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  1. The Bureau (Sundance Channel).  Five seasons following members of the French undercover intelligence community.  One of the best shows I've seen in a long time.  Highly recommended.

    Resident Alien (Syfy).  One season following an alien who came to destroy all human life on Earth but crash-landed and could not find him "bomb."  One of the worst shows I've seen.  Well, kind of.  It's well produced.  It's fun to watch.  It's just so poorly written, directed and acted that it's painful.  

    For All Mankind (Apple +).  What if the Soviets got to the moon first? Interesting show.  Well done.  But stars Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman, who I find borderline unwatchable. 

    Good Eats Reloaded.  Alton is back.  (This is actually Season 2, I think.)  Most of the things I loved about him 20 years ago I now find annoying.  

  2. I believe the advent of cooking and eating meat is one of the factors that led to homo sapiens rise and we're specifically adapted for it.  We lack the large "gut" necessary to fully digest plant materials and the jaw muscles for chewing lots of plants.  And, of course, we can only get full protein from certain plants or by eating others in combination.  Seems like a lousy way to build an herbivore.  We can still eat raw meat, but cooking it partially breaks it down allowing us to extract the nutrients quicker as it passes through our bodies.

  3. On 4/30/2010 at 1:48 PM, Stone said:

    Why don't they just repaint it. It's not like a picasso or anything.


    Wasn't there a story awhile back about a crew cleaning up some garbage in a corner of a room in a museum and later finding out that this pile of garbage was supposed to be art? And then people got upset when someone suggested that they just strew more garbage about to replace the first pile of garbage because if they did that it would pretty much be a concession that it was just a pile of garbage to being with? You know what would have been funny, if someone took the hoover off the pedestal, used it to clean up the pile of garbage, and then put it in the stock room, and then when curator found out, he went to the stock room, grabbed the wrong hoover, and put it back on the pedestal, and no one realized that the hoover on the pedestal wasn't a $4 million piece of art, but was just an exactly identical $35 vacuum cleaner, until like, five years later, when some janitor recognized it as his hoover, and then all these people sued because they spent good money to stare at a $4 million hoover on a pedestal not the same $35 hoover they have in their closet even thought it's exactly the same.


    Just a thought.

    Graffiti Art Wonders Where to Draw the Line.

    One is art.  One is junk.  Can you tell the difference?


  4. I recently watched a documentary on Sundance Channel called "No One Saw a Thing".  It's about a small town in Northwest Missouri where the townsfolk all got together to murder the town bully.  Forty years ago, and no one has been charged with the crime.

    Every time someone tries to tell you that the Red states are filled with nice, God-loving people who just want to go to church and bake biscuits for their grandchildren, force them to watch an episode of this.

  5. On 3/10/2021 at 9:26 AM, Sneakeater said:

    I mean, Bryan Fucking Flannery says on his website that he recently learned that what he used to call an "English Cut" short rib is "now" called "flanken", and that he "went down a Google rabbit hole" to learn that the term originated with Eastern European Jews.

    Is this right?  I always thought English cut was parallel to the bone, squarish, one bone per piece, with a big cap of meat.  

  6. A new take-out place opened next to Brooklyn Bagels just off Broadway.  I fear it's not destined be here long.  I just don't think the city is ready for Georgian food.

    I tried a spinach and feta pie and kabdari.  The spinach pie was good -- nice soft bread and good flavor.  Nothing great, but it avoided the greasiness these often have.  the Kabdari was a soft flatbread stuffed with stewed pork.  Again, it was good but nothing great.  I really like the soft texture of the bread. The pork was tender and mildly spiced.  They gave us a Churchkhela -- a long cigar of walnuts in dried grape juice (must?).  This had an odd texture, almost as if it was covered in wax, and was not too tasty.

    All in all, the food was fine and reasonably priced.  But it seems to be heavily carb-based.  I'll go back, but I don't think too many people in the neighborhood will be trying it.  Perhaps when students come back.  I could be wrong.  the Indian dosa place down the block lasted a few years -- although I rarely saw people in there.

  7. On 2/9/2021 at 6:57 PM, small h said:

    That ad was baffling. I mean, I get it, but also I don't.

    I'm so tired of all this pandering to the mid-west.  

    On another note, the daughter of the guy who designed the Vince Lombardi trophy was so upset seeing Tom Brady throw it over the water that she lost two-nights' sleep.  


  8. On 1/12/2021 at 8:26 PM, StephanieL said:

    Watched the first episode of the new All Creatures Great and Small on Masterpiece.  N has read all of the books and has fond memories of the original series--she's in heaven.

    These are very enjoyable.  As usual, the English countryside is one of the best aspects of the show.  Damn, it's beautiful there.  

  9. It reminded me of the Cowboys/Niners NFC championship game from '93 (or thereabouts).  The Niners were up 21 - 0 in about 5 minutes.  The Cowboys almost came back to win that one (arguably would have if Switzer didn't get a 15-yard penalty at the end). I was pretty worried about the Steelers coming back last night.

    Quote of the night after the game:  "Roethlisberger is crying like one of the women he raped."

  10. Pretend It's a City. Scorsese's docu-interview of Fran Lebovitz.  Terrific.

    Borgen.  Danish political drama.  Very good first season.  Get's too far fetched after that.

    Work in Progress.  Netflix.  Abby McEnany's show about an "androgynous, heavyset, nerdy, butch lesbian."  Very good.

    Some other stuff I can't remember.

  11. On 4/25/2020 at 2:04 AM, Behemoth said:

    Tubbs do you use semolina as well as AP flour in your dough? Fresh pasta from just AP I don't like at all. It needs the semolina to give it texture, but then its great. 

    I’ve recently started making pasta 50/50 AP/semolina.  I’m very happy with the results.  It’s still quite a chore and a mess, and this other person that lives in my apartment complains incessantly about flour everywhere.  

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  12. On 12/16/2020 at 6:54 PM, small h said:

    Ted Lasso, on Apple Plus. It's very sweet. I suppose I'll watch The Undoing next, which I predict will not be very sweet.

    I watched the first episode of The Undoing.  HBO seems to think that whenever rich people and poor people get together, someone gets murdered.

  13. On 12/16/2020 at 8:37 AM, mitchells said:

    The Bee Gees documentary on HBO. Like their music or not, I doubt there are any musical acts who reinvented themselves so many different times. 

    Many years ago I went to a Loser's Lounge show where they covered Bee Gees songs.  Almost all were from the pre-disco era.  I had no idea.

  14. I made sourdough pizza last night.  Very good, but a lot of work.  This is the morning bake.  Pretty straightforward. Not as much rise as prior efforts, but a very tangy smell.  



  15. I've been listening to Throughline from NPR.  They provide historical context for many of today's issues. The episodes on the origins of the police in the US and race in Europe/US were terrific.

    Just started listening to Louder Than a Riot -- also NPR.  Discussing the intersection of Rap music, crime and incarceration.  Also very good.

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  16. That's pretty much what I use:  Sugar, Honey, Corn Syrup (maybe theirs has more fructose), Egg Whites. I'm guessing they use the corn starch with the rice paper to prevent sticking.  I'm going to try a higher heat next time.  I might need to upgrade to the 7 qt mixer.  My 6 qt strains quite a bit.  Or maybe I'll get me an Ankarsrum.

  17. Another try over the weekend.  With dried mango, dried apricots, pistachios, almonds, pecans and cashews (because I didn't have enough pistachios and almonds).

    Definitely better.  I had rice paper -- which was a mixed blessing.  Although it definitely helped contain the goo, when I poured the hot, sticky mess onto the rice paper, the paper slid around and crumpled and ended up quite the mess.  I had to peel it off and put on a new piece.  I let the sugar mixture get hotter this time, and the texture was a bit firmer.  But it still didn't have the texture of other soft torrone I've bought.  Mine was actually smoother, although I don't think I liked it better. It was still more marshmallowy.



  18. I'm not so sure.  Morality/Ethics (not sure which is applicable here) have come a long way in the past 100 years, and they seem to be progressing faster.  It's possible that in 100 years people are as shocked by eating pigs and cows are we are by Jim Crow laws.

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