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Archive for June 22nd, 2008

Architectural adaptive re-use

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Some very interesting ideas brought to fruition.

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22 June 2008 at 5:51 pm

Posted in Daily life

Art from trash

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Some very interesting stuff:

Here, and here.

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22 June 2008 at 5:50 pm

Posted in Art

Warming in the afternoon sunshine

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With the apartment at a comfortable 69º F (20.6º C), the afternoon sunshine is once again attractive to a kitty. And my brief foray into short sleeves is over again for now. Click photo for close-up.

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22 June 2008 at 5:31 pm

Posted in Cats, Daily life, Megs

Good point re: habeus corpus for detainees

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Excellent point that has escaped many on the right.

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22 June 2008 at 5:12 pm

Good lunch/dinner and the effects of practice

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Using the Veggichopper, I made an excellent dish, enough for both lunch and dinner:

Patagonian toothfish, 7 oz
Chopped onions, 6.9 oz
Chopped sweet red pepper, 10 oz
Chopped yellow zucchini, 10 oz
Chopped celery, 4 oz (used because celery enhances flavor)
Chopped garlic, 1.1 oz

All of the above were chopped with the Vegichopper, which is extremely efficient (3-4 pulls generally enough) and easy to clean.

Chopped snow peas, 5.1 oz (chopped these with a knife)
Cooked black beans, 1/2 cup
Lemon juice, 1/4 cup
Soy Sauce, 1 Tbsp
Mirin, 1 Tbsp
Penzey’s Chicken Soup base, 1/2 Tbsp
Water, 1/2 cup
Crushed red pepper, 1/2 Tbsp
Turmeric, 1/2 Tbsp
Salt, 2 tsp
Freshly ground pepper

I covered the pan and simmered the above for 15 minutes. Then I added the Patagonian toothfish, covered the pan again, and simmered it for 9 minutes more. Just delicious: good taste, satisfying, healthful, and 863 calories total (290 cal fat, 375 cal carbs, 190 cal protein) with 28 g fiber.

As you can guess from the measurements I’m using Fitday, and it’s amazingly easy to get back into it. I’ve read that people who fail at quitting smoking should instead view the attempt as practice: they didn’t fail, they were practicing quitting. And if they continue to practice, they will eventually succeed (especially, it is now known, if they are part of a group that’s trying to quite). It just requires practice.

The same thing a commenter observed in shaving: although he had no big breakthroughs or insights, his shaves improved imperceptibly from day to day until, after a month, he was getting extremely good shaves, without quite knowing what had changed. The unconscious mind is always paying attention, and with daily (or frequent) practice, it masters skills—even a complex skill like using Fitday. Getting back to it feels quite comfortable and even enjoyable.

Written by LeisureGuy

22 June 2008 at 3:44 pm

Posted in Daily life, Food, Recipes

Why gay marriage is good for America

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A good defense of gay marriage in the Wall Street Journal, of all places, written by Jonathan Rauch. It begins:

By order of its state Supreme Court, California began legally marrying same-sex couples this week. The first to be wed in San Francisco were Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, pioneering gay-rights activists who have been a couple for more than 50 years.

More ceremonies will follow, at least until November, when gay marriage will go before California’s voters. They should choose to keep it. To understand why, imagine your life without marriage. Meaning, not merely your life if you didn’t happen to get married. What I am asking you to imagine is life without even the possibility of marriage.

Re-enter your childhood, but imagine your first crush, first kiss, first date and first sexual encounter, all bereft of any hope of marriage as a destination for your feelings. Re-enter your first serious relationship, but think about it knowing that marrying the person is out of the question.

Imagine that in the law’s eyes you and your soul mate will never be more than acquaintances. And now add even more strangeness. Imagine coming of age into a whole community, a whole culture, without marriage and the bonds of mutuality and kinship that go with it.

What is this weird world like? It has more sex and less commitment than a world with marriage. It is a world of fragile families living on the shadowy outskirts of the law; a world marked by heightened fear of loneliness or abandonment in crisis or old age; a world in some respects not even civilized, because marriage is the foundation of civilization.

This was the world I grew up in. The AIDS quilt is its monument.

Continue reading.

Written by LeisureGuy

22 June 2008 at 3:25 pm

Posted in Daily life

Cool site: Zoomii

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When you go to to Zoomii (at least in Firefox 3), you think it is endlessly refreshing the screen. (See update below.)

UPDATE: Zoomii works fine now, and I suspect the problem was in my own computer. After I ran Dial-A-Fix, a Windows repair program, the problem vanished.

Written by LeisureGuy

22 June 2008 at 12:53 pm

Posted in Books, Business, Daily life

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