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Considering I later posted this https://plus.google.com/+YuanLiuTheDoc/posts/HpaPfj2uCmk - it looks like three-stuffings was a family tradition. Except in this one I was dreading hand-rolling wraps.
My 10-years old resident critic gave me 30 minutes tonight, and I went crazy with three separate vegetable mixes to go into dumplings.  In the end, I only used two, and it took about 50 minutes.  It was worth it.

Tomato is uncommon in dumpling fillings.  I still remember the surprise when I first saw it on the menu of a Beijing dumplings restaurant back in the '90s.  But it tasted great, so I made it once back then.  This was my second time.  The main trick I have learned is to keep tomato chunky, like 1cm cubes.  The chunks today were a bit too big.

To use roots (and other dense vegetables) in dumpling filling, the Chinese usually precook them.  I didn't have the luxury today so I risked it, cooking slightly longer.  I also had to be satisfied with 5mm cubes and not the "standard" 2mm.  This was actually my first time using chunky daikon.  Fortunately, all worked out well. (Except adding too little salt in my zeal of low-sodium pursuit.)  My resident critic's verdict?  "Best dinner ever!" (She wouldn't rate it against her very favourite, Chengdu's Three-bowls Dumplings - 三碗饺.)
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We weren't at #MarchForScience. We were marching for science today, hands on! Once again http://www.ClimateChangeEducation.org and +Hackerlings brought formerly $100,000 climate science labs to everyday people. #ScienceMarch

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Added photos to (FREE) Hackerlings @Mobile Climate Labs 4/22 (Fremont Earth Day 2017).

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I will not be at #MarchForScience, but will be marching for science with my mobile labs, hands on!

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C.H.I.P.'s "brownout" phenomenon has many symptoms and given rise to varied theories. I haven't seen this behaviour in Pi 3, so I'm not buying any of them. But it's always good to have a workaround, whatever the cause.
What is one U.S. dollar worth? Half a year of frustration, apparently. Frustration with C.H.I.P.'s notorious power struggle, that is. I could easily (at least on the surface) power a more powerful Raspberry Pi 3 using my laptop's USB port. But whenever I ask about instability in Next Thing's forum, people ask "do you have LiPo battery," "how much current your charger outputs," "what is the gauge of your USB cable," or been told out right "standard USB port doesn't have enough juice" even though I have explained that I am running barebones, headless operating system with practically no add-on applications. I ended up treating these opinions as noise, for how could power shortage explain so many diverse symptoms that seem to contradict each other?

When the problem worsened after my recent success in turning the $9 single-board computer into WiFi router (http://wackyhacker-journey.blogspot.com/2017/03/all-you-need-is-9-chip-to-make-wireless.html), a fellow CHIPper and fellow blogger finally convinced me to take a second look at possible current limitations outside C.H.I.P. The result surprised - and delighted me. (Not that I am happy with C.H.I.P.'s power demands when load is so low, but at least I can use it reliably.)

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More hands on C.H.I.P., please
Solidarity, ye experienced Linux users (+ Mac terminal users + headless Windows users)! Stop second-guessing your ability to survive single board computers or hesitating about which SBC to pick first. (Trust me, I had been there - till I got my hands on +Harold Timmis' heroic $9 Arduino compatible -https://plus.google.com/+YuanLiuTheDoc/posts/SGiPeqsabf7.) Do not resist the lure of a $9 package that contains everything needed for practical hacks. (Alexa on C.H.I.P. a.k.a. $10 Echo? There is an ’ack for it!) Much more viable than a $35 Pi that requires yet additional parts, if you ask me. (OK. US$9 breaks my psychological barrier. I hope it breaks yours, too.)

My long promised super easy guide is finally complete! Super easy for you, that is. For me, it meant another couple weeks of real labour, so I can finally start writing about the exciting initial hack that excited me to open this new blog series.

This turns out to be more than just an in-between guide, however. In addition to toiling over which commands and options are least effort (to user), a.k.a. the usual, the labour also went to stabilising a typographic convention that gives the maximum clarity yet saves the author some effort. But the biggest struggle was to select the minimum amount of information about the vast field of networking and troubleshooting a network problem that can be useful yet not overbearing to a beginner, just like those hitchhiker’s guides that had helped me in the early days of Linux.

But the guide is not just for beginners. I am writing to reassure experienced users that good ol’ Linux is still good ol’ Linux. Meanwhile each SBC and adapted distro have their own ins and outs. Hope these guides will disarm your final hesitation. Take ya plunge, comrades!

For a little enticement, I have included a small challenge in this blog. Find out and let me know if you have completed it.

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A new boutique that isn't even on Google Maps! This "dragon beard candy" is not noodle, but maltose strings thinner than hair. The Chinese store name reads "Hong Kong Style Nostalgia Desserts." Nostalgia indeed, although this very traditional treat is not limited to Hong Kong.
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Never tired of Golden Gate Bridge
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What is one U.S. dollar worth? Half a year of frustration, apparently. Frustration with C.H.I.P.'s notorious power struggle, that is. I could easily (at least on the surface) power a more powerful Raspberry Pi 3 using my laptop's USB port. But whenever I ask about instability in Next Thing's forum, people ask "do you have LiPo battery," "how much current your charger outputs," "what is the gauge of your USB cable," or been told out right "standard USB port doesn't have enough juice" even though I have explained that I am running barebones, headless operating system with practically no add-on applications. I ended up treating these opinions as noise, for how could power shortage explain so many diverse symptoms that seem to contradict each other?

When the problem worsened after my recent success in turning the $9 single-board computer into WiFi router (http://wackyhacker-journey.blogspot.com/2017/03/all-you-need-is-9-chip-to-make-wireless.html), a fellow CHIPper and fellow blogger finally convinced me to take a second look at possible current limitations outside C.H.I.P. The result surprised - and delighted me. (Not that I am happy with C.H.I.P.'s power demands when load is so low, but at least I can use it reliably.)

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Relive childhood in SF
A new boutique that isn't even on Google Maps! This "dragon beard candy" is not noodle, but maltose strings thinner than hair. The Chinese store name reads "Hong Kong Style Nostalgia Desserts." Nostalgia indeed, although this very traditional treat is not limited to Hong Kong.
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