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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Give Me Steam

Rice is a wonderful thing, but everybody knows how hard it is to cook it on a stovetop. If you cook it too long, it scorches; too short, and you get rice soup. You have to watch it closely to take it off the heat at just the right time.

Wouldn't it be nice if you could just pop it in a cooker, leave it alone, and get perfect rice every time? I got one of these as a gift a couple of years ago, and it's become indispensable.

It works for veggies and fish, too-- and comes with a divider so you can cook different things at the same time. My microwave oven is jealous.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

You Can Tune A Piano, But You Can't...

Just when I'd perfected the tuna fish sandwich (see recipe below) the doomsayers are here to tell me that unless fishing is cut back, there will be no more tuna after 2012.

I've seen environmental alarmism before, so I take it with a grain of salt. Still, I'm a devoted tuna eater, and I don't want to have to hear the words, "Sorry, Charlie". Maybe I'll stock up now, just in case. Fortunately, canned fish keeps for years.

(A little quibble here. The Daily Mail article says "environmental groups", but names only one. I presume they've got the tuna count correct.)

Here's that recipe. It's simple, and really yummy.

1 six-ounce can of solid tuna in water
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon paprika

Use solid tuna, not chunk. Open can and drain. The tuna should be moist, so drain it but don't squeeze out the water. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Serve on toasted wheat bread. Makes 2 sandwiches.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

New Math, Washington Post Style

(Some people think this guy's a dork)

According to the Post, "some" equals one, at least when it comes to quoting "experts" who support their narrative. That's some good counting there, boys.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Yuri Gagarin, Cosmonaut

I used to have a co-worker from Bulgaria who called a place named Yuri Gagarin his hometown.

Some folks are looking to celebrate his flight with a party or two.

Go have some fun. Sing a song for me-- like this one.

Reading List

  • Man Is Wolf to Man, by Janusz Bardach
  • Don't Swallow Your Gum! by Aaron Carroll & Rachel Vreeman
  • Instant Replay, by Jerry Kramer and Dick Schaap
  • New York, by Edward Rutherford
  • The Mother Tongue, by Bill Bryson

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