Miscellaneous Stuff

Disclaimer: this post was done awhile back, posted now when I’ve nothing else to bring up, and done when evidently I wasn’t interested in doing anything in particular…

Find out your Harry Potter personality at LiquidGeneration!

Thanks to the Test Pattern on MSNBC.com:

Irritating game: The Color Test.

Plus this:

What American accent do you have?

Your Result: Philadelphia


Your accent is as Philadelphian as a cheesesteak! If you’re not from Philadelphia, then you’re from someplace near there like south Jersey, Baltimore, or Wilmington. if you’ve ever journeyed to some far off place where people don’t know that Philly has an accent, someone may have thought you talked a little weird even though they didn’t have a clue what accent it was they heard.

The Midland


The Inland North


The Northeast


The South




The West

My theory is that education would tend to affect the regional accent one grew up with. At least, I’d think it’d explain why my accent came off in this on-line quiz as from Philadelphia (my Brooklynese isn’t nearly as thick as it was when I was a kid).

Oh, and ah, You Tube – “Law School Musical”:

Disappointing Weekend eating, immersive weekday conferencing

Wow, what a weekend of eating strikeouts!

U-choose noodle shop: new $1. Per item on soup noodles  store on Mott Street replacing the long vacant Hop Kee. location. Good side: restored the historic Loonie’s Coffee Shop sign. Downside: by the time you get through the loine, you’ve picked up $9 of toppings. While they have 6 different types of noodle, they don’t have wontons., and the stock is made from food service stock paste concentrate.   Eh

Coco Roco, 5th Ave Brooklyn: we really wanted to like this  place as we had sampled their ceveche during the Bastile Day festivities, and they were awesome. The ceveche again was great, but their kitchen was completely swamped. Our food was cold, and by the time we ledt 2 hours later, they were still 9 orders behind. If you go, stick to the ceveche and their rotisserie chicken.

Biscuit BBQ: we had a craving for chicken waffles, which is coming soon to the Gage & Tollner site, so we tried for the next best thing – Blue Ribbon.  Alas, brunch was over, so we tried Biscuit BBQ. Brisket was okay, required liberal application of the vinegary red sauce. P remarked that the grits were underdone.  The namesake biscuit was dry and tasted of baking soda. They do good in sponsoring community events but the food needs work.

Enroute to Seattle for the rest of the week.  More entries to come.

This Week…

Barack Obama and Dick Cheney… are related. Well, geez, if we go far back enough, everyone’s related. Just scary to think about though – being related (distantly anyway) to Cheney. I’m sure Cheney’s a nice guy and all that; I just don’t agree with his politics.

I did it – I signed up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Whether I’ll pull off a “novel” in November is another story. But, what the heck. Got nothing to lose but to try. At least hammer out a first draft that I can then fret and mull over.

Okay, now this may be me as a hypochondriac – but the bulk of news on the rise of staph infections is just creeping me out. The overuse/abuse of antibiotics (and evolution making for hardier germs) – just scary. Alcohol-based lotions just make more sense just for not being penicillin. At least Time’s article that these worser staph infections are treatable kind of made me relieved. Kind of.

Time’s Art Critic Richard Lacayo reviewed the J.M.W. Turner exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in DC in last week’s Time (which I’m noting this week, as I finished reading this issue with Ch. J. Roberts of the US Supreme Ct on the cover, and then awaiting the next issue). Will be excited once this Turner exhibit gets to NYC – Turner’s neat stuff.

An interesting NY Times article on a train conductor who tries to make his announcements more interesting. The train(s) I’ve taken haven’t had this kind of conductor, but I almost don’t mind them – at least it’s not boring.

Really cool: an article in the NY Times on the changes of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. It even had a picture of 18th Avenue – pretty much my neck of the woods. It ain’t Italian-dominated anymore; I can tell you that without a NY Times in-depth article. But, is it “better”? Hard to say. I doubt we really compare to the diversity of a Queens neighborhood yet, but it’s getting there. It’s still weird that there’s a Starbucks on 18th Avenue.

And, last but not least: an Indian-American, Bobby Jindal (Republican), won the election to be Louisiana’s governor, the first non-white person to be Louisiana governor since Reconstruction. An example of how the APA population and its politics is not monolithic, so this is particularly interesting. Plus, as a Brown and Oxford graduate – well, let’s say that Jindal isn’t even typical of a conservative Republican either (maybe it’s a stereotype that I have in my own head, but conservatives aren’t usually from Brown, anyway). Let’s see how things may or may not change in Louisiana with a new governor. Heck, gubernatorial politics in NYS hasn’t exactly been terrific either, now that the executive branch went from Republican to Democratic, so who am I to say?