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A new con, with an interestingly geeky backer: Woz introduces the Silicon Valley Comic Con, March 18-20, in the bowels of San Jose.

With Y'allqaeda safely out of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the task of cleaning up after them begins. The Oregon Natural Desert Association is soliciting for volunteers, or donations to the Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Oh, this is wonderful.. I was curious to see if the Judge Minty team were making a sequel, and it seems not, with their energies directed instead at another long-time 2000AD (okay, originally Starlord) series: Strontium Dog. =:D

Some new details have emerged regarding 2017's new Star Trek series: "The creative plan is for the series to introduce new characters and civilizations, existing outside of the mythology charted by previous series and the current movie franchises." Fascinatingly, the showrunner will be Bryan Fuller, who gave us Pushing Daisies and Dead Like Me, and is also in charge of the forthcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods. Could be fun!

Tell me about your spice rack. ^_^ What wonders does it hold? Here, I maintain a reasonable mix of herbs, spices, and blends. Off the top of my head, there's: basil, sage, rosemary, Tellicherry pepper, sweet paprika, smoked hot paprika, asafoetida, mace, lemon myrtle; Berbere, ras el hanout, and a peppery mix whose name I forget; black cardamom; shrimp, ginger, and mango powders; balsamic vinegar, fish sauce, dark soy sauce, and probably one or two I've forgotten about. ^_^; In the fridge, there's always oyster sauce, which I find very useful in stir-fries, either as a primary flavor, or just a taste booster, as well as garlic paste, mustard (usually Maille dijon), and some variety of heat, such as chipotle paste or finger chillis.

Ah, the Minnesotan spice rack!

Haha, is that what it's called, then? :)

But yeah, I do seem to have a bit of a (South-)Asian slant; not intentionally, I just happen to like these spices. And yes, chile peppers only came to Asia after Columbus reached the Americas, if I recall correctly (but don't quote me on that).

Liquid smoke's quite nice! It's also totally unheard of here, even today, but a friend from stateside sent me a care package containing some once, in addition to about a dozen large bottles of Tabasco Chipotle. :) (I live on that stuff, mate!)

Actual chipotles are nice, too. The canned ones I have are whole peppers, mind, not paste, so it's a bit more difficult to dose them; I'm not a super-hot eater, after all, I just like that bit of extra spice that makes existence extra-nice. :)