Archive for March, 2006

Good Wednesdays

About a block and a half away from my office, there’s this sushi restaurant where I’ve been going to a lot lately with my co-worker. After going about once a week over a month or so, the sushi chef began to recognize us, which is nice since he gives us a few freebies once in a while.

One day we went on a Monday, and he told us that in general Mondays are when the fish is least fresh, and that the best day to go eat sushi is actually on Wednesdays. It has something to do with fish not necessarily being available on Mondays because maybe they don’t go fish on Sundays. He spoke fairly quickly, so it was difficult to hear all the words, but the gist is that Mondays are the worst and Wednesdays are the best.

Hope this helps your dining pleasure.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Spam Alert!

So since I’ve switched to Wordpress for my blog, I’ve decided to have a comments feature. Well, I recently got my first set of spam comments. Thank goodness I moderate comments first!

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My restaurant list is coming along, though I’m sure that I’ve missed a bunch. I wonder what I should do with the list when it’s all up-to-date. At any rate, haev a nice rainy/sunny weekend! Perhaps you’ll see some rainbows. I saw 2 yesterday while driving around. ooh… rainBOWS!
Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Resumes Galore

So my company is currently looking to hire a web designer guru and so we posted an ad on Craigslist, among other creative sites. What we have received often are long-winded resumes which don’t really say too much. I’ve also perused the resumes posted on several sites and what I see is pretty much the same.

What surprised me most is how people don’t put links to their online portfolios. HELLO?! If you’re trying to get people to hire you for a creative job, you need to post a link to your work so they don’t waste time contacting you.

When I see an ad with the right title, I’ll click on it and look immediately for some sort of link. If they don’t have one, then I’ll skip it. If they have a resume, I don’t look at it until I see their work first.

Also, if you’re going to have a resume, keep it short to 1 page. I have found myself not even reading it unless they have the right design style for us. Most of the time, people who are hiring get gobs of resumes and have very little time to dedicate to reading every resume. In essence, you really do only get some hiring person’s 5-10 seconds of attention. Sometimes even less. Hope this helps people!
Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Java Jackets Not Needed

Since it was so cold this morning, I decided to hit up one of my favorite cafes and get myself a hot chocolate. Well, they handed me my cup and I noticed they didn’t give me a java jacket. I also did not get a lid, so I figured I could get these items in where the napkins are.

At any rate, I picked up my cup and noticed that my hand was not burning up. Given that this hot chocolate wasn’t heated to compete with the heat from being next to the sun, it was still hot and I would’ve burned my fingers had it not been for this felt-type coating on the cup. “Nifty!” I thought. We can do away with java jackets and save some more trees in the process. I hope this trend of cups catches on. I suppose they cost more, but they are more environmentally friendly.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Low-Fat Sausages

I’m all for eating a healty and well-balanced diet, which usually includes eating a bit of everything (vegetables and otherwise). Of course, every so often, it’s okay to eat some things that tend to be a bit fatty, like ice cream, bacon, or sausages… namely, Chinese sausages.

So recently, some friends gave us some low-fat sausages to try out. Well, we tried them, and boy, they sure are missing something… the fat! Let me just say that before you eat a Chinese, you kinda look forward to the juicy fat that kinda squirts out when you bite into it. Yeah, sounds gross, but that’s what makes it taste so good.

So, if you’re thinking of cutting back the fat on your diet, don’t do it by buying low-fat Chinese sausages. You might as well not eat them at all if they’re not going to have the fat.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Scarf Girl Challenge #1

So last Friday, there was a huge storm which knocked out our power along with our dsl. When the power came back up, the dsl sadly did not. It’s still out! As a result of the outage, I have been reduced to using the internet only while I’m at work.

When I’m at home, I can get on my computer to do things, but I can’t surf the web or check my email. This got me thinking because I found myself feeling disconnected to the world for some strange reason.If I’m on a computer all day and check my email, why would I need to do that at home? Am I addicted to the internet?

This resulted in the invention of Scarf Girl Challenge #1: Can you survive 7 days without logging onto the internet or checking email while at home? This is assuming that you work during the week and have access to the internet. The real challenge isn’t whether or not you can do it, but to not feel like you’re missing out on something if you don’t surf the web. Enjoy!

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Bay Area Snow

It seems every 5-10 years, we get such cold weather that it actually “snows” in the Bay Area. Well, in recent weeks, we’ve had snow-capped mountains in the South Bay’s mountains (Fremont Hills?). Also, over the weekend it was so cold that the hail that came down on my street stayed frozen enough to cast a white blanket on the sidewalks and tops of cars. Neat. What’s next, 100% humidity in the summer?
Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Pore-a-rific

There’s something simply gratifyingly disgusting about use those nose strips to clean your pores. Back in college, I was offered a piece of “oil blotting paper.” No, it was for art class, but instead, it was to use on your face, namely your forehead.

I dabbed my forehead and PRESTO, it became oil free. Well, I looked down on this magical sheet of post-it-sized paper and saw where it picked up the oil. “Eeew”… but also…”Yay!” is what I was thinking.

Over the weekend, I tried out using a cleansing strip across my nose. After 5-10 minutes, I peeled it off and once again, that “eew” but “yay” feeling came up in my head. I was glad to see that those tiny things stuck in my pores were now stuck on the nose strip. However, I realized how I was walking around with that gunk on my nose in the first place. Simply “pore-a-rific!”

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Non-Lava Cake

So after eating various chocolate lava cakes (aka. molten cakes, fallen cakes) throughout the years, I decided that I wanted to try my hand at making it. I found a recipe in one of my cookbooks, and went through the steps.

The baking time was stated for 12-13 minutes, but after looking at the ramekins while they were baking, it didn’t seem like they were quite done, so I let them sit for another 2 minutes. Well, while two minutes doesn’t seem like a long time, they just baked the middle of the cake enough so that it didn’t ooze. :(

I suppose following the directions in the all-mighty Baking Illustrated is a good thing to do. They know their stuff. Either way, a very solid recipe and good tasting too!

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Siblings All Around

So I read this article today which mentioned how 11 women beared children using the same male donor. I was wondering what would happen if the children of these women ended up meeting each other and falling in love. Who knows, anything can happen and it’s a small world.

Would these folks be able to get married? I’ve heard that people sometimes┬átake blood tests before getting married, is that to prevent two relatives (knowingly or unknowingly) from getting married?

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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