Post by canexplain on Feb 26, 2013 12:03:01 GMT -5
I couldn't find a cooking thread (I tried) and besides I don't know if this would go in a food section or camping section cr****
You may want to consider ditching those organic, nutritional Clif energy bars in favor of good, old-fashioned Cheetos on your next hiking trek or off-piste ski expedition. Lifehacker has picked up on a Reddit thread that expounds on the virtues of chips (Fritos, Cheetos, Doritos — anything greasy) not merely as tasty snacks but also as excellent makeshift fire kindling. The (armchair) science behind it: The oil in the chips is quick-igniting, while the carbohydrates provide further fuel. Works as well as birch bark to start a roaring blaze, apparently. And much, much better than PowerBar Gels.
I'm missing my grandpa today, though that has nothing to do with the day of the week. Also, I haven't had much sleep lately and I'm waiting for it to catch up with me and force me to pass out for 12 hours.
Post by monkybunney on Feb 26, 2013 14:26:43 GMT -5
I got a jury summons and had to call a number last night to see if I really had to show up. I did, at 8:15. I showed up and there were at least 200 people in the room. Turns out the way Dekalb county GA does it is they call a couple hundred people to come in. Then you sit in this big room and potentially wait, and wait, and wait, etc. As cases come up where someone is asking for a jury trial (no they don't know how many jurys they'll need to pick, hence 200 people waiting and waiting) They call out 18 names. If you don't hear your name you just keep waiting and waiting, and you might wait ALL day past 5pm and they may never call your name (thank you for your service!). It was shaping up to be the most miserable Tuesday EVER.
I've been there an hour already when the jury lady manager person walks in and says there is a criminal case and she's gonna call 18 names. Mine wasn't called. She says she'll be back in 5 minutes to let us go for a break. She came back 20 minutes later and apologized saying she can't let us take a break yet because another criminal case has come up and she's calling 18 more people. Well, HOT SHIT if she didn't call my name this time!! Standing in the hallway outside the courtroom waiting to be seated I partially overheard a conversation between an attorney and his client, both male voices, the attorney "It's up to the jury"...unintelligible..."is what the prosecution is trying to say." Client, "But that's not what happened"... unintelligible..."THAT'S when I punched her in the mouth."
We're seated, in front of us at one table is obviously an attorney, at another table a disheveled looking older man. I'm wondering what he's accused of. What sort of sordid ugly tale will unfold. The judge visibly a little annoyed informs us that this case is in regards to a traffic citation, the defendant has requested a jury trial regarding the running of a red light (caught by one of those red light cameras). He was representing himself, the attorney was the prosecutor. The attorney asked us some general questions, does anyone have family members in law enforcement, has anyone received a traffic citation for which they believed they were not guilty of, stuff like that. Than the defendant asked us various random and sometimes incoherent questions, even at one point turning to the judge and asking him if there were any other questions he should be asking us! I felt bad for the dude somewhat because you just knew he was going to get destroyed, and the judge would probably throw the book at him for wasting everyone's time. I was dismissed. I guess I look like a red light sympathizer and alas I was not chosen to weigh the mans innocence. Worst Tuesday ever officially cancelled!
This chess pie thing is boggling my mind. I too thought Phi was talking about cheese and would have totally asked him what kind of weird Southern thing is cheese pie… but it got worse. WTF mate. Cornmeal?
There is cornmeal but not much at all (i.e. 1 tbs per pie). It serves to absorb some of the moisture from the rest of the ingredients and provide some firmness to the filling.
The rule is that if you are speaking "directionally" (as in southern Florida) you do not capitalize, but if you are referring to a specific region (South Florida) it is capitalized.
You have the rule correct but the application wrong. If the region you are describing requires context - explicit or implicit - then it is hardly a specific region. "The south" is a generic descriptor used to refer to the southern portion of whatever geography is being discussed. If I tell you that the south provides a wonderful climate for vineyards, you may disagree. Yet if we were in Paris and I told you that the south provides a wonderful climate for vineyards, you would agree without hesitation. "The south" - same verbiage, different meanings, completely lacking specificity without context of some kind. The southern United States took to capitalizing itself not for the sake of grammar but for the same reasons that Americans assume that it's their country's music being noted when "country music" is mentioned (also how they can be so proud to be an American and yet make fun of every country comprising the Americas, especially North America).