Archive for December, 2013

Dasher – Non-traditional Input Methods

Just a short note to prevent this being submerged in a tidal wave of baking and food. Today a friend of mine pointed me at Dasher ( http://www.inference.phy.cam.ac.uk/dasher/TryJavaDasherNow.html ), which is a dynamic input program. Basically, it allows you to do away with a traditional keyboard, and have your input be based on a lexicon. What this means is that it take predictive text, but you only need one finger (or IR pointer on your head or a mouse or whatever) to actually type. One thing that I have already noticed is that you need to have a pretty good idea of what you want to type before starting, or you end up getting lost. I have installed it on my handbrain (which is what the characters in Howard Tayler’s webcomic call PDAs and mobile phones), as an experiment, and I pity the poor sap who tries it next. I have found it fairly intuitive, except for punctuation, on first use. The software is also available for normal desktops. My technology is slowly becoming unusable for anyone else though, given that I am running Linux with a tiling window manager (Arch Linux with SpectrWM if anyone cares) on my laptop. […]

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Soy chai tea!

Now I know I haven’t posted in a while, mainly because I’ve been really trying to work on my thesis/been at a conference. I do have a whole bunch of things I have baked just waiting to get shared but in the mean time for all you chai loving lactose intolerant people out in the world (like myself) I give you chai tea you can make at home! This recipe is really simple and only takes 15 mins to make. I based my recipe off of the one I got from Around my family Table, mainly I upped the spices as I’m not one for subtle flavours (burnt my tongue one too many times on hot choc and tea..). Another great thing is this can be served either hot or cold.. Soy chai tea: 1L of soy milk (sweetened or unsweetened doesn’t matter. Just up the sugar if unsweetened) 1/8 c sugar (1/4c if unsweetened soy) 3 cinnamon sticks 1/8 tsp ginger 1/2 tsp ground cardamom 1/2 tsp ground cloves 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 6 black tea bags Bring the soy, sugar, and the spices to a simmer for about 10 minutes, making sure the spices are incorporated into the […]

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