May 2nd, 2009


[links] Link salad is from another planet, ya know the truth

Here's the voting poll for the panda caption contest — I'll declare a winner on Monday, so get your vote in now.

Swine Flu Linked to 1918 Influenza Pandemic

More on adorable robots from Freakonomics

Unknown internet 2: Could the net become self-aware? — (Surched from

Russia to US: Youre Breaking Up (Too)

GOP Senators Warn Against 'Ideologue' Pick for Court — Why are they changing their standards now? I'll see you anyone Obama could conceivably nominate and raise you Clarence Thomas. Money shot: Mr. Hatch, a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, cited Mr. Obama's vote against Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, whom he called "two of the best nominees in the history of the country." Hahahahahah. Sometimes the jokes just write themselves!

A 6th Anniversary Look Back at Media Coverage of 'Mission Accomplished' — Lot to be proud of with Bush 43, isn't there?

?otD: Trapped in the skies what am I to do?

Body movement: walking later today
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (traveling)
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville, Julian Comstock by Robert Charles Wilson

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[personal] Saturday, what a day, grooving all week with you

Quiet weekend indoors at Casa Calendula, as calendula_witch reports here her own self. I did manage to get some work done on Pinion before heading out to a midmorning breakfast with Ken Brady and Yuki, who happened to be passing through San Francisco. I also made a very nom nom lunch for me and calendula_witch (about which more anon).

More work together for the two of us this afternoon on Pinion, The Sky That Wraps, a Sekrit Projekt and our latest short fiction collab. Nice weekend for it, gray and drippy and good to be indoors with my sweetest someone.

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[food] Recipe for Chicken Yum

So I've been messing about again in the kitchen. calendula_witch calls this "Chicken Yum". It's easy to make, and insanely tasty.

  • 6 cloves of garlic

  • 2-3 pre-cooked battered chicken tenders, cold (I get them from the deli counter at the grocery store, you could make them yourself, just so they have a fried-chicken crust)

  • paprika

  • black pepper

  • olive oil

  • Dice garlic very small, almost minced.

  • Slice the tenders very thin, about 1/8" thick.

  • Cover bottom of frying pan with olive oil, between 1/8" and 1/4".

  • Throw in half the diced garlic, place on medium-high burner until olive oil is very hot.

  • Place chicken and remainder of sliced garlic in hot oil.

  • Dust heavily with paprika and black pepper.

  • Cook until chicken is well browned (3-4 minutes or less).

  • Turn out onto paper towel, drain and pat dry.

  • Serve while still warm, with dipping sauce (ranch, honey mustard, etc.), or eat plain.

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