Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Virtual Wine

And you thought wine was made from grapes!
This is currently available at Terracotta Red, an inconspicuous but entirely real restaurant located in Everett, WA. We didn't try this particular wine (the house Sauvignon Blanc, whatever it was, was nice) but the food knocked our socks clean off.

We tried the Singapore Street Noodles and the Pan Roasted Pacific Ling Cod from their fresh sheet, and the Chili Spiced Calamari, Pork and Chive Potstickers, Wok Seared Spiced Lamb, with sides of Si Chuan String Beans and Jasmine Rice off their regular dinner menu. (We had help.) It was all delicious but my favorites were the calamari, potstickers, and beans.

If you're ever in the unusual position of needing to find a good restaurant in Everett (good as in very well prepared, reasonably priced food rather than good as in white linen tablecloths with a view of Puget Sound), you should check out this place. And if you need help getting through the menu, we'll join you. (It's served family-style.)

The restaurant is on Hewitt right off I-5.

As for the Pop Crush Red Blend, I'm not sure it even exists.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

October 16

Ah, feel that? That's the relaxed feeling of having enough time for a second cup of coffee. Of being able to sleep late but choosing not to because you want to enjoy a little extra time to lounge around in your jammies and read a book. It's what it feels like to go to work and know you don't really have to get any work done. It's the day after tax season (the extended version) and it feels so good.

You know what else feels good? Finding an upside to working in two different cities: I need half as many clothes. Sure, you might see that as a downside but think of this: Half as much laundry. Half as much ironing. For example, I can wear one outfit on Monday in one city and then wear the exact same thing on Tuesday in the next city. If I worked in five cities, all I'd ever have to change is my underwear.

Think about that the next time you ask me, "So, when did you get back in town?"

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

If A Woodchuck Could Chuck Wood

A Personal Drone That Catches the Shot No GoPro Can | MensJournal

A personal drone of your very own! If the government isn't interested in following you around, you can just follow yourself around!

Just in time for Christmas, you can get a videographer without the videographer - a companion who will literally hover around you and record every exciting, high-octane moment of your life. Imagine, a timeless record of going to the ATM, standing in the line at the post office, or having a face-to-face conversation . . . or whatever it is kids do these days.

I can hardly wait! It'll follow me around everywhere I go and lavish me with adoring attention. Just like a dog, only it doesn't require a leash I don't have to carry a pooper scooper!

H/T Ron's Log

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Taking a Break

May I suggest 76003.1414 - the Internet's most exclusive blog? (They never take a break over there.)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

To Bee or Not To Bee . . .

. . . or Sorry I Asked
"Starbucks is coming under fire from vegans for using ground-up bugs to color its Frappuccinos, but the use of cochineal insects is actually quite common in the food industry."
Here's What You Need To Know About The Ground-Up Insects Starbucks Puts In Your Frappuccino | Business Insider 
Bugs in our food - included by intention or by accident - is, actually, old news. But this isn't: Big Cricket Farms - the first commercial farm to raise crickets for human consumption.

"Finally, crickets just taste good!"

The 2014 startup is in Youngstown, Ohio, and I understand that when the crickets get loose, the owner will hire exterminators for his neighbors.

Heads up, foodies, bugs are the new trend in food according to Tiny Farms:
"With UN recommendations and exciting new startups, the market for edible bugs and insect-based products is growing like never before."
From an NPR blog, The Salt, (the tag line of which is what's on your plate [the answer to which, it appears, is good question]):
"Lots of people are excited about the potential of edible insects. A 2013 report from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization noted that insects like crickets, mealworms and grasshoppers are nutritional powerhouses, high in protein, fat and the essential amino acids lysine and tryptophan, which are scarce in cereal proteins like soy. Insects also can be farmed on far less land and emit fewer greenhouse gases than traditional livestock."
Startups Pitch Cricket Flour As The Best Protein You Could Eat
Not convinced? Eating bugs is also the right thing to do for the environment:
"The challenge with Six Foods is to convince the rest of America that eating insects is the best thing since sliced bread. When you look at the facts, it’s really a no-brainer: the livestock industry produces 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than all forms of transportation combined, but insects produce just 1% as many greenhouse gas emissions as cows. Raising insects requires far less land, feed, and water than raising livestock, and furthermore, insects don’t feel pain since they don’t have pain receptors (so you can feel less bad the next time one dies from flying into your face as you bike to work)."
How to make insects appetizing to Americans | Boing Boing
Decide for yourself. You can pre-order Chirps, shipping in November - just in time for Thanksgiving - a cricket-based, high protein, chip snack. There are three flavors to choose from:
  • Aged Cheddar - "A zesty cheese seasoning that matches perfectly with the bean base for a delightfully addictive flavor kick."
  • Sea Salt - "All-natural flavors . . . "
  • Hickory BBQ: "Taste the summer . . ."

Taste of summer?

Uh, no thanks.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Art: A hobby or a business?

For starters, you have to be able to sculpt, draw, or paint things that, you know…look like things. But even if you can, you know damn well that when you tell someone at a dinner party that you’re an “artist,”  they’ll smugly assume that’s just a pleasant euphemism for “unemployed trust fund baby.” And on the off chance that all your creativity and hard work pays off and you have a piece prominently displayed in a gallery or museum, you’ll have to repeatedly deal with a boorish lout like me eyeing up your magnum opus and dismissively professing, ”I don’t get it.”
Artists Rejoice! Tax Court Concludes Painter's Activity Isn't A 'Hobby' - Forbes
The real question is, "What does the IRS think it is?" The answer is, "It depends. . . . "

Hawk 1; Drone . . .

. . . We could use a few more hawks.