[I sent this to my senators and congresspeople this morning]
SOPA and PIPA fail to recognize that freedom of speech and freedom of expression are the most important and hardest won rights in our nation. This legislation is at best an example of how out of touch our lawmakers are with how the internet works, and at worst, an attempt to strangle the exchange of ideas and free-thinking. What you are attempting to turn into law is no less than government-sanctioned censorship.
As a nation which prides itself on freedom and liberty, which includes in its bill of rights the freedom of speech and expression, the United States is better than this. Stop supporting legislation that HARMS your constituents and put your time and energy into building programs meant to help them, or at the very least, programs and laws which PROTECT our rights rather than ERODE them.
I recognize online piracy is a problem -- but it is a SMALL problem, no matter what corporations and businesses would have you believe. It has been proven, time and time and time again, that piracy BOOSTS sales for products like books, music, and movies (Best-selling author Neil Gaiman discusses this here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Qkyt1wXNlI ). And I can tell you FIRST hand, that just because someone will download something that is free, that does not mean that those people and those downloads would have translated into real sales for anything. There are plenty of books I have downloaded (legally) for my kindle because they were free, and ONLY because they were free -- books I may never actually read, and absolutely never would have purchased at regular price.
Now, I also recognize that SOPA and PIPA are not only about piracy, but you are choking the life out of the internet with this legislation. The internet, which has been, and could continue to be, a source of GROWTH (economic and otherwise) for this nation at a time when there is little growth among more traditional avenues. Please, this is not the way to legislate it. This is not the way to address the problem at all. The definitions used are sloppy and unclear, there are no checks and balances to ensure due-process, and worse, this legislation is ASKING to be abused, misused and missapplied, and lays out no consequences for those who will try to take advantage of its poor construction for their gain, and OUR loss.
I am a writer, an author, myself. I am part of the industry that is being pirated, wherein copyright infringement is being suffered on the internet. I cannot support SOPA or PIPA as the means to protect the rights to my work. Neither should you.
Not that I want this to be a recipe blog or anything, but:
INGREDIENTS FOR MOM'S CLAM SAUCE
- ~5 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced in half (or a few more if you prefer LOTS of garlic)
- ~2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 can whole baby clams
- 1 can clam sauce
- 1 can water/white wine
- Black and Red Pepper
- Salt to taste
- 1 lb Pasta (I like to use medium shells because then you get pockets of clam sauce, but spaghetti or linguini works just fine also!)
Take ~Five cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced in half, and saute them in olive oil (enough that the garlic does not stick, maybe two tablespoons? I never measure. my mom used to say "the size of a cottage cheese container lid" if that helps-- I guess now you might say one of those small deli container lids?). Don't let them stick, and don't let them BURN, but let them become a nice golden brown.
Once they're browned, you add one can of whole baby clams (you can use the lame cut up ones but it isn't as nice to look at and doesn't QUITE taste the same-- it's kind of more slimey), and one can of clam sauce, plus a can of water (or WHITE wine mixed with water--add as much wine as you want for taste, really. but not more than one extra can of liquid), and fresh parsley, chopped by hand (it doesn't have to be super fine, really as small as you want it to be or as large as you want it to be, and I always keep the stems). I would use maybe half a bunch? Or if it is a small bunch, the whole thing. The equivalent of maybe one GOOD sized handful of dried parsley. Don't skimp, it is delicious. Then add black (and red if you like! It's pretty awesome that way) pepper to taste, along with a bit of salt, but really the key is to salt the water that you cook the pasta in well so that it tastes OF THE SEA.
Let that come to a boil, then turn it down to low and let it simmer. At this point you can start your water for your pasta. Let the clam sauce simmer covered-ish for 20 minutes or so, you might want to leave a little gap for the steam to escape a bit in the sauce pan-- basically by the time your pasta water boils and you cook the pasta, your clam sauce will be ready. If you have to let the clam sauce simmer longer, it will be fine! Drain your pasta, then throw it back in the pot and dump the clam sauce over it! A good ratio is ONE POUND of pasta per ONE CAN of clams.
I like to serve it with a taste of regular tomato sauce too-- not a lot, maybe just one spoonful on top for color-- but it's excellent on its own.
This batch will make somewhere around 6 dozen cookies of a reasonable size. Less, obviously, if you make the cookies HUGE.
Monster Cookies (half batch)
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 lb Brown Sugar
- 1 cup White Sugar
- 1/4 lb Butter
- 1/2 tablespoon Honey
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1/2 lb Crunchy Peanut Butter (I'm using CHOCOLATE crunchy peanut butter, but regular crunchy is also excellent!)
- 2 teaspoon Baking Soda (mix in flour)
- 3/4 cup Flour
- 3 and 1/2 cups Oatmeal
- 1/4 lb Chocolate Chips
- 1/4 lb M&Ms (I usually use Peanut Butter M&Ms--delicious!)
Cream butter and sugar, then eggs. Mix in all other ingredients except M&Ms. Spoon by heaping tablespoons (I use teaspoons for a more reasonable sized cookie) onto cookie sheet. THE COOKIES WILL DOUBLE IN SIZE, so make sure you leave PLENTY of space for them to spread. Press 4 or so M&Ms into each cookie. Bake at 350 degrees (Fahrenheit) for about 7-10 minutes.
You'll want to let them set on the cookie sheet for a minute or two after you take them out of the oven before moving them to the cooling rack.
Theseus really gets a bad rap, and I am frankly tired of it. The fact that even Historians have the nerve to refer to him as a "serial rapist" makes me FURIOUS.
So I decided to do something about it by way of a blogpost. Today is part one of My Defense of Theseus
In the meantime, I am also working on an Ariadne story. I'm not sure if it's going to be long or short or what it wants to end up being lengthwise, but I'm writing it because it seems to want to be written.
So there we have it.
Okay. Seriously now? Ketchup Packet REDESIGN
is front page news on the internet?
Call me crazy, but I'm not sure Ketchup ever really necessitates a press release, and I didn't see anyone making a fuss over the ketchup bottles that now stand on their lids. You went to the store, and there it was, and you said "oh, well, that's novel." And THAT WAS ALL THE COVERAGE IT REQUIRED.
The language in this article cracked me up, to be honest with you. OH THE DRAMA! KETCHUP PACKETS ARE SO AWFUL AND INCONVE
NIENT! HOW COULD YOU LIVE BEFORE NOW?!
Adam said in response: "Oh to live to America, where nothing is ever convenient enough!"
Heinz has been STRUGGLING FOR SO LONG! DEFYING DEATH AND THE GODS TO PRODUCE A N
EW AND IMPROVED KETCHUP PACKET!
(I always feel like Grover when I say that)
Big day today-- A new post up at GeekaChicas discussing the trope of dual-fatherhood in ancient myth and why it matters to Christianity
. (Jesus has two dads, too!) And also a new post on the blog-- Since it is Tuesday, after all-- about the word Frangible
, with a bonus writing exercise CHALLENGE!
If you're going to pick just one, and you want something to make you think-- Go with GeekaChicas. If you're easily offended by my compulsion to compare and contrast Christian beliefs as mythology, and want some lighthearted discussion including the word "fraggle" then hit up THE BLOG.
In the meantime, I'm going to go have lunch.
Did anyone else see this
article about normal weight obesity and go "No Duh!" ? Or was it just me?
Today is Tuesday. It is Adam's last day off before he starts working his 2pm-10pm shifts, and it is also the day Kevin leaves us to return to NYC. On top of that, I have a dentist appointment :(
All in all, Not an awesome confluence of events. I wish Adam had another day off, and that Kevin lived closer so he wouldn't have to leave, and most of all, I wish that I did not have to go to the dentist. I still haven't gotten entirely over my Terrible Wisdom Teeth Extraction Experience, and the idea of sitting in the chair again makes me a little bit anxious.
In other news, starting tomorrow I should be able to get lots of work done while Adam is working, and in the meantime, I have this excellent discussion of why Describing Asgard is a Pain In My Neck