Michael J. Radwin

Tales of a software engineer who keeps kosher and hates the web.

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15 minutes of fame, part 2

The PHP-Yahoo! story got picked up today by CNET News.com. My favorite excerpt:

“(Yahoo) is a cheap company. (It) can’t afford to waste engineering resources.”

–Michael Radwin, Yahoo engineer

I hope I don’t get fired for pointing out that my employer is stingy. 🙂

hebcal.com wins an award

JAFI top site My hebcal.com website was selected as one of the Top 10 Sites for 2002 by the Jewish Agency for Israel.

It was kinda fun. They sent me an email saying that I had one the award, and sure enough, I went to their site to read the review. I was tickled pink. Saying that hebcal.com is graphics-sparse is a real compliment.

Vegetarian Fast Food

We just got a copy of the Vegetarian Resource Group’s Guide to Fast Food. It’s a great little booklet, well worth the $4, and an extremely interesting read.

I keep Kosher but eat vegetarian food at non-Kosher restaurants, so this is a useful resource.

Vegan Caesar Salad

We have been making our favorite Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing recipe quite a bit this summer.

from Vegetarian Resource Center – vrc@tiac.net – Boston, USA

You didn’t say that it had to be low calorie; this is the dressing for a “Vegan Caesar Salad”

(It is supposed to go on romaine lettuce, with croutons)

  • 2 T blanched & ground almonds
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 3 T dijon mustard
  • 3 T Brewer’s Yeast
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 3 T lemon juice
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1 T olive oil

Combine almonds, garlic, mustard & yeast to make a paste, whisk in the remaining ingredients.

Or put everything in a blender and process until smooth.

It’s delicious, and it’s become a Radwin Family tradition. Everyone in our neighborhood has got some sort of specialty dish. Mark has the Tamale Pie, Mike makes a delicious Baked Tofu Squares dish, and Andrea makes the most delicious Roasted Brussel Sprouts.

Patent

My first couple of years at Yahoo! I worked on statistical models used for targeted advertising and content recommendation. Last year, we actually got around to submitting one of those systems to the U.S. Patent Office. It hasn’t been granted yet, but hey, “Patent Pending” is cool enough. I’m hopeful that they will grant it, though. After seeing United States Patent 6,368,227 I think I might actually have a shot.