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Don't be frightened...
by ben at 19 November, 2014 - 1:07 PM
Press pause on your remote for a second. This will only take a few minutes.

A while ago, I was moderately good friends with a writer/director of horror/thriller films, and I remember a conversation with him where I asked "why all the horror movies lately?" as it seemed like there had been a surge. He gave me a fairly reasonable answer, one that I felt was actually kind of intuitive after he explained it: it's about escapism. More specifically, the worse the state of the country/world, the more people want to get some release via escaping into a fantasy world - and when there are truly scary things out there, it's more desirable to escape into a world with horrors that far outstrip our own, to make ours seem easier to deal with.
Latest comment: 19 November 14, 1:16 PM

Fish be gettin' confusing...
by ben at 23 October, 2014 - 11:37 AM
So...

Hamachi is the Japanese name for amberjack, also called a yellowtail - but not to be confused with a yellow-tail tuna which is a totally different family... yellow-tail tuna is often referred to as "Ahi" which is ALSO a name used for bigeye tuna (not, as some people think, the enormous bluefin tuna). the yellow-tail tuna's proper name is Thunnus albacares - not to be confused with albacore tuna which is a different tuna entirely (Thunnua alalunga) - except in France & Portugal, where yellow-fin IS "albacore"... who KNOWS what they call "albacore" in France & Portugal...

This is the sound of me going insane, very slowly.
Latest comment: 23 October 14, 11:37 AM

Why don't they just let Roman Catholic priests marry again?
by ben at 24 September, 2014 - 11:49 AM
Every time I hear of yet another outcry over this priest or that bishop who is involved with a sexual scandal, several things go through my head... eventually I'm just bewildered and wondering "why boys? and why little boys at that?" Psychological issues aside for one moment (power, control, etc.), I just think that this is a perversely logical course for them, in their heads.

I mean, pretty much all the external reasons why they started disallowing marriage in the first place are gone1. And I think, barring a few other possible (though hardly plausible) conspiracy theories, It's pretty much been shown that making a man of God celibate just really doesn't work all the time.

So why not let them choose? Every other religion allows it (even promotes it... even Judaism which, you've got to admit, has WAY more rules, except this one), and even Eastern Orthodox & Eastern Catholics allow it...

Seriously, think of the children here... let priests marry.

1 E.g.: we're no longer in feudal times, where the 3rd son of an earl joins the church and then, poof, his brothers are killed in the latest crusade without heirs! So now you have a priest in charge of an earldom and as a king with a vassal loyal to the church and not you... your power is diminished greatly.
Latest comment: 08 December 14, 4:25 PM

Happy Birthday Stu!
by ben at 15 September, 2014 - 12:38 PM
BIRFDAY! WOOO!!!

Latest comment: 24 September 14, 11:19 AM

by ben at 07 August, 2014 - 11:15 AM
I want to make Bresaola next. Any of you who've had my chipped beef dip in a bread bowl (pumpernickel, always pumpernickel) will know it by that name (and how good it is). But unlike bacon (or this week's project, Canadian Bacon), it's air dried at 60F for 3 weeks after being cured in the refrigerator instead of hot smoked. Now - I have a recently broken wine refrigerator that if fixed, I can set to 60 and keep a bit of water in there for humidity.

My question to all of you is - who can help me fix the fridge? or has something similar I can use for about a month? specifically, anything I can put at 60F/15C with 60 to 70% humidity?

Thanks very much in advance!
Latest comment: 07 August 14, 11:15 AM

Pretty Much The Most Amazing Lego Creation I've Ever Seen
by ben at 22 May, 2014 - 6:47 PM
Cyberpunk Lego Town is almost definitely the greatest thing made of plastic bricks ever.

BTW, I'm kind of amazed how well Lego has blown up in recent years... from video games and cartoons to an entire movie now, they're basically taking the GI Joe economic model and running to the bank with it.
Latest comment: 24 September 14, 11:25 AM

Vacationed in Korea, Japan and Hawaii!
by ben at 19 May, 2014 - 8:59 PM
it was pretty great... you can see the pictures here!
Latest comment: 22 May 14, 6:37 PM

How I accidentally made a James Beard nominated recipe (sort of)
by ben at 28 March, 2014 - 1:57 PM
A week or so ago, I was at home, cooking dinner for myself as usual, and I wanted to make chicken Madeira (something along the lines of this, but, simpler), and realized that I didn't have any Madeira - since I'd brought this awesome bottle to my brother's and hadn't replaced it*.
Latest comment: 28 March 14, 1:57 PM

potato buds
by ben at 26 March, 2014 - 1:20 PM
Mundanity abounds, fair warning.

Full disclosure: the events in this story start many years ago, so I could completely be making them up, but here's how I remember them. Pie first told me about instant mashed potatoes, and how useful she found them. So I ran out and bought a box of Potato Buds... and promptly forgot about about them.

Then I moved to San Diego, and I moved everything with me, including this box of potato buds. I put them up on a shelf... and promptly forgot about them. I've moved 3 more times since then, every time, this box of dried spud flakes following me around, unopened, unused. Until today! I had some extremely thin stew and I've thrown in some of these flakes to see what happens... I'll update you after lunch with results.

What about you, community? have you used anything like this, or stuck with regular powdered starches (as I have, before now)?
Latest comment: 06 April 14, 9:49 PM

SWEET new (old) Feature on DTC!
by ben at 24 March, 2014 - 6:01 PM
OK, so I am assuming that I never told anyone about the search page on here because... well, when I took a look at the stored proc I wrote, it was pretty abysmal. So today I took a couple of hours and with Sasha's help, because she's an awesome DBA, I think I got it working. So go over there and play with it. It SHOULD be a much faster way of finding stuff than the archives page, if you know what you're looking for (or at least a word or phrase).

So go, do some testing, look for stuff and tell me what you find, don't find, break, whatever.

Enjoy!
Latest comment: 24 March 14, 6:05 PM

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