Food! Glorious Food!

Apr. 24th, 2019 10:28 am
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This Genetic Mutation Makes People Feel Full — All the Time
Two new studies confirm that weight control is often the result of genetics, not willpower.
By Gina Kolata

MEANWHILE
Forget the Easter Bunny. Let’s Celebrate the Easter Bug.
By Wendy MacNaughton

Don’t Call It Tex-Mex
A writer and chef is on a quest to tell the world about Texas Mexican food, the cooking of South Texas and northern Mexico that predates and spans the border.
By Rachel Wharton

How to Get Eggplant Right
When an eggplant dish is bad, it’s enough to put you off eggplant forever. But when it’s good, it’s heaven. Yotam Ottolenghi’s new recipe promises celestial results.
By Yotam Ottolenghi

HUNGRY CITY
A Mom-and-Son Source for Portuguese Pastries
Joey Bats Café Portuguese $129 Allen Street, Lower East Side212-951-1189
By Mahira Rivers

ONE GOOD MEAL
A Men’s Wear Designer’s Favorite Breakfast Dish
The San Francisco-based Evan Kinori relies on shakshuka, the tomato-and-egg casserole beloved in Israel, where his father was born.
By Nick Marino

TIMES INSIDER
Testing an $800 Pizza Oven — for Journalism!
Wirecutter recently tried out the luxury kitchen appliance, as well as several more practical options, for a roundup of reviews in service of aspiring home pizza chefs.
By Elisha Brown

FRONT BURNER
Looking for a Plastic Bag Alternative?
These food-grade silicone bags from Stasher, available in four sizes, are designed for multiple use.
Stasher bags, $7.99 to $19.99, stasherbag.com.
By Florence Fabricant

Alison Roman's Creamy Cauliflower Pasta | NYT Cooking

THE POUR
12 Wines Under $12: How Low Can You Go and Still Find Values?
The quest for exciting bottles gets trickier as the price drops. But you can still find some gems with a $12 limit.
By Eric Asimov

MCU: A Warning About Spoilers

Apr. 24th, 2019 11:23 am
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Since I haven't seen the movie yet.

I will let you know when I do. Until then...?

Be warned. Tell me nothing of Avengers: Endgame until that time. Not here at Dreamwidth.
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Thank you, [personal profile] kaffyr, for pointing this manifesto out.

https://minnehaha.dreamwidth.org/44518.html
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Regent Park is a neighbourhood in the middle of transition, shifting from a notoriously troubled public-housing district to something different via a controversial regeneration. On Parliament Street one block south of Gerrard, this one building remained, some windows missing but otherwise intact; on Gerrard Street east of Parliament, you could see inside into the ruins made by the demolition crews.

Regent Park demolition (1) #toronto #regentpark #parliamentstreet #demolition


Regent Park demolition (2) #toronto #regentpark #parliamentstreet #demolition


Regent Park demolition (3) #toronto #regentpark #parliamentstreet #demolition
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I passed by the visited the Andrew Posa 1982 sculpture U.V. Ceti, poised in the middle of a temporarily quiet fountain, last night.

U.V. Ceti, by Andrew Posa #toronto #wellingtonstreet #stlawrence #uvceti #andrewposa #sculpture


It had been ten years since I had last paid particular attention to that statue, attracted by its name the astronomical reference to nearby flare star Luyten 726-8 B.


Front view of UV Ceti, 30 Wellington Street East


Sculptor Andrew Posa chose the name UV Ceti, this Flickr photo and commentary suggests, because it was an obscure astronomical name. I'm a bit sad that I didn't photograph the message in garbled Hungarian that's apparently written inside the statue.

This statue was dedicated to one Edward Isaac Richmond, 1908-1982, "A kind man who shared his love of beauty." A quick googling turns up this 2007 article from The Globe and Mail, which reveals Edward Isaac Richmond to have been an architect of note.

Frank Richmond remembers the time his father, architect Edward Isaac Richmond, heard about a unique house party where guests were handed sledgehammers with their drinks and encouraged to take a few swipes at whatever struck their fancy. It was an old house, and the architect who'd purchased it was having it bulldozed the next day in order to build something new.

"My father was so upset by this because he viewed a home as almost a holy place," Mr. Richmond says. "When you demolish a building, there had to be a degree of respect."

[. . .]

The architect's own striking 1948 home, which he occupied until just before his death in 1982 at age 73 (and where son Frank lived until 1998), is right where he left it at 37 Burton Rd. And while it may have been a shocker to frill-obsessed, WASPy, postwar Toronto, his practice flourished. "That home got replicated in hundreds of different kinds of iterations [post-1948 and] for the next 15-odd years," his son confirms.

Perhaps that's because the 1931 University of Toronto graduate, one of the first Jewish architects in Toronto — if not the very first, his son suggests — had many Jewish clients eager to eliminate painful reminders of the old world, even architectural ones.

In a career that lasted a half-century, Ed Richmond worked on the old Mount Sinai hospital on Yorkville Avenue (a part of its façade is currently undergoing restoration and will be incorporated into a condo) during a short-lived partnership with Ben Kaminker in the early thirties. By the seventies, he was designing high-rise towers, including Palace Pier 1 on the Etobicoke waterfront.


The John Warkentin book Creating Memory: A Guide to Public Outdoor Sculpture in Toronto says this of this statue: "The sculpture reveals fundamental natural forces: within this maelstrom something new is occurring, possibly the beginning of a civilization. It is a much more substantial sculpture than is found in most late-twentieth century Toronto condominiums."
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Last night, I came across these two toy sets, survivors of 2016's Star Trek Beyond, for sale at $C 4 each in the Dollarama at 425 Parliament Street in the heart of Cabbagetown. Should I have gotten them? Star Trek Beyond was a fun film, though it felt more like a 1990s Trek two-part episode than a fully-fledged feature film in its own right.

Star Trek Beyond fighter pods @ $C 4 (1) #toronto #dollarama #parliamentstreet #cabbagetown #startrek #startrekbeyond #toys


Star Trek Beyond fighter pods @ $C 4 (2) #toronto #dollarama #parliamentstreet #cabbagetown #startrek #startrekbeyond #toys
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This is set in the same universe as the Peter Grant books but takes place in Germany and no one from the UK appears in the book. Both Peter and Nightingale get named checked during the story and are used to give a bit of background to the reader. This novella is a good jumping in point for someone that is new to the series. Tobias Winter is sent to Trier by his boss the Director to check out a suspicious death. After finding out that magic had a part to pay in the death he teams up with a local office, Vanessa Sommer. Tobias is confident in his magic but you don’t know just how long he has been a practitioner, but he does go into a bit of the history of magic during WWII with Vanessa to fill in some gaps from the previous books. A good mystery that sets up a splinter series that will be interesting to see weave back into London at some point.


Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley



Postal Woes

Apr. 24th, 2019 08:29 am
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 Yesterday, my postal carrier delivered two piece of mail to our house, neither of them actually addressed to us. One was to "current resident" at our address and the other "valued customer." 

We get a lot of spam mail, it's true. But, I have DOZENS of pen pals across the globe and so I'm used to seeing at least _one_ piece of personalized mail in the box, a utility bill at the very least.  

When I complained to Shawn about it this morning, she said, "Oh, yeah, wasn't there an article about this recently?" Apparently, there was! The Pioneer Press ran an article about mail delivery issues in St. Paul's east side. Shawn, who has subscribed to all of the neighborhood groups, said that she'd seen people complaining about slow mail delivery in other neighborhoods as well. 

I love getting mail.

I don't know what I'm going to do if we stop reliably getting mail.

I mean, I don't care if we get our bills--though I'm sure, given that we do NOT pay electronically, our services will care quite a bit more than I do, but what if I'm not getting the latest news from Austraila or Canada!??? !!! It's unbearable to think about! 

I understand that "snail mail" has become a thing of the past for a lot of people, but it's my hobby.  I enjoy getting paper letters and sending them. I guess I'm not worried about my mail going OUT. Shawn has long taken my letters to work, since she's downtown and the Minnesota Historical Society has a huge volume of mail that goes in and out. I still, however, occasionally leave letters out for my postal carrier to pick up, and now I'm wondering if that's wise?  

*sigh*

note to brain

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Gym log, Wednesday 24th April 2019

Apr. 24th, 2019 02:27 pm
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Dumbbell benchpress: 1x5 at 17.5kg/arm, 4x5 at 20kg/arm
Squats: 5x5 at 90kg
Hip thrust: 3x5 at 40kg
Dumbbell bent-over row: 5x5 at 15kg/arm
Deadlift: 3x8 at 50kg
Lat raise: 3x10 at 7kg/arm
Scap raise: 3x10 at 4kg/arm
Military press: 3x8 at 4kg/arm.

Exercise bike: 2km in 05:10.

The Story of the Cat

Apr. 24th, 2019 07:42 am
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So, this past Friday I found a stray cat in our backyard, incompetently trying to catch birds in our bird feeder area. I thought it was the large adult cat that comes into our yard occasionally so went out there to chase it away. But when it came out of the cover of the plants, I saw it was much smaller and younger, probably under a year old. I called it and it stopped and actually wanted to come to me. When it came close, I realized it was a young cat, still very kittenish, and basically a skeleton with fur.

I brought it some food and it snatched the first bite and ran away to eat it. Then sort of gradually calmed down and realized it could have the whole bowl. We weren't sure what to do, but after a little while it was crying to come in the house, so we ended up bringing it in and sequestering it in the guest bathroom. (We have two inside-only cats so introducing it into the household was going to be a process.) And naturally it was Friday night and the vet didn't open until Monday so we had to wait to get its health checked out.

This cat was clearly a house cat who had been dumped. He had been fixed, he was immediately cuddly and sweet, and he even purred loudly when he realized he was inside a house. I took him to the vet on Monday then found out they were out of Feline leukemia tests and wouldn't have them until Tuesday. Also we found a cat bite on his hip, so there was a chance he might have it and it got really nerve-racking. But I took him in on Tuesday, and he didn't have it, so now we have a new cat.

And here's a photo: https://twitter.com/marthawells1/status/1119577302986366976

Continued dreary

Apr. 24th, 2019 08:21 am
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Air temperature 38 F, wind ENE 5 mph, overcast. Rain earlier, may return. Minor flooding in low-lying areas.

Higher education is broken

Apr. 24th, 2019 07:16 am
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If you want to see what I mean when I say higher education is broken, go read "Death of an Adjunct" from The Atlantic.

If I hadn't met A. and then married and had kids young, that could have been me.  Having set myself upon a course, I would have done anything, sacrificed anything, to get there.  But once I had other people depending on me, it forced me to have some sort of work-life balance.  A lot of things that I might have done if it was just me were off the table once there were other people involved.
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Remember I told you how K-pop was more into seasonal songs than American pop?  Well, it's still spring, so we're still getting spring songs.  As far as I'm concerned, this is the spring song of this year.

Beetroot lentil salad

Apr. 24th, 2019 01:02 pm
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1 tin green lentils, drained
circa 2 peeled cooked small beetroots, finely chopped (I use the pre-cooked vacuum-packed ones because they are a boon to humanity
circa 1/4 to 1/2 red onion, chopped
handful or two green leafy stuff (spinach, wild garlic, mixed salad leaves, whatever you have that can be eaten raw)
optional: hard goat's cheese, cubed -- as much as you want! keep adding until it looks right to you!

Dressing:

2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1 or 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
pinch salt, pinch black pepper
optional: 1 pinch to 1 tsp curry powder, depending on heat of curry powder and personal preference

Mix the dressing, pour over everything else. Lasts reasonably well in the fridge without going soggy (though the beetroot will start tinting the other ingredients pink). This is excellent with some eggs fried in olive oil and put on top.

N.B. I am ambivalent at best about beetroot, so anything that makes me choose to eat it has to be pretty good.

\o/

Apr. 24th, 2019 08:24 pm
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I just added the following line to my .bashrc:
alias week='date +%U'

Now if I type "week" in a terminal window it tells me what week of the year it is. Which is a thing I would want to do, yes.

One of those rare times when a real thing that was annoying me was actually a thing I could fix using my Unix skills.

Musings on Autism and Genetic Tests

Apr. 24th, 2019 02:49 am
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Today, I encountered an article about prenatal genetic tests for autism, and reading it made me sad. Also, before I go on, I am not autistic, and while I have tried to educate myself about the issues involved, I know this topic is fraught and apologize in advance profusely for any offense I may cause anyone.

In any case, it’s all too clear to me that if tests like these become even vaguely reliable and widely available, the number of autistic children will greatly decrease, and that upsets me. In addition to two people I care about very deeply being autistic, from knowing them and several other autistic people I’ve known, I have seen similarities in keen perception, profound honesty, fierce morality, and uncommon forms of wisdom that are notably rarer among neurotypical people. Obviously, all autistic people are not the same, but some of the traits I’ve noted seem exceedingly positive, and I believe the world would be a lesser place with many fewer such people in it.

That said, I also understand that many autistic people have a far more difficult time in life than either the people I know or most neurotypical people. It’s entirely unclear to me is this is partly or mostly due to variations in severity of autism symptoms, some of the various problematic medical conditions notably more common in autistic people, or abusive treatment by parents and educators, but it’s also clear to me that treatments or cures for many of the associated medical conditions would be a very good thing indeed.

Beyond that, as an ardent and seriously progressive transhumanist, my ideal world is one where all forms of functional cognitive architecture are respected and valued, and ultimately one where people can alter their own cognitive architecture in both the short and long term. Studies involving transcranial electrical and magnetic stimulation indicate that this later goal is possible, but also that we have a vast amount to learn before we can use it reliably.

As a side-note, and for people interested in learning more about both autism and the history of medicine surrounding it, I recommend NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman, which is not an awesome book, but is a good one.

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