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By TheophileEscargot (Wed Jul 19, 2006 at 08:35:50 AM EST) Consumerism, George Foreman, Steam, Watching, Museums (all tags)
 


Consumerism
Phone. Went against the poll advice and bought the 2GB mini-SD card. Worked fine for me in spite of the reported problems on the forums.

Have used the phone a bit as an MP3 player, but it's hard to get used to only having a gig or two, and the interface isn't as friendly. Could be handy to only carry one gadget around though.

Bought a pair of khaki trousers that transform into shorts by unzipping the legs; mainly because they seemed handy to travel with. Two problems. Firstly, the zips mean the trouser legs hang slightly oddly, as a more perfectly rounded cylinder, like space suit legs. These have pretty chunky zips though: that problem might go away with slimmer zips.

Secondly, while I've been carefully washing the legs along with the shorts each time, I have spent a fair amount of time in the sun just wearing the shorts lately. The sun-bleaching effect means that the shorts are now slightly lighter in colour than the legs, which is not ideal.

George Foreman
Tried the other duck breast. Forgot to turn the heat down: meant to do 13 minutes on medium but did 13 minutes on high. That seemed to work a lot better: crisper and crunchier.

Steam
Didn't like the courgettes <USian>zucchini</USian> I tried originally, but someone gave me some courgettes he grows on his allotment, and they were a lot nicer: very flavourful.

What I'm Watching
Saw 12 Angry Men on DVD. Superb film, not nearly as dated as I expected. Very simple set-up, near real-time, practically all in a single room; but the tension is ratcheted up so well it never gets boring. Not too preachy either.

Does get a bit too stagey in some ways, such as when they all turn away from the racist, and the somewhat implausible excuses found for sub-groups to have private conversations, but they're minor flaws.

Great classic, recommended.

#CAA8D2

(Red=entertainment,green=originality,blue=intelligence.)

Museums
Went to see Rebels and Martyrs: The Image of the Artist in the Nineteenth Century at the National Gallery. Does what it says: lots of portraits and self-portraits of artists. Little bit then on the talent, though there's a great sardonic Picasso there. The spoofs and caricatures of the posers are often more interesting than the actual artists though.

Was surprisingly quiet when I was there (first thing on Sunday admittedly); since it seems intended to be very populist. Was quite a blissful experience: not too hot, child count zero, could wander right up to the paintings and stare without inconveniencing people. (very handy since I forgot my glasses).

Overall it's a bit expensive for the talent on offer though: I wouldn't bother unless you're a completist.

Leonardo Alenza: Satire on Romantic Suicide   Picasso: Angel Fernandez de Soto

Bleu Cheese
Encountered this expression on the Fluffyblog: I think I'd seen it before but assumed it was a typo or an oddity. It seems to be pretty common though, which is very strange. I can see either "blue cheese" or "fromage blue", but don't see the point of "bleu cheese" at all. It's not as if blue cheese is uniquely French: Dolcelatte and Gorgozola are Italian, Blue Stilton is English, and Danish Blue is from Kazakhstan.

What's odder is that from context it seems to be treated as a generic product. They never seem to say things like "I went out to get some bleu cheese and came back with a nice Gorgonzola": bleu cheese seems to be the thing-in-itself: you go out to get some bleu cheese, come back with bleu cheese, it tastes like bleu cheese and that's it. Very strange.

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Phones by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Jul 19, 2006 at 08:49:00 AM EST
2 gb is a huge step up from what a lot of companies have tried to sell. I'm quite used to that sort of size as I've always gotten flash players because of the small size/high battery life. Where they particularly excell is in podcasting and audiobooks, where you're less interested in carrying some huge library around.

A certain large company that I have a financial interest in is experimenting with streaming music on phones which obviously makes the memory size less of an issue.

"Bleu cheese" has always struck me as something similar to "American cheese" or "Chedder"...an genericized americanism. I mostly see it in salad bars or in salad dressings. (At our house, we use gorgonzola or feta on salads.)
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This phone by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Jul 19, 2006 at 09:20:23 AM EST
Has functionality for streaming music, but the operators charge huge rates for data here so it would cost a fortune to use it.
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Gorgozola is not Bleu Cheese by MM (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Jul 19, 2006 at 08:54:07 AM EST
in the US anyway.

They sell pants like that here by DesiredUsername (4.00 / 1) #3 Wed Jul 19, 2006 at 09:17:21 AM EST
...for children. Presumably they don't care about space suit legs (plus they are much skinnier than their pants anyway) or tutone-ism.

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Only boy children by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #5 Wed Jul 19, 2006 at 09:23:01 AM EST
Ten year old wanted a pair in April, we couldn't find any (she has trouble regulating her body temperature, and prefers to shed clothing and hand it to the nearest adult). Needless to say, she can not wear boy's clothing.


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Dye it pink? [nt] by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Jul 19, 2006 at 10:00:46 AM EST

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They have lots of convertible pants/trousers... by toxicfur (4.00 / 1) #7 Wed Jul 19, 2006 at 12:53:37 PM EST
for adults in such places as REI and EMS. I have a pair I got from REI that I practically live in. Wear them to work, unzip them when I get back to the train station, and bike home without perishing of heat stroke or getting grease on them.
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You know what I want to come (back?) by DesiredUsername (2.00 / 0) #9 Wed Jul 19, 2006 at 01:58:32 PM EST
into style for adults? Velcro shoes. That would save me valuable microseconds every day.

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And they would fit your persona nicely. (n/t) by toxicfur (2.00 / 0) #10 Wed Jul 19, 2006 at 03:17:49 PM EST

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Tacky? by DesiredUsername (2.00 / 0) #11 Wed Jul 19, 2006 at 03:20:05 PM EST
Fuzzy on one side?

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Did it have a preview for 12 angry men 2 by wumpus (2.00 / 0) #8 Wed Jul 19, 2006 at 01:19:23 PM EST
which happens once the judge declares a mistrial due to informed jurors?


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