Monthly Archives August 2006

Chiles con Queso y Grasa del Tocino

One of my high-school friends has gone on to become a clasically-trained chef (he holds an associates’ degree in Culinary Arts from the New England Culinary Institute). Over the years, he has passed along a number of recipies, all of which are highly impressive. I recently had reason to prepare a chilies con queso recipe that he developed many years ago. It’s not health food — but if you’re gonna eat queso, it may as well be worth it. I’m passing it along as he gave it to me, with my own notes added in italics. Sweat one small diced
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Categories: Capsicum and Food.

FedEx saga continues

Update: My package has now returned from its vacation in sunny California, and is at a waystation in Hutchins, Texas — still considerably further away from my house than where it started, but much, much closer than San Diego. I wonder if it had fun.
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Categories: General.

Got a spare $100,000?

Ben brought to my attention a new breed of electic car that Tesla Motors is producing. The vehicles themselves are styled and manufactured by Lotus. The first car out the gate is the “Tesla Roadster” — a two seater with a trunk that can be described only as “vestigial.” It’s a soft-top convertable with a hard top option. So it’s an electic sports car? Yep. It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise: the Japanese have been outperfoming gas-powered cars using electric prototypes for years. (According to Wired, Tesla Motors has other cars in the works as well). This car
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Categories: Eco-nerd, Science, and Toys.

FedEx: Incompetence, Stupidity, or Insanity?

I recently ordered an item from a company here in the Dallas area — Carrollton, to be precise. It’s just under 14 miles from their warehouse to my front door. On the 22nd, they gave me notice that the package had been made available to FedEx for delivery. Past deliveries from this company have taken one day. I seem to recall them being UPS as well, but that might not be completely accurate. This time around, though, it would appear that FedEx has collectively gotten into some powerful nose candy. After three days of no package, I decided to check
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Categories: Rants and Rambling.