Pizza Night

Posted in Food on October 4th, 2005 by Дмитрий

Tonight I try my hand at making another pizza. The last one turned out pretty good, but this one will be a bit simpler.


David’s side will be just pepperoni, tomato sauce and mozzerella. My side will be crushed tomatoes, mozzerella, gorgonzola, crushed walnuts and diced habanera.


About a week from this very moment I should be landing in San Francisco for my month-long stint as a globetrotting accounting consulting crack whore. Any remaining SF readers who want to share some coffee or buscuits with me during such time feel free to get in touch.


Posted in Food on October 6th, 2005 by Дмитрий

I’ve decided that my favorite dish from the Prime Dinner in June were the Oxtail Raviolli. They had this strong, powerful, earthy Beef flavor. Since then, my cravings for beef have exploded. More than anything, I crave that specific beefy flavor that only certain parts of the cow, unadorned and of high quality can provide.


It’s sad, because steakhouses tend to season their beef so much as to make them nothing but a pile of salt and ketchup, and the price of good bone-in beef cuts at the grocer are outrageous right now. I’m basically stuck with stewbeef, cubesteak or ground chuck with my budget.


The only solution is to bust the budget just once in the next few days while I still have the chance to cook for myself. I’m thinking either a beef pan pie or simple chopped roast over rice. Alas, I long for the future day when I have a grill on which to properly cook my beef, preferably one which burns wood…

Chile Habanero

Posted in Food on October 6th, 2005 by Дмитрий

I’ve found myself enjoying the taste of habanero pepper a lot more lately. It’s what I’m using as my hot flavoring of choice. I’ve been putting it in pizza, soup, tacos, etc. I’m topping my eggs with it at breakfast and I’m sprinkling it on my sammiches. The only big exception is that I’m still using serrano for my salsa. Habanero is just a little too sweet.


Produce is really cheap at the Compare Foods stores here, and I’m going crazy with the stuff. Tomatillo .99/lb, roma tomato .79/lb, serrano .99/lb, habanero 2.99/lb (and who on earth ever buys more than a pound of peppers at once?)… I feel my belly burning with enjoyment…


Anyone have a suggestion on the best hot “stuffing peppers” other than jalapeno? Bell peppers are a little on the bland/bitter side for me (and pablanos aren’t much different - neither have any heat), I want something with a bit more kick, but still large and thick enough to withstand stuffing and baking.

Windoze Kills Me

Posted in Work on October 10th, 2005 by Дмитрий

I hate what Windows is doing to the world of systems administration. I am not an IT guy - I don’t profess to know a whole lot about IT and I doubt I’d last long in a conversation with someone who was an IT professional. That doesn’t change the fact that I can say without a doubt that Windows networks are dumbing down the IT profession.


It used to be that a local network would be running some flavor of Unix, which would run the Windows machines for the office people, the Linux machines for the retail people, the Macs for the creative people, and the BSD machines for the IT people.


I understand that the reason Windows narrows the possibilities is so that it forces everyone to be on it’s proprietary platform. The capitalist in me celebrates this astute business model.


Unfortunately, one factor which any functional and successful monopoly must ensure is that its range of products meets all the needs which competing products would otherwise cover. What we have in the corporate world today is a fresh-out-of-college IT guy who was given 2 years of route Windows training and then meets with a Windows salesman to set up his company’s IT needs. Those needs are dictated by the Windows salesman, and when a new capability is required by the company, and they ask for it, the IT guy looks at his Windows capabilities list, and if he doesn’t find a match, can bluntly say “we can’t do that”, and the case is closed.


The worst part is that corporate officers are just accepting this, and it’s causing a severe dumbing-down not only in their technological capabilities, but of their business offerings. A new corporate culture is emerging in the larger companies that are adopting a full-blown Windows solution: ossification and mediocrity. They’re pandering to the lowered expectations which is Windows network platforms, and not expecting their IT to deliver the world as it should.


Windows is also the most anemic software when it comes to responding to industry changes and consumer demands. Instead, they make their salesmen convince their customers that things can be done only such-and-such way and that’s just the way it is. This factor is the one siver liniung that convinces me Microsoft will collapse under its own weight before too long unless it changes its business model.


I work for one of these companies that limits itself because its MS slesmen say it should. Luckily, there are signs that we’re going to be dumping our entire IT system in the not-too-distant future. I really hope I can have some influence or lend some assistance in convincing them to go with a more flexible and robust long-term solution, otherwise, I’d be quite pessimistic about my future here…


Posted in Travel on October 11th, 2005 by Дмитрий

Atlanta. Busiest airport in the universe. Airport with speedy wifi and absolutely no electrical outlets

I land in San Francisco in about 6 hours… Yawn.

Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30

Posted in Evil, Urbanism on October 15th, 2005 by Дмитрий

I think I know the single largest flaw in modern civilization: youth. Shouldn’t our wondrous cloning technologies and life-extending nanotech and biotech revolutions have rendered this horrible thing obsoloete by now?


All I want is to live in a big, dense, thriving city where the average age is 65 and there is no one under 40 (except me, since I’m over 40 in everything but body). Is that too much to ask?

Life’s What You Make It

Posted in About Me, Get In My Head, San Francisco on October 19th, 2005 by Дмитрий

Baby, Location’s What You Make It: An Early Reflection.

Could it be that life’s only what you make it?

It’s such an obvious lesson we should all learn by the time we’re three years old. It’s something we are reminded of time and again, which stares us in the face if we have even the most rudimentary reasoning skills.

But somehow we are really good at ignoring it. 

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One Night in Fresno…

Posted in Family on October 26th, 2005 by Дмитрий

Four years ago tonight, I turned around at the bar in Club Fred.


Luckily, my life was never the same. I love you, baby.

Things I want to do in 2006:

Posted in A Life More Boring on October 28th, 2005 by Дмитрий
  • Find a full-time job I don’t hate[x]
  • Buy a house[x]
  • Take my first trip to Europe
  • See Pittsburgh again[x]
[Oh well, 3 out of 4 is pretty good.]