface of Earth.

Click the link below to have a look. (Beware of Bug!)
Google Map Bug

Pretty scary, eh?

If Google Map got edited or for whatever reason you can't see this, please click the below link to view the screen shot in my flickr account.
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