If I were a giant…

What would you do if you were a giant?

Romantic Promposal Sign (even msg)

If I were a big giant, I would pick stars from the sky for you.

But I am only a young man, can I pick you up for prom instead?

Asking Her Out for a Date

After talking about the fantastic night sky/big tree scene in BFG movie, ask,

You know, if I were a giant, I think I want to reach up and pick stars from the sky.

But I’m not, so instead of stars, can I pick you up for dinner/coffee?

A Note for Mom on Mother’s Day

I want to be a giant, so I can pick stars for you on Mother’s day.  But I’m not, so I picked some flowers instead.  Happy mother’s day!


Get ISO From CD For Checksum Verification

WRONG WAY:  This will generate an ISO file but its checksum will be different from the source ISO image:

dd if=/dev/sr0 of=/tmp/disk_image.iso

RIGHT WAY:  To generate an image identical to the source, first find CD info

$ isoinfo -d -I /dev/sr0 | egrep -i 'block size|volume size'
Logical block size is: 2048
Volume size is: 275040

Next, use the logical block size for the ‘bs’ operand and volume size for the ‘count’ operand:

$ dd if=/dev/sr0 of=/tmp/disk_image.iso bs=2048 count=275040

This will create a ISO file identical to the source, thus having the same checksum.

Or just skip the ISO file and pipe the image to md5sum, for example.

$ dd if=/dev/sr0 bs=2048 count=275040 | md5sum

Recipes from preschool


Mix together:

  • 2 cups vanilla yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Pour into containers (paper cups, popsicle forms) and freeze until hard


Mix together:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tbs oil

Bake at 425 degrees for 15 min.  Makes 12


The watermelons in Thailand don’t look like the watermelons in North America. Unlike North American watermelons, which are oval and weigh 15 to 45 pounds (7 to 20 kilos), Thai watermelons are round like balls and weigh only 5 to 15 pounds (2 to 7 kilos). The insides look the same, though, and they taste the same, too. Here’s a watermelon recipe from Thailand that tastes great no matter where the watermelons are from.


  • 6 ice cubes
  • 2 cups (500 ml) seedless pieces of watermelon
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) sugar or honey


  1. Put the ice cubes in a blender or food processor. Ask a grown-up to mix the ice cubes until they are crushed.
  2. Add the watermelon pieces and blend until the shake is slushy, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the sugar or honey and blend for 10 seconds. Pour the slush into tall glasses.

Makes 4 cool-off slushes.


Looking for a good, but cheap meal? In Japan, you can stop by a ramenaya, a Japanese noodle shop, and get a bowl of soup for 260 yen (about $3). For a fast Japanese meal, make yourself a bowl of noodle soup. Be sure it looks good – food presentation is a creative art in Japan.


  • 1 package ramen noodle soup


  • 1 carrot, cut into very think sticks, about 2 inches (5 cm) long
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • Daikon radish, cut into very thin sticks, about 2 inches (5 cm) long
  • 1 mushroom, sliced
  • 3 pea pods
  • 1 Chinese cabbage leaf, shredded
  • 1 lettuce leaf, shredded


  • Ask a grown-up to help you make the soup according to the package directions.
  • Place up to 4 of the added-ins into a large soup bowl. Carefully pour the hot broth and noodles over the vegetables. Use chopsticks to arrange the vegetables artistically.

Serves 1 kid a tasty Japanese soup.

Kids’ Multicultural Cookbook


  • 1 cup of Gold Medal all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of margarine or butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of grated lemon peel, if you like
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 eggs
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix thoroughly flour, margarine and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Press evenly with hands in bottom and about 5/8 inch up sides of an ungreased square pan, 8x8x2 inches. (If dough is sticky, flour fingers.) Bake 20 minutes.
  3. Beat remaining ingredients in a medium bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy. Pour over hot crust.
  4. Bake just until no indentation remains when touched lightly in center, about 25 minutes. Let stand until cool, then cut into about 1 1/2-inch squares.

Makes 25 squares.


Prepare as directed in Lemon Squares except – stir 1/2 cup flakes coconut into fluffy mixture.

2015 summer camp, Creative Learning Center, Alamo, CA

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