To space or not

Every time there is a public article on space related projects, there are bound to be people who comment on it saying how it is a waste of money and that the money can be put to better use on Earth. Now if these people were in charge politically or economically since the beginning of…

Violet Evergarden

One word…beautiful. This is probably the best tearjerker since “Your lie in April” as far as I am concerned. Great pacing, great story, great animation, last but definitely not least, great voice acting. Apart from odd tidbits like how in the world does Violet manages to get such advanced prosthetics in a world with a…

Dictated Diets

As I stood in line to check out my groceries for this week, I looked behind casually to see what the person behind me bought. Nothing of note, really. Then I glanced at my receipt and got a realization that these Sumo Oranges that I bought were more expensive than I expected. Oops! The little…

Egg Drop

Did you ever paid attention to those silky strands of egg suspended in soup, especially Asian ones? We call these kind of soup “Egg Drop” for the benefit of those who does not know. I never succeeded in making these for a long time. The results are usually that the egg will clump together in…

GOP Tax in gaming terms

*edit* Whew in a way…looks like the final version is quite different from what it might have been and not as bad as it was going to be. Now I can’t tell if my tax is going to go up or down…sheesh. If I were to explain the GOP tax reform in gaming terms, this…

Solvents & Fats

I think one of the things that people often overlook is the role of solvents in cooking. I mean, we don’t usually think about it when we cook. “Solvents” is just an alien word in the realm of chemistry, right? Except it is not. Role of Solvents There are 3 common solvents we use in…

全职高手/The King’s Avatar

I would like to think that “The King’s Avatar” is a pretty notable piece of work. Of all the anime that I have watched, this is the first fully Chinese made anime that I think is on par with existing anime in both story and animation quality. Story is compelling enough, voice acting is good,…

食戟のソーマ/Food Wars

This series is an interesting one. With the frequent over-the-top and very inappropriate reactions to good food, this show is effectively “food porn”. While the characters and story line itself are cliched, unremarkable and quite predictable, it does make a notable impression where it matters. In other words, the food. The title itself is a…

Dealing with food rejection

As parents, we are the ones who will pass the first judgement on what ailments are assailing our darling kids. This is a regular affair, for most people, a mundane one as well. We decide if it is serious enough to go to a doctor or if a bed rest will suffice. As parents, we…

Making ingredients drier

This is a short article. One of the interesting techniques I learned in the last couple years about cooking is how to make the individual ingredients drier. This matters because many ingredients lose their water content on heat, or perhaps it is the water from washing the ingredient. Either way, this can turn your stir-fry…

Adding corn starch to food

One of those mysteries (to me at least) in Chinese food is the use of starch as an ingredient. It always bugged me a little…I mean…why? The answer, on hindsight is remarkably simple, but let’s indulge me a bit here. Is it just to make things look shiny and palatable? Or is there something more…

Making my PC great again

Out of the blue…it came… The dreaded black screen of death, sudden system resets and system hangs, amidst times of good operation. Even boot up GPU POST errors (Error Code 39, 1 long + 2 short beeps)! The immediate cause wasn’t too obvious. Was it dust? Was it a faulty driver? Was it a bad…