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  • 14:44 Hey. Quit reading this and pay attention to the concom meeting. #cvg2009 #

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  • 09:51 Unedited Cramer & Stewart meetup from Comedy Central available: tinyurl.com/b2b3k3 #
  • 13:31 @fred_beecher your parents use a lot of beta apps? #
  • 13:46 @fred_beecher Gmail still says beta? (...) Sure enough. Oh come on you dicks, get that off of there. #
  • 13:52 @fred_beecher my powerbook runs rebirth. #
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  • 10:09 looks like twitter uses aws for image hosting, right? is the whole app in the cloud, I wonder? if not, why not? #
  • 10:42 @lthomas987 yes. windows fail. so utterly *odd*. #
  • 13:37 @leanno Um Can you repeat the part of the stuff where you said all about uuhhh, things #
  • 13:49 @leanno wrong cartoon! d'oh! failed reference no points! #
  • 17:47 @theGonzalez I think medical science could probably devise pants for your tank treads, yes. Or did you mean "can they do treads qua treads?" #
  • 21:59 SynthPond = beautiful fun music! Lite version is free and gorgeous. I am rocking out #
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  • 10:09 what the heck was that rrrrrrumble? #
  • 13:34 @leanno are you okay? Can I kiss it to make it feel better? #
  • 13:38 some readers may enjoy that last comment more if they imagine it whispered... {I like to kiss things better} #
  • 13:50 @leanno {I would kiss your back to make you feel better} #
  • 16:06 @tjkudalis oh hell, I haven't even formed a team yet! If not me we'll definitely hook you up. #
  • 16:09 @xoxua ay yi yi! RT tinyurl.com/dfysz7 my people used to advocate killing anabaptists, you know... #
  • 23:48 Oh man do I want the Hamilton dragons playing poker figurines. #
  • 23:50 Set includes felt topped table. Real mini playing cards. #
  • 00:29 @fred_beecher are you seriously asking if I'm serious? It's disappointing that while you were wondering this my leering mug didn't appear! #
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I don't know if the rest of the staff and cabinet are all that great, but this new Energy Secretary kicks ass! Climate change, renewable energy, no to Yucca Mountain. Can we keep him?
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  • 11:41 @Kelvin_Hatle both #
  • 11:53 Whiskey tango foxtrot when did Seward co-op close?!? Gawd I gotta get out of my bubble... #
  • 12:55 Lunch with coworker at Himalayan. Woot! #
  • 13:01 Ok everbody, got it! What's going on with old building then? #
  • 14:19 @leanno answer yer dang phone! #
  • 15:58 RT @mnzero MNZero Puzzle Quest 4: Your Princess is in Another Castle - Mar. 22. - tinyurl.com/dcvepj #
  • 21:35 Either I've lost it or they've nerfed the magikruiser for WFC play. Probably the former... #
  • 21:51 This kid is really fighting us these nights #
  • 22:00 @fred_beecher the boy! The boy won't sleep! The boy won't cease using The Scream! The boy wakes his sister! That one. #
  • 22:02 I got him though. I'll just stay upstairs in my room, immobile and murmuring shh every so often. I'll show him who's in control. #
  • 22:25 @fred_beecher Thanks. I guess we're not so far gone. But I know he gave Leann a run last night and jarred both of us over the weekend. #
  • 22:47 Ali Ekbar Cicek is so good I'm considering Sufism #
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  • 09:40 Experiencing series of intense megastretches this morning. Like you stretch & feel as though you're being pulled into another dimension? #
  • 09:42 @fred_beecher but at a quantum level the time is different already anyway. You cannot step in the same river once. #
  • 18:47 Plastic urinal thing says Please Flush. But it's an auto flush. Is it an imprecation? Or invocation?A prayer to the autoflush daemon? #
  • 19:13 @leanno awesome. Can you move down or does that send the wrong message? #
  • 20:14 @davegonzalez uh...yours? LOL! #
  • 20:17 @sfour at first I thought you said "free distort, your cursor should be upside down." actually, that Would be special wouldn't it? #
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  • 09:35 I'm such a good pianist when I'm dreaming. Like Keith Jarrett good. I should have stuck with those lessons. #
  • 11:29 My boy's injured eye looks like a teardrop tattoo. He's so hardcore. twitpic.com/1xnun #
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Hey, this probably comes as a surprise to about 1 in 10 people but I don't think I believe in the existence of the soul. This usually ends up being fun to explain to other religious people—as much fun as it is to explain to non-religious people. I think it's actually Christianity which makes me confident in the lack of a soul!

no really, fascinating, say more about that )
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  • 16:20 @bstiteler my performance is creative commons licensed. So you can burn my parts at least. #

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  • 10:04 @fred_beecher @spacebug oh you. "old software." I still use rebirth. And back to basics 8. You guys have *always* been living in the future! #
  • 13:42 My nurse looks kind of like Britney Spears. This made me alarmed for a moment. #
  • 13:45 @sfour you're only a douche once you put the glasses on your face. Until then you're a Potential Douche. Douche-in-waiting. Protodouche. #
  • 21:23 Does this mean you're going to be using face meats?If so can you do a forcemeat? A facemeat forcemeat? Farcemeat. Take that, Keller!! #
  • 21:30 That last was for @richardblais. Y'know...cuz...you're always running short of ideas. You get that one free, CC 3.0 BY, attribution waived. #
  • 21:39 @bstiteler thanks for ruining the end of another movie for me #
  • 23:06 mobile.salon.com/ent/movies/review/2009/03/06/watchmen/index.html salon review luvs watchmen, uses snyder, Kubrick in same sentence. #
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  • 10:24 @davedujour single payer. Period. What's to argue about? Anyone else seeing this: I don't care WHAT Ayn Rand is beaming into your brains. #
  • 11:40 @ShoelessFrancis aaaaaahhhhhh! Auuuuuughhhh! Ahhhhhhhhh! #
  • 11:42 I think I would prefer that I simply die instantly of massive hemmorhage from every orifice at once than have black widows in my pants. #
  • 12:37 @leanno Why? it is not my fault spiders are horrifying vampire beasts spawned by God to test the faithful. #
  • 19:03 @ShoelessFrancis we get a fair amount of brown recluses though. Lots of rattlesnakes in MN. Black widows manifest on the prairies in summer. #
  • 19:08 @lexinatrix don't try to eat a VPN, there's not enough nutrients! #
  • 19:19 Very accomplished stalling tonight #
  • 19:19 It's like a stalling clinic being put on by two masters #
  • 21:11 Timberwolves: next year any season ticket holder losing their job can be refunded the balance of their season ticket. pretty clever #
  • 21:57 @bstiteler Paid. Besides if they're as bad next year there'd be negative value aggregated. If you lost your job they'd ask you to pay them! #
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  • 10:00 @theGonzalez if it helps, you know you can even deny the very existence of Garfield: garfieldminusgarfield.net #
  • 10:02 @bstiteler that NWTF photo is hilarious! #
  • 10:09 @bstiteler I'm sure! It just seems like that turkey--which looks sort of sad and put-upon-- is saying "now what the fuck?" #
  • 00:50 @lankyjoe no my friend, the proper answer is on Channel101. your YouTube can stuff it. Stuff your YouTube! #
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  • 10:17 made tortillas today. started yesterday with whole kernels of corn. the only thing not old skool in this scenario is the vitamix. #
  • 11:32 @lexinatrix makes sense: if someone made tortillas this good, I'd want to make babies with them too. Plus, I mean, have you SEEN our kids? #
  • 13:28 At theodore wirth twitpic.com/1s46z #
  • 13:29 She elected to roll down once twitpic.com/1s47w #
  • 14:08 @davegonzalez how about... not on the goddamn floor of congress ? #
  • 14:15 @myrnaminx 400pts if you can explain it to the rest of us! Felt we had a good answer once: tinyurl.com/dfbqfz #
  • 14:21 Daddy i cant go up from down here. So I need your help! Mmmhmm. #
  • 14:27 (Dragdragdrag. Huffpuffpuff.) daddy I can still sled more! and just like that she's undone all my work... #
  • 14:40 @theGonzalez oh it is. We have the whole park to ourselves, the sun is bright, sky virtually cloudless. Just about perfect sledding. #
  • 15:17 And we're spent. Cocoa time! #
  • 15:53 Eerie printer msg: "checking printer. May take several minutes. Do not open any doors. " #
  • 17:30 @davegonzalez too much? Prolly too much. Aww I was just annoyed by the spectacles they made of themselves during the speech the other nite! #
  • 19:21 Lamb shanks, creamed spinach, quinoa. Makes me feel like a winner #
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Preliminary results from the St. Germain are positive. It's very sweet, however. In fact, so sweet that I almost recommend one substitute it 1:1 for simple syrup. Why dilute all that delicious booze with sugar water, I ask you? When you can sweeten it at forty proof?! Hee hee I will be substituting St Germain for the syrup in a mojito shortly, to put my theory to a real test.

Here's actual recipes I've tried

The French Gimlet (from the St. Germain booklet)
2 oz. gin
1 or 1 1/2 oz. St. Germain
1/2 oz. fresh lime
Stir or shake with ice, strain and serve. This is really where I got the whole "simple syrup" thing: the St-G really did all the sweetening of this gimlet that I could desire. While totally bringing the lovely floral freshness that it's legend it build upon. Pretty much worth the price of admission, this particular drink.

Also tried out a version (don't have all the precisely same ingredients) of the Cheapskate/Unwelcome Houseguest from Cocktail Chronicles.
The Cheapskate (adapted)
2 oz. gin
3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
1/4 oz. St Germain
1 tsp absinthe (I only have pastis)
dash of orange bitters

Stir with ice, serve. Oh man this was quite delightful—warming, refreshing, and how can I put it... constitutional. It was a rich gold/amber color. It was almost what I imagine an ent-draught to be.

In fact, it was this Tolkienesque thought that led me to start fiddling with a recipe of my own, and throw open te whole cabinet. This is a first draft. Still working on this, because I think the combinations don't quite do it. I know I want the floral parts, and at least a little rum. But I want to massage the rest of the flavors. Maybe more sweetness, or maybe some fruit. Or maybe let it stand as it.

The Garden of Earthly Delights
2 oz. gold rum
2 tsp. Herbaint
2 tsp. St. Germain
1 tsp. Cynar
1 tsp. Maraschino
1 tsp. Creme de violette
2 dashes bitters
4 mint leaves
Rub a mint leaf around the inside of a cocktail glass and set aside. Put all ingredients in a shaker with plenty of ice. Shake good and hard—not only does this chill, but it will pulverize the mint and distribute tiny mint flakes throughout—it's quite a striking visual effect.

Obviously I can't exactly put hashish in it, but I think to really implement the "garden of delights" concept, I'm going to have to work a little further east. Maybe some rose water with the bitters, maybe some lemon or muddled lemongrass. Or I know: sumac, and saffron! I was also thinking to amp up the effect of the suspended particles, it'd be fun to include some gold leaf along with the mint. You know, the kind of edible gold leaf you can get, the stuff they use for Indian desserts. That distributed amid the mint flakes? That'd be gorgeous.

I played with vermouth in this, but I was dissatisfied. I'll also try different base spirits, but I have rum in mind. So maybe a split with something else—whisky, cachaca (when I get some), gin of course...

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  • 11:14 Eleanor is the top reader in her class. This news delights us. and yet is utterly unsurprising? #
  • 15:03 Jindal's speech wasn't just bad, some of it was not all there tinyurl.com/cwno3u #
  • 15:11 It's easy to forget but The Budget is distinct from The Rescue Plan. That's four and a half trillion dollars we are talking about. #
  • 15:40 Bill Holm has died. #
  • 20:14 Now that I have unlocked the mii outfit, it is time to unleash my Derrida mii upon the unsuspecting mariokart wfc public! #
  • 20:17 Sunday sunday sunday! Prepare for deconstruction! We'll sell you the whole center but you'll only need the margins! #
  • 20:19 I also have a Paglia mii. I wish I could make them race each other. #
  • 21:18 At Merwins. This selection and pricing challenges my Surdyks loyalty. hard. #
  • 21:31 Okay maybe it's just the shorter drive from my house #
  • 21:46 If anyplace were to have vodka in a glass head it would be here. Alas do these elaborate pimp cups prompt me to expect too much? They do. #
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  • 11:15 Maybe The LORD does not want us to have coffee at all today. #
  • 11:18 @leanno it seems many people believe the universe delivered delayed justice by crowning our guy Top Sous or TC-by-proxy. I'll take that. #
  • 12:13 @fred_beecher you're in the nw metro? #
  • 12:49 @leanno carafe lid turned 45 degrees when I went to pour... #
  • 14:14 How much more positively fun can Matt&Kim sound? #
  • 14:15 The answer may possibly be "none." None more positive. #
  • 16:37 @inktea @fred_Beecher what? Thought free @punchpizza was Last week?!? #
  • 18:32 Maybe they should call it Attrition Chef #
  • 19:00 Oh you did not just honk at us. Srsly? #
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  • 08:02 @starfive I had not thought of that no. Would that be last or first name? I wonder whose phone number I should put under "Fuck" #
  • 09:00 Harrison is free—everyone's saying Philly but I can think of two places a little further west where he'd fit rrrrright in. . . #
  • 09:08 Oh lord, congress is a-twitter: tinyurl.com/b4rxg2 #
  • 18:57 @inktea arrg I think I can't get to TWSS tonight & none to blame but myself for bad planning. I am sorry! Can I still donate/support though? #
  • 19:00 @TinyDancer1 ?!? are you doing a challenge? or did something sad happen? Maybe you're teething? Lot of that around here lately. #
  • 21:22 Dude alligator whaa? "did the get that out of the gutter?" Ha! #
  • 21:23 you can say twat on basic cable?? Wow stefan. #
  • 21:26 I sure hope Bravo finds a way to show stephanie actually... yknow...Cooking something? Some time? #
  • 21:31 Al three apps land well. Tough competition! #
  • 21:33 Besh hearts Hootie! #
  • 21:35 All three sous are such pros! Well played @RichardBlais et al. #
  • 21:37 Is carla choking? Serving casey's sous vide instead of her own, maybe first and last mistake? #
  • 21:38 I do love venison #
  • 21:39 Tom and Gail (wow. Gail!) didn't like stefan's dessert at all #
  • 21:42 I think it's going to be Hosea. #
  • 21:44 O Gail! Heather Havrilesky said it best: I could watch Gail eat giant bowls of stuff all night ...and twice on Sundays. #
  • 21:45 Lesson? Finish strong if you want to win? #
  • 21:48 Stuff it, editors, those guys are obviously friends! Fake rivalry for teh Fail. #
  • 21:51 Wow. You guys even made my baby cry. #
  • 21:52 Carla is out before they even get started, dang #
  • 21:57 Based on this editing Tom is really worked up, like Offended, by that pedestrian dessert. Is anyone offended like that? Show us Real Tom! #
  • 21:59 I wouldn't stick with that third person thing for long, Hosea. #
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  • 10:54 @leanno I would hate for you to be arrested for terrorizing a groundhog #
  • 14:24 This shoulder pain is getting me down #
  • 19:13 Teething pain dinner skipping no nap screamfest & epic freakout. The only known cure? 20 m of pure pharmaceutical grade Wiggles. #
  • 19:16 Also, bathtime #
  • 19:52 @theGonzalez A single cell from Brad Garett's scalp both caused And cured Italy's 17th century outbreaks of tarantism. #
  • 19:59 @bstiteler i had planned to scowl and disapprove of that. but it showed "mossy cottage" and "poor man's blessing" in succession. #
  • 20:00 Oh internet, I can't stay mad at you! #
  • 20:38 Well I hope the plans for Mpls are bigger than just keeping 57 cops! But the name check so early in the speech was nice. #
  • 20:41 @z3rr0 *bad* loans (epically bad, yes) not JUST "loans". Lending still has to happen, thank you William Jennings Bryan. Err...or...someone. #
  • 20:47 mobile.salon.com/news/feature/2009/02/25/koelbl/index.html Taliban tentacles strangling Pakistani frontier #
  • 20:59 Wait what? Hatchs name is on what now? #
  • 21:00 @z3rr0 well they do call us liberals. Door's open boys! Yeeee haaaawww!! #
  • 21:04 This Msnbc blue/red tracking bars is just absurd. It's purple! It's pegged out at the top! Just turn it the hell off! #
  • 22:19 iPhone's ducking auto correct ducking sucks #
  • 06:50 At our house this morning, we actually have Extra! Biscuits! Left from dinner ladt night. Two flavors. #
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  • 20:03 Ohhh man, Harrison should go to the Bolts! mmm free agency #

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Hi livejournal. I'm behind, though not as behind as I could be. I miss being ahead. Or on time. That was a pretty good time. I think I'm going to do some music tonight. I think I should take star5's lead and do a thing a day. I'll do that tomorrow. (get it?) So, livejournal, How you doing?
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  • 12:38 @leanno we have twelve years to plan so I'm up for it. I will need to lose a lot of weight. Or go as Fezzig. #
  • 14:57 Finally got the St Germaine. Stunningly sweet--cloying even! But I can see how using in proper doses... exquisite! #
  • 15:22 @RichardBlais so glad you're involved in casting for S6! Hope some Minnesotans represent this year. . . #
  • 15:23 @michaellorg did you tell them to stay off my goddamn lawn?!? #
  • 15:44 @michaellorg I'm not talking about your infernal metaphors man! My irises are dying! #
  • 18:08 @bstiteler is there a small but dignified role in it for me? I would like something that showcases my range. Also, my unimpeachable modesty. #
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  • 16:25 @sfour tell your coworker the os9 trick appears to be working for getting files off that HD. Nothing else would even mount it. #
  • 20:53 @fred_beecher June? Is that you? #
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British clinical trials have dared to try to cure peanut allergies and have found some progress. The method was so crude—building up tolerance—that I'm very impressed at the audacity.

I hate the whole thing with nut allergies these days. I mean, I don't want people dying from something so simple and important to so many parts of the world.
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  • 11:49 Thought of the a.m. "There's that pair of socks I've been looking for. No, that's one sock in front of a mirror." #
  • 11:52 @RichardBlais so it was on a slow boat from Puerto Rico I guess. Well...there's all that flying you're doing too #
  • 11:52 I owe my daughter for parking money #
  • 18:35 Just got a piece of plastic the size and shape of a cooked quinoa grain... out of my EYE. #
  • 21:17 @theGonzalez twilight princess? #
  • 22:06 Lapidus! Brilliant!! #
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Right now, me and my boss are sort of the only two people at our company who really have our heads wrapped around this crazy new marketing solution we're going to deploy. Me more from the geeky technocrat side and him from the let's-drive-shit-to-the-bottom-line side. Obviously that's going to change as we push the rest of the knowledge base into the company. But for now it's a cool feeling. Like we accidentally scheduled simultaneous redundant meetings with two different teams about a project. And I mistook the meetings (about the same subject) for the same meeting. Like maybe the original scheduler had sent out two notices--which happens to me all the time.

Well I'm halfway thru the first meeting when I go, "Woah these calendar items are two different meetings and I'm supposed to be at both of them. I hope we're not being redundant."

Afterward I finally got hold of my boss and I was about to be all apologetic because the right hand didn't know what the left hand was doing, when he said "I was just going through the steps of this campaign on the powerpoint slide I sent you, and we're going to operationalize that plan. The team was talking about what we needed to do to make the lists happen after this event."

I said, "Great, because I just used the powerpoint you sent me to talk about the campaign with these two other people and to tell them what content we need for me to build it out and integrate with your lists."

So ... I didn't need to be on the call with my boss because I was already in synch with what he was planning to do. And we knew what the scope of capabilities was because we both understood what was actually going to happen once these snips of content are woven together with the lists the other team is working on solidifying. So what started out as a redundant meeting actually wound up saving time because of this alignment. Daaamn.
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Update: As Glenn Greenwald points out, the whole "$70/hour" thing is completely misrepresented. GM and other auto employees are not PAID seventy bucks an hour, that's the total cost per worker. The "journalist" then compares that total cost to the average base salary of a midwest employee, which is around $27/hour. And attempts to spin it as a $70 vs. $27 argument, which the auto workers must "give up" as a "concession" in this situation.

This is not an accurate comparison. Argue if you feel like autoworkers are overpaid, fine. But don't you dare use total cost vs. base salary to do it.
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  • 11:31 The William shatner reading+oratorio of Exodus (with the Arkansas Symphony) is AMAzIng. #
  • 18:23 Course, we only bought as much house as we needed (maybe less) #
  • 21:13 Resurrection challenge?!? #
  • 21:21 JTTEOTN:MN players would know the vertigonous madness chefs must feel from this crazy play-in. Results were mixed for our players too, btw. #
  • 21:26 @RichardBlais hey Blais that reminds me: did they ship that car home from PR for you last year or was that just a display model? heh heh. #
  • 21:39 I want my Hootie but that was a critical error. I wouldn'tve known the steaming trick either, but She should have! Or not do that dish! #
  • 21:51 @MyrnaMinx oh em gee if only. If I did that in my yard right now it would be wine ...upon an ice cube #
  • 21:53 The lick and spank, right into the camera? Best top chef move evar! But it looks premature... #
  • 21:55 @michaellorg dude, weak: Abc.com streaming all 5 seasons crushes your pitiful Tivo. #
  • 21:59 Ohhh Fabio, I think you're done. Stefan too? No room for mistakes guys. Doh! Nice eye-roll-edit on Tom guys. #
  • 22:03 Show's integrity on the line here: Carla won IMHO, but they're reluctant to send Jeff home, and they said he has to Win. #
  • 22:14 Jeff, sorry you lost. But showing class and skills like that, you might have earned a chicken after all. #
  • 22:18 Carla, of course, your (new) trunk is probably FULL of chickens. #
  • 22:45 @bstiteler indeed. Her coq au vin bring all the boys to the yard. Uh. Also, a @richardblais reference, vis a vis chickens laying eggs. #
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