Onions

Nov. 24th, 2011 05:52 am
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A bit ago, my friend [livejournal.com profile] simonbillenness came by and made tomato-sausage risotto with me. He cut through an onion in like 30 seconds, commenting appreciatively that my knife was really sharp.

Now... my knife is sharp, but I am incompetent. I was jealous of his skillz.

See, when I cut onions, I cry. A lot. (And I am convinced that cutting the onion under running water is just a good way to get slippery soggy onions and to get back strain as you lean over the sink). Further, my attempts at dicing onions into cubes leads to very sloppy horizontal cuts that always end up slicing through the root and then I just have a mess and more crying.

But! I have discovered a new method of onion dicing! It follows the radial shape of the onion (the "fan method") and leads to way less tears: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Dice-an-Onion-Like-a-Pro/
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I have been dreadfully lazy in saying this, but: go look at Danielle's bead shop. She has some of the prettiest glassware pendants you'll ever see. Also, I notice that her "uglies" (which are not ugly) are a total steal.
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Because [livejournal.com profile] shellaby claims that after 4 years at Williams and a bajillion years at Harvard after that, she no longer reads "words" and just looks at photos, I have decided to summarize Boston with some representative pictures stolen from people on Flickr.


This is like Kim BEFORE Boston:






This is like Kim AFTER Boston:




Or something like that. Maybe like this. Yay!

Squee

May. 12th, 2010 01:09 am
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Luann Overmyer's Ortho-bionomy: A Path to Self-Care book is really exciting. It is clear; it covers practically every part of the human body; and her story is incredible. She was dead when she got to the hospital after her accident, and had to relearn how to be in her body all over again. (You can read the story in her preface, on Google Books). This is pretty shocking, if you think about it -- when do you really get a chance to stop thinking about "why" we're here, and just focus on "how"? To really be in your body?

Anyway, I am also pretty psyched about taking her class in June -- she has two, one on carpal tunnel and the other on pelvic stabilization, and I'm not sure I can swing both financially, but ... I WANT. Seriously. This is what learning really should be about -- getting excited over things you can apply and genuinely see the world with new eyes with. "School" kinda sucks right now, but this is pretty cool.
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Because it is almost the end of poetry month, a poem by Taylor Mali:

Falling in Love Is Like Owning a Dog )

Thanks for introducing me to him, [livejournal.com profile] osirusbrisbane :)

ETA: Taylor is also reading at Bluestockings (172 Allen Street) on Thursday the 29th, if anyone else wants to come!
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Holy cow. The world is wonderful. I complained that I was sick, and I almost instantly got virtual company (and later, [livejournal.com profile] microhylidae in person), the spontaneous company of the ever-kind [livejournal.com profile] sir_graeme and [livejournal.com profile] haezle yesterday, and amusing links this morning:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wvo-g_JvURI&feature=player_embedded
http://textsfromlastnight.com/
http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/
http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/

Plus Suz just emailed to say that Vienna Teng is performing tonight for free at Rockwood, because of the being stranded by a second volcano erupting.

And it may be worth dragging myself out of my deathbed to go see Vienna, even.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] ultiville dryly suggested that perhaps Plan A, before putting cart in front of horse, should be not being on my deathbed in the first place. "Get enough fluids and rest before you decide." He is backed up by just about everyone else. Truth: if everyone else thinks you just rolled a 1 for common sense, that's probably what just happened.

Sonjalove

Apr. 12th, 2010 05:39 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] readysetg0 is amazing and her new tumblr blog made me smile. But I really liked this picture:



She subtitled it, "Come let us have tea and talk about happy things." -Chaim Potok
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After hanging out with Josh and Shelley, it is clear that the important things in life are, like...:
http://theweaselking.livejournal.com/3593837.html

Or the movie trailer for Brokeback to the Future:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uwuLxrv8jY

And the trailer for Sesame Street by Martin Scorcese:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLGBiu_0yLo

I also have, randomly, the image of my cat singing "White and Nerdy" by Weird Al in my head. Except that she changed the lyrics to "Cute and Fuzzy," and her music video has LOLcats.
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So apparently, blue food coloring helps recovery from spinal cord injury in rats. The only side effect is that it turns the rats blue:



This leaves me with three final thoughts:

(1) I want a blue rat.

(2) Well, except not if I have to injure its spine first. Did they deliberately give rats spinal injuries? Lab work is not for me, man.

(3) On the other hand, my old, overly-reddish-hued elementary school librarian dyed blue would be hilarious. I once described her as a huge, squishy tomato with an attitude. She'd be a purple and blue tomato. And I wouldn't mind if she had a spinal cord injury first.
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The NY Times blogs about a "love vaccine", toying with the idea that we could prevent ourselves from falling in love. Better living through chemicals.

In the article, one researcher mentions that SSRI antidepressants already help us from forming longterm attachments. Holy fuck! That was not on the list of side effects.

I don't even know what to think.
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Thing of the day: excerpts from Carrie Fisher's autobiography. "George Lucas ruined my life."
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Thing of the day: poem. Because I feel like it.


After A While
©1971 Veronica A. Shoffstall

After a while you learn
the subtle difference between
holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn
that love doesn't mean leaning
and company doesn't always mean security.
And you begin to learn
that kisses aren't contracts
and presents aren't promises
and you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes ahead
with the grace of woman,
not the grief of a child
and you learn
to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow's ground is
too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of falling down
in mid-flight.
After a while you learn
that even sunshine burns
if you get too much
so you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone
to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure
you really are strong
you really do have worth
and you learn
and you learn
with every goodbye, you learn...
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A while ago, I blogged about Pandora being amazing, and Karel recommended Last.fm. Suz re-recommended it, reminding me that it had been almost three years since Karel talked about it... and oops, should've listened earlier. It is amazing. Check it out.
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Thing of the day: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1084037/Lonesome-penguin-cheered-new-friend--stuffed-toy.html

Baby penguin cuddling with stuffed penguin! What could be cuter?

--

Also, Dan Savage kicking ass on the Colbert Report: http://www.comedycentral.com/videos/index.jhtml?videoId=210299

Geekery

Feb. 25th, 2007 09:50 am
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Lately, I've been reading Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake books. I've been gobbling them down, in fact, at about a book every two days. (This is impressive when you consider that I also study and hang out with Neil and tutor. Really.)

So today, because I finished all of the Anita books that Ms. Hamilton has out in paperback, and the library is closed on Sundays, I went to her blog.

Alas. Laurell K. Hamilton's blog is with a black background, and blue ink. And black backgrounds, alas, are harder on the eyes, than white ones.

Then I discovered WebDeveloper toolbar, and the "Disable page colors" and CSS editing feature to edit the colors made my life SOOOOO much better!
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One day, I will be as cool as the person who invented Special Letters Unit.
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I've been having a pretty down day; frightened of the future and feeling some of my recent losses pretty sharply. David was over here, and that helped, a little, but...

... in an attempt to get out of my head and stop...

I wish to share this gem: http://www.candywarehouse.com/pbkisses.html

Peanut butter kisses. So addictive.

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