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  1. Of course, one readily concedes Ron's point that many other cities do have small, beleaguered populations of single women and gay people who maintain an interest in water colors and theater societies while dreaming of moving to New York to get away from the sports talk.

     

    :take cover:

    No need to take cover. Your insult is noted, and is one of many in a consistent theme of portraying those outside of the cultural mecca of NYC as a bunch of braying morons. Frankly, I am fucking sick of it.

  2. Nathan, I have two questions for you - do you think someone can be a sports fan and not care about football? Would someone who liked baseball only? Or just basketball? be a sports fan in your book? Additionally, is going to bars to watch games a requirement to being a sports fan?

     

    I'm not trying to put words in your mouth, but I feel like you think the only sport that amounts to anything is football. Just because someone doesn't know what an audible is doesn't mean they're not a sports fan. It just means they don't know football terminology.

     

    Maybe you should ask for a mulligan and start a new argument.

     

     

    not at all. baseball is my preference actually.

    but you're completely misreading the thread.

     

    I'l say again what I've said many times: in most American cities sports (or a sport) is one of the two or three primary threads of civic culture. in NY there are no primary threads, instead there are multitudes.

    it's really a very simple point.

    That's not what you said. What you said was "NY is sports averse" those are two different things.

     

    either way he is wrong. Only in NYC are there more than one or two "primary threads of civic culture" beyond sports? Come on. That's just offensive. It's typical Nathan. Take an absurd position and then attempt to defend it by retreating and backpedaling for twenty pages.

     

     

    look up the definition of "primary"

     

    my statement was tautological.

     

    look up the definition of backpedaling. hint: you are doing it now.

     

    your statement is both circular and wrong.

  3. Nathan, I have two questions for you - do you think someone can be a sports fan and not care about football? Would someone who liked baseball only? Or just basketball? be a sports fan in your book? Additionally, is going to bars to watch games a requirement to being a sports fan?

     

    I'm not trying to put words in your mouth, but I feel like you think the only sport that amounts to anything is football. Just because someone doesn't know what an audible is doesn't mean they're not a sports fan. It just means they don't know football terminology.

     

    Maybe you should ask for a mulligan and start a new argument.

     

     

    not at all. baseball is my preference actually.

    but you're completely misreading the thread.

     

    I'l say again what I've said many times: in most American cities sports (or a sport) is one of the two or three primary threads of civic culture. in NY there are no primary threads, instead there are multitudes.

    it's really a very simple point.

    That's not what you said. What you said was "NY is sports averse" those are two different things.

     

    either way he is wrong. Only in NYC are there more than one or two "primary threads of civic culture" beyond sports? Come on. That's just offensive. It's typical Nathan. Take an absurd position and then attempt to defend it by retreating and backpedaling for twenty pages.

  4. Depends on what you are seeking. Lyon is quaint with good, if typical and traditional cuisine, (that's a positive in my book) and most places have really solid wine lists. Marseilles is probably not what you are expecting. It is a rather gritty, industrial, working, port city. Lots of grafitti, buildings in need of repair, and a fair amount of petty street crime. I don't think it is dangerous, but it is not Aix or Nice by any stretch.

  5. I repeat most towns (and many cities) don't have any bars if you rule out restaurants.

     

    This is absurd and patently false, but I am not surprised you are ignorant of the fact that many, many cities and towns have lots of establishments that are bars first and foremost and not restaurants.

  6. Popeyes is certainly good but, this was the best chicken outside of Willy Mae's down in NO, I have been apart of.. Even Missie K this morning, as I was driving her to school mentioned the chicken... Out of nowhere, she was like, Daniel, that chicken last night, that chicken was soooo good.. She said, I wish I had some right now.

     

    And a good job from Missie K, is all I am really looking for..

     

     

    hey, Popeye's is the bomb for fast food chicken, but no doubt it doesn't stack up to homemade.

  7. Having cooked the last 10 nights or so I took the easy route last night and picked up (coincidentally) the 9pc mixed original and spicy fam pack from Popeyes. Came with 4 biscuits and a large Cajun rice. It was pretty damn good esp for $13.

     

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    AND you didn't have to clean the stove! :lol:

     

    I agree, Popeye's is pretty good for a quick fried-chicken fix.

    Popeye's chicken is really good, and so are the red beans and rice.

  8. Of course it does. But that's craft, not art. I mean, come on. An "eye for composition" does not equate to art. Is arranging various tkochkies so they look nice on your coffee table art? (But let's not go there.)

     

    Oh I don't know ...

     

    Is throwing paint on a piece of plasterboard in a seemingly random fashion, art?

    Is heaping a pile of pennies in a corner, art?

    Are a bunch of Campbell soup labels painted on canvas, art?

    Are a couple of pipes attached to a ceiling and painted blue, art? Click for example.

     

    It might not be art to you, but it is to someone somewhere out there.

     

    so much for avoiding the debate on aesthetics. :rolleyes: we might as well throw in Duchamp's urinal, and then we can apply for credit from the philosophy department.

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  9. A long life, though the last years may not have been great. RIP.

     

    Too many people seem to be dying lately. This has really got to stop. :angry:

    no kidding, and each one triggers an archive edition of Fresh Air with Terry Gross where she had interviewed the recently deceased many years ago. oddly, she neglected to ask Sargent Shriver if he was gay. Maybe that question wasn't in her wheelhouse back then?

  10. Nor did I say all chefs were artists, and I think I implied "very few" when I wrote "really gifted chefs".

     

    he didn't say no chefs were artists, and you didn't say that all chefs were artists. got it. :lol:

  11. If you're planning on entering the restaurant business as a chef, you should try to learn to appreciate it. I find that really gifted chefs are artists, not just in terms of creating dishes (the composition of flavours), but also in the way they present those dishes. Why do you think plating is so important? And why do you think so many chefs seem to have great photography skills (I'm thinking of people like Shola Olunloyo of Studio Kitchen and many others whose names I can't remember right now).

     

     

    See Ruhlman's The Making of a Chef and The Soul of a Chef for a pretty extensive argument about the difference between craft and art in the context of cooking. I tend to agree with Ruhlman that very, very, very few chefs are artists.

     

    Please reread my post taking special note of the bolded phrases.

     

    So you think the chef that created this dish, for example,

     

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    is not an artist? He's also the same person who designed this bowl, btw

     

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    He didn't say NO chefs were artists, he said very few were. I tend to agree that cooking is a craft, but we needn't hijack Teddy's thread into a debate on aesthetics.

  12. The kid is 4-1 in playoff games. A lot of people have lost money betting that he'll fold.

     

    There's your mistake. He is not 4-1 in playoff games. The team is 4-1 in playoff games. The last two games have seen brief experimental interludes where he is permitted to throw the ball over, under or around his receivers. The rest of the time he hands it off. Yes, he does complete some passes - nobody is arguing, I think, that he can't play his position - but they are usually short and easy.

    Are there certain criteria that need to be met in order to state that a quarterback is 4-1 in the playoffs rather than the team he plays for is 4-1 in the playoffs, or are you saying that it is always improper to refer to a single position player with such a statistic?

  13. was this a layered dish or was it vegetables in a casserole with the bechamel/cheese poured over and then baked?

    the latter

    I want to try making it that way. I have seen recipes for layered cauliflower gratin that require thin sliced of cauliflower, but it sounds like a pain in the ass.

     

    did you have any problem with cauliflower releasing a lot of water while baking and diluting the bechamel?

  14. her phrasing and rhythm were just perfect for the time and the songs. she intepreted a lyric in a way that made you feel as though you should be wearing a dinner jacket and dangling a martini stem from your fingers.

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