September 12th, 2010


[links] Link salad remembers life before the Motor Law

A reader reacts to Green — He liked it.

dsmoen on privilege — And I thought my childhood was unusual.

Abandoned Railroads of Oregon — There's my next few years of hiking and day trips sorted. (Thanks to garyomaha.)

Crafty Machines: Researchers Give Robots the Capability for Deceptive Behavior — What could possibly go wrong? (Via sheelangig.)

Artificial left arm, Europe, 1850-1910 — Terminator: 1899. (Via corwynofamber.)

Oklo: Ancient African Nuclear ReactorsAPOD on something which has fascinated me for years. However, I was struck by this phrasing: The remnants of nuclear reactors nearly two billion years old were found in the 1970s in Africa. These reactors are thought to have occurred naturally. "thought to have occurred naturally"? Is there an alternative theory that involves artifice two billion years ago?

I Am Detained By The Feds For Not Answering Questions — A blog post about entering the United States, from someone willing to play very, very hard for their principles. (Via willyumtx.)

?otD: How red is your Barchetta?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 (fitful)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (forgot)
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 2/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently reading: Conspirator by CJ. Cherryh


[photos] New Zealand: Wairarapa Valley, with Sheep

After passing through Featherston, Greytown and Martinborough, we headed on through the lower Wairarapa Valley toward Cape Palliser. The land there reminded me a fair amount of the Willamette Valley here in northwestern Oregon. Except with more sheep.

The lambs had been dropping in the day or so before we passed through there, some that day still slick and red-orange with afterbirth. Not all of them made it. We saw a fair number of dead lambs in the fields, though plenty more romping around in that surprised, morning-of-the-world way. We thanked the ewes for making us dinner.

I occupied myself in part by trying to get good photos of a lamb. This turned out to be a tad more difficult than expected, and resulted in me taking over one hundred pictures of sheep. (Which aren't really that intrinsically interesting.)

Kowhai tree blossoms.

In New Zealand, bus waits for you.

A mail drop outside a sheep farm, for the leaving of large packages.

A field of Dr. Seuss trees. (I did not note the species name, sadly.

Ewe and lamb.

The sheep go marching up the hill, hurrah, hurrah.

Several hours later, marching down the same hill.

High tailing it away from the camera.

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

© 2010, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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[food] The incredible, edible egg

In my intermittent pursuit of breakfast taco perfection, I have accidentally hit upon a damned fine scrambled egg.

I cook a few slices of pepper bacon on medium-high heat in a shallow, 12" teflon frying pan. While that's happening, I beat a large egg with a teaspoon of milk and a tablespoon of truffle oil (olive oil base), along with healthy shakes of garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder and black pepper.

Once the bacon is done, I drain the pan off and turn the heat down to medium-low. This leaves pepper bits, bacon fragments, and a coating of bacon grease in the hot frying pan. Pour the beaten egg into the pan and quickly circulate it across the entire pan bottom. Cooks in about 30 seconds that way, paper thin, soaking up all that bacony goodness. Then I ruck it up and shove it around for a few seconds with the spatula.

Voila, a truly awesome scrambled egg.

Just in case you were hungry.