So, I am forced to shelve that until I get some better education on how the legal system actually works. That, and the fact that I just found out that one of my friends has actually finished writing her novel for the month, so my whole feeling awesome about being able to write this much has been fairly well dashed to oblivion. I mean, it makes me feel useless to know that I can't compare to that type of prolixity.
Ugh. Stop being emo, Nick. Alright, so apparently there is a recipe for a five minute cake that does not require the use of an actual oven to make. All it requires is a microwave oven, and some other ingredients. It seems interesting enough to make, and since it only takes five minutes I am all over it. However, I suck at cooking, so I'm going to wait until I get some supervision before actually trying it.
I'll post the recipe after I try it, as I don't like sharing things that I've never tried. It's just something about me, but I won't promote something that I don't believe in. So, with that in mind, I would like to promote something that I think is super nifty. Now, this is unusual, because this particular thing I have not had the chance to test.
However, I know that a couple friends of mine own an iPhone, and this is particularly relevant to them. It's a magic trick application that seems rather nifty. You can get it from the iTunes store, and it only costs an incredibly cheap $2.99 for the trick and a step-by-step how-to video. It's a close-up trick, and appears to be rather nifty.
That being said, I must reiterate that I have not tried it. So, since I don't have an iPhone, I have to trust the videos and say that it is incredibly nifty. As to what the trick is, it's pretty simple. The performer asks for a coin, and proceeds to rub it into the screen of the iPhone. It rolls around inside the phone, and with a shake of the phone, pops right out.
It was programmed by Marty Weiner, the brother of Zach Weiner. Zach, for those of you who don't know, is the artist and writer behind Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. It's one of my favourite comics, and it pleases me to know that the talent is not limited to just one of the brothers. Anyway, the trick is pretty nifty, and Marty is adding different coins daily.
Right now, the trick works with the US Penny, Quarter, and Sacageweya Dollar, the UK Pound coin, the Euro coin, the 100 yen coin, Swedish one Krona, Australian one Dollar, and a carrot slice. And that's just the list of coins it currently supports. He's adding more every day, which is really neat. Unfortunately, there is no sound for the coins hitting the edge of the screen. That is forthcoming, though, and what with all the stuff Marty has added so far I have no doubt that he will deliver.
So, yeah. If you have iTunes, you can purchase it here. If you don't have iTunes and an iPhone, I think I just wasted a good portion of your time. Otherwise, it's a nifty trick that only costs three measly dollars. So, for all of the people who I know who own iPhones and like magic, this portion of the post was for you.
Well, that's all I have on tap so far, and it's only gotten me to slightly over 650 words. It's 20:56 right now, as I woke up pretty late. So, I think I'm flip-flopping between nocturnal and diurnal. It's not the most comfortable thing in the world, as the cats are the reason for it, I believe. Well, not cats plural, but cat singular. Whitney meows. Loudly. Loud enough to wake me up, and that's something of an accomplishment.
Unfortunately, she doesn't meow at the exact same time every day. If she was an alarm clock like that, I would be more than fine with it. Unfortunately, since she meows at random there are times where I want nothing more than to stuff a marshmallow in her mouth to muffle it. I think I need earplugs. Either that or I just need to deal, and quit being such a pansy. Of course, if I stopped being a pansy, I don't know what would happen.
However, being a pansy is a blessing in disguise, I think. I mean, the worst problems I face are actually pretty easy to deal with. Not anything like the problems a tough guy faces. They have issues like broken bones and stuff. Pansies just get colds and whine about it. Mind you, I'm probably incredibly wrong on that point, but I would prefer to remain in my fantasy world about that.
Okay, I just made a cake. Took me about ten minutes, and it's surprisingly decent. The recipe is surprisingly simple, and we had all the ingredients on-hand. You can find the recipe here, and it's a surpirisingly easy recipe. I do have to say that the way they did it is not how I went about it, though. I ended up combining the ingredients in a seperate container, and then pouring it into the mug.
I gotta tell you though, it's a fairly decent cake. Especially when you consider how little time was spent in the preparation. I mean, it took all of six or seven minutes to get all the ingredients together and combined, and another three to actually "bake" it. Way easier than an Easy-Bake oven. Provides more cake, too. I do have to say that Easy-Bake has this beat on the amount of different foods it can make.
Although, I think that with a little patient digging I could find more. Right now, the only real issue for me is that this cake could be a little sweeter. That's something that can be easily remedied next time that I try this. One option is to add the sugar directly to the mix next time, but I want to go a little further with presentation. I'm going to sprinkle powdered sugar on top of it after it finishes cooking next time. I think it would look pretty darn nice if I did that.
There's also the issue that it is not as chocolatey as I thought it would be. However, that may be because I forgot to add one of the tablespoons of cocoa mix. I'm not certain if I did or not, as I lost count partway through and had to trust my gut on that, so... yeah. Next time, definitely counting the number of spoons.
I'm posting what I did here, so I don't forget it in case the link ever breaks.
4 Tablespoons Flour
9 Tablespoons Hot Cocoa Mix
3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
3 Tablespoons Water
1 Large microwave-safe coffee mug
I combined the flour and cocoa mix in a measuring cup, then added the egg and mixed it until I couldn't any more. Added the water and oil,and wisked until it was thoroughly mixed.
I took a large coffee mug, and lightly coated the sides and bottom with vegetable oil, as we were out of cooking spray. Into this mug, I poured the batter, and placed it in the microwave for three minutes on high. After about a minute and a half, I noticed the cake rising above the rim of the mug.
I panicked for a moment, as it was a pretty tall mug and I thought I would have to clean cake off the top of the microwave. Luckily, the cake settled back down into the mug, thereby avoiding what could have been a messy situation. When the microwave beeped it's completion, I let it set for a moment while I went to fetch a plate.
After grabbing the plate, I took the mug out of the microwave, flipped it upside down onto the plate, and pulled it up. Much to my surprise, out came a very decent-looking (especially given the circumstances) chocolate cake. So,I have to say that I do find this recipe to be quite nifty. Somuch so that I will do my best to memorise it.
That way, as long as I have access to the ingredients and a microwave, I am only about five to ten minutes away from a cake. Oooh, maybe next time I add in a little instant coffee. Also, more sugar. Instant chocolate/coffee flavoured cake! That would be nifty. Or maybe add chocolate chips to it... Oh, the possibilities!
Anyway, that's it for the cake, so now I have to figure out something else to do so I can write about it. I'm at the 1500 word mark now, and I only have an hour and fifty minutes to write another five hundred more. Actually, I think the total I need to write is less than that, but I'm going to stick with five hundred because it is a nice, round number. So, I get to try and figure out how to pad this post out some more.
Let's see, what do I need to do tonight? Well, I could try fixing the spacebar, as it is annoying the crap out of me with it's constant disobedience. However, that's best done in the daylight by a trained professional, and neither of those things are happeneing at the moment. So, I get to keep looking back over what I have writen and try to catch any errors.
It's trash night, so I need to gather up trash from the various rooms and set it out on the curb. I have all night to do that though, so there's no real rush. I also need to sift the litter boxes. Not much that really needs doing, but I think I'll also tidy up a bit around the house. It's not my turn to do dishes tonight, so I don't have to worry about that.
I just feel like I'm forgetting something, though. Not something incredibly important, but something I was going to do. Oh! I remember now. I was going to write a story called 'Lord of the Fellowship: Return of the Two Towers'. Came up with it while talking to my Danish friend Teddy. Christ, we come up with some off-the-wall stuff.
The story is going to be part of the classic story about the Ugly Duckling. It would be based in New York, and focus on the mysterious reappearance of the WTC Twin Towers. Really, it would have nothing to do with LOTR except for the title. Seriously, I don't know what I was thinking when we came up with that. I look back over the chatlog, and am astounded at how much more creative I can be when in conversation.
Really, I think that's where my talent lies. Storytelling, but only verbally. I need cues from other people to really build my stories into something absolutely amazingly brilliant. Isolation just kills my creativity, I think. Like, the stories about how I got my scar become grander and more unbelieveable when I can see the person that I'm talking to. And yet, I am able to pull off the story when face-to-face. Thee's just something about the conviction I put into it, I suppose.
Well, that's all that I have to talk about tonight folks. Good night, and stay safe out there.