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21 Sep 20:14

California Style Burritos | Basics with Babish

by Babish Culinary Universe

I was born and raised in California and in all of my 47 years, not one Mexican restaurant, taqueria, or hole-in-the-wall Mexican deli has ever offered to put fries in my burrito. Maybe it’s a SoCal thing?

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15 Sep 08:30

California recall election: Live county results map


My county voted no! We’ve lived here for 20 years and we’ve never been blue. I’m not expecting it to last into the 2022 midterms, but I’m happy for small miracles.

See a county-by-county breakdown of how Californians voted in the gubernatorial recall election.

07 Sep 14:48

Unusual ruling: Judge denies a couple’s divorce


Wow. This is absolutely ridiculous. I guess the judge would be happier if they were at each other’s throats?

In a virtual court hearing last month, the judge said, "I get the vibe that you might be able to work this out, and I could be wrong, but I sit through a lot of these things."

07 Sep 14:24

Carl Sagan (1995)

by (Minnesotastan)

Demon Haunted World is a great book. I’m currently re-reading it because on of the podcasts that I listen to is discussing it a chapter a week. It’s been over a decade since I last read it and it is incredibly relevant to today’s political climate and the prevalence of conspiracy theories. 10/10 would recommend.

"The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark is a 1995 book by the astrophysicist Carl Sagan and co-authored by Ann Druyan,[1] in which the author aims to explain the scientific method to laypeople and to encourage people to learn critical and skeptical thinking. He explains methods to help distinguish between ideas that are considered valid science and those that can be considered pseudoscience. Sagan states that when new ideas are offered for consideration, they should be tested by means of skeptical thinking and should stand up to rigorous questioning."
Via the Political Revolution subreddit.
06 Sep 23:35

and a hearty fuck you to facebook, too.

by (Wil Wheaton)

Facebook is fucking trash.

I posted this comment on my own Facebook page, on a post about the horrifying assault on women in Texas, by the Texas GOP. I’m unclear how a general statement like this, not in reply to anyone or even on someone else’s page, is harassment or bullying.

Facebook gave me a choice to either accept this, or dispute it. If I accept it, it goes as a permanent strike against me. If I dispute it (I did) they’ll … eventually get to it, I guess. Either way, I’m in Facebook jail for three days. It feels real authoritarian and arbitrary to me.

I just want to reaffirm my contempt for Texas Republicans and the white women who voted for them. They are fucking garbage humans who deserve to fall into a well filled with vomit, never to emerge.

Also, the bullshit Facebook decides is out of bounds makes no sense to me. Facebook is totally fine with domestic terrorists organizing violence, and anti-vaxx liars spreading lies that get people killed, but you tell Texas Republicans to go fuck themselves, and that’s just too much for Facebook’s delicate sensibilities.

What a bunch of bullshit.

Edit 9/8/21: I am confident this whole thing was triggered by a White Fragility brigade, and I’d like to invite those delightful people to suck it.

06 Sep 23:23

2000-year-old ladies shoe

by (Minnesotastan)

I would totally wear these shoes.

"This shoe is one of two quite similar finds (no.s 220 and 221) from one of the wells at the Saalburg Castle. The cut and decoration of the uppers is so similar, yet different, that it seems likely that they came from the same workshop if not from the same hand. 

I have always admired those shoes and finally got around to make a pair of one of them. The decoration is an elegant mix of circular holes, triangles, squares, darts and slits. It is very well possible that the decoration was further enhanced by stitching with coloured thread and bands woven through the slits as suggested by Marquita Volken."
Via for the top photo.  Some more info:
"On the Taunus ridge northwest of Bad Homburg, Hesse, Germany lies the Saalburg Roman fort. It dates to 90AD and served as a linear border fortification... Sometime during the 19th century it was rediscovered, excavated, then later fully reconstructed. It’s now a UNESCO World Heritage site... The Saalburg Museum contains many Roman relics, including shoes..."
04 Sep 00:58

California sheriff on Dixie Fire: ‘Every day we hold each other up'


The west coast is on fire and the east coast is under water, but climate change is totally not real, y’all.

Plumas County Sheriff Todd Johns joined KCRA 3 on Thursday to talk about the impact of the Dixie Fire in his community, noting that the recovery process is happening in some places as the fire still threatens other areas.

03 Sep 21:01

A "fallstreak hole" with circumhorizon arc

by (Minnesotastan)

It looks like a wormhole to Oz

Explained by beeppboppp at the Reddit thread:
"Such holes are formed when the water temperature in the clouds is below freezing, but the water, in a supercooled state, has not frozen yet due to the lack of ice nucleation. When ice crystals do form, a domino effect is set off due to the Bergeron process, causing the water droplets around the crystals to evaporate: this leaves a large, often circular, hole in the cloud. It is thought that the introduction of large numbers of tiny ice crystals into the cloud layer sets off this domino effect of fusion which creates the hole."

You learn something every day. 

02 Sep 16:11

Rhodochrosite stalactite

by (Minnesotastan)

Looks like a very yummy candy. Maybe a Neverending Gobstopper?

27 Aug 00:57

Age test

by (Minnesotastan)

I always just used my fingernails.

23 Aug 21:04

Snickers Apple Jello Salad Pie

by Peabody

This sounds unpleasant

This Snickers Apple Jello Salad Pie is a twist on the Midwest favorite dessert salad turned into a fluffy jello salad pie.

The post Snickers Apple Jello Salad Pie appeared first on Sweet ReciPEAs.

21 Aug 22:04

Caldor Fire jumps Highway 50 as El Dorado County blaze grows to 90,000 acres


We lived in Grizzly Flats when we first got married. It’s basically at the end of the road and the only thing past it is the El Dorado national forest. It’s beautiful and we only moved away because David’s commute was 1.5 hours each way (without traffic). I am so sad that the community has been so devastated, but I am really not terribly surprised. There’s one way in and out and it’s a very windy, two-lane road. Getting massive amounts of heavy equipment there takes time.

I have spent all week trying to figure out if our old house survived. I know it doesn’t really affect me, but I always secretly hoped that we could buy it back at some point.

The Caldor Fire jumped Highway 50 near Kyburz in El Dorado County on Saturday as crews continue to battle a blaze that has grown to more than 140 square miles with no containment.

21 Aug 21:48

Health officials warn people not to take a drug meant for livestock to ward off or treat COVID-19


How in the hell did we get to the point as a country that a pretty large segment of our population refuses to get a proven vaccine to save themselves and their loved ones from a deadly virus, but they are willing to take horse de-worming medicine instead? To own the Libs?

I hate people.

While there are human uses for the drug, the US Food and Drug Administration has not approved ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19 in humans and the drug is not an anti-viral medication.

17 Aug 23:04

A useful video for iPhone users

by (Minnesotastan)

This is an actual useful tip

A lucid and well-illustrated explanation of how to record not a movie with the camera but a video of whatever you're watching on the screen.

Found at a The Loop - a blog devoted to Apple and its products.
16 Aug 21:36

Pedestrian street (Malaga, Spain)

by (Minnesotastan)


That's not the pavement you're viewing - it's the canopy.  Here is a view from underneath:

The fabric has been crocheted (producing, as one pundit put it, "cro-shade."
Kudos to this community.  Via.
15 Aug 22:05

Crochet Pattern – Rainbow Fish Thick n’ Quick Socks

by Shellie Wilson

These look like something Punky Brewster would wear.

If you’re looking for the coziest lounging booties ever, no need to look any further. These are a blend of 100% cotton and a 50% cotton / 50% Acrylic blend to make them extra soft. Although you can use whatever yarn you want of course! I made a green pair with the extended top using Yarn Bee Aspyn yarn & Yarn Bee Soft N’ Sleek.

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced because it requires Double-Ended Tunisian Crochet hook – working in the round knowledge. However, you’re welcome to substitute the rows of Tunisian with Single Crochet.

You can grab this pattern here via Etsy.

08 Aug 14:21

Grocery store repurposed as a library

by (Minnesotastan)


 Posted for the large group* of librarians who are readers here.  Via.

* I don't know the venereal term used for librarians.  Addendum:  Seven suggestions offered by readers in the comments.
02 Aug 18:10

Drop crotch skinny jeans - updated

by (Minnesotastan)

But why?

Available from Oak (marked down from $158 to $79).  They also have drop crotch sweat pants on sale for half-price at $64:

I can't advise you as to whether the heels are part of a coordinated look, but I do know that for drop crotch jodhpurs, you'll need to go to Comme des Garçons:

Also available for half price at $298.  It would make me wonder if the wearer had scrotal elephantiasis, but then I'm not up on fashion, so I'll leave the commenting to those of you with a more enlightened and contemporary viewpoint.

Via The Stir.

Reposted from 2012 because John Farrier posted at Neatorama these "double-waist jeans" -

- apparently by the same designer as these double (?triple-) waist jeans -

- which are not the same as these upside-down jeans -

- or as interesting as these double-back shorts -

- or as cool as these thong jeans:

24 Jul 01:18

Woman fails to prove the vaccine made her magnetic

by (Minnesotastan)

The video at the link at the Cleveland news station is worth a watch because of the sheer lunacy and for how delusionally convinced she is.

Steve McPherson’s tweet in response to the video is my favorite. (Also at the Cleveland news site)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A woman who identified herself as a nurse practitioner student tried to defend an Ohio doctor’s unproven claim by proving she actually is magnetic after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine... Overholt used her time at the podium to try to defend a myth shared by Cleveland-area physician Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, who claimed that the COVID-19 vaccine leads to magnetism and causes metal objects to stick to the shot recipient’s body...

During the demonstration, Overholt tried to prove Dr. Tenpenny’s point to be true by sticking a key and bobby pin to her skin at the hearing for the “Enact Vaccine Choice and Anti-Discrimination Act.”

“Explain to me why the key sticks to me. It sticks to my neck, too,” Overholt said. “If somebody could explain this, that would be great.”

Both objects fell off Overholt’s skin.
21 Jul 19:43

TOO CUTE! Injured goose shares meal with mate during recovery


This story is adorable

The Canada goose, named "Arnold," was able to eat with his mate "Amelia" nearly a week after Arnold underwent emergency surgery to repair open foot fractures.

19 Jul 18:10

Florida man who breached Senate gets 8 months for felony in US Capitol riot


That’s not a long enough sentence for attempting to overthrow a branch of my government.

A Florida man who breached the Capitol on Jan. 6 carrying a Trump campaign flag has received an eight-month prison term.

15 Jul 23:50

Armored cricket (real - not a toy)

by (Minnesotastan)


Cosmoderus femoralis from Cameroon.  Image cropped from the original at the via.
12 Jul 18:21

4th century BC bowl, and modern nomad archer

by (Minnesotastan)

The modern day archer is far more impressive because she’s balancing on stilts and the figure on the vase is balancing on the ground.

World Nomad Games are an international sport competition dedicated to ethnic sports practiced in Central Asia. The first three World Nomad Games were held in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan; however, Turkey has been announced as the host of the fourth games.
Home page for the WNG.  The activities include this board game (and two others). dog racing, arm wrestling, archery, tug-of-war, hunting with eagles and hawks, and lots of horse-based events.

Photo via.
06 Jul 23:58

VIDEO: Baby monitor captures moment tree crashes into 5-month-old’s bedroom

A baby monitor captured a very terrifying moment as a tree crashed through a Louisiana home.

06 Jul 23:27

We don't deserve dogs

by (Minnesotastan)

Gunner was a real life Radar O’Reilly.

From a story at War History Online:
The Battle of Darwin was the single largest attack on Australian soil during WWII. A group of 242 Japanese aircraft bombed the small town in which a strategically important Allied base and harbor were located... When he was found, after the attack, [Gunner, a six-month-old shepherd dog] had a broken leg... 

It only took a few weeks for him to demonstrate his skills. One day, while the airport at Darwin was being reconstructed, Gunner became agitated, jumping about, barking and whining. Soon after, the sound of aircraft engines was heard, while a Japanese attack formation once again flooded the sky above Darwin... The airmen of Darwin connected the dots and realized a pattern between Gunner’s shift of behavior and the bombing raid. The next time the Japanese decided to attack Darwin, their luck had run out. More than 20 minutes before their arrival, Gunner had already sounded the alarm. For the first time, the Australians were ready to repel the attack...

He correctly distinguished the different sound of Allied aircraft and that of the Japanese, without ever making a single mistake. His trait was taken very seriously in a time of war. Wing Commander McFarlane even issued an order by which a portable air raid siren was to be activated whenever Gunner showed his well-known signs of alert...

Whether he survived the war remains unclear, for apart from the legend which grew around him, Gunner’s existence was rarely mentioned in the official military documents of the time.
06 Jul 15:08

A map with no mistakes - updated

by (Minnesotastan)

I’m disappointed that they didn’t label Nashville, CA.

Sure, it’s tiny and if you blink, you’ll miss it, but it always amused me to see the sign.

Credit to xkcd.

Reposted from earlier this month to add this map -

Certainly not comprehensive, but interesting nevertheless. Via.

01 Jul 23:19

Appeals Court: TX Student Bullied for Not Saying the Pledge May Sue Her Teacher

by Hemant Mehta

Reason #4732 why I would never willingly live in Texas.

No student should have to go through what Mari Leigh Oliver did for refusing to say the Pledge.
27 Jun 17:16

A blue frog and a blue lizard

by (Minnesotastan)


The frog appears to be Cruziohyla craspedopus, which a Google Image search shows as being either bluish or greenish (via).  The lizard is described at its via as being a collared lizard.

Blue is a very unusual pigment in the animal kingdom; AFAIK, most blues are the result of structural alterations rather than pigments.  These photos could be somewhat manipulated, or perhaps the specimens are variant morphs of their species.  ?? 
20 Jun 14:44

Man pulls gun on worker at Starbucks drive-thru over cream cheese


>>> he said he grabbed the gun and put it in the air because it was falling out of his pocket, but denied threatening the woman

This man should not own a gun.

The employee was the daughter of the police chief.

20 Jun 14:40

Add 'AC unit supply' to the list of things affected by pandemic


Here’s me crossing my fingers that my 19-year-old AC survives the stifling Sacramento valley summer.

Along with the high call volume HVAC companies expect at this time of year, they're dealing with dwindling supplies of air conditioning units brought on by the pandemic.