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Three Italian Towns, Part I [Sep. 24th, 2016|02:27 pm]
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I fly around too much, and I take too many pictures. And then on my days off, I do too many activities, and take too many pictures of those, and then I don't have time to sit down at my computer and post them here. Too often, I throw them at facebook while I'm riding on a bus or passengering in a car.

Here are some pictures I think are pretty enough to share. In July, I had a 24 hour layover in Milan. There was just enough time to jaunt over to Bergamo, Sirmione, and Verona (with some expert coordination between the seven of us, who previously were total strangers).

Old, rural Italian towns have churches, ruins, and flowers. I found them restorative.

So here is Bergamo, in no particular order.

"But I am free."

And here is Verona, setting of all those plays.

Juliet is supposed to have lived right here.

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Diving, But No Pictures [May. 7th, 2016|08:57 pm]
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I said I would be filming my diving adventures on my birthday getaway last month, but when I got onto the boat, I discovered my camera hadn't charged. Here is what I posted to facebook from the resort:

April 15th. The sun is out! And I just went snorkeling and saw a tiny, color changing cuttlefish.

April 16th. Day 6 of leave. I saw a stingray. A big one, the size of a table, just a meter or two away. It swam away from us, then toward us, then away, then toward us again. Also three cuttlefish swimming together like they were family. And a scorpion fish, huge puffer fish, and the fish with a seahorse face that isn't a seahorse, just so many other fish. But the Go Pro was dead, even though I plugged it in last night.

So, sadly, I don't have a video of my partner singing "Happy Birthday To You" in its entirety, underwater. We did two dives, and the visibility was much better than Valentine's Day (my previous entry). You'll just have to imagine it.

Here's a picture of the resort, though, after the sun came out. Until late in the afternoon, it was a dark and rainy day.

And here's me! On this day, I turned 38.

This was the boat that took us to our two dive sites.
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I'm going diving! I'm going diving! [Apr. 14th, 2016|01:16 pm]
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I'm going diving this weekend! Here are a few videos from the last time I went diving. Thanks for the awesome camera, Mom and Dad! Do you wish those existed when you took all those slides of the South Pacific?

I have several more equally fun videos from the same day, if you follow the videos to my youtube "channel."

Is the weekend here yet?

P.S. Sorry for the long delay in posting, Uncle John. My computer wasn't working for a couple of months, and I finally fixed it!
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Boston and oonh [Feb. 12th, 2016|10:32 am]
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A couple of weeks ago, I went to Boston, and got to spend an evening and a morning in oonh's world (a delightful place to be).

But first, I bundled up. My mom made this hat. My mom made this scarf.

oonh speaks in words you can't find in the dictionary.

But sometimes you can google them.

He makes doodles that are at once precise and abstract, and evoke odd feelings of elation.

And he performs magic with these.

In fact, he uses (and designs) many tools to create fantastical rainbows.

Some Hungarian forints in my wallet invoked a probing into the devalued Hungarian pengő, a currency from the early part of the last century whose value had many orders of magnitude (i.e. lots of zeroes).

Then we left the house. This is Owen's local.

Dosa & Curry had just reopened, in time for us to murder its buffet.

Uttapam, mmm.

I exchanged a few Hungarian forints for some Wonzlo Sterling.

Quick and necessary Douglas Adams binge.

This box contains exactly what it says it does. oonh removes the corners from his papers. Down with rectangles.

I tried to operate a 3Doodler. As you can see, I've not got the hang of it.

Then my taxi had arrived. I grabbed a quick selfie. oonh is a real friend, in this dimension and many others.

Owen, I liked the part where we were typing on two keyboards attached to the same open text document. That was a giggle fest. And of course, I'm always thrilled to go through your papers, journals, and drawings. I eagerly anticipate our next reunion.
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Here's some food I've cooked [Dec. 27th, 2015|06:49 am]
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Let's start with a drink. Here's a Michelada, made using Chef John's recipe. I made the juice with tomatoes, celery, red and yellow peppers, and a tiny little habanero, and used Corona as the base.

That same day, I made a vegan taco salad and guacamole. That's Yves mince standing in for the meat, cooked with freshly ground cumin, tomato paste, chili powder, and oregano.

This was fried rice with butternut squash and a couple of habaneros. And lots of garlic and onions, as you can see. Butternut squash freezes well, by the way, so next time you have too much of it, cube it and freeze it. Run it under warm water before cooking with it.

This was a midnight snack. Pan fried broccoli with garlic chips and a sauce made from tomatoes and white balsamic vinegar.

I like spaghetti. A lot. This was made with some kind of fake sausage (Tofurkey chicken and apple would be my guess), carrots, and asparagus.

I mean, I really like spaghetti. I'm a pastafarian. Shown here with courgettes (zucchini) and fresh thyme.

You know what else I like? Tofu. I always have to photograph it, because tofu and vegetables look pretty in pictures. I usually add cashews to my tofu dishes.

This is a breakfast skillet made from potatoes, carrots, sun-dried tomatoes, and fake sausage. I think this time it was Field Roast brand. I cube and boil the potatoes while I fry up the onions, garlic, and other veggies. I include broccoli when I have it. Then the potatoes get fried up with the rest of the ingredients.

Refried beans and guac. I always sautée garlic and jalapeños before adding the can of beans, then add some freshly ground cumin, then about half a can of tomatoes. Lately, I have green onions growing in my window garden, and you should, too. Your Tex Mex and baked potatoes will thank you for it.

More pasta and more fake meat. Fake butter. Real bread.

Another midnight snack ~ "bruschetta," nearly, made by slicing and toasting a hot dog bun, and making a relish of tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic, garlic, and fresh basil.

My basil plant lasted almost ten months, but one day I came home from work and found it had flowered. Pretty, isn't it?

This is foul medammes. It's a breakfast food, but in this case, it was a midnight (or 2am) snack.

More tofu, this time with enoki mushrooms. Tastes beautiful and is pretty, too.

Green bean salad. I've posted about this recipe before.

Tofu with oyster mushrooms. Oyster mushrooms taste like nothing else. Look at this tofu. Look at it!
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