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If a recipe calls for "boned, skinned chicken breasts," does that mean boneless skinless, or skin-on, bone-in? Because, to skin a chicken breast means to remove the skin, and to bone it means to remove the bone. So by that logic a "boned, skinned" chicken breast should have no bone and no skin, kind of like a "peeled onion." On the other hand, most recipes refer to "boneless, skinless" breasts, so I would think that "boned, skinned" would be the opposite of that. On the other other hand, usually they will call for "skin-on, bone-in" instead of "boned, skinned."

What's a cook to do???


Jan. 15th, 2009 03:48 pm
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Does anyone else hear a striking similarity between "Listen To Your Heart" by Roxette and "What About Love" by Heart? I guess they really did listen to their Heart when they wrote that song.
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I'm curious about this. I'll post my own opinions later. No trick questions here -- don't try to choose the "right" answer, just pick whatever you honestly think.

Also, for the record, I am counting people who went to the Claremont Colleges and never really left campus as people who have never lived in SoCal, for the purposes of this survey, since I'm not asking about the weather but about the people who live there. It's up to your discretion to decide whether you feel you left campus and went into the city often enough to feel like you really know the people of SoCal.

[Poll #1331047]
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How did I end up reading two werewolf books in a row? Weird. It's not exactly a genre I actively seek out.

Benighted by Kit Whitfield )

Currently reading: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke.

sad news

Jan. 8th, 2009 09:13 am
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Ben heard this morning that a neighborhood kid had died yesterday, just around the corner from our house, after slipping on the ice and hitting his head while trying to catch the bus to school. He found the article in the Indy Star about it. I recognized him from the picture as being a kid I've seen around a lot, and it turns out he was the son of our next door neighbors. :( The article notes that he played the piano -- we could hear it from our bedroom at night.

I've never actually met these neighbors beyond waving to them in the yard (I don't think they speak much English, if any), but Ben has caught their Chihuahua for them several times when he's been out doing yardwork and it's run across the lawns and through our fence. I want to give them a sympathy card and bring them food (after all, we are their next door neighbors), but I'm not sure how to do it without being incredibly awkward. We don't even know their names, and I don't know if bringing food to someone you don't know is too personal or if it is something that is okay with Chinese traditions for bereavement. I'm open to any advice.
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I wish LJ had a search feature. Meaning, a search feature that will search all my entries, including friends-only and private, and which I can use without allowing other search engines to index my journal. All I want to know is when I read particular books and whether I wrote reviews of them, but I only know about the ones I read since I started tagging entries.
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So I use google for units conversion a lot. I just searched for "1/2 mile in yards." As expected, the unit converter came up telling me that 1/2 mile is 880 yards. The weird part is the actual web search results -- they're mostly ads for beachfront vacation rentals! Plus a few workout plans.

For my own future reference, 1/2 mile is 880 yards, which is 17.6 laps at my pool (too bad google doesn't have a "miles to laps in your local pool" converter). One mile is 35.2 laps.
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I'm working at home today, observing Carter in his native habitat. His day goes something like this:

6:00 - Wake up, stretch, shake. Lick dad's hand. Lick mom's hand. Back to sleep.
6:40 - Follow dad downstairs, go outside. Pee, perimiter check, sniff to see what's been going on.
6:50 - Breakfast.
7:00 - Back upstairs to lay outside the bedroom until mom gets out of the shower.
7:15 - Downstairs for a walk with dad.
7:35 - Go outside, poop. Perimiter check.
7:40 - Get petted, lay around living room until mom and dad go to work.
8:00 - Back to sleep on downstairs dog bed (or couch, if mom and dad forget to take precautions).
9:40 - Wake up, stretch, shake. Drink some water. Sleep in sunny spot by back window.
11:15 - Wake up, stretch, shake. Go sit by library window and observe the outside world. Bark at anyone who walks by.
12:00 - Back to sunny spot for a nap.
12:30 - Back to window to keep an eye on things. Bark at anyone who walks by.
2:00 - If sunny spot is still sunny, sleep in sunny spot. Otherwise, sleep on downstairs dog bed.
3:30 - Back to window to keep an eye on things. Bark at anyone who walks by.
4:30 - Sleep on downstairs dog bed.
5:30 - Mom and dad come home! Wag tail like a maniac and run around in circles. Get petted.
5:40 - Go outside, pee, perimiter check. Go for a walk!
6:00 - Hang around the kitchen while mom makes dinner. Whine for food.
6:30 - Eat dinner!
6:40 - Go outside, poop, perimiter check. Bark at neighbors.
6:50 - Sleep at foot of couch while mom and dad eat dinner and watch tv. Get petted.
8:00 - Play with rope or ball. Chew on rope for a while.
8:40 - Sleep near couch, get petted.
9:30 - Check front of house windows. Bark at anyone who passes by.
9:45 - Sleep on downstairs dog bed.
10:00 - Bedtime! Race upstairs, chew Nylabone.
10:30 - Finish chewing Nylabone, go to sleep on upstairs dog bed. Repeat from beginning again.

Obviously there are slight deviations. At the moment he's sitting by the library window keeping an eye on things. What a dog! Plus this afternoon I'm taking him to the vet because he hurt one of his toenails.


Dec. 16th, 2008 09:40 am
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Pandora, I wish you had a feature where I could say, "Don't play me any songs by this artist." It's figured out some bands/people I like -- yes, I am a fan of Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, All-American Rejects, Asian Kung-Fu Generation, Bowling for Soup, and Pet Shop Boys. However, it has also decided that I must be a huge fan of Ben Folds, Linkin Park, and Counting Crows, which I am decidedly not.

Edit -- another random observation. If I say I like a song, that doesn't mean I want to hear 50 covers of it and remixes of it. Seriously, there are about five million remixes of "Get Into the Groove" and I only like one of them. Same for "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" and "Rhythm is a Dancer." Also, I don't ever want to hear live recordings of anything, ever.
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See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die
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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini )

Blood and Iron by Elizabeth Bear )

The Clocks by Agatha Christie )

Currently reading: I, Claudius by Robert Graves. I also packed a couple more books for the weekend since out in the country there's not much to do besides read, so I may be back with more reviews Monday.
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Ad across the top of my gmail: "Pigs shouldn't have lipstick unless they've been kissed. Help pigs now!" (From PETA, but I like the implication that we should all go out and kiss a lot of pigs.)
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So, most of my work clothes come from Ann Taylor Loft. I am, in general, a big fan of their clothes. Here is the problem. At first, I thought it was really cool that they always included extra buttons with their clothes. How kind of them to be so thoughtful!

Well, it turns out the reason they do it is because they suck ass at attaching buttons. One pair of pants I bought? The interior button popped off the FIRST time I wore them (no, I did not buy them two sizes too small, they fit just fine). I have two skirts that popped buttons the first or second times I wore them. Today a button popped off my pants -- my pants that have at least 1/2 inch of extra room in the waist and are only a couple months old. WTF. Why are they incapable of attaching buttons correctly? Lucky for me Martha Stewart has instructions on how to replace a button correctly. I guess I know what I'll be doing tonight.
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I think it's hilarious that in the midst of a string of really great songs, Pandora decides to play me "The Macarena." *facepalm*

Recent Pandora finds:
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Proof that the founding fathers did not consider the US a Christian Nation. See Article 11, and note at the top that this document was presented by John Adams in 1797.

For those too lazy to click the link, this is Article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoli, relevant text bolded: As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext, arrising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.
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From a commenter on this metafilter thread (thanks [ profile] quigonejinn), emphasis mine.

I wish we could separate religious marriage from legal unions. Give people all the rights and benefits of marriage, but make the religious aspect something akin to baptism or confirmation: a ritual that has no ramifications outside that religion. Then people could discriminate against whomever they wanted in their place of worship but would have to act like fucking grown-ups the other six days of the week.
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Is the California process weird? I thought that in most states you needed at least 60% of the vote for a constitutional amendment to pass. Is it 50% in CA?
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So everyone was excited to see Ohio and some other states go blue . . . but why is nobody excited about Indiana??? (OK, I know, we have only 11 electoral votes, but still.) Indiana voted democrat for the first time in 44 years. Woohoo!

(Still at 99% reporting, and Obama only ahead by about 30,000, but it's been called everywhere.)

I'm still watching the numbers come in on prop 8 for California, fingers crossed.


Oct. 28th, 2008 03:32 pm
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According to wikipedia, Dick Cheney and Barack Obama are 8th cousins.
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I'm trying to understand a section of a paper. They're talking about the signal generated by a photomultiplier tube when photons from fluorescence are coming into it. The sentence says, "Since the number of photo-electrons ultimately captured by the PMT is finite, the signal quantitation is stochastic with a variance governed by the Poisson distribution."

  • Why does the fact that the number of photo-electrons is finite affect anything?
  • I forgot what stochastic means, please enlighten me.
  • Does "signal quantitation" mean the number of distinct waveforms coming out of the PMT?
  • Why is it governed by the Poisson distribution?

The next sentence says, "The square root of the number of captured photo-electrons is approximately the standard deviation of the error distribution." Is this because it is Poisson?

Also, explain the following sentences to me please: "Q is a measurement of efficiency and has units of number of photo-electrons per unit fluorescence intensity. The lower the Q value, the higher the amount of relative counting error associated with the signal."

I will admit that the primary reason I don't understand this is that I slacked off in prob/stat classes and I also never really learned how a PMT works. Unfortunately now it's important for me to understand what's going on!


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