August 31, 2010

Here is one explaination for the forms of the plantations

Of course, river front was very valuable, as the river was the means of transportation. I think that had as much to do with the shapes of the plantations (getting your goods to market) as the taxes

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I always liked this map

My paternal grandfather (a sugar farmer in Louisiana) had one of these maps on his wall:

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August 25, 2010

Building a Nation of Know-Nothings/ We all lose

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20% of Americans believe that the sun revolves around the earth.

More Americans believe in UFOs than in evolution.

You may call it arrogance, I call it a damned shame.

Just August

My wife and I had the good fortune to get reservations at the Just August Project last night.I didn't bring my camera with me, as I sometimes find I concentrate too hard on the photos and not enough on the food, and I didn't want that to happen this time.

I am glad I did.

The food was great, and the kids running this place were fantastic. (anyone under 30 is a kid these days)

Here is the menu, and it was fantastic. Some superlatives to point out - the sweetbreads were some of the best I have ever had. And I seek out sweetbreads. I have eaten them on four continents and have enjoyed them all. But these were some to write home about. The bread breads were also great. Now that I am baking weekly it is fun to see what others can do with a little yeast and gluten.

But it really was special to see the heart that this crew poured into the pop-up. I hope they get their own place soon.

I feel sorry for anyone who wasn't me last night.

Is the web really dead? - Boing Boing

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August 15, 2010

Mangalitsa Pork Chops! Revival Meats does it again

We finally grilled the Mangalitsa Pork Chops we had our friend David pick up a couple of weeks ago.

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Don't they look good?

We grilled some vegetables as well:

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Those chops turned out great:

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and we had to have a nice Pinot Noir:

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It was an excellent meal:

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This meat was like no other. It just melted in your mouth, and the flavor was incredible.

If you ever have a chance, get some, grill it, and eat it. You will not be unhappy.

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with my sweet ever lovin'

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August 13, 2010

E=mc2 Is a Liberal Conspiracy Against Jesus | The Atlantic Wire

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Capgemini Announces 2010 U.S. Metro Wealth Index

Capgemini Announces 2010 U.S. Metro Wealth Index: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

Here is the punchline:

HNWI = High Net Worth Individuals (also adults)

If you want to be rich, move to San Jose.

Metro Area Adult Population HNWI Population %
New York 15,438.39 667.2 4.32%
Los Angeles 10,227.83 235.8 2.31%
Chicago 7,602.36 198.1 2.61%
Washington D.C. 4,347.74 152.4 3.51%
San Francisco 3,530.69 138.3 3.92%
Philadelphia 4,725.57 104.1 2.20%
Boston 3,723.37 102.3 2.75%
Detroit 3,554.01 89.1 2.51%
Houston 4,450.61 88.2 1.98%
San Jose 1,457.85 86.5 5.93%

August 9, 2010

Is a Facebook Friend a Friend?

I am not a big user of Facebook. I am a member, or client, or user - whatever particular phrase they use for their participants. BUT I do not check it every day, and I don't post many things on it.

The best (absolutely best) thing that I have got from Facebook recently was that a young woman who worked for me back in 1993/94 contacted me (she lives near Caracas) and we had a great conversation about Capitalism and Socialism and how loaded each of those terms are in our respective countries. There is NO way that I would have been able to contact her, or her me, without Facebook. There is not way we would have been able to talk about Hugo, Obama, and Sarah and how their foolishness affects the general population without Facebook. But it was on their Chat service, not their "What's on your mind" query.

I value that interchange, and I look forward to another with her (and her kids?) in the near future. THAT is value.

What I don't particularly value is old "friends" who have easy access to me here in town via e-mail, or, god forbid, telephone, who try to "Chat" with me when I am not near the damned computer, and then get all hussy and fussy when I don't reply.

I usually don't reply to "chats" if I can actually chat.

And don't go thinking that I am any sort of a Luddite. I am the CEO of a software company! I have had a computer in my house since 1984. I have soldered together my own modem cable!

But I like to talk to people. I like the interaction that is spawned by face to face conversation. I live for witty repartee! and I am damned good at it. I don't have to worry about a la repartee de l'escalier because I am not ON the stairs when I come up with my reply.

There are not many things that I am good at, but that is one of them.

So, if you are my friend, be my friend, not my "Friend".

And don't spend hours on a reply that will fade with the morning light. It won't impress me.

(edit - a computer in my house since 1984, not 2004. Thanks, bro)

Flight attendant loses control

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August 2, 2010

Cooking for Pregnant Nieces

I have three pregnant nieces and one pregnant niece in law.

One lives in Houston, one in Austin, One in North Carolina, and the other around Washington DC. They are all siblings.

Two of them happened to be in Houston this weekend:

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so we had an impromptu shower for them. We were going to have them over for lunch, so a shower seemed to be the logical thing (especially after Trouta:
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(shown here with Ree) suggested it.

We decided that we would make Gazpacho, An Asparagus Egg Bake, Savory Bread Pudding, and also serve some of Dan's Famous Pate Campagne with Fruity Chutney.

The Gazpacho was took the most chopping.

This is what we chopped:
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Here is how we chopped it all:
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Then you mix it all up:
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They we made some of Dan's Famous Fruity Chutney. You start with about a cup of chopped onion. Add about a cup of dried fruits (you can use anything. But if you use big fruits, chop them up, too) Sweat the onion in a little olive oil. Add fruits, about 1/3 c brown sugar, 1/2 c cider vinegar, 1/2 t turmeric, a pinch of allspice, a bay leaf, a cinnamon stick, salt and pepper. Saute until sticky and thick:

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Serve with your Pate Campagne:

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We also had the Asparagus Egg Bake:

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That was a lot of asparagus. Over four pounds!

You mix it with chopped prosciutto, Gruyere cheese, salt and pepper, and about a half dozen eggs. Top with Parmesan cheese:

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We had made the Savory Bread Pudding before. It has baby arugula and locally cured bacon, cream and some spices that I can't recall. But it is unbelievably delicious:

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Nate and Domi brought Hill Country Peaches:

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and a creamy sauce for them, which I never got a chance to photograph.

And Ree brought something called Uncle Bob's Apple Cake, and it was outstanding as well. But it was mostly all gone before I thought to photograph it. That is one of my problems - I like to have a small glass of wine (or two) while cooking and eating, and I occasionally forget to take photos!

But I have a couple of the happy couples:

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Domi and Nate

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Josienne, Domi, Nate, Jared/

and, of course, Rex!

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