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    Thursday, August 28th, 2014
    5:11 pm
    theweaselking @ 2014-08-28T16:10:00
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    12:30 pm
    theweaselking @ 2014-08-28T12:23:00
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    Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
    8:35 pm
    theweaselking @ 2014-08-27T20:28:00
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    12:48 pm
    theweaselking @ 2014-08-27T12:15:00
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    11:15 am
    Wherein I do cheffery.
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    Remove bacon, add ground turkey:
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    Remove ground turkey, add vegetables:
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    Add spices:
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    Add rice:
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    Cook the rice:
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    Re-add ground turkey and diced bacon. Add broth:
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    Dirty rice!
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    Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
    8:17 pm
    Audience Participation!
    Good submarine movies!

    1. Das Boot
    2. The Hunt For Red October
    3. ?
    4:41 pm
    theweaselking @ 2014-08-26T15:49:00
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    3:11 pm
    theweaselking @ 2014-08-26T14:36:00
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    3:11 pm
    theweaselking @ 2014-08-26T14:25:00
    Eavesdropping through a smartphone gyroscope.

    "Since iOS and Android require no special permissions to access the gyro, our results show that apps and active web content that cannot access the microphone can nevertheless eavesdrop on speech in the vicinity of the phone."
    Monday, August 25th, 2014
    12:57 pm
    theweaselking @ 2014-08-25T12:14:00
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    12:57 pm
    theweaselking @ 2014-08-25T12:10:00
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    Sunday, August 24th, 2014
    9:42 am
    Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
    7:50 pm
    Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
    12:58 pm
    Sunday, August 17th, 2014
    5:53 pm
    Instant-runoff voting question
    So, I'm watching the Hugo results, and a question has occurred to me. I expect Kevin Standlee will be *just a little busy* today, but he'll probably find this post sometime Tuesday because I said "Hugo Award" and "Hugo Voting" and answer. In the mean time, anyone know what happens in IRV when there's someone who *everyone* likes second-best?

    Imagine a degenerate situation. 5 nominees, A B C D and E. First place votes are split almost evenly between A-D, with E getting zero first-place votes. EVERY SINGLE PERSON picked E as their second choice, no third or subsequent choices.

    Round 1, E is eliminated, with no votes transferring.
    Round 2, D is eliminated, all votes transferring to E (and thus into the void?)
    Round 3, C is eliminated, all votes transferring to E. Were E still in the race, it would be firmly in the lead with slightly less than 50% of votes, to A and B's ~25%ish.
    Round 4, A and B are remaining, with A having more votes than B. A wins. If E hadn't been eliminated, B would be eliminated, putting E firmly into first place with ~75% of the vote.

    Is that actually how it works?
    I realise my example is particularly degenerate, but it seems correct. And also Just Wrong(tm).

    (In the mean time: Charlie Stross' My Little Pony/Lovecraft fanfic won a Hugo! That's awesome.)

    EDIT: Oh sure, let's just throw my Hugo comments here, too: this is the first year I can remember where I've really liked all the winners. Gravity won best picture (and deserved it. Yes, it IS science fiction, all of those orbital mechanics bits, and the premise, are impossible. But it was great), the Rains Of Castamere was my second choice for Best Doctor Who Episode Written By Stephen Moffat but it wasn't a bad choice. The Short Story Hugo could have gone to *anyone* and it would have been good, and John Chu's entry was great. Ann Leckie took the triple crown, Kameron Hurley took home *2.5* awards[1] and deserved it, and the Racist Sexist Homophobic Dipshit Slate found themselves all fighting hard to stay above No Award, not always succeeding. It's funny how being terrible writers, writing bad works, and getting them nominated entirely by faux-victim political posturing doesn't actually win awards.

    [1]: Best Fan Writer, Best Related Work, and the winners of Best Fanzine credit her (and her Best Related Work winner) for getting them into the running for Best Fanzine. They won on their own merits, but they thanked her for making people aware of them, and that's awesome.
    Saturday, August 16th, 2014
    7:26 pm
    How not to cook an eggplant: A play in one act.
    So I had this eggplant. I don't normally eat eggplant, and I'm actually pretty sure I'm never cut one open before. Eggplant is the kind of thing that shows up in the curry someone else at the table orders and I have a few bites of.

    But I had this eggplant.

    So I googled and found an easy-looking recipe for fried eggplant rounds. And the verdict..... yeah I'm not making that one again. But I might make a variant on it, especially with zucchini or something other than eggplant.

    Short recipe:

    1 eggplant, cut into 0.5in thick rounds.
    1/2 cup cornmeal
    1/2 tsp chili powder
    1/4 tsp dried oregano
    1 quart vegetable oil, for frying.


    1. Mix the cornmeal, chili powder, and oregano in a small dish. Add some salt. Dredge the eggplant slices through it to create breading.

    2. Heat a thin layer of oil in a frying pan. Fry the eggplant rounds, 2-3 minutes a side, adding oil whenever you need more oil.

    And the result? Well, let's put it this way. I ate them, but I ate them with ketchup. They weren't inedible, just not very good. Bland, and mushy. I thought the instruction to regularly add more oil was weird, until I started cooking - and realised that no, the eggplant is like a sponge, absorbing all the oil. So you need more oil or it won't fry. And then it's saturated with oil when it comes out, bleeds oil when you cut into it, and drips. I don't think I used anywhere near a full quart of oil (I had to look up what a quart was. SERIOUSLY PEOPLE, USE METRIC. OR AT LEAST "cups" BECAUSE THOSE ARE SOMEWHAT NORMAL FOOD MEASUREMENTS) and it was still too much. I added *way* more salt, ate 'em with ketchup, and they were still kinda bland and mushy. And the cornmeal was crunchy - little bits of solid cornmeal, sticking in my teeth and giving a rather unpleasant mouth-feel. I just used generic cornmeal, is there a variant that's more like powder and less like sand?

    I think if the cornmeal had been powdered and they'd been cooked on a grill instead of fried in oil, they'd have been better.

    Anyway. Suggestions for altering the recipe to make it not bad? Or have a preferred way of cooking eggplant that's just way better?
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