July 29, 2002

Gastronomic Weekend - Well,

Gastronomic Weekend - Well, this was the weekend for new foods. As I mentioned previously, last week was the Black Ships Festival. We go to Newport for this event just about every year to see the taiko drums and other festivities. In years past we’ve had some pretty memorable moments. There was the time we rolled into Vanderbilts in the Hotel Viking covered in dust from a day of walking Newport. We didn’t fit in, but we really made ourselves stand out by being a bit too happy for the venue. When the waiter asked Mike what kind of starch he’d like with his meal, Mike replied “Starch!?” in the most innocent, quizzical and surprised voice – and the waiter was at a loss for how to answer.

This last weekend we enjoyed Japanese fighting kites for the first time while local dojos showed off the moves of their best students in a variety of martial arts. All this, and the taiko drum show, took place in Newport’s under-reconstruction Fort Adams.

Sumo Sushi – a popular sushi bar in Newport – was there with a cart selling California maki rolls. Maggie and I tried them and a new passion was born. I knew I was going to have to try more sushi, but also was going to have to try to make it myself. My first attempt was crabmeat and cucumber, and we’re very pleased with the result.

I’ve made a bunch more now and am taking them around to have other people sample them. We’ll get some 3rd party opinions. Anyone out there like sushi?

On Sunday of this weekend we decided to start adding more Omega 3’s to our diet with salmon. Never having cooked it before, I consulted some friends at EAForums who always seem to have a good recommendation or two no matter what the subject. On their recommendation I sautéed the fish in lots of garlic and ginger, with a teriyaki sauce. Served with zucchini and onion stir fry, it was pretty amazing, The crust that the garlic made on the surface of the salmon was melt-in-your-mouth good. When are some of you folks coming down for dinner? I can work out a menu that will knock your socks off.

Posted by James at 2:40 AM

July 27, 2002

Can't...Look...Away - Okay, this is

Can't...Look...Away - Okay, this is real classless entertainment. Check out this very simple interactive flash joke. Crude, yes. But I can't stop laughing. The Doughboy.

Posted by James at 2:00 PM

July 26, 2002

Mystic Roadtrip - We're on

Mystic Roadtrip - We're on the road to Mystic today. Purpose? To look at fish.

You know, if I get a chance I need to tell you folks about last week's Black Ships Festival in Newport. It has inspired me to a new hobby. Anyone want to guess what the hobby is? To remove the obvious, it is not taiko drumming.

Posted by James at 9:53 AM

July 25, 2002

Don't Let That Donkey Near

Don't Let That Donkey Near Your Parts - Reuters reports that a 7 year old boy in Morocco has successfully had his penis reattached after having it removed by donkey bite. News organizations often leave out the most important information. Like how the heck the donkey had access to the boy's privates.

Posted by James at 1:25 PM

July 24, 2002

Death By Chocolate - literally.

Death By Chocolate - literally. He fell into a vat of chocolate and died.

Posted by James at 4:37 PM

July 23, 2002

Need to grow your reading

Need to grow your reading list? - I certainyl don't. But a good book recommendation is never turned away here. And so, this 5 Feet of Books list goes on the blog. It's a list of books that "every well-read person" should have read. I certainly have not read the majority of them, but it will serve as a guide as I retrieve books on tape from the library.

Also check out the "three foot list" of children's books. I think I'd like to go back and reread some of those.

Posted by James at 12:22 PM

July 22, 2002

Bush Bash of the day

Bush Bash of the day - Could denying sanitary napkins to 3rd world women get Bush reelected? Stranger things have happened - like Bush becoming president in the first place.

Posted by James at 1:06 PM

Phantom Cleaner - Only in

Phantom Cleaner - Only in England. Phantom Cleaner Keeps Town Tidy. Why can't we get some of these folks in the states? Answer: because they would be shot.

Posted by James at 12:03 PM

July 17, 2002

New Pet - My

New Pet - My Saturn SL2 has an inhabitant. I have noticed that every morningthere is a new spider web on the driver's side mirror. Every day I drive to work or wash the car and every morning, without fail, the spider rebuilds the web.
I haven't seen the creature yet, so it must be living behind the mirror, within the hooded mirror enclosure. At first I found the webs a little bit annoying, but it must be more annoying to have to keep rebuilding them.

Posted by James at 11:47 AM

CRASH! - My hard drive

CRASH! - My hard drive at work crashed, so if I have missed any emails, that's the reason. Ever notice how these things happen at the least opportune time? Luckily, I do have backups, but even more lucky is the fact that I was able to recover the device (albeit in a slightly scrambled state) with the help of friends.

Posted by James at 11:44 AM

July 15, 2002

- Shrinky-Dink Car -

- Shrinky-Dink Car - As reported earlier, I bought a used Saturn a couple of weeks ago. For those interested, here is how a 1997 Saturn (with its plastic door panels) fares when parked too close to a forest fire.

Posted by James at 11:51 AM

July 12, 2002

- Sperm - The

- Sperm - The Next Antidepressant - If ytou are a man or know one you have likely already heard the story that exposure to semen reduced symptoms of depression in women. I can't explain it, but it's my duty as a man to pass the info along.

Posted by James at 10:49 AM

The Age Of Synthetic

The Age Of Synthetic Viruses - Scientists have been able to re-create the polio virus completely from scratch in the laboratory. Polio virus is one of the more simple viruses, but this can only be the beginning of some really nasty possibilities. More and more it looks as though a missile defense system is the exact wrong way to spend our defense money. Perhaps more medical research to combat these threats would be a better application of our defense dollars.
We've been able to extend our fists with bullets, bombs and missiles. Perhaps it's time we extended our immune systems.

Posted by James at 10:07 AM

July 11, 2002

Put that thing away -

Put that thing away - I'm sure it's frustrating, all the searches taking place in airports today. However, people should really try to get through it with a bit of their dignity intact. One fellow who did not follow this philosophy got fed up when asked to remove his belt and gave the security staff the full monty instead. Dropping trou may be synonymous with cooperation in France, but that stuff doesn't fly in Miami. Irate traveler drops pants at Miami airport

Posted by James at 3:21 PM

Can Ender's Game be far

Can Ender's Game be far behind? - Uncle Sam Wants You to Play This Game writes a NYT article. The army is now using online multiplayer videogames as recruitment tools. The technology already exists for them to be used as more than that. Life imitates art once again.

Posted by James at 2:26 PM

Arm the felons - I

Arm the felons - I had to check the map this morning. Am I still living in Massachusetts. Check out this story in the Boston Globe: House votes to loosen gun laws. The state legislature who must be smoking some pretty good ganja. Time to look at how your rep voted and drop him or her a little note, no? Perhaps you also would like to check with your state senator and make sure he's not on crack.


Currently, anyone convicted of a felony or violent misdemeanor, including child rape and breaking and entering at night, is barred from buying a gun. But the House bill would eliminate the lifetime ban. It keeps the ban in place for domestic violence offenders.

To quote Will Ferrell as Jacobim Mugatu in Zoolander - "Am I on crazy pills?"

Posted by James at 12:27 PM

Pickpockets - I don't think

Pickpockets - I don't think I've had a link to a Ruben Bolling cartoon on the blog before, so it's high time I had one. Lookee here: Tom the Dancing Bug.

If you like his stuff, take a look at The Funny Times. A subscription brings you the best cartoons of the month in newspaper form. An excellent tonic for today's lousy news.

Posted by James at 11:57 AM

July 10, 2002

Born on third base... acting

Born on third base... acting like he hit a triple. - Yeah, another post about Bush. I'm kinda sorry that so many of my posts are political. I'm not sorry because it isn't relevant (it is). Rather, I'm sorry because there is so much that is interesting in the world today, and Bush is a distraction from all that.

Unfortunately, he's a distraction that has been installed as the leader of our country.

Maureen Dowd once again has an editorial that gets to the heart of what grates on people who don't like Bush. It's his unconvincing put-on of the everyman. A bunch of verbal flubs doesn't make you likeable. It doesn't erase the fact that you're a well-funded failure. How can Mr. Bush crack the whip on Big Business when he's a wholly owned subsidiary of it?

I promise to try to get some more personal, interesting and thought-provoking posts on here.

Posted by James at 5:47 PM

July 9, 2002

- Joke of the

- Joke of the day -
A Boston Red Sox fan, a Chicago Cubs fan and an NY Yankee fan were all in Saudi Arabia, sharing a smuggled crate of booze. All of the sudden Saudi police rushed in and arrested them. The mere possession of alcohol is a severe offense in Saudi Arabia, so for the terrible crime of actually being caught consuming the booze, they were sentenced to death!

However, after many months and with the help of very good lawyers, they were able to successfully appeal their sentence down to life imprisonment.

By a stroke of luck, it was a Saudi national holiday the day their trial finished, and the extremely benevolent Sheik decided they could be released after receiving just 20 lashes each of the whip.

As they were preparing for their punishment, the Sheik suddenly said, "It's my first wife's birthday today, and she has asked me to allow each of you one wish before your whipping."

The Cubs fan was first in line (he had drunk the least), so he thought about this for a while and then said, "Please tie a pillow to my back." This was done, but the pillow only lasted 10 lashes before the whip went through. The Cubs fan had to be carried away bleeding and crying with pain when the punishment was done.

The Yankee fan was next up (he almost finished an entire fifth by himself), and after watching the scene, said "All Right! Please fix two pillows on my back." But even two pillows could only take 15 lashes before the whip went through again, sending the Yankee fan out crying like a little girl.

The Red Sox fan was the last one up (he had finished off the crate), but before he could say anything, the Sheik turned to him and said, "You support the greatest baseball team in the world, your supporters are the best and most loyal baseball fans in all the world. For this, you may have two wishes!"

"Thanks, your most Royal Highness," the Red Sox fan replies. "In recognition of your kindness, my first wish is that you give me not 20, but 100 lashes."

"Not only are you an honorable, handsome and powerful man, you are also very brave," the Sheik says with an admiring look on his face. "If 100 lashes is what you desire, then so be it. And your second wish? What is it to be?" the Sheik asks.

"Tie the Yankee fan to my back."

(Author unkown, but probably a Sox fan)

Posted by James at 11:44 AM

July 8, 2002

A Bird Story from Cyberspace

A Bird Story from Cyberspace sent our way by Glenn Barlow - If you haven't seen this, it's pretty funny. A bird who's learned to beat the coin machine.

Posted by James at 7:14 PM

July 7, 2002

Blog Problems - There have

Blog Problems - There have been some problems publishing my blog over the last few days. If you missed the post-fourth entry, check it out.

Posted by James at 11:00 AM

July 6, 2002

- Car Search Over

- Car Search Over - I finally found a car, and I got off cheap. It's a '94 Saturn SL2. It's a decent looking car and best of all: it works! I can drive myself to work like a real person and don't have to beg for ridea anymore.

Posted by James at 12:50 PM

July 5, 2002

For President, a Spiritual Fourth

For President, a Spiritual Fourth (washingtonpost.com) - Gotta love the quotes from this invocation, given by the Rev. Jack Miller if West Ripley Baptist Church. This invocation was part of the president's 4th of July celebration in Ripley West Virginia:

"We have ridiculed the absolute truth of your word in the name of multiculturalism," Miller prayed. "We have been forced to honor sexual deviance in the name of freedom of expression. We have exploited the system of education in the name of the lottery. We have toyed with the idea of helping human life in the name of medical research. We have killed our unborn children in the name of choice."

It's a religious invocation but it highlights some important ideas. The fact that people differ from the baptists in culture and belief is an annoyance to them. It's not a question of accepting it; its mere existence and any hint of tolerance of it is obviously extremely grating to these people. It's not in their nature to live and let live; controlling the lives of others is a priority. But I wonder if he realized how ridiculous he sounds when he says things like We have toyed with the idea of helping human life in the name of medical research. I guess the idea that god helps those who helps themselves is obsolete. Don't be surprised to hear people saying this sort of thing with emphasis, then going for their medical treatment the next day without a trace of irony.

Posted by James at 11:57 AM

July 2, 2002

Listen to El Presidente or

Listen to El Presidente or be arrested - Students at Ohio State University planned to protest a Bush speech by standing up and turning their backs. But they didn't go through with it. Why? Because they were threatened with arrest and expulsion if they did. See: OSU quells Bush protest but still gets angry words

This part sums it up:

"The purpose of allowing the president to speak in our system is to allow him to convey his views," Vasvari [legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union-Ohio] said. "He should not be ensured or expected to have an enthusiastic audience. Acting in that way is no better than those who round up cheering crowds to line Saddam Hussein's motorcade route."

Posted by James at 1:16 PM

Sir, your license and FAA

Sir, your license and FAA registration, please? - A taxiing America West Airlines flight was recalled to its Miami gate Monday and its two pilots arrested on charges of operating an airplane while intoxicated.

Both of them failed field sobriety tests and blew over the legal limit.

Hey, I'm sure once they were in the air they could have napped it off.

Posted by James at 10:43 AM

July 1, 2002

Wondering where your Bush tax

Wondering where your Bush tax rebate check came from? - Bush Slashing Aid for E.P.A. Cleanup at 33 Toxic Sites. In a very real sense, you took money away from this cleanup effort. Perhaps you used it wisely, but the children who will someday be affected by this toxic waste might have a different opinion.

Posted by James at 11:59 AM