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Friday, February 27, 2015

Fried Rice Recipe

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

Chicken Curry Recipe

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

Szechuan Pork Mince Recipe

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

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Pork Chop Recipe

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.


The following is what it looks like. 

Chinese Roast (BBQ/Char-Siu) Pork Recipe

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 (purchase offcuts/pre-sliced pork belly in some stores for a more timely meal)
- 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.

Korean/Japanese Pork Bolgogi (BBQ Pork) Recipe

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

Simple Pasta Recipes

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
- 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 Tomato Based Sauce with Meatballs or Sausages
- pasatta or tomato based pasta sauce
- meatballs or sausages (pre-made or homemade)
- 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)
- Italian herbs (to taste)
Sautee onion, garlic, and chilli. Brown meatballs or sausages (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/Italian herb mix 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.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

More Scripting (Copy), Reaktor, and Musical Experimentation

I guess the following script is an iteration of another script that I wrote.

It's a script that I created to save space.  It creates a copy of the filesystem hierarchy at a remote location locally with zero sized files to save space. https://sites.google.com/site/dtbnguyen/create_empty_structure-1.00.zip

Have been trying to build more complex software synthesisers of late within Reaktor. To this I've had to learn some other stuff including how to mix sound sources from various sources using a mixer. You can download my experiment from here:

Added a new playlist called, 'Fun-17-Jan-15' to my YouTube profile.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwVJG67iHHPbmBxuHVbyOlw/playlists

I've been wondering what the fuss regarding 'pinterest' was all about. Pretty pictures...

Apple's iTunes isn't the only way of synchronising your iPod. There are alternative third party applications as well.
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/6-ways-sync-ipod-computer-itunes/
http://www.wikihow.com/Sync-Music-to-Your-iPod
http://sourceforge.net/projects/songbird.mirror/
https://amarok.kde.org/en/releases/2.7Win
http://www.ephpod.com/
http://www.yamipod.com/main/modules/downloads/
http://download.cnet.com/windows/ipod-backup/

If you've spent most of your life in the developed world or have had a relatively privileged upbringing some of the stuff that happens around the world is shocking. Even if you never make a donation just reading some of what happens out there puts things into perspective.
http://www.amnesty.org.au/

If you've ever used a non-persistent operating system there are often some incogruities. One of them are odd security difficulties. Do the following to get access to the web CUPS interface.
sudo usermod -aG lpadmin
sudo /etc/init.d/cups restart
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PrintingCupsWebInterface

Sound stretching utility. Basically turns a standard sound file into a 'Soundscape'.
http://hypermammut.sourceforge.net/paulstretch/

If you've ever wanted free Internet access this is one option although there are limitations.
http://kindleworld.blogspot.com.au/p/countries-with-free-kindle-3g-access.html
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1566378

If you've never worked with REX files (with Ableton and Recycle particularly) before the following may be of use to you.

Basically social networking/a website for musical collaboration.
https://www.facebook.com/blendhq
https://blend.io/
https://blend.io/dtbnguyen/

I've been struggling with how to work more easily (I prefer to work purely based on sound or based on memorisation but sometimes even this is not possible with the way some synthesisers are designed so having these removes another issue from the 'problem set') with scales under Ableton for a while now. These preset files should hopefully make things a bit easier.
https://www.ableton.com/en/blog/explore-new-scales-40-free-presets/
http://db.tt/aUn4TLYf
http://techsture.net/wp/?p=273
http://www.techsture.net/f/Scales.zip 

If you don't have the money for the Ableton Push there are lots of other options out there if you look carefully.

Other ways to make money as a musician while studying:
- offer to lease out studio
- offer to sell (produce/compose/teach) your skills
- buy/sell/lease out equipment at a profit

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Scripting, Electronic, and Musical Experimentation

A script that I created to save space. It works by using dd to reduce all relevant files to zero size. It contains comments to make it customisable and creates log files just in case something goes wrong.

https://sites.google.com/site/dtbnguyen/mkempty-1.01.zip

Came across one of these during the week. I looked at it, did a bit more research though and found out that the battery was dying, that the company was in trouble, and that no spare parts were being manufactured which meant that you would have to retrofit your own battery from another source if it came down to it (I found out that a HTC ChaCha battery actually fits the physical dimensions required and actually has the characteristics to get the job done. Since, I don't like risking the possiblity of overheating I decided to pass on the purchase. I obviously thought about the chance of fitting an iPod battery in there as well which explains the links... Not enough information available online though regarding physical dimensions.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pacemaker
http://pacemaker.net/
http://pacemakerdevice.org/
http://www.cnet.com/au/products/tonium-pacemaker/
https://forum.sparkfun.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=28139
http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/37552/anyone-knows-how-many-mah-in-ipod-touch-4th-generation-battery
https://www.ifixit.com/Store/iPhone/iPhone-Gen-1-Replacement-Battery/IF105-017-1
http://www.engadget.com/2011/12/28/irl-pioneer-kuro-pdp-6010fd-tonium-pacemaker-and-the-samsung-g/
http://www.wired.com/2008/04/pacemaker_portable_dj/

If you've ever wanted a more memorable username to link to your Facebook profile here's some help.
https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=457770375843
https://www.facebook.com/help/329992603752372/

Was working an automatically deployed Amazon Web Services (AWS)/Unified Threat Management (UTM) device/node while I was working on the 'Cloud and Internet Security' report. Don't like leaving things unfinished. Relaunching the project until it's conclusion. It'll be interesting to see whether there is an actual market for these type of things whether for or not for profit. One curious thing is that a lot of information is actually more easily obtained via SNMP and other existing monitoring protocols...
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1671024
https://play.google.com/store/books/author?id=Binh+Nguyen
http://www.amazon.com/mn/search/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&field-author=Binh%20Nguyen&linkCode=ur2&search-alias=digital-text&sort=relevancerank&tag=bnsb-20&linkId=3BWQJUK2RCDNUGFY

The following is just a good reference guide...
drum and bass averages a BPM of 160-180
dubstep is around 140 BPM
House varies between 118 and 135 BPM
hip-hop is around 115 BPM
Concert marches are typically ~120 BPM.
Screamers are usually 130-150 BPM
Largo is 40-60 BPM
Larghetto is 60-66 BPM
Adagio is 66-76 BPM
Andante is 76-108 BPM
Moderato is 108-120 BPM
Allegro is 120-168 BPM
Presto is 168-200 BPM
Prestissimo is 200+ BPM (These last according to my Sabine Zipbeat.)
http://music.stackexchange.com/questions/4525/list-of-average-genre-tempo-bpm-levels

Have been doing more research on understanding the concept of 'layering' in song composition. The consensus seems to be that in electronic music (anything that features heavily synthesised sounds), you basically start from percussion/a drumline and then you work your way upwards, adding synths, basses, and so on (you can start the other way around to but if you have sufficient knowledge of percussion but it doesn't quite have that some feeling/sensation to it). You may even start with a pattern of single notes to create a melody and then base your lyrics around that based on what I've read. For this particular reason, I've been looking more into percussion and patterns that are peculiar to each particular (keywords "percussion music pdf" in Google). Some really interesing stuff. I didn't realise that notation in percussion could be 'customised' because there were so many different instruments that were possibly available?

http://web.mit.edu/merolish/Public/drums.pdf (you'll need this to understand the notation)
http://www.virtualdrumming.com/drums/drum-sheet-music.html (none of this will make any sense without an understanding of notation)
http://www.hvogt.de/drums/patterns.html
http://drumbum.com/lessons/drum-lessons/free-drum-lessons/beginning-drums.html
https://www.ucmo.edu/music/bands/media/drumline_audio_parts/UCM%2520DL%2520Handbook%25202012.pdf
http://www.berkleeshares.com/drums__percussion

I took a big look at Dubstep because percussion is a core part of that stype of music.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubstep
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jul10/articles/dubstep.htm
http://www.musicradar.com/tuition/tech/14-dubstep-production-tips-178489/
http://www.makebeatsforever.com/top-10-tips-for-making-dubstep/
http://www.makebeatsforever.com/the-ultimate-guide-on-how-to-make-dubstep/
http://howtomakeelectronicmusic.com/how-to-make-a-dubstep-beat
http://www.wikihow.com/Write-Dubstep-Music
http://www.looperman.com/forum/thread/56378
http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Simmon_Power

------> Huge Guide to Producing Dubstep! <------ br="">https://www.dubstepforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=159713
Dubstep Music Mastering tutorials/tips
https://www.dubstepforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=104330

Obviously, once you have a percussion part that is suitable to he genre of music you can begin to layer up. For instance, think about common elements/instruments/sounds. Layer based on genre, thinking about what you have, what you can adjust, what you can find, what you can create or imagine whether it is via software or hardware... One thing you should know, writing songs isn't really an incremental process. It's like some other things I've experienced in life. Once you hit a plateau and begin to understand the next step, you gain a whole bunch of extra bits and pieces. While you were previously only able to write half a song, now you can write three-quarters of it, or you suddently discover a way to take your sound quality to a completely new level.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_music
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip_hop_music
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhythm_and_blues
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B-boying
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intelligent_dance_music
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Break_(music)

You listen to enough music (out on the Internet, at concerts/bars/out on the streets, purchasing from retail, etc...) and you basically get the impression that a lot of what is released out there isn't actually all that great (the supposed idea behind the Apple Music Store) which is a good thing and a bad thing. Think in terms of marketing. You name a genre, there is likely a website that is dedicated to that particular style of music. Here's the problem though. Remember the premise of the Apple Music Store. Out of every album you purchase you're only going to like anywhere between one and a maximum of four songs on it (average based on my collection and personal experience). Factor in the fact that the barrier to entry for online music is much lower and you basically have very little chance of making it unless you can churn out consistently good music or else you create the 'song of your life' at some point along the line because that is basically what it will take to rise above the rabble.

The irony is this. By reading, taking courses, and so on... you end up with a baseline knowledge of how to compose but it also means that you may end up with some very formulaic songs. Watch for DJ's, producers, composers, engineers, etc... Just like a person's character there tend to be idiosyncracies in the sound that they produce (whether that may be down to preference, talent, equipment, etc...).

Some websites where you can preview some artists work (not including the usual places such as the Apple Store, etc...)
https://topdeejays.com/
http://www.traxsource.com/top/tracks
http://mixcloud.com/
http://soundcloud.com/
https://www.youtube.com/
https://bandcamp.com/
http://www.beatport.com/
http://www.last.fm/
http://promodj.com/

Note that what is House, Chilled, or Lounge over here doesn't necessarily mean the same thing in Asia, Europe, America, etc...
http://promodj.com/top100/djs 

Memorable Quotes - Part 9


- " The pursuit of normality is the ultimate sacrifice of potential. " -- Faith Jegede
http://www.autismspectrum.org.au/content/services-location
- "Pride is stupid, but it is necessary"
Jacques Villeneuve is proud to be able to run flat-out through Eau Rouge, 2005
- "The bottom line is that we need a global financial system that supports stability and growth," she said.
"In too many cases -- from the United States in 2008 to Cyprus today -- we have seen what happens when a banking sector chooses the quick buck over the lasting benefit, backing a business model that ultimately destabilizes the economy."
http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/article/16673224/lagarde-says-some-eurozone-banks-may-need-to-close/
- There can be slain
No sacrifice to God more acceptable
Than an unjust and wicked King
-- Seneca, "Hercules Furens"
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/11/in-syria-and-beyond-the-tyrant-as-target/
- "What we saw from that is if you're talking about everything all the time, it's harder for the public to distinguish the things that are most important," he said.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/16/us/politics/in-second-term-obama-is-seen-as-using-hidden-hand-approach.html?hp
- There's a Chinese saying, "with a new king comes new followers".
- As Karl Marx was one of the earliest to point out, economics (though so much less interesting) is far more important than politics.

Marx considered all political events as epiphenomena. He viewed great men as blind instruments of irresistible forces which they themselves could hardly comprehend.

The Marxist vision of society has been disproved many times, always at epic human cost. However, his doctrine that productive forces propel history has stood the test of time - and is invaluable for an understanding of the current predicament of the European Union.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/11286161/The-euro-is-heading-for-disaster-what-luck-for-David-Cameron.html
- "I use Sylenth, one compressor, Ableton Live and its basic effects. I like to keep it super simple. It's actually pretty boring but it works for me and it keeps me making music."
https://illmethodology.com/2014/06/flume-dont-need-gear-via-musicradar/
- H.P. Lovecraft
"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown"
- H.P. Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature
...
"Do we really want to be rid of our resentments, our anger, our fear? Many of us cling to our fears, doubts, self-loathing or hatred because there is a certain distorted security in familiar pain. It seems safer to embrace what we know than to let go of it for fear of the unknown.
(Narcotics Anonymous Book/page 33)"
- Narcotics Anonymous
...
"Sometimes painfully lost people can teach us lessons that we didn't think we needed to know, or be reminded of---the more history changes, the more it stays the same."
- Shannon L. Alder
http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/fear-of-unknown
- C. JoyBell C.
"You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles."
- C. JoyBell C.

C. JoyBell C.
"People have to forgive. We don't have to like them, we don't have to be friends with them, we don't have to send them hearts in text messages, but we have to forgive them, to overlook, to forget. Because if we don't we are tying rocks to our feet, too much for our wings to carry!"
- C. JoyBell C.

Marvin J. Ashton
"Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them."
- Marvin J. Ashton 
http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/forgiving
- In the realm of law, the RSS wants the passage of a stringent nationwide bill that would ban religious conversions. In the public sphere, it has arrogated the right to pronounce not just on the future of minorities in India but that of India's Hindu majority as well. In the war of the religions, it seeks to spread the news that there is now a Hindu fundamentalism eager to goad and trump well-established Christian and Islamic fundamentals in India and around the world. And among its own vast cadre, it has generated the sense that it, much more than the government of the day or the diverse institutions of civil society and business, holds the key to India's future.
...
As a Hindu, I have some sympathy with this viewpoint. Missionary activity has always seemed to me unacceptably crude and arrogant, not only in its conviction that there is a single truth that must be propagated, but also in its contempt for two of the forces that most strongly influence religious belief: The accident of birth in a certain religion, which is then followed by many years of socialisation into its worldview.
http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/a-new-vision-of-india-that-is-100-hindu-1.1433102
- "It is not conversion, it is reconversion," said the professorial Abdeo, national secretary of Vishva Hindu Parishad, a pro-Hindu organisation. "A thousand years ago, all the Muslims and Christians in India were Hindu. They were converted by the sword. We are just bringing them back to their original faith."

Hindu fundamentalists, saying Christian missionaries and Muslim conquerors converted Indians by force centuries ago, have for years quietly sought to win them back. This year, seemingly invigorated by the rise of a right-wing Hindu government in New Delhi, they have organised mass reconversion "camps", including some where people have alleged they were duped or threatened into changing faiths.
http://www.smh.com.au/world/hindu-activists-organise-mass-reconversion-camps-in-india-20141229-12et35.html
- "When we start to doubt ourselves, when we start questioning our own identity, when we start distrusting everything, we cannot win, including against extremists, those who want to destroy who we are, threaten our values, turn France into something it is not".
http://www.france24.com/en/20150105-france-fran%C3%A7ois-hollande-media-offensive-tv-radio-2015-sarkozy/ 
- Khomeini himself put it this way: "Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious."
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A solemn and dignified Ramadan indeed. Sometimes it takes a clown to speak the truths that others won't face.
http://www.smh.com.au/national/islam-is-no-laughing-matter-20150109-12kzr3.html
- Yun's quest - a modern version of the age old dream of tapping the fountain of youth - is emblematic of the current enthusiasm to disrupt death sweeping Silicon Valley. Billionaires and companies are bullish about what they can achieve. In September 2013 Google announced the creation of Calico, short for the California Life Company. Its mission is to reverse engineer the biology that controls lifespan and "devise interventions that enable people to lead longer and healthier lives". Though much mystery surrounds the new biotech company, it seems to be looking in part to develop age-defying drugs. In April 2014 it recruited Cynthia Kenyon, a scientist acclaimed for work that included genetically engineering roundworms to live up to six times longer than normal, and who has spoken of dreaming of applying her discoveries to people. "Calico has the money to do almost anything it wants," says Tom Johnson, an earlier pioneer of the field now at the University of Colorado who was the first to find a genetic effect on longevity in a worm.
http://geneticliteracyproject.org/2015/01/12/can-silicon-valley-fix-the-aging-problem/
- But let's remember that central bank quantitative easing (QE) of the kind that Europe is now embarking on is always just a Band-Aid on economic troubles, not a solution to underlying structural issues in a country (or in this case, a region). Just as the Fed's $4 trillion QE money dump bolstered the markets but didn't fix the core problems in our economy--growing inequality, a high/low job market without enough work in the middle, flat wages, historically low workforce participation--so the ECB QE will excite markets for a while, but it won't mend the problems that led Europe to need this program to begin with.
http://time.com/3679154/european-union-quantitative-easing/
- Europe's future was "not the future of austerity - it is the future of democracy, solidarity and cooperation," he added.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/25/greece-election-vote-austerity-leftwing-syriza-eu?google_editors_picks=true
- "Medicine doesn't happen very much in breakthroughs. It happens in lots and lots of little steps, and we still have a long way to go."
http://www.smh.com.au/national/dr-jeremy-chapman-receives-australia-day-honour-20150125-12uze3.html
- "It is wrong to imagine that we can only gain and grow from revelling in past glory," he said. "True patriots don't shrink from historical truth -- they welcome it, they learn from it.
"I believe Australians are smart enough and generous enough to know that our national story is not a 'choose-your-own adventure', where we pick and mix the chapters that portray us in the best light.
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"No leader can 'settle' the question of Australia's global role and responsibilities, and no leader should take pride in trying."
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/bill-shorten-lets-revive-republic-debate/story-fn59niix-1227196364113?nk=f2f9c38ea04dc0479d039b85079e3103
- "The problem is he just wants to pour that additional money into the broken, existing system -- which a lot of people graduate with AA degrees that don't lead to anything but another four-year degree that may not lead to a job," Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida -- a prospective 2016 presidential candidate -- suggested recently on CBS' Face the Nation. "What we need to do is create competition with alternative methods where people can acquire certification programs that take less than two years, and get you to work right away as a welder, electrician, and airplane mechanic. I wish he would spend more time on that, and less time trying to raise taxes and pour money into an outdated model that no longer works in the 21st Century."
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/state-of-the-union-finally-an-agenda-for-the-21st-century/
- The test was anything but scientific - it says as much about my proficiency with the different input methods as it does about the input methods themselves - but the results were interesting and not at all what I expected. Swype, the keyboard you use by drawing lines over the letters without lifting your finger, was by far the slowest for me, due to the fact it coped very poorly indeed with longer, not-so-common words in the text. Next slowest was the handwriting recognition on Samsung's Galaxy Note 4, using its stylus, due to the fact it kept capitalising words that shouldn't be capitalised. I really thought it would be one of the faster ones. Then came the stock Android keyboard, then second fastest was the keyboard on the iPhone, thanks to its uncanny auto-correction ability that lets you type at an insane pace and still have near perfect accuracy.

But fastest of all by some margin, twice as fast as Swype and 30 per cent faster than the iPhone, was the keyboard on the Classic. Not only that, but it was the only input device that allowed me to take my eyes off the keyboard and look at the stopwatch while entering text. It's so easy to use, and so fast.
http://www.afr.com/f/free/technology/digitallife/blackberry_classic_is_faster_than_7uzwvj1NNSc2gwMgq042pM
- In this day and age confidence is king. You can embark on all of the education you like but if you can't back yourself, or make it clear to others that you're up for the fight then others will pass you by. Nick Kyrgios is definitely letting everyone know he's not holding back, and he's having one hell of a crack.
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Some are saying Nick is one of the most exciting sporting prospects Australia has seen in a long while, so lets not cook the golden goose, instead let it run wild, and who knows what will eventuate.
http://www.theroar.com.au/2015/01/27/let-nick-kyrgios-run-wild/
- Canada's number one problem in personal finance is not lack of saving, he said, but people spending beyond their means. "Eric and Ilsa show us that it's a problem uniting people of all backgrounds. This couple is you and me, only with a higher income."
http://www.news.com.au/finance/money/barely-getting-by-on-25k-a-month-couples-plea-for-financial-advice-draws-scorn/story-e6frfmcr-1227194539834
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/personal-finance/mortgages/debt-doubts-cast-a-shadow-for-this-professional-couple-with-five-kids/article22496585/
- The most successful companies need a vision, and both Apple and Microsoft have one. But Apple's was more radical and, as it turns out, more farsighted. Microsoft foresaw a computer on every person's desk, a radical idea when IBM mainframes took up entire rooms. But Apple went a big step further: Its vision was a computer in every pocket. That computer also just happened to be a phone, the most ubiquitous consumer device in the world. Apple ended up disrupting two huge markets.
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Mr. Cihra noted that Microsoft already dominates its core businesses, leaving little room for growth. But, he said, "Apple still doesn't have massive market share in any of its core markets. Even in smartphones, its share is only in the midteens. Apple's strategy has been to carve out a small share of a massive market. It's pretty much a unique model that leaves plenty of room for growth."
http://www.afr.com/p/technology/how_apple_left_microsoft_for_dust_8DjgBmV0XlDq44KQX5JpQI
- The new administration said the sackings of the heads of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund will put an end to "close-out sale" privatisation policies, Greek media reported. From now on, privatisations will take place when they create new jobs and generate economic growth, the government said.

Privatisations of state companies are an important part of a reform program the previous government agreed to with its international creditors in return for a EUR240 billion ($350 billion) bailout. Interest from investors for the state offerings, however, has been low, and the revenues from the sales have come in sharply below expectations.
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"The wind of change is starting to blow in Europe," party leader Pablo Iglesias, a 36-year-old former university professor, said in Greek and Spanish as he addressed supporters. "We dream but we take our dream seriously. More has been done in Greece in six days than many governments did in years."
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Born out of the "Indignants" protest movement that filled Spanish squares in 2011 with demands for change, Podemos says it wants to prevent profitable companies firing workers, promote fully state-controlled healthcare and enact a "significant" minimum-wage hike.
http://www.smh.com.au/world/greece-puts-privatisations-on-ice-as-antiausterity-wave-arrives-in-madrid-20150201-1332aw.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20150131-tens-thousands-rally-support-spain-anti-austerity-party-podemos/
- The team carried out the research using astero-seismology -- listening to the natural resonances of the host star which are caused by sound trapped within it. These oscillations lead to miniscule changes or pulses in its brightness which allow the researchers to measure its diameter, mass and age. The planets were then detected from the dimming that occurs when the planets transited, or passed across, the stellar disc. This fractional fading in the intensity of the light received from the star enables scientists to accurately measure the size of the planets relative to the size of the star.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/Solar-system-with-5-Earth-sized-planets-dicovered/articleshow/46034238.cms
- In DJ parlance, a break is where all elements of a song (e.g., pads, basslines, vocals), except for percussion, disappear for a time. This is distinguished from a breakdown, a section where the composition is deliberately deconstructed to minimal elements (usually the percussion or rhythm section with the vocal re-introduced over the minimal backing), all other parts having been gradually or suddenly cut out.[1] The distinction between breaks and breakdowns may be described as, "Breaks are for the drummer; breakdowns are for hands in the air".[1]

In hip hop and electronica, a short break is also known as a "cut", and the reintroduction of the full bass line and drums is known as a "drop", which is sometimes accented by cutting off everything, even the percussion.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Break_(music)
- Mobile users are increasingly driving traffic to Facebook, and advertisers have responded by purchasing large numbers of mobile ads. More than $1 in every $5 spent on Facebook advertising now goes to mobile, even though mobile ads command a premium cost-per-click rate of $1.38 -- compared to $0.81 for desktop ads. Also of note: The majority of tablet users access Facebook using an Apple product, but when it comes to phones, the Android operating system drives more traffic. -- AllFacebook
http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/225499
- Robotics executives say even though blue-collar jobs will be lost, more efficient manufacturing will create skilled jobs in designing, operating and servicing assembly lines.
A report commissioned by the International Federation of Robotics last year found that 150,000 people are already employed by robotics manufacturers worldwide in engineering and assembly jobs.
http://www.theage.com.au/world/robots-take-on-skilled-labour-20120819-24gdr.html

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