a couple of pestos

really digging the garlic scapes – the stems and flowers of the garlic plant – check this NYT article for more info and recipes.

last week made a very simple pesto of garlic scapes, parmesan cheese, olive oil and pine nuts
Garlic scapesGarlic scapes choppedScapes, pine nuts, parmesan

chop the scapes, cheese, and pine nuts coarsely. then add oil on a stream while the processor is running. continue until well-mixed and homogeneous

this is intensely garlic.  for a milder variation, add a couple of handfuls of fresh spinach

SpinachScapes, pine nuts, parmesan, spinach

teh yum.

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CSA week 7 – June 27 2008

fennel, summer squash (zucchini and crookneck), bok choy, (a very soft) lettuce, broccoli, garlic scapes.

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I for one welcome our robotic baby seal overlords. How would you like your tuna, mein liege?



soak in the cute my people. soak in it.

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open letter to the [culture is good] editor(s)

thanks for acknowledging George Carlin's death on today [cig]:

[culture is good]

City burning

From H. P. L.

Remembering George Carlin
In memory of George Carin, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 71, Happy Hacker shares his favorite George Carlin quotes, as well as some of his favorite performances.

Author Profile | Mary Gaitskill
Jodi writes about her favorite author, Mary Gaitskill, and how her writing is dark, yet hopeful. Find out what else she likes about the American author and follow her link to watch one of Gaitskill's recent readings.

Theater Review | The Ark
H.P.L. shares pictures from a Polish ensemble's "mind-blowing" performance in a football field using fire and iron as the main elements.


however, I can't help but to think that you are not too familiar with George Carlin's work.  the man hated euphemisms. passionately.  he wouldn't hate anything more than his death being described as "passed away".   he would have ranted and raved and insisted that he was "dead, motherfucker. dead.  none of this ridiculous "passed away" shit"
this is secondary, but please correct the spelling in the item.  it is not "Carin" it is "Carlin".  yes, you did get it correct on the heading, and is probably a typo, but it is setting my teeth on edge.


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have a good trip. don’t forget your stuff. don’t take no wooden nickels

"I love words. I thank you for hearing my words.
I want to tell you something about words that I think is important.
They're my work, they're my play, they're my passion.
Words are all we have, really. We have thoughts but thoughts are fluid.
then we assign a word to a thought and we're stuck with that word for
that thought, so be careful with words. I like to think that the same
words that hurt can heal, it is a matter of how you pick them.
There are some people that are not into all the words.
There are some that would have you not use certain words.
There are 400,000 words in the English language and there are 7
of them you can't say on television. What a ratio that is.
399,993 to 7. They must really be bad. They'd have to be outrageous
to be separated from a group that large. All of you over here,you 7,
Bad Words. That's what they told us they were, remember?
"That's a bad word!" No bad words, bad thoughts, bad intentions,
and words. You know the 7, don't you, that you can't say on television?
"Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, CockSucker, MotherFucker, and Tits"
Those are the heavy seven. Those are the ones that'll infect your soul,
curve your spine, and keep the country from winning the war.
"Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, CockSucker, MotherFucker, and Tits"
Wow! ...and Tits doesn't even belong on the list. That is such a friendly
sounding word. It sounds like a nickname, right? "Hey, Tits, come here,
man. Hey Tits, meet Toots. Toots, Tits. Tits, Toots." It sounds like a
snack, doesn't it? Yes, I know, it is a snack. I don't mean your sexist
snack. I mean New Nabisco Tits!, and new Cheese Tits, Corn Tits,
Pizza Tits, Sesame Tits, Onion Tits, Tater Tits. "Betcha Can't Eat Just
One." That's true. I usually switch off. But I mean, that word does
not belong on the list. Actually none of the words belong on the list,
but you can understand why some of them are there. I'm not
completely insensetive to people's feelings. I can understand why
some of those words got on the list, like CockSucker and
MotherFucker. Those are heavyweight words. There is a lot going on
there. Besides the literal translation and the emotional feeling.
I mean, they're just busy words. There's a lot of syllables to contend
with. And those Ks, those are agressive sounds. They just jump out at
you like "coCKsuCKer, motherfuCKer. coCKsuCKer, motherfuCKer."
It's like an assualt on you. We mentioned Shit earlier, and 2 of the
other 4-letter Anglo-Saxon words are Piss and Cunt, which go
together of course. A little accedental humor there. The reason that
Piss and Cunt are on the list is because a long time ago, there were
certain ladies that said "Those are the 2 I am not going to say. I
don't mind Fuck and Shit but 'P' and 'C' are out.", which led to such
stupid sentences as "Okay you fuckers, I'm going to tinckle now."
And, of course, the word Fuck. I don't really, well that's more
accedental humor, I don't wanna get into that now because I think
it takes to long. But I do mean that. I think the word Fuck is a very
imprortant word. It is the beginning of life, yet it is a word we use to
hurt one another quite often. People much wiser than I am said,
"I'd rather have my son watch a film with 2 people making love
than 2 people trying to kill one another. I, of course, can agree. It is
a great sentence. I wish I knew who said it first. I agree with that but
I like to take it a step further. I'd like to substitute the word Fuck for
the word Kill in all of those movie cliches we grew up with. "Okay,
Sherrif, we're gonna Fuck you now, but we're gonna Fuck you slow."
So maybe next year I'll have a whole fuckin' ramp on the N word.
I hope so. Those are the 7 you can never say on television, under any
circumstanses. You just cannot say them ever ever ever. Not even
clinically. You cannot weave them in on the panel with Doc, and Ed,
and Johnny. I mean, it is just impossible. Forget those 7. They're out.
But there are some 2-way words, those double-meaning words.
Remember the ones you giggled at in sixth grade? "...And the cock
CROWED 3 times" "Hey, tha cock CROWED 3 times times. ha ha ha ha.
Hey, it's in
the bible. ha ha ha ha. There are some 2-way words
the bible. ha ha ha ha. There are some 2-way words, like it is okay for
Kirk Youdi to say "Roberto Clametti has 2 balls on him.", but he can't
say "I think he hurt his balls on that play, Tony. Don't you? He's holding
them. He must've hurt them, by God." and the other 2-way word that
goes with that one is Prick. It's okay if it happens to your finger. You
can prick your finger but don't finger your prick. No,no.

edit 6/23/2008 @2014: check the comment thread in this Gawker's post for tons of YT links to George's routines.

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Get to know me!

Tagged by [ your name here ]

The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1) What was I doing 10 years ago?

slowly coming out of a paralyzing deep depression, learning what SSRA-uptake inhibitors are, beginning grad school, wondering it it was a mistake

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today? 

needlepo…acupuncture appointment

finalize annual report

kill a man in Reno just to watch him die

evening Reference Desk (right now)


3) Snacks I enjoy:

cheese – unpasteurized if possible, dark chocolate, chips and salsa, salsa and chips, triscuits and cloudberry jam

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

today, this is easy to answer:  I would get as many radio and TV stations to play George Carlin's "seven words you can't say on television" routine, I'll pay all FCC fines

5) Places I have lived:

Caracas Venezuela, Charlotte NC, Bowling Green KY, Lexington KY.  I'm sad/disappointed is not more

6) Jobs I have had:

bench chemist, Planned Parenthood counselor, business analyst, support rep, librarian

7) Bloggers I am tagging who I will enjoy getting to know better (but not in a creepy way):

wherefore you'd get the idea I enjoy anything about you people?   as if


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CSA week 6 – June 20, 2008

the produce for this week:

summer squash (zucchini and crookneck), garlic scapes, beets, snow peas, curly-leaf lettuce, spinach.

since the cats decided not to make an appearance this week, I leave with a close-up of the lovely garlic scapes (which are, alas, no more:  made a killer pesto of them yesterday)

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CSA week 5 – June 13 2008

I think week 5 is green week

romaine and curly green-leaf lettuces, basil, broccoli, spinach, sugar snap peas

this week's star turn is Steven Elizabeth's

yes, he eats broccoli. and munches on lettuce leaves. but what he truly goes insane for are green beans.
should be fun later in the summer.

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