Wagile…

Wagile

It sounds like agile, but truly it is this horror named compressed waterfall.

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BitInstant compliance officer advise other on how to defeat “suspicious activity report” for money laundering

Talk about a compliance officer… He’s more a fraud officer than anything else based on the indictment content.

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Get ready for a…

Get ready for a daring adventure.

Chinese cookie quote, from last month. Very much on point.

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Quick veggies dish, sauteed potatoes and mixed greens

Serves 2, 5 minutes prep time, 10 minutes cooking

Ingredients:

  • One golden potato, diced in small cubes
  • A bunch of mixed greens, sold in pre-washed bags at Costco. Enough to fill a large skillet.
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Italian herbs seasoning, to taste
  • Approximately 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet at medium high heat. Add the garlic, cook for approximately 30 seconds then add the potatoes. Salt and pepper the potatoes. Cook for 5 minutes while tossing / turning regularly to cook through evenly. Add the mixed greens to fill the skillet, mix. Cook another 5 minutes, mixing regularly. Put in the serving dish, salt and pepper again on top. Goes well with herb butter salmon sold at Costco as ready to bake.

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Both evils toge…

Both evils together give me less code

Dan, an architect at Microsoft, talking about a compromise design for a temporary workaround to lacking functionality in one of our new Microsoft products.

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David’s take on Quiche Lorraine

Ingredients:

  • Pie dough, follow pate Brisée recipe: https://davidburg.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/pate-brisee/
  • 5 ounces thick cut smoked bacon, diced
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 ounces shredded Suisse cheese
  • Half a big bag of spinach (I forgot to mark down the size of the bag)
  • Heavy whipping cream, about 1/3 cup (I eye-balled it)
  • One medium sized red onion (yellow onion would work as well), sliced
  • 6 medium sized Cremini mushrooms, sliced. Mince the mushroom stems as they are tougher.
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed then minced
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • Black pepper, to taste

Pre-heat the oven at 400 F traditional / 375 F convection. Butter the pie dish then dust with flour for easier removal later. Apply the dough to the pie dish with no content. Pre-cook the pie dough for 15-20 minutes. Be careful that the sides do not collapse as the pie will need to contain liquid egg-whipping cream mix. If needed, reinforce the sides with cooked spinach and / or cooked mushroom – onion as prepared below.

In the meantime, heat up on medium high half the olive oil in a large skillet. Add half of the garlic and cook for 30 seconds or less. Add the spinach and cover. After 1 minute, mix with a spatula then cover again and cook for an additional 2 minutes. The spinach should soften but keep a bright color without turning crispy. Remove the cooked spinach, season with black pepper and save it.

Add the remaining olive oil and heat up. Add the remaining garlic and again cook for 30 seconds or less. Add the onion and mushroom and cook for 10 minutes, mixing now and then with the spatula until the mushroom starts to brown and the onion is cooked through. Season with black pepper.

Take the pie out of the oven and layer the prepared ingredients. Lay out half of the bacon cubes at the bottom, then half the shredded cheese. Add the spinach, then the mushroom and onion. Top with the remaining half bacon and cheese.

Beat the 3 eggs with the heavy whipping cream and poor over the pie. Put back to the oven for 40-45 minutes cooking. Probe with a wooden stick for doneness – if nothing sticks to the stick, the Quiche is cooked. Remove from the oven and let cool at least 5 minutes before attempting to remove from the dish. The Quiche will be very hot internally for a while – beware of burns if you can’t wait to eat.

Note: do not add salt when cooking the spinach, onion or mushroom. The bacon and cheese already contain all the necessary salt for the dish.

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Poverty in America

Xiaobei was watching a documentary on poverty in America, and some of what I saw and hear just makes me angry. Not angry at the situation people are in, but the situation they put themselves into. There was this women, single mom, two children, a dog, a house, and she’s struggling to pay the bills. She doesn’t know what to do. This is just dumb. Don’t get a dog if you can’t afford it. If you make the mistake to get one and you see the expenses are just too much, donate or sell the dog. Same for the house. Americans are living in this utopia that everyone can have a house. They are further indoctrinated in the belief that it’s only ok if you have a house. No, no, no, you do not need to have a house. Sell your house, and go rent. Or, rent a room in your house to help you pay the bills. It’s perfectly ok not to own a house, it does not make you any less a person.

That said, what the documentary did not speak about is how much per hour the woman was making. And minimum wage in US is sadly low. Wages below poverty level for non-student, non-summer, primary household income jobs should not be legal. I was curious about the numbers, so I did the math. It’s not much of a raise – current US minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, or $15,080 a year at 40 hours and 52 weeks. The poverty line for a household of 2 is $15,510 (Wikipedia numbers from US HHS). But there are a lot of assumptions in that – in particular, that the household has a single income.

Maybe a better measure would be to bind the minimum wage on the state’s cost of living, an official statistic that doesn’t get fudge and would be fair. Many modern countries are doing this. Why not the US too?

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