Back from Stockton

We’re back from Stockton, and we had a very pleasant surprise while we were there. Elaine did, indeed get baptized. But while we were there waiting for things to get started, her younger brother, Jason decided to get baptized as well. Amazing! So Elaine was baptized first, and then Jason hopped in the pool and was baptized.

That means all four of the Cho siblings are now baptized. Congratulations to all of them! Praise God for your faithfulness.

I’ll post pictures as soon as I get them onto my computer.

Aunt Allie’s Garlic Bread

Aunt Allie makes the best garlic bread in the world. It tastes fabulous, and is super easy to make. I’ve found it best to use loaves of sourdough rather than baguettes. Maybe I got some old baguettes or something, but they turned out pretty hard and tough. Not a fun eating experience. So use a loaf, and you should be fine.

Aunt Allie’s Garlic Bread

1 loaf of your favorite sourdough bread
1 stick (8 Tbsp) butter, softened (substituting margarine is fine here)
1 clove garlic (if using the pre-minced garlic from a jar, use about 1 tsp)
Pinch of kosher salt
1/2 C finely grated Parmesan cheese

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees
  2. Add the salt to the garlic and smash into a paste on a cutting board with your knife.
  3. Mix the butter and garlic salt mixture in a bowl. Be sure your butter is softened, or this will be quite a chore.
  4. Spread the garlic butter liberally on the sourdough, making sure the butter makes it all the way to the edge of the bread. We don’t want any uncovered areas.
  5. Liberally spread the Parmesan cheese over the bread, also making sure to get the cheese all the way to the edges. If you spread the butter correctly, the Parmesan should stick to the bread and butter.
  6. Place the bread on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until GBD (golden brown and delicious.)
  7. Serve hot.

If you’re crunched for time, the bread can be made ahead of time, and thrown into the oven just before serving. Also, the butter, garlic, and salt can be mixed ahead of time, rolled into a log on parchment paper, and placed into the freezer for future use. I wouldn’t keep it in the freezer more than a few months, though.

Upgrade: Lightbox 2.04

I’ve mentioned Lightbox on Wongside before, but it’s basically the JavaScript library that runs my picture gallery (or at least runs the cool animations and the ability to go back and forth through pictures.  It’s mostly generated by a backend PHP script.)

Anyways, I was way behind the times in my Lightbox version. I was running version 2.02, which is pre-April 07. So now I’ve got the new 2.04 version, which includes all these features and bug-fixes:

  • v2.04 – 3/9/08
    • NEW – Upgraded Prototype from v1.4 to v1.6.0.2
    • NEW – Moved label text into configuration for easier localization
    • UPDATED – Code cleaned up. Respect for the global namespace and native javascript objects.
    • FIXED – Caption displays as “null” when viewing an uncaptioned image after viewing a captioned image.
    • FIXED – Clicking ‘close’ button shifts layout as link focus’ dotted line appears.
  • v2.03.3 – 5/21/07 – Support for horizontally scrolling pages. Added updateImageList method for ajax’y pages.
  • v2.03.2 – 4/30/07 – Fixed animated gif support in IE/Opera.
  • v2.03.1 – 4/18/07 – Fixed embed hiding. Overlay opacity var added to config. Image sets w/Imagemaps fix. Clearfix removed.
  • v2.03 – 4/10/07 – Improved keyboard navigation. Animation off toggle. Hides Flash movies under overlay. Imagemap support. Valid CSS.

To me, the greatest feature is that users are no longer required to use the ‘N’ and ‘P’ keys to move through the pictures. Now they can use the left and right arrows on the keyboard to navigate.

It’s the simple things in life, isn’t it?

Wakeboarding Pictures are Up!

That didn’t take too long. A mere 2 days after we’ve returned, I’ve posted pictures from our Shaver Wakeboarding Trip. Unfortunately, the one person who’s not represented in this gallery is Joe. I’m not really sure why I didn’t get any photos of him. But I do believe that Dan did, so maybe I can grab some of his pictures and put them up here.

Please note that the pictures aren’t exactly in chronological order. They’re ordered by filename, which is relatively chronological, but because I was using two cameras (my Canon SD 600 and Rebel XTi) the file numbers are a little different. But you get the idea. Enjoy!

Famous Room Mate

My room mate Danvin is a prolific Yelp reviewer, so it was much to his surprise to discover that one of his reviews had been printed and posted in the window of one of the places he reviewed. I guess one of his friends happened to visit the place and discovered the sign in the window. Pretty cool.

Spoke too Soon?

So maybe I spoke a little too soon. I’m not sure if it’s because of Firefox 3, or some new updates that have been made to Google Maps, but Google Maps has pretty much refused to work on my computer ever since installing Firefox 3. It will work from IE, but in Firefox, it just sits there and tells me “Loading…”

Update: I tried uninstalling Firefox 3 and reinstalling it. That didn’t seem to do anything. So I tried going back to Firefox 2 (in this case the latest version of 2, which is Google Maps works again. So I’m highly inclined to believe that it’s a Firefox 3 thing. If I give Mozilla the benefit of the doubt, maybe it’s because they’ve got enhanced CSS and JavaScript rendering that Google Maps doesn’t really conform to. In that case, it’s really Google’s fault. But regardless, Google Maps doesn’t work in FIrefox 3 on my machine, so I’ll be reverting back to Firefox 2 until it’s fixed.