The Republican Debate: Bad Lip Reading

Um, I’m pretty sure that there is nothing that I can say that would improve this.

Review: Men Essentials Shaving Gear

Man, I can’t wait until I have a job again, so I can shop for gear and kit again.  I was asked to review some things from MenEssentials a few of weeks back.  I’m a shave geek, so I jumped at the opportunity.  They sent me some stuff to try out in exchange for a review of their products, and I am happy to report my results.

A little about Men Essentials first, though.  They are a supplier of high-quality products for skin, face, and body-care products, fragrances, and accessories geared toward the discerning gentleman.  They carry  wide selection of some of the best-known brands in the market, as well as some interesting-looking up-and-comers.

MenEssentials sent me three shaving products to review.  Pictures and reviews after the jump.

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I get by with a little help from my friends

KarmaGo device 2 white
This is Karma Go. Many months ago, I spent my hard-earned money to pre-order a one at a discount. You can get a Karma Go of your own for $10 off, and I get some store credit. That’s not really what makes Karma Go cool though. It is a mobile WiFi Internet hot-spot that has an unusual feature: If someone uses your hot-spot (not your data) you both get some free data. Continue reading

Weirdos of the world, unite!

Just today, there was an interesting post over at Your Rainforest Mind that really reminded me of my childhood and, really, most of my life.  I was pretty much a loner for most of my youth, barring a few kids that I played with.  Most of my peers just thought I was weird and didn’t want much to do with me.  I was unusually good at answering questions in class, even though my grades didn’t reflect it (I was bored!).  I was (and am) more of a deep thinker than many of my peers, and  my sense of humor is, frankly, often too subtle for most of the people around me.

I am one of the lucky ones, though!  I have been able to attract or otherwise surround myself with people who appreciate my off-beat humor, and my lovely partner in crime actually likes the way I think and see the world.  Sure, we often go opposite directions to get to a solution, but we usually come to the same ideological place, just via different routes.  We’re kind of funny that way.

I don’t have much to add to the original post, but I appreciate that I’m not unique in my experience.  Us weirdos gotta stick together.

Happy birthday to me, 2015

I had originally thought that they got me a new tattoo in the form of a Dharma Wheel or an Enso, both of which would have been great symbols for me, to go along with my labyrinth.

Turns out, though, that I didn’t have the decisiveness to get a new tattoo yet. But they got me good stuff to feed my spiritual journey! Continue reading

This is why we can’t have nice things

Ok, first, here’s the FFRF ad:

Video © Freedom from Religion Foundation

As far as I am concerned, this ad is somewhat less upsetting than pretty much any TV ad for the ASPCA that shows abused animals. It is also little different than ads that I’ve seen for the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or the United Methodist Church

According to the ad was submitted to pretty much all of the TV networks, but was rejected by everybody but CNN (and Comedy Central, last year), which I have no significant issue with, though I think it’s pandering to the Christian Right Wing, but whatever. They’re perfectly within their right to air (or not) pretty much anything they want.

Anyway, I tagged a friend with this on Facebook, and got a comment back, which I started to reply to, then thought better of it. My extended response to the comment is behind the jump. Continue reading


I got this recipe from All of the images that I’ve used here are from, as she takes much better pix than I do. I have not requested permission to use them, but I hope it’s OK. Anyway, I tried this recipe tonight and I discovered that our non-stick pans… Stick. Oh well, it’s an adventure, right? I have recently bought equipment to make bento boxes for lunch, when I get another job.

I’m thinking that I’ll turn this batch into nigiri filling and sent Tori to work with a couple without nori, since she’s not a fan of the wrappers that I picked up.

Tamagoyaki Image © Just


  • 4 Large egg
  • 1 Tbs Sugar
  • 1 tsp. mirin
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. soy sauce
  • Oil


1. Mise en place: Heat up the pan on medium-low heat. Make ready a small bowl of oil, and the brush or wad of cotton wool or kitchen paper.
2. Beat all the ingredients together with a fork or chopsticks. Don’t use a whisk since you don’t want it to get foamy.
3. Optionally, strain the egg mixture through a sieve to even it out. (I usually don’t bother with this step but it does make for a finer and more even egg mix.)
Tamagoyakistep14. Brush the heated pan with a little oil. Put in about 2 to 3 tablespoons worth of egg mixture in the pan. Cook gently (lower the heat if necessary) until it’s not quite set on top, but not runny. Roll it up with a fork or chopsticks to one side of the pan.
Brush the exposed part of the pan with oil  Image © JustHungry.com5. Brush the exposed part of the pan with a little oil.
Put some more egg in the pan  Image © JustHungry.com6. Put another couple of tablespoons of egg mixture in the pan. Spread it around, lifting the cooked egg so that the uncooked egg flows below it.
Cook until almost set Image © JustHungry.com7. Cook until this layer is almost set, then roll the whole egg to the opposite side of where it is.
Oil pan again, add more egg Image © JustHungry.com8. Brush the pan again with oil. Add another couple of tablespoons of egg mixture in the pan, and spread around the pan and under the cooked egg.
Repeat until egg is all gone Image © JustHungry.com9. Keep repeating this procedure until the egg mixture is used up.
Take out of pan to cool Image © JustHungry.com10. Put the tamagoyaki on a moistened sushi rolling mat, seam side down.
Roll it up Image © JustHungry.com11. Roll it up tightly. If you are eating this right away you can take it out and serve immediately, but if you’re making this for an (o)bento, leave the whole roll in the mat over a raised rim plate or bowl until it’s cooled to room temperature. This allows air to pass under and over it, cooling it faster.
The finished product Image © Justhungry.com12. And here is the finished tamagoyaki. Slice with a sharp knife and enjoy. (If you just want even pieces, just leave off the ends. These usually end up in my mouth right there.)

(Serves Not sure. 4-6 slices of tamagoyaki)

Cooking 32If you really want a purely yellow tamagoyaki, cook it over low heat and use light soy sauce. Using light soy sauce makes your omelette slightly lighter in color, if you want to avoid any browning. But I usually just use regular soy sauce since browning doesn’t bother me. Keep in mind that light soy sauce is not lower in salt content, just lighter in color. (It’s different from low-salt soy sauce.)

Vary the flavor and look by adding finely chopped green onion or garlic chives, or small bits of nori seaweed. To achieve a black-and-yellow spiral effect, put torn pieces of nori over each almost-set egg layer before rolling.

If your tamagoyaki seems a bit too runny, you can firm it up by nuking it in the microwave for about a minute. Don’t over-nuke or you’ll end up with a firm rubbery thing.

The ideal accompiment when serving piping hot tamagoyaki is some grated daikon radish, with a tiny bit of soy sauce.

A variant of tamagoyaki is dashimaki tamago, where some dashi stock is added to the egg mixture. This makes for very thin layers, and thus requires some patience.

Download recipe.

Forlorn. That’s how I’m feeling

Robin Williams
P.G. Holyfield

Much of the world knew of the former, while a significantly smaller portion knew the latter. I have cried over both of these men recently, much to my own dismay, as I haven’t been particularly emotional for many years. But, in their own ways, both of these fine fellows have touched my life. Continue reading

Master of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management – Capstone Option with Human Capital Leadership Certificate

I have registered for the first three of 17 classes for my MA program: Master of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management – Capstone Option with Human Capital Leadership Certificate. I’m excited to get started on another educational adventure.

The classes are in the attached PDF, with the BOLD listings as planned. The normal ones are the ones that I could choose from, but decided I wanted something else more.

The books that I have are the following:

For EDMG540, Research Methods in Emergency and Disaster Management

For EDMG502, Emergency and Disaster Theory (will be rented, as the reviews are not encouraging me to keep a copy in my library)

For EDMG503 Emergency and Disaster Planning and Management

I also plan on taking EDMG509 Interagency Disaster Management as the second half of the second semester, which will require the following (also in hand):

Anyway, that’s what I have planned for the next three years of my life. Now, if I could only get work in either EMS or Emergency Management that pays

Master of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management.pdf

EFF member 2014

2014 members circle

I joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation this year. I agree with their mission, to protect the Internet against encroachment on the rights of free speech, fair use, innovation, PRIVACY, and transparency. Continue reading

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