Monthly Archives: March, 2007

My wife and I bought one of these on our way out of Target the other day. Sure it was expensive, but it was cold and we were thirsty. Having said that, I’d rather drink motor oil than ever have this stuff again. The drink is horribly sweet and nasty. I figure this stuff mostly helps you lose weight by destroying your appetite (as well as your desire to live).

In response to the Enviga post on the ProductWiki.

Recipe: Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia

A long time back my wife found a recipe for cooking up tilapia. It was fabulous. We thought the recipe had been added to this site but when we went to find the recipe to make dinner tonight; it was missing. Now I’ll be amoung the first to admit the search on this site doesn’t work as well as it should1. But I work with MySQL databases for a living and I poked around in the database this site runs off of without being able to find any trace of that recipe. So we did some searching and ended up using a different recipe tonight. To make sure we don’t have this problem again, I’m adding the recipe right now.

Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia


  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspooons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 4 tilapia fillets (about 1 pound total)
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400º.
  2. In a shallow dish, combine the cheese with the paprika and parsley and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Drizzle the fish with olive oil and dredge in the cheese mixture.
  4. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake until the fish is opaque in the thickest part, 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. Serve the fish with the lemon wedges.

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1 I’ve even installed plugins specifically to try correcting this, without much luck.

What’s your Circus Peanuts?

Some time ago, I was having a discussion with a friend where it came up that I like those nasty, orange candies known as circus peanuts.  I don’t really understand why I like them myself; I just do.  Since then, I’ve used the term “circus peanuts” in my head as mental shorthand for anything that I like which either isn’t any good and/or which I have no distinct reason for liking.  I bring this up because my faithful readers will probably notice I started reading a book which wasn’t on my list of planned books, The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan.  I will not pretend that this book has the greatest story, characters or writing in the world; however it is a book which I have read multiple times and always enjoyed.  I picked it up to read this morning as I looked over my unread book list and nothing on there appealed to me in the slightest.  So I went with a “circus peanuts” book to have something to read over my lunch hour at work. Then as  I was about to start reading the book, I started to wonder what other people’s circus peanuts might be.  What do you think?  What is your “circus peanuts”?

My wedding ring and a large, silver ring I made back in high school.

In response to the Male Jewelry post on John Scali’s blog.

Problems with Norton AntiVirus 2006 and ODBC Connections

While I run Kubuntu as my primary OS on all my home machines, my work machine has Windows XP on it.  Recently our IT dept installed Norton AntiVirus 2006 on all our machines.  Some people had problems with this immediately, while others (like myself) had not noticed any problems.  Then today I tried to export some data out of Microsoft Access to a MySQL server via an ODBC connection; only the window to select which connection to use never came up.  One of my co-workers had this problem last week and it quickly escalated into something of a nightmare causing her to get stuck with the office’s loaner machine.  I did some googling and found a simpler solution to the problem:

  1. Double-click on Norton AntiVirus in the systray.
  2. Click on the Norton AntiVirus tab.
  3. Click on Settings.
  4. Click on Virus And Spyware Protection Options (under Additional Options)
  5. Click on Miscellaneous under Advanced Options.
  6. Uncheck Turn on scanning for Microsoft Office documents.
  7. Click Ok.
  8. Restart your computer.

And that’s it.  Simply disabling Norton’s Office plugin fixed the problem for me.

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