Holiday Granola

Granola

This is a bit off topic, but I wanted to share with you all my awesome Holiday Granola recipe :)

This year I made granola for friends and family and I took multiple recipes I found online, mashed them together and then adjusted accordingly. So if you like granola and want to try something new, here’s my recipe:

Ingredients:

3 c. old fashioned oatmeal
1/2 c. wheat bran
1/3 c. flax seed meal
1/2 c. sunflower seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. all spice
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c. dark cocoa covered almonds chopped
1/2 c. chopped almonds (I just mix these with the almonds above in the food processor)
2 tsp. rum extract
1/2 c. maple syrup
1.5 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. coconut oil
1/3 c. dried cranberry

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350

Combine dry ingredients (first 11) in large bowl

Combine the rest of the ingredients (save for cranberries) in a small bowl

Mix wet ingredients in to the dry ingredients bowl

Spread mixture evenly on a foil covered baking sheet (non-greased)

Bake for 10 minutes.

Take out and mix ingredients on the baking sheet

Bake for another 5-10 minutes until toasty, but not burnt

Take out of oven and return to large bowl

Stir in dried cranberries (or any other dried fruit you might like)

[Note] The image I used is not of my granola because I didn’t take pictures! It’s from here (also a good sounding recipe that I did not use in my mashup)

Saturday Funny

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This is totally not tech related and not library related, but I wanted to share it anyway :)

Our dog Beau likes to jump in our bed at night, spread out and then stare at us when we think about maybe getting in to the bed ourselves. My new favorite comic strip can be found on Facebook and captures Beau perfectly.

From Off the Leash on Facebook

Dog lovers be sure to check out Off the Leash on Facebook.

What’s your ideal bedtime?

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Lifehacker pointed out a neat quiz that determines what type of person you are – morning or evening – and then tells you your ideal bedtime. The questions were pretty good (not like some of the silly quizzes out there) and it determined that I am very much a morning person (which I knew) and that my idea bedtime is 10:30pm. In the past few years pain has made me exhausted and I’ve gone to bed at 8 if I could, but since getting my hip replaced I’ve been trying to work up to a later bed time and have to agree that 10:30 seems to be my sweet spot (when not on the road and in a different timezone).

Take a few minutes and take the quiz yourself, the let me know what you learned about your ideal bedtime in the comments.

Of Interest to Gamers

This post is a bit of a departure from my usual posts, so I hope you’ll excuse a proud wife. For my gamer readers I wanted to point out that my husband’s RPG, Bulldogs!, has been published. It was a big hit at GenCon this year and is a top seller amongst FATE based games on DriveThruRPG.com.

For those who are interested in new games, you might be interested in this one.

Bored with your dead-end job? Tired of your planet-bound life?

Is your bland home world too safe for you? Maybe you owe some money to the wrong people, or maybe the gun just somehow went off and now you have an urgent need of a change of scenery.

TransGalaxy PanGalactic Corporation does not care about your arrest record!

Join the Class D Freight division and in exchange for a simple five-year commitment, you can leave all your troubles behind.

They’ve got the ship. You’ve got a pulse. Welcome to Bulldogs!

Bulldogs! is a tabletop role-playing game of interstellar action adventure. Bulldogs! is about freebooting ruffians flying from planet to planet causing trouble.

Bulldogs! is sci-fi that kicks ass.

Buy it in print from Indy Press Revolution. If you’re local he’ll be hosting a bunch of games at the local came store (no dates set yet).

Off Topic: A Review of StarCraft II

I posted this on my husband’s game blog, but I’m a bit annoyed and this site has a wider reach :) Maybe I’ll get some good support if I post in multiple places.


First thing you need to know about me. Before meeting Brian in college the only games I played were minesweeper, solitaire and Oregon Trail (the original). I am not a hard core gamer, and when I play games I play them over and over. When I met Brian I used to sit with him in his dorm while he played on his computer. The game he was playing most often Freshman year was StarCraft and I asked him to teach it to me. Soon after I surpassed him in StarCraft and became totally addicted. Since then I have played many other real time strategies and have loved most of them.

It just makes sense that Brian would come home on Tuesday with a copy of StarCraft II just for me! I installed it immediately and proceeded to play whenever I have time. I have to admit I was worried. I thought that Blizzard was going to go the route of World of WarCraft and make the focus on massively multi-player, but I was pleasantly surprised. They were able to keep the old StarCraft feel while still introducing new features. I love that you can now choose which missions to do and in what order. I love the idea of mercenaries and the fact that you can choose your own upgrades and research projects. I love the single player game play in general.

That said, I completed the game this morning and am a bit disappointed to find that the time spent in single player is no where near as long as you’d expect. It took me longer to finish the original StarCraft and I was in college – aka had tons of free time – then. I was re-playing StarCraft before this release, and it took me less time to finish StarCraft II than it did to finish the Terran campaign in StarCraft. So my fears that Blizzard would put the focus on multi-player were not unfounded. Apparently they were hoping that you’d be online playing so much that you wouldn’t realize that you just paid $60 for 3 hours of game play (maybe I’m exaggerating, I didn’t keep track of how long it took me – I will the second time through).

Let’s top all of that with the DRM that Blizzard thought they’d add to the game and I’m wishing there was a money back guarantee. What DRM? Well apparently in order to play offline you must authenticate (don’t ask me to define this) your game on Battle.net. I signed up with Battle.net and registered my game. I signed in and played single player for a hour or so. Then the next day I took the computer with me on the road (with the disk in the drive) and tried to play offline. This was no possible. The game kept telling me to authenticate my copy in order to play offline – but no where does it define ‘authenticate.’ I checked the support forums and the web, everyone says you should only have to sign into the game once while online and then be able to play – but I did this and got no where. I wrote to support and got a form email telling me that I had to authenticate my game every 30 days in order to play offline – once again no explanation of what ‘authenticate’ means. I tried to call support but it was a 45 minute wait and I was not going to waste my minutes on that.

So – final verdict. The game play is pretty darn cool and the improvements well done without losing the real StarCraft feel. The price tag is an insult – and an obvious ploy to get us to play $180 for a full game instead of $60 for all three campaigns in one. The DRM is nothing but trouble and there are plenty of hacks out there I can use to bypass it (legally I might add) but should I have to do that when I paid for the game? Maybe I would have paid $30 for the game and been perfectly happy, but as I said earlier – I’m wishing I had a satisfaction guarantee and could return it.

Citricon: Library Defender

This sounds too cute not to share with you all. Orange County Library System has created a new game to promote gaming in their library:

What has the Orange County Library System been up to lately? We just made our new flash game, Citricon: Library Defender, live! Aliens have stolen the Library’s books, DVDs, and CDs, and we need your help! Play Citricon: Library Defender and help squirt get them back! You can play the game here: http://www.ocls.info/Virtual/Galleries/Events/gaming.asp

Learn more on Web4Lib

RSS for TV Addicts

Well – real TV addicts have DVR or Tivo or some such way to get new episodes, but if you can’t afford those and want to keep up with your new TV shows, mytvrss looks pretty neat!!

Select your favorite shows below, and then click “Create feed” to generate your own personalized RSS feed. We’ll then alert you through the RSS feed the day an episode is aired. You don’t have to register!

My mother has 2 (maybe 3) VCRs in her house to record her shows – after I teach her about RSS, this might be pretty handy for her.

Found via DownloadSquad.

Reality 2.0: Transforming Ourselves & Our Association

Last night I got to hear Stephen Abram talk about the future of SLA & librarianship. First (and most important) I have uploaded my pictures to Flickr.

Stephen started with a mini rant (a good rant) about the fact that there is no proof that the book is at risk. Reading stats are going up and book sales are going up. That said, do we hear that librarians are at risk? Ever hear this one, “Everything’s on the Internet.” The fact is that librarians are at risk even if books aren’t. In short, there are some serious issues we have to get stronger about talking about.

Stephen mentioned that we’re about to experience some huge changes. If you think about it, we haven’t had any major changes in a long while. Our grandparents had a bunch of huge changes all hit them at once (phones, tv, 2 world wars, etc) and it’s time for that to happen again. North America is way behind the rest of the world when it comes to technology. In Europe, people are using their phones for everything. They have free TV delivered through their phone and text messages for everything. I’m not a fan of this movement – maybe it’s just because of the costs associated with it here – but – I just want a phone – I don’t need it to double as a TV.

When it comes to digitization, China is only 5 years from digitizing everything written in Chinese. It’s not going to be long before everything is available in digital format. We’re going to need the tools to take advantage of this content.

So, what does this have to do with SLA? Everything! The world is changing and librarians have to change with it and SLA wants to help librarians make that change as smooth as possible. One interesting point that Stephen brought up was the fact that when someone leaves an organization one of the first things they do is clear off their computer – bookmarks and all. This means that all the great resources that long time librarians have collected are lost. We have to start storing our data in collaborative spaces so that we can all benefit from each other’s knowledge. I love this! And this is why I took so much pride in working on improving the Jenkins Law Library research links (a pre-del.icio.us project) – I wanted to make sure we were sharing our resources with any one who might need them.

Stephen asks that instead of sharing the myth amongst ourselves that we’re collaborative, why not be collaborative? I love this! The fact is that the nature of associations is changing – something I wrote about in library school. The main selling point for associations used to be networking – but now with tools like Ning, Facebook and LinkedIn – why do I need an association to find fellow peers? With these tools threatening library associations as we know them, what can SLA do to continue to be important for librarians? The answer is learning and innovation.

One way that SLA is setting itself apart (in my opinion) is their Click-U. Educational events for SLA members. What I didn’t know is that they have a regular presentation by Gary Price where he shares the newest tools he’s found for researching and they have a monthly free course available. Being a recently graduated student, I’m a bit too poor to pay for too many classes – so I love to find things for cheap or free!

SLA also offers members access to over 1000 e-books on leadership and management topics (apparently we were told about this – but I missed it somehow – after writing this I’m heading to the SLA site to check out my member profile). They also offer what they call ExecuBooks Summaries – they are 4 page summaries of new releases.

The thing I’m most excited about hasn’t been released yet, but I’m keeping my eyes open for it, the Innovation Labs. This area of the SLA site will be a testing bed for members to try out all kinds of free and proprietary software without having to install it or pay for it. Some of the big names will include Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Blogger, Survey Monkey and Confluence. It’s basically a place for everyone to play!! This area of the site will also have over 25000 software training videos from atomic learning. How great is that???

While this isn’t everything that Stephen talked about, these were the bits that I was able to write down as he sped through his awesome talk. He certainly made me pay even more attention to what the association is doing for us – I hope he did the same for some of the rest of you.

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