ursamajor: Scully knows how to use her Sig Sauer. And she's pissed. (not your damsel in distress)
Random sexism of the day: paging through the Pinboard popular links as I am wont to do. Click on Why We Created Julia because, hey, they created a whole new computer language? Sounds nifty, wonder what for, worth the 30 seconds to skim a summary.

Couldn't even make it to 50 words into a 500+ word document before the following sentiment was expressed:

There are those of us who used Mathematica before we could grow facial hair. There are those who still can’t grow facial hair.

Before and still, with the implication that the only reason "those of us" who can't grow facial hair is due to youth, rather than gender or genetics.

Dear Viral, Jeff, Stefan, and Alan: you publish these words; you tell us your target audience is "power Matlab users" and "male," and then you give your language a female name. Please tell me you're not surprised I find this sexist. (No, I am not a Matlab user myself, but this certainly would turn me off from using your language if I were. And yes, I do know female Matlab users, thank you.)

Then again, we live in a society where this week, a Congressional hearing on a women's health matter was held and the only two female witnesses allowed to speak came from conservative religious colleges:

From a smart but depressing article on the culture war over birth control:

If we’re wise, we’ll keep our eyes on the long game, because you can bet that those angry men are, too. The hard fact is this: We’re only 50 years into a revolution that may ultimately take two or three centuries to completely work its way through the world’s many cultures and religions. (To put this in perspective: it was 300 years from Gutenberg’s printing press to the scientific and intellectual re-alignments of the Enlightenment, and to the French and American revolutions that that liberating technology ultimately made possible. These things can take a loooong time to work all the way out.)


So if you like your chocolate chip cookies chocolatey, I recommend Guittard's "super cookie chips." Holy cow. (Cambervillains and Bostonians, they are available at Whole Foods; I suspect some place like Pemberton's or Formaggio Kitchen is likely to carry them as well.)

The chocolatiest chocolate chip cookie in the East. (Used Guittard "super cookie chips." Oh wow.)

At least part of this is due to the recipe on the back, which cuts the proportions of the non-chocolate ingredients in half relative to the chocolate chips, but the size of the chocolate chips in question - larger than thumbnail, when most standard chocolate chips are pinky-nail size - plays a significant role as well. And they are yummmmmmy.


Mar. 13th, 2011 05:53 pm
ursamajor: Harry and Remus bonding over chocolate (chocoholics anonymous)
Tearing myself away from all the Japan coverage is difficult. Everyone I know personally who was affected (mostly friends from high school) has checked in safely at least once, but ongoing communications are difficult, obviously, and all we can do is wait, hopeful. When you grow up Californian, you live with the spectre of The Big One hanging over your head; even after you move to a much less earthquake-prone zone, there's still all your friends and family left behind there, and everybody else you've met elsewhere who's flocked there because it's the mythical California. And of course that doesn't account for the rest of the Ring of Fire, either.

[personal profile] rho posted Nuclear Energy 101, which may be of interest to anyone like me whose last physics class was well over a decade ago, and wants to know more of the science behind what's going on.


Some of you on LJ may be wondering why you're not receiving your email notifications lately. The reason for that: LJ's been listed on the Spamhaus blocking list for hosting spammers' websites. A quick glance at LJ's latest posts page illustrates the proportion of spammers' updates to legitimate updates in explicit technicolor. (Many of the pictures there will probably be NSFW, and I'd be wary of clicking on any of the links if I were you.)

Spamhaus's block list is reputable and widely used; if you're not receiving your LJ email notifications, it's likely that your email provider uses Spamhaus, and that this issue won't be resolved for you until LJ's taken enough of the appropriate actions to get itself removed from Spamhaus's list.

Sidenote 1. Man, comparing LJ's latest posts and Dreamwidth's latest posts - they're a universe apart. I know a lot of this is due to Dreamwidth still having invite codes (though most of us have plenty, so that we can bring over people we know while keeping the spammers out - if you'd like one, just let me know!)

Sidenote 2. If you've left your comments open to either anonymous commenters or commenters that are not on your friends list, you may have received comments from these spammers; this is a separate issue.


Finally, we get to the "Chocoholics Anonymous" portion of this update. ;)

triple chocolate parfait

bittersweet caramel honeycomb

more chocolate party pics )

The rest of the chocolate piccies.

the list of all 33 chocolate dishes )


ursamajor: people on the beach watching the ocean (Default)
she of the remarkable biochemical capabilities!

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