Thursday, January 18, 2018

shockingly small

That little black BMW x-3 is a fairly small car at only 186 inches long.

But it’s a giant compared to the TWIZY by Renault.

This tiny electric car is only 92”,
about half as long as the little Beemer.

The ZE stands for “zero emission”. 

It charges in about 3 1/2 hours from a standard household receptacle.

Or those charging stations, all over Milan.

Since its launch in 2009, Renault has sold about 20,000 units at about $10,000 each.

That’s not much.

But it’s impressive when you consider its range is only 40 miles.

And the only heat in winter is an electric blanket sold as an accessory that plugs into the car.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018



Fur collars are not in favor at the moment.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Socrates taught Plato

Plato taught Aristotle.

Plato was a Greek philosopher widely credited with laying the foundations for Western thought and government.

Seems he got a lot right.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

don't go in, it's a trap

Naturally, red is symbolic of the blood of Christ shed for believers.

But more importantly, red doors are a symbol of sanctuary dating from the Middle Ages in England.

They've served as fair warning since the dawn of man because... one would dare do violence on hallowed ground.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

hooker pasta

Linguini alla puttanesca is literally 
"linguini in the style of a whore" in Italian. 

Shocking, I know, but in earlier times we had a tendency to shrug off politically incorrect stuff like this. 

But it is salty and complex and delicious! 

Drain the oil from a 4oz jar of anchovies and from a cup or two of oily black olives into a large, thick bottom pot. 

7 or 8 tablespoons of oil is about right.

Chop four large cloves of fresh garlic,
and two large red peppers.

Heat the oil to sizzling and drop the vegetables in.

4 tablespoons of capers.

Chop the capers and anchovies and add them to the vegetables.

Coarsely chop a cup or two of salty black olives, I used pitted kalamatas but almost any black olive will do. 

Throw them in and keep stirring and bubbling.

Now chop up four large Summer tomatoes and a little basil you froze towards the end of last season. Sure you did. 

(Or a 28 ounce can of peeled if you must.)

Tons of freshly ground black pepper. 
The anchovies and capers are salty enough.

Bubble it gently for about 20 or 25 minutes,
then blend smooth about half of it, then dump it all back in.

Taste and add salt if you really want to. 

I don’t think it needs it. Yum.

DeCecco #7 linguini.

And then serve it with a flourish of grated reggiano and an icy cold beer (to your favorite lady_of_the_night.)