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hellooooooo, oxford.
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Dear LJ,

I'm thinking about condiments. I realized that I did not actually know what made a condiment a condiment, as opposed to a sauce, or a seasoning, or an ingredient. Here's what wikipedia says:

A condiment is a prepared edible substance or mixture, often preserved or fermented, that is added in relatively small quantities, most often at the table, to make food more suitable to the diner's taste.

So that's helpful. I was thinking about condiments that I use regularly. Here's a list of some:

dijon mustard
fish sauce
soy sauce
hot sauce
sour cream
barbecue sauce
worcestershire sauce
tzatziki sauce

I also use variations on these, like flavored mayo (aioli, spicy mayo, etc), cocktail sauce (ketchup with lemon and horseradish), etc.

My top 3 are probably sriracha, ketchup, and sour cream. Please share your favorites!
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Favorite muddled cocktail!

-mint julep
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what's the mardis gras score?  did anybody do anything interesting?  I had fried chicken and red beans & rice for dinner, drank a sazerac, and made crepes.  lemon and powdered sugar was passable, but nutella and banana is divine. 

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I almost feel sorry for the cricket that my cat has found on the floor.

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tagged by [ profile] iamotah

The Five Greatest Metal Bands of All Time are...
1. Slayer
2. Megadeth
3. Metallica
4. Machine Head
5. Alice in Chains Pantera

Not in order, particularly.  I mostly like thrash.


Mar. 6th, 2006 01:55 pm
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it just occurred to me I can define "woah" vs. "whoa" as the difference between:


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many things are delicious when battered and deep-fried. however, this is a sample of things that I DON'T want thus prepared:

  • turnips

  • peeps

  • celery

  • bagels

  • radishes

  • strawberries

  • sea scallops

  • lettuce

  • cornflakes

  • jolly ranchers

  • lemons

  • dinner plates

on the other hand, here's a list of a few things that are delicious when battered and deep-fried:

  • onions

  • zucchini (courgettes, for my european readers)

  • yellow squash (I don't know what europeans call this. crookneck marrow, maybe?)

  • okra

  • fish (esp. catfish and whitefish)

  • squid

  • chicken legs

  • ice cream

  • cheese (pref. mozarella or camembert)

  • mushrooms

that is all.
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I realize that I'm totally late jumping on the bandwagon, but I just think this is so interesting. please take a few seconds and choose some words.
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with my computer, "plug and play" actually means "plug and... shit, it didn't work. I'd better restart again."
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zmfgr*&$ing hiccups!
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I am so looking forward to having next week off.  I wish that I had some time off before christmas, though, to finish up a little last-minute shopping.  Most of my shopping is done, but I have a handful of things to pick up.  Shopping in the daytime is, to me, much preferred to shopping at night after work. 

My grandfather passed away last week, and his funeral was saturday.  This explains my absense from the ghost of monkshood show, santacon, and all the other events scheduled for the same day.  I was indisposed.

I woke up yesterday suddenly entirely stuffy and scratchy.  That's an unfortunate but expected way to spend the holidays.  If I am fortunate, it may clear out before christmas, but my "christmas cheer" may rely heavily on antihistamines, decongestants, expectorants, and analgesics/NSAIDs. 

While I cannot determine with 100% accuracy, I definitely recognize that the various sources of licorice flavoring have distinct characterics.  Of these, my least favorite seems to be licorice root.  In order, I'd say: aniseseed, star anise, fennel, licorice root.  Star anise is overpowering and it's easy to go overboard with it, but with skill it can be delicious.  licorice root is too... woody.  its "licorice" flavor is less sweet and kind of dirty, if that makes sense.  fennel has a good taste, but it's pretty mild.  Regular aniseseed is the most well-rounded.  Its flavor is pure and strong but not overpowering. 

I am getting a haircut today.  I urgently need one before christmas pictures, but didn't have time to get one before grandaddy's funeral stuff.  I very nearly went to someone other than melanie for the first time in many years.  The person on the phone told me that melanie's first opening was next wednesday, and I asked if Aura had any openings, but then she discovered an opening in melanie's book for this afternoon.  short hair, here I come!

Johnny Switchblade is headed back soon.  I hope he has a safe trip, whichever route he chooses to take.  If he does take I-40, may he not get stuck in Amarillo!

...and as usual, the semantec "lunch alarm" scan goes off in the middle of my post.  Thank you, good night!
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how did I manage to get by for so long without listening to The Mars Volta? 

in other news, it's wednesday at noon and the lunch alarm, i.e. the regularly scheduled virus scan, just went off.  ciao.


Dec. 6th, 2005 12:50 pm
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Please list three of your favorite spices.  Rank them if you can.  If you have a clear favorite, indicate it.  If you can't think of three, that's okay.


Dec. 3rd, 2005 06:04 pm
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I would like to make a sincere apology.

when Alice in Chains released their self-titled album, I was far from kind to it. many years later, I listened to it again and realize now that the problem wasn't with the band or the album but with me. what I wanted was another Jar of Flies, and so I didn't even give it a chance. it's still not one of my favorite Alice in Chains albums, but neither is it their worst. after releasing two landmark albums back-to-back (Dirt and Jar of Flies), it would have been all but impossible to make a followup that made me happy, and I shouldn't have been so cruel.
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are you excited? because I'm excited.


Nov. 6th, 2005 08:57 pm
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my computer has a problem. this problem is annoying.

the wireless adapter doesn't work.

rather, the adapter works fine, but windows won't seem to use it.

I installed the adapter to my computer, which was running windows 2000. I install the adapter, it works great. I restart, and it won't work anymore. I look at the IP address, and it's 169...., so it's not even trying to talk to the router. the status is "connected," and the connection is "very good," but it just won't seem to work.

so I upgrade to xp. I had similar problems with my old 2000 install on my laptop, so I figured it was a good place to start, especially since upgrading from a 6-year-old operating system isn't a bad idea anyway. the upgrade itself was a bit of a hassle, but eventually came out fine. then--still no internet.

I tried simply "repairing" the connection, but it said "the following action failed: renewing the IP address." then, when I actually disabled and enabled the connection, the adapter connected and had an IP address of 192,168.0.5. I restarted the computer to see what happens, and it's the same problem again.

I don't know what could cause this problem, so I'd appreciate any suggestions.

EDIT: update: now, when I reboot, it starts out saying that the IP is, but otherwise the behavior is identical to what is described above.
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