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Sep. 24th, 2012

funnylittlebrains

Stolen off Fen...

Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of.

How many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese boards, cheese knives, crepe makers, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, pie funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, filter coffee machines, expresso machines, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, ice cream makers, popcorn machines, fondue sets, healthy-grills, home smokers, tempura sets, tortilla presses, electric whisks, cherry stoners, sugar thermometers, food processors, stand mixers, mincers, bacon presses, bacon slicers, mouli mills, cake testers, pestle-and-mortars, gratin dishes, apple corers, mango stoners, cake slices, and sets of kebab skewers languish dustily at the back of the world's cupboards?

Left off this list are the two most important pieces in my arsenal... the flour sifter and pastry cutter. I challenge anyone to make a decent cake/biscuit/pastry without a sifter. While you can cut fat without a pastry cutter, it goes a lot faster with one, than without. If I had five minutes to pack equipment for feeding people, Items one and two would be sifter and pastry cutter. Item three (and nearly as important) would be a big black skillet. I can do anything so long as I've my skillet, sifter, and pastry cutter. The rest of that stuff up there? Bah. Garlic crusher? Isn't that why they give out heavy mugs at software conventions? Rice Cooker? You mean a pot with a lid, right?

Apr. 27th, 2012

funnylittlebrains

out of the mouths of babes...

So I'm making dinner, and I've got sweet potatoes in the oven. I'm making conversation w/ my kid about the food, and start talking about new world agriculture...Tim puts me in my place, posthaste. "I'm trying to get dinner, not a degree, Mom." Sigh. I'm as bad about boring my audience as he is, sometimes.
funnylittlebrains

House Passes CISPA: Make Sure It Dies In Senate

Originally posted by lk737 at House Passes CISPA: Make Sure It Dies In Senate
CISPA would give the government and corporations vast new powers to track and share data about Americans’ Internet use.

But our hundreds of thousands of emails and tens of thousands of phone calls have had a real impact:

Amendments were adopted that made CISPA (marginally) better.

Earlier this month CISPA was supposed to sail through, but we helped foment opposition, and the vote was far closer than anybody could have imagined even a couple of weeks ago.

Most Democrats held firm in opposition, and more than two dozen libertarian-leaning Republicans defied their leadership and voted no.

Most importantly, President Obama has threatened to veto CISPA.

***Additionally, CISPA would destabilize the internet inviting cyber attacks and increasing the amount of identity theft.***

The Senate will consider cyber security legislation in the coming weeks. Let’s turn up the heat right away: Tell the Senate to reject CISPA and any and all legislation that doesn’t respect privacy and civil liberties.
Add your name at right to tell the Senate to reject cyber security legislation that doesn’t respect privacy.

http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/cispa_passes/?akid=1332.1998782.hoiowQ&rd=1&t=2

Apr. 14th, 2012

funnylittlebrains

Titanic twitter...

So I thought this was a stupid idea when I read about it. Especially with the wiseass comments I figured it'd get...

But I've sat here for the last half hour reading through and I find myself weeping into a handkerchief. I know it's hokey, it's dorky, it's only semi-historical. Don't care. Still bawling like a baby.

Mar. 15th, 2012

funnylittlebrains

How did I not know about these?

So I'm checking my archaeology news, and I come across this. I have never heard of such a thing- I have a degree in this shit and I have, to my knowledge, never encountered description (or even mention) of a bed burial. In the last couple of years,  have seen photographs of stone lined tombs, where it is theorised that the deceased may have lain on a table/slab/potential "bed", in a room full of their belongings, but a cemetery plot, with a bed in it, containing a body?But while I was reading, I felt a chill creep over me, something like recognition. I've dreamt about things like this. yet I wrack my brain and can't come up with anything I learned in school, or read in a book. Most of my knowledge is contextual; if I recall a fact, it usually comes coupled with the circumstances wherein I picked it up. But occasionally it doesn't. (Quiz me on my contextual-less English Lit sometime; I can tell you some weird stories there.) But I'm damn sure I didn't read about bed burials in college. Or even high school.

But I must have done. Somewhere. After a search of my dream diary entries, I found this.

Read that entry. I've dreamt about that place a few times. I think? At some point in my life, I must have run across a mention of bed burials. This got lodged in my brain at a subconscious level, and resurfaces from time to time in the cemetery dream.

My unconscious mind is so much cooler than my waking one.

Feb. 18th, 2012

funnylittlebrains

This? Makes me want to do Mardi Gras...

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/18/us/wookiee-invasion-at-new-orleans-mardi-gras-parade.html?_r=1

Feb. 14th, 2012

funnylittlebrains

I got 93.94 %; what's your score?

An interesting civics exam online- I thought it was pretty evenhanded, a decent test of ones civic literacy...
http://www.isi.org/%28X%281%29S%285uzobn45f2h23l55qnf12cvu%29%29/quiz.aspx?q=FE5C3B47-9675-41E0-9CF3-072BB31E2692&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

Feb. 7th, 2012

funnylittlebrains

CJ article update

The truffle article is running in tomorrow's Courier-Journal. The video we shot for it is already up online. If anyone knows how to save a copy and could tell me, I'd be most grateful.

http://bcove.me/jrn1uy8k

Feb. 1st, 2012

funnylittlebrains

The nifty thing I found tonight....

For my fellow Sherlock-loving fangirls.... Benedict Cumberbatch. Reading stuff. Lots of stuff. Audiobooks. Poetry. Best of all? Kiddie books. Yes, watching him read "Little Red Hen" makes me want to have babies again. Ovaries asploding all over the place, here. It's bad enough that he's so lovely to look at, must he have a voice like molten chocolate as well? It's not fair, I tell you. Clearly his parents were in league with the devil or something.

But anyway- go here: http://benedictcumberbatchreadsthings.tumblr.com/
Enjoy the audioporn.

Jan. 31st, 2012

funnylittlebrains

Fic Happiness!

Caitlin! Wendy!

I haven't even read it yet, but I just hit refresh over on AO3 and they've just put up the first part of the sequel to Sustain!

http://archiveofourown.org/works/330615

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