Monday, March 30, 2020

Add a word to a movie title

M*A*S*H Potatoes 

Charlie Sheen and the Chocolate Factory

Schindler's Grocery List


Harry Potter & The Chamber of Pornhub Secrets 

Jack Reacher Round 

Pacific Rim Shot

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Tramp-stamp

The Tony Blair Witch Project

Terminator: Salvation Army

Lord of the Cock Rings

Good Will Hunting Animals

Game of Porcelain Thrones

The Magnificent Seven-Way

The Sound of Bagpipe Music

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Music

Time Lord of the Flies 

Scent of a Decomposing Woman

What Wet Dreams May Come

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Chaka Khan

1917 Dicks

The Fantastic 4x4

The Dark Knight's Penis Rises

The Butt Hurt Locker

Star Trek: First Inappropriate Contact

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Updated Art

'The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp' (1632) by Rembrandt, Distance Learning Version


Monday, March 23, 2020

The Story of a coronavirus infection If you’re prone to coronavirus anxiety, consider skipping this informative yet sobering article.

The Story of a coronavirus infection 

If you're prone to coronavirus anxiety, consider skipping this informative yet sobering article. 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Attention, cultists: This Call of Cthulhu coloring book is free

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Uncle Jack’s famous baked beans

Uncle Jack's famous baked beans

Like most food blogs, this recipe starts with a story. Uncle Jack introduced me to food. My mother was a serviceable cook, preparing family food that catered to my father's limited preferences, as well as his demand that each dinner entree was prepared as before without variation. Food was never an adventure.

 On one of my winter vacations to visit Uncle Jack, he prepared Kasha and Bowties. It was unlike the dish my mother prepared; mushy noodles and desiccated kasha kernels. His noodles were al dente, and the kasha was moist, with a mushroom gravy. I had no idea that an adequately-prepared food could be slightly modified to produce a delicious dish. 

When I told him I was impressed with his cooking, he brought me into his kitchen. He loved to cook, and never treated it as a chore. To him, cooking was an enjoyable activity and a way to express personal creativity. 

Of the various meals he prepared, my favorite was his baked beans recipe. The first time I made used his recipe, I brought it to an friend's annual pot-luck barbecue. It was a hit. The following year, he phoned the usual guests to invite them to the annual barbecue. I asked, "What should I bring?" He replied with surprise, "The baked beans, of course!"

Whenever I've brought Uncle Jack's Famous Baked Beans—to our multi-family swim club dinners, or Chili cook-offs— the response as been the same: "Bring those again."

Uncle Jack's Famous Baked Beans
1 stick pepperoni 
Dice and sauté for a several minutes. Remove from pan but keep the pepperoni oil in the pan

Add to the pan : 
6-8 yellow onions, diced.
1 green pepper, diced.
Sauté slowly. It will look like an enormous pile when you start, but, like spinach, when you're done you'll wonder where it all went. 

1 large can of baked beans
Several smaller cans of different types of beans. I use black beans, white beans, red kidney beans, and pinto beans. Open the cans and dump all the beans into a colander. Wash off *all* that canned goop. We're going to replace it with something much tastier. 

Put rinsed beans into large pot and add:
1 bottle barbecue sauce 
1 bottle pancake syrup
Add the sautéed onions, peppers, pepperoni. Mix it all together. The liquid level should be contents even with the solid contents.

 At this point you should taste it and make any personal modifications. Salt, ground pepper, a bit of molasses, red pepper flakes, etc.

Heat the contents and simmer for an hour. Stir as needed. The liquid will reduce and thicken to something wonderful. 

Bring it to a cookout. Then be prepared to make it again. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Happy St Patrick Stewart Day


Monday, March 16, 2020

Spot on


The Batman meme


Friday, March 13, 2020

When You Put Tree Rings on a Record Player, The Sound Is Unexpectedly Beautiful

Not with a phonograph needle. See article for technical details. 

You can play samples of the sounds on the website, and it sounds very similar to Aleatoric (chance) music


Interesting Trio

Today: Friday the 13th
Tomorrow: Pi Day
Day after tomorrow: Ides of March

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Version 2.0

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Zippy the Pinhead’s favorite coffee


Friday, March 06, 2020

Coronavirus mental health advice

Take care of yourself

Anxiety of any sort can have negative effects on your health. In the short term, it can cause irritability, headaches, muscle tension, insomnia, fatigue, and many other symptoms. Longer-term chronic stress can lead to more serious afflictions, like high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.

The markets and economy are certainly not worth risking your health, so it's important to take care of yourself during this stressful period. Try getting outside for some fresh air, taking a daily walk, riding a bike, or eating healthy foods. You can also try relaxation techniques, like meditation, yoga, massage, or deep breathing. Getting plenty of sleep is important, too. If the evening news is causing you alarm and keeping you up at night, consider reading an enjoyable book instead.

Mind your media usage and look for positive distractions

If you find yourself constantly scrolling through social media on your phone or glued to the TV screen, there's no doubt you will be inundated with stories of gloom and doom. Some media outlets tend to sensationalize stories to attract a larger audience. This can cause unnecessary alarm. If you feel you must check the headlines, try visiting the websites of more trusted sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization. They will have the most up-to-date news on the coronavirus, along with tips to protect yourself.

It's also good to find positive distractions, like watching an upbeat movie, listening to your favorite music, or talking with friends and family

Saturday, February 29, 2020


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Seen on the Web:

Don't expect Israelis to be like American Jews (or indeed Jews anywhere else): in appearance, behaviour, etiquette, food, and virtually other respect, they are very different. 

Expect the serenity of a Greek wedding, the formality of Australian barbecue, and the modesty of a French cheesemaker—and you'd be close.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Seen on the web

Don't expect Israelis to be like American Jews (or indeed Jews anywhere else): in appearance, behaviour, etiquette, food, and virtually other respect, they are very different. 

Expect the serenity of a Greek wedding, the formality of Australian barbecue, and the modesty of a French cheesemaker—and you'd be close.     

Monday, January 27, 2020

FDA Approves Sale Of Prescription Placebo

"For years, I battled with strange headaches that surfaced during times of stress," Kohler said. "Doctors repeatedly turned me away empty-handed, or suggested that I try an over-the-counter pain reliever—as if that would be strong enough. Finally, I heard about Sucrosa. They said, 'This will work,' and it worked. The headaches are gone."

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Monday, December 30, 2019

Monday, December 16, 2019

A Moscow University Has Erected a Monument to Peer Review - Atlas Obscura

The recently unveiled monument is a huge stone die, the brainchild of sociologist Igor Chirikov, with common outcomes of peer review etched (in English) onto the five visible sides: "Accept," "Minor Changes," "Major Changes," "Revise and Resubmit," and the dreaded "Reject."

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Thousands of 10-Inch 'Penis Fish' Washed Up on a California Beach

" The Penis Fish is neither a penis nor a fish. Discuss. "


Saturday, November 30, 2019

Calvin Trillin's Campaign to Make Spaghetti Carbonara the National Dish for Thanksgiving

—Calvin Trillin's Campaign to Make Spaghetti Carbonara the National Dish for Thanksgiving; the real story of the first Thanksgiving—

I have been campaigning to have the national Thanksgiving dish changed from turkey to spaghetti carbonara.

It does not take much historical research to uncover the fact that nobody knows if the Pilgrims really ate turkey at the first Thanksgiving dinner. The only thing we know for sure about what the Pilgrims ate is that it couldn't have tasted very good. Even today, well brought-up English girls are taught by their mothers to boil all veggies for at least a month and a half, just in case one of the dinner guests turns up without his teeth...

It would also not require much digging to discover that Christopher Columbus, the man who may have brought linguine with clam sauce to this continent, was from Genoa, and obviously would have sooner acknowledged that the world was shaped like an isosceles triangle than to have eaten the sort of things that the English Puritans ate. Righting an ancient wrong against Columbus, a great man who certainly did not come all this way only to have a city in Ohio named after him, would be a serious historical contribution. Also, I happen to love spaghetti carbonara.

[In our family]...Thanksgiving has often been celebrated away from home. It was at other people's Thanksgiving tables that I first began to articulate my spaghetti carbonara campaign--although, since we were usually served turkey, I naturally did not mention that the campaign had been inspired partly by my belief that turkey is basically something college dormitories use to punish students for hanging around on Sunday... I reminded everyone how refreshing it would be to hear sports announcers call some annual tussle the Spaghetti Carbonara Day Classic.

I even had a ready answer to the occasional turkey fancier at those meals who insist that spaghetti carbonara was almost certainly not what our forebears ate at the first Thanksgiving dinner. As it happens, one of the things I give thanks for every year is that those people in the Plymouth Colony were not my forebears. Who wants forebears who put people in the stocks for playing the harpsichord on the Sabbath or having an innocent little game of pinch and giggle?

Finally there came a year when nobody invited us to Thanksgiving dinner. Alice's theory was that the word had got around town that I always made a pest out of myself berating the hostess for serving turkey instead of spaghetti carbonara...

However it came about, I was delighted at the opportunity we had been given to practice what I had been preaching--to sit down to a Thanksgiving dinner of spaghetti carbonara.

Naturally, the entire family went over to Rafetto's pasta store on Houston Street to see the spaghetti cut . I got the cheese at Joe's dairy, on Sullivan, a place that would have made Columbus feel right at home--there are plenty of Genoese on Sullivan, no Pilgrims--and then headed for the pork store on Carmine Street for the bacon and ham. Alice made the spaghetti carbonara. It was perfection. I love spaghetti carbonara. Then I began to tell the children the story of the first Thanksgiving:

In England, along time ago, there were people called Pilgrims who were very strict about making everyone observe the Sabbath and cooked food without any flavor and that sort of thing, and they decided to go to America, where they could enjoy Freedom to Nag. The other people in England said, "Glad to see the back of them." In America, the Pilgrims tried farming, but they couldn't get much done because they were always putting their best farmers in the stocks for crimes like Suspicion of Cheerfulness. The Indians took pity on the Pilgrims and helped them with their farming, even though the Indians thought that the Pilgrims were about as much fun as teenage circumcision. The Pilgrims were so grateful that at the end of their first year in America they invited the Indians over for a Thanksgiving meal.

The Indians, having had some experience with Pilgrim cuisine during the year, took the precaution of taking along one dish of their own. They brought a dish that their ancestors had learned from none other than Christopher Columbus, who was known to the Indians as "the big Italian fellow." The dish was spaghetti carbonara--made with pancetta bacon and fontina and the best imported prosciutto. The Pilgrims hated it. They said it was "heretically tasty" and "the work of the devil" and "the sort of thing foreigners eat." The Indians were so disgusted that on the way back to their village after dinner one of them made a remark about the Pilgrims that was repeated down through the years and unfortunately caused confusion among historians about the first Thanksgiving meal. He said, "What a bunch of turkeys!"

[excerpted from "Third Helpings," by Calvin Trillin.]


Black Friday TV show

I have an idea for a reality TV show to be aired the day after Thanksgiving.  

The scene opens in a box store. The aisles are crammed with merchandise ready to be sold at deep discount. The store is minutes away from opening its doors to an enormous crowd of agitated people pressed against the entrance.

Inside, there are bulls. 

Suddenly the doors fly open and a wave of humanity rushes into the store. The panicking bulls, trapped in narrow aisles, flee in terror. The slower ones are trampled by the crowd. Some brave bulls dash into the throngs of rampaging humans and manage to pull their mangled brethren to safety.

The climax comes when the crowd forces a bull into the dishware aisle, and we get to see an actual bull in a china shop.

It'll be a hit. Much better than the puppy bowl.

And a suitable warm-up to the following football games where humans trample other humans.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019



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Thursday, October 17, 2019

“Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?”

Someone on Quora asked "Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?" 

Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England wrote the following response:

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Full Episodes Jeeves and Wooster on YouTube

Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie
Wot Wot !

Fwd: Yum

From: Shelly Skilton 
Go down beyond the chapter listing & read the book description

Monday, September 16, 2019

Cubed wombat poop, why your left nut runs hot, among Ig Nobel winners | Ars Technica

The winners receive eternal Ig Nobel fame and a ten-trillion dollar bill from Zimbabwe


Sunday, September 08, 2019



Tuesday, September 03, 2019

How a Banana-Chicken Casserole Defined Swedish Cuisine - Gastro Obscura

The original recipe calls for shredded, grilled chicken topped with sliced bananas and Italian salad spice to be submerged in a mixture of whipped cream and Heinz chili sauce. 

After baking, it's to be sprinkled with fried bacon chunks and peanuts—an unusual combination of ingredients that's been called "anti-epicurean," and "a truly horrifying mash-up of things."


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Today in History

Today in History Aug 27, 1928: 

The Kellogg-Briand Pact, outlawing war, was signed by Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, British India, the Irish Free State, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. how's that working out for ya?

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Today in History

Today in History:

Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.
Aug 8, 1876: Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Rest easy Rutger Hauer.

 "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die."

Easier than Jell-O

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Maze With Cheese In Center Enters Human Trials Following Decades Of Testing On Mice

"After thousands of rounds of animal testing going back to the early 1950s, I speak for everyone at Harvard when I say we are overjoyed to have finally reached our end-stage testing goal: placing full-sized adult humans in a labyrinth and forcing them to seek out cheese,"


Friday, May 31, 2019

Pop-Up Rat Bar Lets Patrons Pet Rats, Drink Cocktails in San Francisco - Eater SF