Monthly Archives: May 2007

Jay Corbett’s Famous Gruel Recipe

While I’m blogging recipes, here’s Jay Corbett’s famous gruel recipe. Jay was a tenured UH ICS faculty member who left Hawaii for the Bay Area, and currently works at Google.

While in graduate school he had some Indian roommates who frequently made curry. Jay took their recipes and adapted them to one that he really loved. At some point, he realized that he liked this dish so much that he would be happy eating it every day, so each week he’d cook up a big batch and eat it for dinner most nights. He’d still eat out for lunch and the occasional dinner, but for home cooking, this was it. He started calling it gruel, which is ironic since it’s very flavorful.

Since he was the only one making it, he didn’t have any written recipe. In the interest of making it myself and preserving it for posterity, I watched him make it one day and took notes. So enjoy the gruel, it goes well with rice.

JavaScript Charting Packages

I was looking at Google Finance and marveling at their nice interactive chart. Such a chart would be very sweet for Hackystat or a Saunders kiosk. I thought “surely someone has written a open source JavaScript charting package”, and began Googling.

Later I realized that Google Finance is using Flash for their chart (boo!) so the playing field is not quite level.

Ffor interactivity I could only find one package: Emprise JavaScript Charts. It looks pretty sweet, but it is commercial so it’s not clear how useful it would be for Hackystat.

Other JavaScript charting options (none allowing scrolling and dragging as far as I can tell) are: PlotKit, Plotr, and WebFX Chart Widget.

One problem with making charts via JavaScript is the lack of a good cross-platform drawing system. The implementation page from WebFX Chart has a pretty good summary of the situation. It appears there is no perfect solution, but Canvas seems to be the best cross-platform option.

There appears to be a lot of activity in this area (many of the packages listed are pre-1.0) so perhaps this is a case where procrastination will pay off.

Sadly, I cannot seem to find a link to the paper I remember reading that showed that procrastination can be effective when purchasing a compute cluster to work on a particular project. A cookie for any CSDLer that can dig it up! 🙂

Mom’s London Broil recipe

Here is my Mom’s recipe for London Broil. It’s actually made using the flank steak cut of beef.

London Broil, serves 4

  • broiling rack and pan (comes with most ovens)
  • fork
  • sharp knife
  • cutting board
  • oven with broiler


  • 2.5 lbs flank steak
  • garlic powder
  • Adolf’s meat tenderizer (found this at Times Supermarket on Oahu)


  1. Rinse off steak, leaving it wet so powders will stick
  2. Place steak on broiling rack
  3. Sprinkle first side liberally with garlic powder and tenderizer
  4. Stab with fork evenly all over
  5. Turn over and repeat sprinkling and stabbing
  6. [Can cover and refrigerate at this point if desired]
  7. Make sure there an oven rack placed as close to the top broiler element as possible, with room for the broiling rack and steak
  8. Set oven broiler to high, allow it to heat up for a minute
  9. Broil on each side for 5 minutes, with oven door slightly open. Adjust cooking time for particularly thin or thick steaks or desired doneness
  10. Place steak on cutting board
  11. Cut steak on bias in thin strips across the grain of the meat (usually perpendicular to the length of the steak)
  12. Serve immediately

That’s all there is to it. Thanks Mom!

While writing this up, I happened to stumble upon a flank steak recipe from John C Dvorak. Who calls soy sauce “soya sauce”? 🙂

4H with Philip

Philip and I did a combined 4H and individual meeting on Wednesday. For our 4H time, Philip was in the driver’s seat and we talked about Restlet, which is the Java REST framework that we’ll be using in Hackystat version 8.

We walked through the tutorials included with Restlet, and after adding a bunch of JARs to Philip’s Eclipse library path, they all seemed to work. There was one that downloaded the most recent bookmarks from, and also Yahoo searches. I believe the examples came from the upcoming O’Reilly book RESTful Web Services. All in all, Restlet looks like a decent foundation for Hackystat 8, and there is even some evidence that it performs well compared to Tomcat.