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Santa Fe

July 27, 2017

If you are ever in Santa Fe, New Mexico, leave. That's right, go out of town east on south I-25 to Pecos. Twist and turn your way north on Highway 63 between the pine trees of the Santa Fe National Forest, bridging back and forth over the Pecos River rapids. When it looks like you might drive into the Tererro General Store, pull off. Under the front eaves of the Tererro General Store are six large, hummingbird feeders and one well-engineered, long hummingbird feeder tube. Hummingbird food is four (or 5) parts water to one part sugar. The hummingbirds at the Tererro General Store go through 1100 lbs. of sugar a season (May - October). Thirsty birds.

Tererro General Store hummingbirds, Tererro, NM

Sunlight fades and shadows fall, as the sun sets behind the pine mountains. There's still time to get back to Pecos, back on the interstate, get back to Santa Fe, and discover the best Santa Fe spot for viewing sunsets at Cross Of The Martyr park.

Santa Fe sunset from Cross Of The Martyr park

Very romantic.

Music Association: David Cassidy - Point Me in the Direction of Albuquerque


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Maurice & Grace

July 20, 2017

When I think of cashew chicken, I think of a couple who allowed me in their home when I was between homes.

Grace made the best cashew chicken. She made the only cashew chicken.

Her husband Maurice was an author, a philosopher, a painter, a math teacher. He was the summit of kindness, decency, and the art of conversation: thoughtful listening and thoughtful talking. Dinner with them taught me the art of their conversation. It wasn't about individual people or material things. It was about ways of seeing things, psychologies, and puns.

Conversational punning with wide participation were great moments of my life.

Maurice died recently, preceded by Grace.

I am awed by their lives and have an emptiness by their absence.

Music Association: Amazing Grace

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The A-B-C's of Cooking
Cashew Chicken
July 19, 2017

Cooking has some basic, common sense rules.

Take cashew chicken. There are many ways of making cashew chicken. It is generally made as a stir fry but not necessarily. It is often served on rice or noodles but not necessarily. It can be very good but not necessarily.

The only real rule of cashew chicken is that it should have chicken and... cashews.

Cashew Chicken ... now with Cashews!

Here's a picture of the Lean Cuisine - Cashew Chicken box with text in a green spoon shape saying, “New Recipe! ... Now With Cashews!

I wonder what they used for cashews in their cashew chicken before they added cashews?

Cooking should be initially learned through following recipes. After that, cooking should be modifying and substituting and embellishing and wowing. Peanuts are an easy substitute for cashews. But if you are a chef at Nestlé's Lean Cuisine, the name of your product should match the ingredients -- cashew chicken should have cashews.* Anything else is food fraud.

Music Association: Shakira - Hips Don't Lie
* And Chicken Surprise should have a real surprise in it.

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Rally For Net Neutrality
July 12, 2017

The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies control over what we see and do online.
If they get their way, they’ll allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees.
Today, the Internet will come together to stop them.

It's like having a self-driving car but not having control over where or how fast it can go.

Except under the control of the ISPs (Comcast, AT&T, Verizon...), you won't be able to see what you are missing.

Music Association: The Beatles - Come Together

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Russian Phishing Trawler
July 11, 2017

If it's what you say, I love it.
                                   - Response by Donald Trump Jr. after the Russian's baited him with promises of damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

Music Association: Blue Swede - Hooked on a Feeling

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