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Guess Who I Write Like

I found this interesting analysis thing from Harlina’s blog and I thought I’d give it a try.

I plugged in everything that I wrote from the previous post and poof!

I write like
Cory Doctorow

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

Truth be told, I had to Google who Cory Doctorow was but I have read the XKCD comics that reference him. It’s sad that as much as I love reading and sometimes writing science fiction, I don’t read as widely as I should.

I think it’s time to head on to the library and see if I can get a copy of his books.


Back To The Radio

With the slow, agonizing death of my classic iPod’s battery, I’ve been going around without a music player for a while and I’ve been missing having music with me. Dude lent me his cute little Creative Zen but at only a 2G capacity, I miss having so much music at my fingertips. The one thing that I do like about this little player is the radio function. It’s been a really long time since I’ve tuned in to a local radio station for an extended period of time.

Usually, I’d only listen to the radio when I’m in the lab, since it’s always on if someone’s in and it’s always that one particular station but recently, my colleagues had been changing the radio station quite frequently and I actually found a radio station that I actually like.

The station plays a lot of the current music. At the present moment, that’s what I’m looking for, something that doesn’t put me to sleep and keeps me bouncing while I’m doing my work. Nothing like fast pace catchy music to keep you motivated at work. The only problem with listening to the radio is that I never know the title of the song or who the artist is.

At this present moment, I’m listening to this:


Friday Foods: Microwave MILO Chocolate Cake

Milo cake
Photo courtesy of Dude

One of the more interesting and yet extremely easy to make desserts that I’ve tried lately is the microwave cooked chocolate cake. There have been many different recipes out there for microwaved chocolate cake but so far, I don’t think that there’s any that involves Milo.

The recipe is based on this one but Dude made some changes that turned out really well.

Ingredients
4 tbs self-raising flour
4 tbs MILO powder
3 tbs sugar
3 tbs milk
3 tbs oil
1 egg

ingredients

So now that you have all your ingredients, what do you do?


dry ingredients

Add in all the dry ingredients into a large mug and mix it all together. Mix well and get rid of any lumps of dry ingredients to get a better mixture when the wet ingredients are added later.

wet ingredients

Add in all the wet ingredients and mix well with a fork. Make sure that the mixture is smooth and not lumpy at all.

microwaving

The mixture can be microwaved in the large mug or you can pour it into small cups. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, depending on your microwave. This part requires a little trial and error on your part as each microwave is slightly different. The best way to guage if the cake is done is to see if the glass of the microwave door is covered in steam and if the cake has stopped rising.

Run a knife along the side of the mug and you can pop it out of the container easily. Serve with scoop or two of your favourite ice cream or just eat it straight out of the mug.

There are many other variations that you can do with it, like dropping a couple of your favourite nuts into the mixture just before you pop it into the microwave with add that bit of nutty crunchiness.