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Recombinant Cuisine

Having now lived for a few decades in parts of the United States and Canada where cooking was treated quite seriously, and having actually employed personal chefs, he was fascinated by the mid-western/middle American phenomenon of recombinant cuisine. Rice Krispie Treats being a prototypical example in that they were made by repurposing other foods _that had already been prepared_ (to wit, breakfast cereal and marshmallows). And of course any recipe that called for a can of cream mushroom soup fell into the same category. The unifying principle behind all recombinant cuisine seemed to be indifference, if not outright hostility, to the use of anything that a coastal foodie would define as an ingredient.

REAMDE, p. 219-220


Opposite of Courage is Conformity

I really enjoyed the Joe Rogan podcast with Rickson Gracie. While I'm certainly not the Rickson nuthugger that a lot of jiu jitsu enthusiasts are, I enjoyed what he said in the following clip, summed up by what he says: "The opposite of courage is conformity." I don't know if it's necessarily true, but it's an interesting philosophy that, if kept in the back of your mind, might enhance your life and make it a little bit closer to what it could be.


Google Knows EVERYTHING!

Happy birthday Dennis

Another reason to get rid of my gmail account. Please, if someone has an alternative, with a couple of gigs of storage, https access and preferably some encryption options, let me know. Willing to pay!

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Dank je wel, mamma. Dank je wel, pappa.

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I'm getting tired of people suggesting that atheism is a belief in the same way that faith is a belief. Atheism isn't a belief, it's an absence of belief. The word "atheism" shouldn't even exist, just in the same way that no word exists for "not a fireman". Or "not a believer in astrology". Religious normativity has labeled atheists as believers because they idea of not believing is so far removed from the norm that it's considered impossible. Atheism isn't a thing, and labeling yourself  as one opens you up to that type of false criticism.

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International Space Station

I've been visiting this website for a while now, and I thought it was about time I shared it with you guys; ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment on UStream.

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

The coolest thing is that they now also have a google map from which you can track it on a map! (It has an annoying javascript alert, so I'm putting it behind a "continue reading" link.)


You Have My Attention. Now What?

Today I went to see the latest X-Men film. A mediocre affair not without entertainment value. As I walked into the cinema and moved down the row to my seat, I passed a group of guys, perhaps 15 years old. They were rowdy and having a good time. One of them, made some snarky remarks at me that I didn't quite catch, but I let it ride. As I waited for the film to start, I noticed him staring at me from the corner of my eye and making some comments to his friends. When I looked at him he laughed and looked away. It was clear to me he was trying to antagonise me a bit. I have seen it before -- hell, I may have done it a few times in the past. You get someone aggitated and then feign ignorance when confronted.

On the way out of the cinema he was walking out before me. I noticed him staring at me again right before taking the staircase down to the lobby and again as he was waiting at the bottom of the staircase. I decided to give him a scare. As I came down the staircase I made a point not to make eye contact. As I moved towards the exist I pretended not to notice him staring at me and then when I was as close to him as I was going to get, I moved to confront him.

Even before I could say anything he started apologising. One of his friends started laughing, either at him or at the awkward situation and kind of pushed the kid towards me. He bumped up against me a bit and I gently pushed him off of me and said; "So now you have my attention." And then the feigning of the ignorance started. I told him that not everyone is going to be so lenient as I am. He pretended not to understand me as he addressed me in a very nervous and ultra-polite tone. As I was about to explain it to him, another of his friends chimed in and basically said what I was going to tell him; that he should be lucky that I'm not a psycho and that someone less balanced would have knocked him out.

I felt the point was made and told him to listen to his friends and walked off. It strikes me as bizarre how many people think they can get away with antagonising people.

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Mass Effect 3, Statistics

Mass Effect is probably the best series of games I've ever played. It's story and depth are incredible and it has the most amazing way of drawing you in. Well, me at least.

It's been a while since the last game was released, and slowly it's been dropping off the media's radar. Occasionally, there will be an update or rumour on a future game, or another random tidbit of information about the universe or some of the related products, which I then lap up like a junkie looking for his next fix.

Bioware recently released some interesting statistics for the third, and at the time of writing, final game. The main character in the game, the character that you play, is named Shepard. Male Shepard's first name is John, female Shepard's first name is Jane. Since the first name is never (rarely?) used in the game, it's a completely arbitrary choice; it could be anything. And so, when you start the game, you can either create a new character, or import a character from a previous game, and set a first name. Here are the top five first names for both male and female Shepards:

Mass Effect 3 - Name

So it turns out, when people decide to deviate from the standard John/Jane name, they either choose Sarah or Jack. The entire list is rather boring, with the possible exception of "Alex" appearing in both the male and female top five.

Now comes the real meat of the released statistics:

Mass Effect 3 - Choices

Some of the statistics aren't too interesting or surprising, like the amount of male vs female Shepards (disappointing number of female Shepards, even though apparently the voice acting for FemShep is much more compelling), or the amount of enemies killed to date, or even that most people play a paragon instead of a renegade Shepard, or that most people decided to play a soldier and that not many were pulled towards playing an engineer.

But what is interest, is that 3.8% of the players had the fucking gall to shoot Mordin and that 92% decided to cure the Krogan genophage. I was also surprised to say that Vega and Ashley/Kaidan were so unpopular as squad mates. Also, who are these heartless cunts that don't let Garrus win the shootout?! :)

God, these games are so good.




Another Blue Screen!

Another one!


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Taskkill Reminder

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