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pip now installed with Python 2.7.9

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By Vasudev Ram


In Python 2.7.9, pip (the Python package installer tool) will now be installed automatically.

Read it via a tweet and then verified it via this link:

Installing Python Modules

and also this one:

pip included with Python

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Written by Vasudev Ram

February 28th, 2015 at 4:01 pm

Fried Rice Recipe

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This is based on a family recipe, recipes online, and an interpretation by local restaurants that I used to frequent. While there are other alternative recipes that possibly taste better, I find that this is the quickest and easiest version.
- chinese sausage
- rice
- eggs
- onion
- garlic
- tomato sauce
- salt
- sugar
- soy sauce
- spring onion (optional)
 - dried shrimp (optional)
- shitake mushrooms (optional)
- lettuce (optional)
- fried shallot (optional)
- prawns (optional)
- Chinese BBQ Pork (also called char-siu/charsiu. See elsewhere on this blog for this recipe)

Sautee onion, garlic, chinese sausage in pan. Fry egg and then shred so that it can be mixed through rice more easily later on. Add rice and then add the rest of the diced/chopped ingredients. Add salt, sugar, soy sauce, etc... to taste. Garnish with shredded lettuce and fried shallots.

The following is what it looks like.
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/1351/chinese+fried+rice
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/15297/easy+fried+rice
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/collections/fried+rice+recipes

Written by Binh Nguyen

February 27th, 2015 at 3:13 am

Posted in fried,Recipe,rice

Vote Karen Sandler for Red Hat’s Women In Open Source Award

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I know this decision is tough, as all the candidates in the list deserve an award. However, I hope that you'll chose to vote for my friend and colleague, Karen Sandler, for the 2015 Red Hat Women in Open Source Community Award. Admittedly, most of Karen's work has been for software freedom, not Open Source (i.e., her work has been community and charity-oriented, not for-profit oriented). However, giving her an “Open Source” award is a great way to spread the message of software freedom to the for-profit corporate Open Source world.

I realize that there are some amazingly good candidates, and I admit I'd be posting a blog post to endorse someone else (No, I won't say who :) if Karen wasn't on the ballot for the Community Award. So, I wouldn't say you backed the wrong candidate you if you vote for someone else. And, I'm imminently biased since Karen and I have worked together on Conservancy since it inception. But, if you can see your way through to it, I hope you'll give Karen your vote.

(BTW, I'm not endorsing a candidate in the Academic Award race. I am just not familiar enough with the work of the candidates involved to make an endorsement. I even abstained from voting in that race myself because I didn't want to make an uninformed vote.)

Written by Bradley M. Kuhn

February 26th, 2015 at 7:15 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Jury Duty

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Here is an account of my recent trip to the county court house to fulfill my civic duty right up until I was selected and served on a jury. Enjoy!

First observation, great place to people watch. 

Only one of the the security lines running, very long line, I doubt other two x-ray machines are even plugged in, they are just there to torment me with the possibility. While in line I discover wood chips in my hoody pocket, hope I don't have to explain that in a pat down.

Only place on earth there are people grumpier than me. Lady on phone behind me would rather clean a dirty toilet than be here or so she says loudly to the person on the other end of the conversation. I'd rather not do either or here about it from her.
They miss pronounced my last name over intercom. It's a common English word, go judicial/educational system. 

We are all Given a name tag that just says "Juror", everyone obediently wearing them like sheep, I judge them. I'm just wearing mine to be ironic so it looks cool on me. I still don't really know what ironic means. That song really fucked me up. 

The sign on fancy automatic coffee maker, just above dispensing nozzle says, not a drain. Must be an interesting story there. Size options on machine are as follows, coffee bean, cup, coffee bean, I chose cup, but secretly wished I tried coffee bean. Later, tried coffee bean option, said "invalid option" on LCD screen, at least the machine is aware of the paradox even if it's incapable of changing it. Chairs designed to not let a cup sit flat, no where to set cup, another well thought out form of torture.

Selected in the first round to move on, I finally found what I'm lucky at. Yay.

Questionnaire asked my favorite t.v. show, author and type of music. I think the people who wrote the form got tired of where people work. They are people watchers too. I think I miss spelled Vonnegut, attempt to seem smart backfired on me again, go educational system.
More newspapers than tablets, more hardback books than tablets. Like they are all from a different universe. Old people still not using smart phones when bored, I don't know how to solve this problem but I imagine it involves hard candy in some way. 

Saw guy that looks like Kurt Vonnegut, not the best celebrity to look like. I didn't tell him he looked like him, I'm sure he gets told that a lot. 

They let us have a fifteen minute break, only options are smoking and eating junk food at a bad cafeteria, go society. I chose writing this on my tablet and looking smug. 

Got called to a court room in first round, go universe that is constantly against me.
Took stairs to fourth floor court room instead of elevator to feel superior to everyone else, instead I'm just breathing heavily like a creeper. More cardio could be in order. 

Everyone is sitting on one side of benches, when I ask "Is the other side is off limits?" everyone smiles politely and shrugs, they are sheep, I sit on the other side and everyone after me follows my lead, I'm a trailblazer. 

Felony vehicular eluding, sounds fun.

Just found out, Jehovah's witness don't serve on jury's, a tiny upside to religion. 

I can't seem to win at anything in life ever, except getting selected to be a juror. I don't know what message the universe is trying to send me but I suspect it's just drunk dialing

Written by Daniel Worth

February 26th, 2015 at 3:09 pm

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Chicken Curry Recipe

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This is based on a family recipe.
- chicken
- sugar
- salt
- pepper
- garlic
- curry
- onion
- carrot
- potato
- fish sauce
- coconut milk
- curry mix (powder or liquid)(optional)
- tomatoes (optional)

Marinate chicken in sugar/salt/pepper/garlic/curry powder mixture. Brown off chicken in pan. In the meantime, dice vegetables and put into microwave for short period to speed up cooking time. Put all vegetables into pan. Add coconut milk and possibly a curry mix (to boost the flavour) to pan to create sauce. Use fish sauce to taste. Goes well with white rice or else bread.

The following is what it looks like. 
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/7378/coconut+chicken+curry
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1993658/homestyle-chicken-curry

Written by Binh Nguyen

February 26th, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Szechuan Pork Mince Recipe

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This is based on recipes online and an interpretation by a local restaurants that I used to frequent. While there are other alternative recipes that possibly taste better, I find that this is the quickest and easiest version.  
- pork mince
- salt
- sugar
- pepper
- chilli bean paste
- rice wine
- soy sauce
- tofu (fried or fresh)
- soy sauce
- garlic (optional)
- ginger (optional)
- caramel (optional)
- green beans (optional)

Marinade pork mince in salt/sugar/pepper/rice wine/soy sauce. Fry off off mince in wok/pan. Add chilli bean taste. Add sugar, pepper, soy, caramel, etc... sauce to taste. Slice tofu, put into microwave for 30 seconds and drain liquid, and stir through sauce. Fry off green beans in the meantime and add into mixture if you want at this point. Water down sauce if it gets too thick.

Goes well with a asian chicken soup (use pre-made or make a quick one using carrots, celery, onion, chicken bones, water, pepper, salt, pepper, soy sauce, and fish sauce) and steamed white rice.

The following is what it looks like.
http://www.girlichef.com/2014/03/Szechuan-Green-Beans-with-Ground-Pork.html
http://www.cookinglight.com/food/in-season/green-bean-recipes/szechuan-green-beans-ground-pork

Written by Binh Nguyen

February 26th, 2015 at 12:06 pm

Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Pork Chop Recipe

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This is based on recipes online and an interpretation by a korean/japanese fusion restaurant that I used to frequent. While there are other alternative recipe that possibly taste better, I find that this is the quickest and easiest version. 
- pork chops
- sugar
- garlic
- shallot or yellow onion
- lemongrass
- pepper
- soy sauce
- fish sauce
- rice wine vinegar
- oil

Coat pork with bicarbonate soda if desired (meat tenderiser) and then wash off in cold water. Create marinade sauce by starting with liquids and then adding sugar, soy sauce, garlic, etc... Marinade pork with sauce. Cook rice in meantime. Pan fry pork and then place under grill for quicker results or else place directly in grill/oven/bbq from start to finish. 
 
Goes well with a asian chicken soup (use pre-made or make a quick one using carrots, celery, onion, chicken bones, water, pepper, salt, pepper, soy sauce, and fish sauce) and steamed white rice, fried eggs, pickled carrot or cucumber (sliced finely and dressed with vinegar and sugar) and nuoc mam as a sauce.

http://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/vietnamese-dressing-nuoc-mam-cham?cid=trending

The following is what it looks like. 
http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/vietnamese-pork-chops
http://www.vietworldkitchen.com/blog/2009/04/vietnamese-restaurantstyle-grilled-lemongrass-pork-thit-heo-nuong-xa.html
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/vietnamese-pork-chops-51169530
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/grilled-pork-chops-with-sweet-lemongrass-marinade-51115010
http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/vietnamese-pork-chops

Written by Binh Nguyen

February 26th, 2015 at 5:51 am

Chinese Roast (BBQ/Char-Siu) Pork Recipe

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This is based on recipes online and an interpretation by local restaurants that I used to frequent. While there are other alternative recipe that possibly taste better, I find that this is the quickest and easiest version.
- pork
- soy sauce
- hoisin sauce
- Chinese rice cooking wine
- sugar
- garlic
- honey (optional)
- pepper (optional)
- oyster sauce (optional)
- star anise (optional)
- red food colouring (powder or liquid)
Split (if too large to fit into oven/grill) pork if required. Coat pork with bicarbonate soda if desired (meat tenderiser) and then wash off in cold water. Create marinade sauce by starting with hoy sin sauce and then adding sugar, soy sauce, garlic, etc... Marinade pork with sauce. Cook rice in meantime. Pan fry pork and then place under grill for quicker results or else place directly in grill/oven/bbq from start to finish. 

Goes well with a asian chicken soup (use pre-made or make a quick one using carrots, celery, onion, chicken bones, water, pepper, salt, pepper, soy sauce, and fish sauce) and steamed white rice.

The following is what it looks like.
http://yireservation.com/recipes/char-siu-chinese-bbq-pork/
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/char-siu-chinese-bbq-pork/
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/19078/chinese+barbecue+pork
http://thestonesoup.com/blog/how-to-make-authentic-bbq-chinese-pork-at-home/
http://www.gourmettraveller.com.au/recipes/recipe-search/masterclass/2011/12/char-siu/

Written by Binh Nguyen

February 26th, 2015 at 5:38 am

Korean/Japanese Pork Bolgogi (BBQ Pork) Recipe

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This is based on recipes online and an interpretation by a korean/japanese fusion restaurant that I used to frequent. While there are other alternative recipe that possibly taste better, I find that this is the quickest and easiest version.
- pork (purchase offcuts/pre-sliced pork belly in some stores for a more timely meal)
- bolgogi sauce
- sugar
- mirin or rice cooking wine
- crushed/diced garlic or powder
- soy sauce
- ginger (optional)
- pepper (optional)
- spring onion (optional)
- shichimi togarashi spice mix
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shichimi

Slice pork if required. Coat pork with bicarbonate soda if desired (meat tenderiser) and then wash off in cold water. Create marinade sauce by starting with bolgogi sauce and then adding sugar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, shichimi togarashi spice mix, etc... Marinade pork with sauce. Cook rice in meantime. Pan fry pork and then place under grill for quicker results or else place directly in grill/oven/bbq from start to finish.

Serve with Miso soup, sweet potato fries, and rice. Garnish pork with shichimi togarashi spice mix and rice with soy sauce. Add kimchi to meal if desired.

You can change the meat to chicken or even beef if the sauce is changed to the appropiate one.

The following is what it looks like.
http://zenkimchi.com/featured/recipe-dwaeji-bulgogi-grilled-korean-spicy-pork/
http://crazykoreancooking.com/recipe/spicy-pork-bulgogi-spicy-marinated-pork

Written by Binh Nguyen

February 26th, 2015 at 5:28 am

Simple Pasta Recipes

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As the title states the following are a bunch of recipes that I sometimes use for pasta. This is being placed here for my own possible records and for others to use if so desired.

The point of these recipes is to achieve the best taste, in the quicket possible time, at the cheapest possible price. That's why the ingredients are somewhat non-traditional at times. Here's the other thing, it's obvious that they can be altered quickly and easily to suit other core ingredients. Don't be afraid to experiment.

Bacon and Mushroom Carbonara with Pasta
- white pasta sauce (can be any. We will modify to suit our tastes but most are roughly the same. Alfredo is often the easiest/closest to what we finally want though)
- mushrooms (buy them pre-sliced and you'll have the sauce done for this recipe done in no time)
- bacon (buy it pre-diced and you'll have the sauce done for this recipe done in no time)
- sugar (to taste)
- salt (to taste)
- soy sauce (to taste)
- pepper (to taste)
Fry off bacon then mushroom in a pan. Add pasta sauce. In the meantime, cook pasta with some salted water. Use sugar/salt/soy sauce to change sauce if too tart, sweet, etc... Garnish pasta and sauce with parmessan if desired.

Spaghetti Bolognese with Pasta
- pasatta or tomato based pasta sauce
- beef mince
- onion (optional)
- garlic (optional)
- fresh chilli or chilli flakes (to taste)
- salt (to taste)
- sugar (to taste)
- soy sauce (to taste) 
- pepper (to taste)
- tomato sauce (to taste)
Sautee onion, garlic, and chilli. Brown mince (remove excess liquid if desired. It will change the nature of the sauce if there is excess liquid). Add pasta sauce. In the meantime, cook pasta with some salted water. Use sugar/salt/pepper/soy sauce to change sauce if too tart, sweet, etc... Garnish pasta and sauce with parmessan if desired.

Spaghetti Bolognese (Asian Interpretation) with Pasta
- pasatta
- sliced beef
- onion (optional)
- garlic (optional)
- fresh chilli, sriracha chilli sauce, or chilli flakes (to taste)
- salt (to taste)
- sugar (to taste)
- soy sauce (to taste) 
- fish sauce (to taste) 
- pepper (to taste)
Sautee onion, garlic, and chilli. Brown mince (remove excess liquid if desired. It will change the nature of the sauce if there is excess liquid). Add pasta sauce. In the meantime, cook pasta with some salted water. Use sugar/salt/pepper/sriracha chilli sauce/soy sauce to change sauce if too tart, sweet, etc... Garnish pasta and sauce with parmessan if desired.

Seafood or Chill Prawn Tomato Sauce with Pasta
- pasatta or tomato based pasta sauce
- prawns or seafood
- onion (optional)
- garlic (optional)
- fresh chilli or chilli flakes (to taste)
- sriracha chilli sauce, sambal oelek, or chilli bean paste (to taste)
- salt (to taste)
- sugar (to taste)
- soy sauce (to taste) 
- pepper (to taste)
- tomato sauce (to taste)
- diced fresh tomato (optional)(buy pre-diced canned if pressed for time)
- olives (optional)(buy canned, pre-sliced, and drain holding liquid if pressed for time)
Sautee onion, garlic, and chilli. Sear seafood (remove excess liquid if desired. It will change the nature of the sauce if there is excess liquid). Add pasta sauce, and fresh tomato and olives (if desired). In the meantime, cook pasta with some salted water. Use sugar/salt/pepper/sriracha chilli sauce/soy sauce to change sauce if too tart, sweet, etc... Garnish pasta and sauce with parmessan if desired.

Pork Chops With White Sauce with Pasta
- pork chops
- cream
- tomato sauce
- garlic
- salt (to taste)
- sugar (to taste)
- soy sauce (to taste) 
- pepper (to taste)
- tomato sauce (to taste)
Sear pork chop with garlic to level desired (remove excess liquid if desired. It will change the nature of the sauce if there is excess liquid) and remove from pan. Add cream to deglaze pan and create sauce. In the meantime, cook pasta with some salted water. Use sugar/salt/pepper/tomato sauce/soy sauce to change sauce if too tart, sweet, etc... Garnish pasta and sauce with parmessan if desired.

Written by Binh Nguyen

February 26th, 2015 at 4:55 am

Posted in pasta,Recipe,simple