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June 21st, 2009

Hobo-packs, et-al. [Jun. 21st, 2009|08:33 am]
Extract from ((C)): http://www.reddit.com/r/Health/comments/8u0ra/america_a_nation_of_lard_ass_gluttons_right/

Next time you have $20 or so, get a 5 lb tube of ground beef from FoodMaxx ($10), a 10 lb sack of potatoes ($5), a bag of carrots ($2), a bag of celery ($2), a 5 lb sack of onions ($1.50), and some aluminum foil. For each person eating, chop a carrot, a celery stalk, half an onion, and a potato. Spread half of this vegetable mixture on a square of foil. Put a half pound of ground beef on top. Salt and pepper the beef (free if you want to gather complementary packets somewhere). Spread the rest of the vegetable mix on top. Wrap up in the foil (so that no food is showing), put the bundle on a cookie sheet, and high broil in the oven for about 45 minutes. Unwrap and enjoy. We called them Hobo Packs, and they're delicious and very filling.

You can make 10 Hobo Packs for your $20, and that's just until you run out of beef. You'll have a lot of vegetables left over. A baked potato is half a meal itself.

The hobo packs sounds kind of awesome, albeit some other form of spice might be nice.

Sounds like a dry beef stew.

They're pretty awesome... the vegetables cook in the meat juice, the vegetable juice soaks into the meat. Adding more spices is preferable. I would usually thinly slice a clove of garlic for each, and use basil, salt, pepper, thyme, and a touch of chili powder. I just gave you the cheap and easy version. This recipe (like most things I cook) changes to suit whatever I happen to have on hand, so it's great poverty food.

My roommates and I lived off of almost nothing but Hobo Packs, fried rice, potato soup, vegetable soup, and baked potatoes with chili beans for years. Oh, and pancakes. Lots and lots of pancakes.

You probably already know this, but carrots, celery, and onion, make up the classic combination that flavors a variety of dishes, and is known in classic French cooking as a mirepoix. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirepoix_(cuisine) It's also referred to as the holy trinity.

Actually, I didn't know that. I knew that they go well together, and are cheap, but I didn't know there was a name for it.

Isn't the 'holy trinity' a variant on the Mirepoix which is 1 part onion to 1/2 part celery and 1/2 part bell pepper; a variant which comes particularly from New Orleans cuisine? At least that's the context in which I first heard the term.

You are right, which makes me wrong, which I hate.

Well I guess there's a little more to it than that http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_trinity_(cuisine)
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Full Commodore 64 Emulator Rejected from App Store ( [Jun. 21st, 2009|11:02 am]
A fully touch-screen compatible Commodore 64, with cassette deck, joystick, and full screen features.

The programmer was assured he could make it, and then submits it and it's rejected!


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The Devil Is in the Digits [Jun. 21st, 2009|02:53 pm]
Mathematicians show that the results for the Iranian elections were probably faked...

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Rather ironic Southern American history? [Jun. 21st, 2009|08:46 pm]
I don't know how much of this is made up by blazin_chalice, but if it's anywhere near accurate, I can't help but smile. I always wondered where the South American accent comes from, and they explain it very neatly.
Can anyone confirm the accuracy of it?

"The Southern dialect comes from the Gullah language of the West African ports where slaves shipped out from. Africans spoke this language, which is a kind of pidgin English (*thanks KM), and brought it with them to the New World.

When Southern plantation owners had their African nannies look after their kids, they recoiled in horror as the young Americans developed speech patterns modeled[sic] off of[sic] their African caretakers.

In response, many sent their kids to school in the North, but it was too late; a new American dialect was born.

The US is a funny place--the most proud Southerner who would reject the descendants of the African slaves amongst them would be horrified to know just how closely bound the two peoples are--whether by language, music, diet, culture...

edit: ...and blood! (I originally didn't think it necessary to spell it out)"


Nice story, but according to Wikipedia, there's a much more boring reason.
I would never have said South American sounded like French/Irish/English!

"The South was predominantly settled by immigrants from the West Country[citation needed] in the southwest of England, the dialects of which have similarities to the Southern US dialects. Settlement also included large numbers of Protestants from Ulster, Ireland, and from Scotland. During the migration south and west, the settlers encountered the French immigrants of New France (from which Kentucky, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and western Tennessee originated), and the French accent itself fused into the British and Irish accents. The modern Southern dialects were born."
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The changing meaning of words... [Jun. 21st, 2009|10:06 pm]
Remember the David Howard incident?

A word with no racial roots, Mr Howard still had to resign when he used it.
"Oh! I'd never use a word like that!", you might say.
Well, I think you might, because I've found another word that may cause unintended offence:

"To laugh in a half-suppressed, indecorous or disrespectful manner."

When was the last time you used it? Chances are you weren't using it in racially negative way - yet one day, someone may get sacked over it.
Don't let it be you!

I also would like to add:
Don't use too many tampons while programming.

Fear the Slippery Dick! (It's a type of fish)

... and please, for the love of god, can we get rid of "Uranus"!
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