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We’re not in Kheda anymore.

My virgin American eyes are bleeding…

A co-worker brought in a copy of Men’s Health and said I should take a look. At first I was like, “oh, an Indian dude on the cover of Men’s Health – awesome!” And then I realized that it was the May 2008 issue of Men’s Health India. Curiously, I proceeded to skim through the pages… Good photography, similar format to Men’s Health US (I have two male roommates)… Definitely more progressive than I would have expected from the country of my forebears… And then I saw it. A full page photo of a sexy brown (female) butt, with article, labeled “Hind Games.” Graphic. Detailed. And far more explicit than anything I’ve read in the American version. Here’s a clever little euphemism from the article: “Remember the Highway Code: never change lanes without indicating.”

And there you have it. Men’s Health magazine… from the creators of the Kama Sutra.


Kitchen Stadium

Every year I try to undertake a few self-improvement initiatives – sort of like resolutions but more habits that I hope to adopt for the long-haul. Recently, I’ve been making more of a conscious effort to waste less. This applies to many things… generating garbage, buying clothes I never wear, keeping the faucet running while brushing, and most commonly buying food only to let it rot.

The last one is especially fun because it consequently forces me to push my culinary limits. For example, my roommates and I have a frequent habit of individually stocking up on bananas and ending up with too many for the group. My “no waste” policy compelled me to bake some banana bread last month that seemed to go over well with the roommates and car-pool. After our second banana boom I decided to try my hand at bananas fosters (flambe and all). I used this recipe from Brennan’s (minus the banana liqueur – didn’t have any) and we devoured the full batch.

Last weekend we threw a housewarming party for which we purchased an excessive amount of food and drink. Incidentally, over the course of 6 hours, most of the food was eaten. And the left-over beverages have a fairly long shelf life. We did, however, end up with a large bag of unused limes… So this weekend, I knocked out about three limes in these awesome lime cookies. I’m hoping to use up the rest this week when I try out this ceviche recipe.

What I’ve found is that this Iron Chef concept of a single “secret ingredient” makes cooking more fun. Not only does it lighten the burden of deciding what to cook, but it imposes the enjoyable challenge of working within fixed constraints. Most importantly, it helps me discover new recipes that I would normally overlook… Lime cookies are surprisingly delicious!

Illiniwek’s Last Dance

chief.gifThe prolonged Pro-Chief / Anti-Chief battle at my alma mater seems to be winding down… the Fighting Illini’s mascot will be performing his last dance. To be honest, I had my opinions about the controversy when I was in college, but never took an active stance. It’s sort of like the Confederate flag debate… some see it as a symbol of racism and oppression, others see it as a symbol of heritage and pride. Looking past my personal beliefs, I can empathize with both sides.

Week in review

It’s close to midnight and I’m at the peak of my sleep deprived haze… Too bleary to post anything of substance, I’m simply listing some highlights from the week, “Week in Review” style.

  • Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood meets the “Real World.” All the roommates are finally moved into the new house and it’s working well. We cook together, share responsibilities, and enjoy each other’s company. A few other good friends living within a 4-block radius grace us often with visits… I like.
  • Pimp My Ride. The pilot eBay Shuttle added a Hayes Valley stop this week so I had the opportunity to try it out… that shit is tight. Taaaaaiiiiight. Huge, cushy, wifi enabled.
  • Chappelle’s Show. I saw Dave Chappelle live (for the 3rd time) at the Punchline last night. This was probably the best show of the three… carrots, cucumbers, cheese, coffee, top ramen, ‘walkin in the rain,’ VD, and so much more… all over the course of close to 4 hours (!!). Hence the lack of sleep.
  • The Office. A cross-functional team of about 20 of us attended an all-day offsite at IDEO today to redefine our “processes.” I may elaborate more on this experience later when I’m coherent, but all in all it was good. I was just excited about the opportunity – I was mildly IDEO-obsessed back in my MechE days.


Importing to WordPress from New Blogger

I’ve been trying to figure out how to get my blogger posts imported into WordPress (WordPress’s import feature doesn’t support ‘new’ blogger (i.e. post Google integration)). I’m not sure if WordPress is planning to support ‘new blogger’ import, although I imagine they would since it might mean more subscriptions. :-)

In the interim, here’s what you can do:

  1. Find a hosting service for your WordPress blog. SiteGround was recommended and looks promising. I have yet to do this.
  2. In your Blogger blog, turn on full feeds for both posts and comments. Go to ‘Settings’ –> ‘Site Feed’ –> Switch to Advanced Mode if you’re in Basic. From here just set everything to ‘Full’
  3. Download the latest script from romantika and save to your main wordpress directory. Make sure to read the instructions and limitations!
  4. To run the script, type in the path to your blog directory and append ‘/blogger-beta-import.php’ (e.g. if you’re at you’ll need to go to
  5. Cross your fingers! I haven’t tried this out yet, but I may very soon.

Hello (again) World!

I heard from a number of people that WordPress is a much better blogging service than Blogger… so I thought I’d take her for a spin. First impressions: Yes, much better. :-)

Until I find a way to import my previous posts from new blogger into WordPress, I’m adding a link to the old me here: (Again, curb your expectations…)

Twitter feed

  • Regained access of my Twitter account. Spam deleted; back to semi-annual tweets. 5 years ago
  • RT @nprnews: 'Million Hoodie March' Planned In New York To Protest Killing Of Trayvon Martin 6 years ago
  • I haven't had a @Schmendricks bagel since the Super Bowl. I think you need to make more... and I'd like to request an 'everything' bagel. 6 years ago