Cheesy Cauliflower Patties

Vegetables are really not my forte – and cauliflower especially. Though I’m trying to get better, I promise. So when I found a recipe for some cheesy cauliflower patties, I decided to tweak it a bit to see if I could make them even more up my alley.

First, I grabbed a big head of cauliflower and chopped off the florets, and started them boiling in some water, along with a small bit of onion (because I do like onion you know). Then I grabbed some other flavors that I felt would go well in this particular dish: Bell peppers and cheese.

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Root Your Nook HD and Remove Bloatware

Not too long ago, the Barnes and Noble Nook HD created quite a stir when the company announced that it would get the Play Store installed natively – this means that instead of trying to go up against Amazon and the Fire by creating its own ecosystem, the Nook would now be more akin to a regular Android tablet. Not exactly an Android tablet, but almost. And what’s more, you didn’t have to root the tablet in order to get the tablet connect to Google services.

The stir became even more interesting when the company dropped the prices from $229 to $179 and most recently to $149 (this is for the 16GB model). The Nook HD+ has had similar drops, but that strange dongle thing on the corner meant that I really didn’t want one of those, even with the larger screen. Regardless, I decided to take the plunge.

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How about an electronic license plate?

It seems that the state of South Carolina – rarely at the forefront of anything – may be proposing something fairly interesting: An electronic license plate.

There is no telling if these plates would ever see the light of day. For one, they are potentially expensive – the inventor is trying to get the cost under $100 per plate (which means that they are over that point now). There does not appear to be a reliable source for the cost of the metal plates, but since they are often rumored to be stamped out in stacks by prisoners, you have to assume they are awfully cheap.

Which makes the question: Why switch?

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Prism Needed to be Transparent

With all the hubbub from the announcement that the government can snoop on pretty much anything they like – first Verizon calls, then later almost anything on the internet via a program named Prism (save Twitter, because that’s so important), it leaves me wondering why there is such an issue.

The issue is that there was no transparency in the program. It was announced that the current administration took steps to figure out who leaked the documents – and later that person could get years in prison. But why is this? They shouldn’t get prison time. They should get a parade.

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Cut Down Government Services Already

It seems like just about each time I drive down some street or another, I end up stuck behind a row of buses. Yes, a row of buses. Okay, two may not actually qualify as “a row”, but just how many do you need? One would surely do in most cases, and two is definitely more than enough, especially when it seems like they stop every hundred yards or so. Surely people can walk a hundred yards to the next stop rather than having the buses stop as often as they do, right?

Before being accused of saying the government should exist at all, I actually think that there is a place for the government – I just think that the government – especially at the federal level – should be really small, and I don’t get why once something is enacted it is so difficult to get rid of it.

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Cannot Link to Secure Site in Movable Type

I recently had a client where everything was working fine – but they were unable to link to any secure (https) sites when creating entries in Movable Type. Unfortunately, there were no messages to be found, and everything worked just fine – as long as there were no https links in the entry.

To make matters worse, just changing the https link to http made it work just fine – which at first seemed to make no sense whatsoever. It’s like that one character put the database over some sort of size limit or something. Alas, even that wasn’t it – bunches of (other) characters would work fine, just not those particular characters, making it seem like that site itself was the issue, and that is what eventually led to the answer.

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