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There are few songs I'd listen to on repeat. This is one of them.
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I actually enjoyed the film version of the Watchmen and thought it was a good effort. However, I doubt I'll pick up the new prequels.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/01/books/dc-comics-plans-prequels-to-watchmen-series.html
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Making my favorite recipe today. Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic. It's not my recipe. It's one that was posted on a now defunct news forum, but good enough to share.


This is my single favorite dish in my repertoire; I make it whenever I'm stuck for something to have for dinner. Also, it's easy and tasty enough to serve to guests. Just leave out the things with asterisks if you're really paring down your fat intake; the wine, garlic, and herbs add enough flavor that the dish doesn't suffer much from the omissions.

1 broiler/fryer chicken, about 3 1/2 pounds, butchered however you prefer
40 whole, peeled cloves of garlic (more is fine too, but don't try to chickenshit around with less)
* 2 tablespoons of butter
Olive oil
1 cup of chicken or vegetable stock
about 6 cups of palatable, drinkable white wine ("cooking wine" ruins food)
a few splashes of brandy
a few sprigs of fresh herbs to your taste (I like thyme, but sage and/or tarragon would be good too)
couple of tablespoons of flour for thickening the sauce
* about a 1/4 cup of heavy cream

Heat a large stew-pot. While the pot's heating up, salt and pepper the raw chicken liberally.

Add butter and oil to the pot, using just enough oil to cover the bottom of the pot (butter has a very low smoking point, so adding oil will give you a larger temperature window to work in than butter alone would). Quickly put your chicken in the pot (hot pot + cold oil = no sticking food).

Brown the chicken for about 6-8 minutes, long enough to get some good color on it; flip the pieces over and repeat for the other side (should only take about 4-6 minutes to get the other side browned). Remove the chicken from the pot and pile it on a plate or waxed paper.

Next, add the garlic to the remaining oil and crunchy, browny chickeny goodness in the pot. It'll sizzle and pop a bit, but you don't want to actually brown the garlic--you just want to get a little flavor out of it and into the oil. Once the garlic's been in there for a few minutes (only a few--if you burn the garlic it'll be bitter), toss in a splash of brandy, the stock, and the wine. Add the chicken back into the pot (pour in any chicken juice that's built up, too), drop your herbs on top, and slap a lid on the whole thing. Cook on low-medium heat for about 45 minutes or until it's done (when you poke the chicken with a fork, juices should run clear).

Now you're ready for the gravy. Take your chicken back out of the pot (but don't put it back on the same plate you used before, since that one has nearly-raw-chicken filth on it, unless of course you want some food poisoning to help you lose weight). Ladle out a little bit of it--maybe half a cup--and stir flour into that small amount so you have a paste about the texture of thick pancake batter. Add the flour mixture into the pot and cook over low heat until it thickens up. This is also when you would add the heavy cream if you're using it.

There you go--high-protein, low-fat, almost no carbs, tastes good enough to serve to people you like, and only involves dirtying one pot. Goes great with brown rice (healthy) or with mashed potatoes (not healthy, but mmmm) and any vegetables you can think of. Be sure to serve it with some sort of bread; the best part is picking the butter-soft garlic pieces out of the sauce to spread on bread in place of butter.
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Here's some good old fashioned 80's technology paranoia.
¡ Cathy Don t Go ! "666"
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Damn, this is such a good song. I'm in such a mood to listen to Ween today. Turn it up!
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I'm crazy... and I'm right.
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I think this article reflects the experiences many people have when visiting Best Buy. However, the tone of the article is a bit mean. I think Larry Downes didn't get that iPad he was expecting for Christmas.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrydownes/2012/01/02/why-best-buy-is-going-out-of-business-gradually/
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Sounds about right; both times I've gone into Best Buy looking for something specific in the last month they didn't have it. Then the clerks eye you up as you walk across the floor, and then immediately approach you about something you're not there for. And the clerks themselves... have no idea what they're talking about, usually. I've literally heard clerks give customers inaccurate and utterly false information (telling a lady that her almost 10 year-old iMac would work with a Wireless-N router, and that because the router supported the 802.11n standard, her computer would suddenly just be faster on the internet). I can't stand Best Buy, it's become a total "last resort" store.
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+Alexandra Petri hits the nail on the head with this comment below. The experts in these hearings are basically being ignored, and this dangerous and far-reaching bill isn't even understood by the people trying to pass it.

"This is terrifying to watch. It would be amusing — there’s nothing like people who did not grow up with the Internet attempting to ask questions about technology very slowly and stumbling over words like “server” and “service” when you want an easy laugh. Except that this time, the joke’s on us."

UPDATE: Voting delayed for now: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/12/sopa-vote-delayed/
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