Thursday, January 14, 2016

Pasta that doesn't taste like pasta recipe, Janus edition


  1. chile peppers (6-7 small or 4-5 large)
  2. diced tomatoes (1 can)
  3. garlic (4 cloves)
  4. ground coffee (1 tsp)
  5. honey (1 tbsp)
  6. lemon (1, unitless)
  7. medium shells pasta (1 box)
  8. olive oil (enough to sautee)
  9. pesto sauce (1 jar)
  10. salt, pepper, oregano, chili powder, A1 sauce (to taste)
  11. scallions (1 bundle)
  12. smoked gouda cheese (1-2 oz)

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pasta that doesn't taste like pasta recipe


  1. Half a box of pasta 
  2. One shitty sundried tomato pesto paste from the supermarket 
  3. Leftover olive oil from a jar of sundried tomatoes 
  4. Half a potato leftover from when you tried to make too many fries and they didn't fit in the pan so in a flash of inspiration you refrigerated it instead of tossing it out even though you knew it was almost certainly a lost cause 
  5. Small onion, 4-5 cloves of garlic or however much you have left sprouting on the counter and it's a miracle the maintenance people didn't clean it up 
  6. Leftover ragu pasta sauce from the bottom of the jar 
  7. Salt, pepper, rosemary, all that crap 
  8. Grated parmesan, for instance from when you try to transfer your parmesan from a bigger container into a smaller one but not all of it fits so instead of throwing it out you put it in the food 
  9. Vinegar from a jar of pickled jalapeƱo peppers 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Raising a kid outside the gender binary

Today I saw a discussion on Facebook prompted by the question (paraphrased)—shouldn't we be wary of trans people who refer to their kids as their gender assigned at birth, use those pronouns and that language for them; shouldn't we instead eliminate the concept of gender assigned at birth altogether?

One person replied that non-binary language is still limited and clunky, and it's easy to revert to language for the gender that is designated at birth. They were also concerned with practical solutions. Someone else mentioned that, overwhelmingly (>99.5%), people assigned male at birth identify as male and those assigned female at birth identify as female. Therefore it makes sense to default to the language assigned at birth, and start referring to kids using their self-determined pronouns if and when they decide to change them.

Personally, I think the issue is extremely complex, and I've tried to frame it in many ways. None of them gave me a clear answer, and the practical aspects of them tend to be messy as well. I don't know what the answers are. But I believe with firm conviction that mindfulness is extremely important, and practicing mindfulness goes a long way to building a supportive and welcoming environment for your child to grow and develop into their own identities.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

With apologies to the Beatles

Let it be

When I find myself late for the subway
Train conductor turns to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
And in my run to catch it
It is standing right in front of me
Doors are closing quickly, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, oh let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

And when the broken hearted people
Swiping in two seconds late
There will be a next one, let it be.
For though the train has left by now there is
Still a chance that they will see
Next one's in five minutes, let it be.
Let it be, let it be, let it be, oh let it be
Next one's in five minutes, let it be.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thank you.

To my friends whom I rely upon to vent and keep a semblance of emotional stability, I thank you for your unconditional support, for listening to me, for propping me up when I was at my lowest, and for being there for me when I needed it most. It brings tears to my eyes that you were so selfless and carried me, too, for a while, even when you had your own burdens to bear. Thank you for believing me. I love you all so much.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Vibrator line interference

I made myself comfortable and got ready to use my magic wand, but as soon as I turned it on my kindle disconnected from my laptop. Distracted by this new development, I decided to forego fun for entertainment of a different sort... figuring out what was going on.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Genitals on estrogen: a visual panorama

Somebody asked me today (with a straight face) if estrogen makes my penis fall off. My stupefied look prompted further clarification: do I still have the same genitals? I told him that unless he's gonna have sex with me (which he isn't), that's a really inappropriate question. "I was just curious", came his indignant reply.

But you can't really fault curiosity, and it's hard to keep track of all the physical changes happening (as he quite astutely pointed out, "so you take that and your boobs grow?"), so I put together an article that should answer his question about my genitals very thoroughly. (NSFW text)

Friday, August 7, 2015

In-depth analysis: new NYS ID card security features

Every once in a while I'm hit with an obsession that I can't shake off. Last time it was criticality accidents; now it's ID cards. The following statement from the DMV website is the culprit:
The new design, which contains more than 30 security features, places them among the most secure of their kind in the country.
30? Bullshit. Maybe if you count things twice. So like any self-respecting hacker, I decided to put that claim to the test. This post is the result of a few dozen hours' worth of experiments on my ID. I used microscopes, UV lamps, lasers, even improvised a coaxial light machine, and all I've got to say is...

I didn't bother highlighting the obvious ones.

I stand corrected.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The superiority of the reader over the non-reader

This had 4800 likes and 3200 shares.

This landed today in my Facebook feed. The caption read, "the superiority of the reader over the non-reader" (translated from French). If you look closely someone seems to have adapted the original work by adding titles to the books, namely the bible on the left (completely absent in the original), with an assorted collection of scientifically-oriented tomes opposite.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Scientists successfully replicate false consent accusations in the lab

MANHATTAN, NY—In a landmark achievement, Columbia University researchers successfully created a false consent accusation under controlled conditions. Earlier today, project leader Prof. Ron Traver called a press conference to announce the breakthrough and discuss future steps in consent accusation research. Instead of talking about his team's findings, however, Prof. Traver went on a rant about how hard it is to encounter it "in real life".

Saturday, July 4, 2015

NaissanceE Review

A stunning exploration game let down by occasionally frustrating platforming and incongruous puzzle sections, NaissanceE is nevertheless worth a look.