Thursday, August 17, 2017

• Zaha Hadid was a neo-futurist, not a structural expressionist, which is quite distinct.

• Mountain View has a Mediterranean climate, supposedly.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

more people confusion

  • I listen to two podcasts regularly from NPR, Planet Money and All Songs Considered, and somehow confused Stephen Thompson with one of the correspondents on Planet Money.
  • Heath Ledger did win for Best Supporting Actor in 2008, the middle of a triplet of villains - 2007 was Javier Berdem as Anton Chigur and 2009 was Christoph Waltz as Col. Landa.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


  • The Oliver Sacks article is The Bull on the Mountain
  • Cuisse means thigh.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


  • While naturalized citizens take an oath renouncing previous allegiances, this does not have any force of law. Unless you are in one of several very rare situations, the US government will not care about your other citizenships.
  • Ruby came out in 2007.

Friday, March 29, 2013


  • Chick Corea (note the spelling) was a member of Miles Davis' band.
  • Graham Chapman, the only Graham in the group, is the only deceased member of Monty Python.
  • Greek Easter follows the Gregorian calendar, not the Julian calendar. While the last few years this has put Greek Easter off by a week from Western orthodox Easter, this year it is off by five weeks.

Friday, December 07, 2012

  • Mercury is not tidally locked with the Sun.
  • HashMap does return values in a deterministic order across different JREs.
  • The debussy song is correctly titled 'Claire de Lune', which means moonlight.

Monday, May 14, 2012

rather embarassing all around, really

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


  • The commanders of the Babylon Five were Jeffrey Sinclair and John Sheridan. The series creator was Joseph Michael Straczinsky.
  • The article I was thinking of was about cyclists, not runners.
  • I also confused Clipper City with Rogue. I bet the Clipper City guy would be upset with me about that.
  • The book was Cat's Cradle.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

  • Turkish delight is commonly served coated in chocolate.
  • Somehow, 97% of the worlds vanilla beans (not vanillan) comes from Madagascar.
  • Deconvolute is totally the word for that. 
  • Similarly, I was thinking of hermetic, not hermeneutic (a principle of interpretation, and not even an adjective).
  • My keyboard only has 56 keys.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Cocktails to Drink

A Modified Grasshopper
L recently put together an interesting dessert cocktail - a grasshopper slightly modified to overcome the lack of cream in our fridge. While I pretty much exclusively know how to make a margarita, which I make 4:2:1 tequila:orange liquor:lime juice, and a sweet Manhattan, with equal parts vermouth and rye, it should not be too hard to learn more. Mark Bittman has a good bird's eye view of the cocktail world, and there is a good list of some of the currently resurgent classic cocktails on AMC's Mad Men cocktail menu.

While I'm at it, I really should learn more about wine. The only way to do that is to do blind tastings at home. If anyone wants to come over for a wine tasting party, let me know.

Anyway, on my to-drink list right now: