In December 2006, I wrote a post called Learning how to save which put down in words what I had done to organize my finances the year prior (opened an IRA and rolled my previous retirement accounts into it). Since…
My mom was giddy this morning. “Can I check something on your laptop?” she asked. “Umm sure…” A few seconds later she passed it back to me and told me to read this: Gnomes … traveling through time. I scrolled…
Matthew spent Christmas with Beth’s family this year, so we spent the night at their house to ring in the New Year and celebrate a more complete, albeit belated, Christmas with them.
It’s so easy these days to get stuff without even thinking about it. That’s Amazon’s whole value proposition. How to go from thinking about something to buying it in mere seconds. But getting rid of stuff is another matter altogether.…
The Rincon Center used to be a US Post Office building, hence the stars and bars. But it’s the clipped wings that get me every time.
It’s one thing to put together a photo book. This shot was inspired by How to Photograph a Design Poster It’s a whole ‘nother thing to rewrite the program that builds the book to increase the margins and add a…
It’s been a while since I played my first game of pétanque (the French version of bocce), but when Stephanie discovered this wine at Trader Joe’s, it brought back fond memories.
I want. For my collection. Source: Motoblog.it: la Vespa a dondolo del piccolo Diego And a bonus—though the future parent in me screams, sharp edges! Source: theblogpaper.co.uk: the rocking horse
One of the first cookbooks that really taught me there was more to cooking than combining a few off-the-self ingredients was Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Seasoned America. Published in 1991, he reinterpreted a broad range of American melting-pot cuisines and “kicked…
This may be old news, but I learned a lot watching this interview with Chipotle’s founder, Steve Ells, and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin. Nightline interview of Chipotle founder, Steve Ells (Source: Chipotle Seeks New Model for Quality Fast Food) Pretty…
In France, Fiat 500s are called “yogurt cups” because they resemble the shape of an upside down yogurt cup. Or at least that’s what Stephanie tells me. Here’s a beautiful old Fiat 500 we saw parked in front of Ristorante…
That would be the name of the cheese class I attended at the Cheese School of San Francisco last Saturday. It was taught by Michelle Buster, who led us through Cheeses of the Mediterranean a year earlier. This time we…
Source: In Touch Weekly cover for January 25, 2010 We’re glad we chose life. –Sarah and Bristol Palin You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. –Inigo Montoya
Abstinence-only sex education DOES NOT WORK –a message from John Edwards
Not all cheeses in France are made with raw milk, but many are, including those aged less than the 60 days required to sell raw milk cheese in the US. Brie and Camembert, for example, are generally aged only 3-4…
Sometimes I enjoy the backstories more than the posts themselves:
It’s been a few years, so I’m not sure I’m telling this story right. Bear with me. Not long after Serious Eats launched, we were either at lunch with or ran into überblogger Jason Kottke. (His wife, Meg Hourihan, was consulting for SE at the time.) I don’t know how it came up now, but I think Jason may have said something along the lines of … If Serious Eats wants to offer readers utility, it could start with getting the Spotted Pig’s Smoked Haddock Chowder recipe. Seems Kottke loves the stuff. We bugged April and bugged April and finally got the recipe—in the middle of summer 2007. Not a very summery recipe, so we held onto it, waiting for winter. Then forgot all about it. Until now. So here, Jason. Here’s your recipe. Any other requests?
Though in this case, smoked haddock chowder sounds mighty good. #
Oh. Oh man. This is just going to burn up the internet: The most excellent comedie and tragical romance of Two Gentlemen of Lebowski. #
This is handy: Howto Delete Files Permanently and Securely in Linux
sudo apt-get install secure-delete
Unlike Fahrenheit 451, the vast majority of the culture swept into this 20th century black hole was not commercially available and, in most cases, the authors are unknown. The works are locked up — with no benefit to anyone — and no one has the key that would unlock them. We have cut ourselves off from our own culture, left it to molder — and in the case of nitrate film, literally disintegrate — with no benefit to anyone. The works may not be physically destroyed — although many of them are; disappearing, disintegrating, or simply getting lost in the vastly long period of copyright to which we have relegated them. But for the vast majority of works and the vast majority of citizens who do not have access to one of our great libraries, they are gone as thoroughly as if we had piled up the culture of the 20th century and simply set fire to it; and all this right at the moment when we could have used the Internet vastly to expand the scope of cultural access. Bradbury’s firemen at least set fire to their own culture out of deep ideological commitment, vile though it may have been. We have set fire to our cultural record for no reason; even if we had wanted retrospectively to enrich the tiny number of beneficiaries whose work keeps commercial value beyond 56 years, we could have done so without these effects. The ironies are almost too painful to contemplate.
For future reference:
File this under “recipes that include sex”
Put the chicken in a pan, stick a lemon or some onion or any fruit or vegetable you have on hand into the cavity. Put the chicken in the oven. Go away for an hour. Watch some TV, play with the kids, read, have a cocktail, have sex. When an hour has passed, take the chicken out of the oven and put it on the stove top or on a trivet for 15 more minutes. Finito.
Google v. China, round 2: Google fights back
These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered–combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web–have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.
You stay classy, Texas: Boy, 4, Chooses Long Locks and Is Suspended From Class
This looks yummy: Pici con Ragu dell’Anatra: Hand-Rolled Tuscan Pasta with Duck Ragu #
Makes me want to eat in solidarity with Haiti:
I appreciate Mike’s perspective on such things: