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pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


Not so much because of the flavor, but water chestnuts and lotus root drive me up a wall. That squeaky, styrofoam-like texture disturbs me so much, I just can't stand it.

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pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


Halalelujah posted:

Ground floor posting!

I'm really not a fan of sushi anymore, mostly because I can't justify the cost when really good fish and mediocre fish taste almost the same to my palate. I think smoking, hard liquor, and flavorpunch food have taken their toll, because I remember I used to enjoy it a lot more.

Will still eat the hell out of uni though, and japanese food is so varied that losing sushi isn't a big hit.

I'm kinda approaching that from the other way around. I've eaten lots of really good sushi since I was young, so all the sushi I have access to now just tastes... mediocre. And now that I'm paying for my sushi, instead of mooching off of rich relatives when I was young, I'm really not willing to go and pony up serious percentages of my paycheck for some sushi that reminds me of what I used to eat.

And I'm really not willing to go around to the neighborhood "sushi" joint and pay like 7 bucks for a "dragon" roll or whatever the gently caress the kids eat nowadays.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


dino, you're a goon. Embrace your loneliness; that bitter, sad feeling you feel in the pit of your stomach every time you feel alone will soon harden into a wonderful diamond of misanthropy.

But in all seriousness, Wroughtirony is right; there are lots of chances to meet new friends if you're just willing to take a bit of embarrassment. The key is not to go out with the express aim of meeting new friends, you should go and do random social things and try to meet new people as an extension of that. Pub quiz nights, classes of various sorts, interest based meetups and such are invaluable for meeting new people because you already have a common interest to work with.

Personally, I'm in a similar boat, in that most of my close friends moved away, leaving me with one friend close by. I'm such a misanthrope that I don't care at all, however. I'm not going to think too hard about why I consider goons to be an acceptable substitute for social interaction.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


On a completely unrelated note, I went to a generic Indian buffet for lunch today.

Co-worker grabs a ton of tandoori chicken, bitches that it's pink on the inside. Okay, undercooked chicken is a reasonable objection, but drat, you go to an Indian buffet and just eat chicken?

Then again, the food was pretty lackluster so I guess I can't blame her. I filled up on chana masala and lots of naan and chutneys, with a brief (and regretful) dip into the generic chicken curry.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


Happy Hat posted:

At what point in time does it become ok to unfriend someone?

Right now I am seriously considering wether I should give notice to two couples in our immediate circle of friends, who're, I'm afraid, delivering sub-par friend performance.

They have clearly misunderstood basic human right policies, and have begun to consider brown people a menace to society, furthermore they no longer are able to invest in, or welcome diversity, and this not in a droll manner.

They too have adopted a level of political correctness that I find unsettling, and they have become the Stepford Families, yet without a patriachially induced motivator.

I am loving fed up with discussing mortgages, kids schools, bosses being unreasonable, educational prowess, working unreasonably long hours (50hrs a week - who're you loving kidding), and - yes - the menace to society that is represented through brown(muslim) people.

I have previously done so in writing, but this time I'm thinking of just shunning them!

I'll be your friend Dino!

Clearly, it's not so much a matter of when to unfriend them as it is how to unfriend them.

I suggest going full passive-aggressive, and just ignore their existence in every conceivable fashion. Then again, I'm a misanthropic goon that shouldn't be giving social advice, so I'm sure you'll get better suggestions from the more adjusted folks.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


The secretary I've been keen on kept sending mixed signals about her boyfriend for a few weeks. Calling him my so-called boyfriend, then not mentioning him, then mentioning him, then talking about him, etc, etc.

Got tired of it, didn't even mention Valentine's Day today.


Oh bitter loneliness, you look so much better at the end of a glass.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


Wroughtirony posted:

I want to compliment all the kimchis but I'm afraid that if I post in that thread ricola will make me go back in time and Kim some chi last week.

For realz. I wanted to toss some advice in about the hot pepper flakes, but I was scared of the 'make kimchi NAO!' requirement.

I mean, I have 3 giant Tupperware tubs in the basement fridge full of winter kimchi (not really a good translation, but in any case, the tradition of making giant batches of kimchi in preparation for the winter), so I'm not exactly keen on making more kimchi right now.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


Happy Hat posted:

Also... Why are Vegans overweight?

Potato chips are vegan. Overeating is overeating, vegan or not.

In the same way, stupid is stupid, vegan or not.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


Yawgmoth posted:

This is the chili with/out beans argument but for vegans, isn't it.

I'm with dino on this one; why would anyone even try to argue that honey is vegan? It's nectar processed by bees, and unless you want to claim that insects are somehow not animals, I don't understand how you can call yourself vegan and eat honey.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


Omfg,tell me where this butcher is so I can move there and give myself a heart attack through cheap meat that actually sounds good.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


dino. posted:

In a totally unrelated note, the chattists may remember that I left my Kindle on a subway on Tuesday. I filled out the MTA online lost and found thing. I got an email last night, saying that something with my name has been turned in, and to please come retrieve it. I have my kindle back.

Words fail me. Seriously.

As amazing and heartening that is, I have to wonder if you would have gotten a more popular electronic item back. Say, an iPad or something.

Still, faith in humanity restored.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


dino. posted:

I know for a fact that the person who picked it up tried to keep it as their own. I keep in a case, where when I open it, the kindle is stored upside down, because I hate pressing the power button found on the bottom of the device. What do you know, when I have it back, it was right-side-up. Also, when I got home, the thing was deregistered already. I think I got it back, because Puppy called Amazon, and had them deactivate the thing, and essentially make it impossible for anyone except for me to use it.

I think it's mainly the fact that it was more or less turned into a doorstop, with a bunch of really bad smutty romance novels, Mercedes Lackey, Terry Pratchett, Piers Anthony, and other various cookery books in that made them return it.

Well then. At least you got it back, so that's good.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


Happy Hat posted:

What is a dating sim?

Think bad text based game with inane choices that ultimately leads to a payoff consisting of a bad porn slideshow with some voice acting if you're lucky.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


NosmoKing posted:

They took it before I had a say in the matter when I was just teeny.

I wish I had my snake wearing a turtleneck look back.

I wasn't so teeny when mine was taken. I miss it every day.

I can't even go on JDate or anything, so it's doubly distressing.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


kiteless posted:

Would you have felt less bourgeois if you had sent in your order form from the Sears Roebuck & Co. catalog, and had your shoes delivered via Pony Express?

Only if his outhouse has last year's catalog strung up as toilet paper.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


bunnielab posted:

Please explain your plan for Happiness for everyone and no yelling fun time. I'm sure there is some utopian plan that hasn't been tried yet.

Being poor has always sucked but in general it sucks less now. The entirety of human history argues against the end of a have/have not system and until someone figures out a way to change it could be said that having to work for $11 an hour in a warehouse in a first world country really aint that bad.

No one's arguing that they have a great solution that can be implemented immediately, or that things aren't vastly better than they were in the past. But improvement in working conditions happened because people were not content with the status quo; you seem to be arguing that it's pointless to get upset and work towards change unless you can do it all in one go. That's a really short-sighted and frankly dumb position.

"It's better than it was before" is a ridiculous justification for not wanting things to improve further.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


Happy Hat posted:

Ok.. seriously!

Some of the words that are used in English texts are something that you guys clearly are sitting around inventing, while drinking bong-water mixed with vodka, and taking the piss on all the foreigners.

This is exacerbating international tension.

You pretty much summed up my 4 years of college. Yay liberal arts school!

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


Rule .303 posted:

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.
Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring.
The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. "It is overfull. No more will go in!"
"Like this cup," Nan-in said, "you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?"

Yeah, I don't give a poo poo about debating in here, but your use of Zen koans in response is loving irritating.

Mostly because I was raised Buddhist by my grandma when I was a kid, and using these stories as meta-debate commentary instead of making a legitimate point is stupid.

EDIT: I agree with kiteless, let's talk about smegma or strippers or something.

pnumoman fucked around with this message at Mar 5, 2012 around 14:45

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


Happy Hat posted:

The cup argument is clearly invalid....

A cup cannot be full of opinions and speculations, it is a cup! It can be filled with air, and then it can be filled with a cup shaped liquid. I think what you're doing is an antropomorphisism. Next thing is that the cutesy cup will dance around and assist in the marriage of perfectly fine young women to hairy beasts.



I see your confusion; let me clear things up. Japan has a long history of talking, intelligent, living cups. For most of Japan's history, the cup race, or Koppu people, have been enslaved and forced to work in gruelling conditions, risking their lips and handles every day. But then came America and the atom bomb; radioactive particles killed off the entire Koppu race, and overnight Japan had to retool their economy. While most of Japan has forgotten this sordid past, Zen koans refer to the truth, although most people dismiss it as fantasy.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


SubG posted:

I can't be the only one that first read that as `beer feltching'.

...I read it first as 'beer filching', then I saw your comment as 'beer fletching', until I finally read it properly and realized I didn't know what feltching is, so I googled it to my dismay.

At least my vocabulary is improving.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


I went through an earthquake when I lived in Cupertino, CA, at the wee age of 10. I remember everything shaking, but I never felt scared since it was a magnitude 4.something. I was more amazed that I actually experienced an earthquake than I was scared.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


kiteless posted:

Lol 2 earthquakes. I grew up in So Cal. We only got up or out of bed if it was a 5.0 or greater.

Yeah, I have to note that my mother was taking a nap in the other room, and she didn't even wake up until I bounded in all excited going "There was an earthquake! There was an earthquake!"

On a related note, the last day of school was nice in Cali, because we got to open up our earthquake kits and get all hopped up on the snacks and stuff we put in at the beginning of the year.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


I fill an ice cube tray, then put the rest into the small plastic tubs you get from chinese takeout.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


Yawgmoth posted:

Not if you reuse the ziploc bags. I reuse those bags until they don't hold together any more.

Every time I wash out a ziploc bag and hang it to dry, I feel more like a poor immigrant than someone saving the planet. I wash my paper towels in the kitchen sink and reuse them as well; one time my friend saw me doing that and told me to stop being such an immigrant, and I was all like, "These things are expensive, I ain't gonna stop just to feel like a wasteful American, dude."

And then I felt like a poor immigrant anyway.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


Aw c'mon folks, embrace frugality. I mean, it's not like I'm gonna scrub my name-brand Bounty paper towels if they're soaked in grease or something, but if I'm wiping down my counter or something, I'll rinse off the crumbs, give it a drop of dishsoap, and wash it out to use later. Cheap paper towels fall apart at the mere hint of use, so I buy the more expensive name brand and reuse lightly soiled sheets.

Gawd, y'all make it seem like I'm grabbin' napkins outta McDonald's trash can or somethin'...

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


Happy Hat posted:

Isn't a paper towel like a double wide piece of toilet paper?

How do ou wash those, without disintegrating them?

...and I'm not allowed to have those for my hippie wife, when I have a roll I am a miser with it to the point where people think it weird...

Most cheap paper towels do disintegrate like you say, but I buy the name brand stuff that's quilted or whatever term they use, and it stays strong and in one piece even after repeated light washing.

So yeah, I justify paying a bit more for the good stuff so that I can reuse the poo poo out of most of it.

EDIT: And ew on reusable tampons. Ew ew ew. Then again, cloth diapers aren't much better, and I approve of those in theory, so...

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


Happy Hat posted:

I use cloth for that, I think it may be less expensive, and lower footprint that way (at least that is what my wife has dictated).

You're right, I should use more cloth instead of paper towels. The only thing is, though, I have a few kitchen towels for such a purpose, and they always get really dingy after a while even with constant washing. So I soak them in a bleach solution when they look really bad, but that's annoying and I always get paranoid about the fumes.

Hence my predilection for reusing paper towels.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


I use kitchen towels, and I wash them often, but I also reuse paper towels. So there.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


Halalelujah posted:

I wonder if any of us would encourage someone to also enter our respective lines of work. I know I wouldn't.

I would tell them to run away, run far far away, and never look back unless you want to destroy your health, sanity, and dignity.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


Kenning posted:

I think that article was sorta cute.

It's the hypnotic gaze of the old ones that makes you sympathetic. Just know that a bloodsucking demon lies beneath that harmless elderly gaze.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


Happy Hat posted:

Edit: ^^^I once reported someone for suggesting cock sauce, before I knew what the thing was^^^

Dear LiveJournal,
Today I learned that my people are looked at with general scorn for being impolite.

We are, according to the British, impolite to such an extend that they are unable to work together with us, I've had a British project manager in tears (well, not actually tears, but manly sobs), over the fact that one of our lower minions had writting him and confronted him with his inability to perform.

I had to ask him which part of the communication he had a problem with, because it really went over my head, that there was anything in that mail that he should be in histrionics about, all that had happened was a direct excallation to his CEO, stating facts about his companys inability to perform...

Apparently he had a breakdown, and had to ask our project manager (who also is british, but who is a good guy because he is our british guy) about these danes, and why they were so goddamn cold in business.

The truth is that we just have fun! I think he misunderstood us completely, we only wanted to help him with his inability to perform by getting him the direly needed management attention in his company.

Also - it is not a good idea to tell the british to stop being weeping pussies, and focus on delivering some results instead.

I may be culturally insensitive?

However my german guy doesn't mind me telling him "Please don't start any wars' whenever we send him to Frankfurt for a day.

So I will work with my cultural sensitivity, I have heard that the british prefer to use the word 'twat' instead of 'pussy' and I will now start using that word more to ensure international understanding.

Aren't the British supposed to be renowned for their insult abilities, or as they call it, 'taking the piss out of somebody'? If so, then I guess this particular Brit is just over-sensitive, or does not want anyone to learn of their incompetence.

tl;dr: This Brit has got sand in his 'twat'.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


A Gremlin Eel posted:

Actually, it would seem that Ms. Hagerty has been trolling us all, and we didn't even know it.


Well played, Mariyn.

Oh snap. I knew there was something going on behind those eyes, only instead of diabolical machinations, there was the crafty and wily soul of a nice midwestern critic.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


So does this mean we have to post pictures of deliciously acidic foods to taunt Toast? Or are we going in the complete opposite direction and holding a zero acidity ICSA challenge?

I say the latter, because Toast is cool.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


Phummus posted:

If its acid errosion of your throat it is semi-permanent. First, you'll be given the option to have the throat stretching done under a local or a general anesthesia. The correct answer here is general every time. They'll say "Lets try it with local first" to which you answer "No loving way"

The time between stretchings varies, but is usually between every 6 months to every couple years.

Expect about a day for recovery time.

Dear god, throat stretching sounds like heinous Inquisition torture.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


So uh... HH, what part of the world did that impressive display come from? Just askin...you know...so I can avoid that part of the world forever.

Oh, and of course that's what a snow party is. Wiggles is just too baller for us.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


Happy Hat posted:

US of A!

Of course.

I swear, every since I got my US citizenship, I regret it more and more. But only until the next news item about North Korea pops up; when that happens, I just smile and feel secure in the knowledge that the US has a grossly overpowered army and I live thousands of miles away from a peninsula still technically at war.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


The Macaroni posted:

Shut up, my favorite andouille sausage brand is made with chicken. I like being able to eat a couple of links at once without my heart thudding to a dead stop as it does with the pork stuff.

But generally, yeah, chicken sausages are sadface.

But if your heart doesn't thud to a dead stop, how will you know if a sausage is heart-stoppingly good?

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


Mr. Wiggles posted:

Pbr is poo poo too real ballers drink 4 loco.

4realz ballaz stocked up on the real 4 loco before the feds got to them.

Wiggles just balls too hard.

pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


So for lunch today, it was either go to Popeyes or walk a few buildings down to the South American deli and get oxtails over rice and beans.

...yeah, I didn't go for greasy, slightly spicy chicken.

On the other hand, my co worker is a bit disturbed by the sounds of me sucking on oxtails for lunch. Oh well, she can deal.

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pnumoman
Sep 26, 2008


CzarChasm posted:

Ask her if she feels left out because she doesn't have anything to suck on.

I would, but given that this is a law firm, I dunno if a sexual harassment suit is smartest move in the world.

Then again, I would be playing up the sleazy lawyer stereotype...

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