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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby Otis Westinghouse » Wed Jan 14, 2009 4:50 pm

PlaythingOrPet wrote:I am officially addicted to Come Dine With Me. :? :?

I enjoy it well enough, but I am so glad Masterchef is back on. I was thinking only two weeks ago 'surely it's about time for another series'. Last year's was so good. I don't care how predictable it is, or how worn out the 'today Greg gets his way so John will tomorrow' format is, I love it. Apparently pork tenderloin with mussels isn't so outlandish, they eat it in Portugal, I was told today. ha - check this out:

http://www.recipezaar.com/Fillet-of-Por ... oas-225260
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby bambooneedle » Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:29 pm

I hear the portuguese like to eat pork n' cheese...

Recently went to a portuguese restaurant and ate marinated quail... mmmmmm.
And carne estacada (big chunky pieces of beef on a massive squewer, like a giant shish kebab), nice and crusty on the outside to medium rare inside. It sits on a big stand and you slide it down onto a plate with a fork. And portuguese Sagres cerveza that reminded me of first tasting beer. I know fuck all about beer but it was very good, strong but no bitter aftertaste like most of the local ones. Ta bon.

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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby Otis Westinghouse » Thu Jan 15, 2009 6:40 pm

I used to love my trips to Portugal when I lived in Spain, and particularly how you'd stop at a roadside place for a 'bife', which would be a steak with a fried egg on top, salad, fries and rice! Two meals at once!
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby ice nine » Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:25 pm

Apes cannot master the iPod because they don't have opposable thumbs.
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby verbal gymnastics » Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:44 am

I cannot master the iPod either but not for the same reason.
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby Otis Westinghouse » Sat Jan 17, 2009 3:22 am

I love the iPod shuffle mode. I've got over 9,000 songs on there, but it amazes me how well it seems to select them. It often seems it will pick out my favourite song from an LP, and the sequencing is often great. It's perfect for dog walking. My only gripe is that at times I's love to hear the next song on the LP, so it's a shame you can't click something (on my Classic anyway that would take you out of shuffle mode and into the next song on the LP.
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby bambooneedle » Sat Jan 17, 2009 7:24 am

Otis, do/did you find it easy to talk with portuguese people? I do here as my spanish is limited so I keep it kind of basic and if I get stuck I can resort to english.

The best way to use shuffle is not give it any bad or average songs to chose from - eg. the cdrs for my car stereo that I put up to 150 songs on.

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Postby mood swung » Sat Jan 17, 2009 9:26 am

this one's for oily.


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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby Otis Westinghouse » Sun Jan 18, 2009 4:11 am

bambooneedle wrote:Otis, do/did you find it easy to talk with portuguese people? I do here as my spanish is limited so I keep it kind of basic and if I get stuck I can resort to english.

The best way to use shuffle is not give it any bad or average songs to chose from - eg. the cdrs for my car stereo that I put up to 150 songs on.


The level of English in Portugal was always a lot better in Spain and given that they mostly hate the Spanish, it would have felt offensive using it with them, so I got by with English generally, and learnt the basics for restaurants etc. where it didn't work. I remember a Catalan colleague speaking to them in his native tongue which they welcomed, and which was easy for them to understand. In Brazil I've generally been with local folk or again, used English, but on occasion I have used an absurd hybrid where I remember 'çao' for ción' and stuff, most memorably during a 20 min taxi ride where we managed to put across our respective opinions on the then emerging Beckham, etc.

I've definitely got some average stuff on my iPod, just because it has 80gb and I wanted my entire collection on there. The ratio of excellent to average is very high. The way it keeps me in touch with parts of the collection I might otherwise overlook is wonderful. It has a curious habit of selecting Costello bonus CD numbers over original CD ones!
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Postby Who Shot Sam? » Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:33 pm

I hate when I lose my temper with my kids. I tell myself not to let it happen and then every so often you just snap.
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Postby pophead2k » Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:02 pm

I'm not a dad, but as a teacher I can relate.

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Postby bambooneedle » Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:47 pm

Otis Westinghouse wrote:The level of English in Portugal was always a lot better in Spain and given that they mostly hate the Spanish, it would have felt offensive using it with them, so I got by with English generally, and learnt the basics for restaurants etc. where it didn't work.


Haven't really felt any hate from Portuguese - here, we're like brothers or cousins or something. Now, South Americans... much more common (maybe that's just the circles I travel in :lol: Once I took pictures of some Peru dancing girls in a street parade. I'd mentioned where I was from etc. When I got the pictures back I couldn't believe the hate in the guy dancers' eyes. I might post it). But Brazilians and Portuguese seem to get along way better from what I've seen.

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Postby mood swung » Fri Jan 23, 2009 4:10 pm

one of y'all shows up at my door looking like this -

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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby spooky girlfriend » Fri Jan 23, 2009 4:40 pm

Who matched up that outfit, Mr. Magoo? :lol:

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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby Otis Westinghouse » Sat Jan 24, 2009 3:46 am

Curiously similar to my daily attire.
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Postby miss buenos aires » Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:56 pm

Two random thoughts:

1- I just finished the Saturday NY Times puzzle in 11 minutes, 10 seconds. I am immensely smug about this.

2- I just saw two squirrels out my window, one of whom was trying to stick his face in the other's butt. It was pretty adorable.

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Postby Otis Westinghouse » Sat Jan 24, 2009 7:53 pm

Is the crossword cryptic or straight?
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Postby miss buenos aires » Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:06 pm

Straight, but Saturdays are the hardest. If you want to give it a go, I can lend you my password. As if we need more things to compete over!

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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby Otis Westinghouse » Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:39 pm

That last sentence is clearly a red rag! And of course you want me to succumb as you know you will thrash me as per the reading tally. Go on then, send it to me, and I promise I'll give an honest timing.
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby Otis Westinghouse » Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:12 pm

That would be '2 hours with help from google', probably. Now that I've got the software and log-in, I am hugely disappointed to find I just can't do these as c. 25% of it is just too US-specific, and I'd probably need quite a bit of time to get used to some of the styles of clues, and the not knowing how many words might be in an answer is so weird and alien, and you can't increase the size of the clues on screen, so it's doing my ageing eyes in. All in all, a thoroughly humiliating experience, but thanks for trying to get me to be a contender!
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Postby miss buenos aires » Wed Jan 28, 2009 7:55 am

Sad! Well, now that you have the login, you can practice? Everything I know about sports, I learned from crosswords. Especially everything I know about Moises Alou and Mel Ott. I have no idea who they are, but they sure crop up in crosswords a lot.

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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby ice nine » Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:52 pm

Of course it's bedlam in some sections of Pgh tonight. In Oakland, where the Univ. Of Pgh. is located there are hoards of drunken people,a few sofa fires burning, and an overturned car. All good football games come down to the last few minutes of the game.
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby oily slick » Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:37 am

I accept Michael Phelps' apology.
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby Who Shot Sam? » Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:46 am

oily slick wrote:I accept Michael Phelps' apology.


Me too, but only if he'll let me have a hit off his bong.
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby mood swung » Mon Feb 02, 2009 2:20 pm

I never thought I'd be saying this, but, daaaammmmmnnn, I'm glad it's February.
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