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Archive for November 7th, 2020

Match-winning break from Ronnie O’Sullivan, 2017 World Championship

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It’s amazing how Sullivan develops this break.

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7 November 2020 at 7:47 pm

Posted in Snooker, Video

Making up recipes from what’s on hand: Example

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I don’t want to go to the store (rain), but I do need a dish of Other Vegetables. (I still have some Greens on hand — collards, red kale, and spinach, as you will recall.)

So I got to thinking about what’s in the fridge and will be making this:

• 1 head of garlic, cloves sliced thin, set aside to rest for 15 minutes

In Stargazer 12″ skillet:

• 1.5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
• 1 good-sized leek, sliced thin (including top (after rinsing well))
• 4 leek tops (the rest already roasted and eaten — I just saved the tops)
• 2 large jalapeños, chopped small including core and seeds (but not stem)
• 1 large turmeric root, minced (I don’t peel turmeric roots: too messy)
• 2 carrots, diced (repeat: diagonal cut + 1/4 turn, until carrot chopped)
• about 1/2 cup diced daikon radish
• 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
• about 1 cup extra-firm tofu, dicedˀ

Sauté that for a few minutes, add the garlic along with:

• 10-12 crimini mushrooms, quartered
• 2.5 tablespoons ground black pepper

Continue cooking until mushrooms release their liquid and things seem cooked — I gave it about 15 minutes, covered, stirring from time to time.

Add:

• 1/4 cup black bean with garlic sauce

Mix sauce into veggies, reheat, then serve over:

• canned mixed beans, drained and rinsed — 1/4 cup per serving
• cooked intact whole grain (kamut and rye this time) — 1/4 cup per serving

That looks like 6-8 servings, roughly. I think it’ll taste good. – UPDATE: It does taste good — very good. I updated recipe above to reflect what I actually did.

I have canned tomatoes, tomato paste, and kalamata olives, so I could have taken it in a Mediterranean direction instead.

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7 November 2020 at 5:58 pm

“Ryan,” an unusual (and good) animated short

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7 November 2020 at 11:06 am

Posted in Art, Movies & TV

How special relativity makes magnets work

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7 November 2020 at 10:19 am

Posted in Science, Video

An emotional reaction to Biden’s victory

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7 November 2020 at 10:17 am

Posted in Daily life, Election

Nation to Trump: “You’re fired!”

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Finally. Still, a great many people did vote for Trump, even though Trump lost. I’m sure being a loser will grate on Trump’s sensitive ego, but the big issue is how the US can bring itself together.

I read an interesting analysis recently on how the great divide is based on different realities: many have embraced an ideological reality that denies objective evidence and factual information. For example, the newly elected US Representative from Georgia who believes that Democrats are cannibalistic pedophiles who do human trafficking. No evidence is offered (sensibly enough, there being no evidence) but the belief is strongly held and seems to be incorporated into the person’s identity, which is thus threatened if the belief is contradicted.

It’s going to be hard to transition people from ideology fantasy into acceptance of objective reality, particularly given that many make money by promoting the fantasy (Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Alex Jones, and so on). The process will be much like extricating people from a cult, since cults also promote a fantasy and ensure that it is incorporated into the identity of the adherents).

It’s going to be a long haul through a rough patch. I hope it can succeed.

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7 November 2020 at 9:46 am

Wholly Kaw’s Monaco Royale, another great soap, with the Green Ray and Fendrihan Mk II

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The same great lather this morning as yesterday morning, with the same formula soap and a similar brush: synthetic knot, though somewhat finer than yesterday’s and (to my eye) a more pleasing color (brown — not a spectral color). The handle is again a bulb-and-base design with a faceted base, but the base flange is narrower than in yesterday’s brush and again more pleasing (to me).

Monaco Royale‘s fragrance I like a lot. Wholly Kaw describes it:

Top notes: Lavender, Bergamot, Neroli, Petitgrain
Middle notes: Oakmoss, Cedarwood, Tonka Bean, Ambergris
Base notes: Guaiacwood, Agarwood, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Labdanum and Musk

I’m sure the Tonka Bean (vanilla fragrance) helps it appeal to me, but the entire combination works extremely well.

Again a careful loading — I even had to add a tiny bit of water as I loaded — and then working in just a bit more water after coating my face with the proto-lather.

The Fendrihan Mk II is a very fine razor, and it easily, comfortably, and efficiently produced a BBS result in three passes. A splash of Ginger’s Garden Suede aftershave, which also has a fragrance that appeals strongly to me: “citron, bergamot, leather, patchouli violet, birch, sweet tobacco, amber, cedar, tonka bean, and oakmoss.” Tonka bean again, you’ll note. If that fragrance appeals to you, note that you can get it across the board: shaving soap, aftershave, balm, travel shave stick and body soap. (She notes that Suede is her #1 selling fragrance, so apparently I am not an outlier in liking it so much.)

Just to be clear (again): I mention the products I like and provide links for the convenience of my readers. These are not affiliate links, and I receive no remuneration or discounts, nor do I have any relationship at all with the vendors other than being a retail customer — just like you (if you purchase something from them). I just like to point out things I’ve found to be good. Perhaps it’s a variant of being a busybody.

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7 November 2020 at 9:22 am

Posted in Shaving

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