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Category: simple pliny

02/17/10 04:59 - 29ºF - ID#51028

Update on the Going Bald Experiment

I checked and I am mildly shocked to see that I seem to have raised $475 for cancer research simply by promising to go bald in 2 weeks.

I am experiencing a warm fuzzy feeling despite the treachery of deviant Lake Erie which seems to have unfrozen again.



PS: Apparently, they won't shave my head to the bone and will leave a smattering of hair. I am going to request that they really shave it all off. I have got my department paying for my most expensive hair-cut ever so it better be technically perfect.


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Category: buffalo

02/15/10 07:02 - 27ºF - ID#51021

Erie freezes over: No more snow?

Lake Erie has frozen over.

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Hopefully, there will be a lot less (or no more) snow for the rest of the month. *Rubs hands* Hee Hee.



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Category: the odes

02/12/10 04:12 - 23ºF - ID#51002

Search on. and yawn.

The Original.


And the Super-Originals.


Hah, you believed that?


What *really* happened...


Or maybe starting an international mess was not really your cup of tea...

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Category: simple pliny

02/12/10 12:51 - 21ºF - ID#51001

Thinking of going bald...

for bucks.

But mainly because I want to see if I can tackle a fraction of pain and the serious blow to vanity that the patients I study are going through everyday.

March 3 is the D-day I don't know if I can work up enough guts to go through with this and bear being absolutely bald for the rest of the winter.


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Category: art

02/04/10 10:17 - 25ºF - ID#50970

Especially for Jacob - Emma 2009

(e:Jacob), this IS the best period Emma-Knightley dance I have ever seen.



I will admit, Emma is probably one of my least favourite works by Austen, but this 2009 adaptation does as much justice to the novel as the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice. In fact, it makes it so picturesque that I am almost ready to overlook the fact that I am always uncomfortable with Emma's character in the real book.

Romola Garai is SO not the Emma that Austen wrote about. She has absolutely no pretension, is much too earnest and can't pull off the insularity that is the trademark of Austen's Emma! For a change, I loved the fact that they miscast so far from the truth that I actually liked this Emma.

Oh, the soundtrack is GORGEOUS and I have been listening to it non-stop for days on end!! It has a bunch of lively innovative waltzes

::DOWNLOAD SOUND::

and some heart-breaking cello and flute pieces

::DOWNLOAD SOUND::


and really everything in-between.
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(e:Jacob), you MUST see this (especially if you don't like the real Emma too much. heheh)



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Category: art

01/15/10 10:18 - 33ºF - ID#50826

What Paul *really* means...

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Hee Hee...
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Category: simple pliny

01/13/10 08:50 - 23ºF - ID#50814

Mental note. Really mental.



It was not about badges.
It is never about badges.
It will never be about badges.

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Category: eating out

01/10/10 09:37 - 26ºF - ID#50792

Did you know? (Coconut Oil)

That Coconut oil is 92% saturated fat - around 30% more than butter. It has 6% monounsaturated fat and just 2% polyunsaturated fat. In the US, it is consumed in large amounts in nondairy coffee creamers on a regular basis by most of the population.

Anyone who thought that they were cutting out the risk of fattening substances by using non-dairy coffee creamers and didn't know this fact are in for a shock.

Coconut oil can be heated to 177 degree C (that is 77 degree C more than the boiling point of water) before it starts to smoke - this is very convenient for mass scale cooking industry use. You would be hard-pressed to find commercial mass-produced baked goods or confectionary here that doesn't have coconut oil used as a shortening agent.

It is however, one of the best skin moisturisers on the planet.
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Category: eating in

01/08/10 10:48 - 15ºF - ID#50774

What's more addictive than potato chips?

If you answered popcorn (or nothing), you would be wrong. Utterly, absolutely, WRONG.

It's Kale Chips! The recipe is so ridiculously simple that even I could have made it 4 years back, but didn't.

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To make up for that lamentable lapse, I just made and devoured a kilo of kale chips in addition to the kale salad I had earlier. If you see a greenish looking person scuttling about tomorrow, its probably a safe bet to assume that they are not from Ireland.

If you don't put on your coats and boots, rush to the nearest kale selling-store (or your fridge, if you are already a kale-eating monster), make these chips RIGHT NOW, you will have a sad potato-chip-filled or popcorn-filled Friday evening, suckers.

Assuming you now have that kale in hand, wash it, strip the leaves from the stalks, tear the leaves into BIG chip sized pieces, dry it, spin it down, toss in some olive oil, juice from a quarter lemon and a liberal sprinkle of salt. Dry the leaves at around 90 Degree C (yeah, yeah, F it -> ) for 20 minutes or till the leaves are a dessicated dark earthy green.

DO NOT burn them. Do not raise the temperature. The idea is to dry them, not roast them. They taste THAT much better when dried (than roasted). Watch carefully around the 20-30 minute mark. Just drag a chair in front of your oven door and keep staring at the kale. They will transform into junk food craving gold.

I can't quite explain how they taste, they are bizarrely awesome and extremely addictive. If I keep going at this rate, I might just beat out Pizza Hut in Kale consumption.

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Category: grocery

01/08/10 07:01 - 17ºF - ID#50772

Exchange at the grocery store.

Me: (to very happy-looking matronly but slightly intimidating tall Latino (HLMSITL) woman picking out the last piece of odd-looking squash that I wanted to try) Ah, so you like that squash?

HLMSITL woman: (waving the rather sizeable squash about as if it were made of sponge) I do. VERY much.

Me: How, would you say, is it different from Acorn squash or Butternut squash?

HLMSITL woman: Hmm... its firm.

Me: You mean firmer than butternut?

HLMSITL woman: Yes, and also (pointing to the acorn squash) this one.

Me: (persisting in the hope that she may realize that I have never tried it and maybe, just maybe give it away) Firm in what way? More fibrous?

HLMSITL woman: No, firm as in even after cooking you feel like it could get caught in your throat and choke you to death while eating it. (Makes a choking gesture at her neck with both hands and rolls eyes around, manages to look rather alarmingly like she is actually choking.) Like THAT. And I LOVE that, you know?

Me (to myself): Nopes, I definitely don't know.

Me (to HLMSITL woman): Wow. How fascinating! *Smile Smile. Edge away*
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