April 9th, 2016

Gabi

Pork, leek, and mushrooms in oyster sauce

Until April 25, SF's Civic Center is host to five giant luminescent bunnies. =:D



Music video of the week: Miike Snow "Genghis Khan", a wonderfully whimsical yarn, in the style of 60s spy thrillers. (Their The Rabbit is a brilliantly catchy track, even if only fleetingly featuring a bun. At least of the furry kind =:)

And iOS game of the week: Star Billions. Take a planetwide apocalypse and a lost spaceship, and you have the perfectly logical basis for a spaceborne version of Animal Crossing, with adorable alien AIs as your villagers. ^_^

How and why would you make extremely strong coffee? "At some point, all of us start wondering how much coffee we can drink before our hearts explode. This typically happens when we are up, very late, in college with either the panic of a final the next day or have nothing particularly better to do than try to achieve acute caffiene poisoning. What do you mean you haven’t done this? Liar. You’re letting yourself down and making Baby Jesus (ten time running All American Most Valuable Jesus) cry."

And thus began the author's experimentation into Ludicrous Caffeination.

"Figuring that this was going to be long night of cramming before the test, I collected everyone’s No-Doze and broke out the espresso maker. At 8pm I prepared a bowl of macaroni, popped two No-Doze, and washed it all down with the first quadruple mocha of the evening. Around 1am, I figured I’d better repeat the 8pm dosage. At 4am, I had two more No-Doze. At 6am, worried that I wasn’t feeling any caffeine kicking in, I popped four more and had another pot of espresso. The fact that I was still awake at 6am should have been a hint to me but I’d sailed far beyond the horizons of sanity by that time. The final began at 8am.

I sat in the front row of Thimann Lecture Hall 3, right leg bouncing. I was politely asked to take a quick lap around the building as I was vibrating the entire row of firmly bolted chairs. I then sat down for my test and completed the three hour exam in a mere twenty five minutes, scoring a 93%. I then had lunch with same friend mentioned in the “Origins of Funranium” car ride, introduced her to Sempervirens Falls in Big Basin State Park, drove back to my apartment and then promptly collapsed into bed, sleeping for 23 hours. I woke up with a more fiendish hangover than I’d ever experienced before or since. The body does not appreciate overexposure to caffeine any more than it does to alcohol. I didn’t touch a cup of coffee again for over a decade."

But that merely sowed the seed for what was to follow..

"Fast forward 14 years. An acquaintance working and living in Japan went on holiday and discovered a bar with this exceptionally beautiful rig for the preparation of Viennese Triple Cold Extraction Coffee. Upon sampling this, he felt that, and I quote, “I could see colors that weren’t in the visible spectrum, and could vibrate through walls.” I looked at this I said to myself, “Hey, you’ve got enough virgin laboratory glassware lying around the house that you could probably build something like that.” Probably several somethings, actually, but that’s beside the point."

The whole tale is fabulously entertaining, working on the right grind (and what happens with too fine a grind, as with Turkish style), and the first human trials.. and yes, you can buy the results. If you really enjoy coffee, I'd love to hear your experiences with it. ^_^ (Me, I doubt it'd make it through Customs)

Good news on the renewable energy front: wind and solar are seeing double the investment in capacity over fossil fuels. As you'd expect, as solar prices fall, installations soar.

Some great political musical fun, courtesy of German broadcaster ZDF: Be Deutsch! [Achtung! Germans on the rise!].

Okay, I'm curious.. how many of the comics I follow do you too? (Oog. I apologise to my English tutor. Though I suppose she got her revenge when I attempted, as a homework assignment on summarising a book, to distill The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

Poll #2041842 Comics!

Which of these daily comics do you follow?

Sinfest, which many of you already know. ^_^
6(22.2%)
2(7.4%)
Skin Horse, about a Black Ops team in charge of social services to sapient non-humans.
3(11.1%)
1(3.7%)
Scary Go Round, an evolving slice-of-life series brimming with dry humor.
2(7.4%)
1(3.7%)
2(7.4%)
3(11.1%)
2(7.4%)

Which of these at-least-weekly comics?

Inhuman Relations, the world of some New Jersey locals, with more than a nod to Walt Kelly.
1(2.5%)
1(2.5%)
3(7.5%)
Scandinavia and the World, Humon's personifications of Nordic and other nations.
3(7.5%)
OGLAF (sometimes very NSFW!)
4(10.0%)
Collar 6 (sometimes NSFW)
3(7.5%)
1(2.5%)
Robot Hugs, being deeply considered musings on life, society, sexuality, and more.
1(2.5%)
3(7.5%)
Never Satisfied, regarding a group of aspiring young magicians and their familiars, in a gorgeously realised Mediterranean-like town.
1(2.5%)
Snarlbear, a beautifully vividly colored fantasy tale.
1(2.5%)
Peritale, about a fairy alone in being flightless, but with implacable ambition regardless.
1(2.5%)
1(2.5%)
2(5.0%)
2(5.0%)
Swords and Sausages, comedic fantasy.
3(7.5%)
3(7.5%)
1(2.5%)
Kappa, in a world of undersea civilisations.
1(2.5%)

Which of these occasional comics?

1(33.3%)
1(33.3%)
Happle Tea, taking unorthordox angles on mythical figures.
1(33.3%)

And finally, which of these comatose strips?

1(12.5%)
The Abominable Charles Christopher, one of the most gorgeously drawn and conceived webcomics ever, sadly lain dormant.
2(25.0%)
2(25.0%)
1(12.5%)
2(25.0%)
Enthusiastic Thumper

Whotopia

So, ITV's adaptation of Gerald Durrell's "My Family and Other Animals" is underway. With such source material, the outcome could hardly fail to be engaging, and indeed, those 45 minutes passed in an instant, with superb performances from all, not to mention the incomparably gorgeous scenery of Corfu. Well worth tracking down on your favorite sites, or indeed, watching "live" at 8pm on Sundays.

Well, now. Is this not pretty much the ultimate t-shirt? ^_^ (It appears to be their daily special, though, possibly only available for another few hours) Many, many thanks to huskyteer. ^_^