Project Natal

June 22, 2009

So when Microsoft demo’d the venerable Xbox 360 add-on called Project Natal at the most recent E3 on the 1st of June 2009 Dewald and I where checking out the videos and going through the whole range of emotions from awe to disbelief and finally settled on “I’ll believe it when I see it”.

If you don’t know what Project Natal is then I suggest you watch the little Youtube clip I include below, but in short its a motion sensing camera that will allow you to use your whole body as the controller to take on the Wii motion sensing technology on a whole new level (Think an eye-toy on steroids)

Anyhoo .. now that your up to speed you will appreciate this gag from the guys over at Penny Arcade. Kind of puts the whole thing into an entirely new light, altogether not so pleasant, but exactly echoes my current view on the technology. LOL

Was lusting for some French Italian fusion and had a pile of potatoes lying around, so invented a quick recipe.

Sloppy plating effort, but yum!

Sloppy plating effort, but yum!

Came out pretty well, this works beautifully as a side dish with some lamb or other meat and taste’s best after allowing it to cool down a bit and have the flavours blend and mellow a little. No little packets of powder required for this one, but you could mix in some mushroom soup powder with the cream for some extra punch!

Ingredients
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12 Medium Potatoes
2 Medium Onions
1 Can Tomato (400g drained)
1 Tub of Ricotta Cheese
400g soft Mozzarella Cheese
400g Mature Cheddar Cheese, grated
500ml Fresh Cream
Handful of fresh sweet basil
2 Cloves garlic
Olive oil
Salt and Pepper
Origanum

2 cups cornflakes -> optional

Getting ingredients together

Getting ingredients together

Instructions
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I use a flat bottom potjie (cast iron pot/dutch oven) to cook this with the lid on, but you could also use a fireproof dish covered with some foil.

Slice the onions into fine slices.

Slice the potatoes into max 5mm slices.

Chop the basil leaves and garlic, combine with a few tablespoons of olive oil
with some salt and a teaspoon of origanum, bash a little (use a mortar and pestle if you have one).

Drain the juice from the tomatoes and mix in with the basil and garlic mix.

Layer potatoes with the onions and tomatoes (break the tomatoes a little),
adding cheese (alternating between mozzarella and Ricotta) between your layers.
Do 3 layers or so leaving enough potato to cover the top, finish by placing the grated Cheddar on top.

Add salt and pepper between layers to taste.

Pour the 500ml Cream into your container.

Bake in preheated oven at 180 deg C for 90-110 minutes until potatoes are soft and cooked through,
test by passing a baking needle or thin knife through to the bottom, there should be little to no resistance.

Optional
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Crush 2 cups of Korn Flakes and mix in with half a cup of olive oil,
spread on the surface of the dish during the last 20 minutes of baking and leave uncovered.

Ready!

Ready!

That’s it enjoy!

Dave Powers is a charismatic character by anyones measure.  He runs a little site called RCPowers.com where he orginally shared his passion for R/C aircraft via the mediums of Video and Text and has healthy activity on his YouTube channel. This quickly turned into a fulltime career that branched off to a secondary activity, that being consulting (through web video) to those other hopefuls that are looking to make their mark on the “Web Cottage Industry”.

cottage industry

n.

  1. A usually small-scale industry carried on at home by family members using their own equipment.
  2. A small, loosely organized, yet flourishing complex of activity or industry: “The study of Gandhi has become a virtual cottage industry in the last 30 years, producing schools, museums, foundations and more than 400 biographies” (Jean Strouse).

Dave is not alone there are many people that share the passion of pushing there personal brand through the internet, some backed by larger corporations, some selling products they themselves produce, other’s making money from advertising and affiliate programs. These others include people like Gary Vaynerchuck, he who took his love of wine to the internet fulltime and managed to achieve huge success through his Wine Library TV.

This morning I receive a strange note through twitter from Dave (@RCPowers):
“The personal brand Internet gold rush is coming to a close. If you are not in it by now its gonna be 1000x harder to get in later.” — @RCPowers

This worried me, because like so many others I thought this cottage industry movement we where seeing online was really interesting and inspirational, here we could sense the real value of social media interaction, truly speaking to the brand and not just a figurehead for the brand. I too had starry ideals of providing niche products to loyal fans. So what does this mean, is Dave heralding the end of the opportunites?

Furthermore, RCPowers.com recently underwent a major overhaul, Dave introduced other channels like Outdoor/Survival and Fitness to his offering, effectively diluting his R/C brand (thats for another discussion), which was worrying as I felt that possibly the R/C stuff wasn’t bringing in the money any more or his growth rate had stalled.

So now I wonder, does the rapid addition of more and more “noise” even in niche markets started taking its toll on our attention, capacity? Perhaps. Or maybe its just the Economic Recession takings its toll, are people spending less money on their passions, and has advertising expenditure cuts meant that the little guy is suffering?

What’s our solution? Maybe going more and more niche? I hope their still is some opportunity out there for people wanting to be like Dave, I really do.

Funny parody of the movie coming on the 26th of June.

Celebrity madness

June 16, 2009

Oh dear, I just witnessed 5 minutes of E Entertainment TV, probably 5 minutes more than any person should ever have to bear. They where discussing the terrible incident of the Miley Cyrus nose ring, the shock the horror! How dare she, she is only 16, what will “people” think!?! Blah f’ing blah!

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Is this really what the world has come to, do we really need to sit behind a TV in the comfort of our own homes and analyse the lives of socalled celebrities? I mean really, I wonder if people even acknowledge what their own kids are up to? Perhaps I should start a personal daily 10 for people at home (at a fee), everything your child has been up to for the last 24 hours on one DVD, perhaps people will then start worrying about important things… I mean, lookie its on the telly darling!

Jeez people, seriously?

Vodacom “gift” box

June 15, 2009

Vodacom wants me to use the what is left of my remaining free anytime minutes so I can get 10 gift minutes. One has to wonder how cheap service delivery is to make this worth their while on the off chance I may use some billable minutes, I suppose they make their money from the pricy contracts already. Bloody bean counters have us all figured out!

I love Steri Stumpie

June 15, 2009

Seriously, it’s no lie.

This is what I am thinking on my day off (thank goodness for tuesday holidays = looong weekends) as I am slowly sipping a perfectly chilled chocolate stumpie. Some might crack a beer to sip on the couch, but me, I crack a Stumpie. hmmmm.sterisite_640

The last week or so I have been dragging the occasional Steri Stumpie to work, much to the dismay of my colleagues who tell me its not the manliest thing to be seen drinking behind your desk. I think they may just be jealous, envy is such a nasty thing. If you don’t have anything good to say you’d better just ‘sharrup’, so there you bastards!

*Sip*, hmm velvety chocolate delight.

Funny I was “off the stump” for a long time, you see I had a short affair with Super M from Clover, but that ended in tears, tragic really. Then as if the planets aligned in just the right way I spot this case of 24 Chocolate Steri Stumpies in Makro and through a combination of blind lust and price miscalculation I tossed the case in my trolley and wham, 13.5 bottles later and I am hooked.

One sec … Bloody hell, that was a good sip …

stumptwitter_640I see there is a social media campaign brewing for the elixer of the gods over at http://www.steristumpie.com/ you can become an “Ambassador” if you perform some wacked out stuff on video using a Steri Stumpie .. hmm .. maybe later, I am enjoying this bloody milkie too much. Oh I see there’s a twitter account as well .. cool .. @Steri_Stumpie.

You know what life is good, who needs the Land of Milk and Honey? SA is the land of MILK, that’s good enough for me.

Now my only worry is to remember to get a new case before I run out!! Erk.