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Cooking time. Rosita's making stuff up as she goes along instead of using a recipe. Got some frozen chicken thighs that need using (Rosita bought them unfrozen back in December, but froze them as they neared their sell by date). These were defrosted at room temperature, sprinkled with pink sea salt, and placed in a pan at medium heat with soy sauce, draft sake, and some lemon juice. The pan is covered. Let's see how this comes out.

Naturally, Rosita drank the rest of the sake. Rosita has been reminded that sake tastes good and she should probably drink it more than every few months. Also, Rosita now remembers that sake lacks the shelf life of wine, and wonders if the opaque black bottle she's been storing at room temperature since early October will be fine once opened. Rosita also just learned it is recommended to store wine bottles horizontally to keep the corks wet. She stores her bottles vertically. She is now worried if she did any damage, but also wonders about that one bottle with a twist cap instead of a cork.

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Rosita, storing wine on its side is a best practice, but you are unlikely to have any cork issues with wine stored upright unless you are collaring bottles for years. Most of my wine stays upright because I lack a proper rack, and most experts agree it would take years in all but the most arid of climates for there to be any issue at all.

Bottles with screw tops can be stored upright indefinitely - there is no reason to put them on their side. (Interesting tidbit someone once told me: the generalization that screw tops are a sign of inferiority is primarily an American conceit. I have heard that many French and Italian wines are now bottled with a screw top as the design is clearly superior, but they bottle some of the crates with corks for export to America.)


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Now up to 29 different Monopoly variations.

Yo-kai Watch is the newest version.


I do not doubt that the screwtop is equal in quality, and I buy screwtop wines if they look good, but I dislike the design because it feels wrong. If I am seriously debating between a corked wine and a screwtop, I'll buy the corked wine. Using a corkscrew and having to put in effort feels natural, and the feel of a cork popping out is most satisfying. Opening a screwtop isn't satisfying at all. I feel the same about beer. I like Japanese beer, but they have twist off tops, and that's just wrong. You use a bottle opener, because you just do. There isn't even any articulatable reason, it's just how it is.

I think sales show a lot of Americans are like me in this regard.


I am recalling the time I brought a couple bottles of wine to an event my mother was throwing... she lectured me mercilessly because I bought screw cap bottles.
"No good wine comes in screw cap bottles" she scolded.

"The wine is an award winning Australian wine Mom... AWARD WINNING means good." I defended myself.

She wasn't convinced. But her guests loved the wine.


It's not that I presume screwtop wine to be of lower quality. I don't. I just dislike the mechanism, and this factors into my purchasing decisions if I'm trying to decide between several wines and not all of them are corked.


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Aranna wrote:

I am recalling the time I brought a couple bottles of wine to an event my mother was throwing... she lectured me mercilessly because I bought screw cap bottles.

"No good wine comes in screw cap bottles" she scolded.

"The wine is an award winning Australian wine Mom... AWARD WINNING means good." I defended myself.

She wasn't convinced. But her guests loved the wine.

I go by whether or not it will get CH drunk enough to tell embarrassing stories about himself.

If so, the wine is good.


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I love my chromebook.

That is all.


If it isn't hard I don't drink it, whether it's hard liquor, hard root beer, or hard lemonade.

Mmm... liquor..


My 360 RRoD'd tonight.


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Blizzard update, beddy bye edition: now it's 5-8 inches (of snow)


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gran rey de los mono wrote:
My 360 RRoD'd tonight.

That is a horrible turn of events:-(


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captain yesterday wrote:
gran rey de los mono wrote:
My 360 RRoD'd tonight.
That is a horrible turn of events:-(

Yeah, but not entirely surprising. It was an original launch era 360 that my brother bought used off ebay for me 5 or 6 years ago, after my first 360 (also original launch) RRoD'd. Now I have to decide if I want to try another used 360, get an XBone, or just get a desktop. I don't really play games, I mainly used it for streaming YouTube, Netflix, and Crunchyroll.


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*sigh*

What is f***ing wrong with this month?!

I woke up to discover that a fellow gamer and designer here in Kraków died today. He was about my age.

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Sorry about that Drejk, This has been a pretty bad year so far especially if you are a rock star.


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We're less broke then we usually are this time of year. :-)


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Argh somebody is wrong on the internet and I can't correct them because it's an archived Reddit thread. People were comparing Chicago's L trains to the Bay Area's BART. Somebody was all like "At least in Chicago you aren't going to get buried alive in a subway tunnel in the big one [earthquake]". Aaaaaaaah they are so wrong. Those tunnels are extremely safe in a quake. Remember Loma Prieta? Straight up broke the Bay Bridge and a couple freeways, but that underwater BART tunnel abd the subway weren't scratched a bit. Saved our entire transit system, that did. Only working way to get from Oakland to San Francisco for a while. Gonna get buried alive my ass.


gran rey de los mono wrote:
My 360 RRoD'd tonight.

Damn! I'm so sorry man...


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Ugh. Anxiety attack triggered by letters from Treasure Office to my mother. I have no idea what is inside and I am (obviously) not opening them but that can't be good. I think I'll take them back unopened to their office to inform them that mother left Poland almost ten years ago and is living in England. They will probably ask question about her address, which I don't remember (I have no need for it myself, I know my way from the bus station to the house where they are living).

My mother birthday happens to be on Sunday so I will be calling her with birthday wishes and yet I will have to worry her with those letters. If she will want me to open them and read I won't be able to return unopened.

Damned shakes.

Hang in there Drejky!


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Awfully slow, I check out for two hours to make Swedish pancakes and clean up the kitchen, and only two new posts.
there are Swedish pancakes?

Not now there isn't. Yum!


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Argh somebody is wrong on the internet and I can't correct them because it's an archived Reddit thread. People were comparing Chicago's L trains to the Bay Area's BART. Somebody was all like "At least in Chicago you aren't going to get buried alive in a subway tunnel in the big one [earthquake]". Aaaaaaaah they are so wrong. Those tunnels are extremely safe in a quake. Remember Loma Prieta? Straight up broke the Bay Bridge, and a couple freeways, but that underwater BART tunnel abd the subway weren't scratched a bit. Saved our entire transit system, that did. Only working way to get from Oakland to San Francisco for a while. Gonna get buried alive my ass.

Thanks for the heads up.

There are a lot of conspiracy theories regarding how NYC would handle an earthquake and how safe the subway tunnels are. I don't think we would survive a major one, as there is exactly one fault line running through the area- if that well and truly went, we would lose a lot of the east coast, including Washington DC, a lot of Virginia, and a bit of upstate.


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Chicago isn't built for an earthquake.


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Drejk wrote:

*sigh*

What is f***ing wrong with this month?!

I woke up to discover that a fellow gamer and designer here in Kraków died today. He was about my age.

Condolences...This year seems to be taking the best and brightest of us.


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captain yesterday wrote:
Blizzard update, beddy bye edition: now it's 5-8 inches (of snow)

Meh.


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We have had three snow falls, with almost nothing in a month, we'll take whatever we can get.


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The El also goes through tunnels, so...

(Or connects with the subway, if you'd rather. It's all one system. Plus there are the underground pedways and lower street levels. So whoever was saying that is blowing it out his or her ass.)


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"..and robots, gotta make a volcano with robots" a snippet of Tiny T-Rex explaining how he'll make a volcano.


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They weren't saying the L has no subways. They were comparing Chicago and Bay Area subways, and saying ours is dangerous because earthquakes. This is where they became wrong.


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Chicago is also susceptible to earthquakes, and with the Midwest bedrock, any large quake will cause a phenomenal amount of damage.


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Ayup.


There's a fault line out there?


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A few at least, only state without significant faultlines is north dakota, but that's not surprising, nothing goes to North Dakota.


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There are fault lines nearly everywhere. Most just aren't very active... sleeping peacefully most of the time.

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Ugh. Taxes.


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Apparently we are heading to Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles.

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Ugh. Taxes.

I can sympatise,I just finished my taxes yesterday


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gran rey de los mono wrote:
My 360 RRoD'd tonight.

That does suck.


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There is an Obama special at roscoe chicken and waffles.

I may get that.


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My taxes were completed Wednesday night.


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I'm waiting on my w2 from my second job. I get my taxes done for free a ways from my house, but they don't start until the end of February.


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I do my own taxes.


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Centurion battlewrought. You should know battlewroughts would be back.


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Today I learned that buying a case of beer and a six pack of soda means having to carry a case of beer and a six pack of soda.


Aranna wrote:

There are fault lines nearly everywhere. Most just aren't very active... sleeping peacefully most of the time.

Well, yea, but I always think in terms of active fault lines. Didn't think Chicago was anywhere near one.


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Illinois has seen increasing seismic activity in the last five to ten years.

So it's not implausible *cough*frak mining*cough*


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Today I learned that buying a case of beer and a six pack of soda means having to carry a case of beer and a six pack of soda.

Who would guess that...


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Yes, San Francisco is more likely to get an earthquake.

Yes, Chicago is more likely to see more significant damage on the off chance they get an earthquake.

Which I hope doesn't happen, because we'd feel it up here, and no we aren't prepared either. :-)


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Illinois has seen increasing seismic activity in the last five to ten years.

So it's not implausible *cough*frak mining*cough*

New Madrid has been overdue for a big one for a while, which will likely affect Chicago (since the mild 1968 New Madrid event was felt there readily). There has also been increasing activity in the Wabash Valley (straight south of Chicago along the IL/IN border) which leads geologist to think it may be shaking off its dormancy.

Not sure that any of it is related to frakking. There's a little oil in southern Illinois, but not much. And absolutely zero under my family's land, naturally.


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Death Blizzard update, Sunday night: 4-6 inches (of snow), watches have been declared! Madison is going full on snow emergency parking, the beet juice, I can only assume, is being mixed with salt right now by some guy with a comically oversized wooden spoon.

School and work will continue as scheduled, both of which are within a lovely twenty minute walk from home.

Everyone else is freaking the f*~% out, El Nino winter has made them soft.


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Treppa wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

Illinois has seen increasing seismic activity in the last five to ten years.

So it's not implausible *cough*frak mining*cough*

New Madrid has been overdue for a big one for a while, which will likely affect Chicago (since the mild 1968 New Madrid event was felt there readily). There has also been increasing activity in the Wabash Valley (straight south of Chicago along the IL/IN border) which leads geologist to think it may be shaking off its dormancy.

Not sure that any of it is related to frakking. There's a little oil in southern Illinois, but not much. And absolutely zero under my family's land, naturally.

Actually, the fracking does not do as much damage as putting the waste water BACK in the ground and causing all of those old faults to lubricated and slide easier, thus causing earthquakes.

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