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by Barbara
Thu 27 Mar, 2008 7:30 pm
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Barack Obama
Replies: 16
Views: 37246

Re: Obama's speech - A More Perfect Union

Here is the full version of Obama's March 18th speech called "A More Perfect Union". I was struck by how quiet and unassuming that speech was, and how it made the speech so much stronger than if it had been delivered in a more exciting and bombastic style. Also how it occasionally seemed ...
by Barbara
Mon 17 Mar, 2008 7:41 am
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: No Recipe
Replies: 5
Views: 11493

I don't think the analogy holds. I usually find that if I follow a recipe, step by step, I succeed. If the recipe is something completely new for me, like Thai food was 10 years ago, then if I follow say 5 recipes, step by step, I then feel like I have caught the general idea, and I can pretty much ...
by Barbara
Tue 26 Feb, 2008 8:20 pm
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Alton Brown's Stew
Replies: 6
Views: 14125

Re: Foil and tendons

Question: What are "English-cut" short ribs? Here's a transcript of the show. http://www.goodeatsfanpage.com/Season11/stew/stewromance.htm Blade, meat cut parallel to the bone, cut in half. I saw the show; the meat was in cubical chunks about three inches on a side. They looked just like ...
by Barbara
Sun 17 Feb, 2008 7:40 pm
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Michael Pollan at TED - Man & Nature
Replies: 1
Views: 6612

That's an amazing account of that farm where they cycle several animal species through sections of the pasture and each species contributes in some way to the health of the pasture and all the animals. He has a very vivid speaking style; I felt like I was watching the chickens rush out of their truc...
by Barbara
Sun 10 Feb, 2008 7:10 pm
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Rouille
Replies: 5
Views: 12299

Rouille

I made something way outside my comfort zone for dinner tonight: rouille. Normally I wouldn't serve something even vaguely creamy let alone eat it. I had watched a Laura Calder cooking show where she made a fish stew and served it with toast spread with rouille. I was cooking fish tonight, and had a...
by Barbara
Wed 30 Jan, 2008 1:37 am
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: How much is too much?
Replies: 8
Views: 15976

Re: How much is too much?

That's scary. The picture looks awful. I don't think they should have sliced a cross section like that. Or maybe they should indeed have made it look horrible so that nobody will try it. I can't get the grimace off my face :jump: But wait, there's more. She has a deep fried butter recipe. I'm never ...
by Barbara
Tue 29 Jan, 2008 12:15 am
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Google fun
Replies: 6
Views: 11115

Re: Google fun

[spoiler]Am I blind? I did not see anything about "Google Animation". [/spoiler] [spoiler]Hey, did they change the page? I'm _sure_ that yesterday, when I clicked on the Google Search button (not the "did you mean" link), I got to a page that listed several articles. I can find ...
by Barbara
Sat 26 Jan, 2008 9:29 am
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Google fun
Replies: 6
Views: 11115

Re: Google fun

Have you ever tried this? enter: French military victories hit the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button. Click the "Google Search" button on that page. [spoiler]Don't miss the article called "Google Animation" about Google acquiring the Albino Blacksheep site for a hefty amount....
by Barbara
Wed 23 Jan, 2008 11:48 pm
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Supermarket "Beef"
Replies: 6
Views: 12184

Re: Supermarket "Beef"

Eating cows can be a wonderful experience, but all cows are not "created" equal. Yikes. Those two posts of yours, MEF, are enough to put me off beef completely. The antibiotics etc is very scariest, but I'm irrationally most put off by the chewing gum and chicken feathers. I guess having ...
by Barbara
Sat 19 Jan, 2008 1:16 am
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Peter Temple - a must for mystery readers
Replies: 3
Views: 6078

Re: Peter Temple - a must for mystery readers

[Peter Temple's] writing is in the same class as Henning Mankell. Alas, I have not read any Henning Mankell, not being at all adept at reading Swedish. What English or American mystery writers might be comparable to Temple, MEF? I have read Henning Mankell in excellent English translations. I very ...
by Barbara
Wed 16 Jan, 2008 3:47 pm
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: What Is Life For?
Replies: 11
Views: 13534

Re: Not Quite

The definition of hedonism doesn't include the phrase "at all costs". ... it's merely that pleasure in life is an OK goal Answers.com http://www.answers.com/hedonism&r=67 gives this as one of the definitions of hedonism. 2. Philosophy. The ethical doctrine holding that only what is pl...
by Barbara
Sat 29 Dec, 2007 3:01 pm
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: See "Volver"
Replies: 1
Views: 4538

Re: See "Volver"

There are good movies, and there are ones which have the touch of greatness; Volver is one of the latter. Almodovar is a man who makes wonderful films; this is his best so far. I finally saw this movie. Great! I was a bit cautious because I had seen "Matador" by Almodovar, and hated it. B...
by Barbara
Wed 19 Dec, 2007 11:59 am
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: Movie: "Once"
Replies: 4
Views: 7111

Movie: "Once"

I loved this movie - everything seemed just right. It has a 98% (!) rating on Rotten Tomatoes http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/once/) We found the Irish accents were sometimes a bit hard to understand, so we turned on the English subtitles on the DVD. Spoiler, don't read until after you see it. On on...
by Barbara
Fri 30 Nov, 2007 8:23 am
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: PDA's - what for?
Replies: 4
Views: 10949

I have a palm pilot. It has one crucial feature that a PMA* doesn't have: alarms. It will turn itself on and beep when something is scheduled. I used to have a more hectic schedule, and carry it all the time. Now my schedule is more regular, so I rarely carry it, but when I need it, it's great. Mine...
by Barbara
Sun 18 Nov, 2007 11:38 am
Forum: anything and everything (within reason) - archive
Topic: fun with English: triple negatives
Replies: 13
Views: 18476

give narrowmindedness or intolerance no chance anywhere. Which suggests that a triple negative is a positive. You've still got one negative ("no chance") so the result is still negative. Also, why does it have to be either narrowmindedness or intolerance which has, or has not to be given ...