Aunt Cathy's Waffles

recipe, family, food


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups milk
  • 5 tbsp. oil (or melted margerine)

You'll want a waffle iron (belgian-style or regular) and a mixer or set of beaters.

  1. Measure dry ingredients into a large bowl.

  2. In separate, smaller bowl, beat egg yolks. Add milk and oil. Put egg whites in the bowl of a mixer or in a glass bowl in which you can beat.

  3. Begin beating egg whites at a high speed. Don't stop until stiff peaks form (that is, when inserting the beater or whisk and pulling up leaves small mountain-like "peaks" in the egg whites).

  4. Add egg yolk mixture to dry ingredients and mix with a spoon and then mix further with a wire whisk to get out lumps.

  5. Fold egg whites into batter (that is, carefully mix the whites into the batter with a folding motion so as to not release any of the air trapped in the whites).

  6. To quote Cathy's recipe: "Cook on griddle that sizzles at the dribble!". Or in technical parlance: Pour a ladelful (about 3/4 cup) into a waffle iron that sizzles when you put a drop of water on it.

zestyping: What's wrong with this picture?

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Check out Ping's post, "What's wrong with this picture?":

Have a good look at this picture. Does anything seem unusual about it? (If you already know the secret, don't tell.)

I think I've figured it out.

TEST of 'p-numeral' bug


don't mind this post, just a test of my blog software...

So this bug I'm dealing with is the strangest thing. This post renders on the front page of NQB 2.0. It renders in RSS and ATOM (you should be able to see this in your reader). However, if you click on the permalink to this post it displays: "Sorry, there is no post to display... ".

In fact, if I choose any string that contains the letter p and follow it with a number (in the same string) for the permalink slug, this bug is triggered.

NQB has a slight NQBug...

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Sorry, for some reason, my blogging software, b2evo, has a bug where having "p2p" as part of the permalink causes the permalinked-to post not to render. I'm currently looking for a fix... until then, if you come across any posts that weren't rendering because of this, let me know. I think I found most of them and changed "p2p" to "ptop".

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Non-controversial P2P: Aliens, Proteins and Atmospheric Models

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(cross-posted to "Challenges of P2P" here)

a thumbnail image of one of the figures from their jan 2005 nature paper. the image shows the results of doubling atmospheric CO2. In the P2P debate, it's often easy to forget that there are important uses of P2P technology other than file-sharing -- uses that do not implicate copyright. While file-sharing focuses on the consumption of the network, other technologies focus on production utilizing the vast computing and innovative resources available at the network's edges. Our own Space Science Lab here at UC Berkeley has made a valuable contribution in this area through the development of distributed computing.

Harnessing the power of tens of thousands of CPUs, the SETI@home project pioneered this technique to analyze vast quantities of radio telescope data for signs of extraterrestrial life. In an effort to allow other researchers to harness the power of distributed computing, those behind SETI@home developed a general-purpose version of their distributed computing software, the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC). BOINC projects now include climate modeling, protein-folding calculations, gravitational wave detection and improving particle accelerator design in addition to searching for ET.

One such project,, reported their first results in last week's Nature. As reported by Science's wonderful ScienceNow service in a story called, "Climate Models Heat Up":

Now modeler David Stainforth of the University of Oxford, U.K., and 15 colleagues have pumped-up this approach by utilizing the processing capacity of 26,000 personal computers. Volunteers from the general public contributed the power of their machines to, allowing the researchers to vary six parameters, several at one time for a whopping 2578 simulations. Most of the simulations predicted a global temperature rise of around 3.4°C, but some ran as hot as 11°C, 2°C warmer than any kind of study before it. Stainforth, whose group publishes its work in the 27 January issue of Nature ("Uncertainty in predictions of the climate response to rising levels of greenhouse gases"), says he can't say how likely the 11°C heat-up is because "we can't yet give a probability for our results."

One can imagine a consumption-based P2P filesharing service that is similarly unhindered by issues of copyright. For example, a filesharing service for only public domain or Creative Commons-licensed works. Of course, there are the open questions of whether or not such a service could be built and whether or not it would sustain. If we suspend reality for a second and imagine that all (or a significant number of) public domain works were available on such a system, I think we can all agree that such a service would be culturally influential and and have a broad impact on our growing information society.

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