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September 4th, 2008
08:37 pm

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Today's successful experiment
pasta (cheese-filled tortellini are excellent here)
an eggplant (6-8 inches, if not home-grown then salt the dice for half an hour, rinse, drain)
Aidells sun-dried tomato with mozzarella smoked chicken/turkey sausage (or, y'know, what you have handy)
red pepper flakes (generous few shakes)
a large onion (preferably sweet)
about 4 cloves garlic
white wine (Riesling works well)

Boil water
Dice eggplant (1/2 inch dice) and begin sautéing on high heat
When it begins to brown, crumble sausage and add
When eggplant is softening and sausage is brown, turn down heat
Add pasta to water when boiling
Add red pepper flakes, diced onion, and minced garlic to sautéed mixture
Continue sautéing until garlic, onion, and eggplant are cooked
Add wine and cook another couple minutes
When pasta is done, drain and serve pasta topped with eggplant-sausage mixture

Smoked sausage + spicy red pepper flakes + eggplant richness = happy diner

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October 2nd, 2007
08:26 pm

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"Unread" books
From redcat9.

These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users. Meme directions: bold what you have read, italicize what you started but couldn't/didn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. The numbers after each one are the number of LT users who used the tag of that book.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (149) (need to pick up again)
Anna Karenina (132)
Crime and punishment (121)
Catch-22 (117)
One hundred years of solitude (115)
Wuthering Heights (110)
The Silmarillion (104)
Life of Pi: a novel (94)
The name of the rose (91)
Don Quixote (91)
Moby Dick (86)
Ulysses (84)
Madame Bovary (83)
The Odyssey (83)
Pride and prejudice (83)
Jane Eyre (80)
A tale of two cities (80)
The brothers Karamazov (80)
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies (79) (need to read this, we have it)
War and peace (78)
Vanity fair (74)
The time traveler's wife (73) (need to read this, we have it)
The Iliad (73) (sixth grade was a little early to be assigned this and we only read part)
Emma (73)
The Blind Assassin (73)
The kite runner (71)
Mrs. Dalloway (70)
Great expectations (70)
American gods (68)
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius (67)
Atlas shrugged (67)
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books (66)
Memoirs of a Geisha (66)
Middlesex (66)
Quicksilver (66)
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West (65)
The Canterbury tales (64) (was only assigned a few of them)
The historian : a novel (63)
A portrait of the artist as a young man (63)
Love in the time of cholera (62)
Brave new world (61)
The Fountainhead (61)
Foucault's pendulum (61)
Middlemarch (61)
Frankenstein (59)
The Count of Monte Cristo (59)
Dracula (59)
A clockwork orange (59)
Anansi boys (58)
The once and future king (57)
The grapes of wrath (57)
The poisonwood Bible : a novel (57)
1984 (57)
Angels & demons (56)
The inferno (56) (need to read, we have it)
The satanic verses (55)
Sense and sensibility (55)
The picture of Dorian Gray (55)
Mansfield Park (55)
One flew over the cuckoo's nest (54)
To the lighthouse (54)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (54) (ugh. why you'd assign this in an all-girls' school...)
Oliver Twist (54)
Gulliver's travels (53)
Les misérables (53)
The corrections (53)
The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay (52)
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time (52)
Dune (51)
The prince (51)
The sound and the fury (51)
Angela's ashes : a memoir (51)
The god of small things (51)
A people's history of the United States : 1492-present (51)
Cryptonomicon (50) (shouldn't have finished it)
Neverwhere (50) (need to reread, it's in a box)
A confederacy of dunces (50)
A short history of nearly everything (50)
Dubliners (50)
The unbearable lightness of being (49)
Beloved (49)
Slaughterhouse-five (49)
The scarlet letter (48)
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation (48)
The mists of Avalon (47)
Oryx and Crake : a novel (47) (wasn't mine, so I didn't get to finish)
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed (47)
Cloud atlas (47)
The confusion (46)
Lolita (46)
Persuasion (46)
Northanger abbey (46)
The catcher in the rye (46)
On the road (46)
The hunchback of Notre Dame (45)
Notre Dame de Paris (45)
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything (45)
Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance : an inquiry into values (45)
The Aeneid (45)
Watership Down (44)
Gravity's rainbow (44)
The Hobbit (44)
In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences (44)
White teeth (44) (not convinced I should have finished)
Treasure Island (44)
David Copperfield (44)
The three musketeers (44)

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October 1st, 2007
10:31 am

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Slightly sunburned
Went to the National Book Festival on Saturday and inexplicably failed to realize it was still summer. Oops. I at least managed to toast myself relatively evenly, so I'm just slightly pink. Worth it to hear Terry Pratchett again and to hear and have a book signed by Holly Black (blackholly). Plus I got to meet some LibraryThing people, picked up a free book, and sat for a while in the garden behind the Castle. A good day.

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August 1st, 2007
09:40 pm

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Lease!
Back to DC at the end of the month, and we have a place for the truck to come to! A grand advance.

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April 20th, 2007
09:37 pm

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If jcberk were a drink she would be:

1 parts psychopath
3 parts cute
4 parts loyalty

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Interesting....

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February 18th, 2007
05:15 pm

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Interesting article
Kids, the Internet, and the End of Privacy: The Greatest Generation Gap Since Rock and Roll - New York Magazine

(Also, W2 errors are annoying.)

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July 6th, 2006
08:42 pm

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Leftovers
Someone's setting off a last few fireworks several blocks away. It's not dark yet so they're hard to see, just brief glitter confetti on the pink-and-gold sky. I keep thinking the show's over and then hearing the next one start whistling.

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May 19th, 2006
11:36 pm

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Book meme
dr_whom's fault. "Pick ten of your favorite novels, look them up on Amazon.com, and find the list of Statistically Improbably Phrases for those novels. Pick a few SIPs from each novel, list them here, and then have people guess what books they are." I suspect I'm obscure enough (both in who reads this and in what I read) not to bother, but one ID per person please. I was trying for only one book per author and failed, but at least the failure represents a large concentration on my shelves...

1. rubbish vans, ginger boy, museum yard
2. nabbing culls, sacred dish, gentry cove
3. little shaman, butterfly knife, wild hunt
4. mortal prisoner, gray creature, boiled grain, fairy woman
5. ability threshold, funding form, sensitivity exercise
6. lance constable, good copper, cigar case
7. vomit bugs, uterine replicator, undress greens
8. open third eye, thin dogs, heat shimmer
9. making cinnamon rolls, master vampire, table knife
10. quack chicks, staff car park, young centaur

Books that I tried but couldn't use because they had no or one SIP:
Tam Lin, Pamela Dean
Glass Mountain, Cynthia Voigt
Secret Water, Arthur Ransome
The Sorceress and the Cygnet, Patricia McKillip
The Changeover, Margaret Mahy
Maniac Magee, Jerry Spinelli
High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
Swordspoint, Ellen Kushner
War for the Oaks, Emma Bull
The View from Saturday, E. L. Konigsburg
Deep Wizardry, Diane Duane
The Princess and the Goblin, George MacDonald

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