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Cultured Kitties
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From a discussion with @cynthia1960 this morning: since Maine Coon cats tend to be as large as ships in *The Culture,* we consider the possibility of giving them [Culture-style ship names](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_spacecraft_in_the_Culture_series). This exercise was prompted by Elizabeth Tribble's alarmingly frequent trilling (which is a Maine Coon characteristic.)

* *ROU Excited Trill Before Pouncing*
* *GSV You're Not Using this Chair, *I* Am*
* *GCU All of the Floof, None of the Gravitas*

Iterate in the comments if you so desire.

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QOTD
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!markdown > @dry_hugs: *whips empty tallboy at a fence* fuck, man, i dunno. i just wish… (*long drag of cigarete*)… i just wish i could interact with more brands
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Weev, wget, & Rape Culture
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!markdown Andy Baio on Weev, who has been sentenced to 41 months in the Federal pen for embarrassing AT&T: >[twitter.com profile] waxpancake: Weev terrorized people online for years without legal consequences, but poking at a phone company gets him jail time. [http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/03/att-hacker-gets-3-years/](http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/03/att-hacker-gets-3-years/) >[twitter.com profile] waxpancake: I’m sure Kathy Sierra and Weev’s other targets would be happy to see him behind bars, but not for this. wget is not a crime. Weev's [admitted to helping chase Kathy Sierra offline](http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/03/magazine/03trolls-t.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0) and his attacks on LJ are probably well known to anyone spending any time in the trenches there. I wonder if the AT&T prosecution is the DOJ trying to find something to go after him on. The problem with that is that the charge, enumerating a list of URLs, makes for bad precedent. You could make anyone a felon with a single XSS attack. Why wasn't Weev charged in relation to threats against Kathy Sierra or his attacks on LJ? Because we've made embarrassing the powerful an implicit crime through selective enforcement of laws such as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and our culture continues to ignore threats against women and communities of women.
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Aaron Swartz 1986-2013
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Be curious. Read widely. Try new things. I think a lot of what people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity.Aaron Swartz
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A Matter of Chili
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Chili is a stew, usually made with meat and spices. While you contemplate that, start browning two pounds of meat[1], which you’ve sprinkled generously with salt and pepper, in your dutch oven[2].

If you use ground chicken, don’t splurge for the ground chicken breast, you want dark meat in this because it has to be robust enough to stand up to the spices. Be leery of the Jenny-O packs of ground turkey. You can use it in a pinch, but the meat browns to a uniform, unappetizing grey.

While you might have sausage in the fridge or freezer, don’t add it yet. Sausage has its own spices and you’ll need to re-approach what spices you use.

Meanwhile, the meat is browning, so go ahead and finely chop a white onion. The idea here is that we don’t want big chunks of onion in the resulting stew. You want to feature the meat and the spices.

Once the meat’s browned, take it out of the dutch oven, reserving some of the rendered fat. Add the onion and let it cook down until translucent. Once the onions have cooked down, add the minced garlic. You don’t need much, this isn’t the important source of spice in the dish. Go ahead and let the garlic get fragrant, and stir the meat back in.

Now add the cumin and chili powders. I use a 2/1 cumin to chili powder ratio. Then add a half cup of water to the dutch oven and stir it all together.

If you used chicken or turkey and want to get a deeper brownish red, you can either add some paprika, or cocoa powder and sugar. It depends on which way you want to take this[3].

At this point, you can add water to cover and let this simmer for as long as you can wait. You’ve got chili. Or you can add the cans of tomatoes, a little less water and let it simmer. If you have time to let it simmer, I’d add water to the point you have a slurry-like consistency and let it go.

The longer this simmers, the better. Check the dutch oven and and add a little water if it’s starting to get too low. The chili should be thick but not dry.

If you do want to add beans, rinse them thoroughly and add them 5 to 10 minutes before you serve the chili. If you wanted to chop up, cook and add the sausage, do that now.

Serve over rice, with cornbread, or over spaghetti (Cincinnati N-way,) with or without chopped onions and grated cheese on the side.

This produces enough chili for 4 people of average appetites, and of course can be prepared and refrigerated or frozen in advance.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. of Meat (ground chicken, cubed pork, an inexpensive roast cubed)
  • 1 large white onion, finely chopped
  • 2–3 cloves garlic, minced fine
  • 4 tablespoons cumin powder
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 Teaspoon sweet paprika or 1 Tablespoon each cocoa powder and sugar
  • 1 8oz Can of Chopped tomatoes and peppers (Rotel™ or similar, optional)
  • 1 16oz Can of Crushed tomatoes (optional)
  • 1 8oz Can of Beans (Pinto or Black) rinsed and drained (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper

  1. I haven’t tried a vegetarian/vegan version of this. Your suggestions in the comments are welcome.  ↩

  2. Really, you want one of these. Check online for specials, search Craigslist/Freecycle, or tell your family (bio or of-choice) you want one.  ↩

  3. Mild paprika will give you color, without altering taste that much. Cocoa and sugar will alter things and give your chili color, but in a good way.  ↩

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Flying up the San Mateo Coast II
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More photos from today's flying. These are taken from my iPhone in my friend CG's Cirrus.

White, single engine plane in hanger

CG flys a Cirrus.

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Flying up the San Mateo Coast
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My friend CG IM'ed me this morning and asked "want to go flying?"

[personal profile] cynthia1960 and I met him at the San Carlos Airport, where a friend of his who had flown down from Concord joined us. We took off from San Carlos, joined up in formation over Woodside, and flew up the coast. I had given the other plane's (a Grumman Tiger) passenger my camera to get photos of us.

White, single engine aircraft flying over green hills, pilot and one passenger visible.

CG is an FAA instructor, and trains people in formation flying. That's CG piloting and me in the back shooting photos from my iPhone.

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Social Media Guide
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Twitter: get people to post about your shitty product or service.

Pinterest: get people to post pictures of your shitty product.

Facebook: get people to click on an embedded web control associated with a Facebook page about your shitty product or service.

G+: get people to add your shitty product or service to a G+ circle called "Shitty Products or Services."

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AKICODW Bay Area Wedding Venues
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1. No "approved vendor lists" for caterers, bakers, DJs, etc 2. No required vendors 2. Provide the tables, chairs, linens, fixtures and staff to set up and tear down 3. Have ASCAP licences in place so all we have to do is power up the speakers, plug them into mixer, and press play on the iPod 4. Do not cost the equivalent of a round trip business class flight to Shanghai 5. Have a license for beer and wine 6. Do not require me to convert to their faith in order to use the venue
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You may have heard that the Komen Foundation suspended funding of breast cancer screening for low-income women at Planned Parenthood. It turns out that the Komen Foundation has been suborned by the evangelical scumbags.

Best thing to do now, if you have the means, is to donate or increase your donation to Planned Parenthood (I doubled my monthly donation to Planned Parenthood Mar Monte,) and don't give a dime to Komen.

If you don't have the means to give to Planned Parenthood, ask your friends and family to give if they can.

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