Archive for March, 2008

Pedestrian Racism

March 22, 2008 Leave a comment

Today, while hurrying to the bust stop from the library, I was called a “China bitch” by a man I passed. His girlfriend, apparently, found this hilarious.

Dude, I’m Korean and adopted. But yeah, I can be a bitch — I’ll give you that.

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March 17, 2008 Leave a comment

Home incubated strained yogurt makes extremely dense frozen yogurt, as not much air gets churned into the mix. Maybe next time I should freeze unstrained yogurt. Or separate the eggs, whip up the whites and fold them in at the last minute. Luckily, the chocolate-tangerine flavor was a success. Must buy more milk.

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March 15, 2008 Leave a comment

Every time there is a scene change on “Lost,” my brain narrates the word “MEANWHILE.”

I can’t help it.

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Also on the bus…

March 14, 2008 112 comments

I was struck by how gratuitous the transporter room is on Star Trek.

I mean, obviously, the transporters themselves have to be housed somewhere, but the whole point of the device is that you can transport someone from anywhere to anywhere within a certain range. So why does everyone have to convene in the transporter room? It’s not like it’s a particularly pleasant place. And if the technology is dodgy enough that you need a guy to visually confirm that no one ends up with the wrong limbs attached, I say stick with the trolley.

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Done Gone Totally Nuts

March 14, 2008 Leave a comment

Sometimes during my commute, the bus will pass a Harlem storefront with a bright purple awning emblazoned with the name “Grandma Done Gone Totally Nuts Old Fashioned Candy Store.” This is all well and good, but I seem to remember that the original name (one that lasted only a few weeks, several years ago) was “Mi Casa Su Casa Metaphysical Confectionery.” Harlem boasts fewer metaphysical confectioneries than it does candy stores, so I feel a pang of loss whenever I pass.

Was the marketing just not effective? It seems to me that if you have a bright purple awning and a collection of sweets in your window display, customers will come regardless of what you call your business. I haven’t run any numbers, but I’ll wager that sugar sells somewhat better than sex, if for no other reason than it’s totally PG and Wal-Mart/Blockbuster approved.

Anything good for you can also cause cancer

March 13, 2008 Leave a comment

Why is Greek yogurt so much better than regular yogurt? It’s not just that it’s strained and thick! What makes it so mild and pleasant tasting? More distinct active live yogurt cultures? Shorter incubation period?

I incubated a batch of yogurt for four hours using Brown Cow (whole milk, plain) as a starter. So far it is mild and pleasant tasting! It is reasonably thick when cold and runny at room temperature. Now if I have time, I will strain it to get a thicker consistency.

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March 13, 2008 Leave a comment

Saw “The Other Boleyn Girl,” just to be social. Horrible dialogue, as expected. Heaving bosoms okay.

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