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MyOnlineLife

MyOnlineLife is a web page I programmed for my Dynamic Web Development class @ ITP.  It allows you to see my latest blog posts, Flickr photos and Facebook status updates all in one place.  I would have also included my Twitter feed, but I just echo my Facebook status updates on Twitter anyway, so no need to double up and be redundant 😉

Enjoy cyberstalking me here.

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Thai Green Curry from scratch

Day 3 of 4-in-4:  Cook something I’ve never made before

Thai Green Curry

I love Thai food, and especially Thai curry.  I’ve made Thai green curry plenty of times before, but I have always used store-bought curry paste, so for today’s project, I decided to make my own green curry paste from scratch.  There are some (slightly) obscure ingredients involved, so besides Whole Foods, I also had to hit up the Thai Grocery in Chinatown to get supplies like shrimp paste, Thai basil, lime leaves, and palm sugar.

Thai Green Curry

I don’t have exact measurements for you to follow along at home, but there are plenty of exact recipes for Thai green curry paste on the Internets, so just do the Google.  I made my curry paste based on ingredient lists I found online and just improvised my own version.

Thai Green Curry

First, roast some cumin, coriander, and black pepper in a dry frying pan until fragrant, then grind in a large mortar and pestle.

Thai Green Curry

Next, cut up the curry paste ingredients (below) and then bash them all up in a mortar and pestle.

  • Green chilies
  • Garlic
  • Shallots
  • Lemongrass
  • Galangal and/or ginger
  • Lime zest, juice, and leaves
  • Cilantro
  • Shrimp paste

The paste will be a lot chunkier and more fibrous than the stuff you buy in the store, so put a few tablespoons of the paste in a blender with a can of coconut milk and blended it, then strained the mixture through a strainer before cooking.  Heat the curry and coconut milk in a pot until bubbly and fragrant, then add vegetables and proteins and simmer until done.  You might also want to add half a can to a can worth of water to dilute the curry to your liking at this point..  Season to taste with fish sauce, palm sugar, and/or sliced fresh green chilies.  Add a handful of Thai basil leaves and cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice in the last couple minutes of cooking.  Serve with jasmine rice.

I made two variations of green curry.  The shrimp and scallops cooked up very quickly, but the cod-potato-eggplant version took a bit longer for the vegetables to get tender, then I added the cod towards the end of cooking.

Green Curry with Shrimp and Scallops
Thai Green Curry

Green Curry with Cod, Tofu, Eggplant and Potatoes
Thai Green Curry

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Kris & Sophia meet the head(banger)phones

Here are some photos of Sophia and Kris trying out my head(banger)phones the other day:

Sophia meets head(banger)phones

Kris meets head(banger)phones

I’m finding more blog posts about the head(banger)phones from across the international Internets.

Here are posts from Australia, Brazil, and France.

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Audio DIY Fun Music

Kris & LS Cover the Velvet Underground’s Candy Says

Project for Day 2 of 4-in-4:

Kris and LS cover the Velvet Underground’s Candy Says.

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head(banger)phones @ ITP Winter Show 2008

Video by Elizabeth Fuller

Here are some photos of me presenting the head(banger)phones at the ITP Winter Show 2008 last night.  Thanks to Justin Tedaldi, editor of the JETAANY Newsletter, for the photos.

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The head(banger)phones are a personal music device made up of a pair of headphones and a sensor.  When the user wears the head(banger)phones, the motion and position of her head triggers different sounds, creating a dynamic interactive musical experience.

Here is some internet ink about head(banger)phones:

Nod Your Head, Change the Beat: Accelerometer Headphones | PSFK

ITP Winter 2008: Accelerometer Headphones Control Music Via Headbanging

The Listenerd’s Links for 12.18.08

Gizmodo reports that I did the project using Max/MSP, but actually I used Processing/Arduino.