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Boneless beef short-ribs

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This recipe from 2006 I really like, and the comments seem to indicate that those who made it really like it, but the post is rated “poor” by two people. Seems odd. But in re-reading the recipe, I really want to make the recipe again soon.

Written by LeisureGuy

17 August 2012 at 10:47 am

Posted in Beef, Daily life, Food, Recipes

GOPM rather than Grub

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In cooking GOPMs for The Wife and grub for myself, I have come to realize that making a GOPM is considerably easier than making a batch of grub. So my next meal for myself is a GOPM, along these lines, in the 3.5-qt Staub round cocotte:

1 leek, sliced thinly
1 spring onion, chopped
1 handful chopped celery
8-12 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 c black rice (want to see how it works)
2 Tbsp vinegar
1.10-lb boneless pork, cut into chunks
a sprinkle of chipotle powder
sliced mushrooms
diced zucchini
diced eggplant
diced lemons
chopped Kalamata olives
2 sliced Roma tomatoes
sliced/chopped cauliflower
and then, depending on room: chopped green cabbage and/or chopped kale

2 Tbsp Bragg’s vinaigrette
2 chipotles 1 chipotle from a can of chipotles in adobo (rest for next batch of pepper sauce)
2 Tbsp sherry
1 Tbsp Worcestershire
1 Tbsp soy sauce

I’ll put that in the Chef’n VeggiChop and chop it to pieces, then pour over.

I’ll report back. The black rice is an experiment—heck, the whole thing is an experiment.

UPDATE: I lined out the things I didn’t have room or time for. Black rice is not a good choice in this type of cooking—it was perfectly edible, but it had not cooked long enough to absorb enough liquid and to be fully done. Flavors were okay, but nothing special.

I generally overestimate how much room I’ll have: it really takes very little of a vegetable to make a layer, and you don’t have room for many layers.

That said, it was a healthful dinner, and the chipotle powder was a good touch. The tomatoes do indeed cook well in the interior. Not bad, but not worth having again.

Written by LeisureGuy

17 August 2012 at 9:37 am

Posted in Daily life, Food, GOPM, Recipes

Big Brother was a piker compared to the US government

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Lisa Rein reports in the Washington Post:

When the Food and Drug Administration started spying on a group of agency scientists, it installed monitoring software on their laptop computers to capture their communications.

The software, sold by SpectorSoft of Vero Beach, Fla., could do more than vacuum up the scientists’ e-mails as they complained to lawmakers and others about medical devices they thought were dangerous. It could be programmed to intercept a tweet or Facebook post. It could snap screen shots of their computers. It could even track an employee’s keystrokes, retrieve files from hard drives or search for keywords.

“Every activity, in complete detail,” SpectorSoft’s Web site says about its best-selling product, Spector 360, which the company says it has sold to dozens of federal agencies.

Government workers have long known their bosses can look over their shoulder to monitor their computer activity. But now, prompted by the WikiLeaks scandal and concerns over unauthorized disclosures, the government is secretly capturing a far richer, more granular picture of their communications, in real time.

Federal workers’ personal computers are also increasingly seen as fair game, experts said.

Nonintelligence agencies spent $5.6 billion in fiscal 2011 to safeguard their classified information with hardware, software, personnel and other methods, up from $4.7 billion in fiscal 2010, according to the Information Security Oversight Office. Although only a portion of the money — the amount is not specified — was spent on monitoring for insider threats, industry experts say virtually every arm of the government conducts some form of sophisticated electronic monitoring.

“It used to be, to get all of an agency’s records out you needed a truck,” said Jason Radgowsky, director of information security and privacy for District-based Tantus Technologies, which evaluates monitoring systems for the Federal Aviation Administration, the Export-Import Bank and the National Institutes of Health. “Now you can put everything on a little USB thumb drive.”

The stepped-up monitoring is raising red flags for privacy advocates, who have cited the potential for abuse. Among other concerns, they say they are alarmed that the government has monitored federal workers — including the FDA scientists, starting in 2010 — when they use Gmail, Yahoo or other personal e-mail accounts on government computers.

Although the FDA has said it acted out of concern that the scientists were improperly sharing trade secrets, the scientists have argued in a lawsuit that they were targeted because they were blowing the whistle on what they thought had been an unethical review process.

At least two other agencies, the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Maritime Commission, are under congressional scrutiny for seeking and using employee monitoring software that critics say is intrusive. . .

Continue reading.

Such constant and on-going detailed surveillance is disheartening. One expects such things in an authoritarian society like that of Big Brother in Orwell’s 1984, but in the “land of the free”? And this article doesn’t even mention the NSA’s on-going scrutiny of all electronic communications (telephone, internet, what-have-you). We live in a closely monitored society.

Written by LeisureGuy

17 August 2012 at 7:39 am

Spellbound Woods & the Slim Handle

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My first use of the Spellbound Woods shave stick:

Spellbound Woods is a blend of Amber, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Cedarwood and the barest hint of light floral on the dry down.

Great fragrance, it turns out, and an excellent lather as well, worked up with the Rooney butterscotch Victorian. Three good passes with the Slim Handle in gold (I think this is yet another of Gillette’s Aristocrats) holding an Astra Keramik blade, then a splash of Alt-Innsbruck.

A fine start for the day.

Written by LeisureGuy

17 August 2012 at 7:29 am

Posted in Shaving

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