Saturday, January 18, 2014


Looks delicious, doesn’t it?

I was hungry and I found a cooked codfish fillet in the refrigerator. 

This is what came to mind.

A peeled and boiled potato, a little milk, I ground some almonds and chopped a few capers and mashed the flaked fish into the mix.

Then I blended in some chopped parsley.

Ground pepper. 
A little salt.

Really hot oil and in they went, one tablespoon at a time.

While the first batch spit and bubbled I zested a lemon and squeezed it into some mayo for a lemony dipping sauce.

They weren’t bad. Hot and crunchy.

And the sauce was very nice.

But it was a lot of prep and clean-up for just a fishball.

If you ask me.

she makes teddybears

for her mouse.

Friday, January 17, 2014

borne tu be wilde

François Hollande, Président de la République Française has been feeling his oats.


So he’s been sneaking out on an iron horse.

Closer magazine staked out his secret lover’s apartment and caught him wearing a helmet, while being chauffeured through Paris by a bodyguard.


His authority over French media pulled the story from the web and now he’s being spoofed all over the internet.

Ex-President Sarkozy has declared his old rival
 looks ridiculous.

We oui!

Have a great weekend. :-D

a vegan said she knew me

But I never met herbivore.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

cross Angeles

yeah, that’s gonna happen

It will affect your internet. 
Here’s what you need to know about the Verizon decision this past Tuesday. 

A couple years ago, the FCC failed to categorize ISP’s as “common carriers.” Basically, Chairman (at the time) Julius Genachowski didn’t have the nerve to face down the enormously powerful telco’s.

The Post Office is a common carrier.

The USPS must deliver mail equally but they have no liability if a bomb arrives.

The phone company is a common carrier, too. 

They must connect all calls with equal thrift and precision, but if two guys plan a hit over the phone, it’s never been their fault. 

Got it?

Had the FCC declared ISP’s common carriers they, too, would be shielded from liability for unlawful use of their network. BUT they’d lose control of shaping their traffic in exchange. 

Every packet would have to be delivered equally; the surgeon, that tweeting teen, no discrimination; no prioritization. 

The internet as we knew it.

Say goodbye to all that, now, on the wired network.

Verizon wanted the cash that comes with control, and they were willing to accept liability. 

The FCC pushed back and applied “Net Neutrality” rules so Verizon sued and the judge agreed: the FCC had no jurisdiction. 

ISP’s can now shape traffic on their networks.

What does this mean for you? 

Eventually a lot, actually. 

They can ask you for a higher fee now, to ensure your email arrives quickly. If you won’t pay it, your mail goes to the bottom of the pile. 

Seriously. Now legal.

They can ask websites to pay for the bandwidth they use. Netflix, for instance, uses more bandwidth than any other single service and is expected to endure another $75-$100 million a year in fees, and those costs will be passed along to us.

More importantly, if an ISP decides to compete with Netflix, they can launch their own movie streaming service and then degrade NetFlix’s delivery over their network until it won’t work on your computer anymore. 

All legal now. 

And they will monitor your every action because now they are accountable for what you do. Your only recourse is to leave your isp and look for a friendlier one.

Or leave the internet, entirely, of course. 
That’s an option.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

homemade pizza is worth it

At least that's my perspective.

anyway, that’s what I think

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a San Francisco based digital rights crusader.

They’ve declared this Copyright Week, and they’ve put a 6 principle manifesto on their website. 

The EFF makes it sound creepy but the truth is less sensational. 

The graphic artists and authors and musicians and their business allies are the ones “in the backroom” consulting with government. Private negotiation is never transparent. The public doesn’t vote on the subway fare, either. Get over it.

When an author can own and profit from their book or a musician from their song in the same way a builder can own and profit from a house, we’ll be closer to a level playing field for all career paths.

Sounds nice, doesn’t it? 

But do you really want research free of all costs entirely so we have to pay more in taxes? Or how about just let those who want copies pay the small fee. 

If Samsung should be lawfully required to code their operating system so it will also run on an iPhone, you might as well demand that Chevy manufacture Ford-compatible parts. Get over this, too. Never gonna happen.

Absolutely, as long as that “breathing space” does not include feeding links to digital content that artists own and are trying to sell. 

And not incidentally, making million$ on their work through on-page advertising. I’m looking at you, Google.

Freedom to create is essential. But real-life accountability on the internet--just as in our own neighborhood--will make them both better places when everyone is held a bit more accountable to their actions.