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Archive for June 14th, 2007

Ribs reconsidered

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Okay, I had the honey garlic spareribs. Okay, but not stupendous. I was sort of complaining to the Eldest, and she told me of her “cheating” rib sauce: you mix it up and put it on the ribs right at the end, and it is not only wonderful but people think you worked all day on it: 1/2 fig jam and 1/2 sriracha sauce. (There are other brands, but this is the common one. And don’t think I didn’t note the Chili Garlic sauce. I bought a jar the other day to compare with the Chile Garlic Paste I make.)

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14 June 2007 at 5:19 pm

Posted in Food, Recipes

Is this being done?

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It seems simple enough. Create a commission and charge it with creating task forces that will focus on various areas:

  • Federal, state, and local government
  • commerce
  • communications and entertainment
  • manufacturing
  • education
  • military
  • transportation
  • food and agriculture
  • health and medicine

Each task force consists of a range of experts—economists, sociologists, jurists, manufacturers, doctors, military, and the like—and each task force is given an assumption: Oil is $800 per barrel. The job of the task forces is to estimate the effects in their particular area, develop a range of responses, list trade-offs, and submit a report.

Obviously, when oil does reach $800 per barrel, we will know the effects and we will be responding, but would it not be better—more prudent and more sensible—to look at the issues ahead of time, when options can be explored without being in a crisis already in motion?

Will something like this be done? I think not. We’re certainly not doing much on global warming.

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14 June 2007 at 2:26 pm

“My dream has been..”

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The Wife told me about this, and then I saw it on Scott Feldstein’s blog:

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14 June 2007 at 11:13 am

Posted in Music

Ask.com: new and improved

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And by Chinese researchers. James Fallows:

I love Google. Everyone loves Google. But I’ve also had a long secret fondness for Ask.com, nee AskJeeves.

The original AskJeeves concept of trying to figure out what questions users might eventually ask, and preparing answers for them, had some obvious limitations. (Same ones that are evident in the typical FAQ file.) But over the last year or two Ask’s search system has introduced enough features and tweaks to be worth visiting along with Google. For instance, I’ve found that its image search gets more quickly to what I’m looking for than most alternatives.

Recently Ask rolled out the new search page it has been working on for quite a while.

Early this year I saw some of the features in embryonic form, during a visit to my friend Yumin Liang and his research team in Hangzhou, China. (Subject for another time: the shift of some “real” research work by international firms, not just “localization” work for the Chinese-language audience, to sites in China.)

These features, and more, are now available on the revamped Ask.com site. The crucial concept here is presenting a lot of different kinds of information on one screen. You search for, say, the Atlantic Monthly on Ask, and you get pretty quickly a central column of normal search results. But over the next few seconds the rest of the page fills in. On the right side of the page, images, blog links, encyclopedia entries. On the left, ways to narrow or expand your search — narrow it by asking about the magazine’s history, expand it by also learning about, say, the New Yorker. It’s worth giving a try.

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14 June 2007 at 9:49 am

Posted in Software

Libby goes to the slammer. Not free on bond.

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Good news, IMHO. Libby must report to the slammer for incarceration and will not remain free pending appeal.

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14 June 2007 at 9:37 am

California Culinary Academy: bad news

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This article (via Accidental Hedonist) explains how CCA, once a good institution, transformed itself into what amounts to a scam operation after being purchased by a for-profit company. The article begins:

 In the Polk Street admissions office of the California Culinary Academy, oversized posters display pictures of three of the school’s graduates. The three were named “Rising Star Chefs” by the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this year, and the school is bursting with pride. The posters make effective recruiting tools — admissions representatives can point to them and tell prospective students that a CCA education is the key to gastronomic fame and glory.

Maybe CCA should have asked the three rising stars how they would feel about serving as photo advertisements for the school.

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14 June 2007 at 9:32 am

Posted in Education, Food

James Wolcott on US “success” in Iraq

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Iraq is a success, as Bush and his cronies have it. Tony Snow this morning said that the rise in violence was a good sign of that success, since success brings forth an increase in violence. (I suppose that means if violence had dropped significantly, it would be a bad sign, with no violence at all a sign of total failure. But no one asked him about that.)

Now Wolcott writes about the steps the US is taking:

William S. Lind read the news today, oh boy:

Looking idly at the front page of last Wednesday’s Washington Post Express as I rode the Metro to work, I received a shock. It showed a railroad station in Iraq, recently destroyed by an American air strike. So now we are bombing the railroad stations in a country we occupy? What comes next, bombing Iraq’s power plants and oil refineries? How about the Green Zone? If the Iraqi parliament doesn’t pass the legislation we want it to, we can always lay a couple of JDAMs on it.It turns out the bombed railroad station was no fluke. An AP story by Charles J. Hanley, dated June 5, reported that

“U.S. warplanes have again stepped up attacks in Iraq, dropping bombs at more than twice the rate of a year ago. … And it appears to be accomplished by a rise in Iraqi civilian casualties.

“In the first 4 1/2 months of 2007, American aircraft dropped 237 bombs and missiles in support of ground forces in Iraq, already surpassing the 229 expended in all of 2006, according to Air Force figures obtained by The Associated Press.”

Nothing could testify more powerfully to the failure of U.S. efforts on the ground in Iraq than a ramp-up in airstrikes. Calling in air is the last, desperate, and usually futile action of an army that is losing. If anyone still wonders whether the “surge” is working, the increase in air strikes offers a definitive answer: it isn’t.

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14 June 2007 at 9:11 am

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