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30 Jan 17:12

garlicky party bread with cheese and herbs

by deb

garlicky party bread with herbs and cheese

My mother’s standard party donation is a boule of pumpernickel bread with the center scooped out and filled with a spinach dip that includes water chestnuts because, of course. The sides are cut into fingers that remain attached at the base (as “severed fingers” would be unsettling, yes?) and can be torn off when the urge comes to swipe one through the center. The urge will come often, so I try to position myself in any room that the boule is not. Nevertheless, I hadn’t considered that there were other approaches to party bread until I came upon this 1998 recipe for one in Taste of Home, the belly full of dip forwent for a multi-pronged attacked of butter, cheese, scallions and poppy seeds, all toasted until melted and crisp.

what you'll need (i skipped the proscuitto)
cut your loaf like this

But why stop there? You could pretty confidently argue that you’ve happened upon a lucky series of life choices when you get to spend half an hour on a Wednesday morning at Whole Foods debating what you’d like to put on your party bread in addition to butter and cheese. There was so much to consider! I considered rarebit-ing it, with a boiled mess of butter, beer, mustard powder, paprika, cayenne, Worcestershire and a scattering of cheddar that I might dream about tonight. I wondered if we ought to go French, with gruyere, shallots and herbes de provence or style it like an American baked potato, with chives and bacon, sour cream and cheese. And then I realized that I’ve never once covered garlic bread on this site and was suddenly filled with purpose and couldn’t wait to get home and start playing in the kitchen.

someone asked if I use a garlic press. yes, I do!
butter. sea salt. so much garlic.

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17 Jan 19:28

Putin: Gays Are Welcome at Olympics as Long as They ‘Leave Kids Alone’

by Josh Feldman

sounds like the 'do you still beat your wife?' quip, he's implying they mess with kids elsewhere

The Sochi Winter Olympics are just weeks away, and concerns about anti-gay laws in Russia are still at the forefront of people’s minds. President Vladimir Putin, naturally, wants to avoid much controversy when Russia is in the international spotlight, and Friday he spoke at a question-and-answer session, where one Olympic volunteer asked Putin about Russia’s anti-gay laws and how it would affect gay people attending the Olympic Games. Putin reportedly responded, “One can feel calm and at ease. Just leave kids alone, please.”

Putin insisted there is no explicit ban on acts of homosexual sex, there’s just a ban on gay “propaganda.”

“We have no ban on the nontraditional forms of sexual intercourse among people… We have the ban on the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia. I want to stress this: propaganda among minors. These are two absolutely different things: a ban on certain relations or the propaganda of such relations.”

Putin was also asked why Russia’s Olympic uniforms are rainbow-colored. His answer: “I didn’t design the uniform.”

When NBC is in Sochi to cover the Olympics, Bob Costas has said they won’t shy away from talking about the discriminatory laws, while President Obama, instead of going himself, is sending a delegation that includes openly gay athletes like Billie Jean King and Brian Boitano.

[h/t Slate]
[photo via Remy Steinegger]

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10 Jan 16:29

Bandits dress as Darth Vader strike Shreveport dollar store

by The Associated Press
Shreveport police are on the lookout for a couple of thieves dressed as Darth Vader.Police tell KTBS TV the pair robbed a Dollar General store around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.The suspects are described as black males, both approximately six-feet tall, wearing...
08 Jan 19:56

This photo was *not* taken this week

by Jim

(Credit: John McCormick)

(Credit: John McCormick)

John Heilemann was just one of many people who tweeted this Michigan lighthouse photo and claimed it was taken during this week’s record low temperatures.

Actually, photographer John McCormick snapped it on January 23, 2013 — another very cold day. (“I remember my camera batteries dying.”)

John McCormick

John McCormick

He tells me he’s seen his lighthouse picture posted and tweeted “all over the world” this week and misrepresented as a recent shot.

“People are submitting it to meteorologists, like Tom Skilling of WGN, and claiming it’s theirs.”

McCormick says he posted the image on photo-sharing sites last year, but never sold it to a news outlet. “It was just in my own portfolio.”

“I have a large following on Facebook and people were telling me [this week] that my picture was being misrepresented. I figure someone pulled it off one of the photo-sharing sites,” and it then went viral.

“It’s had hundreds of thousands of shares on Facebook.”

Update: I should note that Heilemann corrected his error.

23 Dec 21:52

30-year-old lead finds its way into the trendy urban chicken business

by Maggie Koerth-Baker
The United States began phasing out the use of tetraethyllead in gasoline in the mid 1970s (though it's still used in aviation and race car fuel). The pollution from TEL-enhanced gas, however, continues to linger in the soil, especially in cities, where concentrations of tailpipe emissions were higher. A recent study of New York City chickens found that lead from the soil was showing up in detectable levels in the chickens' eggs. The dose is low (though you probably don't want young children eating lots of those eggs), but it's a great example of how the effects of pollution don't vanish just because the pollution ends.

20 Dec 08:00

strip for December / 20 / 2013 - You know what goes great with coffee??


everything goes great with coffee

19 Dec 01:14

Flickr's redesign continues with a new style for embedding pics on other websites

by Richard Lawler

this prevents sites from doing the embed with no credit

The new look of Flickr is ready to surface in other spots on the web, now that Yahoo's photo site has rolled out a new style for embedded photos. Enabled by default if you're using the preview UI, the new embed code pulls in extra data like title and ...
12 Dec 17:00

WordPress 3.8 “Parker”

by Matt Mullenweg

Version 3.8 of WordPress, named “Parker” in honor of Charlie Parker, bebop innovator, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. We hope you’ll think this is the most beautiful update yet.

Introducing a modern new design


WordPress has gotten a facelift. 3.8 brings a fresh new look to the entire admin dashboard. Gone are overbearing gradients and dozens of shades of grey — bring on a bigger, bolder, more colorful design!


Modern aesthetic

The new WordPress dashboard has a fresh, uncluttered design that embraces clarity and simplicity.

Clean typography

The Open Sans typeface provides simple, friendly text that is optimized for both desktop and mobile viewing. It’s even open source, just like WordPress.

Refined contrast

We think beautiful design should never sacrifice legibility. With superior contrast and large, comfortable type, the new design is easy to read and a pleasure to navigate.

WordPress on every device

responsiveWe all access the internet in different ways. Smartphone, tablet, notebook, desktop — no matter what you use, WordPress will adapt and you’ll feel right at home.

High definition at high speed

WordPress is sharper than ever with new vector-based icons that scale to your screen. By ditching pixels, pages load significantly faster, too.

Admin color schemes to match your personality


WordPress just got a colorful new update. We’ve included eight new admin color schemes so you can pick the one that suits you best.

Color schemes can be previewed and changed from your Profile page.

Refined theme management

themesThe new themes screen lets you survey your themes at a glance. Or want more information? Click to discover more. Then sit back and use your keyboard’s navigation arrows to flip through every theme you’ve got.

Smoother widget experience

Drag-drag-drag. Scroll-scroll-scroll. Widget management can be complicated. With the new design, we’ve worked to streamline the widgets screen.

Have a large monitor? Multiple widget areas stack side-by-side to use the available space. Using a tablet? Just tap a widget to add it.

Twenty Fourteen, a sleek new magazine theme

The new Twenty Fourteen theme displayed on a laptop. tablet and phone

Turn your blog into a magazine

Create a beautiful magazine-style site with WordPress and Twenty Fourteen. Choose a grid or a slider to display featured content on your homepage. Customize your site with three widget areas or change your layout with two page templates.

With a striking design that does not compromise our trademark simplicity, Twenty Fourteen is our most intrepid default theme yet.

Beginning of a new era

This release was led by Matt Mullenweg. This is our second release using the new plugin-first development process, with a much shorter timeframe than in the past. We think it’s been going great. You can check out the features currently in production on the make/core blog.

There are 188 contributors with props in this release:

Aaron Holbrook, Aaron Jorbin, adamsilverstein, admiralthrawn, Alexander Hoereth, Allan Collins, Amy Hendrix (sabreuse), Andrew Nacin, Andrew Ozz, Andrey Kabakchiev, Andy Keith, Andy Peatling, Ankit Gade, Anton Timmermans, Arkadiusz Rzadkowolski, Aubrey Portwood, bassgang, Ben Dunkle, Billy Schneider, binarymoon, Brady Vercher, bramd, Brandon Kraft, Brian Richards, Bryan Petty, Calin Don, Carl Danley, Caroline Moore, Caspie, Chris Jean, Clinton Montague, Connor Jennings, Corphi, Dan Bernardic, Daniel Dudzic, Daryl Koopersmith, datafeedr, Dave Martin, Dave Whitley, designsimply, Dion Hulse, Dominik Schilling, Doug Wollison, Drew Jaynes, dziudek, edik, Eric Andrew Lewis, Eric Mann, Erick Hitter, Evan Solomon, Faison, fboender, Frank Klein, Gary Jones, Gary Pendergast, Gennady Kovshenin, George Stephanis, gnarf37, Gregory Karpinsky (@tivnet), hanni, Helen Hou-Sandi, Ian Dunn, Ipstenu (Mika Epstein), Isaac Keyet, J.D. Grimes, Jack Lenox, janhenckens, Janneke Van Dorpe, janrenn, Jeff Bowen, Jeff Chandler, Jen Mylo, Jeremy Buller, Jeremy Felt, Jeremy Herve, Jeremy Pry, Jesper Johansen (jayjdk), jhned, jim912, Joan Artes, Joe Dolson, Joen Asmussen, John Blackbourn, John Fish, John James Jacoby, Jon Cave, Joost de Valk, Joshua Abenazer, Junko Nukaga, Justin de Vesine, Justin Sainton, K. Adam White, Kailey (trepmal), Kat Hagan, Kate Whitley, Kelly Dwan, Kim Parsell, Kirk Wight, Konstantin Dankov, Konstantin Kovshenin, Konstantin Obenland, Krzysiek Drozdz, Lance Willett, Lee Willis, lite3, Luc Princen, Lutz Schroer, Mako, Mark Jaquith, Mark McWilliams, Marko Heijnen, Matt Mullenweg, Matt Thomas, Matt Wiebe, Matthew Denton, Matthew Haines-Young, mattonomics, Matías Ventura, megane9988, Mel Choyce, micahwave, Michael Cain, Michael Erlewine, Michel - xiligroup dev, Michelle Langston, Mike Burns, Mike Hansen, Mike Little, Mike Schroder, Milan Dinic, Mohammad Jangda, Morgan Estes, moto hachi, Naoko Takano, Neil Pie, Nick Daugherty, Nick Halsey, Nikolay Bachiyski, ninio, ninnypants, Nivi Jah, nofearinc, Nowell VanHoesen, odyssey, OriginalEXE, Pascal Birchler, Paul de Wouters, pavelevap, Peter Westwood, Piet, Ptah Dunbar, Raam Dev, Rachel Carden, rachelbaker, Radices, Ram Ratan Maurya, Remkus de Vries, Rescuework Support, Ricky Lee Whittemore, Robert Dall, Robert Wetzlmayr, PHP-Programmierer, Rodrigo Primo, Ryan Boren, Samuel Wood, sanchothefat, sboisvert, Scott Basgaard, Scott Reilly, Scott Taylor, scribu, Sean Hayes, Sergey Biryukov, Shaun Andrews, ShinichiN, Simon Wheatley, Siobhan, Siobhan Bamber (siobhyb), sirbrillig, solarissmoke, Stephen Edgar, Stephen Harris, Steven Word, Takashi Irie, Takayuki Miyauchi, Takuma Morikawa, tellyworth, Thomas Guillot, tierra, Till Krüss, TLA Media, TobiasBg, tomdxw, tommcfarlin, Torsten Landsiedel, Tracy Rotton, trishasalas, Tyler Smith, Ulrich, undergroundnetwork, Vladimir, Weston Ruter, Yoav Farhi, yonasy, Yuri Victor, and Zack Tollman. Also thanks to Ben Morrison and Christine Webb for help with the video.

Thanks for choosing WordPress. See you soon for version 3.9!

26 Nov 21:44

Please Don’t Fling Your Empty E-Cigarette Cartridges Out The Car Window

by Laura Northrup

E-cigarettes, even the ones that are plugged into the correct charger and don’t explode, have a problem. Well, their users have a problem. Some former cigarette smokers who are used to flinging butts out the window when they finish a smoke are having trouble letting go of their nasty habit. The trouble is that metal e-cig cartridges are, well, metal, and puncture tires out on the roads.

“We have seen usually one or two [nicotine cartridges] a week puncturing the tire,” the manager of a tire shop told TV station WGAL. The cartridges, which are made out of metal, are much more harmful than a cigarette butt when they land on the road. “When they slash a tire,” the shop manager explains, “they usually leave a pretty big gash in it.”

Unlike a nail, the sharp cartridges don’t leave a simple hole in the tire that can be plugged up. They leave a gash that can’t be patched.

So, smokers, as you use the battery-powered device to break one bad habit, please try to break another. Keep a trash bag in your car for the cartridges.

E-cigarette cartridges puncturing tires [WGAL]

15 Jul 17:09

[UPDATED] Jewish city editor explains why he ran public official’s ‘jewing over’ quote

by Jim

From a county commission meeting story on (my boldface):

“Today’s not the day to do it,” said Sanders. “We’re here (for Nabors’ salary), not to be up here jewing over somebody’s pay. I can’t believe that you all would put a man down who has worked here for 26 years because he don’t have a high school education.”

Cheryl Sanders

Cheryl Sanders

Franklin County (Fla.) commission chairperson Cheryl Sanders‘ “jewing over somebody’s pay” quote appeared in an Apalachicola/ Carrabelle Times story written by city editor David Adlerstein. He tells me that he received “several startled inquiries” about the paper’s use of “jewing over,” even in a public official’s quote. [Clarification: "I did receive 'several startled inquiries' but they were entirely about Sanders’ use of the term, and not about the paper’s decision to use it in a quote," Adlerstein tells me. "The hostile inquiries came from journalism pundits, who questioned my allowing the term in the paper without either expurgating it, characterizing it or decrying it."]

“I have heard the expression on more than one occasion around these parts in my dozen years at the paper,” he writes in an email. “It doesn’t offend me, unless it’s used to describe someone who cheats you. But haggling and dickering? To me, it’s a proud trait of my tribe, and it’s a solid cut above cold-hearted stiffing someone with a pious grin. But that’s me.”

Adlerstein says he got a call from a reader who wanted him to listen to a tape of the commission hearing.

David Adlerstein

David Adlerstein

They weren’t sure they had heard what she said. I listened and it was unmistakable. I tend to put a lot of quotes in these sort of accounts, and it had been mentioned to me, so I included it. Only choice I had to make was whether to capitalize the word. I opted to keep it lower case, out of self-respect.

Chairperson Sanders told me over the phone: “I am not anti-Semitic and there was no malice toward anyone.” She added that “this has been blown out of proportion” and that county residents who questioned her use of the expression “have accepted my apology.” She hung up when I asked if she would forward the apology email she sent to locals.

* “We’re here (for Nabors’ salary), not to be up here jewing over somebody’s pay (24th graf) (

01 Jul 17:35

How a Lone Coder Cloned Google Reader

by Mario Aguilar

How a Lone Coder Cloned Google Reader

When Google Reader announced it was shutting down a few months ago, most of us stamped our feet, panicked, and went running into the arms of another RSS reader. But Matt Jibson is different. Unlike most of us, he can crunch code. So he built a Google Reader of his very own own.