The things people are screaming at each other about today are seamlessly replaced with whatever thing they’ll be screaming at each other about tomorrow, which will promptly be forgotten once Gawker posts whatever snarky thing about the next socio-cultural indignity, for example the latest episode of HBO’s Girls. Everyone will start screaming again, and Twitter will light up with jokes that are both mean and not funny, and the whole process will almost immediately begin repeating itself. I’m tired of watching people scream at each other for literally no reason, and am tired of getting worked into a lather over things I know full well will be forgotten by the morning. I’m tired of impermanence, I guess you could say, which is why I like the trail and river so much.”
Whitney wrote some things about our recent move to Spokane. We like it here.
Excellent alternatives to the yellow ribbon concept.
Check them out here: Friendly Dog Collars
This is brilliant. I would love to get Jacks the “Friendly” one to let those that ask if their children can pet him know he’s nice right away. And also so dumbass cops know to leave me the hell alone because I have a great dog.
I love the yellow ribbon concept, but thought it might be a bit to vague for people not in the know, you know? This is just brilliant.
I wonder what would be appropriate for Nathan? Something like, “friendly, but he’ll totally jump all over you and try to wrestle”? The vet calls him “a happy handful.”
how weird is it to have pets though like a random animal just lives in your house and you can’t communicate with it but you both just accept it
Given the 100K+ notes I feel like there must be a joke here that I don’t get.
I mean, my dog and I communicate just fine. He understands around 25 words so far. He communicates his needs and wants through scratching on the door, pointing with his nose, hopping up and down, sniffing and pacing, and other body language signals. I mean, given that he’s the result of 15,000 years of selective breeding and human cohabitation he ought to be pretty good at socializing with humans. There’s nothing random about it.
Maybe the post gets so many notes because of people like me who can’t let it go without pointing out how wrong it is.
BBQ Sauce from scratch!
Yesterday I made barbecue sauce entirely from scratch for the first time, and I’m very pleased with the results. I’ll tweak the recipe a little next time (possibly cutting down on the vinegar a little), but here’s what I have so far. This should yield about 3 cups of sauce but I didn’t measure the end result precisely.
1 can of tomato paste
1 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup mollasses
Combine in a mixing bowl with a wire whisk or hand mixer.
[note: This is the foundation of the sauce. Other recipes I’ve seen online call for ketchup, worcestershire sauce and all kinds of other things that are basically already condiments in their own right. Anybody can mix sauces together. But mixing this trio of tomato paste, vinegar, and mollasses creates the basic, fundamental BBQ flavor]
1 tablespoon dry mustard powder (I love Colman’s)
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon smoked* paprika
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
* You could use regular paprika if you wanted, but the sauce really ought to get a smokey flavor from somewhere. If you use regular paprika, consider adding some liquid smoke.
Stir it all until smooth! The result is a thick, sweet, tangy, smokey sauce with a spiciness that’s more of a back-of-the-throat bite than mouth-burning fire. I drizzled the sauce over 6 chicken breasts and barbecued them at about 350 degrees for about 25 minutes on one side, flipped, brushed a nice coating of sauce over them, gave them another 25 minutes on the other side, then applied a fresh coat of sauce over them all before serving.
I did not take photos because I wasn’t expecting to share the recipe, but I am DEFINITELY going to do this again.
Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy, in case you hadn’t heard. How dare she remove those ticking time bombs from her chest, amiright? Like, hasn’t she learned by now that her body is public domain and we all get to vote on what she does with it? Sheesh, how selfish can ya get.
It was as if the couple, married 12 years, failed to recall that Monifa had been part of the previous “Pumpcast News” segment. Which she filmed at the same gas station. At the same pump. In the same car. Wearing the same workout garb.”
Students from Humboldt State University have created a map of racism and homophobia in America after analysing 150,000 tweets containing hate words sent between June 2012-April 2013.
This chart just points out that people are rasist and homophobic everywhere that people live.
I bet it’s all the McDonald’s loving, sexually abusive boy scout troop leaders that are spreading all the racism and homophobia.
After clicking through, this is actually a pretty cool project. The heat map changes a lot depending on the slur. “Chink” is most heavily concentrated in Minneapolis and Washington DC. “Wetback” in Austin and Corpus Christi.
Also there are anomalies such as the huge concentration of the word “Dyke” in the Fargo/Moorhead area. Although it’s being counted as a hateful slur, it’s probably more likely referring to the area dam that famously broke in 1997, flooding the city and causing massive damage.
PPS: What’s probably a more interesting line of inquiry for racially polarizing language is the etymology of the name Moorhead.
Moms have memes too.