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Time:05:44 pm
My friend magentamn did this. I actually did it on FB, but am copying it here, because, as she says, it's long, and LJ allows me to add comments. :)

Magentamn said, "This is going around on Facebook, but I don't want to do it there, because I don't want to share personal info I can avoid. Plus, it's long, and make more sense for LJ."

100 Foods to Eat Before You DieCollapse )
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Subject:She's BAAAACK....
Time:12:29 pm
I haven't posted here in *AGES* (2008 it looks like)... and I need to do so. Got sucked in by Face-Crack, and will likely still watch out for folks there, but really need to start writing *here*, because you can't actually *WRITE* there (it's not as bad as "Twitter", but almost.)

Am trying to get in the habit of journaling at least some. So hope to see you around.
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Subject:Geek Call for Help!
Time:01:11 am
Alright, I know there are lots of geeky folks on my friends list (you know who you are! and I love you all!)

I am trying to hunt down something I haven't seen in ages, but someone out there has to know what I'm talking about and where it is. It was a video that was making the tech support rounds (back before YouTube became popular, even!) that was called (I believe) "Customer Service Training Video." It was a joke video of a tech support guy talking to a completely clueless customer going through just about every ID10T cliche in the book, which ended with the tech support guy asking if there was a 10 year old child in the house, then getting the kid on the phone, explaining to the kid what was wrong and having the kid fix it.

If anyone has seen this around lately, or can find it (I've done a few searches and so far no joy :( ) can you post the link? I want to show it to my roomie before he moves out.

Thanks!
hugs!
NT,

Cat
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Subject:I never thought I would *ever* hear these words...
Time:01:55 am
According to Markos Moulitsas, Daily Kos posted on Alternet, Sarah Palin "sports an intellect that makes Bush look like a Mensa member"... http://www.alternet.org/election08/99424/


Which is *really scary*, when you consider that McCliar has taken such a turn around on everything he has had any evidence of integrity about in the past and the more that it looks like he might not even make it through his first term, the more it looks like the Republican handlers behind the scene have another puppet Presidency in mind.

{sigh!}
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Subject:Seen on Facebook as "flair"...
Time:12:44 am
Current Mood:amusedamused
"Yes, you have the right to your opinion and I have the right to think your stupid."

And I have the right to see the creator of that flair as a pot calling the kettle black...

it should be "you're stupid" ;-)
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Subject:Political Message
Time:11:59 am
I've never embedded a video on Live Journal before, so I hope this one works...


So, yes... I'm stepping up to the plate and speaking out... I absolutely feel that we need to get the Republicans out of the White House, and even if I didn't, I wouldn't be able to vote for this fascist liar and his anti-feminist, radical religious reich Barbie doll.
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Subject:Cat's Hundred
Time:11:42 am
Just as a reminder... The rules of the meme:
1) Bold those you have tried,
.....1a) Asterisk any items you'd be interested in trying but have not yet.
.....1b) Underline those items you've tried and loved.
.....1c) Italicize any item you'll never eat again.

2) Strikethrough those you wouldn't eat on a bet.


 

Now, my "hundred", with notations.

1. Venison
* 2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros  - I wouldn't say I wouldn't eat it even on a bet, but the idea of salsa (which I'm not enamored of) on eggs just doesn't appeal to me.  I'd eat it if I were a guest and that's what the hostess served. 
* 4. Steak tartare
* 5. Crocodile - hmmm I've had fried alligator tail... does that count? 

6. Black pudding - again, wouldn't say I wouldn't try it, but the idea doesn't appeal to me.
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp

* 9. Borscht - keep meaning to get this at the little Georgian restaurant I go to when I can afford it, but they have so much on the menu I love, I just haven't gotten around to it yet.
10. Baba ghanoush - hmmm can't say I would *never* eat it again, but not a big fan of eggplant.

11. Calamari - love it when properly prepared.  Hate it when it isn't.
* 12. Pho - never heard of this until I moved to California, but will try it some day when I'm in the mood for noodles (or just out with folks who want it.) 
13. PB&J sandwich - ok, are there any americans who *haven't* ever had a PB&J?
* 14. Aloo gobi - been wanting to find time to try this ever since seeing "Bend it Like Beckham"... but I don't make it out to good, "fine" Indian restaurant's often, and don't want to get it at a fast food place the first time.
15. Hot dog from a street cart  -  Of course!  As long as they're serving all beef kosher hot dogs I'm happy ;-) 

16. Epoisses - hmmm had never heard of this one.  Wouldn't see it out, but would try it.
* 17. Black truffle - I've always been conflicted about truffles.  I'm dying to know what they'd taste like, but I'm not a big fan of mushrooms, so can't see paying attrocious prices for what, in my brain, amounts to just another fungus.
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
* 19. Steamed pork buns - another things I had never heard of till California, but would love to try.
20. Pistachio ice cream - just get in the mood every once and a while and have to have it.  But love it best as part of Spumoni.  *EVERYONE* should have some *really* good Spumoni, the kind made with real kirschwaser in the cherry ice cream and with high quality chocolate ice cream at some point.

21. Heirloom tomatoes - ok, sure... tomatoes = good, but how different are they from other tomatoes? 
22. Fresh wild berries - Yumm!
23. Foie gras - again, would probably try it on a dare, or to be polite, but I hate chicken liver pate, so can't imagine enjoying fatty goose liver pate.
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese

26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper - alright, raw peppers of *ANY KIND* I have a very low tolerance for the heat.
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters - well, realistically I probably would try them again if someone served them, as I know from experience that things I don't 'like' can sometimes be prepared so that I *do* like them, but have had them raw, steamed and fried and didn't like them.
29. Baklava (Both Greek and Persian) - hmmm... not sure if I've had Persian!  Didn't realize there was a difference... gotta go out and find some Persian baklava now!
* 30. Bagna cauda  - been wanting to try this since the B5 episode where I learned about it, and found a recipe that I'm going to try when the time is right.

31. Wasabi peas - again... it's the heat.  I'm just too much of a wimp.
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl - OMG!  Yes!
* 33. Salted lassi  - hmmm... I've had the sweet, and salty seems a bit strange, but now I want to try it of course.
34. Sauerkraut - sometimes love it.  Love it with smoked sausage, and on hot dogs... or just when I'm in the mood.
35. Root beer float  - OMG!  Yes!

36. Cognac with a fat cigar - Oh, NWiH!  Can't stand the smell of cigars, hate to be around people smoking them, and would never put one of those nasty things in my mouth!  Is that emphatic enough?  On the other hand, a good cognac, of course!
* 37. Clotted cream tea - hmmm have heard of clotted cream on scones... *oh* I see... that's *called* "clotted cream tea"... yes, intend to have this the next time I'm in the UK.  May chance it if the British tavern here in San Diego serves it, but won't know if it's authentic till I've had it there :) 
* 38. Vodka jelly - sure.  Never heard of it before, but why not? 
39. Gumbo - not a big fan, but would eat to be polite. Don't care for tomato sauce with seafood just generally, and I'm a wimp, so it's generally too spicy for my taste.
40. Oxtail - wouldn't look it up, but wouldn't turn it down either.

41. Curried goat - how does this differ from curried anything else?  So I wouldn't seek it out, but wouldn't automatically turn it down.  I'm a bit finicky about curries, so my question tends to be "is this hot or mild".  I'll try and often enjoy mild curries, but have had very bad (almost "allergic") reactions to hot curries.
42. Whole insects - hmmm... ok, I *might* screw up my courage to the sticking place to try these, depending on the setting.
43. Phaal - see remarks above re curries and hotness. ;-) 
44. Goat’s milk - sure!  I've had goat milk cheese... why not try the milk it's made from.
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more - as long as someone else is paying for the bottle ;-)  I have had good, but not that expensive scotch malt.  But don't enjoy it enough to spend that much money on it.

46.Fugu- sorry, not that balsy.  My adventurousness stops where someone can kill me by being inept!
47. Chicken tikka masala - I love chicken tikki masala.  I'm not very big into Indian food, and this and masala keema (beef keema) are two of my favorites at the fast food Indian places that show up in the malls around here.
48. Eel - the little Japanese restaurants around her serve really great unagi with BBQ sauce.  Sounded weird at first, but it's great!
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut - OMG, YES!  I grew up watching for that "Hot Donuts" light to go on!  Have trouble finding them out here in S.D. tho'.  There are a couple of KK places, but not near me (and I use public transportation) and the stores nearest me don't carry them ... which is good, I guess, since I shouldn't have them... but it means when I do see them, I'm like a backsliding addict.
* 50. Sea urchin - gosh!  Sounds interesting!

51. Prickly pear - sure!  as long as someone else peals it for me ;-)  
52. Umeboshi - sure.
53. Abalone - sure... as long as it's not one of the endangered species.
54. Paneer - ok.  not a big fan of "blue" cheeses, except in dressings, but sure.
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal - uh, duh... American here.

* 56. Spaetzle - Keep meaning to make these now that I have a ricer with spaetzle disks, but never get around-tuit.
* 57. Dirty gin martini - one of these days.  I feel obligated to try it just for the purpose of "cultural literacy", even though I don't like olives.
58. Beer above 8% ABV - I generally hate beer... but I've tried different types, again, for cultural literacy, and so that I know what the different flavor ranges are.
* 59. Poutine - sure.  I've had fries with brown gravy.  Not my fave, but not bad.  Adding cheeses curds sounds like a strange combination to me, but you never know until you try.
60. Carob chips - Don't love 'em.  Don't hate 'em.  Not an acceptable chocolate substitute, but ok on their own merits.

61. S’mores - Yumm!  *And* "Banana boats".  I always loved banana boats much better tho'.
62. Sweetbreads - sure... I love rolls and muffins and... OH!  You mean "sweetbreads" not "sweet breads"... hmmm... well, wouldn't say I would never try them.  Have eaten fried squirrel brains and loved them.  And I don't like kidneys or hearts, but do like gizzards... So, yeah, no reason I wouldn't try glands.
63. Kaolin - I'm sorry, had never heard of this and the only reference I can find is to a clay.  People eat clay?  As a culinary treat?  ... Alright, doesn't look harmful, so I guess I could try it, but why?  Just for the minerals?  That's sounds like eating chalk to get the calcium.
64. Currywurst - ok, admittedly, I might be coaxed, but probably not.  Everything I find about it says it's *hot, hot, HOT!*. 
65. Durian - I don't know... until I smell it, I can't tell you if it would repel me or not.

66. Frogs’ legs - Yumm!
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake  - OMG!  every day of the week (especially the first and the last) if I had easy access to them and it wouldn't kill me.
* 68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain - Double YUMM!
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette - the first, I just don't like, it tastes too bitter to me... the second is far too hot for my taste.

* 71. Gazpacho - someday... when I'm in the mood for cold soup :)
* 72. Caviar and blini - hmmm... ok.  I've tried them separetely.  I like blintzes, don't care for caviar much... but sure, I'd try them together if served. I love blintzes with sweet, fruity toppings, but would be willing to try them with savory, salty toppings.
* 73. Louche absinthe - have been wanting to try this, but being in the US, haven't had the opporunity.
* 74. Gjetost, or brunost  - yet another thing I hadn't heard of, but it sound's interesting and I like many types of cheese.
75. Roadkill - almost certainly not.. let me clarify.  I would eat most of the animals who show up as road kill, however there are two reasons I wouldn't normally eat roadkill.  First, if I didn't kill it myself (i.e., if I'm not the one who hit it) I have no idea how long it's been lying there.  Second, even if I am the one who hit it, most animals who are killed by a vehicle are frozen in fright just before they're killed, which means there's a very high probability the meat is full of adrenalin.  I've had adrenalin tainted meat... it's *not* good.  So, I would eat it if starving, but would be unlikely to eat it otherwise.

* 76. Baijiu  - Gee!  I had no idea the Chinese had their own version of "white lightnin'" ;-) 
77. Hostess Fruit Pie - Grew up on fried pies from a local bakery (not Hostess) and used to love them, but now-a-days they seem to mostly be all crust and sugar, almost no fruit and I haven't enjoyed them much since.
* 78. Snail - one day, when I'm flush and being indulgent, there's a French restaurant here in S.D. that serves escargot.
* 79. Lapsang souchong  - sounds interesting!  Not sure I'll like smoky tea, but I'll certainly try it.
* 80. Bellini - Oh!  absolutely.  Not a big fan of most wines, but do like sparkling wines as long as they're not too dry.  The addition of the peach puree should ensure even the driest wine won't be too "dry" for me.

81. Tom yum - again, see notes about hotness.
82. Eggs Benedict - not a big fan of Hollandaise sauce, but otherwises, yumm... and like many of the variations, especially if you replace the hollandaise sauce ;-) 
83. Pocky - not a big fan, but some flavors are ok.
* 84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant - OF COURSE!  If I could afford it!
* 85. Kobe beef  - ditto!

86. Hare - Yumm!  I especially like fried rabbit, but stewed and braised are also nummy.
87. Goulash - ok, asking if someone likes "goulash" is like asking if they like "stew"... pretty much, if you cook it, you should make it so that you like it.  My Dad used to make goulash at least once a week with whatever was left over from the week.
* 88. Flowers - hmmm... I've had some flower waters.  Can't remember if I've had flowers, but I haven't had them all.  Want to try candied violets, for example.  Don't care for the taste of rosewater or roses, but love orange blossom water, so am open to trying different flowers.
89. Horse - ok, I'd try it... won't go out of my way, though. 
* 90. Criollo chocolate  - never heard of it till now.

91. Spam - Being broke right now, I regularly substitutes SPAM for bacon or canadian bacon, as it's generally cheaper.
92. Soft shell crab - have only had this once, so haven't given it a fair trial yet.  It was *ok*, just ok.  Didn't hate it, didn't particularly like it either.  Will try it again someplace else someday.
93. Rose harissa - probably not... see notes above re: hotness and rosewater/roses.
94. Catfish - one of lifes's staples!  One cannot live for long without catfish ;-) 
95. Mole poblano - not likely to try it, but would taste if served as a guest.  I'm not a big fan of mole, and don't care for poblanos (see hotness above)

96. Bagel and lox - yep!  Not a big fan of them together, but get an occassional craving. Largely not a big fan because I prefer (the drier) Nova lox or Nordic style lox to the more slimy type you get in the delis.  So I enjoy it when I am up for smoked salmon and buy the type I like, but when I do, I'm more likely to have the smoked salmon on toast points and the bagel with eggs & canadian bacon or with flavored cream cheese.
* 97. Lobster Thermidor - never had it.  But like lobster :) 
* 98. Polenta - Have never actually had polenta... but have had yellow grits, and fried grits, and formed grits.  So expect it's similar. Tend to prefer my grits like a barbarian (served as a hot cereal with sugar, butter and milk), so don't know how much I'll enjoy polenta, but it's on the list of things I must try.
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee - wasn't a big fan, and won't pay the exorbitant prices for it.  *Will* pay the exorbitant prices for Kona, when I have the cash,  tho' ;-) 
100. Snake - why nto... I mean, it "tastes just like chicken", right ;-) 
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Subject:The Omnivore's Hundred
Time:11:32 am
This came through the SCA Cook's list I'm on, and it seemed like fun. I'm posting it here without my answers, to make it easier for others to pass along. I'll post my answers in the next post.

The Omnivore's Hundred is a list of foods the gastronomic Andrew Wheeler thinks everyone should try at least once in their lives.

The rules of the meme:
1) Bold those you have tried,
.....1a) Asterisk any items you'd be interested in trying but have not yet.
.....1b) Underline those items you've tried and loved.
.....1c) Italicize any item you'll never eat again.

2) Strikethrough those you wouldn't eat on a bet.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile

6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush

11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart

16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream

21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese

26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava (Both Greek and Persian)
30. Bagna cauda

31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float

36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail

41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more

46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin

51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal

56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips

61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian

66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette

71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill

76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini

81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef

86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate

91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano

96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake
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Subject:Lizzy the Lezzie...
Time:05:05 am
I don't generally do web comics or watch videos online much... but every once in a while I find something that makes me chuckle... which in and of itself makes it very special.

So, found out that Lizzy the Lezzie from Logo is online:
http://www.lizzythelezzy.com/

I especially like Episode 7 "Toys" and 10 "Exes"... heck, I like 'em all, but those really made me chuckle.

Warning... rated R for language and "adult themes." ;-)
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