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Attempts at something new! [May. 7th, 2011|11:09 am]
I've been trying something new lately. I think its a pretty good idea but I think it can use some help to kick it up a few more notches.

I'm buying slightly under-ripe mangos, some avocados, and some carrots.

I take an avocado and mash it up.

Then, I take a peeler and shave off slender strips from the mango. I do this also with some carrots.

Then i put them all in one bowl and mix them together vigorously until it is sort of held together like cole-slaw. It is pretty good, but can use some more facets. I've tried adding salt, pepper, and cayenne....which do help, but I wonder if I'm missing something. I suppose lime should be an obvious next step, but I'm willing to bet it won't end there.

Any thoughts?
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(no subject) [Dec. 28th, 2009|12:10 am]
[music |Georges Delerue - Camille (Le Mepris Soundtrack)]

Its been a hard time in LJ land. People seem to update less (including yours truly), communities fall apart, etc. A lot of the appeal of posting to the internet i think has been usurped by instantly gratifying (and less effort-needing) status updates of Twitter and Facebook.  But surely they aren't better. I think there's something we're losing by allowing status updates to become the norm in the wake of personal blogs dying all over. Meanwhile, it seems that out of the ashes of the personal blog is rising the professional blog, the industry blog, the company blog, the news blog...

But lets try to stop that!

Here's something I could have posted as a status update:

"I love hot sauce on my buttered toast."

Instead, I'll elaborate here.

First I should mention that tonight I am enjoying some whole wheat toast with my newly purchased Earth Balance buttery spread. I got hungry and went out and did some grocery shopping. Its 11ish so there really is no point in cooking. I've had Earth Balance a couple of times and have really liked it, but this is the first time I have bought it. It really is great. I find that there is no real trade-off in using this instead of butter. not taste-wise anyway. To some degree I might say it tastes better than butter. Sure its processed, but it is delicious and non dairy. I'm sure there must be some sort of nutritional trade-off that isn't immediately obvious, but I'll leave that for another day.

So anyway, hot sauce on your buttered Earth Balance'd toast. It didn't taste any bit different. It might have tasted better. Anyway, this is symptomatic of a condition in my life that some of you are probably familiar with. I love hot sauce. I love it. I am an addict, a proud addict. I'm sure that hot sauce doesn't go well on EVERYTHING, but I've yet to put it on something that I didn't end up liking. In particular it seems that the Louisiana Style hot sauces are the most versatile. And when you are an addict you might end up having it in/on your breakfast, lunch, and dinner without realizing it. Like your fried rice? maybe it'll taste good with some hot sauce. Like your scrambled eggs? squirt on some hot sauce. I haven't tried it, but I'd be willing to squirt some hot sauce on some vanilla ice cream at least once (I wouldn't expect it to be great though, but you never know until you try).
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Wondermarkyness [Sep. 22nd, 2009|10:22 am]

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German Question?!?!?!?!? [Jan. 24th, 2009|04:26 pm]
Hey adoring german-speaking readers, i have a problem and perhaps one of you could provide the answer

I am currently doing my german homework, and either due to my own forgetfulness or my loss of notes I am a bit unsure how to complete it.

I am being asked if someone (does) something, and I am supposed to answer in the negative. I am a bit unsure about the grammar

So, for example..

I know that if I am asked, "Kommst du?" that I should answer, "Nein, ich komme nicht."

However, I do not know if when I am asked "Wohnt sie in Berlin?" if I should answer "Nein, sie wohnt nicht in Berlin," OR if i should answer, "Nein, sie wohnt in Berlin nicht."

Additionally, I do not know if when asked "Ist sie glucklich?" if I should answer "Nein, sie ist nicht glucklich," or "Nein, sie ist glucklich nicht."

any help straightening out this grammatical issue would be appreciated.

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Poster Boy! [Jan. 19th, 2009|03:31 pm]
So residents of NY may know that there is a "secret artist" who makes art by splicing subway ads. I happen to enjoy seeing the products of his labor most of the time. Gawker recently brought to my attention a video interview done with him. 
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In which Max has to decide on a language. [Jan. 7th, 2009|02:03 pm]
So, I pretty much need to know a second language. I am currently looking into taking either German classes or Spanish classes; the difference being that I had about 5 years of spanish from middle and high school. I have a basic understanding of spanish but I've forgotten a lot of it. I can basically read spanish on the subway and infer a lot of what I don't actually know, but its less than ideal. I need at least some proficiency if not fluency. This one place I called, Deutsch House offers intensive language classes and in about a year's time I could be proficient but not fluent. Pile on top of that the fact that I could then spend another year immersing myself in literature and culture  before actually going to whatever graduate school I get into and that would mean I'd be in pretty good shape.

The thing about spanish is that I didn't like it all that much in high school, but it seems like a far more useful language to have given my station in life and the area of history that I currently wish to study (mostly American). Does anyone have any input? How about recommendations for a place to take spanish classes so I can compare and contrast fees and such.
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Now to make up for my previous post...AMAZING VIDEO [Nov. 11th, 2008|02:47 pm]

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Mundane Wonder [Nov. 9th, 2008|12:59 pm]
So, I have a question for all my friends not living in America: Do Americans where jeans much more frequently than other people? Are jeans much more common in the USA?
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okay, maybe its a little funny: 9 minute SNL impression of Countdown with Keith Olbermann [Nov. 2nd, 2008|02:12 pm]

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(no subject) [Oct. 16th, 2008|08:09 pm]
I have a bunch of old SNES and NES games (and consoles) and I simply cannot justify the space-waste anymore. Anyone have any suggestions for moving this stuff? Anyone interested in it? Anyone know where I can sell it in the city?
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