Archive for August 28th, 2007

Broiled lobster

At our home we eat shellfish regularly (from shrimp to full crabs), but this was the first time we bought and cooked lobster. In fact, it was just my second or third time in my life that I had a lobster tail. It was pretty good, but the price still seemed steep ($14 each). Here’s how I cooked it tonight.

Ingredients (for 2)
* 2 lobster tails
* 1/4 cup olive oil
* 1/2 cup lemon juice
* 1 medium onion
* paprika
* salt

1. Wash the lobster. Get your cooking shears and carefully cut and discard the semi-hard membrane along the belly of the lobster in order to expose it for easier cook-through.
2. Peel, and then cut the onion in small pieces. Place the pieces in a large bowl.
3. In the same bowl add the oil, lemon, some salt and a generous amount of paprika. Using a fork mix everything well.
4. Place the lobster tails there too and let it marinate in the fridge for one to two hours.
5. Preheat the broiler for 10 minutes. In a grilling oven dish place your lobster with the hard shell facing down and pour half of the marinating sauce on it. Broil for 4 minutes.
6. Turn your lobster tails so the hard shell faces up and broil for 7 minutes.
7. Turn again, add the other half of the marinating sauce and cook for 3 more minutes. Enjoy with spicy tartar sauce and vegetables.

Broiled lobster tail

Come to mama, PS3

We went over to Brian’s last night (Drist‘s guitarist) to drop off the (bug fixed) final cut of the video interview I shot for the band the other day. I burned a CD with the 1080p h.264 version of the 10-min video (10mbps, 640 MBs), as the idea was to play it back on his 1080p TV via his PS3.

JBQ and I liked the result so much that on the way back we discussed getting a PS3 — failing a better AppleTV. I mean, come on. Here I got an expensive HD camera and no way to play back my videos on our big TV other than through the error prone, arcane & archaic DV tapes.

In our good (?) fortune, Amazon was running a deal today: a PS3, plus 8 Blu-Ray movies. So we went for it, JBQ just ordered it. We went for the 60GB version of the PS3 instead of the 80GB one because the 60GB version does PS2 simulation in hardware instead of software emulation (which translates to better compatibility for our 100+ PS2 games in our collection).

I am personally interested only in the Blu-Ray drive and the H.264 capabilities of the PS3 of course, but JBQ will love playing the new Grand Turismo in there, that’s for sure. I already changed our Netflix profile too and it now includes both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD titles in our queue.

Dear readers, meet Jacob

It’s 99% certain that this guy has been casted as “Jacob” for the upcoming “Lost” season. I must say that while I don’t know if the guy can act, he looks every bit as I envisioned Jacob. Great casting! Update: Apparently not Jacob. 🙁

TV is dying, says Google expert

One of the founding fathers of the internet has predicted the end of traditional television” writes the Telegraph.

Not quite yet, but it’s getting there. When the majority of people get high-speed DSL and a BitTorrent-like engine is built on Adobe Flash (just like Joost does to share the bandwidth among users, because the TCP/IP protocol is not ideal for 1:1 streaming), there is absolutely no reason why traditional TV should exist. The reason why “TV programmes” are in a sequential order with special timetables it’s because traditional TV does not have an OnDemand system. People must sit down in front of a TV at a specific time to watch their favorite show, and failing that they must record it and watch it later. But there is no reason to do that with true OnDemand TV. You visit the web site you want (or an HD version of YouTube, or a future AppleTV’s internet channel) and just like with Joost, you pick to watch the latest episode of your favorite show either on a computer screen, or on your big internet-ready TV set.

Joost is the first company to “get it”, although I have my doubts about how it will play with Comcast’s ISP net neutrality policies overtime, plus I don’t find anything interesting to watch there, and quality is pretty low compared to very nice quality of ABC’s new HD availability.

Oh well, we are getting there. Transition will happen. And those networks that won’t make it, they will die a slow death.

Apple faces new class-action suit over locked iPhones

Apple Inc. is facing yet another class-action lawsuit over its iPhone, this time from a New York State resident who claims the company failed to adequately disclose to consumers that the handset is locked to AT&T’s network and that using the device internationally would result in substantial data roaming chargeswrites AppleInsider.

I don’t think that Apple failed to adequately disclose to consumers that the handset is locked to AT&T’s network. You can’t even buy an iPhone without getting an AT&T contract, let alone that the relationship between the two companies was known from the beginning. This lawsuit does not hold ground in my opinion.

However, I hate locked phones as much as the next guy. I never buy or agree to review locked phones. I guess, that’s my own version of “software freedom”.

I also read recently that AT&T lawyers stopped the release of unlocked iPhones, which is sad. They should not have the right to do that. The DMCA was modified a few years back to allow these kinds of hacks, although of course nothing is black and white. Hopefully, the hacks would at least be released as software patches so users can decide themselves to unlock an iPhone or not. BusinessWeek wrote an article too.

I like Google’s perspective, if this rumor is true: open spectrum, open devices, open software.