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2013.02.03: Sunday in summary ... brief

Monday, February 04, 2013

Awoke early, wrote, cleaned, watched some sports.

I.

I'm attempting the cats-hate-citrus approach to keeping the cats from pawing the furniture at 4 or 5 in the morning to wake me up. And by cats I mean one cat, and by one cat I mean A.

Various cat-repellent spray recipes are out there, e.g.:

(a) www.wikihow.com/Make-Hom
emade-Cat-Repellent

(b) pets.thenest.com/homemad
e-citrus-spray-cat-deterre
nt-5562.html

(c) www.apartmenttherapy.com
/essential-knowledge-for-c
at-ow-58072

(d) www.ehow.com/how_4888088
_making-cat-repellent-furn
iture.html


We'll see how it goes.

II.

Writing was around noon, as usual, and inspiration failed to hit in any meaningful way, though Dr. Tannhauser Gates, his companion Tiffany Glacé, and their child Élan Vidal made guest appearances.

Reading was a better prospect today, and I was particularly intrigued by a DVICE post, "Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction" www.dvice.com/archives/2
012/10/ethiopian-kids.php
. In terms of details and analogs of what one might call 'methodology' there are of course questions to be raised, but the anecdote overall is inspirational. Some of the comments shift from nit-picking to mean-spirited nay-say-ism, but other than that it's a worthwhile read.

I also had fun with Steven Shapin's review of "The Pseudoscience Wars" by Michael Gordin
www.lrb.co.uk/v34/n21/st
even-shapin/catastrophism
, which covers the Velikovsky affair in a rather detailed and fair-minded way, though for those not too familiar with it, one should also read up on its 1970s redux involving Carl Sagan. I was led to it while contemplating pseudoscience and nutrition-woo last night.

III.

While Ms. S. was at work I put together the anti-cat spray, did some laundry and other cleaning, and made myself a delicious dinner.

I'm a rather big fan -- in several ways -- of lentils and bulgur wheat, and while I ate them separately tonight, I'm intrigued by 'Stay at Stove Dad''s lentil bulgur soup recipe: www.stayatstovedad.com/s
tay_at_stove_dad/2011/01/s
weet-talking-a-lentil-bulg
ur-soup-recipe.html
(as well as his tale of dealing with kids who don't want to eat what he's cooked ... which I'm sure I'll have to deal with someday).

I prepare tofu a number of ways. Breaded and baked is a common preparation for me, but sometimes I just like to pan-fry it. Occasionally I fry it in the pan a bit and add the marinade (usually a soy sauce, vinegar, and spice mixture) back in to 'glaze' it, but today I went for a simpler method and, in the process, brought my stainless steel pan out of retirement (I generally use Ms. S.'s non-stick or my cast iron skillet), as I was inspired by 'Taste Hong Kong''s "How to Pan-Fry Tofu with Crust is Simple" post www.tastehongkong.com/re
cipes/how-to-pan-fry-tofu-
with-crust-is-simple/
. Mine ended up pretty ... just not that pretty.

Then I caught the second half of the game, just as the 49ers were starting to make a game of it. I watched it online via CBS's site, which made it easy for me to multitask at the lapto. Thank you IntarWeb of 2013.
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