• Baby back ribs

    The high holiday for the American sporting religion – the Superbowl – has come and gone for another year. Normally things (that would be my ...

Lamb rump

Today be Saint Patty’s Day, which commemorates the Apostle of Ireland banishing snakes from the Emerald Isle. Or were they truly snakes, as the Irish fossil record indicates that at no time has there ever snakes in Ireland for Saint Patrick to banish. Mainstream historians and the Ch*rch would suggest that the snakes were an […]

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Beet salad

I like beets, both eating them and all the fun one can have with betacyanins and other people’s food. I probably shouldn’t since they’re not one of those vegetables that I didn’t grow up with (they were grown exclusively for sugar production and animal feed where I came from) but I’ve developed a taste for […]

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Puligny-Montrachet « Les Pucelles »

Les Pucelles

I am having one of those “waa…k!” duck quack moments right now. The above label is for Domaine Leflaive’s Premier Cru Puligny-Montrachet made entirely from grapes sourced from their three parcels in the Les Pucelles vineyard (an argilo-calcaire climat).  A bottle of the 1972 vintage was one of four Bourgogne whites competing in the Judgment […]

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  This is probably the most famous quote from Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás (Americans call him “George”) and is often brought up when people critique political/historical turning points which have either turned out to be fortuitous or disastrous (e.g. Churchill and Austria, the Cuban missile crisis, the 1995 Yes/No Campaigns, foreign […]

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Lies damn lies and statistics

“Lies damn lies and statistics” (with some punctuation that I’ve conveniently removed for SEO purposes) is of course a famous saying attributed to Mark Twain when describing the persuasive power of numbers. With the installation of the new server and the hubris of having something that ran well with relatively little latency, I got curious […]

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What we have here is a Taiwanese ba-wan ( 肉圓 ). This is unfortunately too extreme a close-up which sort-of draws allusions to the Temple of Doom because the proximity and angle make it look like the top of a cranium fitted with a dragonfly motif Elizabethan collar. Mmm… dessert-y and stylish. The “collar” is actually one of my […]

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New server

After what seemed to be an eternity repeating how I would do it, I have finally brought the new server online and moved the blog onto it. The details don’t matter since more hardware will be brought in over the coming months to expand the server micro-farm, but new hardware + new server software => […]

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Technologic awkwardness

It’s the end of an era of sorts. After more than seven years of more-or-less stable service, my SonyEricsson P990i smartphone has finally given up the ghost. Actually the unit’s been doing a protracted death scene à la Paul Reubens in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (watch the scene here) for quite some time but I […]

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Year of the Horse

Happy Lunar New Year! That would be the good one. Today kicks off the Year of the Horse (馬 午), or more specifically, the Year of the Wood Horse. It’s an important year for me for a couple of reasons, but the now-ended Year of the Snake was more of a rollercoaster than anticipated so it’s […]

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Beef Wellington

Confirmation has arrived that my pal Butter Boy didn’t fall prey to an osprey or a whale and appears to have survived the northern migration. Then again, it’s not like he’s a fish – he drove. How do I know? Apart from the presence of lungs and the absence of gills, fish don’t have the limbs […]

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