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 high holiday for the American sporting religion – the Superbowl – has come and gone for another year. Normally things (that would be my ...
No I didn’t leave it in the back of the refrigerator until now – in spite of a flurry of unrelated activity and troglodytes, the ...
I think it’s pretty evident to everyone and their dog that I watch an inordinate amount of food programming, as in I watch almost nothing ...
So if you lived in New Jersey and were told that you would be crammed into a tiny Volvo packed full of rackmount computer hardware, ...
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 => […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I don’t have Portuguese cuisine very often, primarily because the Big Croissant’s restaurant options fall into a handful of higher-end eateries and a lot of grill places. I used to go to Ferreira a lot, and thoroughly enjoyed watching Carlos Ferreira popping bottle after bottle of nothing but vintage for his entourage. That became an […]
I guess the first thing to do is wish a Happy Solar New Year for the odd visitor who’s actually flesh and not a bot. Seems like 2013 was just starting and now it’s a year later. Last year was a real rollercoaster, starting with the passing of my meowie Sonar, then yet another change in the […]
The end of 2013 is also the end of an era of sorts as my pal Butter Boy has decided to decamp from the Big Croissant and escape move north. Yes northward. In winter. It’s not that he’s afraid that I’m going to make another attempt on his life with another “accidental” butter tasting, but […]