Steve’s Update 8/22/2014

Not much this week.  Still recovering from all the crazy and catching up – a few days sick can really throw you off.  On top of that I suddenly had a lot of social engagements.  Honestly, being a geeky extravert is a trial sometime . . .

Also I’ve got lots of speaking coming up, so if you’re in the Bay Area it’s a chance to see me and get together!

I’m hoping to grab a vacation soon and catch up a bit.  If nothing else I need to finish reorging the apartment . . .

 

Steven Savage

Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach.  He blogs on careers at http://www.musehack.com/, publishes books on career and culture at http://www.informotron.com/, and does a site of creative tools at http://www.seventhsanctum.com/. He can be reached at http://www.stevensavage.com/.

Steve’s Update 9/15/2014

Not too much here today.  I got sick last week and it really held me back.  Just a long, plodding illness that wasn’t horrible but was draining.  Seems a lot of stuff is going around.

I’ve updated my speaking and coaching sections, and am gearing up for some conventions in the next few weeks. If you’re in the Bay Area, do check out where I’m speaking.

Sadly I’ve not updated the Geek Catalog at MuseHack this week – I got ill and things got on top of me.

I am considering some new generators for Seventh Sanctum, though I’m a bit out from putting them up.

That’s it for me.  You?

Steven Savage

Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach.  He blogs on careers at http://www.musehack.com/, publishes books on career and culture at http://www.informotron.com/, and does a site of creative tools at http://www.seventhsanctum.com/. He can be reached at http://www.stevensavage.com/.

Update 9/8/2014

Not much to report here – mostly been busy at work and preparing some site updates.  I’m doing more writing ahead, which is great, but in turn also means that I have to shift around blocks of time. But stay tuned to MuseHack for a most INTERESTING series . . .

Taking a break on Generators at Seventh Sanctum.  The Writing Prompt Generator took a lot out of me.

I’ve updated my Coaching and Speaking sections of the site – re-cataloging what I do.  One of my goals for late 2014/early 2015 is to get back to ‘systemitizing’ my work and pacing myself a bit more.  To do that, I have to catalog what I do.  And, yes, my speaking updates are coming soon (If someone gets back to me on that . . .)

And yes, for those of you who brought it up, I will take some time off.

Haven’t done many other updates/posts here.  I do need to get back to that.

Steven Savage

Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach.  He blogs on careers at http://www.musehack.com/, publishes books on career and culture at http://www.informotron.com/, and does a site of creative tools at http://www.seventhsanctum.com/. He can be reached at http://www.stevensavage.com/.

Steve’s Update 9/1/2014

Yeah, been awhile for those hasn’t it? Things kept getting crazy – definitely working to pace myself.

Still waiting to hear my speaking schedule for this weekend, so I’ll get that out as soon as possible.

The Writing Prompt Generator is done – as in I’m taking a break. I do plan to revisit it.

I’ve got a new series coming at MuseHack.  Stay tuned.

That’s . . . about it.  I’m gonna crash and watch a Rifftrax.  I do need to get back to updating this more.
Steven Savage

Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach.  He blogs on careers at http://www.musehack.com/, publishes books on career and culture at http://www.informotron.com/, and does a site of creative tools at http://www.seventhsanctum.com/. He can be reached at http://www.stevensavage.com/.

Chocolatesque Chickpea Pudding

So let’s face it – chocolate is good, pudding is good.  It’s just a bit hard to make them healthy.  However, I’m always one to experiment, and I’ve found chickpea flour makes a nice custard (also mixed with water it’s a good egg substitute as a binder).  This recipe is not “aggressively” chocolate, since that’d take more cocoa powder and maple syrup, and I’m trying to keep it to around 200 calories.  Right now it’s a bit below that so I can experiment.

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup chickpea flour (besan)
  1. Mix the water, cocoa powder, and maple syrup together until mixed in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Sprinkle in the chickpea flour gradually, stirring, so it doesn’t develop lumps.
  3. Microwave the mix for one minute on high.
  4. Remove, stir.  It should be “custardy/pudding-like.”  if not, heat in 15 second increments, stirring each time.
  5. Refrigerate until cool.

Chickpea flour has a mildly nutty flavor that’s not bad as a custard., but doesn’t exactly send me.  These additions really make it interesting – and cocoa powder has an interesting taste blending effect I need to explore

– Steven Savage

Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach.  He blogs on careers at http://www.musehack.com/, publishes books on career and culture at http://www.informotron.com/, and does a site of creative tools at http://www.seventhsanctum.com/. He can be reached at http://www.stevensavage.com/.

Steve’s Update – 08/19/2014

Been a bit busy with a lot of projects, so here’s what’s up!

– Steven Savage

Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach.  He blogs on careers at http://www.musehack.com/, publishes books on career and culture at http://www.informotron.com/, and does a site of creative tools at http://www.seventhsanctum.com/. He can be reached at http://www.stevensavage.com/.

Leftover Vegetable Kofta

I love good Kofta, those delicious spiced spheres from Indian cooking.  There are many different versions, of course, and I’ve tasted some wonderful personalized recipes (one local restaurant uses rasins).  I never tried making any until now

I came up with this after realizing that making vegetable broth meant that I wasted vegetables, so I began exploring recipes.  I realized that vegetarian kofta, which are basically balls of vegetables and flour, would be perfect to make use of these leftovers.  Plus I’ll look for any excuse to use chickpea flour, which is just amazing stuff.

These came out pretty good.  This is the second time I’ve tried this, and though they’re a bit chewy, there’s definitely something here.

One note is that I’d pick out most herbs if you use a bunch of them. Some are powerful, some taste bad if there’s too much, some may trigger allergies en masse, some are so loaded with specific vitamins that they may not be good for people taking supplements, and so on.  Parsley and peppercorns (which I both use in my vegetable broth) are stuff you want to watch out for.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of pureed, boiled vegetables (you may be able to use cooked vegetables and roasted vegetables with a little broth or water). Be sure to pick out most herbs if you used any.  This is 2 cups after being pureed, by the way.  The more different vegetables the better, and you could probably use leftovers pretty easy.
  • 3 cups of chickpea flour.
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander.
  • 1 tbsp garlic (two if you used no garlic in the recipe)
  • 1 tbsp curry powder or garam masala
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder.
  • Olive oil (or good nostick pans)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Use a towel/cloth to lightly coat small muffin tins with oil. You’ll want enough to make 18-24.
  2. Puree vegetables in a blender/food processor. The mixture should be reasonably thick
  3. Pour the vegetable puree into a bowl. Slowly stir in the chickpea flour bit by bit, sprinkling it on the mixture (about ¼ a cup at a time), stirring, and repeating. This is needed as chickpea flour can lump up easily – with the last ¼ cup, stir in the baking powder.
  4. After stirring in the chickpea flour there may be lumps. I use a large spoon to mash the mixture against the side, stir it in, and repeat.
  5. Place about 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture in each muffin hollow. You should get around 18-24.
  6. Place in oven and cook for 8 minutes.
  7. Remove the tins and use chopsticks to flip each kofta over. Place back in oven for another 5 minutes.

 

I want to tweak the spices a bit, probably add one more tablespoon of baking powder, and a bit more chickpea flour to make sure the dough is less sticky – turning these over was tough.  Probably much like bread dough you can just add a bit here and there until it’s more powdery than sticky.

I want to try these with my various sauces . . .

– Steven Savage

Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach.  He blogs on careers at http://www.musehack.com/, publishes books on career and culture at http://www.informotron.com/, and does a site of creative tools at http://www.seventhsanctum.com/. He can be reached at http://www.stevensavage.com/.

Farewell Robin Williams

Here’s a way to summarize Robin Williams.  Try and write a summary of his life, and career, and impact.  Where do you start?

You can’t.

The man defied easy classification or simple summaries.  He was so omnipresent it’s hard to imagine him gone.

That is a summary of his greatness.  That it is so hard to start describing.

Robin, thank you for everything.  Thank you for so many things.

 

Steve’s Update 8/11/2014

Hope everyone is doing well!  Here’s what I’ve been up to!

  • Updating the Writing Prompt Generator.  It’s now working pretty good, and I think I’ll probably take a break after awhile and declare it “done but willing to improve.”
  • More experiments on Seventh Sanctum’s Tumblr, so stay tuned . . .
  • Finished my latest article series at Muse Hack, Boost The Signal.  It’s a series on how we can spend time boosting the signal of good stuff.  Complaining, I think, may be built into the culture so it’s not effective.
  • Working on the Geek Catalog, my attempt to curate a list of ways geeks can get involved in good causes.
  • Cooking, and yes, I completely fell off of posting recipes.
  • Way With Worlds – I’m now on heroes and villains.

So as you can see, very busy.  What about you?

– Steven Savage

Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach.  He blogs on careers at http://www.musehack.com/, publishes books on career and culture at http://www.informotron.com/, and does a site of creative tools at http://www.seventhsanctum.com/. He can be reached at http://www.stevensavage.com/.

Alien August at Sci Fi Ideas!

(This came from an acquaintance who runs a website for sf writers, SciFiIdeas – and its about creating new aliens, I figure it’s right up the alley of folks here! – Steve)

Like sci-fi? Like aliens? Like creative ideas? This is an open invitation for writers, artists, and all creative types to take part in the Alien August special event at scifiideas.com.

For those of you who don’t already know about SciFi Ideas and what we do, we’re a blog specializing in providing ideas and inspiration to science fiction writers. We want people to create great science fiction, and we believe that sharing ideas is the best way to promote creativity in the genre.

Throughout the month of August, we’ll be focusing on one specific aspect of science fiction: Aliens!

We’ll be posting lots of new “alien profiles” detailing unique alien cultures, sharing artwork by various concept artists, discussing the many alien species that already populate the world of science fiction, and hopefully bringing you some original short stories too. Even our weekly “story starting point” feature will be taking on a distinct alien flavour, encouraging you all to write short stories about aliens.

Most importantly, we’ll be encouraging our readers share some of their own alien ideas. And there’s even a prize for the most creative, original, and interesting idea!

The event will take place on the SciFi Ideas website (scifiideas.com) throughout August.

Full details of the alien profile writing competition can be found here. http://www.scifiideas.com/news/alien-august-competition-2014/

There are also lots more details about the event on the SciFi Ideas website. http://www.scifiideas.com/news/alien-august-back/

Also, we’re always looking for fresh content, so if you’d like to write a guest article for us during Alien August, perhaps as a way of promoting your own blog, book, or creative project, please feel free to get in touch! http://www.scifiideas.com/contact/

Even if you don’t plan to share any of your own alien ideas, it’s still worthwhile checking out the SciFi Ideas website during the event and exploring all the new content we’ll be posting. Who knows, you might just be inspired. See you there!

Mark Ball
Mark Ball is a professional writer, semi-professional geek, and amateur podcaster. He is the founder and editor in chief of scifiideas.com.