Hackintosh!

Mike finally got around to getting a new computer, which was long, long overdue. He figured that a smart choice would to be to get a netbook (can’t beat a computer that’s twice as good as your old one on all of the computery specs at a price of $300). To make matters cooler, he got a Dell Mini 10v.

For those of you in the know, this is the posterboy computer of Hackintoshing (installing Mac OS onto a “windows” computer). Following this excellent guide, we installed Snow Leopard onto the cute little computer. It went unbelievably smoothly and completely without a hitch and now he has a 10″ mac (even its webcam works!). I must admit, I’m more than a little jealous. The funny thing is that this is his first “mac” computer, while I am a Mac geek, he’s never really come over to my side. But the computer came with XP and Windows 7 is no longer free, so this turned out to be the much more economical option.

Now back to learning about microbiology, immunology and pathology…

Ink Blot Pillows

First off, I don’t know why I didn’t know about this site before, but let me say, Curbly is awesome (hip and cool DIY, I’m so in!).

While I’ve been perusing the archives, I came across these inkblot pillows (from Uniform Natural). The geek in me instantly lit up and though I don’t think you could make them by actually folding over the fabric, I don’t think it would be too hard just to paint such a design by hand. I think I’ll consider that the next time I’m thinking of getting some pillows.

Cat Cupcakes

My very wonderful vet (Atlantic Cat Hospital) was having a birthday celebration yesterday for one of its resident cats, Patrick. As part of the birthday festivities, they held a baking competition and the winner would receive a free annual check up. I figured this was worth a shot.

Cat Cupcakes

The cupcakes are a variation of my white cake recipe. I doubled the recipe and used 1/2 cup of pumpkin mixed with a teaspoon of baking powder in place of the 2 extra eggs. This was mostly because I only had two eggs and it also technically makes the recipe a wee bit healthier. I baked them for 20 minutes at 350 F. They turned out great with just a hint of pumpkin.

I know the decorating isn’t spectacular, but piping with a sandwich bag is hard.

Happy Pi Day!

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I just wanted to wish everyone a very happy Pi Day (March 14 – 3/14).

Mike and I will be baking a pi(e) later today to celebrate, so I’ll post pictures later on.

Lemon Meringue Pi(e)

We were both pretty proud of our lemon meringue pi, even though it was in a cake pan and not a proper pie plate. Unfortunately we didn’t get to taste it since it needed a long time to “set”, but I’m sure the people who came into the Family Room Monday morning enjoyed it!

The recipe we used was from a Canadian Living cookbook, the crust recipe along with the filling recipe are all out of it. Yup, that’s right we made our own crust and filling!

Fontaid

The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) released a font called “Coming Together” just a little while ago as part of Font Aid. It’s entirely ampersands (this character: &) contributed by many different artists. It’s only 20$ US and all of the funds go directly to MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders). It’s such a cute idea and a great cause and it shows that no matter what you’re good at, you can always lend a hand (not everyone needs to be a doctor/foreign aid worker).

So lend a hand and get a cool font in the process! It’ll probably be the best 20$ you spend in a while!

Oh Polaroid

Is it bad that I want a Pogo Printer? I know that they’re pretty lame in the sense that they’re poor quality without the vintage appeal and after somewhere around a year of Polaroid saying “naw, we’re not going to make our classic film anymore” they’ve changed their minds and are totally still making film (which means I technically could just get a “real” Polaroid camera). But at 50$ (probably more here since that’s the American price) and for 30 little prints for just over 10$, it seems like a pretty cool idea.

I was thinking it would be especially cool to have when Mike and I go to San Franciscon this summer because we got a little Moleskine City Notebook and I think that the little Pogo stickers might fit in it better than “real” polaroids. We shall see and regardless, the technology is so nifty (and I’m a sucker for those sorts of things).

Oh pixel art, how I missed you

Pixel organs

I’m designing a shirt for a post-exam adventure that my class is having after out Pathology-Immunology-Microbiology exam. I figured that since the powers that be are decided that it would be ingenious to switch to computer based exams, pixel art might be appropriate. I wish that we were printing in more than one colour, since it would be fun to colour these. I might do that anyways, just for my own fun.

PS I’m watching the Oscars. I hope Up wins everything.

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