Sunday, August 3, 2008

Mango Salad & Herring Appetizer

Mango, avocado and cucumber saladLast week was Daniel’s mom birthday. She cooked a lot of yummy stuff which included old time favorites like funchoza. ) I humbly participated by adding mango salad and herring appetizer to the table.

I found the mango salad recipe on Sweetlady’s blog. My salad looks a bit different than hers, but it still was pretty good and refreshing. )

Ingredients:
  • 2 medium cucumbers
  • 1 mango
  • 1 avocado
  • 2-3 tablespoons of oil
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Salt

Kiwi and herring appetizerI found the herring appetizer recipe on kuking.net a while ago. Basically, you spread some mayo on slightly toasted rye bred, then put a piece of marinated herring on it, and top it with a slice of kiwi fruit. Simple, but quite nice if you like herring.
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Friday, August 8, 2008

Office Shelves

Office Shelves — BeforeWell, this past weekend we finally decided to do something that we haven’t gotten to in over a year that we’ve been living here — add some shelves to our office closet.

The thing is that the guy we bought the place from mean for this room to be a bedroom I guess, and he made the closet for hanging clothes. We, instead, piled up a bunch of our photo and computer bags in there, and then more then half of that space was wasted, because you can’t store anything on top of the bags.

We carefully measured the size of the shelves that we would need and went to a local hardware store — Office Shelves — AfterDoody Home Center. Now this place might not be as big as Home Depot or Lowes, but it’s by far the best hardware store I’ve been to. This wasn’t the first time experience either. Basically we just asked a guy working there where we could find the boards for the shelves. Not only did he help us find the boards, he cut them for us precisely to the right size. Go get someone to do that at Home Depot.

Went home, drilled some holes, installed the pins, the shelves, attached the moldings, done! Came out rather nice.
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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Olympics 2008 Opening Ceremony

Olympics 2008 Opening CeremonyLast night we watched a translation of 2008 Olympic Games opening ceremony which took place earlier that day (08/08/08) in Beijing. I was REALLY impressed with artistic ideas, their implementation, and the sheer scale of the whole thing. Around 15,000!!! performers participated in the show. There is a good article in The New York Times on the subject.

Lighting the Olympic TorchI enjoyed feeling national pride that permeated different elements of the ceremony, I was amazed by how synchronized movements of so many people were! I also really liked how the last torch-carrier was “running” in the air to light up the grand Olympic torch. Undoubtedly Zhang Yimou did a superb job orchestrating the ceremony.
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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Mice Infestation

Apple Mighty Mouse and Logitech MX RevolutionYesterday we went to our local Best Buy and bought1 a whole bunch of mice. I wanted something for my Mac, since some development tasks with a touch pad are much harder to perform than they should be. A natural choice was Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse — Apple design and bluetooth technology in one package. So far I like it.

Another one was for Alena’s office. Apparently they still use non-laser, non-optical mice at her company, and since she spends all day holding that thing in hand it makes sense to get something nice, comfortable and wireless. We went with Logitech MX™ Revolution. It feels good in hand, has additional buttons to speed up certain tasks and comes with a charger — she doesn’t need to worry about replacing batteries.

  1. Apple’s mouse was $69.99, Logitech’s was $99.99. []
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Monday, August 11, 2008

Vending Frankenstein

Crazy vending machine running Linux.We have the weirdest vending machine in our office. That’s what I call a good idea and a horrible execution.

It runs on nothing else than Linux. It’s able to read your finger print and based on that know how much money you have on your account and if it can dispense drinks for you or if it needs to recharge your credit card. And if something gets stuck while dispensing it generally can sense it and give you an option to select something else or try to drop the item again. Continue Reading
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Split Check: Entering Info

Marking people — before.Marking people — after.
I still have a lot of development to do to finish this app up, but here’s a short update on progress.

The check creation (list display + price entering) screens are ready, so is the screen to set up tip and tax values with persistent data storage. The split itself is the last thing that needs implementation, but it’s probably going to be the easiest step now.

On Saturday we gave it a real life test on entering information only to find out that the original idea was flawed. Continue Reading
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Monday, August 18, 2008

IKEA Food

Sweedish Meatballs at IKEA.Yesterday we went to a new IKEA in Brooklyn, for the 2nd time — we wanted to get a couple of things for our apartment, but as always most were out of stock.

Either way, by the time we were passing the restaurant for the 5th time or so I couldn’t resist my hunger anymore. We went in and got ourselves one set of meatballs and one set of chicken tenders.

Alёna and Ignat at IKEA.For about $5 each we had a decent dinner, which even seemed delicious at the time. However I don’t think we’ll go there any time soon again. Cheap food is cheap food after all.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

IKEA Billy Bookcases

IKEA Billy bookcase for our office.As I wrote before we went to IKEA this weekend to get some stuff for our apartment. Out of all the stuff that we wanted we didn’t find anything, but one thing — IKEA Billy bookcase, even though even this item was marked as sold out.

To our surprise we were able to find the right color bookcase and the glass doors for it at their warehouse. So that’s what we bought. I assembled it the same very evening and Alёna moved some of our books and a whole bunch of trinkets into the bookcase.

It’s came out like a micro version of my parents’ bookcase that I wrote about a while ago. But even though it is much smaller it looks just as good, or so I think. teeth
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Friday, August 22, 2008

Magnet Collection

Our refrigerator and our magnet collection.As you can see there are very few empty spots left on our refrigerator. The main reason is that we try to buy a magnet every time we visit some place — with few exceptions where we forgot to find one. We also got a bunch from friends and family.

Story of our travels told by our magnets.The top door has magnets of the places that we’ve visited. Majority of them are from the places that we visited together — the exceptions are Minsk and Moscow. I like to just stand it front of the fridge sometimes looking over our collection and remember how and where each one was bought. So many good memories.
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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Двоюродный Братишка

Моя бабушка Лия в детсве с родетелями, Надеждой и Виктором Удаловыми.Примерно месяц назад я решила поискать своего единственного двоюродного братика по отцовской линии на просторах интернета. Вбила в Google имя и фамилию — и на первой же странице натолкнулась на явно его записи. Покопавшись еще нашла и email на одном из форумов, посвященном моделькам самолётов. Обрадовавшись, написала Саше письмо — и он (ура! ура!) ответил.

Мои дедушка и бабушка Николай и Лия Волконовские.Хочу заметить, что живёт он с моими дядей Юрой и тётей Светой в Минске — и его координаты прекрасно известны моим родным (я уже адрес подзабыла, но живут они в квартире, оставшейся после бабушки и дедушки), так что мне не составило бы большого труда связаться с ним более традиционными методами. Почему-то мне хотелось написать ему e-mail именно так, без чьей-либо помощи в выяснении электронного адреса. Наверное, тут играет роль и то, что не виделись мы с ним уже не знаю даже сколько лет — может, 10, а, может, и все 15. Я имею очень смутное представление о том каким человеком он вырос, да и хочет ли вообще со мной общаться. )

Дедушка Коля с моими папой и дядей.Саша младше меня на 2 года, работает он сейчас инженером-конструктором, что совсем неудивительно учитывая его любовь к математике и самолётостроению с “младых ногтей”. ) Вообще мне помнится что он был суперумным, но иногда испытывал сложности в общении. Я с нетерпением жду его emails — пока он прислал два. Я попросила его поискать и отсканировать какие-нибудь старые фотографии наших предков. Он прислал мне несколько старых фотографий — и я была ну ОЧЕНЬ рада! Еще я попросила его порасспрашивать дядю Юру об истории семьи — мне это очень интересно. Надеюсь, Саше будет не слишком внапряг написать мне какие-нибудь интересные истории. )

А вообще я на прошлой неделе болтала с Таней, и показала ей фотографии, которые прислал мне Саша (он прислал мне одну свеженькую семейную фотографию). Таня сказала, что мы с Сашей чем-то неуловимо похожи — одной породы. ) Мне было это приятно слышать. Еще мне было приятно, что моя мама обрадовалась, когда я ей сообщила, что мы с Сашей обменялись несколькими письмами.
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