Quantum Doctor Who and …..42

8 06 2012
Quantum Doctor Who and …….. 42

I am SOOOOO surprised this is not in Scientific American, Popular Mechanics, National Geographic, The Oak Bay News or even The National Enquirer!!!

 The answer has been staring at us since Douglas Adams revealed it in “The Hitchhikers’s Guide to the Galaxy“, one of my ALL-TIME FAVOURITE BOOKS!

This is the kind of  literature that is worthy of updating your Fakebook profile, right alongside your spiffy new Time Lying!

AND THEN don’t ignore the fact that Douglas Adams wrote three stories for Doctor Who [..and 3 comes BETWEEN 4 and 2!] AND last season, we were left with the tantalizing cliff-hanger from Dorium Maldovar:

Dorium Maldovar

… on the Fields of Trenzalore, at the fall of the Eleventh, when no creature can speak falsely or fail to answer, the Question that must never be answered will be asked.
–Dorium Maldovar 


COINCIDENCE?
I.THINK.NOT!

We have the answer.
We have the question.

I see only one problem.
And…….most likely two.

We just don’t know who ASKED the question ……. and even more interesting, 

WHO HAD THE ANSWER!

THAT is what I am MOST interested in!

And don’t forget – they rhyme too! Doctor Who and 42! How much MORE proof do we need!

None. Finished. Over. Done. Finis. Fait Accompli. Go home, Fox Mulder!

Little known Mac Facts: Douglas Adams LOVED MACS!

I adore my Macintosh, or rather my family of however many Macintoshes it is that I’ve recklessly accumulated over the years. I’ve adored it since I first saw one at Infocom’s offices in Boston in 1983.

And his last typed words:

His very last post to his own forum was in praise of Mac OS X and the possibilities of its Cocoa programming framework. He said it was “awesome….“, which was also the last word he wrote on his site.”

The Doctor: There are fixed points through time where things must always stay the way they are. This is not one of them. This is an opportunity. A temporal tipping point. Whatever happens today will change future events. Create its own time line, its own reality. The future pivots around you, here, now. So do good. For humanity, and for Earth.
Amy Pond: Right. No pressure there, then.





Quantum Canada, eh!

5 06 2012
Quantum Canada, eh!

What is the first thing you think of when someone says …….. Canada!
The Stanley Cup               CURLING & HOCKEY!
MAPLE LEAFS! (but not necessarily Toronto)

Wayne-gretzky-oilers.jpg              CANUCKS! (but not necessarily Vancouver) 
LUMBERJACKS & MOUNTIES!
       BEAVERS! BEARS! CANADA GEESE!
ICE! SNOW! IGLOOS! DOG SLEDS!
                  BACK BACON! MAPLE SYRUP!
             TIM HORTONS! PEACEKEEPERS!
             WAYNE GRETZKY! THE BLUENOSE!

But definitely not ….. napkins??

Okay, so I was out for an extended bike ride on the weekend, after gardening. and was far enough away from home that I needed a little bit of protein to ramp up my metabolism. In a weak-end moment, and only due to proximity, the closest eating establishment was … McDonalds! So, I ventured in to grab something quick. Oh yeah, forgot – NOTHING is ever quick at McDonalds! But I digest…..

But simply overwhelmed with the ambiance of the new designer ‘Café’ style, I felt compelled to seek closure for Emergency Sustenance Acquisition (ESA). I decided that the best bet for a combination of fast service AND protein would be their Jr. Chicken. My initial thought was that the chicken would probably argue against this. Especially the Junior part, notwithstanding the Chicken part either! Canadians are really good at using the word ‘notwithstanding‘!!!
But throwing caution to the wind, I purchased it, waiting the obligatory McDonalds Moment and headed to an apparently comfortably designed bench, hoping that the new Café decorators were not the same designers for their food.

Carefully unwrapping my poulet du jour, I was joined by a family to my side. Tourists, as it became quite clear, when I overheard the teenage daughter asking, ‘Do Canadians have napkins?

Instantly frozen into cultural shock, my Junior chicken only nano-metres from my taste buds, it took great effort (actually not that much!) to just.keep.the.f.quiet.

Then my Canadian genes jump-started themselves and I laughed, inwardly of course! Of course CANADIANS have napkins! And they soon found that not only do Canadian McDonalds HAVE napkins supplied at inviting designated Napkin Areas For Tourist Access (NAFTA), but they are also thoughtfully inserted into the non-edible GM carrying cases that McDonalds supplies when exchanging cash for Junior Chicken substances.

How Canadian is THAT, eh!

So, satiated by both culture and protein, I carried the debris from discarded Happy Meals (all Canadians are Environmental Green Re-Cyclists), fed my dozen Husky Dogs attached to my Rocky Mountain Bike/Sled/Ski-doo Hybrid vehicle and yelled ‘MUSH’ to avoid the rush hour traffic of Snowshoers, Reindeer Express bus-sleds and the Midnight Sasquatch Curfew in downtown Victoria. A quick stop to pick up some seal back bacon, maple syrup (keg size), new mukluks at Muks-Work-Wear-Gloo & Snow Cutters at Igloo Depot, I headed to the comfy confines of igloo, sweet igloo. I don’t want to miss next weeks Annual Inner Harbour Freeze-Over and the Running of the Musk Ox!!!

And just for fun, here are some hilarious Canadian Videos to prove everything I just said is … mostly true!

I.AM.CANADIAN
I.AM.CANADIAN (William Shatner)
WILLIAM SHATNER – O CANADA

And some hilarious REAL quotes
about Canada from those
most needing access to

“Canada is not the party. Its the apartment above the party.”
    Craig Ferguson

“I get to go to overseas places, like Canada.”
    Britney Spears

“I’ve been to Canada, and I’ve always gotten the impression that I could take the country over in about two days.”
    Jon Stewart

“Canada: A few acres of snow.”
    Voltaire

“Canada is a country so square that even the female impersonators are women.”
    Richard Benne

“Canada is a myth people made up to entertain children, like the Tooth Fairy. There’s no such place.”
    Christopher Moore

“I used to go missing a lot… Miss Canada, Miss United Kingdom, Miss World.”
    George Best

“Canada is a country whose main exports are hockey players and cold fronts. Our main imports are baseball players and acid rain.”
    Pierre Trudeau

Oh, yes, and the only other words
Canadians use more than ‘eh’ is ……..
SORRY ‘ABOOT’ THAT! 

River Song: And for those of us who can’t read the base code of the universe?




Quantum Sapporo Ichiban

2 06 2012
Quantum Sapporo Ichiban
量子札幌市一番町

Talk about my All-Time Favourite Lunch – Soup In A Bag!

I grew up with Sapporo Ichiban as my soup du jour!


Standard fare while attending University! What could be simpler than boiling some water and ripping open a bag – basically in that order! BUT there ARE techniques to improve the entire Ichiban Experience though…..

  1. You MUST crush the noodles prior to opening the bag. This is mandatory. Adds flavour.
  2. You MUST use more water than what is recommended. Why? ‘Cause crackers soak up the water!
  3. You MUST use crackers. See above.
  4. You MUST think about using sliced green onions. Mmmm……sliced green onions! Adds some more flavour! Flavour good! More flavour, more gooder!
  5. You MUST think about using diced radishes (radishii?) Adds flavour and crunch! More cruncher!
  6. You MUST think about using chopped up celery. Adds even MORE-ER CRUNCHER-ER! But this does not add flavour. Never has. Never will. Have you ever heard anyone ever say ……. “This tastes like celery”? Didn’t think so! And if something ever DOES taste like celery- let’s not ever go there!
  7. Mix, boil, eat. Repeat about every week or so. Or when affordable on a student budget.

NOW you have a meal! Or a lifestyle. Actually, both.

And the scan above is INCREDIBLY RARE! It is the only known scan of an English and French Sapporo Ichiban Original Flavour, on the entire Internest!!!

Japanese Noodles with English and French Cooking Instructions! Only in Canada!

C’est très magnifique!
それは非常に美しいです

Thai Ginger
Bangkok Curry

But the times, they are a changin’ and there is a new kid on the block! The newest delicacy in the Soup In A Bag repertoire is…..Thai Kitchen!!

These are great with green onions, radishii and stuff that tastes like celery! Crackers don’t really cut it here. Something to do with the texture of the rice noodles. Avoid crackers. Avoid stuff that tastes like crackers too. My favourite (and only available) flavours are all around here!

Garlic & Vegetable
Lemongrass & Chili
Spring Onion

Hubble times Milky Way and Andromeda galaxy pile-up

Break out the Popcorn! Galaxies Colliding! Ring Side Seat!

And as Ford Prefect once said, ‘Don’t Panic!‘ We are ALL in for a glorious ring-side seat to an amazing spectacle! TWO GALAXIES COLLIDING! The easiest way to see this is to … be a Time Lord like I am. Just use your Tardis. But if for some reason, those pesky Daleks are queuing up ahead of you, then just eat Cheezies and Sapporo  Ichiban each and every day for a few billion years. Life Extenders BOTH! And then, sit back, and watch the fireworks .. .literally!

Last Day of Paper Route

And the last day of delivering newspapers with my XX chromosome progeny on Wednesday. The route included many regular denizens of eagles, hummingbirds, quail, peacocks, cats, dogs (Herbie!), deer, river otters and even …A COUGAR!

Best.Route.Ever.

I liked it best in winter, under a full moon, with a fresh snowfall. And we don’t get that many snowfalls here!

And I will miss the walk, the talk, the view, the steps and bumping into CoGG and GUS!!!

But I work with CoGG and Bliss3 so Gus will still be patrolling our streets, keeping them safe from deer!!!! And Holly looks after everything north of UVIC!

And it is only down the street too! As my aunt says, ‘Gawrsh!”

The Doctor: People don’t understand time. It’s not what you think it is. 
Sally: Then what is it? 
The Doctor: Complicated.
Sally: Tell me.
The Doctor:Very complicated.
Sally: I’m clever, and I’m listening, and don’t patronize me because people have died and I’m not happy. Tell me.
The Doctor: People assume that time is a strict progression of cause-of-effect…but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly…timey-wimey…stuff.




Quantum Celebration Station

31 05 2012
Quantum Celebration Station
Bike to Work Week 2012

Oak Bay Celebration Station outside City Hall

Two, count them, TWO Celebration Stations today! One at Camosun College, on the way to work, and the second one at Oak Bay Municipal Hall, on the way home! Entered draws for both, but …. seems my luck so far is limited to the Bright Orange Tide shirt I won on Monday on our own Bike to Work Team at UVIC! Ah, but I entered a draw for an expensive bike, so I am sure to win that ……. unless Swirly wins it ahead of me, ala the iPad Incident a couple of years ago! SAUCE! He wouldn’t even sell it to Can of Good Goodies either! And we offered up to $25 for it!!!!!

Oak Bay Celebration Station outside City Hall

A bit damp this year, which might reduce the numbers of new cyclists, but as any daily cyclist knows, Victoria is NOT a rainy city! Drizzle sometimes, but consistently the best weather in CANADA for cycling! Even in winter, I have cycled to my favourite coffe café in town, Caffé Misto!

Snow Biking to Caffé Misto on Foul Bay Road
Survivor Victoria: Snowy Bike Riding!
OBLIGATORY
CAT
PHOTOGRAPH!

Locks and Roses
Mister’s Meadow and Mansion

Yes, here is Mister in his very own neighbourhood, also known as Mister’s Meadow! Beware the Wild Lions of Oak Bay! They are only line of defence against marauding deer!

And one rose that I am really waiting to see bloom, is positioned right near a very old gate lock, and I like the juxtaposition of the two, for some reason. I have no idea why, but I like the symmetry. Hoping for different shots throughout the week now.

Everybody knows that everybody dies. But not every day. Not today. Some days are special. Some days are so, so blessed. Some days, nobody dies at all. Now and then, every once in a very long while, every day in a million days when the wind stands fair and the Doctor comes to call… everybody lives. 

                      -River Song, Forest of the Dead





Quantum Bike to Work Week

29 05 2012
Quantum Bike to Work Week!

Today was the start of Bike To Work Week 2012 in Victoria and other places throughout BC! And I always seem to win something! And this year was no exception – a T-Shirt! Bright orange too!

I have been cycling to work, daily,  for over 12 years now. On my third bike too! First one broke, second one stolen, third one is BEST ONE YET!

My first year as a daily cyclist also included my first Bike to Work Week, back in 2001! Our LEGEN (wait for it) DARY BTWW Team was known as CALL’s Angels! And we have finished everywhere from 1st to 7th, in our category, throughout the years!We are the Montreal Canadiens of Bike to Work Week with a long and storied history!

Vive la Bicyclette! Vive la Bicyclette LIBRE!
 

Speaking of history, by now everyone has read that……

Ryder Hesjedal wins Giro d’Italia

It is never too late to Bike to Work! And no, Victoria does NOT get rain all the time! In fact, during the summer, we are on water restrictions! And even in the winter – it only drizzles here! You want rain? Go to North Vancouver! You have to step into a shower, to dry off there! 

And just two random favourites of mine, Macs and Coffee. Went up-island on the weekend and visited my favourite small coffee café called Mad Bee Café!

Catch the Buzz!



And of course, with all kinds of rumours of new MacBook Pros coming out, just take a deep breath, do the Time Lord wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey thing and look back at the original Mac from 1984 ….. hello, Mac! Worked on one of these, using Excel V1.0 as well! And no, I didn’t buy any Microsoft stock. D’Oh!

The Doctor: I’m going to need a SWAT team ready to mobilize, street-level maps covering all of Florida, a pot of coffee, twelve jammie dodgers and a fez.
Delaware: Get him his maps.






Quantum Japanese

27 05 2012
Quantum Japanese
量子日本

Ah, the joys of Google Translate! You just never know what you are going to get when sand is allowed to translate languages! As far as I am concerned:

The only good translator is a LIVE translator!

 私だけではなく、いつもダジャレをかましてくれる、 同僚グレッグ 今週は疲れた顔をしていた。
Not only I, can you always bite the puns, Greg co-workers even this week, had a tired look.

だから、ちょうど2月の半ば、今頃になると、みんなガソリン切れで疲れが出てくるのです。
So, the middle of February, and by now become just tired, is coming out with everyone out of gasoline.

がんばれっ!
Tsu Go for it!

湿原は、疲れている疲れとコーヒーを必要としています!
Bog Wanko Wanko Zun Zun!


こういうのを自分で作れるようになりたいなー、ってつぶやくと、 あの醜い私のベーグル  をハッキリと覚えている相方は「あまり無理しないで買いなさい」と言う。
What and mutter, Na want to be able to make it your own kind, bagels that my ugly  partner say and remember clearly is “Do not buy too much force.”

トーストしたベーグルにクリームチーズをぬって、その上にジャムをぬって食べるのも大好き~。
I love to paint the cream cheese bagel toasted, also eating paint the jam on top of it.

なんていうのかな、ガツガツしてないし、余分に余計に大声で笑ったりしないし(私私私の話を聞いてっ!)っていうトコロが感じられないです。
What do you say, I do not gobble, it does not extra extra laugh out loud, where I feel it ‘is not (! Tsu I listen to my story I) MeMeMeMe!!.

で、義妹さんからもらったガチョウのスージー。
Is, Susie’s sister-in-law gave me goose.


けもの道ずんずん
Gus is a …. Zunzun Road Beast! Great photos!

まだぜんぶにおいをかぎおわってないんだけど~
I’m not finished yet smell everything.

ベンチもあって、老人の犯人も安心!

And what is up with the bench?
The bench was also, of the old criminal worry!


But every so often, a gem of wisdom and weariness – a bit of whimsy, a dash of imagination and even wistful philosophy as well……. This is by far, the best Google translation I have ever read…. thanks to CoGG! Just don’t mention deer, slugs or sow bugs to her!!!!

This Mind Blowing Image of the Eclipse Taken From Space Can’t Possibly Be Real

There was too much cloud cover to see the ‘Ring of Fire‘ from last weekend, but this is an amazing photo of an eclipse, and I am certain Victoria is under the cloud cover there! If you look close, you can see me doing my 4 Bin Gardening!

And when we DO get rain, we better be careful – there is only so much water to go around. And we don’t even have the most in the Solar System! Holy Cow! There is more water on Jupiter’s moon Europa than on Earth? Just don’t let Stephen Harper hear about this! He is having enough problems with our natural resources, as it is! 



And considering there is a finite amount of water on our little cosmic dust mote, then there is no doubt in my mind, an even smaller amount of Wisdom .. sometimes. The difference between water and wisdom is that Wisdom does not have to follow any of the 4 Laws of Thermodynamics – specifically the First Law that states energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Well, Wisdom on the other hand, is CONSTANTLY being created – OUT OF EXPERIENCE! It just also happens to be ignored too! And speaking of Wisdom, if you have not watched Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech, you are being … unwise!

8 Bits of Wisdom on Being a Creator from Neil Gaiman

by

“Someone on the internet thinks what you’re doing is stupid, or evil, or it’s all been done before? Make good art.”

And does anyone know what kind of flower this is below? I have no idea, nor do any of my colleagues, who are Flower Experts!!!!!

Cool Blue Purple Plant!

“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things and make them unimportant.”

      -The Doctor, Vincent and the Doctor

 





Quantum Carbonara

24 05 2012

Quantum Carbonara

This is about as easy a recipe as you can get! Eating in about 30 minutes, give or take! Basically it is scrambled eggs, fried ham/bacon and pasta (Carbonara), with ground pepper and garlic thrown in!

INGREDIENTS

√ 1 egg per person. Once you hit 4 eggs, should be okay for 5 people. Not an egg-zact science.
√ Pasta – penne works best, dry or fresh. I have used noodles before. Don’t use noodles. Roughly as much as you think ‘X’ people can eat! Usually ¾ of a (dry) bag will feed 2 adults and 2 reasonably hungry teenagers with some leftovers. Should fit in one pot.
√ Garlic. Lots. Vampire Protection LOTS! Or whatever is considered normal for the chef in charge! Garlic is a lifestyle, not a choice.
√ Freshly ground pepper. Needed throughout the sizzling of the meat. Regular pepper will still do. But pepper grinders are FUN!
√ Olive oil to aid in sizzling the ham! Enough to coat the bottom of a largish frying pan. The odd squirt throughout sometimes helps. Never hurts.
√ 2 bags o’sliced ham, preferably flavoured. I like to mix Honey Ham and Black Forest ham – like, whatever! Each bag has about 8-9 slices.  As much/little as preferred. But not William Shatner quantity. James T. Kirk quality though.

TECHNOLOGY

√ Frying pan. Pretty good size one.
√ Pot to boil water/put carbonara in. Pretty good size one is always easier.
√ Cistern. (But not the Chapel!) To drain the pasta.
√ Whisker (not from a cat!) to froth the eggs! Bowl for the eggs to be whisked in!
√ Garlic Press (as opposed to Permanent)
√ Largish glass measuring cup, to pour the 3 or 4 frothed eggs into the pot, eventually.
√ Razor sharp Ginsu knives. Or, actually, regular ones. I just always wanted to include ‘Razor Sharp Ginsu knives’ as a requirement in a recipe! Bucket List checkoff!
Lilly and her iPad

√ 6 obedient penguins. But one curious cat will also suffice. Lilly, for instance, if you can drag her away from her Pad.

 

 

 

MODE d’OPERATION

Basically, you are boiling the pasta, frying the ham, and timing the two to be done at the same time. Ham takes about 15-20 minutes to crisp, but not overcrisp. Bagged pasta usually takes about 12 minutes after the water is boiling. So …..remember. This is not Rocket Science…..it’s Chemistry!
• Slice up the ham into smaller sections. Not too small, as they can overcrisp or burn. About 2” long x 1” wide. Whatever! Put a little bit of olive oil to cover the bottom of the frying pan and dump all the ham in and start frying on medium. It will eventually sizzle so a grease splash guard is optional. I use a pot cover sometimes. The smaller sizes WILL fry quicker and burn first. Watch it! Just pull them out and feed them to the cat.
• Crack 3 or 4-ish eggs and put into a bowl and whisk them frantically! I like to add a bit of water, and a bit of milk too. This is the scrambled eggs part! Easy! Set aside. This can actually be done right at the end too. But cracking eggs is FUN!
• Crush some garlic and just keep in a little bowl to the side. Yeah, right. Little bowl HA! HUGE BOWL!
• Start boiling the water, but on medium high, in a pot with about 65% filled with water. Remember to leave room to add the pasta in, and not overflow, nor boil over when filled with the pasta. It WILL expand too! This is the toughest part!
• Once the ham is sizzling, you can start adding ground pepper to flavour. Just a bit every so often. Constantly turn/stir the ham so it does not burn. Basically, just fry up the ham! If some do crisp too quickly, just … EAT THEM! Once you think the ham is about half-way done, about 8-10 minutes in, put the boiling water on high! When boiling, dump the pasta in to cook, normally. Then turn it down just a bit to make sure it does not boil over. Sometimes you can add a bit more olive oil, to keep the ham from drying out too much, or sticking to the frying pan. It is all in the timing now.
• Turn the heat down on the ham, a bit, and add some garlic, about half of what you have smashed up and mix thoroughly. All in the timing now.
• Now, just watch the ham so it does not burn by either turning down the heat, or moving it to the side. Keep stirring it. No, don’t go to Facebook! Keep stirring! When the pasta is done, the ham should be done too. Add the rest of the garlic TO the ham and mix it all up, with a bit more ground pepper! This gives a combination of freshly ground pepper, fried garlic AND fresh garlic in the same mouthful! Deeelish!
• Drain the pasta in the cistern, and then put back INTO the pot, then back on the burner, which should be turned down to about low, to keep warm. Now, put the perfectly fried ham INTO the pot and mix everything thoroughly! KEEP STIRRING so the pasta does not burn/stick to the bottom of the pot.
• Now, pour the frothed eggs (you can swirl them a bit if you want) into the glass measuring cup and slowly pour about ¼ of the contents into the mix at a time! Only a bit goes in at a time, NOT all at once! Pour, stir. Pour, stir. Pour, stir.
• The heat from the burner, pasta and ham, will scramble the eggs and coat everything! Just keep stirring the whole thing until you see the eggs become scrambled! Then pour a similar amount of the eggs in again and continue to stir until they are scrambled/coated again! Basically you are now scrambling eggs, IN the mixture of hot pasta, fried bacon, fried and freshly crushed garlic and freshly ground pepper! Pour, stir. Pour, stir until you are out of eggs. DONE!
• Just keep stirring until all the eggs are scrambled. Sometimes you need to increase/decrease the burner heat to scramble all the eggs, but not by much. Do not let sit, as the pasta will stick and burn to the bottom of the pot. Just keep stirring the whole thing until done! This last step only takes about 3-5 minutes to mix everything together, making sure the pasta does not burn, and the eggs scramble! Easy!
Serve it up with some excellented (i.e. ‘great’ed) parmesan cheese on top, maybe a salad on the side. Garlic bread optional. Roast some asparagus in rosemary oil, fry some mushrooms or whatever! The leftovers the next day taste good cold or heated up!

ENJOY!

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