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New stuff

'Harness your inner negativity' was the title of a book my former housemate wanted to write as an antidote to all of those self help books that think any problem can be overcome with a positive mental attitude to the point that emotions such as grief, anger and frustration are see as inherently bad rather than natural and healthy responses to a bad situation.

I've had several good experiences today but, in the spirit of harnessing my inner negativity, I'm going to share some of today's frustrations because they're just as valid.

You should use the ox4.li shortener - it has a kittens feature!

My ox4.org collaborator, Charlie, wrote a link shortener at ox4.li.

It has many cool features, not least:

Ingredients

  • Jar of cook in pasta sauce. I normally go for one with extras - garlic and herbs, basil, or similar.
  • Variety of seasonal vegetables - anything that holds its shape after cooking. My favourites include carrots, courgettes, leeks, butternut squash, parsnips, olives, sweet peppers and peas.
  • Pasta. Make sure it's vegan - most dried are, fresh almost certainly won't be.
Cooking tasty and well balanced vegan food can be very easy. Yet, if you're not used to vegan cooking, it can be somewhat daunting to prepare food that you've never make before. So I thought I'd put together some easy meals that I reckon only need basic cooking skills.

About the recipes on this blog

The recipes here are aimed at people with basic cooking skills - a bit above chucking a ready meal in the microwave, but way below being able to cook gourmet food from scratch. I will be using a fair amount of processed food. I've done this to keep the recipes simple - there are loads of recipes on the interwebs that will explain how to cook lovely vegan food from scratch.

toaster
I recently recieved an email asking me to review a toaster.

The email wasn't as random as all that seeing as I had just bought a toaster. I would normally ignore such an email, but apparently I would also be entered into a prize draw to win £500 for my review. And I am a sucker for free prize draws. So I thought I's write a review.

kitten
This isn't in as much bad taste as it may sound at first.

Kittens (like cats, to which they are closely related) can fall from great heights and safely land on their feet (due to their tails and the laws of conservation of angular momentum) and terminal velocity (their weight and the forces of gravity versus air resistance). Perhaps like you, I also doubted the science. But, as my recent trip to the Empire State Building proved, it actually works.

Update

firefox eye
You know that thing where you start typing an address into your browser's address field? You know, the thing where it auto completes and tries to guess the page you're going to visit. I use it a lot. For example, if I want to look at the Guardian I know that all I have to do is type g into the address bar and http://www.guardian.co.uk/ will be the first option - so if I want to go to the Guardian I just type g, press the down arrow, and hit enter. Well, for some reason, I thought...
A is for Aktivix - they do email and email list hosting. Surprised at this one since I like them, but don't use them a lot.

B is for Be the Media - an offshoot of Indymedia, a site that aggregates lots of radical news sources. One of my fav sites.