Monday, May 19, 2014

Scam

I got this in my NSU email account:

Congratulations! Based on your Northeastern State University academic achievements and nomination, you have been accepted to the university HonorSociety.org member society. 
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  • Dining discounts at 18,000 restaurants nationwide. 

Of course it's a complete scam. I haven't been posting any of my grades online, and for the school to do so is strictly verboten... so how would they know about my "academic achievements" from Adam's?

Scamsters!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Sausage balls

So, sausage balls (sounds like an expletive, I know but, literally: sausage balls)

Another easy thing to do - as I found out last night. If you look up a recipe for this, basically what you find is mix ground sausage with Bisquick and cheese, ball, and bake. Nice, simple, and easy. Then you look up a second recipe and the ratios are different. Here's what we used:

1 pound (a tube) of breakfast sausage (minus two patty's worth that got consumed for breakfast earlier the same day)
2-1/2 cups of Bisquick
1 cup of sharp cheddar shredded
Onion powder, because it was there
Cajun blackened seasoning, because... hey, why not?

In recipe-speak, the next step is "Combine ingredients", but really that's an understatement. Mix the Bisquick, the cheese, and all in one bowl and dump the sausage in to another bowl. Add a handful of dry mix into the sausage about an handful at a time and work it into the sausage, like you were kneeding dough. I don't know if a mixer with dough hooks could be used - I don't have one - but be prepared to put some work into mixing the stuff. Use your hands.

After all is said and done, you come out with a ball of mix that kind of resembles pie crust dough both in texture and in feel - the fat in the sausage mix isn't any greasier than the shortening in pie dough - to me, anyway. Next thing is turn on the oven to 375, spray a baking sheet with Pam, and then ball the mess a chunk at a time until you have row after row of English walnut-sized balls.

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.

What comes out of the oven is like a hybrid between a cheese biscuit and a bite of sausage. They are unbelievably good right off of the baking sheet. Not a bit oily - which is kind of surprising, since they have so much sausage and cheese in them. I haven't tried them with any kind of sauce. The Paula Deen recipe on foodnetwork.com comes with a suggestion of mixing a cup of mayo with a tablespoon of mustard, but as I don't like mayonnaise that much, that kinda sounds gross to me. I'd just go with mustard - if I had to pick - just the same as I would use on any sausage roll that I'd get for breakfast.

I wonder what they'd taste like with syrup...



Saturday, September 28, 2013

Shut up, Iggy

By no stretch of the imagination - mine or anybody else's - do I have a lust for life right now.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hel-lo?

Just switched the kitchen light off and my YouTube stopped. Therefore, that switch must control the Internet.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

World Battleground, 1000 years of war in 5 minutes



In it's About:
Uploaded on Oct 22, 2008For the new project, please visit http://jordic.com/ffracerThis animation shows all important battles that took place over the last ten centuries. The sizes of the explosions and labels are proportional to the number of casualties. The music is "Ride Of The Valkyries" by Richard Wagner. The data comes from the wikipedia article, List of Battles.
Most of the activity seems to happen in Europe, this is because the english wikipedia was used. In a future release of this video I will merge wikipedias in different languages to solve this bias.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Operation "Get Your Life Sorted, Mate"

...is apparently On Hold while I rewatch Torchwood. At least through "Children of Earth" - the American hybrid was a bit rubbish.

Also. I stepped backwards onto a sheet of big bubble wrap and I nearly scared the crap out of myself a few minutes ago. (I just thought I'd share.)