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Thanks again komuso (and sorry for mispelling your name earlier!). That ought to be enough to get me through.

 

 

Rob.

I would crank that to 3 days worth of food if possible.

 

Also add in a battery radio, whistle, first aid kit and some dust masks.

 

More I could add but I'm assuming space for you is going to be at a massive premium.

 

Good suggestions, thanks.

 

Technically I have a first aid kit, because its my apartment, but I really ought to add some bandages and antiseptic. Probably would be a good idea to get a "proper" first aid kit anyway.

 

A radio would make sense, but I highly suspect that all transmissions will be in Japanese anyway.

 

 

And Cybes, that sounds like a bugger of a bug to deal with >.<

 

Rob.

Download the NHK World TV app for English info. No doubt there would be NHK radio broadcasts in English as well. You'd be well aware of what's going on in any case though; people around you would go out of their way to inform you of anything significant. Another thing that is important is to have a portable USB charger in case the power is cut off. One of those radios with solar panel/hand crank charger/USB output could be handy, around 2000 yen. Everyone gets on the mobile and the lines become congested, and its better to remain off the phone so that people who need emergency services can make calls, but the internet would probably be ok, so you can use Skype/Line etc.

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Damn i hate cauliflower its so boring to eat. Used to make cauliflower and White Sauce with cheese topping ,but the Sauce was always too runny. So i gave up.

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God damn PeopleSoft!

I need to add a new page to a component.
So I add the page to the component, but it doesn't show up.

There's code that turns them on and off, I fiddle with that, but nothing works.

:'(

 

Edit: Figured it out. Had to dig through a bunch of security config shit to tick a chekbox.
I guess this is why they pay me the big acceptable barely adequate bucks!

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Damn i hate cauliflower its so boring to eat. Used to make cauliflower and White Sauce with cheese topping ,but the Sauce was always too runny. So i gave up.

:)

 

You are or were doing it wrong.

 

Make a cheese sauce, in other words make a roue with butter and plain flour, a goodly amount and over a low heat cook it moving it around in the saucepan for a minute or so then add milk a cup at a time, stirring to completely take up the roue and come to a simmer each cup until you have enough sauce then let it barely boil to thicken. Off the heat add grated cheese, stirring to melt in and create a good thick cheese sauce. A robust cheese like a mature cheddar is ideal.

 

Pre-boil the cauliflower flowerettes to just off of crunchy then drain into a baking dish and pour over the cheese sauce and stir to completely coat. Top with extra grated cheese, mixed with some breadcrumbs if you want a crunchy top and bake for about 30 mins at 180C or until the top is well browned.

 

The trick is that the sauce needs to be thick because the baking will draw water from the vegetable and thin it.

 

For a more robust interesting meal you can add whatever takes your fancy before baking, or to the topping. I like to have sliced tomato on top, and for a meal in itself slices of chorizo stirred through.

 

Lastly a dusting of paprika on top never goes astray :)

 

Cheers

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Thanks for the tip ,Chrisg.

 

I used put some breadcrumbs mixed with grated tasty cheese on top ,for a crunch.

 

How i made it was slowly bring about 1 1/2 cups of milk to simmer point ,not boiling. While waiting for Milk to come to heat mix 1 tablespoon of cornflour and 3 tablespoons of cold milk in a glass. When Milk is Warming up ,put cornflour mix in milk and bring back up too heat slowly. You can add Parsley to garnish. In our family we do not put cheese in the mix as it separates sometimes. This is from my Late Grandmothers recipe she used when she was a Kitchen manager in the day of Rail gangs who used to eat in Hotels.

 

The Cauliflower is cooked just so it soft ,but not overcooked its strained and put aside to cool down.

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Ah.

 

In my experience if you want a good white sauce base you start with a roue, not adding thickener to simmering milk, I'm sure it can work but check any site like recipe.com or a cookbook from Women's Weekly to Gretta Anna and they will all say the same thing.

 

Cornflour is not really necessary, plain flour is fine, if I'm doing something super sexy like last night with Stanley style garlic prawns I'll use rice flour but a good plain flour really does make a great white sauce.

 

Cheese will only separate if added to a boiling sauce, is why I said add it to melt off the heat :)

 

The cauliflower does not have to be soft, better if not, it's about to get a nuking in the oven :)

 

My grandmother's, both of them, were robust cooks, my paternal one had to be with eight kids but some of the ways that both of them prepared food do make me shudder these days.

 

I lived for about 18 months with my maternal grandparents when quite young, dad had a contract job that made a lot of money, needed my mother there, my mother is one superb cook btw, just ask her ) to cook for the site gang and my being the oldest was the only one that needed to be in school, there wasn't one near the site.

 

Most of what my grandmother cooked - brilliant, but her ability to over-cook cabbage and fuck up a salad was a standing joke - the latter via a salad dressing whose recipe I will not post to protect the innocent :)

 

Give it a go when you next feel the yen, done right it's very good winter comfort food is a good cauli cheese - right alongside a macaroni cheese, which is very, very similar :)

 

Cheers

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I always thought cornflour is lighter and does not leave a gummy taste ,might try Plain flour and see how it goes.

 

Might also microwave the cauliflower to reduce the moisture ,rather than boil it.

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Hmm,

 

It really is how you do the most over-looked bit, the roue. It needs to be cooked, carefully for a minute or so, hard to explain but a sort of golden colour is the goal, just don't burn it.

 

Don't think I've ever microwaved the cauli but see what you are thinking, it's a pretty watery veg, might reduce it a bit but I've always just factored it into the final sauce consistency.

 

Cheers

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I usually do broccoli and cauliflower in the microwave, but in a plastic bag with some water so in essence it's steaming it.

 

Microwave alone would probably make it go dry and floppy, destroy the texture and probably not do the flavour much good.

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...At random intervals (but a few minutes of browser inactivity apart), it will open its own target instead of whatever link you clicked on. That goes for both left and middle clicks, and also in-page targets like the notification button at the top of this very page.

 

So how did you know you where infected?

 

I normally use Firefox and Noscript for my browsing. Just curious to what the tell tale signs are of having this infection.

 

 

/looks at quoted part

 

Yeah, that.

 

And Cybes, that sounds like a bugger of a bug to deal with >.<

 

Rob.

 

I have had more fun days, that's sure. Still preferable to a visit to the dentist, though. ;)

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Damn crazy weather is Hot and Raining in Adelaide. Could be sign of a Thunderstorm coming later in the day.

 

Was looking at the Map of Australia and it seems why use only Eastern Side of Australia? If we put a City in the NW corner of WA we could cut down Shipping times and even Flight times to European Cities. Its even a Shorter hop to Asian destinations.

 

WA is 3 hours behind Adelaide which means a hell of a lot of Australia is not being utilised for population expansion. Even on the WA>SA Border a small city is starting to grow. Reminds me of Tweed Heads in NSW where the city is split in time zones.

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:)

 

WA is outside of daylight saving time 90 minutes behind SA mate, not three hours. We during DST are 3 hours behind NSW and Victoria - WA doesn't have DST.

 

The problem with a big port/city in the north west is that the transport from there is apart from road pretty much non-existent, there are actually sizable ports all the way up the coast, Karratha and Port Hedland in particular but they are the size they are only because they are loading points for minerals for export.

 

That big center of Australia that has very few people in it is that way for a reason - it's pretty much uninhabitable. Try a train trip from Adelaide to Perth, you'll soon see what I mean :)

 

The most likely place to see growth on the northern shores of Australia is Darwin, and it is starting to happen - reason, proximity to Asia and a decent rail line to Adelaide.

 

Cheers

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Was checking transport up north of WA to Broome ,strange i can a bus from Darwin to Broome even a train. But from Perth its like a Dirty word to head north from Perth to Broome. Only way is by Flight.

 

Perth really needs to open up more transport to the Northern Areas for Tourism. Now South of Perth is an immense transport system.

 

Kinda like Adelaide anything North of Port Augusta is Ghan only. But even so we can get a bus to Alice Springs. From Adelaide not even a Bus runs anymore ,greyhound stopped their runs and are now Eastern Australia mainly.

 

No wonder Perth and WA get the Wild West tag.

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It's mostly supply and demand, the roads north up the coast are pretty good, in fact all the way through Perth to Darwin really, but the coach companies can't make any regular service profitable.

 

Consequently there tend to be specialist coach tours at specific times of the year or to specific places such as Monkey Mia but you have to remember the north of the state is monsoonal so not very attractive to tourists during that time.

 

There are thriving businesses doing four wheel drive trips but even Australians sometimes have a bit of difficulty getting their heads around just how big W.A,. is, several times the size of any other state, much, much bigger than Texas as we love telling the Americans.

 

In practical terms the most sensible way to travel north of Perth is by air. Unfortunately there being somewhat of a lack of competition the fares are quite high - it is much cheaper for me to go have a holiday in Bali than it is in Broome.

 

Cheers

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Found a Backpackers site and they have heaps of links to travel places in WA.

 

Seems like only one bus company travels from Perth to Broome along the Highway. It takes just over 3 days in a coach to get to Broome ,that is a long time in a coach. They also have hop off and hop on service so you stop at places along the way. All for $160.

 

Now i am curious about WA ,need a holiday now.

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I wasn't aware there was even a coach any more but lost touch with the bus industry since my brother-in-law moved over east.

 

It's well over 2,000kms, now you begin to understand the size of this place, fly from here to say Singapore you spend over half the time in Australian air space :)

 

Cheers

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I need to do more travelling.

 

So tonight i checked on Travel from Adelaide to Perth. On Train it will cost me $1659 one way that is in a Gold Sleeper ( Single Cabin with Food )

On a Plane it will cost me $359 ,on Standby or over $600 booked. Train it takes 2 1/2 days ,Plane 3 hours.

 

I think my Bank Account will have kittens if i spend too much. Plus Accommodation now that is expensive.

 

Bottom line is i can fly to SIngapore with 7 Nights and a return airfare ,on that damn Train fare.

 

I wonder if Tourism will have a meltdown soon with such high costs.

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I need to do more travelling.

 

So tonight i checked on Travel from Adelaide to Perth. On Train it will cost me $1659 one way that is in a Gold Sleeper ( Single Cabin with Food )

On a Plane it will cost me $359 ,on Standby or over $600 booked. Train it takes 2 1/2 days ,Plane 3 hours.

 

I think my Bank Account will have kittens if i spend too much. Plus Accommodation now that is expensive.

 

Bottom line is i can fly to SIngapore with 7 Nights and a return airfare ,on that damn Train fare.

 

I wonder if Tourism will have a meltdown soon with such high costs.

Hmm,

 

I do not think I've ever paid anything like that to come visit my family in SA code, but you haven't qualified if those figures are return for air.

 

I totally agree rail is very, very expensive - moved my family here that way 20 odd years ago, but it was offset by having two well packed cars included and I needed my young kids to understand it was not a minor move :)

 

Sort of typical fares between Perth and Adelaide are $199 each way, with the hidden slugs but there are specials - least I've paid was $149 I think in the recent past.

 

Accommodation in Perth is driven totally by demand - it is expensive and you can only reduce that to a degree by staying at hostels.

 

Sorry, no better suggestions other than shop, watch and wait :)

 

Cheers

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60GB download for GTA V is pretty ridiculous, especially since their servers can't sustain high throughput.

I knew it was going to be insane. I pre-loaded it a few days ago and it still took a couple of hours to download the 200mb day 1 update. Haven't even touched the online yet. I'm going to give them a week or so to iron out the launch bugs and stick to the story.

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60GB download for GTA V is pretty ridiculous, especially since their servers can't sustain high throughput.

I knew it was going to be insane. I pre-loaded it a few days ago and it still took a couple of hours to download the 200mb day 1 update. Haven't even touched the online yet. I'm going to give them a week or so to iron out the launch bugs and stick to the story.

 

 

I am reading this morning part of the setup includes flashing your key on the startup screen which can be seen by other players. Lots of accounts are getting stolen and hacked before players have even logged in.

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Recent Pluto/Charon photo from the New Horizons probe.

Wow - never expected visible oblation. I mean, it is a giant moon, and Pluto's about as dense as a fresh-powder snowball, but still...

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