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Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.

Don't take me too seriously.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Non fui, fui, non sum, non curo

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OftenBen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What's your karaoke jam?

I love Hooked on a Feeling. Get someone even drunker to do the 'Ooga chaka' bits and you're golden.

OftenBen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Thermomix in the states?

The instantpot is definitely higher on my 'to buy' list. That price point would have been viable in the 80s. The people who would actually buy this thing in the US do NOT have the ability to do so.

OftenBen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 19, 2017

I'm trying to avoid the 'Reenact Warhammer 40k and kill everyone/everything' route for my first playthrough because it seems simplistic.

That said, there are numerous endgame scenarios where it seems that a powerful navy might be a necessity anyway. Might be time to purge some xenos.

OftenBen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 19, 2017

Let me know what you think! The whole foods clone has become my go to potluck dish, I bring home an empty bowl every time. I've also done a variation with balsamic vinegar and strawberries too, vanished within a half hour of taking the saran wrap off the bowl.

OftenBen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 19, 2017



The job hunt goes reasonably well. I've had at least one interview every day, usually multiple. Finding something to like about each different place helps me feel enthused about the process.

Finding some good productive hours building some basic skills. French on duolingo, python and html/css on codecademy. Started in on a Google Analytics course because hey why not.


In lieu of baking, I've been doing hella salads. Two stand out exceptional recipes as follows. Both make big batches.

'Detox' Salad - A Whole Foods Clone


    1 head cauliflower

    1 head broccoli

    1 medium size package of carrots

    1 big handful of parsley (More or less to taste)

    6 oz of sunflower seeds

    6 oz of toasted pumpkin seeds

    2 cups raisins (Or other dried raisin-ish fruit)

    Juice of 1 Lemon

    4 tbsp good olive oil

    Salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste


    Put everything through food processor, pulse into little bitty pieces.

    Allow it to sit in the fridge for a half hour or so after for best taste.

Greek Chickpea and Kale


    2 cups cooked chickpeas

    1 big bundle of kale (Your preference on variety, just remove the stems)

    1/2 red onion

    1 medium package of carrots

    5-6 roma tomatoes, with pulp removed

    1 1/2 cups tzatziki

    greek seasoning, to taste


    Remove stems from kale (Unless you're a masochist), chop all veggies into bite sized pieces.

    Mix well with chickpeas and tzatziki, top each bowl with greek seasoning.


Stellaris is fun, anybody else ever play?


I got a job. Same title as before for the first 6-12 months, then a bump to managing a few other folks.

OftenBen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: A Falafel Dinner

Tasty stuff.

We make a tahini vinaigrette and serve it with romaine, tomatoes, and red onion, pickled if I remember to do it ahead of time.

I'm getting that fryer...

OftenBen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 12, 2017

I don't know what it is I'm doing wrong, but every time I've tried doing that I end up with gravel.

OftenBen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 12, 2017

    It's also this irrational hurdle of money: $15 a month for headspace seems too high, but that's two drinks on a night out when I'll spend $100. I make no sense to myself.

From what I understand this is the beginnings of true self awareness, and I recognize a similar kind of insanity in myself. I believe this kind of realization (RE: drinks on a night out) dovetails nicely with what KB was saying about 'bitchin bachelor pad and cheap vino.'

OftenBen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 12, 2017


    I dare not take it. Not even to keep it safe.

    Understand. I would use this fryer from a desire to do good... But over me, it would wield a power too great and terrible to imagine.

My sentiments exactly. It would start innocently enough, but before long I'd be at

    shitload of oreos.

territory as well.

I sometimes go to church with my RPS and her grandmother. I haven't taken communion since I was a teenager and now refuse to as an adult, for lots of reasons including the 'willingly partake of human flesh' bit.

When she offers up the 'You are always welcome to take communion, I know you were confirmed as a teen' I'm always fighting back a lecture on the pagan origins of ritualistic cannibalism in general and 'god eating' in specific.

The struggles of the former anthropology major and lifelong apostate.

OftenBen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 12, 2017

Beg pardon.

OftenBen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 12, 2017

    PC contagion.

Doesn't stress me. Though I do understand the drive away from 'adult' gaming.

Yeah that was a sad story. Bungie knows sci-fi and it's a shame to see them get neutered that way.

Halo suffered dramatically when they left. What was once my favorite sci-fi universe became awful science-fantasy.

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