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There are all kinds of ways to tint the glass. I rather like the color they
are, would show the gross looking contents better. :)
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Open letter to Mozilla:

Firefox is an excellent browser, and has been my browser of choice for about a decade. I have never been disappointed by the product.

The company, and more specifically its new CEO, has just disappointed me on a level that I cannot reconcile. It is with great sadness that this will be my last use of Firefox, and of Thunderbird, both of which I will uninstall after I finish this letter.

Brendan Eich, Mozilla's new CEO, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. While his personal contribution in 2008 to support California Proposition 8 was small by corporate standards, its message was anything but. Since that time, Mr. Eich has made several public statements against marriage equality and gay rights, and I have no reason to believe that his opinion has changed in the last six years.

I understand that any employee of a company, up to and including the CEO of that company, may have views that are not necessarily that of the company as a whole. However, the CEO is chosen as a figurehead among other things, and their statements, past, present, and future, will be tied closely to the company's image, and its success (for which the CEO is generally compensated), or its failure.

As much as I would like to continue using these fantastic products, and wish the company great success in its post-Eich years, I cannot in good conscience provide any support for it now, nor remain silent about this in the meantime.

I understand that Mozilla as a company has come out publicly in support of LBGT equality, but that is not reflected by your choice of CEO. So long as Mr. Eich remains both CEO and of his opinion on equal rights, he is at odds with Mozilla's publicly stated position. I have no doubt that he is a capable businessman, but I cannot support a company he runs.

Regretfully,
Scott Holmes
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I'm loving this guy. He's Mr. Wizard meets Dr. Who for me (sciency-stuff explained succinctly and briefly meets rapid talking charismatic buzzword spew). Can't stop watching the videos, and this one might cause a few nerdgasms.
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Mango, Orange, Peach smoothie:

8 oz medium pulp OJ + calcium
~3/4 c frozen sliced peaches
~3/4 c frozen mango chunks
1/4 c plain yogurt
1 Tbsp honey

Blend on lowest setting until vortex appears in center of blender, increase speed one setting until flowing freely. Increase speed another setting and blend until smooth. Makes 20 oz, your mileage may vary.

Decided I would give it another go with lunch today. I started by replacing 2 oz of OJ with 2 oz of yogurt, but it was too thick to blend smoothly, and I added back the missing OJ. Considerably better than the one last night, the yogurt and honey really brought out the mango flavor. May bump the yogurt up another notch for the next one. If I didn't hate banana with a passion, I'd probably go for 1/2 c of each fruit.
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Tonight's Kitchen Magic: French-Italian fusion pasta sauce! Boeuf Bourguignon meets Spaghetti Bolognese.

Full of win:

- Excellent flavor and texture
- Definitely better with cubed beef pieces than ground beef
- Very lean
- Forgot to add the bell pepper, but it still works, and is now +Etain Wilday safe

Full of fail:

- Beef cubes way too tiny
- 1 lb beef in cubes is a lot less meaty-seeming than 1 lb ground beef
- Cutting beef down took forever
- Would not convert well to Hunter's Stew

Thoughts for more winning:

- Larger beef cubes
- 50-100% more beef
- Venison?
- Burgundy instead of Shiraz
- MOAR WHINE!
- Pearl onions?

Edited to add recipe, below.

- 1 Tbps basil
- 1 Tbsp oregano
- 1 Tbsp "Italian seasoning" (I know, I know...)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp whole cumin seed
- 5 gal extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves fresh garlic, pressed
- 1 lb lean stew beef / beef chunks
- 1/2 lb Cremini msuhrooms
- 1/2 lb white mushrooms
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced fine
- 2 14-oz cans diced tomatoes
- 1 14-oz can stewed tomatoes
- 2 14 -oz cans tomato sauce
- 3 small cans tomato paste
- 375 mL red wine (1/2 bottle, for the Metric-inept Americans)

In a 5 qt pot, coat the bottom in olive oil and put on low heat. Crush garlic, add to pot. Cut down beef to ~1/4" cubes, add to pot, stir frequently over low heat.  Pan roast cumin over medium heat until pods are medium brown, smoking lightly, and finished crackling, grind with mortar and pestle. Or be a candyass and buy ground cumin. Add to pot.

Wash mushrooms, remove stems, quarter caps. After beef is browned, add mushrooms, onions, wine, and salt. Simmer 30 minutes over low heat, lid on.

Add diced and stewed tomatoes and seasonings, bring to low boil (yes, STILL over low heat), allow to boil down, about one hour. Add tomato sauce and paste, stir thoroughly. Add water to desired thickness, and then some. Simmer 2 hours. Guess how high the heat should still be?

Makes 4 qts.
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Substitute beef with seitan or any of a dozen other meat-like products. As long as the texture comes out to your taste, feel free to do with it as you will.
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This. Very, VERY this. Man up? Screw you, I will not be pigeonholed.
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Wow. I guess I'll finally be choosing a new browser. Sad. I liked Firefox, but I can't get behind this. Thank you for calling this to FF users' attention, OkCupid!

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Hello there, Mozilla Firefox user. Pardon this interruption of your OkCupid experience.

Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid.

Politics is normally not the business of a website, and we all know there’s a lot more wrong with the world than misguided CEOs. So you might wonder why we’re asserting ourselves today. This is why: we’ve devoted the last ten years to bringing people—all people—together. If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we’ve worked so hard to bring about would be illegal. Equality for gay relationships is personally important to many of us here at OkCupid. But it’s professionally important to the entire company. OkCupid is for creating love. Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure.

If you want to keep using Firefox, the link at the bottom will take you through to the site.

However, we urge you to consider different software for accessing OkCupid:

Google Chrome Internet Exploder Opera

Thank you,
OkCupid

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Background on Mr. Eich and Mozilla
In 2008, Mr. Eich supported the passage of California’s Prop 8, a statewide initiative to ban gay marriage, with a $1000 donation. Granted, his contribution is now six years in the past, and people can change. But Mr. Eich’s boilerplate statements in the time since make it seem like he has the same views now as he did then. Mozilla recently promoted him to CEO, hence the issue only now coming to our attention. His donation was known to Mozilla at the time of his promotion, and, furthermore, CEOs are rewarded based on their company’s performance. The CEO is the visionary for a company and its products. We are sad to think that any OkCupid page loads would even indirectly contribute towards the success of an individual who supported Prop 8—and who for all we know would support it again. We wish Mozilla’s institutional commitment to freedom and openness were better reflected by their choice of leadership.

#mozilla #mozilla_firefox #firefox #thunderbird #equality #equalrights #equalmarriage  
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Many of you are familiar with Goth Problems: getting your blacks to match. I've been dealing with Painter's Problems: getting your whites to match.

Blue-black, green-black, brown-black, red-black, purple-black, I would like you to meet tan-white, blue-white, green-white, rose-white, and gray-white.
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Noisition (n): a performance artist or group whose art is loosely categorized as music, but is lacking entirely in musical nature of any significance, punctuated by lyrics in the form of unintelligible screaming and/or roaring.

Despite lacking any coherent words in their pieces, the group of noisitions "Cannibal Corpse" has been recording studio albums for more than 25 years, considerably longer than most bands from any genre of music.
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Quick smoothie (tonight's dinner):

8 oz medium pulp OJ + calcium
~3/4 c frozen sliced peaches
~3/4 c frozen mango chunks

Blend on lowest setting until vortex appears in center of blender, increase speed one setting until flowing freely. Increase speed another setting and blend until smooth. Makes 16 oz, your mileage may vary.

Likely because none of these things are remotely in season anywhere within 10,000 miles of here, it was a bit sour, a bit bitter, and I was underwhelmed by the intensity of the mango and peach flavors, both of which I like a great deal. Consistency was perfect. Still, refreshing after an 11.5 hour day, and it took maybe 3 minutes to make.

Thoughts for the future: 1/2 c plain yogurt and a dab of honey if the result is still more tart than I want.
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Been building PCs for 20 years as a hobby, traveled cross country by car to move twice, and have a knack for finding unique solutions to problems of all kinds.