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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Persian recipes on the net...

If you've ever looked up Persian recipes on the net I guarantee that you've seen Farzin and Roxana Mokharian's Recipes. I don't think I've ever seen an Iranian recipe site that is not a clone of this site, and there's good reason: this site has lots of small receipes based on Rosa Montazemi's cookbook (the most popular ever). Besides, I've used these myself and they work so well :-)

Recently I found Cookbookwiki, another cousin of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia which has a whole category on Persian recipies. And just in case you don't know what a "wiki" is, it means and you can go ahead and add your own recipe or improve the existing ones.

Just to complete the post, in addition to these, many other cooking web sites such as Recipezaar have Persian recipes, but the ones I mentioned above are just way more than you'll need ;-)

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Video: NBC Tech Support in India (Funny)

Check out this funny (and long) Clip from the Late Night Show with Canon O'Brien :-)

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Moon Surfing with Google

Google Moon a Google Maps sibling lets you surf the moon! Not much detail and coverage but still pretty cool.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Photo: Hope is Eternal

This is actually the first painting that made me interested in miniature, particularly Master Mahmoud Farshchian's work.

A slightly higher quality version is available on my pictures web site.

P.S. I had to crop the poster a little bit so it would fit in my camera's ratio.

Video: Top Ten Bush Moments

Top Ten Bush Moments @

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Oxford Dictionary's latest definitions!

Atom Bomb : An invention to end all inventions.
Boss : Someone who is early when you are late and late when you are
Cigarette : A pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire
at one end and a fool on the other.
Classic : A book which people praise, but do not read.
Committee : Individuals who can do nothing individually
and sit to decide that nothing can be done together.
Compromise : The art of dividing a cake in such a way
that everybody believes he got the biggest piece.
Conference Room : A place where everybody talks, nobody
listens and everybody disagrees later on.
Criminal : A guy no different from the rest....except that he got
Dictionary : A place where success comes before work.
Diplomat: A person who tells you to go to hell in such
a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
Doctor : A person who kills your ills by pills, and kills you with his
Etc . : A sign to make others believe that you know more
than you actually do.
Experience : The name men give to their mistakes.
Father : A banker provided by nature.
Lecture : An art of transferring information from the
notes of the lecturer to the notes of the students without passing
through the minds of either.
Miser : A person who lives poor so that he can die rich.
Office : A place where you can relax after your
strenuous home life.
Opportunist : A person who starts taking bath if he accidentally
falls into a river.
Optimist : A person who while falling from Eiffel tower
says in midway "See I am not injured yet."
Philosopher : A fool who torments himself during life,
to be spoken of when dead.
Politician : One who shakes your hand before elections
and your confidence after.
Smile : A curve that can set a lot of things straight.
Tears : The hydraulic force by which masculine
will-power is defeated by feminine water power.
Yawn : The only time some married men ever get to open
their mouth.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Photo: Morning Blossoms

Here's another wonderful miniature by master Mahmoud Farshchian. It's called "Morning Blossoms".

Sunday, September 11, 2005

How to Ace Your Next Test

Read How to Ace Your Next Test on WikiHow.

P.S. Don't forget to catch "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" it's a nice movie!

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Tech: 20 Things They Don't Want You to Know mentions 20 things tech companies don't want you to know such as "knowing that extended warranties aren't worth it", "you can unlock your cell phone easier than you think", "you can stop those annoying Windows features such as the security centre warning and messenger from popping up" and the one I always mention to people "high-end manufacturers don't always make their own products" so don't go after brand names, some of those no-name mp3 players CAN give you great quality and even if they're damaged you've paid a fraction of the price so you can always get a new one! The article is pretty long and detailed: - 20 Things They Don't Want You to Know

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Photos: Darlington Provincial Park

Darlington may not be the best camp site but it's definitely the closest to Toronto I've ever been to. The coolest thing about the park was the calm and shallow McLaughlin bay separated from lake Ontario by a narrow strip of land. The place was very noisy because of the trains but I managed to take some really nice pictures so I have nothing to complain. 5 more pictures are posted in pictures. A review is also available in the camping page.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Photo: Miniature on Pottery

A miniature by Mahmoud Farshchian on a piece of pottery. I bought it for my sister from Laleh Park when I was in Tehran and I couldn't stop looking at it since. You can find this photo with a better quality in my pictures page.