Archive for May 2nd, 2007

Diet Recipe: Lentils

This is the Greek-style recipe for lentils, but with an added French connection: sausage. It’s a very healthy dish, lots of fiber and iron in it. If you don’t add any olive oil, you still get a big, filling plate of lentils that’s only 200 calories.

Ingredients (for 1)
* 50 gr raw brown lentils (120 cals)
* 1/2 of a small tomato (10 cals)
* 1/2 of a low-cal sliced sausage (60 cals)
* 1 shallot (3 cals)
* 2 cloves of garlic (2 cals)
* 1/5 cup of lemon juice (5 cals)
* 1 tbspoon of olive oil (optional, 120 cals)
* salt

Execution
1. Put the lentils in a big open dish and go through them one by one to remove any non-lentil elements or small stones that may be found in the package. After that, wash the lentils with running hot water for a minute (use your hands to literally wash the lentils).
2. Add 3 cups of water in a saucepan under high heat. Cut the onion & the half tomato in small pieces and add them to the saucepan. Then, add the garlic, the lentils and the salt (and the olive oil if you are not dieting).
3. Replace the cover of the saucepan and let it cook for at least 30 minutes. Add more water as needed if the lentils are not yet cooked through (it should be a bit watery, but not as much as a soup — cooking times are different between brands so you will have to experiment).
4. About 5 minutes before it’s all ready, stir in the lemon juice and the sausage and continue cooking in medium heat. Serve hot.

Save the Net Radio

It really bothers me that RIAA is trying to close down so many internet radios. Not because they don’t have their share of rightfulness by doing so (a small portion of what they are trying to do is justified by law), but because the kind of music I listen via the internet is not available for purchase in USA. I mostly listen to DI.fm’s Eurodance channel. I love most of early ’90s Eurodance because well, that was “my clubbing time”.

I have tried to find such music on iTunes and other online legal services and there isn’t anywhere to be found. iTunes only has 4-5 Eurodance albums all in all, from the few artists that made a small impact at the US charts back then (e.g. Aqua). But real artists, like Ventura, 2-Fabiola, or E-Type are nowhere to be found. Except Europe, Japan and Brazil, no one else listened to that kind of music (Disco 2.0) back then.

So what am I supposed to do? By imposing stiff fees RIAA is trying to kill internet radios and with it genres of music that are extra rare. And that’s the crime!

I am seriously thinking of calling our congressman’s representative about it (even if I can’t vote in US).

The day that Digg died

I don’t have any other way to put it. This is the first major digital riot that I know of. Digg gave away power to their users and their users made over-use of it, because these same users don’t want to sacrifice a small part of their “freedom of speech” to save the owners’ hard work from the legal watchdogs that serve DMCA notices. It’s called respect, and while respect works both ways, the Digg admins have shown it to their users over and over again (most and foremost by giving them power in the first place). The users haven’t shown respect so far (in fact Digg is abused on a daily basis by hackers trying to game the site), and when the time came to show respect to the owners when they needed it, they didn’t show any. The users themselves are now closing down Digg by showing no mercy, so in actuality they do what a lawsuit would have accomplished. Either way, Digg.com loses.

Digg will never recover from this, no matter if Kevin tries to sound cool now. This is the beginning of the end for the popular site, and the fact that they haven’t sold their company yet is unfortunate for them. It’s sad though because the only people who will pay for this are the Digg Inc. employees and the loyal readers. This shows how blind and constricted the majority of the people are. They have a problem with a law, and instead of fighting the law, they fight their local militia. They don’t see the bigger picture. Even if Digg had decided to never ban the HD-DVD key and go down like heroes, it would have bring nothing to the larger cause. The rioting should have been directed at MPAA and the US Congress (and the EU smart asses who followed their lead) for voting for and endorsing the DMCA. Where are these users rioting outside MPAA’s offices or texting their congressman? Nowhere to be found of course! They only know how to make one big empty noise, and nothing of substance.

Interestingly, this whole fiasco happened on May 1st, a date associated with riots and revolts.