I think you’ll find…

•July 17, 2009 • Leave a Comment

That this blog is now present at www.statehighwayone.com

Green Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad

•July 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Why, it’s another recipe.

Completely easy to make and looks awesome enough that you also look awesome due to your association with the awesomeness. Taste good also.

You will need:

  • Green beans – one handful per person
  • Cherry tomatoes – 125g per person (they come in little 250g pottles)
  • Fresh mint – half a handful per person
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Crushed garlic (the kind in a jar pre-crushed is actually probably best)

And…

  • One pot
  • One biggish bowl
  • A knife
  • One tiny bowl
  1. Put water in the pot and heat that motherfucker.
  2. While you’re waiting for it to boil, cut your beans mainly in half.
  3. Cut your cherry tomatoes in half also.
  4. Roughly chop up the fresh mint.
  5. In your tiny bowl, mix one tablespoon of balsamic, four tablespoons of olive oil, one teaspoon of garlic and most of the mint.
  6. Mix that shit in with the cherry tomatoes in your biggish bowl.
  7. The water’s boiling now. Salt it and put the beans in for two minutes – almost exactly.
  8. Pull them out. Don’t use your hand to do this. The water’s hot. What are you, stupid? Anyway, they’re nice and hot and also still crunchy.
  9. Mix it all together.
  10. Throw the little bit of remaining mint in for extra still-greenness.

Eat it warm or cold. I recommend warm. It’s crazy good and healthy to boot.

Impossible is the Opposite of Possible

•July 14, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Just in case you haven’t seen it:

Looking for God in Fungus

•July 14, 2009 • Leave a Comment

City Paper has an interesting article on the John Hopkins Psilocybin Studies.

In fact, the subjects received either a high dose of psilocybin or an active control–methylphenidate, the prescription stimulant commonly known by its brand name, Ritalin. Interestingly, many of the subjects had significant, quasi-mystical experiences while under the influence of the Ritalin, though they were not as powerful nor did they have the long-lasting behavioral effects as the psilocybin-induced experiences. A common comment from the volunteers was that the very act of listening to well-chosen classical music for six or more hours with eyeshades on, while lying on a couch in a supportive environment and being encouraged to go inward, was, in itself, a very powerful thing.

Can my parents still claim me?

•July 10, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Question Suggestions describes itself as “small voyages into the collective psyche of humans who ask google questions”.

Small, hilarious, occasionally disturbing voyages – it lists questions being asked on Google by the first couple of words.

My favourite is the list of questions beginning with “Why did you…?” It includes two questions starting with, “Why did you make me black?”

Another good one is questions beginning with “Why can’t the g…?” With one exception, they consist of confused questioners wondering why the government can’t just print more money.

Wonderful.

Lists for Africa

•July 10, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Nothing to do with Dave Letterman, Listverse has top-ten lists. Many of them. They just keep on going. Besides being vaguely informative, you also get the watching-a-game-show entertainment of complaining when something isn’t on a list. Like when Krull is somehow left off the Top 10 Fantasy Classics of the ’80s. I think the first thing I read there, having Stumbled Upon it, was the Top 10 Out of Place Artefacts, which is the kind of thing I love. Jamie, the mad compiler, is living here in New Zealand, so there’s also 20 Cool Facts about New Zealand. Though none of them should be any particular surprise to Kiwis.

Happy Birthday, Dead Mad Scientist

•July 10, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Today is Nikola Tesla’s birthday, which is why Google’s all Tesla-coiled up.

I would go into how awesome he is, but I’m pretty sure I couldn’t do better than Badass of the Week’s hagiographic biography. Factual accuracy optional.

One time, while he was working on magnetic resonance, he discovered the resonant frequency of the Earth and caused a fucking earthquake so powerful that it almost obliterated the 5th Avenue New York building that housed his Frankenstein Castle of a laboratory.  Shit was flying off the walls, the drywall was breaking apart, the cops were coming after him, and Tesla had to smash his device with a sledge hammer to keep it from demolishing an entire city block.

 
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