Monthly Archives: May 2009

★ Friday is link day – May 29th

Ok so last week you might remember me writing…

I promise next week that I’ll be more organised and wont have to rush it out….yeh right.

Well, guess what…..this week once again will be a rushed out list and it’s all because I’m still ridiculously busy. Work is just nuts at the moment, seems we’ve got a product that’s being received in the market place so well that it’s almost bordering on ‘killer app’ status. I’m slightly shocked at how well it’s being received, but of course we’re definitely not complaining about it.

So yep, back to the rushed out links of the week, we’ve got a pretty eclectic one this week with a mix of design, ethics, medical, and a little bit of humour. Continue reading

★ Friday is link day – May 29th

Ok so last week you might remember me writing…

I promise next week that I’ll be more organised and wont have to rush it out….yeh right.

Well, guess what…..this week once again will be a rushed out list and it’s all because I’m still ridiculously busy. Work is just nuts at the moment, seems we’ve got a product that’s being received in the market place so well that it’s almost bordering on ‘killer app’ status. I’m slightly shocked at how well it’s being received, but of course we’re definitely not complaining about it.

So yep, back to the rushed out links of the week, we’ve got a pretty eclectic one this week with a mix of design, ethics, medical, and a little bit of humour. Continue reading

Thai Pork and Coriander Balls

This is a recipe I was playing around with one Saturday afternoon, I had a craving for something snacky, but also something ‘Asian’ in influence. I raided the fridge and pantry, but didn’t have much in the way of ingredients to choose from….so I came up with these, Thai Pork and Coriander Balls.

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Ingredient wise it’s a bit of a throw it together;

– 500gm Pork Mince
– Handful of Fresh Coriander Leaves
– 2 small Red Chillies
– 1 Egg (medium to large)
– 1 medium White Onion
– 2 Tablespoons of Fish Sauce
– Peanut Oil (for shallow frying)

Give it all a good slice, dice, and mix…and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!

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To make the balls I find the easiest thing to do to keep them all roughly the same size, also so they cook in the same amount of time, is to use a tablespoon measure. Simple, but it totally works.

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Time fries when you’re having fun!

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Once you’ve finished cooking all the balls, and they’ve had some time to drain on some kitchen towel, serve them up on your platter of choice with some dipping sauce. Dipping sauce wise I normally do;

– 2 parts Sweet Chilli Sauce
– 1 part Light Soy Sauce
– 1 part Fish Sauce

Mix it all up and serve it in a little dipping bowl.

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Looking for more of my world famous recipes, then head over to the recipes archive!

Promote blog commenting with Thesis & Disqus

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As a blogger I must admit that I love love LOVE receiving comments. There’s nothing like receiving some positive, even negative, feedback about articles you’ve spent minutes, hours, some times days, constructing.

For a little while now I’ve been using the Disqus commenting platform across all of my blogs, mostly for the ease of setting up Facebook Connect, and now Twitter logins, so I must admit I was very thankful and happy when Disqus worked straight away on my new Thesis theme. Continue reading

★ Friday is link day – 22nd May

This is going to be another short and rushed list of links, my excuse this week is I’m flat out working through some web design and marketing bits and pieces for my 9-5 job and have a bit of a deadline on one of the projects that I’m not sure I’m going to make.

Anyway, screw the excuses lets get on with this list. Continue reading

★ Friday is link day – 22nd May

This is going to be another short and rushed list of links, my excuse this week is I’m flat out working through some web design and marketing bits and pieces for my 9-5 job and have a bit of a deadline on one of the projects that I’m not sure I’m going to make.

Anyway, screw the excuses lets get on with this list. Continue reading

★ Winter Time is Risotto Time

Winter is all but upon us in here in Newcastle and winter is one of those times where every cafe seems to offer soups on their menus. I’m not much of a soup man, though I do like a hearty winter warmer, so I’m on the hunt for the best Risotto recipes out there.

Give me links, send me emails, even write your favourite Risotto recipe down in a comment below.

★ Winter Time is Risotto Time

Winter is all but upon us in here in Newcastle and winter is one of those times where every cafe seems to offer soups on their menus. I’m not much of a soup man, though I do like a hearty winter warmer, so I’m on the hunt for the best Risotto recipes out there.

Give me links, send me emails, even write your favourite Risotto recipe down in a comment below.

★ Thesis Framework, 24 hours later

Well I’ve just past the 24 hour mark using the Thesis Framework here on my blog. As you can see I really haven’t done a huge amount of customization at this point, this was due to some custom.css problems I was having, however I have made a few little custom.css entries to change up the the body text, link colour, heading colours, etc.

I mentioned I had a custom.css error, well basically when I set the permissions of the /custom directory something didn’t take correctly and after hours and hours of frustration trying to ‘hack the css’ I tracked back through the entire installation process and worked out where the problem was. Soon as the problem was rectified everything worked straight away. Continue reading

★ Thesis Framework, 24 hours later

Well I’ve just past the 24 hour mark using the Thesis Framework here on my blog. As you can see I really haven’t done a huge amount of customization at this point, this was due to some custom.css problems I was having, however I have made a few little custom.css entries to change up the the body text, link colour, heading colours, etc.

I mentioned I had a custom.css error, well basically when I set the permissions of the /custom directory something didn’t take correctly and after hours and hours of frustration trying to ‘hack the css’ I tracked back through the entire installation process and worked out where the problem was. Soon as the problem was rectified everything worked straight away. Continue reading

★ Lifestyle Food’s Member of the Month!

I received a lovely little email from the folks at the Lifestyle Channel this afternoon letting me know that I’ve been chosen as ‘Member of the Month’ for their July newsletter that goes out to all the members of the cooking social network.

Apparently I impressed a few people there with the recipes I uploaded, photography in particular. Which is very cool, and also motivational seeing as I actually haven’t uploaded any recipes here for a while now. Time to pull my finger out I think!

Anyway, if you’re a member already of the network over at Lifestyle Food then expect to see my mug shot staring back at you in the July newsletter, if you’re not a member go and sign up and get free access to tonnes and tonnes of great recipes.

★ Lifestyle Food's Member of the Month!

I received a lovely little email from the folks at the Lifestyle Channel this afternoon letting me know that I’ve been chosen as ‘Member of the Month’ for their July newsletter that goes out to all the members of the cooking social network.

Apparently I impressed a few people there with the recipes I uploaded, photography in particular. Which is very cool, and also motivational seeing as I actually haven’t uploaded any recipes here for a while now. Time to pull my finger out I think!

Anyway, if you’re a member already of the network over at Lifestyle Food then expect to see my mug shot staring back at you in the July newsletter, if you’re not a member go and sign up and get free access to tonnes and tonnes of great recipes.

★ I Feel Ghood

There’s so much quality content being produced on Vimeo at the moment, how can I not post this video.

Video info:

Riding by Tom Wallisch, Henrik Harlaut, Niklas Eriksson, Oscar Harlaut.

Filmed and edited by Andreas Olofsson.

Song: Fall Out Boy Feat. Joe Budden, 88-Keys & Murs – “America’s Suitehearts” (Remix)

Who wants to go riding?

★ I Feel Ghood

There’s so much quality content being produced on Vimeo at the moment, how can I not post this video.

Video info:

Riding by Tom Wallisch, Henrik Harlaut, Niklas Eriksson, Oscar Harlaut.

Filmed and edited by Andreas Olofsson.

Song: Fall Out Boy Feat. Joe Budden, 88-Keys & Murs – “America’s Suitehearts” (Remix)

Who wants to go riding?

★ Time to "Clear The Air"

So here’s what I’ve been working on this weekend, Clear The Air. It’s not quite complete, but it’s pretty close to done. I figured I’d post it so it didn’t look like I was being lazy this weekend. If all goes well it’ll be done and dusted some time tomorrow.

★ Time to “Clear The Air”

So here’s what I’ve been working on this weekend, Clear The Air. It’s not quite complete, but it’s pretty close to done. I figured I’d post it so it didn’t look like I was being lazy this weekend. If all goes well it’ll be done and dusted some time tomorrow.

Facebook Vanity URL’s for Everyone!

So maybe you’re not famous enough to get your own Facebook vanity URL like Kevin Rose, U2, alleged girl beater Chris Brown, or even US President Barack Obama……big whoop. Never mind, you can still get a much simpler address than http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=719911306, which makes next to no sense and is pretty well impossible to remember, with your own domain name and a little ol thing called a .htaccess file.

If you’ve already got your own domain name and hosting you’re almost ready to have your own Facebook Vanity URL, all you need to do now is add a sub-domain and a .htaccess file to your hosting server and that’s it. If you don’t have your own domain name, ie. like http://www.mathewpacker.com, then head on over to GoDaddy and pick one out, register it, and then come on back to this tut.

If your hosting service allows it, go an add a sub domain to your account (you should be able to find documentation at your domain hosting service to show you how to add a sub domain). To keep it easy to remember I’ve added http://facebook.mathewpacker.com to my MediaTemple account. Now that the sub domain is active all I need to do is to add the .htacess file with a little URL rewrite rule in it and voila, I have a very easy to remember Facebook URL.

The htaccess file we’re going to add looks a little like this;

# This allows you to redirect your entire website to any other domain
Redirect 301 / http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=719911306

Open your favourite text editor and paste in that code, just make sure your change the id=719911306 bit to your Facebook ID otherwise you’ll be sending all your friends to my profile….not that they wont thank you for it.. Now when you save the .htaccess file to your new sub domain make sure you name the file .htaccess (the dot is very important!) otherwise it just wont work.

If all has gone well you should now be able to hand out a much easier to remember Facebook URL to all your friends, colleagues, and anyone else you care to tell. Mine is http://facebook.mathewpacker.com if you want to add me to your friend list. You can use this rewrite rule practically anywhere, Facebook Pages, Facebook Groups, etc.

Once you’ve set your new Facebook Vanity URL up leave me a comment with your new and improved Facebook URL in it.

★ Facebook Vanity URL's for Everyone!

So maybe you’re not famous enough to get your own Facebook vanity URL like Kevin Rose, U2, alleged girl beater Chris Brown, or even US President Barack Obama……big whoop. Never mind, you can still get a much simpler address than http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=719911306, which makes next to no sense and is pretty well impossible to remember, with your own domain name and a little ol thing called a .htaccess file.

If you’ve already got your own domain name and hosting you’re almost ready to have your own Facebook Vanity URL, all you need to do now is add a sub-domain and a .htaccess file to your hosting server and that’s it. If you don’t have your own domain name, ie. like http://www.mathewpacker.com, then head on over to GoDaddy and pick one out, register it, and then come on back to this tut.

If your hosting service allows it, go an add a sub domain to your account (you should be able to find documentation at your domain hosting service to show you how to add a sub domain). To keep it easy to remember I’ve added http://facebook.mathewpacker.com to my MediaTemple account. Now that the sub domain is active all I need to do is to add the .htacess file with a little URL rewrite rule in it and voila, I have a very easy to remember Facebook URL.

The htaccess file we’re going to add looks a little like this;

# This allows you to redirect your entire website to any other domain
Redirect 301 / http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=719911306

Open your favourite text editor and paste in that code, just make sure your change the id=719911306 bit to your Facebook ID otherwise you’ll be sending all your friends to my profile….not that they wont thank you for it.. Now when you save the .htaccess file to your new sub domain make sure you name the file .htaccess (the dot is very important!) otherwise it just wont work.

If all has gone well you should now be able to hand out a much easier to remember Facebook URL to all your friends, colleagues, and anyone else you care to tell. Mine is http://facebook.mathewpacker.com if you want to add me to your friend list. You can use this rewrite rule practically anywhere, Facebook Pages, Facebook Groups, etc.

Once you’ve set your new Facebook Vanity URL up leave me a comment with your new and improved Facebook URL in it.