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I Like This – January 12, 2011

January 12th, 2011 Comments off

A collection of interesting items I found in my daily reading.

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What I’m Reading…Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Book Five: Last Olympian

January 10th, 2011 2 comments

I have been reading this book series at the insistence of my 12-year-old son. He really enjoyed them and loves to talk about the stories. He even checked this book out of his school library to make sure I would read it. (SMILE)

I have enjoyed the series overall although I think it lacks of the depth of the Harry Potter series. HP seems written for adults but enjoyable for children whereas this seems written more for children, but parents might enjoy it, too.

Like many, I found the movie disappointing and feel they failed to trust their audience and instead attempted to make a blockbuster to appeal to everyone. This then failed to appeal to the biggest fans of the books AND those who might have picked up the book after seeing the movie.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Book Five: Last Olympian

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Photos: LA Friday Coffee at LACMA

January 8th, 2011 Comments off

LA Friday Coffee was off to the LA County Museum of Art to catch the last days of the exhibit, Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico. It was a small, yet amazing exhibit including 2 colossal head sculptures that epitomize the Olmec arts. I felt the exhibit was just the right size. You didn’t feel the need to dash from exhibit to exhibit, but could take your time to enjoy each piece and spend a few minutes contemplating the culture that created them.

I also took 3 panorama pictures with the 360 Panorama iPhone app to give you a feeling of the overall gallery. Click to see each full size.

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I Like This – January 5, 2011

January 5th, 2011 Comments off

A collection of interesting items I found in my daily reading.

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Added to my To-Read List: Making Things Move by Dustyn Roberts

January 3rd, 2011 Comments off

I am a fan of the “maker” world, as is my son, so this book caught my eye immediately when I saw this blog post, “NEW PRODUCT: Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists by Dustyn Roberts on the Adafruit web site. The LA Public Library doesn’t have a copy, but I will arrange to pick it up somewhere, or keep watching to see if they add it to our local collection.

“Making Things Move reveals practical mechanical design principles to readers who may have no background in engineering and shows how to apply those principles through a wide range of sample projects, from art installations to toys to labor-saving devices.”

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Making Things Move by Dustyn Roberts at

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Quora Answers to What is the best way to learn to cook?

January 3rd, 2011 1 comment

What is the best way to learn to cook? 3 answers on Quora

My best recommendation is to find a friend, relative, whoever who likes to cook and stand at their side while they do it. Ask them to explain why they do something, or how. Watch what they do. Then do one yourself. They don't have to be a professional and perhaps even should not be a pro. When you watch someone cook you learn by doing, which I think is one of the most important ways to learn anything.

What you will find is that most cooking is an art form, not a science. Sure there is a lot of science involved in cooking, but anyone who watches me soon learns I gauge ingredients by eye a lot of time, especially if it is something I cook very often. I start off with recipes, following them pretty religiously, but then often branch off into my own adaptations.

Be aware, too, that certain cooking shows are not good for learning how to cook The time constraints involved in recording a show often cause them to give you bad time references for how long something needs to cook or mixed. Emeril Live used to drive me nuts because he would often leave out entire ingredients or steps, which you only discovered when you looked at the recipe.

On the other hand, I really liked Mario Batali's show, Molto Mario, as it was shot in near-realtime, or a as least as close as possible. You got a feeling for how long things took to mix and cook, even if he later had to jump ahead to a pre-prepared item.

My strongest memories of my parents are the time we spent together in the kitchen. My father can cook up a mighty fine skillet or turkey hash after Thanksgiving. I trace a lot of my love of cooking back to my childhood.
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What is the best way to learn to cook?

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Top My Word Posts for 2010

January 1st, 2011 Comments off
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