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Jun. 14th, 2009 @ 11:40 am Best. Buttermilk pancakes. Ever.
The latest issue of Cook's Illustrated had a recipe for buttermilk pancakes that sounded so good I just had to try it out. So I made them this morning for my family, and they were light, fluffy, and buttery, just exactly the way good pancakes should be. When the kids weren't stuffing their mouths with the pancakes, they were talking about how good they were.

Here, then, is the recipe for anyone who'd like to duplicate it. In the interest of not violating copyright law, I'm copying only the recipe itself, and not the explanation of how it was created. It's pretty interesting, so if you're at all interested, I suggest you buy the issue for yourself.

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Sep. 11th, 2008 @ 12:11 am Conflicted
I wrote a post for GeekDad that was quoted by Fox News online (search for "Wired"). I wasn't quoted by name, but I was quoted by a major news source. Unfortunately, it was by a major news source that I think is full of crap, and they demonstrated this by quoting me in the same article as Stephen Hawking. So I'm a bit conflicted.
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Jul. 4th, 2008 @ 11:26 am Now there are two reasons to party today!!
Jesse Helms has died.
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Jun. 28th, 2008 @ 01:28 pm Maybe not quite so old as I thought
So I went to my brother-in-law's bachelor party last night. Went to a bar and a strip club and stayed out drinking till 1:30. Managed to keep up with a whole group of guys a decade younger than me and mostly in lots better shape. This was after driving nine hours from Virginia before the party started. Yeah, I'm exhausted, but I feel a little better about being 35 now.
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Jun. 8th, 2008 @ 11:09 pm Giraffes' milk declared kosher
No, really. So, if you keep kosher, are stranded in the African savanna, and can't find potable water, you can always try your hand at milking a giraffe.

This has been brought to you by the Department of Information You Will Never Use.
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May. 22nd, 2008 @ 11:28 pm Indy 4
Saw the new Indiana Jones flick. It was very good--not quite as good as #1 and #3, much better than #2.

It was refreshing to see a movie with so many special effects but so little CGI.

I can't add much to the multitude of reviews, but I will say this: I've seen some reviewers going on about the plot being weak. This to me seems like buying a box of chocolate truffles and complaining about the nutritional content.
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May. 15th, 2008 @ 02:38 pm Ten years
Ten years ago tonight I got to the Northshore Mall in Peabody, Massachusetts early, stopped by the KB toy store, and bought a tiny Tigger doll. I walked down the hall to Legal Sea Foods, put my name in at the desk, and stood outside to wait. I had put on some nice dress pants and a button-down shirt, so I looked OK for a Friday night after a long week, and I did my best not to look nervous. It was still early for the time we'd arranged.

Fifteen minutes later my world changed. I didn't know it at the time, of course, with little Tigger sitting on the table watching us eat fried calamari. I didn't even know it later, when her car got a flat tire while we were walking along the beach in Lynn, and the rim just wouldn't come off, and we had to walk a couple of miles to get to a convenience store with a phone, because ten years ago most people, us included, didn't have cell phones.

It didn't take me long to figure it out, though. I asked her to marry me three months later, to the day, and a year-plus-a-little after that we were married. It's been a bit of a rollercoaster ride since then, but I couldn't imagine taking that ride without her next to me.

I love you, Jen.
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May. 7th, 2008 @ 11:26 am Bring out your dead!
Current Mood: geeky
HOWARD DEAN: Bring out your dead! [clang] Bring out your dead! [clang]
BARACK: Here's one.
HOWARD: Delegates, please.
HILLARY: I'm not dead!
BARACK: Nothing. Here are your delegates.
HILLARY: I'm not dead!
HOWARD: 'Ere! She says she's not dead!
BARACK: Yes, she is.
HILLARY: I'm not!
HOWARD: She isn't?
BARACK: Well, she will be soon. She's too far behind.
HILLARY: I'm getting better!
BARACK: No, you're not. You'll be stone dead in a moment.
HOWARD: I can't take her like that. It's against regulations.
HILLARY: I want to count Michigan and Florida!
BARACK: Oh, don't be such a baby.
HOWARD: I can't take her.
HILLARY: I feel fine!
BARACK: Well, do us a favor.
HOWARD: I can't.
BARACK: Well, can you give me a few more superdelegates? She won't be long.
HOWARD: No, I've got to go to West Virginia.
BARACK: Well, when's your next primary?
HOWARD: Tuesday.
HILLARY: I think I'll go to a rally.
BARACK: You're not fooling anyone, you know. Isn't there something you can do?
HILLARY: [singing] I feel happy. I feel happy.
BARACK: Ah, thanks very much!
HOWARD: Not at all. See you at the convention.
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Oct. 31st, 2007 @ 01:28 pm Dr. Jack Sparrow
I just have to say that it is rather odd to be discussing your medical issues and treatments with your doctor when he is at that moment dressed and made up as Captain Jack Sparrow.

That is all.
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Aug. 31st, 2007 @ 10:51 am Ow!
Current Mood: soresore
Can I just say that having a pinched nerve in my lower back/hip that shoots pain down to my left foot and causes my left calf muscle to lock up and my left foot to feel half-asleep all the time is F**KING PAINFUL!?

Thank you.
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