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@Anon You can slice the potatoes (about 1/4" thick) and season the slices with paprika/salt/pepper/garlic powder/onion powder (whatever combination you may have and enjoy) Lay them on lightly oiled tinfoil or, I haven't tried this, but you could probably get away with no oil on parchment paper, then put them in the oven at (I'm bad at temps) something like 375 degrees fahrenheit and they'll take somewhere between 10-20 min to brown. I'm also bad at times, so I check them every 5 minutes or so until they look nice and brown. I like them well done, my mom calls them healthy potato chips, which is a generous description, but not completely insane, especially if you slice them even thinner. I also saw a recipe where you bake the potato (in tinfoil, like you said) and when it's nearly done, you cut a cross in it and smash it with a mallet or a big spoon or something and season it and then cook it ( sitting on it's tinfoil) uncovered some more. To season it, I usually drizzle olive oil, use any of the previously mentioned seasonings, and stick some unwrapped cloves of garlic around and if you have onion left over, you can add the slices. When the onion/garlic starts to brown and the edges of the smashed potato are starting to get a little brown, it's done. Outside of mashed potatoes which is more involved and plain baked potatoes with added leftover cheese, that sums up my potato repertoire.
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2012 on On not blaming the poor at The Slacktiverse
@Sereg You've got dupioni. It can almost definitely be ironed, regardless of it's fiber content. Steam will help with the creases, be careful of water spots, which will mark silk. You may want to use a press cloth to be extra safe.
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2012 on A Sunday totally open thread at The Slacktiverse
@Wysteria- I got an ulcer from taking too many pain pills for cramps which were so bad I thought I was dying when they started in highschool, so they gave me bc that I take continuously and I have <3 periods a year. I really only get them when I forget a pill (the hormone dosage is so low that missing one or two pills will start menstruation, which is a bit irritating) Anyway, other than the forgetting thing and the fact that I have to pay for 2 or 3 packs a year out of pocket due to insurance rules about frequency of refills, it's the greatest medical thing to happen to me ever. Maybe getting a referral from the docs that won't prescribe to a gyno would help? As regards the current main topic under discussion, I'm a bit confused since the argument is irrelevant. Since it's posited that no one can be invested in a non-existent being, and LaHaye god is nonexistent, why does MikeWC care about whether people would oppose or submit hypothetically anyway? Also, the whole thing with narcissism/beautiful soul/pain business reminds me of those super deep thoughts I had in high school about whether doing good is really truly altruistic if it makes you feel good. I eventually dismissed that kind of sophistry for what it is. Useless. Some people do good. Some people support good causes and want to stand up for ultimately futile causes, sacrificing themselves, because it supports their self image as a good person. A lot of good can come out of that for others. The converse is rather dystopic and Randian.
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2011 on Can I get a Witness? at The Slacktiverse
cjmr: There's definitely a lot more stuff I'd read in the past and don't have full details on or time to look up again on nutritional deficiency both in the places you think of it happening and right under the noses of the 'developed world'. Fad diets can cause nutritional deficiencies too, even in very well off people, though the safety net that comes with money and status usually catches them. I find it so frustrating that a lack of knowledge can kill people. You get such a big result for so little effort if you just give people the knowledge and opportunity to help themselves! I particularly found it interesting that limes aren't really very good for treating scurvy, but that it was a catch all term for citrus fruit- and that the navy normally used lemons and when they replaced them with limes when limes were more readily available (and processed in a way that made them even less effective) there was a belief that the earlier, more effective methods using citrus hadn't really worked,leading to deaths in Royal Navy arctic exploration missions. This is somewhat simplified.(there's a really good article online-I think this is it: and a book I'm meaning to get from the library, but all this is also in the Wikipedia entry on scurvy)
Toggle Commented Sep 28, 2011 on Performing motherhood at The Slacktiverse
I'm glad that some people have pointed out that the lower costs of fresh/bulk foods are offset by the high start up costs in volume and tools/other supplies. Also, if you live someplace with bugs/rats/mice, you may not be able to store a 10lb bag of rice or other bulk goods. Getting cheap individual meals is quicker/simpler/less fraught/more available to you. in response to kisekileia's request for more info on nutritional issues in infancy from Ross's post: I apologize if someone's covered this already and is in moderation- there's juvenile diabetes, which used to be deadly, there's PKU which is the inability to completely break down the protein phenylalanine because a necessary enzyme, phenylalanine hydroxylase, is deficient. (partly copied from the article) If you know what it is and are tested and can eat a special diet, possibly for the rest of your life you're fine. If not, the build up causes brain damage and other stuff. Congenital Hypothyroidism, Sickle Cell,and Galactosemia are other metabolic disorders that are routinely tested for in most of the US. Additionally, it's relatively recently that we've discovered that a lack of a nutrient can cause illness- like scurvy or rickets. People just didn't (as recently as well, now-considering that scurvy is reappearing in inner cities and that not the whole world has access to medical knowledge, let alone technology) know that you needed to eat a balanced diet- new availability of fancy modern or 'rich' foods like formula (in the early days of formula) or white rice lead to deficiency illnesses. I just googled 'metabolic disorder' and 'nutrition disorder' to refresh my memory on details I'd forgotten. (I remembered PKU but not the name exactly)
Toggle Commented Sep 28, 2011 on Performing motherhood at The Slacktiverse
I always figured Ms. for the non-indicative version and figured that Miss had just dropped out of formal use (thankfully), not been replaced as the 'not married' version by Ms. I figured in the creative/liberal/anarchic :) and female-dominated field she was proposing to enter, it would be much more rare for her to encounter a more old-school (my assumptions showing here) woman who would be offended by her married status not being acknowledged than to encounter someone like me, who (quietly, because I'm shy) holds some very liberal views and would be offended in the reverse scenario. I too, usually default, after much head scratching and agony, to the form they use to sign the previous letter, if that's something I can find- or to the most formal address possible. If I'm contacting a instructor, I'll look at the school's web page to see if they're listed as Professor, or if they have a doctorate and use one of those titles in preference. When contacting someone out of the blue, you should at least think it through- and try to leave out assumptions whenever possible. This is why I desperately wish for a non-gendered language option! I've been unsure from the name or voice on the phone, how to proceed with my pronouns or prefixes and I can only imagine how it must be to be on the receiving end of that, for the varied reasons that might happen. I'm glad that some folks understand why the original incident was bothersome!
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2011 on Given Names at The Slacktiverse
(lurker here) I was addressed by a young woman- high school or college- as Mrs. I had never met her before and she had no knowledge of me other than what my job was. This was in an email request sent to me as a professional, to give her a tour of my workplace and some advice on pursuing my (very artistic/liberal) career. I am in my 30s and not married. I was surprised at how offended I was. No matter how I tried to 'get over it' (the basic advice from a coworker-ugh) I couldn't help seeing how darned patriarchal it was. All those assumptions! I had no real doubt that it wasn't a real 'choice' she'd made but when I address someone I'm seeking help from who is older and more advanced in the field, I'm going to fuss over my terms of address for a long time and there's no way I'm making assumptions about heteronormativy (sp?) and marital status! Ms. may have been seen as bad in the bad old days, but if you're going to use a gendered address form, by golly, don't also marry some stranger off! (the girl was perfectly nice and I tried not to prejudge her for making what was, to me, an ignorant mistake and mentioned that it was probably wise to take care to avoid assumptions in forms of address) Sorry for the long lurker post-clearly I still have strong feelings about this!
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2011 on Given Names at The Slacktiverse
I'm delurking to ask if anyone else found themselves confused by the behavior of velcro described here? Buck is applying a velcro backed badge to his breast pocket- now either he has a strip of fuzzy velcro on his pocket, which would be decidedly uncool looking, or his shirt is made of fuzzy material. It seems like the latter: since his badge gets caught in his shirt. Now, I work with velcro and fabrics on a regular basis and *Velcro Does Not Work Like That* Not on any standard woven shirt fabric that one might wear to an important treaty signing event. He must be wearing some sort of fuzzy sweater, which must be the Global Weekly uniform, as they've got badges that they've make specially to stick to it. So now I've got a mental picture of the Global Weekly crew in fuzzy grandma knit sweaters. Possibly with various holiday themes pictured.
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