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I'm working on a project to cook every recipe and major variation in Veganomicon.
Over the last week I made:
Spritz seems like a very interesting way to read quickly. It's the opposite of everything I've read (slowly) about speed reading, which focuses on using peripheral vision and not reading word-by-word. You're supposed to do things like move your eyes straight down the page, taking in whole lines at a time.
Interruptions seem like a big problem; interruptions that make me look away, or interruptions in my brain, where I might realize I've not been paying attention for some amount of time. Maybe they should have navigation buttons similar to video players, so you can skip backward 15 seconds at a time. I also do want to go back and review previous pages sometimes for reasons that have nothing to do with interruption, so I wouldn't want word-by-word to be the only way to view a text -- especially when reading nonfiction. I might event want it to work in a mode where you hold down the button on the side of your phone or tablet in order to move the words, and then have them automatically pause when you release. It feels like I'd want a lot of short breaks when reading in this style.
It should also be free software, but unfortunately I'm guessing it won't be. I hope someone will make a free software application along these lines -- the basics seem pretty basic.
These videos of Dan Weiss adding drum tracks to "vocal" things are a lot of fun. I'll definitely be checking out his album "Fourteen" when it's out (March 25th).
I want this wall decal of a fireplace. Maybe too hot for the summer though.
At every intersection, every new sign for 2A directed drivers in the wrong direction. At the intersection of Columbus and Massachusetts Ave, there were yet again 2A signs pointing the wrong direction. But even more surprising, there was a sign for Route 28 East, a road that doesn’t exist. Route 28 travels only north and south. Across the intersection the station saw an accurate North 28 sign. On Forsyth Street, East and West Route 9 signs, feet apart, point in the same direction.
In last week's NYT Sunday Review section (which I normally read only semi-closely), I caught this telling correction:
The Public Editor's column last Sunday misstated the nature of the killing of Trayvon Martin. It should have been referred to as a shooting, not a crime.
I also happened on this article by Laird Hunt, whom I "studied" with at Naropa University (attended lectures and readings by him). The paper version of this was much different (shorter) than the online version; it's an interesting story. Mainly I love the idea of anyone who taught at Naropa appearing in the pages of the New York Times. Anselm would be proud. I still have Indiana, Indiana sitting on my shelf waiting to be read.
johnsu01@myles:~$ mpc playlist|grep -i outro|wc -l
In light of the recent leaks about the NSA's illegal spying, I've decided to go back to using
M-x spook output in my email signatures.
cypherpunk anthrax John Kerry rail gun security plutonium Guantanamo wire transfer JPL number key military MD5 SRI FIPS140 Uzbekistan
...that Estelle Getty was actually one year younger than Bea Arthur.
The inventor of the lawnmower was named Edwin Beard Budding.
I like aptronyms; this seems like an anti-aptronym.
The Budding Wikipedia article also seems to have been vandalized -- I don't think the first section is supposed to be called "Johnny Depp" although maybe Edward Scissorhands is relevant here, speaking of aptronyms.
I thought it was a great show, although very mellow and obviously heavy on the Beatles. Ten Tune was the best number — spooky, hypnotic, featuring Grenadier's bow work, Ballard's blood-rushing-with-pounding-temple drumming, and emphasis on piano-bass unison phrases. Jazz Alley is one of my favorite spots; I've seen Mehldau play several times at other places, but this was the closest I've sat — close enough to see the reflection of his hands in the polish of the piano, and able to watch over his shoulder most of the time.
It's amazing how unfamous relatively famous jazz musicians are. Grenadier was just out walking in the parking lot before the show started and I don't think anyone else in the line recognized him. During the show, Mehldau told a story about how they'd had an extra day in Seattle because he'd forgotten his passport and so the group couldn't get into Canada to play their scheduled Vancouver gig. Remembering your own passport, that's like something I have to do. Don't they have people for that?
The drinks were terrible. I had a Seattle Sazerac, made with Fremont Mischief Rye and a whole bottle of Peychaud's, but apparently without the necessary sugar/simple. I learned later while tasting at the Fremont Mischief Distillery that I do like the rye, so that wasn't the issue. The distillery did have its own issue — just visiting the tasting room left an unbelievable stink on our clothes. My apologies to the saleswoman for thinking (to myself) that she had an odor problem; when we left the store, the smell stuck to us like B.B.O.
The second drink was a martini made with Bluewater's Halcyon Gin, which seemed to taste like herb butter. But I couldn't really tell, because the whole thing tasted like a glass of vermouth, which it was. I'll have to try the gin by itself sometime. (Does Bluewater know that the first hit for their name is for a septic services company?)
These were just two bad drinks, maybe an off night. Drinks at Jazz Alley have always been fine for me in the past, though they have also always been Manhattans made with Maker's. Anyway, go for the music. I wish the Regattabar would be more like Jazz Alley.
I wonder if this bold email promotion I received was sent only to people in the green states?
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Also, the recent events in Watertown did nothing to shorten the early evening line at the Deluxe Town Diner, as far as I could tell.
The first three are the ones I miss the most.
I'll be traveling to Amsterdam next week for a free software conference. Does anyone have recommendations for restaurants that are vegan-friendly? Natural food stores? I'll be staying very near the Central Station.