Saturday, January 30, 2010


xkcd from Friday, 29 January, 2010.

alt-text caption: "On January 26th, 2213 days into its mission, NASA declared Spirit a 'stationary research station', expected to operational for several more months until the dust buildup on its solar panels forces a final shutdown."

Monday, January 25, 2010

How to Make Stuff

  1. Gather stuff
  2. Combine stuff
  3. Heat stuff
  4. (optional, but recommended) Cool stuff
  5. Eat stuff
It all sounds so simple in theory.

In practice, it apparently goes more like this:

  1. Gather way too much stuff, because nobody sells just enough pineapple to make enough stuff for one person at one meal. No, you have to buy enough pineapple to eat pineapple every meal for 2 weeks. Same goes for tomato sauce (3 weeks), ham (4.5 weeks), flour (3 months), and cornmeal (8 years). At least the baking soda, while still having the quantity to do this every day for the rest of my natural life, says you should throw it out and get a new one every 30 days lest it absorb too many foul odours and make your stuff taste bad.
  2. There appears to be a very good reason that chefs who regularly combine stuff including flour do not ply their trade wearing black clothing. 'Nuff said.
  3. Fire good. Magic bad.
  4. ... but I'm hungry NOW!
  5. See step 4.