The List

This has every link listed on this site. It makes for easier searching. It is no particular order. All titles are taken from the link. Each of these will have its own post, complete with tags, notes and comments….although that will take a very long time as I slowly work through this all. (Here is another list of links that I will incorporate into this one)

  1. The Bechdel Test
  2. What do Feminists Have Left?
  3. Tancredo: It’s ‘elitist’ for ‘people who get elected’ to think their ‘one purpose’ is to ‘make laws’
  4. Mexico: Macbre 22 Postcards
  5. Ribollita – How come Peasant Food tastes so good?
  6. Cassoulet: Beans, crust key to French Casserole
  7. Grodon Ramsey – Broccoli Soup
  8. Book Rundown: Half the Sky
  9. Book Rundown: Predictably Irrational
  10. Peter Schiff Was Right 2006-2007
  11. Obama Outlines Job-Creation Plan
  12. Day of Thanksgiving
  13. The Full Obama Interview
  14. Live Piracy Map 
  15. Ground Game 
  16. My Review of Darjeeling Limited
  17. Survival PDF’s
  18. War Vegetable Gardening and the Home Storage of Vegetables 1918
  19. Peak Population and Generation X
  20. Product Manual Archive
  21. Music/Mashup Podcast
  22. Studying Chineses Blog Censorship
  23. Sonny Boy Williamson II
  24. Board game: Credit Crunch
  25. A Modest Proposal
  26. Understanding Islam Through Virtual Worlds
  27. Guides to Homesteading in the Modern Age
  28. Writing in the age of distraction
  29. Living off the grid
  30. In China, Bush Remains a popular President
  31. The Invention of Air – Review
  32. Steve Thomas Art
  33. U.S. becomes top wind producer
  34. Behavior: $1? No Thanks. 100 cents? You Bet
  35. DIY Hot Sauce
  36. Field Trippin’
  37. Hans Rosling: Stats that reshape your worldview
  38. Buy American
  39. Fireside Chat with Timothy Ferris
  40. The Dehumanization of young workers in China
  41. Apocalyptic Projected Waterlines Depict a city Underwater
  42. Peak Prosperity: Crash Course in the economy
  43. Stimulus Watch: Keeping an eye on economic recovery spending
  44. Man appears free of HIV after stem cell transplant
  45. Trying to Live on 500k in New York City
  46. Burgeoning Bourgeoisie
  47. Iran: A Nation of Bloggers
  48. Playtime for 13-year-old dad
  49. DIY Grow Lights
  50. The Stimulus Plan: Where the Money Would Go
  51. The death of the news
  52. A Colorado school district does away with grade levels
  53. Long Island fifth grader urges his fellow students to ‘unite against homework’
  54. Recess Makes for Better Students
  55. School Soda Ban Has Limited Effect
  56. Spring Branch joins movement questioning homework
  57. Good grades pay off literally
  58. Learning Matters: Paying For Grades (Does Cash For Students Work?)
  59. Sex-education reducing adolescent sex, says study
  60. Live Hope Love: Radio Specials
  61. 2009-02-16: As It Happens Daily – As It Happens from CBC Radio
  62. Quirks & Quarks 2009-02-21 – Quirks and Quarks Complete Show from CBC Radio
  63. Media-Morphosis: How the Internet Will Devour, Transform, or Destroy Your Favorite Medium
  64. Rural Broadband: No Job Creation Machine
  65. Librarian Opposes Google’s Library Fees
  66. Congress may consider mandatory ISP snooping
  67. Proposition 8 and Proposition 22: A tale of two votes
  68. Gold fever sweeps suburbia
  69. Taxing pot could become a political toking point
  70. Recipe for Disaster: The Formula That Killed Wall Street
  71. Porn in the USA: Conservatives are biggest consumers
  72. Nadishana – Well Tempered Kou Xiang – Set of 7 blades!
  73. Who is getting pinched the most?- CNNMoney.com
  74. Everythings Amazing & Nobodys Happy
  75. What Bruce Sterling Actually Said About Web 2.0 at Webstock 09

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Big Board Games List

Games I and Enjoy:

Carcassonne ($35)

2-5 players

The game is played with cardboard tiles which the players build the ‘board’ as they play. On each piece there can be a road, a farm, a chapel, or a castle, or any combination of those where a token ‘follower’ can be placed. To claim the points  on on of the previously mentioned things, each player must act strategically to both use their limited followers wisely and to make sure that a building they started can be claimed by them and not won over by another player.

This game is enjoyable because your strategy is somewhat reliant on luck, depending on which tile you choose. Thus it requires some strategy to not only score as many of your own points but to also be mindful of what others are doing and not help their endeavors.

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Castle Panic ($23)

1-4 players

This is a cooperative game where players must defeat all of the monsters before they slowly encroach and destroy their castle. The board resembles a pie with different slices (with different colors) and layered sections (a soldier closest to the castle, a knight and an archer farthest away) in each slice. Each player gets 5 cards which usually corresponds to a section and a color and they must trade and strategize together to maximize each others turn by damaging or killing monsters. At the end of each players turn monsters that have not been killed move in one space closer to the castle and 2 new monsters are added at random. There are a few boss monsters which can really mix things and very easily overwhelm the board making winning somewhat hard.

This game is a lot of fun, not because of the strategy, which is pretty minimal but in the co-op aspect of it and for the fact that you are playing against the randomness of the game and loosing is a somewhat common occurrence.

Dominion: Base ($32)

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Dominion: Alchemy ($22)

Dominion: Prosperity ($24)

Dominion: Seaside ($25)

Fiasco ($27)

Rory’s Story Cubes ($8)

Games I’ve Played and Want to Get:

Forbidden Desert ($25)

Small World ($40)

Castle Panic: Wizards Tower Expansion ($16)

Bears ($16)

Netrunner ($27)

Settlers of Catan ($38)

Games I want to Get or Check Out:

Dominion: Dark Ages ($26)

Dominion: Cornucopia ($21)

Dominion: Hinterlands ($29)

Takenoko ($37)

Twilight Struggle ($47)

Innovation ($20)

Say Anything ($18)

Wits and Wagers ($25)

Werewolf ($12)

Telestrations ($23)

Pillars of the Earth ($49)

King of Tokyo ($32)

No Thanks ($18)

Love Letter ($10)

Munchkin ($26)

Shadows Over Camelot ($43)

Resistance Avalon ($16)

Pandemic ($40)

Ticket To Ride: Europe ($39)

Puerto Rico ($30)

K2 ($56)

Smash Up ($24)

Powergrid ($33)

Firefly: The Board Game ($48)

Go ($25)

Dixit ($21)

Flux ($14)

Other Games from BGG top 100

1960: The Making of a President (N/A)

Terra Mystica

Through The Ages: A Story of Civilization

Agricola

Earth Reborn

A Game of Thrones: The Board Game

7 Wonders

Risk: Legacy

Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game

Age of Steam

Stone Age

Civilization: The Board Game

Arkham Horror

Merchants and Mauraders

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Fresh Pasta

Ingredients
3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
4 extra-large eggs
Directions
Mound the flour in the center of a large wooden cutting board. Make a well in the middle of the flour, add the eggs. Using a fork, beat together the eggs and begin to incorporate the flour starting with the inner rim of the well. As you incorporate the eggs, keep pushing the flour up to retain the well shape (do not worry if it looks messy). The dough will come together in a shaggy mass when about half of the flour is incorporated.

Start kneading the dough with both hands, primarily using the palms of your hands. Add more flour, in 1/2-cup increments, if the dough is too sticky. Once the dough is a cohesive mass, remove the dough from the board and scrape up any left over dry bits. Lightly flour the board and continue kneading for 3 more minutes. The dough should be elastic and a little sticky. Continue to knead for another 3 minutes, remembering to dust your board with flour when necessary. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and set aside for 20 minutes at room temperature. Roll and form as desired.

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Creamy Walnut Pasta Sauce

PREPARATION TIME: 2 mins

COOKING TIME: 2 mins

SERVES: 2

INGREDIENTS

200g farfalle

50g walnuts

225ml single cream

50g finely grated parmesan

METHOD:

Put the pasta in a pan of boiling salted water and cook for 8-10 minutes or until al dente. Meanwhile, put the walnuts in a pestle and mortar and crush until more or less finely ground (or whizz in a mini food processor to achieve the same results).  Add the cream to a pan over a medium heat and gently heat through, making sure not to boil too much. Add the ground walnuts, parmesan and a good pinch of ground black pepper. Drain the pasta well, reserving a spoonful of the cooking water, then add both to the creamy sauce. Toss well, season to taste and serve.

 

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Glazed Pork Chops

Ingredients
  • 4 thick cut pork chops (bone-in or boneless) $5.97
  • ¼ cup brown sugar $0.12
  • ½ tsp cayenne powder $0.05
  • ½ tsp garlic powder $0.05
  • ½ tsp paprika $0.05
  • ½ tsp salt $0.05
  • ½ tsp black pepper $0.05

 

Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl combine the brown sugar and spices (salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika and garlic powder or whatever spice blend you like).
  2. Remove the pork chops from their package and rub the brown sugar/spice mix all over both sides. Use all of the spice mix.
  3. Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a skillet over medium/high heat. When the oil is nice and hot (it will look wavy in the pan), add the pork chops. Cook the chops for about 5 minutes on each side or until they are nicely browned.
  4. If you are using an oven safe skillet, place the skillet in the oven for an additional 5 minutes to make sure they are cooked through. If your skillet is not oven safe (most plastic handled skillets and teflon are not safe in the oven), transfer the chops to a baking sheet lined with foil then place in the oven.
  5. Remove the chops from the oven and drag each side around in the thick glaze that has formed around the chops in the pan prior to serving.

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Tuscan Style Salad

  • 1/2 ciabatta loaf
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • a few sprigs of rosemary or oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon of nonpareil capers
  • 1/2 x 2oz anchovies in oil, drained
  • a small bunch of fresh basil
  • 6 roasted red peppers
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 4 vines of cherry tomatoes
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • red wine vinegar
  • Parmesan cheese
  1. make croutons with ciabatta bread with olive oil in a hot pan, add in fennel seeds, oregano, and a pinch of salt. about 10 minutes.
  2. roughly chop capers,  with the anchovies, most of the basil, and the roasted bell peppers. crush the garlic and add all of the tomatoes and cut it all up and put it in a serving bowl. add a splash of red wine vinegar and some olive oil. Add crouton and tear in the remaining red peppers and scrunch it all together with your hands. Season to taste. SERVE. EAT.

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Stewed Fruit and Ice cream

  • 18 plums or any stone fruit, such as nectarines
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • splash of brandy
  1. half fruit, place in large roasting pan with vanilla, sugar. Zest of half an orange, squeeze in all the juice. Add cinnamon and brandy
  2. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes until soft and juicy. Top with Ice cream in a bowl. SERVE. EAT.

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Summer Veggie Lasagne

  • a bunch of scallions
  • 1/2 of a 2oz can of anchovies in oil
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 oz of asparagus
  • 4 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen shelled fava or edamame beans
  • a large bunch of fresh mint
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 12 large sheets of lasagne sheets (approx. 1 1/4 lbs)
  1. Trim and thinly slice scallions. add scallions and anchovies to frying pan. Crush garlic and add them too. trim off ends of asparagus and thinly slice the stems, leaving tips whole. set tips aside and add stems to pan with pinch of salt and pepper. add slash of boiling water. keep stirring
  2. add peas and lava beans. pick and roughly chop the mint leaves and add to the pan with cream. finely grate in the zest of 1/2 a lemon
  3. roughly mash and squash everything in the frying pan. cover with broth and bring to a boil. add 1 cup cottage cheese to mixture. the consistency should be creamy and loose.
  4. take 9×13 roasting pan. add a quarter of the mixture to coat bottom. layer with lasagna and parmesan, repeat until finished with a layer of pasta. mix a splash of water with remaining cup of cottage cheese. and spread it over top layer. cook the asparagus tips in pan, and sprinkle on top with a lot of parmesan cheese.
  5. put under broiler until bubbling for about 8 minutes. (more if you didnt use a metal pan to put on stove while executing step 4). Serve. Eat.

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