Friday Favorites: Kettle Corn

Because we have no microwave (yes, you can make popcorn at home without microwave - I thought everyone knew that but apparently not, judging by the incredulous look I got from my housemate).

You need popcorn kernels, sugar (I used raw sugar but white or brown is fine), cooking oil, and salt. And a semi-huge pot with a sturdy lid. The lighter the better. And mittens or pot holders or anything to protect your hands.

I used this brand because it's the only one I could find. Bonus points for the resealable bag.

So first you heat enough oil to coat the pot. First drop three kernels, put the lid on, and wait for them to pop. Doing this makes sure you get the right temperature. Otherwise you may end up with chewy popcorn. Not good.

After the three kernels have popped, put in enough kernels to cover the entire surface area of the pan with one layer, and add in a couple of tablespoons of sugar. Mix it all in, put the lid on, and start shaking. When the popping has slowed down to maybe once every two seconds (or if the pot is already full), turn off the heat. Wait for the popping to stop entirely, dust the popcorn with salt, and hello kettle corn.

Of course if you owned a microwave, all you need is two minutes on HIGH, but where's the fun in that?

P.S. I also tried to add cayenne pepper one time, and it's strangely yummy in a really weird way. But then again, I like cayenne pepper on everything.

iWant: Lytro

Because I'm always rooting for the game changers, in a world where every other company is trying to outdo each other in creating a bigger better version of the exact same thing.

Hello, digicams trying to out-megapixel, out-zoom and out-LCD resolution each other.
Meet the Lytro.

Shoot now, focus later. Too cool.
It's the end of the era of blurry subjects against a perfectly-focused background.
Intrigued? Their website shall explain it so much better than I ever could. 

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Amazon Kindle 3 FAQ

Because I get tons of questions about my Kindle, more so now because the new Kindle Touch and Kindle Fire is out. And also because one time, this stranger who sat beside me at the train asked me about it. Not that she'd read my blog, but anyway...

Q: Why not an iPad?
A: Because they are two entirely different things. It's not just the price point, it's the intended usage. The iPad is a multitasker, the Kindle is an eBook reader, plain and simple.

Q: Do you have to buy all your eBooks from Amazon?
A: Nope. You can get your eBooks from other sources (wink wink) and transfer them to your Kindle via USB or wirelessly through e-mail - once registered, an e-mail address will be assigned to your device, and you can send eBooks to this address as attachments and your device will download them wirelessly through WiFi or 3G.


Because my birthday is coming up. And so is Christmas. (And I've been throwing up since yesterday due to a really nasty migraine so I'm trying to cheer myself up).


Dear Dennis Ritchie

Thanks for UNIX.
Not so much for C.

His pointer has been cast to void *; his process has terminated with exit code 0

The Skinny Bitch Project

Step 1: Hydrate

Meet Steve, my Kor Delta water bottle.

Dear Steve Jobs

Thank you for putting a dent in my universe.

And September Ends

Without me getting to squeeze in another blog post. Gaaaah. I promise October's going to be different. Or maybe not. Anyway, what I've been up to:

Meet Lorenzo Junior (clicky here for the original Lorenzo).