Sunday, September 27, 2009

"Porting" iPhone Apps to XNA

I had been reading several articles posted on Gizmodo and the like about a certain iPhone game having been ported to the Zune HD (via XNA) in a mere 12 hours. Naturally, this had gotten me excited about the possible existence of a converter or abstraction layer between Apple's libraries and XNA.

Unfortunately, other articles with more detail explain that the game wasn't actually written for the iPhone. It's actually a C#.NET application, running on the iPhone with MonoTouch. This is explained in the post (from the original game dev, no less), but it's still disheartening to see popular blogs continually missing important, technical details and instead garnering page views with catchy headlines.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Carter's Select Salsa

Finally got a jar of Carter's Select Original Salsa. I ran into these guys at the 2009 Austin Hot Sauce Festival, but I hadn't gotten the chance to find their salsa in-store until last night's trip to Spec's.

My aforementioned turkey sausage skillet works great with their Original Salsa. The stuff is chunky, spicy, and generally tastes great. Highly recommended!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Hackintosh Skype Issue

Snow Leopard is now running decently on Dell Mini 9 laptops, but on mine I have a weird quirk where my Skype balance is reported as zero. Logging in on another Mac with Snow Leopard (or logging in anywhere else for that matter) shows the proper balance.

Weird, eh? Anyone else see this issue?

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Order of the Day: Turkey Salsa Skillet Pitas


Two Butterball Turkey Sausage links, sliced
1 cup sliced bell peppers
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup sliced squash
1/2 cup HEB Central Market Hatch Chile Salsa Roja
Grated, extra-aged cheddar cheese, to taste

The important thing in this dish, what gives it its kick, is the salsa. Look for this brand in particular.

Cook the turkey and vegetables in a skillet on medium heat, mixing the salsa in after a few minutes. Sprinkle in garlic powder, chili powder, and ground pepper to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are cooked to their desired consistency (squishy and nigh-caramelized).

Place delicious turkey-veggie concoction in a dish, and fill pita. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese to taste.