Chicken Fajita Marinade
Posted in Recipes
First watch, 1 bell (8:55 pm)

My stepfather Ron made the most amazing chicken fajitas while we were in Portland. I simply had to get the recipe. He said he found it on the Internet. I'm not sure where, though, so here it is, on the Internet again:

Chicken Fajita Marinade

To prepare the marinade, stir together beer, lime juice, olive oil, garlic, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, cilantro, cumin, and salt. Mix well.

To use marinade, pour into a resealable plastic bag, add up to 1 1/2 pounds of chicken breast, and mix until chicken is well coated. Marinate for 1 to 3 hours in the refrigerator.

Extending Our Stay
Posted in General
Forenoon watch, 4 bells (10:19 am)

I'm thinking about extending our stay here in Oregon. My grandfather just had a mild stroke a couple of days ago, but he refuses to acknowledge it or make any kind of a deal out of it. He won't even admit it to most of the family, but the word has already spread. Yesterday was my cousin Megan's wedding, down in Coburg. It was really nice. My uncle, The Captain Reverend T (don't ask), officiated.

As long as nothing pressing comes up at the office, I should be able to either just take the time off or at least work remotely.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-08-09
Posted in Twitter
First watch, 8 bells (12:03 am)
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Tons of Progress
Posted in MUD Development
Morning watch, 8 bells (8:06 am)

I've had a lot of time here in Portland, especially in the mornings when nobody else is up, to work on my MUD project. I converted it to use YAML to load and save everything, and the issue that caused me to have to choose a structured language, the inability to show relationships between deeply nested containers is now fixed. I also rewrote the login process to use dynamic handlers depending on the login state you're in (thanks Jeff!).

I know I'm on the right track, because in nearly every case, the code changes were smaller than the original code. So far, that's always been a good sign for me.

The best part is now I have loadable and saveable objects all working, and I can continue to build the rest of the functionality to complete the MUD and make it playable. Thank goodness for lazy vacations!

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Morning Visitors
Posted in Warm and Fuzzy
Forenoon watch, 2 bells (9:10 am)

We had visitors this morning:
two deer on Mt. Scott in Portland OR

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Free Cadillac
Posted in General
Middle watch, 2 bells (1:05 am)

Today I had the opportunity to do something for the first time: I left a new Cadillac at the Portland airport unlocked with the keys inside. I also forgot to take my driver's license with me. The car had 1980 miles on it. No plates. I was really hoping I wouldn't get pulled over, my answers would have been pretty suspicious…

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Off To Portland
Posted in General
Forenoon watch, 1 bell (8:45 am)

We're off to Portland today for the next week! We have a few errands to run around town, and probably won't get on the road until after noon, but that works out well anyway—we'll miss the rush-2.5 hours around I84 and the 205.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-08-02
Posted in Twitter
First watch, 8 bells (12:03 am)
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I Got Chocolate Bubble Gum
Posted in Recipes
First watch, 1 bell (8:47 pm)

Tonight my brother Wes came over and we made…Chocoloate Bubble Gum Shakes. Just like GIR had in Invader Zim's NanoZim episode.

GIR's got it!

GIR's Chocolate Bubble Gum Shake
An original recipe by Jacob (ScurvyJake) Cord


Put the gum in the freezer for a few minutes, it blends better when it's cold. Add a few scoops of ice cream, a couple of fudgesicles, and some milk. Unwrap the bubble gum if you're feeling industrious. If you're lazy, just throw it in, the paper won't kill you. If you have an awesome BlendTec blender like I do, crank it up and watch it go. If you don't, you may want to reconsider making this recipe. It might hurt your blender. Pour in to glasses and start chewing. Imagine how much more awesome you are than everyone else that hasn't had one of these shakes.

Here are some images of the process:

bubble gum


ice cream


BlendTec blender

And the final result. Click on this one for a larger image.
Chocolate Bubble Gum Shake

Disclaimer: I will not be responsible for killing your crappy blender with this recipe, any intestinal splinters you may get from un-liquefied fudgesicle sticks, or inadvertent intestinal blockage. Besides, this shake is made of awesome.

I strongly suggest you get one of these Blendtec blenders, they come in several colors! (I like the red one).

As recommended by @Blendtec on Twitter, I'm entering this recipe in the So You Think You Can Blend contest!

Blendtec's So You Think You Can Blend contest

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Getting Ready
Posted in General
Afternoon watch, 6 bells (3:04 pm)

Today I'm doing a bunch of things around the house so we can leave for Portland on Monday. We'll be staying for a whole week! My cousin is getting married next Saturday in Coburg. We'll also take an afternoon to visit my grandparents near Eugene. Maybe even take a trip to the coast!

I should also have some time to continue working on my MUD project. I haven't had much time this week. Now that most of the issues I've had with the yaml-cpp library have been worked out I'm able to begin working on conversion to the YAML format.

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