December 7th, 2008

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[links] Link salad remembers Pearl Harbor

Styles of Perception — James Gurney on different ways of perceiving, and rendering, the same images. He's talking about visual art, but this can be viewed as a close analog to written fiction.

Ten Science Fiction Cliches to Love — Mike Brotherton is funny.

A Young Mad Scientist's First Alphabet Blocks — (Thanks to danjite.)

Happiness Is 'Infectious' In Network Of Friends: Collective -- Not Just Individual -- Phenomenon — Interesting. Wonder what the says about fandom and prodom. (Thanks to sheelangig.)

Strange Maps with more on the Atlas of True Names

Juan Cole on the Eric Shinseki appointment at Veterans Affairs — And a little trip down the memory hole for those of you who still like to pretend the Bush administration played fair in the run-up to the Iraq War.

?otD: How many giant fighting robots does it take to change a light bulb?




12/07/08
Body movement: 85 minute suburban walk
This morning's weigh-in: 221.4
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

Originally published at jlake.com.

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[personal] Weekend updatery

Spent my morning yesterday working on Green galley edits, which I should finish today. calendula_witch is reading through them in parallel, which is incredibly helpful, and quite generous of her.

Then hied off with bravado111 to buy cheese for the jens_fire birthday party. Did that thing, along with some post-party karaoke at the Alibi, wherein I sang "Istanbul" with bhagwanx while not under the influence of alcohol. (Me, I mean, I can't speak for his state of drunken-ness.) I also have a video clip of him and kenscholes singing "Leather and Lace". Important safety tip: that's a duet which you should flee to another area code in order to avoid experiencing. This will be an instant YouTube classic when I get around to posting it.

Spending the day in, wrapping Green and generally getting caught up.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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[books] Green galleys

Just wrapped my read through of the Green galleys. Once I get calendula_witch's review, I'll ship these back to Tor. Wednesday at the latest, well within deadline, but given my upcoming travel, as well as additional work waiting to be done, the last day practical for me.

My favorite typesetting error today:

"I realized I was serinting"

I had to go back to the final revised soft copy to even begin to figure out what that meant. It made me laugh.

On to some reading now, for calendula_witch. I'd say payback is a bitch, except it's not. It's actually a lot of fun.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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[food] The momo recipe, reposted

Sparked by a discussion on Twitter, I am reposting the momo recipe from this prior blog entry. Here it is again, in case you feel like some holiday cooking, Central Asian style.




Momos, as modified by Jay Lake, from Jody Lake, from Fern Wofford, from traditional Tibetan cuisine. Makes about 24 momos, feeds four to six people.

Preparation

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Bread Dough
2 tablespoons (1 packet) yeast
3 tablespoons sesame oil
1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
3 to 5 cups all-purpose flour

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Place the yeast into 1/2 cup hot water. Place the oil, sugar and salt into 1-1/2 cup hot water. Mix yeast, water and flour to make a stiff dough. Turn out onto floured board and knead until very stiff. Set aside and let rise to double (about 1 hour).

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Meat Filling
1 pound ground buffalo
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
ground black pepper to taste
3 to 4 green onions, chopped small
small bunch cilantro, chopped fine

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Mix meat ingredients together. If using ground beef, consider adding bouillon cube simulate the richer taste of buffalo (or yak meat in the original). Also, consider substituting ground turkey or vegetarian ground beef substitute, with the addition of an egg in either case.

Divide risen dough into quarters. Continue to divide dough until each piece is about the size of a golf ball. (Use wax paper on a plate or tray to hold the balls.) Roll out dough balls into a rectangle.

Place approximately one to two teaspoons of meat filling onto each rectangle. Fold corners inward (like the back of an envelope) and roll flat so there is no open seam. (Don't worry if a little meat is exposed, but it's ideal if that does not occur.)

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Cooking Method One (traditional frying)
Heat thin coat of cooking oil with splash of sesame oil in frying pan. Insert momos in hot oil folded side down, fry until golden brown on bottom, then flip once to fry other side. Turn oven on "Warm", stack cooked momos in layers on a baking sheet with paper towels under each layer to keep warm until serving. Do this even with the last batch -- it helps drain the oil.

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Cooking Method Two (baked)

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Egg Wash
1 large egg
splash milk
splash water
sesame seeds

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Prepare an egg wash from above ingredients (except sesame). Drop momos in boiling water, folded side down. Boil sixty to ninety seconds. They should float. Transfer to cookie sheet covered with baking parchment. Brush or coat with egg wash. Liberally shake sesame seeds over egg wash coat.

Bake for 15-20 minutes at 400, until bottoms are brown. Move to broiler for 3-5 minutes, monitoring carefully, until tops are brown.

If needed, keep warm (or rewarm) per above directions.

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Serving
Serve hot with a dipping sauce of equal proportions of soy sauce and vinegar. May be frozen and reheated later if you have leftovers, approximately 20 seconds on medium power in the microwave followed by toaster oven.

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Even if you've seen this recipe from me before, if you want to cook them you should make a note of this version, as there are minor changes elsewhere in the recipe other than the cooking method.

Originally published at jlake.com.