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Some of you have been around long enough to know about my Uncle Tommy, who was my best friend as a kid. Others know him only as one-half of a dedication in my book.

But I have one story that sums up my Uncle Tommy, and was glad to get an excuse to tell it at one of my favorite blogs: Lawrence Schoen’s Eating Authors, which each week asks a different author “What is the best meal you ever had?”

For me, my Uncle Tommy brought me to the best meal that I ever ate – a definitive meal, one that made me a gourmand.

But he didn’t mean to.  He did it by mistake.

And then he made that mistake legend.

You can read about that story over at Eating Authors right now, and I pretty much guarantee you’ll enjoy it.  Go take a look.

Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.

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I am just starting now to settle in to my new life, my new house, new housemate, new temp assignment. The housemate is going to have guests for a week starting Wednesday, and I am starting to get busy with life again. Which is counter-productive to the things I have to do, the things that call to me. I keep being divided in two: trying to fit into the societal mould and making money to live off of, feeling refreshed by spending time with my friends, being a bubbly, effusive personality that gets to know new people easily, then the woman of shadows and mystery, who needs to doodle, color, draw, sit quietly with cats, soak up the energy of the Earth, and tell fortunes by candlelight. That woman is incredibly important, and I know it, and I'm working on doing more to respect her time.

So, I have a new temp assignment! I am not sure what I'm supposed to be doing, but I show up, analyze the workplace, wonder how in the world I fit in with... people. *shudder* I just don't understand how they go about their lives this way. And I'm sure I look the same to them. We've made life so much more complicated than it needs to be.

I was reading the other day about nunnery and celibacy, and while neither of those apply to me nor would I like to apply to me, there are concepts there that I find useful for what I will be.

I can't speak further of this. Too much shame for thinking I might have a purpose. Ha.

In any case, I need to do some Tarot reading this week (you know, between the work, meetings, more work, entertaining, cooking for myself, cleaning, hopefully sleeping enough...)

Yes, I expect far too much of myself.

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The NCAA tournament began this past Friday and ended on Sunday night, whittling the field of 16 down to just four in three days.

In all, it was a tournament that went mostly as expected: There were just four upsets in the 12 games played, and two came as a result of what Providence did to take down the top two teams in its bracket. In a matter of speaking, the tournament has been a little boring to this point, just because picking chalk would have worked out so well for you. And one of the other upsets — Michigan Tech losing to St. Cloud — wasn't really much of one; the NCHC was a much better conference than the WCHA this year.

But indeed, it was talk of conference strength that dominated the weekend. The facts are these: If you break it down by conferences putting teams into the 16-team field, the NCHC flat-out dominated. Six of its eight teams made the cut, compared to three for Hockey East and the ECAC, two for the WCHA, and one each for the Big Ten and Atlantic Hockey. In terms of percentage of teams from each conference that made it, the field breaks down to 75 percent, 25 percent, 25 percent, 18 percent, 16 percent, and 9 percent, respectively.

And yet at the end of the weekend, only two conferences made it through. The NCHC and Hockey East got two teams each. As you might imagine, when you put six teams into a group of 16, you're going to cannibalize yourself to some extent, St. Cloud lost to North Dakota in the West regional final, which was basically always going to happen. But as to the NCHC supremacy expected, well, there was no way a good-but-not-great Duluth team was ever getting past BU, and Providence knocking off both Miami and Denver — two mightily impressive teams — in what was effectively its home regional.

College hockey is achingly provincial, and most people from the West can't admit that a team from the East might be better than what its own side of the country has on offer. And vice versa. This parochial view of the sport is dimming, and boy is it easy to make Midwesterners boo-hoo in their beers when you say something like, “The NCHC went 1-3 against Hockey East teams this weekend,” even if it's true. They will point out that all the games the NCHC lost were played on states that border the Atlantic Ocean, and that any Eastern team which ventured out to those regionals in the central time zone got massacred (Quinnipiac, RIT, and Harvard were outscored 13-4 in the four total games they played). Many Miami and Denver fans are still complaining about the Friars effectively having two home games because its regional was in Providence; nary a word has been breathed about this with respect to North Dakota playing an hour down the road in Fargo, because those wins were 100 percent fair and square.

(In furtherance of that point: You can't raise legitimate criticisms of teams in either time zone without being accused of “hating” such-and-such because they are “very bias” against Eastern/Western teams, depending upon the geographical location of the writer in question.)

These aren't, however, the National and American Leagues prior to interleague play; these teams play each other quite often in the regular season. We have a reasonable basis for comparison between the NCHC and Hockey East when it comes to how good they are against each other. And hey, wouldn't you know it, in the regular season they played 15 times, and went 7-7-1. Add in the postseason and it's 10-8-1 in Hockey East's favor. And if either conference wins both those games, the reactions from the people who care about this sort of thing — mostly NCHC fans — is going to be off the charts.

Now, using just 19 games isn't a good way to compare these two leagues, but it's the best way we've got right now. And an even closer breakdown of those wins shows that Hockey East went 4-2 at home sites, 2-4-1 when visiting NCHC teams, and 1-1 in neutral-site games.

And the thing is, the NCHC has been decorating itself with unearned laurels for the first two years of its existence. (For instance, the official St. Cloud State Twitter account went in on me last week for merely saying the NCHC is a “good conference” as though this were somehow a slight.) And it would further like for you to please ignore that first season, when it put three of eight teams in the tournament to Hockey East's five of 11. This season is obviously what's important now, though.

If it's any consolation — and believe me, it won't be — we're getting at least two NCHC versus Hockey East matchups at the Frozen Four. Which isn't going to make the next week and a half intolerable at all. Especially if the NCHC doesn't win. Because guess where the Frozen Four is this year.

Everyone needs to calm down. Nobody will. We're all too biased.

More pro signings of note

Well with more teams getting eliminated, more teams also lose players to graduation and pro signings. And once again this week, there was a decent number of NHL signings as a consequence.

And no surprise here, but the teams that are usually most active in signing college players — whether they drafted them or not — kept themselves busy once again over the last week. Of that group, the Minnesota Wild was the busiest, locking down three undrafted free agents in the space of just a few days.

First was UNH senior forward Grayson Downing, who scored 21 goals for a not-great team, and has generally been a good two-way player more or less since he got to college. Then over the weekend it was Minnesota State's Zach Palmquist, a strong senior defenseman who had 29 points in 40 games from the blue line and helped drive the best possession machine in the country. Finally — and this was the perplexing one — the Wild scooped up Vermont junior netminder Brody Hoffman, who actually found himself benched for a good portion of the year and only bumped his save percentage up from .909 to .922 because he stopped 87 of 88 in one weekend against Boston College. Now, Hoffman is a project, but a big one at 6-foot-4, so you can see why a team takes a chance on him, especially if you can buy a little bit low here. 

Meanwhile, San Jose and Chicago each scooped up two prospects each. The latter signed Mike Paliotta, a giant and mega-skilled blueliner who was Vermont's leading scorer this season, after he finished up his eligibility, and also got UFA Kyle Baun, a junior out of Colgate. Baun's numbers didn't jump off the stat sheet (14 goals and 29 points in 38 games this year) but it was second on the team, plus he's a 22-year-old junior who uses his big body to some effect and carries two-way value. This is the kind of player that gets bought out of their senior year all the time.

San Jose speculatively added Cornell senior defenseman and Wisconsin senior goalie Joel Rumpel, the latter of whom was a UFA. Ryan's an undersized mobile defenseman who only put up one goal this year, but the season before he scored eight. Clearly they're hoping the former Sweden U20 will return to that form. Rumpel, though, is coming off a lost season in which he went .902, and the hope is obviously that he'll get back to the .929 he posted two years in a row behind teams that weren't dismal.

Rounding out the activity, Winnipeg signed Michigan's Andrew Copp (who was on the US World Junior team two years ago) as a junior — and boy was Red Berenson pissed — after the 20-year-old scored 14-17-31 in 36 games. Florida signed Minnesota's Kyle Rau, college hockey's version of Patrice Bergeron the last two years, to forego his senior year as well.

Finally, Boston signed UFA winger Colton Hargrove out of Western Michigan, and this is the kind of fertile ground to which Peter Chiarelli often turns.

As for Mike Reilly...

While all the college signings were going on, one that's conspicuous by its absence to this point is that of Minnesota super-D Mike Reilly, a 21-year-old 2011 Columbus fourth-rounder. 

Basically what the deal is with college hockey players is that if they play a year of junior hockey after getting drafted but prior to heading off to the NCAA, they become like Jeff Schultz: Able to sign with any team they like after a certain date.

Reilly, obviously, fits that description, having returned after his draft year to play a season in the BCHL for Penticton (where he put up 24 goals and 83 points in 51 games; the BCHL is not a goaltenders' league). He's been dominant for Minnesota the last two years in particular, and would be a prized prospect for Columbus. Except the expectation is that he probably won't sign with them.

He'd become an unrestricted free agent as late as June 1, and the fact that his dad is a minority owner of the Minnesota Wild suggests that he might not be too amenable to, say, signing elsewhere. It'll be very interesting to watch this unfold, unless you're Columbus, in which case it'll be a knife in the gut.

A somewhat arbitrary ranking of teams which are pretty good in my opinion only (and just for right now but maybe for a little longer too?)

1. BU (beat Yale and Minnesota-Duluth)

2. North Dakota (beat Quinnipiac and St. Cloud)

3. Providence (beat Miami and Denver)

4. Nebraska-Omaha (beat Harvard and RIT)

5. Denver (beat BC, lost to Providence)

6. Minnesota-Duluth (beat Minnesota, lost to BU)

7. St. Cloud (beat Michigan Tech, lost to North Dakota)

8. RIT (beat Minnesota State, lost to Omaha)

9. Miami (lost to Providence)

10. Yale (lost to BU)

Ryan Lambert is a Puck Daddy columnist and also covers the NCAA for College Hockey News. His email is here and his Twitter is here

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AcadofSci_Nightlife_Brighter-1Humans and robots alike came out in droves to celebrate the robot-themed installment of the California Academy of Sciences’ weekly Nightlife event. In addition to the Academy’s regular aquarium, planetarium, and rainforest exhibits, attendees enjoyed the chance to interact with a variety of robots. Game of Drones had a large […]

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At some point someone got the idea to put a taxidermied animal on a remote control (RC) body. Here’s a few examples of this type of animal-machine hybrid. I’m not sure I would want my pet immortalized like this, but to each his own I suppose… Beloved Cat Turned into a […]

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Posted by Greg Wyshynski

Jaromir Jagr is doing what Ponce de León couldn’t do over 500 years ago: Locate the Fountain of Youth in Florida.

Seriously, who saw this one coming? Jagr hadn’t scored a point for the New Jersey Devils in the eight games leading up to his trade to the Florida Panthers. His 29 points in 57 games had him on track for his lowest points-per-game in his 1,544-game NHL career.

When the Panthers acquired him, the best case scenario was a boost to the power play and put some extra fannies in the seats for an improbable playoff run. Well, Jagr made a better case: 12 points in 14 games, turning the team’s top line with Jonathan Huberdeau, 21, and Aleksander Barkov, 19, into an offensive juggernaut.

Yes, two players who were years away from entering the world when Jagr was debuting with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Two players that, combined, don’t equal Jagr’s 43 years on Earth.

The trio has 13 goals and 38 points in 14 games since the Jagr trade. The line is clicking thanks to Jagr’s leadership and … well, his assets. From the Sun Sentinel:

Huberdeau said, "He told us that, he said, "I'm going to hold onto it until you're kind of open.'"

There may be a temptation to stand around and watch the master work with the puck. Jagr has a knack for playing keep-away from defensemen that hasn't diminished with age. "He's so big. I think he just puts his ass out to try to protect the puck and nobody can get to him," Huberdeau said with a chuckle. "He's really strong and he's really patient with the puck. That's why I like to play with him."

The fancy stats show that, too. With Jagr, Huberdeau (55 percent Corsi-For, 5v5) and Barkov (55.3) are possession machines; without him, Huberdeau (51.6) and Barkov (51.5) come back down to Earth.

So Jagr’s become the first old fart to move from the Northeast to Florida and actually become more productive. Great … so can he drag the Panthers to a playoff spot?

Tuesday night’s game at the Boston Bruins will determine whether the Panthers have reason to believe. They have two games remaining against the current Eastern Conference wild card team, including a game in Sunrise on April 9.

The Panthers have 85 points with six games left. The Bruins have 89 points with six games left. Florida has to sweep their games against Boston, and then get a little more help as the Bruins (35 ROW) have an insurmountable lead over Florida (27) in regulation or overtime wins.

But it all begins tonight, as the Panthers should get Roberto Luongo back; and as it has since he arrived in Florida, it all begins with Jagr.

"I said they are going to surprise the league. In two years they may win the Cup, the way they play," Jagr said on Monday. "I'm glad I'm on this team."

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Since we're down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.

Like a bad rash, the Flames continue to burn and just won’t go away.

Calgary’s win over the Dallas Stars on Monday night gives them 91 points and an 84.6-percent chance of making the playoffs, now with a three-point lead over the Los Angeles Kings for the No. 3 seed in the Pacific. The win brings them to 38 ROW, while the Kings have 35.

The win also has them keeping pace with the Vancouver Canucks, who also won again to move to 93 points. They have six games left, while the Flames have five.

Also with six games left: The Los Angeles Kings, and one of them is against the Flames in the second-to-last game of the season.

The key to this whole schmoz might be the Winnipeg Jets, who have 90 points with six games left. They don’t have a ROW advantage over the Kings (32). They do play Calgary in the season finale.

Here are the current standings. The Death Watch tracks the final Wild Card spot and the teams that are chasing it. Their “tragic number” is the number of points gained by the final wild card team or lost by the team chasing it.

All playoff percentages are from Sports Club Stats; tragic numbers and other figures via the NHL. A team is eliminated from play-offs when their "Tragic Number" hits 0.

Here’s the Eastern Conference picture:

The only news last night was at the top and bottom of the conference. The Tampa Bay Lightning clinched a playoff spot and moved to within a point of Montreal’s conference lead with a win over the Habs. They can hop over them with a win at Toronto on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Arizona Coyotes played about as badly as you can without actually lying down on the ice and letting your opponent skate around you, losing to the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night, 4-1. The Sabres have 50 points. The Coyotes have 54. The Sabres have six games left to the Coyotes’ five. Who can tank harder?

Huge showdown at the bubble tonight, as the Bruins host the Panthers with the Cats trailing them by four points. The teams meet against on April 9. We’re not saying the Panthers might have to win out to make it, but it sure would help.

The Senators host the Red Wings, as Andrew Hammond could return for the Sens.

The Capitals host Carolina, playing their game in-hand on the New York Islanders as they try to chase down the No. 3 seed in the Metro.

Columbus can be eliminated with any combination of a point gained or lost. They host the Devils.

Meanwhile, in the West …

Huge game for the Jets as they host the Rangers. After that it’s the Canucks at home, three tough road games (Minnesota, St. Louis and Colorado) and then Calgary at home.

Speaking of the Blues, their loss to the Canucks leaves them three points off the pace in the Central, and the Predators can make it five points with a win vs. Vancouver. But the Blues would have two games in-hand. 

IF THE PLAYOFFS STARTED TODAY 

Does anyone think the Ducks escape Round 1 against the Jets?

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I posted a zillion more photos from Emerald City Comicon over here, on my Flickr account. I’m going to put a preview of a pose with the only Asami who made it to the Avatar/Korra Meetup on Saturday (nice costume I have to say); the complete set is like half Korra and half other-costumes, so it’s not all my particular fandom. ^_^


Earth Kingdom Korra (from the “Korra, Alone” arc), with Asami

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Mar. 31st, 2015 02:38 pm
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MIGRAINES ARE THE WORST. Well, no, I mean, obviously having your children be sick and not having money for the doctor is the worst.* Our domestic helper here in Singapore is prone to really bad migraines and yesterday she was totally felled, lying down in the dark and vomiting so much I had a hard time bringing her water—since you can’t drink water just after you’ve thrown up. We have O.R.S. but she hates them, and she was so miserable I didn’t want to force them down her. It is so hard to make her rest when she’s ill that if she ever listens or lies down of her own accord we know she is feeling truly awful. John half-hoped some common unknown environmental factor was the culprit and that she and I would both get better when we moved out of our old, colonial-era house. Sadly, no. I have also been having terrible migraines for the last 18 consecutive days, and unfortunately they are remodeling in the flat upstairs. This has been a source of unhappiness. THEY HAVE BEEN DRILLING.

I have also cut my pain pills down slowly over the last six months, which was clever and virtuous of me, but now I don’t have enough pain medicine and I’m like “I forgot quite entirely how horrible this was! Pain! It’s your body’s way of saying, ‘hey something is probably sort of broken or something.’” Also topamax, medicine which I take for migraines, and which I am taking more of, makes you stupid. It’s called “dope-a-max” for a reason. The combination of all these factors has made it difficult for me to learn my Japanese characters (kanji), I’ll tell you what. This is some Harrison Bergeron shit on the 24th floor. I got all 15 right on the practice quiz Zoë made for me and then I blanked on a full five when I took the real quiz half-an-hour later on Sunday evening. Years of caring about academics make it very painful for me to do badly on quizzes. Really, it is like a knife in the guts. If she would just give us a list of the English meanings it would be OK. But our tutor gives us an actual sentence with any other, as-yet-unknown-to-us kanji spelled out (in Japanese they can write the pronunciation in hiragana or katakana on top of them, small and light; they would do this for very rare words, I think, in an adults’ book, and they do for commoner ones in a book for children or learners), and then the hiragana or katakana for the kanji we are meant to have learned underlined, and we have to write the kanji below that. So we need to read the sentence correctly as well as remember that, for example, ‘ka’ can mean ‘borrow’ as well as like five other things (I say this, and we have learned only about 50 kanji so far.) Violet continues to enjoy mocking me (in the most friendly, cheerful way imaginable!) about my troubles, criticizing my disinclination to use the large full squares in my notebook (I have small, very neat handwriting, and the big boxes don’t appeal), and writing Chinese characters in the margins that are similar but a million times harder, just to put things in perspective for me.

Now, a person can listen to music in this situation, but sometimes that’s just like turning the whole thing into a rock concert. It’s better than drilling, though, usually. I don’t like to listen to podcasts, but John does and he listened to one about a year ago that was an interview with Brian Eno. In it, the interviewer was saying how much he loved Here Come The Warm Jets and Eno said that he hadn’t actually listened to it in over twenty years?!? This was flabbergasting and wrong and bad, since we should all be listening to it, be we Brian Eno or no which, on balance, we are unlikely to be. I feel awkward about your experience of this song, because on the LP, the harsh intro of the next song, “Blank Frank” starts really soon after the last note of this—sooner than the start of a hypothetical next measure. I thought of linking to within a youtube clip of the whole album but am not certain it would come off. It’s distinctive and crucial, though, so I recommend you listen to the whole of Here Come The Warm Jets on principle.


This song somewhat resembles the Cure’s “Just Like Heaven” in that the sad, sweet vocals only enter after what seems an unexpectedly-long music-only intro, and that it is shorter than you want it to be, such that you want have to re-play it.

I have also been listening to soothing Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, especially this, “How I Long to Feel That Summer in My Heart” from 2001. It has a pretty, Velvet Underground guitar line purling down, as well as the shimmery folk more typical of the band’s later work. (They rocked out in Welsh, as well, and sang silver-sweetly in Welsh (pretty fan-made video here of rural Wales…)

New Values is an underrated Iggy Pop album, and “Don’t Look Down” is my favorite song off it. OK, it’s my slow jam? “I’m Bored” is also great, in a more classic Iggy Pop way, with the great rock sex-you-up line, “alright doll-face, come out and bore me.” “Don’t Look Down” is a successful rock song with saxophone. There is a non-zero number of songs in this category, but it is waaaaay easier to do wrong. I have been intending to make a definitive list at some point. One always thinks of the failures, and not of, like, The Stones’ “Rip This Joint”? (“Wham bam, Birmingham/Alabam’ don’t give a damn…”)

Bringing it all back home (which is not a motel**) we have a Love song…that is a folkish, successful rock song with baller horns, albeit trumpets. It’s not additionally in Welsh, unfortunately. That would be kind of amazing.

*We can afford to take her to the doctor but Zoë is still quite sick, so send good vibes her way plz. Doctors that can’t do anything are unsatisfactory, howso’er affordable they be. That’s a fancy way of saying “Thanks, Obama LKY.”

**I have gotten John to agree that Love’s “A House is Not a Motel” can be the theme song for the opening gruesome, yet twee, montage of the Wes Anderson horror movie.

Reflections - March 2015

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Another month gone by; it's hard to believe we're already a quarter into 2015. This month was full of some excellent media, lots of discussion, and also some excellent guest posts! Looking back over March 2015 )

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Recent SF novels set in the Solar System:

2312
Back to the Moon
Blue Remembered Earth
Caliban's War
Freedom at Feronia
Gardens of the Sun
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Threshold
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