Author Archive | ivan

August 17

August 17

Today is August 17. It’s the day after the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis, and the day after the 50th anniversary of the Clown’s establishment of beachhead in Canada. It’s going to be pretty sunny but not too warm and without any effect of humidex to make things unpleasant. I’m going to be […]

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He’s still dead

While we continue to be inundated with effectively non-stop coverage of the dumpster fire that is the current political milieu south of the 49th, today so happens to be the 40th anniversary of the Death of Elvis Presley. Yes, he’s still dead, though I’m pretty sure that some ancient astronaut theorist is going to claim […]

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Atlanta as the Eye of Sauron


Altanta! The Big Peach! The ATL! Hot’Lanta! The Watermelon 500! The City that Kudzu Ate! While on the flight down I realized that it had been a decade since I was last in Atlanta. Back at that time, I was working for the Swiss and I was touring Emory University with my pal Mark, who […]

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Haw-Di-I Bull Head "Original" BBQ Sauce

Water spinach

It appears that someone doesn’t like my writing about Cheetos. In the past I would have ID’d the IP address and written a reply which would have ended with “… and the horse you rode in on”, but I’m above that now, so I’ve only deleted the narrow-minded comment and will stick with saying “I […]

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Peter Michael Winery is actually named after Peter Michael, a British engineer who apart from starting the winery, also founded Cosworth and won a knighthood from the Queen. My friend Butter Boy introduced me to the Peter Michael wines when we had dinner together before he decamped from the Big Croissant. The winery is  based […]

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Les vins d'Alsace

Chinese food

I’m back baby! Yes, after the election of the Cheeto, I changed select service providers to European ones and brought down the server to harden the software. It’s not like the NSA has this site on the list of to-dos, but given the Vault 7 data burps and the subsequent wannacry and petya issues, it’s […]

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Apple roses

Year of the Monkey

Happy Lunar New Year! That would be the good one. Today kicks off the Year of the Monkey (猴), or more specifically, the Year of the Fire Monkey. Depending on the circles that one runs in, it’s either supposed to be a rollercoaster because the Monkey is lively, but I’ll look to 孫 悟 空 (Sun Wu-kong;  […]

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Inaugurating 2016

Happy 2016!

Happy 2016! It’s the start of Gregorian (solar) New Year (also known as “not the good one”) today so health and prosperity to those who come to this site that aren’t ‘bots. Yes, there are some actual readers out there. I still don’t have a good image of a drunk robot to commemorate the start […]

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2-bone Prime Rib, interior

Xmas Eve again

Wow – it’s Xmas Eve again, and for a second straight year in a row, it’s green/brown. No snow. In fact, not even close as I think today’s high was somewhere around 16ºC (60.8ºF for those south of the 49th) and the CBC says it matched Los Angeles. I’m not complaining, though I probably should […]

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Chef In Your Ear

Chef In Your Ear! My new favorite television show! My new source of culinary schadenfreude! I’ve watched the now-cancelled Dinner Party Wars which was a larf in itself, but Chef In Your Ear cranks up the schadenfreude to 11. The premise is pretty simple: you have a professional chef bark orders over an earpiece to […]

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