Sunday, January 13, 2019

Hadog Recipe
By Warren Okuma

Hadog is a Korean corndog or a batter coated hotdog covered in chopped up french fries.

1 quart of peanut oil
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1 tablespoon of onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 Can of cream-style corn
2 teaspoons garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
3 tablespoon flour, for dredging
hot dogs
Frozen french fries chopped up

Not ingredients, but necessary:
chopsticks, not separated for the stick.

Pour oil into a frying pan or large heavy pot and heat to 375 degrees F or on medium high.

Stab hotdogs with unseparated chopsticks.  Make sure the stick and hotdog fits in pan.

Mix cornmeal, flour, and all the dry ingredients together (save some flour for dredging).  Then add buttermilk and all the wet ingredients together and stir.  Set batter aside and rest for 10 minutes.

Roll each hot dog in the flour you saved.   Flour will help the batter stick to the hotdog.

Fill large drinking glass with batter.  Dip hotdog in batter.  Cover with french fry peices. 

Fry until golden brown.  Place on paper towels.  Wait until cool, then enjoy!

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Predictions for 2019
By Warren Okuma

Well, it's a new year, and one should try to guess and plan on what the future holds, here's my fourteen guesses.  I'm not a psychic by the way or a time traveller.

1)  The economy.  It will continue to grow but at a slower pace say less than 4 percent but more than three.  There will be no recession in 2019.
2)  It's going to be a cold winter, so prepare for that even if you don't believe it could happen, snowmaggedons, snowpocalipse or polar vortexes or bomb cyclones happen so do take precautions.
3)  There will not be the "big one" earthquake in California that kills more than one hundred this year.
4)  Politics is going to be crazier and more meaner.  Sit back and get some popcorn.
5)  Stock market is going to lose twenty percent of its value or more if the Federal Reserve continues to raise interest rates.  And the Federal Reserve is going to raise interest rates.
6)  China trade war will continue and escalate.
7)  Democrats will give Trump wall funds, because otherwise they are hosing quite a few of their constituents who work in government and their unions.
8)  North Korea will still be cheating and building nukes.
9)  Iran is still going to be trying to build nukes.
10)  China and the world's economy is going to slow down in general.
11)  Brexit will cause a recession in the UK temporarily, but afterwards, their economy will recover and will be stronger.
12)  It's going to be a good year for movies, if you are Marvel or a Marvel fan...
13)  Japan will not have "the big one" an earthquake that kills more than one hundred this year.
14)  There will be no hurricanes that hit the United States of category 3 or greater.

So bookmark this and see how I did in 2019.  Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Extremely Simple Leftover Curry Turkey for two

1 lb leftover turkey
Packet of gravy (any)
2-4 potatoes
Half an onion diced finely
Two stalks of Celery diced
2 Tablespoons of curry powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Pat of butter

Chop up everthing, put in pot, cook on medium for 45 minutes.

Big eaters increase the stuff, small eaters, decrease the stuff, cooking for one half the recipe.

Got time?  Sauté the onion until it's translucent first.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Top Ten Generals
By Warren Okuma

There are several lists of top ten generals on the internet, and I enjoy reading them.  I see it as a kind of Rorschach test, kind of like an insight into how the writer thinks.  So here's my ten - enjoy!

1  Alexander the Great

A master of tactics and strategy.  His logistics system was awesome, and he is undefeated, even though horribly outnumbered in many engagements.  He is flexible and manage to defeat the mighty Persian empire to Afghan guerrillas to elephants in India which makes him studied even today.  And he had a crappy doctor.
2  Genghis Khan

First unifying the Mongolian tribes, and conquering a huge empire this General makes my number 2 on this list.  Cavalry tactics, pioneered the army ambush (attack, then run away and when the disorganized army pursue, ambush an army), promotion by merit, and the originator of the broke unit spam is specifically why he's here.  Although he is the cruelest sociopath on this list.

3  Sun Tsu

Yet another undefeated general... maybe.  Scary brilliant, and wrote the book on strategy and tactics that is still used today.  And he used charisma as his dump stat.

4  Lycurgus of Sparta

He developed the professional army, and intense training by studying with Cretans.  It's how the best modern armies train, you know, full-time soldiers.

5  Napoleon
He's here because he developed conscription (to make large armies), mobilization, Napoleonic tactics (grand tactics) and brilliant artillery tactics.  Yeah, this is a short entry.

6  Erich von Manstein

The founder of modern armored warfare and schewepunkt, but a corporal forced him to use bad tactics instead.  The corporal was a real dick.

7  Lionides

Leadership and badassery.  Outnumbered over a hundred to one, they held the pass for days.  There was so much arrows, they died in the shade.  Together.  True leadership.

8  Enmebaragesi

The first known empire builder, so showed us all how it's done, and in the end wasn't keen on fishermen.  Try not to be mistake him for noises from someone suffering from a fatal throat disease.

9  Jan Žižka

He brought a tank to a gun fight five hundred years ago.  He used armored wagons laden with light cannon to blast his opponents to tiny bits.  Also, he pioneered the use of pistols, mobile artillery and when he chained up those war wagons together, mobile castles.  Although he did like drums, but not the Black Death.

10  William Tecumseh Sherman

Unka Billy of the American Civil War fame, waged a logistics war against the south eating the south's crops and destroying rail lines that carried goods crippling the south's war making, feeding its troops, and getting ammunition to their troops.  Really didn't like the South burning Fort Sumter or letting his enemies eat.

Bonus not a general person:  Georg Bruchmuller

He codified the way we use artillery today.  Centralized control of artillery, and by knowing muzzle velocity, wind, and other factors made his batteries more accurate.  He's the reason artillery is still the king of the battlefield.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Using Tactics in a Harry Potter Universe

So, like lots of people, I watched the Harry Potter weekend last month.    Here are some of my thoughts.

First, follow Neville Longbottom, boy does he have nice spell fumbles.  He used a Wingardium Leviosa spell to blow up a feather instead of levitating it.  Could you weaponize that spell?  Well, yes, it's called the Expulso Curse.  Hermione Granger tried to use it to blow up Nagini, the big snake thing.  Now you have access to a direct fire hand grenade.  Close enough is good enough for hand grenades, making this spell difficult to parry, plus you get to laugh like Tim the Enchanter, which is totally worth it.  Now I wonder if you can boost the spell's power like a expulso duo?  Probably, but it might be a one shot wand buster spell, so go big and do an Expulso Maxima.

Now Professor Gilderoy Lockhart (Chamber of Secrets) may seem to most as useless defence against the dark arts teacher, but that bone removal spell that turned Harry Potter's hand into rubber is worth it.  If you can reverse engineer that spell it is a semi-permanent disarm spell that's time-consuming to reverse.  Or if you get a head shot...

Lockhart's Alarte Ascendare that shoots up people (like Harry Potter from the water) might be used in a duel to slam people into the ceiling, and a concussion for extra points.

Ahh, then there is Felix Felicis which is also known as liquid luck.  Oh, now that's just broken and my favorite potion.  .  No wonder Snape likes potions.  I wonder if you can enchant a luck ring... hmm...

Well, we all know that the time turner is truly broken.  And if I get an inkling about time manipulation I am going to try to develop the haste spell, nothing like reacting twice as fast and can cast twice as many spells as your adversary.  Great in duelling and combat.

Some thoughts on the Three Unforgivable Curses

Imperio, the mind control spell might be defended against by blocking the pleasure receptors, since the mind control spell is based upon pleasure.  Sounds like a job for a potion.

Crucio, which causes intense pain might be blunted by modern painkillers.  Although a potion might do it.  Hmm... gonna have to take potions class if I ever get into a Potterverse.  Or Crucio might be blocked by Imperio.

Avada Kedavra the instant death curse is a tough spell to defend against.  So I would transfigure (shapeshift) a weasel into a super thin, long underwear and stack it with another long underwear of the same.  If the spell just takes one life, then the weasel dies instead of me.  However, since both is long underwear it might not count as a life.  Why two?  Because If a horcrux gets created, it's going to be a weasel horcrux and not a me horcrux.

The next ultra thin, long underwear would be transfigured Murtlap Essence, I figure, that if the Avada Kedavra death curse is a reverse healing spell, a healing potion like Murtap Essence might interfere with the spell.  Or not.

Let's see, I didn't see it penitrate walls in the movies, but that does not mean that it can't.  So the outermost layer is a plate carrier with a class 4 ceramic ballistic plate.  Hey, a centimeter or half an inch or so of ceramic might give you a survival edge.  Might.  Food for  thought anyway.

And if you ever get into the fictional Potterverse, learn to create magic items because it is far better to know how to make the awesome item than only knowing how to use it (Okuma Maxim 1).  It is the key to greatness.  Oh, like the invisibility cloak, philosopher's stone, time turner, elder wands, and horcruxes.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Flat Earthers, Where's the Edge?

Flat Earthers claim that the earth is flat.  Fine.  Where's the edge?  We can fly from the Americas to Asia and Australia, and not see the edge.  We can fly from Australia or Asia to Europe and Africa and still no edge.  Oh, yeah, it's not by France, I checked.  And from Europe and Africa you can fly back to the Americas, and still see no edge.  Looks like the world is a sphere.

So, where's the edge?  It's not in Antarctica, it's not by the north pole, we went to both places, so where is it? 

So, a few questions.  What's the edge look like?  Why hasn't anyone taken photos of it?  How far away is the edge from... say Los Angeles?  Why hasn't anyone launched a satellite by pushing it off the edge?  What major city is closest to the edge?  How do you hide a tens of thousands mile long?

In fact, what shape is the flat earth?  Is it a square?  Is it pizza shaped?  Is it shaped like Justin Bieber?  Inquiring minds want to know.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

God Hypothesis
The Scientific Hypothesis for the existence of God
By Warren Okuma
Schrödinger’s Cat is a thought experiment to illustrate wavefunction collapse. An over simplifed explanation goes like this: put a cat is in a container with poison and that is triggered by a detection of radioactive decay. The cat is neither dead nor alive until observed. This is called the wavefunction collapse. It doesn't scale up well, as you don't see many undead cats running around in real life, because the cat is a qualified observer. Though undead cats may exist if they are"isolated from the universe."
However, when the universe was young and tiny (the size of a proton or so) it was a wave function and you needed an observer to collapse the wavefunction. That first observer is God. God was the first observer.
Thus God exists.
That is if the wavefunction collapse is true, as opposed to the many worlds interpretation. You know the infinite universes theory. And of course, more testing is needed, though, dunno how you are going to test this theory.
Well, since we are far on the limb let's go further. If my hypothesis is true, God exists outside of time and space, and could very well be one or more of these branes that string theorists think caused the big bang. Or could branes be merely tools that God uses to make universes?
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