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just made a nice Shabbat dinner for mom (recipe below) and am walking the dogs

canola oil
sesame oil
about 8 oz baby carrots, chopped rounds thin
large onion, cut relatively small
tempeh
yellow squash
zucchini
mushrooms
white wine
a little oregano
soy sauce
ginger powder
rasta rub
paprika
a little curry powder

... add everything in approximately that order to a large stirfrying pan or pot

I give up trying to pay my taxes

Thought the H&R Block site would start working – and stop losing data – after midnight. Apparently not.

See attached screenshot.

If I could submit the damn electronic form I would have owed $132 and probably gotten about the same back in a rebate.

I suppose I should keep trying, as they will not cancel out the amount due with the rebate, because that would make too much sense.

Seth Godin doesn't know it, but he's an official spokesperson for PWGD

His latest blog, What happens when we organize, in it's entirety, emphasis added:

Most power occurs because one side is better organized than the other. Labor is usually less well organized than management, criminals are usually less well organized than the police and customers are always less well organized than producers.

Contact anyone you want: Personally, with respect, and before you need them

Seth Godin was invited to join the Forbe's network of financial bloggers... by bulk e-mail:

I wrote her back, pointing out that she hadn't even bothered to pretend it was a personal note... just a mail merge missing my name.

She responded (this is the entire note):

I'm not sending these out. I have people working for me that send out 500 a day. Are you interested in joining, Seth?

Just a short post to announce my arrival on Technorati

And to get them to find me. Hey, I set up my Technorati Profile on your site, guys.

If Firefox is a gateway drug, what is Flock?

Not arguing with any of this, but if tried-and-true Firefox is a gateway drug to using web sites and online tools in a sophisticated way, what class substance is the social media browser Flock?

Available-ingredients Jamaican Goulash Recipe from last night

(This ingredients list is quite literally what was in the house.)

15 oz baby carrots, chopped large
3 small purplish potatoes, chopped small
10 oz white mushrooms, chopped medium
20 oz can diced tomatoes
16 oz can black beans
Jamaican Rasta Rub (from Building 19, naturally). Veronica said the super-hot ingredient is Scotch Bonnet pepper
Mexican chili (redundant)
Curry powder
Italian seasoning (oregano, basil, etc.)
Light salt (half potassium chloride)

Happy Iranian New Year and For real this time: I only eat in the company of others

The first day of Spring is also the Iranian new year, according to my only real Iranian friend, Vafa.

With the exception of raw fruit and vegetables, I will only eat in the company of other people.

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