Thursday, October 24, 2013

NOVA. Steelheart.

Just watched an incredible NOVA series and right now am unable to find the exact programme online. There was a discussion about Hagfish (horrible looking things) which produce a disgusting slime as Hagfisha self defense. It has been discovered this slime contains fibres which are excessively strong so scientists are working on producing these fibres synthetically. Then there were various robots which have been designed using animal movements to enable the robots to work more efficiently. One robot was designed based on the working of an elephant’s trunk another looked like an overlarge dog and can be used to cross terrain which is impossible for current vehicles. Another robot which is more humanoid in shape which can be used in places where humans couldn’t go. Yet more, tiny robots which can think individually but work in a swarm. One use for them was shown with them assisting in searching collapsed buildings for victims. Tomorrow I will try and search for the whole programme.

Today I finished Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart, I gather there wSteelheartill be sequels. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and can highly recommend it for a fast paced action series. The premise is that somehow certain people obtain super powers and super hatefulness as well. They (Epics as they are called) are all violent and appear to kill at the drop of a hat. Most humans have given up fighting them and just hope they will ignore them too. Life is hard everywhere. However, there is one rebel group and the book is about their fight together with one young man who’s father was killed by Steelheart 10 years ago.

Here’s some more Mummies for Hallowe’en. This was from BBC Good Food.

Sausage mummy dippers

Makes 12
Cut croissant dough into strips and roll around chipolatas for these spooky bandaged mummies. Serve with your favourite dip.Saussage mummy dippers


  • oil, for greasing
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tsp French's yellow mustard, plus a little extra to decorate
  • 12 chipolatas
  • tube of 6 ready-to-roll croissant (look in the chiller cabinets near the pastry in the supermarkets)


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and brush 2 baking trays with a little oil. Mix the honey, ketchup and mustard together in a bowl, then brush over the chipolata sausages.
  2. Unroll the croissant dough and divide into 3 rectangles. Pinch together the diagonal perforated seams, then cut into long thin strips – you should get about 16 per rectangle.
  3. Wind the little croissant strips around the chipolatas, leaving a little gap at one end to make a slit for the eyes. Place on baking trays and bake for 20 mins. Cool a little, then, using the mustard, dot a pair of little yellow eyes on to each mummy. Serve warm with your favourite dip.
Have a great day


  1. That would be really beneficial if robots were able to search buildings for victims. They could be used in many similar situations, like collapsed caves and tunnels.

    1. Yes certainly Alex. There were some fascinating ideas shown last night.

  2. Brandon Sanderson was a guest at Swancon, an SF convention here in Western Australia, a couple of years ago and gave a reading from an early draft of Steelheart. I loved it. I didn't realise it was available yet so I'm pleased you mentioned it.

    1. How great for you Helen. It's definitely a good read.

  3. Perfect recipe for Halloween. Clever and easy. Thank you!