Thursday, June 19, 2008

Decisions decisions decisions...

So I am thinking about getting a new laptop.

Its a 3.5 yr old laptop and I have replaced the electric cord on it, added ram and some other things. In all, probably spent about $120 extra on those things.

Now frankly, it works just great, but has been hitting a few bumps lately. For but the past 2 days, the audio seems to be coming on and going off on its own.And yes, I've encountered the mysterious blue screen maybe once a year. So I wonder, even though this laptop 'fulfills' my needs, is it time to get a new one.

But somehow I'm hesitant, considering the fact that this one still does everything i need it to, and at a speed i am certainly not complaining about.

Now frankly I wouldn't have wondered about this but for the Macbook+ipod touch' deal. Getting those AND a free printer for 1k does not sound like a bad deal at all. Especially since my lil 700m is hiccuping the way it is.

On the other hand, I could get a free ipod touch in the next three months, so the free ipod touch deal suddenly becomes less lucrative...

I guess it depends on how long does a regular 700m lasts.

decisions decisions decisions..

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Masala Turkey Meatloaf

I'm constantly looking for recipes that can have prep time less than 15 minutes, so when I heard about meatloaf from my labmate, it was something I knew I wanted to add to my regulars menu.

However, we are a decidedly desi household. ( BTW, awesome term for our kind, coined by Inkspillz: DITLAWM (Double Income Two Lazy Asses Without Maid) And so anything we eat has to have a ton of spices in it. Also turkey is a 'healthier option' than beef, so if this had to become a regular, it would have to be a turkey dish.

So I tried the following steps for a killer Masala Turkey Mealloaf ( Hence refered to as MTM)

The basic recipe is hers, which is to combine the meat, stock, breadcrumbs and some spices and bake at 375F.

a) Mix the following ingredients together

1lb ground turkey
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1tsp ginger garlic paste
1tsp coriander chutney
1tsp salt
1 cup egg beaters (equiv of 2 eggs)
1tsp any chicken gravy masala ( in my case it was a 'Malvani' masala from some shop in Mumbai. Does that mean the meatloaf becomes a Malvani Turkey Meatloaf? hmm)

Mash them together into a homogeneous paste and lay out thickly into a greased baking pan. The one I used was a square metal pan, 8x8x2 inch.

Bake @ 375 for 45 mins

Allow to cool. Enjoy with ketchup or gravy if you have the energy or patience to make it. If you want to make gravy, kindly google a recipe and let me know about it too!

As work proceeds at snail's pace..

I am at that stage where we finally need to get out that piece of data thats been analyzed and re analyzed to death. So finally I have it written out, and things look okay and now I’ve been told to look for an appropriate journal for the same. Some of the things I was told to look out for were

a) Accessibility to users from our Univ?

b) Look at the articles you’ve been citing frequently, and determine which journals they are coming from. Then narrow it down to one or two from those

c) Impact factor. I wasn’t told to look for it, but still I’m looking at the journals the lab has previously published in, and trying to find a journal that has a+b characteristics as well as an impact factor in the same range as previously published works. Narrowed it down to two journals so far, and sent it to boss. Hopefully the work gets published in the near future.

Additional reading
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Touristy mom

Mudder returns from a touristy trip to the UK. I am so damn proud of her. :) I always make plans to go somewhere nice, and then keep putting them off because a) I won't get leave b) It will eat into my India trip (too many of those happening, thanks to siblings and allies getting married).

At first, I was very apprehensive. But then I remembered who were talking about. This is the lady who went around NYC with a subway map and some cash and went around all the major points in the city and dragged dad along. At one point she decided she wanted to see the world famous Wall Street Bull (seriously, this guy is like the next Niagara Falls, inexplicable attraction point to the desis and Asians). So she just turned around and asked people 'Where is the bull?' To her credit she was in the wall street area, but seriously, what reaction did she expect. She calls me and goes 'hey I just asked a lady where the bull was and she said she didn't know which bull'. How can she be here and not know where the bull is.' ( well, actually it was sort of my fault. I had the total desi mentality and gave her half baked directions over the phone and then added a 'waha jaake kisi ko bhi pooch lena, bataa denge' at the end. )

But in the end, they made it to the Bull, and were very happy indeed.

This experience of hers made her more brave and she decided that this summer she could go to the UK. Dad put his foot down and refused any more adventurous travel, but mommy dearest had a friend who's going for a Europe tour, the friend is a very organized person, and they have common friends scattered all over the UK, who are more than willing to take them around. So she and friend I am told had a wonderful time out there. All I need is photographic evidence

This time when she did London though, my friends mom and dad took her around ( much like an insider's tour..they were visiting their daughter for a month, but live very close to my parents' place in Mumbai) I'm sure that wouldn't have stopped my mom from asking passersby random questions...I wonder though..what might she have asked? where is the queen? in any case, they all probably know the answer to that one.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

I am sick of it. Let me just get over with it already. Its like the ripping of a band-aid..I need to do it now, and fast. Of course, it will hurt when I do it. But after that, there won't be any pain!

Eroding social skills

I think that's what's happened to me over the past few years. My social skills have gone from an average value, to perhaps downright unacceptable. I think I have lost the filter between my mind and my mouth.

No, there is a filter in place, its just that it gets too clogged up frequently, and then on one occasion just rips open and I end up causing a gigantic embarrassment. These days since I have realized the ripping of the filter, I tend to avoid situations which might cause an embarrassment, which is to say, I think I avoid any and all social interaction, beyond the lab. I should really get over that, and get back into the groove.


I love you,blog.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Dirty Kangaroo

Recent events that conspired reminded me once again that for some reason, family members consider me to be the 'freak in the family', while sqrl/TA is viewed as the angel/know-it-all/'good one'. Fact is that she just uses a cold front in the face of everyone else and then her evil, silly side seems to surface on the blogs and when with me.

For example, she just explained to me why and how tissues are grinded with mechanical blades for use in the labs. This, in spite of knowing my total fear of blood and blades concerning others. Somehow, that conversation led to the discovery that the infamous Dirty Kangaroo poem we used to sing in school ( and more often to decide who's 'den' it is while playing in a group) is not to be found online.

So I have been assigned the honor of posting this for the benefit of future 'dirty kangaroo' googlers and nostalgic desis. I guess it goes well with my history of horrible animal related posts.

Warning : It is possibly the most disgusting thing I have ever sung. No animals were hurt in the making of this poem - god knows who made it - certainly not the Australian Tourism Board!!!

Dirty Kangaroo

Kangaroo, Kangaroo, Dirty Kangaroo,
Sitting on the railway, doing number two!

Number two is dirrrrtyy, wash it in the sea,
Cut it into pieces and have it with your tea!

Side Note : Why do bollywood songs have "ROO ROO ROO ROOOOOOOO, ROO ROO ROO ROOOOOOO", as background fillers???!!!

Also - interview of Dirty Kangaroo hisself :
My Fav Song : Roo-ba-Roo
Fav Movie : Roo-Dali
What I want in life : Roo-pees, lots of Roo-pees
Where to find kangaroo sarees in Mumbai : Roo-pam
Fav actor : Shah Roo-k
Fav food - Roo-Mali roti