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By gzt (Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 06:22:12 PM EST) gzt, pad thai, hate, squats, moving, book, green energy, global warming, sleep, food desert (all tags)
Because I can't sleep in this kind of environment.

I should get out the sleep mask or something, I am having trouble sleeping past 5 and I might want to blame it on the brightness of my bedroom. The sun rises at 5:15. This doesn't work for me. Proximity to healthy foods doesn't matter, price does. A study about food deserts and such.

Green jobs advocates make assertions that fly in the face of fundamental economic theory and evidence. ... Claims about job creation should be separated from environmental goals. If one wishes to argue that CO2 emission must be limited, or that some other policy is believed to be desirable on environmental grounds, that is fine. Make the case. However, to assert that we can have our cake and eat it, too - and get wealthier by doing so - is not credible.
Page 138 of the Green Energy book. Well, that's what it comes down to, really, isn't it? I agree completely.

Interestingly, here's a libertarian's idea on how to tackle climate change:

I don't think any of his suggestions fall too far afoul of the arguments in the book I'm reading. But I'll have to read both more to see.

Anyway, now I have to think about how we're going to work out our move. We're rapidly approaching the point of having to nail things down. With actual nails.

I need to get strong again. Yesterday's squats were fine, but it was very hot. It was awkward coping with the belt, but I think by next time it'll be mostly natural again. I could probably hit 400 for a single if I really wanted right now, but I'm not doing heavy singles. It's hard to cope with the heat. It's so hot.

It is hard to cope in general. It is so hot out.

The sleeve of this shirt tore at the elbow. Has it been like that for a while? I'm wearing it rolled up to compensate for the heat, so it doesn't show.

Things I hate: Benford's Law. It's become a popular thing, so people think they are actually saying something useful when they bring it up on the internet. I hate people on the internet. Present company included. I hate all of you. Come to my party on July 14th.

I need to think of a way to make a dish that has the taste and feel of pad thai or something without requiring all the fiddly little ingredients of pad thai. What is it about pad thai that we like? Maybe it's the sauce plus the peanuts. We can get peanuts. But the sauce is one of the tricky fiddly bits. Can we just buy the sauce? Do they sell it?

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I wanna be sedated | 12 comments (12 topical, 0 hidden)
you can buy pad thai sauce by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #1 Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 07:56:46 PM EST
Maybe somewhere there's a decent one, but the ones I tried weren't very good.

He wants it hot by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 09:40:03 PM EST
so obviously he wants Sriracha ..

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Benford's Law by wumpus (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 10:36:46 PM EST
So is this some sort of corollary on the idea that numbers exist (or are encountered) along a logarithmic scale? Sounds like the stuff Shannon wrote in the 1940s (when he was inventing data compression).


sort of, yeah by gzt (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 11:13:28 PM EST
the idea is that you have numbers spanning several orders of magnitude, then you expect the same sort of distribution no matter what base you use, so it ends up being a power law type thing and numbers are kind of encountered on a log scale.

as an aside, this reminds me that i really should get hamming's book on numerical analysis.

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Sounds fractal by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 11:24:23 AM EST

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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pad thai key ingredients by garlic (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 10:48:28 AM EST
bean sprouts, thai noodles, peanuts, green onions. Egg and tofu also go good in it.

sauce key ingredients seem to be rice wine vinager and fish sauce. rice wine vinager is easy to find. I'm not sure where we found our fish sauce at, but sauce made from rotten fishes lasts a long time.

I started making pad thai from this recipe, but have found over time that the shrimps and the cabbage and the tamarind and the palm sugar are not necessary for the flavors I'm going for.

Decent fish sauce by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #7 Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 11:25:07 AM EST
Most grocery stores in cities carry it.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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yeah, i'm right by a korean store... by gzt (2.00 / 0) #8 Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 12:36:00 PM EST
...that will have it because they carry other asian things, too, not just korean. but they're best for korean.

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interesting about the sauce by gzt (2.00 / 0) #9 Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 12:39:38 PM EST
i would have thought the tamarind was necessary, but if it's just fish sauce and rice wine vinegar, those are both relatively stable.

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IMO by MillMan (2.00 / 0) #10 Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 02:26:12 PM EST
tamarind, palm sugar, and fish sauce are the basis of good pad Thai. Sweet, sour, and salty.

"Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no libertarians in financial crises." -Krugman

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you know by garlic (2.00 / 0) #11 Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 01:55:05 PM EST
I've been avoiding the tamarind because the stuff I got initially (via the internet I think) was weird and not what I was expecting. I saw tamarind in jewel the other day though. It was in seed pod form though, so you'd have to spend some time turning it into something edible I think.

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you might by MillMan (2.00 / 0) #12 Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 03:39:40 PM EST
be able to find this at Asian markets near you. I always use it. Don't bother with seeds or the partially mashed stuff that comes in a square plastic bag - the taste is just as good from the pre-made stuff.

"Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no libertarians in financial crises." -Krugman

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