Alex Raichev

The Crisis of Civilisation


How global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system.

Video sourced from YouTube here.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-09-01
Tags: video, collapse
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Gwynne Dyer on the Geopolitics of Climate Change


"They will move towards places that still have food."

Video sourced from YouTube here.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-08-19
Tags: video, collapse
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Asymptotics of Coefficients of Multivariate Generating Functions

Last week i improved the design and functionality of, the (open-source) Sage module i wrote to compute asymptotics of coefficients of multivariate generating functions. If you'd like to try out the module, goto my R&D page to download it or the corresponding Sage patch which is awaiting review. Let me know if you find any bugs or have any constructive criticism. Thanks.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-08-12
Tags: math
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Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 8 deglet nour dates, pits removed
  • 2 C almonds
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 T coconut oil, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 C shredded coconut
  • 1/4–1/2 C dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 175 Celcius.
  2. In a food processor, grind the dates, almonds, baking soda, salt, and vanilla into a fine mix.
  3. Add the coconut oil and egg, and blend for a few more seconds until mixed.
  4. Transfer the mix to a bowl, and stir in the shredded coconut and chocolate chips.
  5. Shape the mix into roughly 12 cookies and place them on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake until golden brown, roughly 15 minutes.


Makes roughly 12 cookies. C = cup, T = tablespoon, t = teaspoon.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-08-12
Tags: recipe
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Chickpea Curry

My favorite Hare Krishna recipe.


  • 1 C chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1 T fennel seeds
  • 1/8 C curry leaves
  • 1/2 T asafetida
  • 400 mL coconut cream
  • 400 mL chopped tomato
  • 1 golden kumara, chopped
  • 1/2 T ground fennel seeds
  • 3/4 T ground coriander seeds
  • 3/4 T ground fenugreek
  • 1/2 T turmeric
  • 1/2 t chili powder
  • 1/4 T garam masala
  • 1 T channa masala
  • 1 head broccoli, chopped
  • 1 t tamarind concentrate
  • 1 t salt or to taste
  • chopped coriander for garnish


  1. Boil the chickpeas until tender, reserve liquid, and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, saute cinnamon, unground fennel seeds, curry leaves, and asafetida in coconut oil until fragrant.
  3. Add coconut cream, chopped tomato, and sweet potato and bring to a boil.
  4. Turn down the heat to a simmer and add the remaining spices.
  5. Cook for until the potato is just short of tender (about 13 minutes).
  6. Add the broccoli and tamarind and cook for another 5 minutes.
  7. Add the cooked chickpeas and enough chickpea liquid to reach your desired consistency.
  8. Garnish with coriander and serve.


Makes about 5 servings. C = cup, T = tablespoon, t = teaspoon.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-08-05
Tags: recipe
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