Monday, July 31, 2006

A culinary mistake to learn from.
I made a blueberry pie, today, and I got a bit impatient with the difficulty of working the pastry dough. I added to much additional water. Now I need a pair of scissors to cut through the crust.
On the plus side, I also made Alton Brown's Pocket Pies, with my standard mushroom, onion, ground beef, and sausage pasty filling, and they came out quite nice. I'll be eating those the rest of the week, I think.
Boing Boing: Noise can make you smarter
I don't know about smarter. However, when I was in grad school, I found the background noise of people make for some good white noise, and I got a lot of work on my dissertation done in the student cafe. That being said, it only worked for a while. First I had to move to the smoking session to avoid my friends, and then smokers became friendly with me, so I had to find another place to work.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - Dobbs: Why is the president ignoring our laws? - Jul 26, 2006
Here, here. Rule of law used to mean something in this country.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

C.W. : Sorry, but Zidane doesn't get it
Zidane has many defenders. Sometimes, it's not about just yourself. However provocative Materazzi's comments, the consequences of Zidane's reaction were not just to himself, but to his team, his country, and all the fans watching. His reaction was selfish. But perhaps he's too good to "take one for the team". He says he's just a man. If he can't take the consequences into account before he acts, no, he's still a child. And if he did indeed take the consequences into account, that means that his own pride takes precedence over team, country, and "the children". How classy is that?
UPDATE 3-Soccer-Zidane says Materazzi insulted mother and sister |
Says Zidane: "But I was the one who was provoked and I reacted. It is always the one who reacts who is punished, never the one who provokes and this is not fair."
Is it just me, or does this sound incredibly childish?

Monday, July 10, 2006

Drama - Then a Gimmick - July 10, 2006 - The New York Sun
I've been trolling the net for a little more on why Zidane did what he did, and came across this piece of silliness. I wonder if this guy ever actually played, and if he did, doesn't he remember? It was obvious that both sides were pretty exhausted coming into the game. Italy had played 120 minutes to beat Germany. And he faults teams for focusing on the fundamentals. It doesn't matter how pretty you play if you can't defend your own goal. If they want to open up the game a bit more, then either the games have to be spaced out further, to give players time to recuperate, or more substitutions have to be allowed. Why not take the approach of basketball, and allow unlimited substitutions, with players being able to come back in after a rest? Fresh legs will do more than anything else to liven up the game.