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The Connoisseur’s Guide to Meat

Last week, I bought a book at Sears store. The name as title is everything you want to know about meat.

It covers Beef, Pork, and Lamb. More than 250 pages.  In my family, we all love meat.

I just read very beginning of this book. It shows me that what is Chuck, what is brisket, what is rib, etc.  I can learn a lot from this book.


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The amazon book description said:

From sumptuous steaks and prime cuts to braises and savory stews, this guide is a carnivore’s delight. Gourmets will appreciate the book’s accurate and comprehensive information about when, where, and how to buy meat; how to tell if it’s fresh, and how to prepare, cook, carve, and serve meat to best advantage. From store to kitchen to table, this compendium fills in all the blanks about how to obtain fresh meat from humane and sustainable sources, identify cuts, and fillet and carve them, while offering up a rich trove of reliable recipes.

A visual directory that showcases each cut and comments on flavor, preparation, and cost rounds out this indispensable culinary reference

No matter how Steve Jobs was, he made the world different.

I borrowed the book, Steve Jobs, written by Walter Isaacson. It is a pretty thick book, more than six hundred pages. As my daughter, Gloria, said, you will finish this book in your life.

Some people like him. Some people hate him. He is a famous people but can not lead Apple anymore.
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DIY: Make a Barbie Dollhouse

My daughters, Grace and Gloria, have more than forty barbies. I am always thinking about a Barbie dollhouse.
I don’t like the one from Toys R US, which is made by paper or very thin wood.
I like wood one. Maybe I can make it by myself. One day, I dream it like this.
Google the dollhouse and found some link as below:
Free Plans for Doll Houses and Sources for Dollhouse Plans in Several Scales
Barbie Dollhouse Plan Traditional
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Barbie Dollhouse Plans Book One

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The Rules of Parenting

It is a book I bought almost one year ago.
There are 100 rules for parents. Now I am reading rule 19, See things from their point of view.

Some rules I already knew before I am being a dad. But even I am 11 years old daughter and 7 years old daughter’s father, plus a eight month old son’s father, there are still some rules I don’t know.
Things change very fast. They are growing fast too. I have to follow they steps and grow with them.

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Open the box of Kindle

Finally, UPS delivered Kindle to my home this morning. This is what I saw in the box of Amazon Kindle.

Small but cute box. I am waiting for so long.

Amazon logo in on the top.

It is Amazon Kindle 3 Keyboard, I ordered a week ago.

Here is the tacking information.

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It is a cardboard box.

When I open the box, the Kindle is shown here.
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Open the box of Kobo

I got the Kobo eReader on Monday, but just got time to post it here.

The package I received by Post Canada.

Let us look at it.

White bubble envelope.

Can not tell what is inside from the package. It is not important. Keep reading the rest of the post.
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Let me open the bubble envelope.
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There are one box and one statement of order.

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Kindle 3 Order in Canada

I order my Kindle 3 on December 31, 2010, the last day of 2010. Same as my two daughters, I do like to read books. After a long time waiting, researching , thinking, comparing, I decided to buy a Kindle from Amazon.
There are so many comparison between Kindle, nook, sony reader, kobo, etc. I still think Kindle 3 has better E-ink display.
OK, it is my own guessing. I am waiting for the oreder to be shipped to my home.
Amazon has two editions. One is USA edition. The other is International edition. Even I am in Canada, it is very close to US, I still have to order International edition.

  • Shipping Estimate: January 24, 2011 – January 25, 2011
  • Delivery Estimate: February 3, 2011 – February 16, 2011

Look, it is about one and half month I have to wait. Amazon need to improve their manufacturer performance.

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What can go wrong when including another file into your php file

It is very often to include another file as a part of your script.

require_once("/path"/to/file.php");

When do this kind of including, should be very careful on following parts.
1) The path to the script is wrong.
2) The path to the script is correct, but the script is in a forbidden directory.
3) The include file has a blank line or space before or after the code in the PHP script.
It is very easy to omit the space after the code.
4) The include file can be viewd by non-PHP methods.
5) You’re in include overload.
6) You are using unchecked variables as include filenames.
It may make your site unsafe in some situation.
The tips of including file are learned from “Wicked Cool PHP”

Web Analytics an hour a day

I ordered two books from Chapters online.
The most important one is “Web Analytics An Hour a Day”. Written by Avinash Kaushik. Which is published in 2007.
Let me show you some content of this book.
A Step-by-Step Guide
Learn web analytics the right way with this unique, thoroughly modern guide to today’s web analytics challenges and opportunities. Written by an in-the-trenches practitioner, this book goes beyond concepts and definitions to challenge prevalent thinking about the field and provide a step-by-step guide to implementing a successful web analytics strategy.
Web analytics expert Avinash Kaushik, in his thought-provoking style, debunks leading myths and leads you on a path to gaining actionable insights from your analytics efforts. Discover how to move beyond clickstream analysis, why qualitative data should be your focus, and more insights and techniques that will help you develop a customer-centric mindset without sacrificing your company’s bottom line.

  • Learn the pros and cons of data collection methodologies
  • Find out how you can stop counting page views and still get a rich understanding of your customers
  • Discover how to identify valuable metrics with the “three layers of so what” test
  • Optimize your organizational structure and choose the right analytics tool
  • Understand and apply advanced analytics concepts, including SEM/PPC analysis, the power of segmentation, conversion-rate best practices, and others
  • Leverage quick-start solutions for blogs and e-commerce, support, and small business websites
  • Learn the key ingredients of a great experimentation and testing platform
  • Use competitive-intelligence analysis to glean insights and drive actions

You’ll also find:

  • Ten steps to turbocharge your web analytics
  • Seven steps for creating a data-driven culture in your organization
  • Six ways to measure the success of a blog
  • Three secrets behind making web analytics actionable
  • Ten signs of a great web analyst

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