September, 2009 Monthly archive

I bought some split red lentils the other day because (1) I like lentils, (2) they’re high in protein, (3) they’re really cheap, and (4) I suspected that it was really easy to make delicious food with them.

The first time I tried to cook with them I prepared them as directed, and then added a tomato, green pepper, and onion.  I don’t know why really but it came out really… ~eh,  so-so.  I would be embarassed if somebody expected me to serve it to them.

[Enter:] Dove’s Eye View: Red Lentil Soup.  This recipe is low cost, easy, and delicious.  I used some chicken stock, squeezed a whole lemon, and added a chopped fresh red chili pepper.  Judging by the comments on the site, it’s been pretty well received.  Enjoy!

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First, lets start it off with a little refresher to set the mood. Everyone remembers this classic, right?

Here’s the trailer for the movie. Unfortunately it’s not real, but great nonetheless.

h/t Graham

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There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it’s only a hundred billion. It’s less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.
- Richard Feynman

Source: Unsure, but perhaps Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!

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Refreshing video evidence of why I should not have any children.

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This is a little late, but we just passed the one-year anniversary of the pinnacle of the financial crisis: the Lehman failure.  This milestone prompted an excellent article in The New Yorker by James B. Stewart, titled “Eight Days.” It is an extremely well-sourced, inside look at the day-to-day activities during the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc.

I came away from it with not so much a revelation, but more of a confirmation of something I had thought several times before.  A thought that was wildly unpopular during this time frame: Thank god for Henry Merritt Paulson, Jr. and Ben Shalom Bernanke.

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Been playing this the last day or so. It’s pretty fun.

It’s cheap too @ $10.

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I basically find myself eating lunch quite a bit. Pretty much every time I eat lunch in a restaurant I find a beautiful bottle of Heinz Ketchup sitting on the table waiting for me. And almost every time I see one of those, I address the people sitting with me, “Do you know where this is made?’ Most of the people who dine with me know the appropriate answer, “Pittsburgh.” Damn right it is.

I realize this is probably annoying. But there is something comforting in driving (or flying) 3,000 miles away and being able to see a symbol of where you come from greeting you with a beautiful red smile. It’s also great that Heinz Ketchup happens to be damn good.

I also realize the whole Pittsburgh pride thing I have going on is a little bit ridiculous at times, but I came across an article in the New York Times that sums up a lot of the reasons that Pittsburgh was chosen as the location for the G20 summit, and I was very interested in sharing this article with you all…

New York Times article on why Pittsburgh is awesome

There are many things about Pittsburgh, besides Heinz Ketchup & The sports teams, that are worth boasting about that I often don’t talk about, but are summed up in that article quite well (and let me remind you that it is articulated in a way that I simply could not do).

So enjoy the article, especially if you are one of the unlucky ones who are forced to answer questions about Pittsburgh every time you sit down and eat with me.

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Here’s a quick game that one of my friends at University has developed to gather information about predator behaviour and mimicry.  The concept is simple: try to get as many points as possible by eating the coloured squares.  Feel free to post your high scores, and please pass it on.


PredatorBehaviour Version 1.1

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Picture 3


so good

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See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.

Too cute.

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Thought this story was really funny.

… At 9 p.m. Wednesday the ABC sitcom Modern Family will premiere, marking the least-inspired creative endeavor ever attempted by modern man. This will reportedly be followed at 12:52 p.m. Thursday by the release of a new energy drink marketed exclusively to U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Experts predict that the penultimate catastrophe will occur at approximately 7:15 p.m. Thursday night, when the social networking tool Twitter will be used to communicate a series of ideas so banal they will instantaneously negate the three centuries of the Renaissance. …

Read the rest of the article at The Onion

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A couple months ago, I asked BLin for a bread recipe.  What follows is that recipe.  It’s incredibly easy to make and the results are reliably reproduced, which is a good thing because this bread gets devoured.  The satisfaction you get when eating delicious bread that you baked yourself is indescribable… I’ve done it once more since then, and am hoping to get another loaf in the oven this week.   

To give credit where credit is due, the recipe is originally found in Bernard Clayton’s New Complete Book of Breads.  The recipe looks longer and more complicated than it is.  Bake it yourself, after the jump.

pan, con flores de mi amor

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I was working a part time job last month where, despite my half-assed efforts to change the channel, FOX News! would play incessantly.  At the time, I was trying to listen to right wing propaganda (even Rush a few times) to see what it was all about.  It was infuriating.  I’m starting to believe, unfortunately, that news programs should be forced to obtain some sort of certificate of impartiallity or authenticity.  At least that way it’d be easier to convince somebody that FOX News! was complete bullshit.  Anyways, I caught this before boarding my JFK to LHR flight, and it just about made my night.  Sure, he rants a little bit, but the prole-feed is well deserving of an epic beat down.

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I know that this has probably been mentioned before…and I imagine that all of you would agree with me when I say, “I love Dreamhost.” I know that Rob mentioned his affinity for Dreamhost in the Waterslide Debunk post, but I thought I’d let you all in on why I personally enjoy it.

I have been researching places to rock climb in or around Austin, Texas. Low and Behold, I come across a site, www.bloodyflapper.com which gives me detailed descriptions of pretty much everything that I needed to know for a successful trip to Austin (climbing and otherwise). Naturally, stumbling across this website makes me happy. I want to do more. I want to reach out to this person….and offer a personalized ‘thank you.’ I certainly could not have come across most of this information without this mystery person’s help. Alas, he has not provided me with an easy way to contact him.

Google: Whois bloodyflapper.com
I now know everything I could possibly want to know about a one (1) Andy K.

Curiosity sets in. (not much longer after) I want to know what my contact details are for somedaywellallbedead.com, even though I have a pretty good idea what will show up…

Google: Whois somedaywellallbedead.com
A Happy Dreamhost Customer!

Couldn’t be more true! I was just so jazzed about the whole ordeal that I just couldn’t keep my digital mouth shut.

Dreamhost :1
Internet : 0

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