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Instagram and Puppyface by quornflour

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I have been experimenting with Instagram, it is fun putting filters on photos of Umlaut, but I am not sure I get it. Which I hear is silly since I love taking pictures of my food before I eat it, who doesn’t really?
I am only an hour or so in, I wonder just how many photos of Umlaut I can post.

If anyone can shed light on how Instagram is a social network, I’d appreciate it.
In the meantime, more picks of the pup.

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Instagram and Puppyface.

via Instagram and Puppyface.

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Party Bracelet by quornflour

Occasionally TxK and I plan events and parties as part of our jobs. It is not uncommon for party (club) bracelets to be used as identifiers.

Recently I had an event from work and the location asked that I make sure to check folks in and have an identifier: bracelet, nametag, etc. I had already planned to hand out a thumb drive to attendees and they were on a lanyard. Thing is, most people, even the nerds I works with, do not want to walk around with a USB around their necks. I had originally wanted to get some fancy VIP embossed fancy nametags.
Then the reality of how much time I had hit. Then Hurricane Sandy came around. Boston fared well, but it put a damper on a few of my plans and the night before the event I realized that I had not made the name tags or ordered the party bracelets. I went to an office supply store, but they did not have what I needed. The guy recommended I check out a party supply store.

Now this was on Halloween. Party supply stores often sell costumes. The place was a zoo. But that was good, as I wandered around looking for the bracelets (which I eventually found and bought a pile of so that I would have them on hand), I came across bags of glow sticks. It was perfect. The event was going to be held in a lowly lit club, I could hang them with the USB drives and make people wear them so they wouldn’t lose the thumb drive. It was perfect.

Not to mention that snapping of the tube to make them glow is kind of satisfying after a long few weeks.



Gluten Free Lasagna by quornflour

The other day at work, I was sitting in a meeting and discovered this ridiculous Windows Phone app called Pocket Unicorn. It said that a unicorns favorite food is a lasagna sandwich. My friend and I agreed that it actually sounded like it could be delicious. Either way, it made me want lasagna.

Then I figured if I do decide to make a sandwich out of it, I should skip the noodles and make it with zucchini instead of actual noodles.

Here is what you will need:

  • 2 Cups of ricotta cheese, drained
  • 2 Cups of cottage cheese, drained
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 12 leaves of basil, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ¼ Cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon “Italian Spices”
  • 16 oz fresh mozzarella
  • 3 thinly sliced 10-12 inch zucchini (with a nice sharp knife, cut it in half, then slice a thin slice down the side, lay the zucchini on the flat side and slice thinly)
  • 2 Cups of tomato sauce
  • Olive oil spray

Putting it together is pretty simple:

  1. Heat the oven to 350⁰
  2. In a bowl mix the beaten eggs, ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, basil and Italian spices.
  3. In a lasagna pan spread a cup of tomato sauce
  4. Lay down a layer of zucchini
  5. Spread ½ of the cheese mix over top
  6. Top with a layer of zucchini
  7. Top with tomato sauce
  8. Add a layer of mozzarella chopped into small ½ cubes
  9. On top of that add another layer of zucchini
  10. Spread the rest of the cheese mix
  11. Then add one last layer of zucchini
  12. Top with mozzarella
  13. Spray with olive oil
  14. Cook for an hour or until golden brown and bubbly
  15. Let it stand for about 10 minutes and serve warm

It turned out really good, it is a little watery, but I think that is way better than dry.



Bing It On by quornflour

I know, “googling” has become synonymous with doing an internet search. That is fine, whatever.

Personally I use Bing! If you are just gonna hate because that is how you are, fine, keep on keeping on, I will not lose sleep over it.

But did you know that by using Bing you can get free stuff? See they have this thing called Bing Rewards, where you get points for searches that you do, then, when you collect enough points you can redeem them for stuff.

I do not have cable (yes this is relevant); I use Netflix, Hulu Plus and Zune Video (xbox) to support my television habit. Since I can cash in my Bing Rewards points for Hulu+ subscriptions, I have only paid for 1 month of Hulu+ and I have had it for almost a year now. IOW that is 7.99$ for a year of Hulu+ so even if you are a Google fan-boy, I know you like free stuff.

For those who love Social Networking like Facebook you can even connect your search to that to see what your friends are in to.

Anyway, it is an option and a pretty picture every day, well a lot of days it has cute animals, which is why my 84 year old neighbor likes it.



Half Crazy Daisy by quornflour

Recently I was staying with friends who have a Great Dane called Daisy. I was surprised to learn that they had never heard the song about Daisy.

So I did a quick YouTube search and came across this version.

After listening to it, Mia (6) says, “Daisy’s not half crazy.” Her tone somewhat offended. “Daisy is WHOLE crazy!”



40 Rounds of Clever Ferocity by quornflour

I am called Quornflour and I play Plants vs Zombies.

In fact, I have it on my phone, iPad, PC and my XBOX.

On my XBOX I managed (with a little help from TxK) get all but one of the achievements and it started bugging me that I was just one away from completing the game.

I even played the game all of the way through with just the original 5 slots or whatever it is you start with.

I mean I have loads of games that I have not completed, but ONE ACHIEVEMENT? So I decided one day to get through that insanity and complete all 40 rounds.

I tried and failed and tried and failed. Of course there are no save points so I had to keep restarting from the beginning. I tried using those corncob cannon things, everyone says to use them, but quite frankly they seemed to just take up too much space and have too long of a reload time and it isn’t like they were doing anything but cost too much, waste space and get destroyed too quickly. So I gave up on those.

Eventually I managed to do it. I used the same strategy on my iPad to get some screen shots of the basic strategy. Spikeweed is your friend. Perhaps I got lucky, or my XBOX felt sorry for me.

Either way, the game is finished. Now what am I supposed to do with all of those coins?



The Adventures of Finger Buddy by quornflour

Sometimes my palm meets my forehead and I say, “GENIUS!”

Other times I think to myself, “Self, you are hilarious”. That second thought is followed by a critical, “Self, don’t laugh at your own jokes.”

Anyway. One of my co-workers has broken her finger and now there is the tour of broken finger pictures on her facebook page. So naturally I thought to myself, “Self, that splint is ugly, it needs more character…” and the Finger Buddy was born.

At lunch I went home and threw this thing together. I made it with fleece, yarn, buttons, felt and some eyelet lacey bits, you know, to add a feminine touch. Seriously, if you are going to have a useless finger anyway, might as well have fun with it, right?

Think I may throw a few more together this weekend and put htem up on Etsy, well, unless it is still swamp weather.




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