Pudding, Necromorphs, and the Yen Exchange Rate

I gave rice pudding another shot, this time taking the leftover coconut rice from the other day and applying it to this recipe, leaving out the raisins, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

It worked really well.  I don’t know if I’m going to try duplicating it, because that would be an awful lot of work, but if I ever DO make coconut rice again, I’ll be sure to save a few cups.

I do have one more cup of the coconut rice and I’m going to throw it into this other recipe and see how that turns out.  That may be taking this whole pudding thing a step too far, I admit, but the worst that could happen is, well, some ruined rice that was going to get tossed anyway.  Oh, and I could catch our kitchen on fire and burn down the entire apartment complex, if we’re going to get into the ABSOLUTE worst that could happen, but I think I can probably avoid that.  I’ll try to keep it to this building and maybe one or two of the nearby garages, tops.

Oh, and I made some salmon, brown rice and assorted vegetables for the actual meal part of dinner, but that was all from frozen and everything but the fish was microwaved, so it really doesn’t deserve more than a sentence.

After dinner, I put Dead Space in the 360 – OK, I turned on the 360,  because I haven’t bothered to take the disc out since I got started – and played it for a couple of hours.

I’m happy to report that I got through the “asteroid bit” after only seven or eight tries.

I didn’t, mind you, know that the game included an “asteroid bit”, let alone one that was so bloody annoying.  My wife, who actually reads reviews, tells me that it is universally considered the game’s low point, and if that’s the case then all will be well.

As an aside, this is the first disc-based game I’ve played using the “install to hard drive” feature of the new Xbox dashboard, and it really is a whole different experience playing a game like Dead Space when you’re not warned of imminent attack by the sound of the optical drive loading enemy data.

At this point, I would like you to imagine a witty segue, because I don’t have one, but I didn’t want to devote a whole new post to this next rant:

The yen exchange rate is under Y90/$1 as of yesterday.  It hasn’t been this bad since 1995, which was a really crappy year for anyone whose hobbies revolve around Japanese pop culture, and, as it doesn’t look like it’s getting better anytime soon, it looks like this is going to be another crappy year.  It’s great for US exports, I guess, but I’m not really broad-minded enough to put that ahead of my own selfish interests.

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