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(no subject) [May. 30th, 2009|07:19 pm]
I don't have anything against The Gap, but I'm not sure I approve of them selling rock band T-shirts, especially for Pink Floyd and The Who. Sort of like when Mercedes-Benz used the Janice Joplin song in a TV commercial to sell cars.
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(no subject) [May. 9th, 2009|09:04 am]
Plot summary for Wanted: Pheochromocytoma leads to superpowers, betrayal.
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(no subject) [Apr. 22nd, 2009|11:20 pm]
Boo. The sequel to The Name of the Wind is delayed. Right now I'm reading the Earthsea cycle and that's been very enjoyable. Next on the list is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. But right now - bed.
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(no subject) [Apr. 8th, 2009|08:25 pm]
When I heard that an American cargo ship was hijacked by Somali pirates and subsequently retaken, I had a big "America - Fuck Yeah!" moment.

Although I hear the captain may still be held hostage.
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(no subject) [Feb. 24th, 2009|09:05 pm]
Maybe this is a stupid question or I misunderstand something fundamental.

There are a bunch of prisoners at Guantanamo. A few of them are terrorists. Others have no reason to be there and pose no threat to our country, but we can't send them back to their home countries because they face torture - for example, I have hear this about the Uyghurs. So we are trying to find other countries to take them.

So, if we've locked up innocent people for half a decade and we can't send them home, why don't we make them U.S. citizens? Isn't that, like, the least we could do? Someone tell me why this is a horrible idea.
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(no subject) [Nov. 17th, 2008|08:06 pm]
One of our priorities with the house has been to tighten it up for winter. My parents have some very nice homemade drop-down window quilts, so we are working towards that. So far, all we have is the insulation material hung over the window, with hinged window casing holding the sides firmly to the window frame.

One kitchen window is particularly bad because it doesn't have a storm window. Right now it's 62 inside the house. The outdoor temperature is 26. The space between the window and the insulation material is 39. I think we'll be getting our money's worth.
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(no subject) [Nov. 4th, 2008|06:07 pm]
I have a bad case of Obamania. I hope it doesn't progress to McCaincreatitis. Then, the only option would be imPalin myself.
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(no subject) [Nov. 2nd, 2008|06:06 pm]
I have a recipe to share. I've had a few kinds of chocolate with hot pepper, and I wondered I could make cookies with hot pepper. I didn't find any satisfying recipes online, so I took one for chocolate chocolate chip cookies and added spices on my own. I think they are the best cookies I've ever made. There's some zip at the end, so reduce the cayenne if you're not into that sort of thing.

This is a half recipe, about two dozen cookies.

1 stick of butter, room temp
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 cup flour
3/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp kosher salt (1/8 tsp regular salt)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli)

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp ground clove
1/8 tsp cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. In one bowl, mix the butter and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and mix together. In another bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and spices. Mix the two ingredients together and add chocolate chips.
3. Drop about 1 tbsp balls onto ungreased cookie sheet, then bake at 350 for 12 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheet, then move to a wire rack.
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(no subject) [Oct. 30th, 2008|09:22 pm]
This makes me so mad I can barely think straight.


The ignorance. Just . . . . ugh. I quit.
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(no subject) [Oct. 28th, 2008|09:05 pm]
Fun fact for the day. I was wondering about the mechanism of toxicity for melamine, the compound causing all the ruckus in the Chinese milk scandal. It turns out that melamine on its own is essentially nontoxic. However, if it is in the bloodstream along with another compound called cyanuric acid, these two chemicals react and form a highly insoluble precipitate in the kidney, leading to kidney failure. Cyanuric acid is also nontoxic and is present at low levels in drinking water and animal feed. Because cyanuric acid is basically out there in the environment, melamine is banned as a food additive. Although, melamine can be used in cattle feed, and I haven't figured out why cattle don't get renal failure from the compound.

Granted, I read it all on Wikipedia, so take with salt.
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