June 21, 2006

i like cake

some ppl have asked me how i make the cake that i sometimes do. well i use this, only i dont bother with the date and walnut

Date and Walnut Brownies

200g bar plain chocolate
250g (8oz) butter, softened
4 medium eggs
300g (10 0z) caster sugar
125g (4oz) plain flour
100g packet chopped walnuts
150g (5oz) stoned dates, chopped
Icing sugar, for dusting (but we didn't bother)

Set the oven to moderately hot, Gas mark 5 or 190 C.
Melt the plain chocolate either in the microwave or over a pan of hot water. Leave the chocolate to cool slightly buut not reset.
Whisk together the butter and the chocolate.
Lightly beat the eggs and sugar until the mixture starts to go foamy. Fold theegg mixture into the chocolate mixture, then fold in the flour. Add the chopped dates and walnuts.
Spoon the mixture into a lined tray baking tin and level the surface. Bake in the centre of the oven for 30–35 minutes (check after 20), until just set to the touch in the centre.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 5–10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Cut into squares.
Dust with icing sugar.


March 09, 2006

a happy day some time ago

Writing about web page http://www.leamings.com/StoryComp4.html

my sister once wrote a story about my god friends sam and arne:
"http://www.leamings.com/StoryComp4.html"
it's one of the top links when you search for sam in google, his parents weren't impressed

this is an e-mail i sent to a friend on the 30th of jan 2005. i found it the other day and really like it.

Hey, ive been having such a good day I want to tell someone about it and i guess you’ll do :P

It started with me waking up in my room, not exactly a surprise, which was ace cos last night it was. I checked the clock: I still had an hour of sleep, result

Then to the lectures (I had breakfast etc which was pretty mediocre) the 1st was linear algebra, not my fav subject, but my second so I can live with that, then lecture 2 probability: we had a test, bad, it was easy good, that’s 0.05% of my degree right there. Lecture 3 was hilarious, the lecture (did you know ht is a word? I just found that out when word didn’t underline it) had clearly had some acer news today he wrote down the theorem, said ‘to prove this use the lovely theorem 1.1’ and actually wrote ‘follows from lovely theorem 1.1’ WHAT A DUDE. The whole lecture he was (as you might say) ditzy just stuff like ‘well we might as well put a modulus sign around it it doesn’t make any difference’ or ‘you could chose a number less than 1 but you may as well state M>1’ (guess those don’t really work out of context but from an analysis guy that is pretty radical) and right at the end of the lecture he was trying to prove something simple and got it wrong and was like ‘ah who cares I’ll do it next lecture’

Then the tutorial I ask for help on 2 questions from linear algebra, the 1st was an assessed question we have to hand in for credit, the 2 was labelled ‘(hard)’. he solved the 1st, and sat thinking about the 2nd for ages(like 5–10 mins) (he has real trouble talking down to our level he keeps wanting to prove things using ‘axiomatic set theory’), I had just worked out how to do it and wrote it down and was about to ask if it was right when he goes AHA (in the style of alan partridge (well that’s how I like to remember it)) and spends the next ½ hours ish telling the others in my group how to do it. (im so cool)

Then IQE , these lectures are always good cos the guy that’s does them is the best lecturer in the world ever . (had I been talking to you I would have said ‘FULL FREEKING STOP’ and maybe added a ‘BABY’ for good measure but that doesn’t really work in text) so enjoying that was a given

I get back to rootes eat some mouldy cheese that hasn’t made me ill yet and tasted pretty good, copied up my work, handed it in and when I get back, low and behold DAVE HAS FINISHED HALF LIFE. Which means I can give him a schooling in counter-strike. Ah bliss I have nothing to do but play cs until my mummy comes to give me a lift home and a good meal. Tomorrow a funeral….fucksocks.

Well I hope your day was really really fun, im gonna be miserable tomorrow so you’ll have to be happy for 2


January 09, 2006

my time in jap

yeah so i'm sure i've said before this is mostly meant as a dairy so if you find it very dull i'm sorry. i prolly would

but this is some of what i did in japan just in case my pc dies

Ok I’ll start with just after miusa left. Errr, its was a fair time ago I’ve mostly forgot bar the important parts. I think we did a few days of cleaning up, it was mostly winding down. People started to leave one by one and it was all very sad.

Well eventually it was leo and vas’ last night in japan, they wanted to try clubbing in Tokyo so first we met up with yukina and junko and VERY briefly with miwa, and we all had a meal in a bar type thingy in shinjuku, after that me leo, vas, kanunchi and junko went out to find a fun club in roppongi, it took so long junko had to go before we found anywhere. we first went to a very weird one I hated called king and queens, they were all doing the same really dodgy dance routine and things looked very bleak. Eventually we found a place called gas panic, which my guide book dicribes as very seedy and as having lots of fights, it was pretty empty but the barman could breath fire and lost a game of pop-up-pirate so it wasn’t all lost. One of the staff was from paris and spoke good English and I really kinda liked the place.

After that I picked up my stuff from the park and said goodbye to leo and vas and went off to the area around Tokyo station. I hadn’t had much sleep so I fell asleep on a bench and got woken up by a policeman (I think he called me boss but who can tell?) that place picture postcard Tokyo, mammoth shops and lots a lights, and joy of joys the pokemon centre! Ah it was awesome, a little kid came up to me wearing a pokemon hood and said ‘look me pikachu!’ well impressive for a guy about as tall as my legs. So anyway I mooched around for about a day visiting the odd imperial place garden and then met up with hoong yoo for a night train. God was this ever a mistake. That thing was packed. Seriously rammed. At one point I saw a guy walking down the arms of the chairs to get to the toilet cos there were too many people sleeping in the isles. Me included, I had my head stuck under a chair hoping that when I woke up it would be too stiff for me to hit my head.

So anyway we get to Osaka ditch bags and wash a little and head off the nara. The dear park here was massive and there were loads of pagodas and temples and the like, some were pretty awesome, hoong yoo went to great lengths to let me get a great picture of the dears gonads (ha gonads is in the word auto correct dictionary) and if I can figure it out I’ll send it to you all. There were celebrations for the ubun festival going on later but we were tired so headed back to Osaka and kanuchi’s place.

His sister and niece pickes us up from the station and when he found out we had to leave tomorrow his mum tooks us to a famous tempura restaurant, that was really great, a really rickety looking wood building serving really good food, and then after that they took us up (I think I was mount rekko) to see the city of Kobe at night all light up. By this time it was about 2 in the morning and the next thing I knew it was midday. God that bed was a lot more comfy that the train floor. That day his sister and niece took us to a famous noodle bar and then onto the aquarium. it was too late to see the fishes but we went on the worlds biggest ferris wheel and I got to try cheese ice cream. That night was another night train for me and hoong yoo, this time we got seats so it was better. Hoong yoo off part way along my trip so I was all alone when I got to hakata/fukoka.

The first thing I did was find capsule hotel with a bath and get clean. Then I tried to find the beach by getting bus but ended up back near the station so decided it was fate and got a train to a place called beppu where the station was so close to the beach I couldn’t miss it. On the train I started chatting to a really lovely woman who told me there were monkey’s up in the hills around there, well I wasn’t going to miss that. I started marching up the hill from the station and was having a great time trying to find a way to cross this river and find a way up into the mountains, anyway it is very hard work walking up hills and I don’t believe that its my calling so after a few hours I gave up and headed back down to the station. That night I went for a walk around fukoka and got very lost again, it really wasn’t my town, I asked a guy for directions and he said he’d give me a lift. Turns out my man Jun had spent some time in England when he was around my age and was very up for showing me the sights, he drove me to fukoka tower and we ate the most awesome ice cream ever, it had some sort of sponge cake in it and cornflakes in the bottom. Great! He said he was coiming to England in a few weeks and I gave him my number so I could show him around but I haven’t heard from him yet.

That night I overslept again cos it really was too comfy in the capsule. Then off to Kyoto. I didn’t get there till about 3–4 ish so I didn’t really achieve much this day just went and looked around the the shoping in the centre, the walk was beautiful, Kyoto is the most bizarre city ever. Every other building is about 500 years old. The next day I did the tourist ting properly, got a bus pass and temple map and went around seeing as many shrine and castles as I could. I saw a shop with a sign saying ‘SOMETHING!’ it was so awesome I had to buy it (turns out something is cheese). That night was also the night of the ubon festival so I headed out to see the great signs burning on the hill side. Oh and I had fun buying watermelon instead of drinks it’s way better.

Ah I nearly forgot, the beach, I went to the place which is ment to be one of the 3 best sights in japan. You’re ment to see it by bending over and looking between your legs, there was no chance I was gonna do that. But then these old women started taking the micky out of me for not so I did and nearly fell off the cliff (well not that nearly but it was closer than I really liked). There were some nice temples around but my feat really hurt so I just went for a swim.

The next day I headed to Hiroshima. It’s a really lovely city, in the centre there is a huge covered section where you can walk between goliath department stores. Of course I went to see the peace park and museum and some of the things in there are horrendous but I’m sure you could have worked that out of yourselves. The funniest thing about Hiroshima is the castle, I don’t know if any of you have ever seen ‘Farther Ted’, it’s a very British type of comedy about an Irish priest and his very dumb friend, anyway in one scene he’s holding up a toy cow and says ‘ this cow is small, those in the field are far away’. Marvellous. Hiroshima castle is like that, I saw it over the trees on the top of a hill and thought oh dear I’ve got a hike on my hands, I get there, its tiny. About 20 metres across if that, puny.

Next came Nagoya and yukina’s family they were super lovely to me and insisted on giving me about a million presents before I left (including a knapsack to carry food in which I used about a week ago when we went to see warwick castle, thank you very much). But before that I had a fun day walking around the city trying to find a cash point that took my card, and another nice day at the zoo with yukina’s little brother. He was well cool showing me all the goats and rabbits and stuff. There are some crazy animals in the world you know, like flamingos, they lay eggs and give milk. Then I went to see the castle, that was a really fun day and I bought my sister some monkey bogeys in the zoo shop. I am grateful to yukina’s family for having me, they put me up with hardly any warning and sorted out trains for me and fed me very well, I didn’t know how octopus spaghetti would be, but it was gorgeous, huzzar.

Then Tokyo, again, for a few days so I could catch my plane on time. By now I was getting well into just walking around loads. I spent a lot of time watching this really cool arcade game and playing the odd round of street fighter versus marvel superheroes. I met a few cool guys at the youth hostel but they were mainly only staying one night. I went to Akihabara, the electric district with all the crazy discount shops and the like, and I went to Asakusa, which is were we saw the fireworks from, and has a mammoth temple (if you get the eyewitness guide to japan and look on pages 82 bottom left, I took a photo on my phone exactly the same as that one, only better) and lots of shops old style around it.

Then I decided I needed another day at the beach and went to Atami. It was really packed so it wasn’t that great but quite awesome views.

The next day my guide book said I should to go to Uneo. I looked around the park and it was very pretty but trees are trees and I’d seen quite a lot of them lately so I went to the big museum there. This place was great, there was chest, taller than me, and it was totally covered in shiny green beetle shells, also there were lots of people falling asleep all over the place as there seems to be every where in japan (ok so I know I’m not the most awake of people but I was getting better)

The next day was my last, I went to harajuku again because I really liked that place. I spent most of the day shopping there, and Shibuya (which is my new favourite word by the way). I was getting all sentimental but anyway. I kept getting lost but there was a bus driving around playing that weird Spanish song that I can never remember the name of so I ran after that for about a quarter of an hour (there was lots of traffic I’m not super human) and ended up in shinjuku. As I had to get a train at 7 am anyway I stayed up all night at a club called zest in harajuku, there was free pool (billiards) so I played myself at that for a while and then a group of girls came over and played with me, they were all drunk, and invited me to a party they were having here tomorrow, which would have been ace only I was going home tomorrow. After that it was about 2 am and the train station opens at 6 so I went and sat outside it playing pokemon, I had a nice chat with a police man, and a load of people who looked like a film crew came along and were posing in front of the train station. I think there was going to be a big gig there tomorrow, they were building a stage just over the bridge and I think I might have been an orange range bus that went by with loads of screaming girls chasing after it.

So anyway, I got back fine and everything and even got upgraded to business class on the way home despite not having changed my socks on 3 days.


May 03, 2005

my day

my day:

starts off ok, i go to do some work with a mate we end up chatting for about 2 hours but its all good. i do a little later anyway. dull naps, convosations revision etc all day. get to about 7–8 when i talked to jo on msn, and the plan is drunk then out to punk disco/top b. i succeded in the drunk we play some sort of drinking wist or hearts or anything and i get mildly weedled (what a word ah weedle truly the most useless of all pokemon, i had a lvl 100 weedle called MR weedle, he was shite) some of my mates got proppa spaded.

anyway the night continues as planned ish. the music is going, my dance moves are flowing (i thought that one up all by myself) and its all gravy. i meet up with a couple of my more wasted mates and we decide to go for a ramble, a favorite pass time of ours, this part of the night was a bit weird but nothing next to what was about to happen. me and paul have gone ahead of the posse when this UTTERLY wasted guy comes up to us and is asking for help. me and pablo being gentlemen try to help it turns out he wants us to take him back to cov which is about 4 miles away. he can't be left on his own he's too wrecked so we get a taxi with him. once we get to the first lights his girlfriend pulls up along side us and they have a bit of a chat and arrange to meet back at his. so it turns out this guy is a middle weight boxer called luis davis (and therefor PROPPA HENCH) and he's just scared wit less for no apparnt reason. we get to his place and drop him off then get the taxi about half way home but them run out of money so have to walk back.

im sorry i dont feel i did the story justise but seroiusly it was feckin strange. just some ToTaL random come up to you and is like i need you to carry me home its miles away. AT 3 AM. cripes

-rob…

no ! tonight had quite enough of that


April 27, 2005

vanilla pod

these guys have a lot of potential. i dont think they've properly written any ground breaking tunes yet. at least not on the album i've heard but thier a refreshing change from most pop punk in that they have propper angry vocals, but and otherwise similer sound to ataris etc. it sounds ace. dc it from me

March 06, 2005

cute

those of you that know me have probaly at some time seen me just stop what ever i was doing and stare at some random point in space (normally in the middle of some night club) ocasonally jecking my head about like a bird and dramatically stoking my chin. well i kinda hope at some point you wonderd what the ruddy heck i was up to.

well most of the time its pretty fruitless and trying to explain (in an intresting way) what im thinkning about would require you to have shared at decent sized chuck of all the momories i've ever had cos theres are loadsa back refrences and in jokes no one else knows about. but i while ago i had one that was almost a stand alone complex (gits (wow i never knew the acronym) …anime refrence)

well i was on the bus to the collisum last thursday and it was pretty packed, i was with a few mates but i was also in a bit of an off mood so was wasn't talking to them (not ignoring just quite for a moment) and i heard really clearly over the normal level of convosation someone say something along the lines of: 'so how long have you been bisexual?'.

now i don't believe that the word were spoken anylouder than anyother convosation on the bus but they still stood out because i was intrested in them. i don't find the words so, how, long, have, you, or been very intresting so i assume it was bisexual. now one question would be why did i pick up on bisexual, i can imagine this is a pretty long answer and there have no doubt been many books writen about it so i considerd the second question: if the word i was intrested in was at the end of that sentance and i wasn't listening to her talk before the good word came up, how did i know what the other word leading up to it were?

well the only explanation i can think of is that at all times we are listening and taking in all the infomation that is going on in the world around us and splits it into seprate convosations, but we just don't care about it. but when i hear a key word that i'm intrested in my mind goes back and figuers out what voice the words were spoken in and looks at all the noise that ive heard recently and picks out all the things that were just said in that voice and reconstrusts the entire sentance and then plays it back to me in real time.

ok so you prolly already knew this, i think i most likly did to, but its still a cute illustration of why just thinking makes me happy. When i start looking around at nothing its cos i'm trying to work out something like this, when i frown that means im making progress, if i smile its normally because i've got back to something i've noticed or been told before but had never linked to this situation and when i laugh i means i've got back to something familier but last time i was saying the oposite.

(nd on a side note my tutor (who is a total dude and has the most awsome mind i've ever) made a refrence to newspeek from 1984 so it really does crop up everywhere and its not just me)


February 22, 2005

nice quote

if i don't write to empty my mind i go mad
-lord Byron

February 12, 2005

sup

today someone said superhuman, i miss heard and thought sup(human) a maths thing coming from the word suprenum meaning the least thing greater than all things in the set 'human'

i laughed as this really is quite odd, is there any hope or should i just shoot myslef now?

btw a lotta other things happend today that were worth writing about but not enough that i can remeber them.
(like i just saw an add for www.classmates.com and though of ooldboy, and wonderd what www.oldboys.com would be like in comparison …. it was german)


February 09, 2005

odd flu

had one of the weirdest illness of my life today, for about 20–30 mins i had a terrible runny nose and tears were streaming down my the right hand side of my face. but the left hand side was totally uneffected, so very very weird

oh and i found out that totally kicked in the test i did at the start of term, cashback.


February 04, 2005

NOTE TO SELF

DON'T FALL ALSEEP LISTENING TO THE ATARIS

you wake up all melodramatic


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