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How To Make Generic Fried Rice (For Noobs)

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Typically when I buy groceries I’ll eat most of it but sometimes I forget I have certain stuff and it is about to expire. When I discover it I will cook it as possible before it goes bad. Afterwards I end up with leftovers which I keep in the fridge. Again, I’ll eat most of it but sometimes I’ll forget and even my leftovers are about to expire. What do I do after that? I cook it again as fried rice and essentially double the shelf life of my food! Sure, it sounds a bit grungy but this technique has served me well through my college/university years! I hope you will find it helpful because it not only tastes good and is simple to make, but is a great way to empty out your fridge as well.

Any fried rice will have the following basic components: rice, eggs, vegetables, meat, soy sauce, and oil. When you go to a restaurant the vegetables in your fried rice will usually include onions, corn, peas, and lettuce if not all 4 and more stuff. Meat will generally be limited to chicken, beef, or pork though they way they are cooked may vary (stir fried, pan-seared, roasted, barbecued, etc). Occasionally there may also be miscellaneous things like pineapple or crushed peanuts.

You’ll want to use leftover rice instead of freshly cooked rice because fresh rice is stickier and wet, which will make it more difficult to cook with. Day-old and even week-old rice will work fine but be sure to do a sniff check and look for mold if the rice you’re using is really old. Be sure to dice up any meat or vegetables ahead of time because you’ll want to cook everything at once.

Start by scrambling the eggs while your wok or frying pan is clean, otherwise your eggs will end up with dark spots and not look as bright yellow if you cook them after everything else. There’s no need to bend over backwards to keep the egg in one piece because you’ll break it apart later. For the amount of rice I used in the video I should’ve used 4 eggs but I only used 3. After cooking fried rice more you’ll have a better gauge of how much of each ingredient you’ll need but in the beginning it’s all trial and error! Add some salt to eggs and put it back in the same bowl you used to beat the eggs in (we’ll cook the eggs again in the end).

Next, cook any vegetables you have except for shredded lettuce. Cooking lettuce will make it soften and wilt so I only cook it at the very end so it remains crunchy and turgid. Cook onions until they’re soft and translucent and peas and corn until they’re soft and start to change color. Add oil to the pan every time you change ingredients to keep them from burning because the oil will be soaked up. Put each ingredient back in its corresponding bowl to avoid washing extra dishes.

Cook the meat afterwards. 90% of the time I use leftover meat so it’s already been cooked and I’m merely reheating it. However, if I’m using raw meat I’ll need to fully cook it and then dice it into smaller pieces. If you use red meat like steak or roast pork you’ll notice that it will release fat and juices which will burn and stick to the pan/wok; if you cook the meat before the eggs, the eggs will pick up these charred pieces and look ugly. Keep stirring to prevent the meat from sticking and burning. Put the meat(s) back in the bowl(s) when they’re done.

Use a generous amount of oil when stir frying the rice because the rice will soak it up. The oil will help keep the rice from sticking to the pan and burning and to keep the rice from sticking to itself. Keep the rice moving and make sure you move the top rice to the bottom so it cooks evenly. Your arm will get pretty tired from all this. Break the rice up as best you can and try not to leave any clumps, otherwise the middle of each clump will be uncooked and flavorless.

Once the rice starts to golden a bit (the color change will be very slight), it should be about ready (taste test it). Add light soy sauce for saltiness and dark soy sauce for additional flavor and color. Mix the rice so the soy sauce is evenly distributed. Continue mixing in the other ingredients in the reverse order that you prepared them in. If you have any lettuce, add it last and turn off the flame before giving it one last mix. Good luck!

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Just Another Day In The Office 2

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Co 1: [sends email out saying to put something in the drawl]
Co 2: [facepalm] + wtf are you writing?
Co 1: Put in the the drawl!
Co 2: You mean drawer?
Co 1: What?
Co 2: …
Co 1: Really?
Co 2: Don’t say ‘really’ like you knew
Co 1: … How do you spell it?
Me: WOW ARE YOU SERIOUS
Co 2: d-r-a-w-e-r
Co 1: … I liked how I spelled it better
Me: Time to find a new job

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How To Build A 3D Origami Vase

I came across this beautiful 3D origami vase but couldn’t find a guide to build it. Jewellia7777 made a good try in creating a diagram but after zooming in on the original photos and counting the pieces, I realized that hers was close but not exact. By counting the number of pieces in one pink diamond and red triangle I estimated that this pattern was repeated 6 times and therefore the vase was 48 pieces in circumference. I did a similar estimate with the height but ended up adding an extra 3-4 to it after I actually built the vase and realized that I needed additional rows. Below is a picture tutorial of how I made the vase!

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For this project I made a white vase with a purple accent and red/yellow diamonds. Feel free to use other colors or to come up with an entirely different design.

It’s easier to build 6 red/yellow triangles attached to an upside-down purple trapezoid and the combine them afterwards, than to try to build the entire 48 piece base at once. When pieces get too long they start to curl and easily break apart. As you build on this base it will initially radiate out instead of bending in.
However, as you add additional rows it will bend inwards and upwards.

When adding rows, alternate the direction in which you place the pieces (clockwise, counterclockwise, clockwise, etc) otherwise the vase will start to “lean” towards one side and look ugly. Also make sure that you put the pieces on with equal strength otherwise it’ll look “lumpy.”

This is a picture of the complete base as seen from the bottom.Unless you have several hours to spare, you won’t be able to complete this project in one sitting. I made this over a span of 1-2 weeks largely because I had no guide to follow, I was learning as I was building, and basically I had no idea what I was doing. Therefore I stored my pieces in a CD spindle to keep them from being damaged as I transported them (the neck fit in the bottom of the base!).

The neck is straightforward and just a simple cylinder. However, after it is built you’ll want to shape it into an hourglass-like figure for aesthetic purposes.

I found it easier to shape the neck by increasing the height beyond 13 pieces, molding the neck, and then removing the extra pieces. I also glued the uppermost row of pieces and put a heavy book on it overnight to help it retain its shape. Afterward, I made the top ring, put a bit of glue on each tip of the uppermost row, laid the ring on a table, flipped the neck structure upside-down, placed it ring on top of the ring, and put a heavy book on top of the “bottom” of the neck. I thought that would make it less likely for the ring to be off-center.

After that, add some glue to the bottom of the neck and the top of the vase base, join the two together, put another heavy book on top, and wait for it to dry!

The end.

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I believe in Tim Tebow

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http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/7455943/believing-tim-tebow

Wow.

That article is really eye-opening and encouraging read. I knew Tim did charitable work and volunteered at his father’s orphanage but these pre and post game visits were totally new. It’s beautiful that he would take time to meet and hang out with these people and bring a little joy into their lives instead of rejoicing with teammates or sulking over a loss. Some people say Tim does all this to make a spectacle and that he prays publicly just to get attention. I personally don’t think so.

Say what you want about his form, his style of play, and his inexperience but as for his character he seems like a very genuine guy who has a noble and pure heart. He’s humble, he’s a hard worker, and he’s sincere. He takes his lumps when he messes up and he shares the glory and credits his teammates (and God) when they win. How many other star athletes would do this instead of hogging the spotlight or boasting about themselves?

People hate on him because he’s weird or different from what they think a quarterback should be like or act like but maybe Tim’s got it right. Maybe we’re the weird ones for avoiding sharing credit with others, for glorifying self-promotion, and forgetting that humility is a virtue. Maybe we should be the ones under criticism for becoming a selfish people and not having a heart that seeks to love and serve others, even strangers. And maybe we’ve got it wrong and Tim’s got it right that in a society where everyone tries to be PC about everything, that it’s still okay to be proud of, and bold about, your faith and what you believe in.

I like Tim Tebow not because he’s a phenomenal quarterback. I think he has great potential but he’s just needs more experience. However, I think Tim’s character is excellent and he handles himself, the media, and the critics all very well. I believe in him. I’m a Tebro.

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Learn 3D Origami Building Techniques And How To Read And Make 3D Origami Diagrams

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Knowing how to cut and fold triangles are great but you need to know how to use them as well! Here are a few of the most used building techniques in 3D origami as well as how to read/draw your own diagrams.

Almost every 3D origami piece will be built in the shape of a circle but it is hard to turn a 3D object into a 2D diagram. Therefore, diagrams are drawn like rectangles in order for you to see both the front and backs of pieces (like the label on a can being peeled off). The ends of the rows are supposed to be connected to the opposite sides, but obviously you can’t draw that so remember that they are connected.

When making your own diagram, Copy->Paste will be your best friend because it takes far too long to draw out individual triangles. The paint bucket tool is pretty cool too.

Increases are used when you want to add pieces to onto a smaller base so the structure starts to look like this: ▼. In the opposite way, decreases are used to reduce the number of pieces you have so the structure will look like this: ▲. Do note that you’ll want to space out increases/decreases from each other and do them over several rows, otherwise if you do them all in one row it will become way too packed or that row will look like it has holes. Spacing increases/decreases also makes it look more natural.

I currently do not have the pictures used in the video but I will update this post later when I get hold of them.

Shout out to Jewellia7777 once again for coming up with some of these techniques and inspiring me to continue in this craft!

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Intro to 3D Origami – Cutting paper and folding triangles

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One of the hobbies I enjoy doing is folding 3D origami. I got started after seeing a 3D origami swan and deconstructing a single triangle to figure out how to fold it.

In this video I cut sheets of paper into 1/32 rectangles. If you’re using thicker paper OR want to have thinner triangle pieces, you can cut those rectangles width-wise and make 1/64 pieces. If you do that, skip the first folding step (hot dog fold) and start with the second fold (hamburger fold).

Don’t worry if your rectangles come out uneven or mis-sized because you can hide that when folding. If the triangle still comes out weird looking you can always use it as the base of a structure or as an inverted piece (will be explained in a subsequent post) so don’t throw it away!

 

After folding the triangles I like to stack them into sticks of 20 and keep them in a Girl Scout thin mints box. This takes up far less room than leaving them as individual pieces, makes organizing colors much easier, and allows you to inventory your pieces.

Have fun!

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Intro to OnAHumanJourney; tribute to ice1cube

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Welcome to my blog! Above is a snapshot of things to come.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with ice1cube (aka Frank), he was a really amazing YouTuber who inspired me along with thousands of other people. He offered great advice, shared his workout routines (beasty guy), did random music videos, and was all around just a really funny and entertaining person. It’s because of him that I was encouraged to work out more and reconsidered my outlook on certain things. He was supremely entertaining and I always looked forward to his new videos. Similarly, that is my hope for this blog and vlog, that I would be able to inspire and encourage others, that others would find them informative and entertaining, and that people look forward to new posts and videos.

I don’t know exactly why Frank closed is account or what he is up to these days but I hope he makes a comeback :]  Frank, we miss you!