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Saturday, June 23rd, 2007
11:25 pm
Finland-Belgium owl intermission

Current Mood: recumbent
Monday, September 4th, 2006
10:53 pm

This poll question is about

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006
12:47 pm
madlib poll results
(not all radio-safe)

From madlibpedia, the mangled encyclopedia

etb: SIGTERM is the desiccated hump yard sent to a neologism by the defenestrate or defenestrateall commands. It recidivizes the termination of a neologism; however, unlike SIGKILL, it can be bikecoptered and flagellated (or ignored) by the neologism.

catamorphism: SIGTERM is the obfuscated tree sent to a zucchini by the fuck or fuckall commands. It shits the termination of a zucchini; however, unlike SIGKILL, it can be pissed and crapped (or ignored) by the zucchini.

kitby: SIGTERM is the shiny kitten sent to a turtle by the defenestrate or defenestrateall commands. It obscures the termination of a turtle; however, unlike SIGKILL, it can be silenced and concatenated (or ignored) by the turtle.

klari: SIGTERM is the confused pineapple sent to a pony by the store or storeall commands. It juggles the termination of a pony; however, unlike SIGKILL, it can be zombified and compiled (or ignored) by the pineapple.

techstep: SIGTERM is the aquatic dilettante sent to a parasol by the frolic or frolicall commands. It quaffs the termination of a parasol; however, unlike SIGKILL, it can be projected and incubated (or ignored) by the parasol.
Thursday, July 20th, 2006
6:23 pm
Saturday, July 15th, 2006
8:08 pm
mad lib poll
Poll #770530 mad lib

please enter 1 adjective, 2 nouns, and 4 verbs

then I will comment with yr results at some point.
Saturday, June 24th, 2006
6:32 pm
Poll #755407 carcopter

Cars sitting around with their alarms going off for 2 or more hours for no apparent reason should be

I wuv cars
I wuv car alarms
Sunday, May 7th, 2006
1:13 pm
hee hee
Maintaining your plasmodia

Current Mood: sleepy
Friday, March 31st, 2006
9:16 pm

  • bag of frozen peas
  • lemon, thinly sliced
  • large fistful of raisins
  • tempeh


  • 2 tbsp flour (I used whole wheat bread flour, but it doesn't matter)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • cup of milk
  • about 1 tbsp lemon juice

To make stuff: if, like me, you have a pot in which you can boil and steam things at the same time (but not everything fits in the steam part), then boil the tempeh and steam the other things. Otherwise, steam everything. Do this for 7-9 minutes. At this point the lemon peels will be pretty soft and palatable.

To make sauce: make white sauce and mix in lemon juice when it's almost done. (I.e., melt the butter with lowish heat, mix in the flour, wait for it to bubble while still mixing, mix in milk, wait for it to boil and thicken, mix in lemon juice. Doesn't take long but can burn if too hot or not stirred enough.)

Put sauce on stuff.

Current Mood: awake
Thursday, March 16th, 2006
5:30 pm
You are not your pants.

Current Mood: restless
Thursday, December 15th, 2005
12:53 pm
I had 12 potatoes and not a whole lot else, so I made skordalia.Collapse )
It turned out acceptably, although I think I put in too much lemon juice. While the potatoes were boiling, the smoke detector decided to go off for no apparent reason, so I removed it. Since the smoke detector invariably goes off if the oven is turned on, I decided to use this opportunity to make armadillo potatoes.Collapse )

Current Mood: hungry
Tuesday, November 8th, 2005
8:11 pm
An old but informative (especially if you are in Philadelphia) article about the Shoups and the nearly-current voting machine industry is here.

Not surprisingly, it doesn't inspire confidence.
7:58 pm
mostly from this cookbook:

1 pound salmon
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
1 clove garlic, crushed
3 tbsp sesame oil
1 leek, shredded
1 tbsp chile oil

Mix the soy sauce, ketchup, rice vinegar, sugar, and garlic in a container; slice the salmon and mix into this container . Marinate for 30 min. in fridge.

Stir-fry the leek in the sesame oil for about 10 min. Keep stirring it and don't use more than medium heat, because of the fairly low flash point. (They use corn oil instead, but I like sesame better.)

Strain the leeks out from the oil. Put the chile oil, salmon, and marinade in and cook until salmon gets flaky, then add the leek back in.

This has rather a lot of oil, so maybe I'll use less next time.

Current Mood: calm
Sunday, November 6th, 2005
11:43 pm
hee hee
Richard Dawkins cites Augustus Fink-Nottle, about newts.

Last weekend, I went to Cape May to look at birds. Lots of flickers, robins, kinglets, etc., were migrating, and I got to see a bittern in Cape May Meadows; it objected and flew away, making a quk-quk-quk sound. Denver Holt gave a talk about snowy owls and their nests. He had a great picture of a nest with a pile of owlets surrounded by a ring of 56 (counted by a grad student, presumably) dead lemmings.

Current Mood: busy
Friday, November 4th, 2005
8:31 am
Sendmail being a good counterexample to the old-widely-used-programs-have-fewer-bugs theory:

"Our memory error logs indicate that Sendmail generates a steady stream of memory errors during its normal execution."

--Martin Rinard et al., in the OSDI04 failure-oblivious computing paper
Tuesday, October 25th, 2005
12:39 pm
What are the furthest points North, South, East and West you have visited?

Farthest north: Jostedal, Norway (61n33, 6e?) or that general area
Farthest south: Santiago, Chile (33s27, 70w40)
Farthest east: Stockholm, Sweden (59n20, 18e03)
Farthest west: Corvallis, Oregon (44n34, 123w16) (etb can tell me if I have in fact been farther west)

These four points can be used to define a rectangle (well, in more-or-less spherical geometry they do) whose borders lie along the lines of latitude and longitude you have identified.

What’s at the center of this region? 14n3, 52w37: the Atlantic Ocean, north of Guyana and east of Grenada.

Have you been there? No.

Where is the nearest place to the center you have visited? Somewhere in Florida. Maybe Sanibel Island, or maybe Miami, if I've been to that airport.

Current Mood: attacked by chiles
Thursday, October 20th, 2005
9:58 am
At Jin's Produce there are, for $3.50, pineapple cores with the non-edible parts removed. In general, their stuff is maybe slightly more expensive than Iovine's and significantly less than grocery stores' around here[1]. They don't have anything really unusual, and their apple selection is ultraconventional. The Fitler Square farmer's market had Macoun apples last week, and I think I've been able to get Northern Spy and Winesap from some Amish people in Reading Terminal in the past.

Today's obnoxious substance is pyridine.

[1] except possibly Trader Joe's, where I haven't been for a long time, partly because I resent their door-positioning.

Current Mood: not entirely awake
Wednesday, October 19th, 2005
9:49 am
Monday, October 17th, 2005
1:15 pm
that thing that (I think) catamorphism et al. did a long time ago:

Your Linguistic Profile:
50% General American English
40% Yankee
10% Upper Midwestern
0% Dixie
0% Midwestern

What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

(the table-ification was unnecessary, so I got rid of it)
This result seems plausible for me, but I have to wonder: does the West Coast just not count in this thing? Or is it supposed to not have any distinctive "Kind of American English"?

Current Mood: RVM-compiling
Sunday, October 16th, 2005
4:07 pm
another Pittsburg sign
(besides the one on the divested train station rotunda-thingy)
Edward Dean Adams power station, Niagara Falls
Saturday, October 15th, 2005
11:45 pm
So my parents' yard probably got 100,000 gallons of rain last week. However, it had been dry enough that it pretty much just soaked into the ground. The red maples in particular probably helped.

With all the rain in the past few days, the woodwork here has been sticking to itself. The two windows that would not open when I first moved in have reverted to the stuck state. I was able to open the living room window several inches, given several iterations. We'll see whether it will shut again... I could go to the hardware store and get that headache-inducing stuff again, I guess.

Today's known human carcinogen is vinyl chloride.

Current Mood: blinky
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