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Archive for March, 2015

Recipe fried chicken wings

March 25th, 2015 by Boanerges Aleman-Meza

This is the (summarized) version of a recipe I’ve been using to make fried chicken wings. (Source needed)

  1. Set the deep frier to 350F
  2. Fry wings until their color is golden (approximately 10 minutes for 12 wings)
  3. Melt 2 tbsp butter, add 1 garlic clove minced, 1/4 cup hot sauce, and 1/4 tsp salt
  4. Mix sauce with chicken

I’ve found that depending where the wings are from, the time for frying varies. It is due to the size of the wings.

  • Walmart or Aldi: 20 minutes
  • Kroger: 10 minutes
  • HEB: 25 minutes
  • Chinese grocery store: 15 minutes

Final note: my partner was the one that got this recipe fine-tuned; it is me who likes to have the best recipes in electronic format.

Unexpected and expected RTs/fav behavior

March 21st, 2015 by Boanerges Aleman-Meza

tl;dr Twitter patterns of RT/fav vary widely depending on content and social ties.

My Twitter user name (@bam) often bring wrong notifications because someone made a mistake when typing some one else’s user name, or when the tweet gets truncated. I have seen various behaviors, some expected, some unexpected:


  • An organization with over 85K followers writes a tweet where they write my user name by mistake and delete the tweet in less than 10 minutes. Often this was enough to for that to be RT a dozen times.
  • Someone makes a mistake typing a somewhat popular music group, and it gets five to 10 RTs.
  • Anything related to nudity (partial or full, male or female), seems to get RT/fav easily a dozen times, and it continues to get a random RT/fav even two weeks later


  • Someone with over 13K followers writes what I consider a very important tweet and gets only 3 RT, 5 favs in two days.
    • I think that the text is not very clear, and the topic is not one that gets the attention it needs (violence toward girls and women in twitter)
  • Someone with less than 20 followers gets over a dozen RTs on the same day
    • I’ve seen this in 3 cases, where it turns out that the people doing the RT also had a small number of followers (under 50). These are likely tight communities. On one occasion, it was an update of someone buying a book. Another time it was something posting a photo with their kid in a park (not a fancy park such as Disney either).
  • The use of the @ symbol by other networks, such as instagram.
    • I’m not sure why other networks bother to use the @ symbol for user names. It would be nice if all of them decide to use similar valid user names. For example, in Twitter, the dot “.” is not part of a user name, as it is in instagram (and this is the reason I get notifications that are not mean to me)
  • Followers go up and down following no pattern.
    • It could be weeks with no new followers; then I get 4 on one day. The numbers do not mean much, considering that it is almost the same as in my Google+ profile (on which I’ve posted less than 10 times)

When I chose my user name, I thought about getting @ba, but then I remembered people complaining about the airline with those initials, and I knew I could not handle the bad comments. I’m glad I did not chose it.

Final comment: I’d like someone from Twitter to help me transfer my user name to an organization of my choosing, in a way that I can take another user name (I have a few in mind) but it is guaranteed that the other organization gets to keep @bam. There’s no money involved in any transfer, as it is a non-for-profit organization.