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Discordian Recipes / Sort of an improv ordeal, but well-recieved
« on: February 05, 2008, 06:27:39 am »
Today was special, for a few reasons, so we decided to have something more upscale than usual.

Ingredients:

1 lb. jumbo scallops
1 lb. jumbo prawns
ginger root
shallots
green onion
garlic
gemstone potatoes
shiitake mushrooms
1/4 C. pistachios
chicken fat
grapeseed oil
butter
soy sauce

Fine as you can, slice 3 garlic cloves, an ounce or so of green onion, and 1 big shallot.  If they're thin enough so you can see the color of the cutting board through them, good enough.  Julienne 1 oz. of ginger.  Set all of that aside.  Half the gemstone potatoes and mix them in a bowl with oil and pepper.  Toss 'em in the oven, @ 360F or so, depending on your schedule.  Mince the pistachios into something like crumbly dust and set aside next to large chopped shiitake mushrooms.  Longer pieces are better looking, but it makes no difference really.  Chop up a few bigger pieces of ginger root, and fry them in a nonstick pan in oil.  You're going to get them brown, then mix the gingery oil with water in a bowl, where the scallops and prawns will sit for 30 minutes or so.  When the potatoes are nearly brown and crispy, saute the shiitake and pistachio in chicken fat if you have it, oil if you don't.  Try to get them at least partially browned, then set them aside and caramelize the prepped garlic, onion, shallot, and ginger in butter.  Add a dash of soy sauce.  When the garlic disappears after a while, and you were careful not to burn any of that flavorful browning stuff on the pan, add the seafood, and cook it until it's just barely done and not a second longer.

I didn't have wine with mine, so I have nothing to recommend except that you don't make my mistake.

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http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn4406

Transistors grow themselves these days, it seems.

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Techmology and Scientism / Don't tase me, bro!
« on: February 04, 2008, 04:55:56 pm »
I'll be keeping a list of civilian suppression equippment here, so you'll know what that horrible feeling is when they roll down times square.

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Principia Discussion / MOVED: Controlled Autism
« on: February 04, 2008, 04:52:11 pm »

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Techmology and Scientism / Does anyone know about...
« on: February 03, 2008, 07:11:37 pm »
A way to turn radio static into usable energy?  I know I don't know very much EE or Physics, but there's got to be a way to convert it into current.

If that topic fails, what would you do with this?  Ideas for GASMs, pranks, or useful stuff.
http://www.xenotechresearch.com/solfurn1.htm

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Principia Discussion / When does a human cease to be a human?
« on: February 02, 2008, 11:57:27 pm »
That is in terms of surgery, medication, prosthesis, mutation, what have you.

I have my own ideas.  I think you stop being a human when you no longer need other people for any reason.  Everything else still seems human to me.  Even without anything recognizably human, if it still wants interaction with people on a social level like we all do, it still counts as fully human to me.

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Techmology and Scientism / Undeveloped Tesla inventions?
« on: January 28, 2008, 04:49:07 pm »
Anyone know about this stuff?  Scalar fields, Z Machines, rotary turbines and vacuum energy generators?  I've got a bunch of ebooks on it and I'm curious if anyone's done some research.

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Discordian Recipes / Reason to live:
« on: January 16, 2008, 03:03:11 am »
20 year old port.

YAY

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Discordian Recipes / Cherimoyas
« on: January 15, 2008, 09:48:36 pm »
I just had my first one yesterday, and I am in love.

Any chance there's a good recipe for them?  If not, I'm perfectly happy eating them as is.

btw, If you haven't had them, you're wasting precious time reading this.

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Principia Discussion / Your thoughts on the singularity?
« on: January 13, 2008, 04:45:00 am »
You know, I've been thinking about it and reading about it too.  Seems to me there's a strong possibility of some of the things, like cyberization and Moore's Law and AI.  But I really don't think it's in the cards as a digital rehash of the rapture.  Seems to me that's just escapism.

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Or Kill Me / Choice
« on: June 10, 2007, 06:00:46 am »
You should be allowed to choose not to pay any tax.

And it's true.  If noone wanted to pay taxes, the government would have to play fair and enact actual democracy, which doesn't work.

Dammit, when did we become a nation of the less than free?  When we forfeited personal responsibility to freedom, that's bloody when!  When we said Stop Making Me Think, when we said Here You Hold The Baby when we decided that taking responsibility was for The Proper Authorities! 

HAH!  The proper SHITHEADS!  They want money too, bitches!  You want freedom, well you can't HAVE it!  HAAH!  Cry yourself to sleep on your couch in front of the teevee showing Fox News' latest glorious swindle, because freedom is for people who are free no matter what. 

Free speech is reserved for the Total Asshole willing to spend the night in the tank for using it.  For everyone else there's haagen-dazs and Jerry Springer.

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Or Kill Me / What is wisdom?
« on: June 04, 2007, 03:43:33 am »
Something BMW just posted elsewhere:

Quote
From an Editorial in American Laboratory magazine

Wise people are characterized by:

-patience and the exercise of restraint

-being open minded while always staying teachable

-sensitive--unbiased and fair, while constantly maintaining a multidimensional perspective on the human experience

-visionary--always approaching life from a proactive and holistic point of view

-perceptive--adept at using good judgement to resolve problems in win-win ways that are not self serving

-always attentive, observant and shrewd enough to ask the right questions

-introspective and insightful

-leads a virtuous life

-properly prioritizes--knows whats worth doing and whats not, and likewise what cannot or should not be done and what can and should (like realizing people can only change themselves)

-foresight--the ability to anticipate and prevent rather than just reacting

-Moderation

-nothing to prove--not control freaks, are humble self confident and sincere, as well as genuine.

--stays true to their principles.

-the ability to think outside the box


Thoughts?

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Or Kill Me / Ego, Heroism and Ideaology
« on: May 26, 2007, 11:23:07 pm »
Ill say right now that Im having some trouble correlating my thoughts into anything compelling, so I bring my ideas here unfinished.  What Im thinking about is the way we all seem to more or less live our beliefs and do so in a way that is intelligent and seemingly heroic compared to the normative way of peoples self-conduct.  Its principle and extremism, its ego and slack, its bravery, its putting your beliefs into actions, but it seems somehow more than all of that and boiling it all down into a more compelling arrangement is proving difficult.

We stand up and shout our guts up, bringing the thunder no matter what people want to hear.  We know our minds and we are not easily fooled.  Im willing to sacrifice some cool points by even mentioning it, in order to figure out what it all is.

Its like title of honor, being an asshat-yeti-mutant.  Anyone worthy of the title is immensely proud to be called so, yet aware that it is not a status that maintains itself- it is based upon performance.  New boot versus old guard constantly, because its about whos best.  Its not peaceful, because the entire attitude cannot exist tranquilly.  Its about Mastery, Perception, Bravery, and Respect. 

What am I talking about?

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