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Saturday, February 5th, 2011
9:39 pm - VCFE Week One

Back when I was in Law School, Missy and I got into a food rut, and we broke out of it with Alton Brown's I'm Just Here For the Food (2d Ed.) Since Missy's become vegetarian, we kinda fell into another food rut, so she got me Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone (2d Ed.)

In the last week, I made three meals out of nine recipes, including sauces and sides. Things that worked: Romesco sauce (or more likely a Salvitxada), frying bread with olive oil (think grilled cheese), homemade quesadillas. Things that didn't: yogurt sauce, bechamel sauce, frying zucchini, parboiling potatoes (they need much more time than similarly constituted root vegetables).

Special mention for the Romesco sauce: her recipe, at least, is like half pesto, half tomato sauce, with just a little chili kick. It can be used as an alternative to but, obviously, not a perfect substitute for marinara, pesto, hummus or salsa.

I don't expect to make this into a series. But I did feel like sharing what feels like a quantum leap in my cooking skill.

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Monday, August 31st, 2009
9:59 pm
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107:59.9

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Sunday, April 19th, 2009
8:58 am

You or someone you know may already be a winner! Canadian citizen!

This past Friday, the Canadian government restored Canadian citizenship to thousands of people who lost Canadian citizenship when they became citizens of foreign countries up through the 1960's. Until that time, nationality worldwide laws disfavored dual-citizenship and had multiple provisions for automatic loss of citizenship. For example, up until the 60's, Canadian women who married American men in the U.S. automatically lost their citizenship and became Americans.

The act also extends Canadian citizenship to the, potentially unsuspecting, children of once-and-future Canadians who were involuntarily denationalized.

Of course, the high point of all this is the ridiculous PSA the Canadian government produced on the subject.

In other news, if this whole "acting thing" doesn't work out for Julia Stiles, she could make a living as a sportswriter. Of course, you probably already knew that if you read her blog.

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Sunday, March 22nd, 2009
9:02 pm - Counties where I've gone to court

Can I make all 102 before I retire?

Adams		Alexander	Bond		Boone
Brown		Bureau		Calhoun		Carroll
Cass		Champaign	Christian	Clark
Clay		Clinton		Coles		Cook
Crawford	Cumberland	DeKalb		DeWitt
Douglas		DuPage		Edgar		Edwards
Effingham	Fayette		Ford		Franklin
Fulton		Gallatin	Greene		Grundy
Hamilton	Hancock		Hardin		Henderson
Henry		Iroquois	Jackson		Jasper
Jefferson	Jersey		Jo Daviess	Johnson
Kane		Kankakee	Kendall		Knox
LaSalle		Lake		Lawrence	Lee
Livingston	Logan		Macon		Macoupin
Madison		Marion		Marshall	Mason
Massac		McDonough	McHenry		McLean
Menard		Mercer		Monroe		Montgomery
Morgan		Moultrie	Ogle		Peoria
Perry		Piatt		Pike		Pope
Pulaski		Putnam		Randolph	Richland
Rock Island	Saline		Sangamon	Schuyler
Scott		Shelby		St. Clair	Stark
Stephenson	Tazewell	Union		Vermilion
Wabash		Warren		Washington	Wayne
White		Whiteside	Will		Williamson
Winnebago	Woodford

2009/03/27: 8 of 102 (7.8%)

2009/05/15: 10 of 102 (9.8%)

2009/08/14: 12 of 102 (11.8%)

2009/09/30: 14 of 102 (13.7%)

2010/06/28: 16 of 102 (15.7%)

2011/06/20: 18 of 102 (First new court with K&A)

2011/08/19: 21 of 102 (20.6%)

2012/03/09: 23 of 102 (22.5%)

2012/10/01: 25 of 102 (24.5%)

2013/05/29: 26 of 102 (25.5%) (First new county of the year! 1/4 down!)

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Monday, January 19th, 2009
9:02 pm - mlwmohawk on slashdot
It seriously depends on your crime as to how far police will go to obtain data from a hard disk.
  • If, for instance, to kill no more than three people in cold blood. They won't even look.
  • If, you have a few ounces of pot, the DEA will use the FBI forensics labs.
  • If you have a history of violence and have beaten countless women, they won't even look.
  • If you've given more than a few hundred bucks to an Islamic charity, the NSA will step in.
  • If you bilk hundreds or thousands of people out of millions of dollars, they won't even look.
  • if you are accused of fighting on the train in San Fransisco, they'll just hold you down and shoot you in the back. Fuck the computer.

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Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
9:50 pm - I say we saddle his ass.

So there's a furor on Slashdot, because a SC state senator submitted a bill to criminalize the use of profanity. The guy's tried this and failed each of the last six years. One of the comments pointed me to this gem of an IRC transcript.

*** Now talking in #christian
-Word_of_God- Welcome Abstruse to #christian I am a Bible Bot. For more info type: /msg Word_of_God !info
!kjv numbers 22:21
Numbers 22:21 -- And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab. - (KJV)
*** SageRider sets mode: +b *!*@c211-30-208-111.rivrw3.nsw.optusnet.com.au
*** Word_of_God was kicked from #christian by SageRider (Please dont Swear)
I know I'm never going to be able to come back in this channel again after this, but damn was it worth it to see that...

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Monday, December 15th, 2008
9:54 pm

¡Viva Gatitos!

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
11:39 am

So, when Harper prorogued Parliament, I figured there was more to it than delaying the inevitable. I think part of the reason NDP and the Bloc were willing to form a coalition with the Liberals was Stephane Dion. Imagine if, by sheer twist of fate, the Democrats went into the November election with Joe Lieberman as their candidate: His own party vehimently hates him and those outside the party couldn't care less about him. That's Stephane Dion.

So the Liberals have used this opportunity to get rid of Dion.

But that probably means the coalition deal is off. Dion had no chance of ever winning power on his own. I don't think that the third-parties will essentially install a new prime minister who could win his own majority government two or three years from now.

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Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
8:40 pm

Since I can't share my Starbucks Chocolate's Vanilla Bean Truffles with all of you, I feel compelled to share the following instead.

Imagine a flower: A climbing orchid, to be exact; the one of some twenty thousand varieties that produces something edible...that its blooms must be pollinated either by hand or a small variety of Mexican bee, and that each bloom only opens for one day a year. Now imagine the fruit of this orchid, a pod, being picked and cured, sitting in the sun all day, sweating under blankets all night for months until, shrunken and shriveled, it develops a heady, exotic perfume and flavor. Now imagine that this fruit’s name is synonymous with dull, boring, and ordinary. How vanilla got this bad rap I for one will never know.
— Alton Brown

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Sunday, November 9th, 2008
10:33 pm - Imagine the Venn diagram

Playing ball
Pigging out
Locked in the bathroom

Fraternity Super Bowl party or
Weaning kittens

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Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
12:10 pm

Tastless. But it gives new meaning to the dead voting Democratic.

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
4:49 pm - And the Pirates suck, too!

My bank, and the sweet-ass credit card they gave me, is getting bought out by PNC bank in Pittsburgh. I suspect my credit card will cease to be sweet-ass once January rolls around.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
7:42 pm

There's plenty of Next Generation seventh season episodes I didn't get to see more than once or only in part because of bad VCR timer recordings back in the day. I've gotten to the episode Gambit I. There have been some hopelessly bad episodes in seasons 2-6, but this one is unexpectedly disappointing. It had a decent premise, but the writing and acting were overwrought.

Plenty of other people seemed to have liked it, though.

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6:08 pm

Jorg Haider, the George Wallace of Austria, is gay? Eh... him and Mark Foley can lock themselves in a closet and blow each other.

But dead! Holy crap, how did I miss that one?

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Monday, October 20th, 2008
10:05 pm - Movies I want to see this fall.
  • Changeling
  • Defiance
  • Zack & Miri
  • Madagascar 2
  • Quantumn of Solace
  • Soul Men
  • Milk
  • Valkyrie

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
8:03 pm

Are any other Comcast subscribers having trouble reaching slashdot.org or other OSDN websites (e.g. linux.com, thinkgeek.com)? I'm having trouble reaching only those websites from my mom's house. I don't think it's a problem with my computers, since both my desktop and laptop are similarly affected. But it could be some sort of problem with my desktop router.

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Friday, October 3rd, 2008
8:19 am

After hearing about the debate raising everybody's blood pressure, I'm glad I watched four inexcusible fielding errors send the Dodgers four runs into their 10 - 3 victory over the Cubs.

Why would I want to buy non-refundable tickets to a Cubs NLCS game that probably won't happen?

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
9:03 pm
Some of these things I'd like to try. Others I'd like to stay far away from.

Source: http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk/

Bold the things you've consumed.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile Aligator
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala (Go, Happy Wanderer!)
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear (No. Cactus jelly, yes.)
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

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Monday, September 15th, 2008
9:28 pm - Beware a city's wrath. Continue?

I did my civic duty Saturday. No, I didn't vote yet. I returned my long-awaited copy of Spore.

Earlier this year, conflicting stories in the tech press suggested that after extensive consumer protest, Spore would not ship with the SecuROM copy-protection software. Ultimately, it apparently did.

Originally, Spore / SecuROM was meant to phone home to Electronic Arts every ten days and see if your CD key had been leaked to the public, and keep you from playing the game if it had. After the consumer outcry, EA's plan was for Spore to check in at first installation and then whenever you went online to download new creatures. That's functionality that can be built into the program itself. A separate program that clandestinely hooks itself into your system, cannot be removed or disabled (even if you remove the parent game), and may interfere with ordinary computer use is totally unnecessary to implement the copy protection EA described in its compromise proposal. But I guess they were just too committed to SecuROM to implement copy protection without it.

Most of the people complaining about Spore's copy protection point to the three-installation limit as their biggest grievance. Honestly, I don't get that. Windows XP and Microsoft Office have less forgiving product activation. The original SimCity set the bar for obnoxious non-computerized copy protection. So copy protection itself is something I'm apparently willing to tolerate.

But SecuROM is way beyond the line. I don't know. Maybe I'm wrong about this and I need to hand in my Geek Card.

And in bizarre legal news...

In an effort to stop a perceived outbreak of infanticides, many states passed laws allowing parents to legally surrender infants to state custody. Nebraska's implementation of this law allows any minor to be legally abandoned to the state. After four months of this law being on the books, two mothers surrendered adolescents to state custody in unrelated incidents.

On the one hand, this makes me wish social services were easier and less stigmatizing to obtain. On the other, this makes me worry that a kneejerk reaction to this story, or others like it, will make it harder and more stigmatizing to get social services.

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Friday, September 5th, 2008
9:06 pm

802.11g FTW!

We've been using my crap-ass 802.11b router in the house the last month, and the signal doesn't reach through the old-timey lath & plaster walls. The newer router goes straight through them like butter. Or at least like drywall.

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