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I've been on Mastodon a little over two years, but I've never done an Introduction, so in keeping with the tone of, an intro:

Quick write-up on the Newcastle decision to fly the Pride Flag. It wasn't as simple as it sounds....

Newcastle City Council reverses their decision and votes 4-to-3 to raise the Pride Flag!

When I turn on the A/C, I go full on Mister Freeze Villain's Lair.

If there's anything I don't like about living so far north it's that 4:15AM should NOT look like this.

Bad news: Apparently my car battery has been draining since Friday.

Good news: At least I found out about tonight, instead of five minutes before an appointment tomorrow.

If you’re a white American, take Juneteenth off if you can.

This normalizes the celebration as a holiday. And it’s our history too as Americans. We should celebrate Americans being freed from slavery!

We should center Black people, for sure, on the day. But one way of doing that is treating it like any other major holiday. Taking the day off helps establish this as a norm and makes it easier for Black employees to also take the day off. Besides, we all should be celebrating and reflecting.

LB: We would have also accepted Furry and Trans households.

it's just quietly true that queer polycules these days tend to have more robust technical infrastructure than nearly all tech startups

vintage ads 

TIL Quebec had their own version of the McDonald's menu song in the 80s

"Think of the most vulnerable person you know, and vote in their best interests".

Idea: Make up a stack of "I Vored" stickers, set them out outside a polling place

People won't notice until later

Come on, Timmy, drink up. You want to be like the rest of the kids in our group, don't you?

listening to neil cicirega's mouth sounds for its ten year anniversary (it was this past april)

Celebrated the end of my first week of work by visiting a virtual 90s arcade and finally PLAYING some games now that I got the controllers all set up....

It's incredibly nostalgic feeling, especially in VR.

This Week's Fancy Pants Meal: Thai Sweet and Sour Pork

This was very different than I expected, but still pretty darned good, and absolutely full of veggies which I love. It uses pineapple chunks to sweeten the meal, but it doesn't really taste of pineapple - just a general sweet citrussy flavor on top of the salty fish sauce. Less Sweet-And-Sour and more Sweet-and-Savoury.

It came out a little more soupy than I expect. I don't cook with a wok, so the pan kinda starts boiling in its own juices rather than evaporate off. The picture in the cookbook didn't really show if it was a sauce, or a stew (it didn't seem to show ANYTHING), so I just went with stew. I think if I had a wok, I would have let the liquid evaporate a bit mroe and thicken up into a sauce.

If you make this, I highly suggest cutting the pork into more of a shoe-string type strip, as well as seasoning it as it fries. The pork came out fairly bland, while everything else was well seasoned, bu I also cut it too thick, too....

# Thai Sweet-and-Sour Pork

The Ultimate Chinese & Asian Cookbook
2.0 servings

12.0 ounces lean pork
2.0 tbsp vegetable oil
4.0 cloves garlic (finely sliced)
1.0 whole red onion (sliced)
2.0 tbsp fish sauce
1.0 tbsp sugar
1.0 whole red bell pepper (seeded) (diced)
0.5 whole cucumber (seeded) (diced)
2.0 whole tomatoes (cut into wedges)
4.0 oz pineapple (chunked)
black pepper
2.0 whole scallions (cut into short lengths)
cilantro leaves
shredded scallions

1 - Slice the pork into thin strips.
2 - Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan.
3 - Add the garlic and fry until golden
4 - Add the pork and stir-fry for about 4-5 minutes.
5 - Add the onion.
6 - Season with fish sauce, sugar and freshly ground black pepper.
7 - Stir and cook for 3—4 minutes, or until the pork is cooked.
8 - Add the rest of the vegetables, the pineapple and scallions.
9 - You may need to add a few tablespoons of water.
10 - Continue to stir-fry for about another 3—4 minutes.
11 - Serve hot, garnished wi cilantro leaves and scallions.

2 servings at ~37.5g carbs per serving

Calories 493
Total Fat 18g
Total Carbohydrate 33g
Protein 41g

cannabis industry musing 

Cannabis companies always have names like "Premium Product Management LLC d/b/a Da ZaZa Boyz"

I don't want my phone or laptop to generate images.

I don't want them to generate text.

I don't even want them to pseudo-summarize, or pseudo-search, or pseudo-answer questions, or have pseudo-conversations, or pseudo-meetings.

I want to be able to change the god-damned, fucking battery.

Hype that.

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