Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Solstice corollary

"Today is the first official day of summer and the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere"

So, if someone is "honest as the day is long" they're most trustworthy today.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Wait. What?

Friday, May 06, 2022

Who wore it better?

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Yum dinner!

Monday, February 14, 2022

RE: Mel Brooks' foundation for ...




Hope you are well!


Thanks for sending this.  Brought back memories of words I grew up with, and haven't heard in many years. 




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Judy Cohen - Schmuck






Fw: Mel Brooks' foundation for ...


Monday, January 17, 2022

Brilliant satire

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

You want dried peppers?

Assi has a few. 😆

Saturday, November 20, 2021


Friday, November 19, 2021

Regarding Frank Herbert's 'Dune'

The film's main character, Paul Atreides, is a messianic figure who goes by many mystical names, including one that undoubtedly confused many moviegoers: "Kwisatz Haderach."

The reason this term sounds like nonsense in English is that it's not English.

It's Herbert's rough transliteration of the traditional Jewish term kefitzat haderech (קפיצת הדרך), which means the "shortening of the way" or "leaping of the path."

The messiah, in other words, is the one who propels humanity forward to its ultimate destination.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Humorist Calvin Trillin’s story of the first 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.]

Monday, November 08, 2021


Monday, November 01, 2021

Ignoreland lyrics - REM

These bastards stole their power

From the victims of the Us v Them years

Wrecking all things virtuous and true

The undermining social democratic downhill slide into abysmal

Lost lamb off the precipice into the trickle down runoff pool

They hypnotized the summer, ninteen-seventy-nine

Marched into the capital brooding duplicitous

Wicked and able, media-ready

Heartless, and labeled

Super US citizen, super achiever

Wednesday, October 27, 2021


Monday, October 25, 2021

Humor: To Fall Out of Love, Do This

A spoof on the series of questions used in the article "To fall in love, do this"

Friday, October 22, 2021

Hard cheese. Very very hard.


Accurate comparison

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Fwd: Video: The Birth of the Internet Archive


25 years ago, the entire World Wide Web was only 2.5 terabytes in size. Most connections were dial-up, important records were stored on tape, and a young engineer named Brewster Kahle was working on a revolutionary project—a way to archive the growing Internet.

Filmed by Marc Weber for the Web History Project, this video showcases the Internet Archive's very first web crawl in 1996. In 2001, the project was made accessible to the public through the Wayback Machine. Today, the Internet Archive is home to more than 588 billion web pages, as well as 28 million books and texts, 14 million audio items, and 580,000 software titles, making us one of the world's largest digital libraries.

As the Internet Archive approaches our 25th anniversary, let's take a look at the hardware and high hopes that drove the project from the very beginning—and hear from the man whose vision made it all possible.


Thanks for being a part of our journey, and enjoy the archive!

-The Internet Archive Team

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Monday, October 04, 2021

Knowing Chemistry can save your life


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Mmm. Mmm. Mmmm

Saturday, September 11, 2021

A healthy and happy new year

A Rabbi was walking down the hallways of his synagogue when he spotted little Sammy, who was staring at a plaque honoring WWII veterans. 

"What's this, Rabbi?" Sammy asked. 

The rabbi replied, "Those are the names of all of the people in this synagogue who died in the service."

Sammy looked at the wall of names, and quietly asked, "The morning or the afternoon service?"

Thursday, September 09, 2021

It’s legit


Monday, September 06, 2021



You keep using that word…

Sunday, September 05, 2021

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 and his demand that each dinner entree was prepared as before, without variation. Food was never an adventure. 

On one of my Florida 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 as well as 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!"

Wherever 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 : 
8 yellow onions, diced.
2 bell peppers, 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, fresh ground pepper, 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. 


Saturday, September 04, 2021

Freudian slip?

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

There was a time when the Merck Manual made fart jokes

Sunday, August 08, 2021

Rejection Letter

In 1981, when Paul Devlin was in high school applying for a university place, he received a rejection letter from Harvard which, to his great satisfaction, contained a grammatical error. 

Never one to miss an opportunity, Paul quickly decided that he must reject Harvard's rejection letter for that very reason, by letter—a process so therapeutic that Paul then decided to respond to all subsequent rejections, of which there were a few, with the following form letter. It became so popular that in May of 1981 it was reprinted in the New York Times.


Office of Admissions

Dear Sir/Madam:

Having now reviewed the many rejection letters received in the last few weeks, it is with great regret that I must inform you I am unable to accept your rejection at this time.

This year, I applied to a great number of fine colleges and universities and, of course, received many rejection letters. Unfortunately, the number of rejections that I can accept is very limited. It is for that reason that I was forced to reject the rejection letters of many qualified institutions. 

This was not an easy task. Each rejection was reviewed carefully and on an individual basis. Many factors were taken into account, such as the size of the institution, student-faculty ratio, location, reputation, cost and social atmosphere.

I am certain that most of the colleges I applied to are more than qualified to reject me. I am also sure that some mistakes were made, but I hope they were few in number.

I am aware of the disappointment this decision may bring, for these were not easy judgements. Throughout my deliberations, I have kept in mind the importance to you of this decision. I wish it were possible to cite specific reasons for each of the determinations I have made but, frankly, it is not. 

It was even necessary for me to reject some letters that were clearly qualified as rejections. This is surely my loss. 

I appreciate your having enough interest in me to reject me, and, although it may seem inappropriate to you at this time, let me take the opportunity to wish you well in what I am sure will be a highly successful academic year.

See you all in the fall!


Paul Devlin

Applicant at Large

Monday, August 02, 2021

Stupid is as stupid does



I hope the membranes are biodegradable. Then they'd be green. Super green.  

Go home, Japan. You’re drunk.


Sunday, August 01, 2021

Multi pass

This. Was. Delicious.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Truth in Advertising

Eat too many of these and your Az will be Big

Saturday, July 03, 2021

Marvelous Chemistry