Accomplishing Things

My grandmother, for as long as I can remember, has entered many things in the Beaver, Oklahoma fair every year. She enter quilts and jelly and tomatoes and just about anything that she can make or grow on the farm. Quite often she wins several ribbons especially for her jellies and quilts. Now, you’d think the competition in Beaver, OK wouldn’t be particularly fierce but when you factor in all the outlying areas and all the other grandmothers who quilt and make jellies and grow tomatoes, it seems like a pretty nice accomplishment.

Apparently, it runs in the family. I entered two pictures in the Texas State Fair this year and the judging results came in today. My favorite picture was summarily taken out back and shot but picture number two came in second place in its category. If you’re going to be at the State Fair this year, stop by the Creative Arts Hall and check it out.

This has been a test of the self promotion network. Had this been a real self promotion, you would have been warned at the beginning of the post with instructions on how you should proceed to avoid the self promotion. This test is now concluded.

Obama Loves The Little People

Well, unless they are from small towns. Those people just shouldn’t do anything like get picked to be Vice President of the United States. They should just stay in their small towns and be small town people.

Hello? Is there anyone in Obama’s campaign that didn’t stop and think about how much foreign policy experience their own candidate has before spewing this crap out? The next 2 months are going to be awesome.

Are You An Omnivore?

I have other things to write but they aren’t coming out of my head too well so let’s roll with this. Katy posted this on her blog and since it’s this or clean the house, it was a pretty easy decision.

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at linking to your results.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison

2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes Surely Boones counts?
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes We grew some this year. Got 2 tomatoes from the plant. Sigh.
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas

32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar

37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo

40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat I’ve had goat but I’m not sure it was curried. It was yummy though.
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more This is the Experiment after all.
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut

50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV

59. Poutine Sounds yummy!
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads They’re fried for god’s sake and everything gets better fried.
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake

68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill See the problem with road kill is that the things that get killed in the road usually aren’t things I’d find tasty. Like if someone ran over a Fugu, I’d give it a try. But that’s not saying I wouldn’t eat roadkill. As long as it wasn’t road gumbo, I’d be up for it.
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail

79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict

83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare Does this include jack rabbit? I’ve had it.
87. Goulash
88. Flowers

89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab

93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano I’ve had mole once and it tastes like ass. I think it’s because they’re blind.
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

Overall, I think I’d be considered an omnivore. Part of it comes from spending time on the farm hunting and fishing. My granddad had a rule: you shoot, you eat it. That’s a pretty good rule to have. There’s not much I won’t try. I draw the line at most organs involved in nervous system activity or digestive activity. Other than that, I’m game once. Though with lamb, I seem to keep coming back for more, even though I just can’t manage to acquire the taste.

Other things not on the list that I’ve tried: raw fish (guess it’s so passe these days as not to warrant a mention), elk, bison, quail, pheasant, duck, trout caught out of a mountain stream on a 20 mile hike and cooked/smoked over an open campfire (it was way better than the rations we were packing along), and dove. I like quail and pheasant but you don’t get it much if you don’t hunt which I don’t anymore.

Crossfit Training (or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Enjoy Pain)

I ran across Crossfit Training last week after seeing a link on Instapundit and I started to look into what it was about. The variety of exercises, the emphasis on free weights and intensity of the training all appealed to me so I thought I’d give it a try. This morning marked my first workout using the Crossfit exercises and I picked a doozy to start on. “Murph” is the name of today’s WOD and it’s a killer.

Given that this was my first workout, I knew I wasn’t going to be anywhere near the totals but I gave it the old college try. I did both miles sandwiching 6 sets of 3 pullups, 10 pushups and 15 squats. I made a critical error and chose to do the squats with just the bar and that’s not a particularly good idea. I ended up finishing in about 35 minutes. It was pretty brutal but it felt good.

Overall, I like the emphasis on being an athlete that Crossfit stresses versus just being able to run a lot or just being able to lift a lot. On top of that, the intensity really appeals to me because they push exercises that surpass what is normally recommended. I’m looking forward to sticking with the program and seeing how the results turn out in a couple of months.

That’s A Bunch Of Errors

Apparently, Microsoft is getting better in predicting what’s going to happen when they upgrade their software (click on the picture to the left and read the yellow box). They’ve gotten so good that they can say users may experience 500 errors. Not some errors or a plethora of errors but 500 errors. Remind me not to use MSDN from 3 to 4 PT today. I’m not sure I can handle 500 errors.