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I certain smart man copped out to having founded my favorite Q&A stack as a way to make us engineers write more.
It is true that we engineers hardly learn to write at school and it is a shame. Even as engineers, in order to effectively work with….all those other people, need to effectively put down what we think in pixel. And have it be easy to understand by those who don’t necessarily speak code.

And so…in an effort to follow some very good advice. And because i am painfully aware of how long it’s been since i last made a post here. I am going to try to get back to writing here. Call it ‘getting ahead of a new year resolution’. I mean, only those who start early make the most, right?

So what do i expect to be writing about? Maybe technical stuff. Lots of times i use twitter to comment on some tech news but it would be nice to get back to a medium where i don’t sacrifice grammar or punctuation for a character limit. Probably some rants about life as an engineers. Probably some dev ops ramblings. Maybe even some cooking posts again, though recent diet changes have made cooking less than fun.

So…stay tuned. And by all means, whoever reads this, poke holes at logic or grammar or ideas. It only serves to make me better at this.

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Stuffed goodness

This is probably gonna be the best way to get my veggies from now on..

This is a twist on this recipe. I started cooking before I could find it again and I ended up doing without some ingredients….

The cast:

– 2 eggplants..medium sized

– 1 package ground turkey, lean

– 1 medium onion, diced

– 2 cloves of garlic

– 2 tbsp tomato paste

– 1 tbsp butter (I use butter alternative…great taste nowhere near the calories)

– 2 handful grape tomatoes

– Crumbled feta cheese 

– Spices: salt, pepper, cumin, red pepper flakes, all spice, garam masala, cinnamon, nutmeg, thyme

Start by halving the eggplants lengthwise….scoop out the middle and dice that…

Turn on the oven…375 degrees

In a large skillet, heat the butter, then add the onions. 

Let the onions soften for a couple of minutes then add the garlic

After about another minute, add the diced eggplant hearts….

after yet another minute (see the pattern?) add the ground meat…..break it up with the spoon…..add the spices and leave on medium high heat for a bit…

Get the eggplants ready by putting aluminum foil in a baking dish and spraying some olive oil in there…..set the eggplant halves

Wash and half the grape tomatoes…by now the meat mixture should have some liquid in there…add in the tomato paste and mix….then add the grape tomatoes..

Let it all cook until the liquid is all gone..

Spoon the filling in the eggplants, and top with the feta cheese…

Put it all in the oven till the cheese has browned a bit and the eggplant shells are soft…

Place in plate….bring a spoon and a knife….enjoy!!!!

PS: I’m gonna miss experiments like this when Lent starts and all I have to play with is lentils, veggies and….beans…..sigh….

Tomorrow, I plan beef straganoff in the crock pot…we’ll see if it’ll be worth a post 😉

So long Blogger

Yup. So long Blogger, hello WordPress.

I am no advanced blogger. In fact, I am having a hard time keeping this alive. And I partially blame Blogger for that. Despite how very useful a lot of other Google products are, blogger seems like the black sheep. Really Google? No iPhone app? It seems almost archaic to ask me to blog via email/SMS when I am carrying with me a portal to the biggest AppStore in the mobile market.

So here I am. The move was generally simple, the built-in theme gallery seems adequate. Although I am not sure how long I will be ok with NOT having the full use of other online themes just because I am not a paid user. This might be the one thing I’ll miss in blogger.

But the iPhone App? Oh it is great!! I am using it right now! And it is completely worth me actually moving my blog to WordPress.

Take a hint Google 😉

Go nerds

This is a public service announcement. If you were one of those people who were still dancing to 80’s pop into 1992, or still have an Atari in a box with pacman, space invaders and missile command. Or if the words Zelda, mafia wars, or assasin creed do not remind you of bedtime stories or gangs, you have to watch Chuck.

First season is all on thewb.com and season 2, which SO much better, is on hulu.com

you can thank me later 🙂

24 hour fitness

One week later, I am loving the gym. It is, admittedly, more fun than the running gig. Although I was very successful this time at staying the course with running, except for East Coast weather trying to break my leg, having all those machines certainly keeps me from getting bored….and I gotta say, seeing all those fit people around embarrasses me enough to keep at it.

And for the fortune we paid up front and what we’ll pay very month, it better be fun!

Civility

“Men are respectable only as they respect”

Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes (American Poet, Lecturer and Essayist, 1803-1882)

Food for thought. May God save us the stupidity and false ego of the mentally and emotionally challenged