March 12, 2011

New recipe: Spicy Rice and Beans

Filed under: food,what's new — Nick @ 11:30 pm
Rice with black beans and corn

I added a new recipe to my recipes section: Spicy rice with black beans and corn. This recipe came from an attempt to make a vegetarian dish out of whatever ingredients I had around the kitchen. Eventually I settled on this combination.

Orthodox Christians and others often abstain from animal products during the season of Lent, so this seemed like a good time to post this. In fact, I made it for dinner this evening (with some asparagus on the side).

February 14, 2011

Valentine’s day 2011

Filed under: fun,science — Nick @ 7:50 pm
mouse mesenteric arteriole
Mouse mesenteric arteriole
H & E stained

This is a photomicrograph I had taken about eight or ten years ago when I was examining some sections of mouse arterioles. As it so happens, it was Valentine’s day when I took this, so I saved the image just because of the resemblance. Naturally, real blood vessels are round(ish) in cross-section, so the shape is obviously an artefact of fixing or sectioning. Nevertheless, I thought the coincidence was noteworthy.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 2, 2011


Filed under: language — Nick @ 10:09 pm

I have always thought I had been a pretty good speller. It wasn’t so much that I thought I could win spelling bees, but it seemed to me that I had a knack for realizing a word “looked wrong” and then I could look up the correct spelling. Of course, these days most computer applications flag incorrect spellings as they are being typed.

One time I had the occasion to write out the word “anenome.” Hmmm. The computer flags is as being misspelled. I guess it must not have been put in the database. I dutifully open “real” dictionary, and wouldn’t you know it, it’s spelled “anemone.” How could this be? Could I have been misspelling it all my life (and thus mispronouncing it, too)? I had a sense of cognitive dissonance. If I been wrong about this thing for so long, could there possibly be something else I might be wrong about (naahh)?

Later I came to realize there a few troublesome bugbear words I think look wrong when spelled correctly.

  • poinsettia: (misspelled and mispronounced as “poinsetta”)
  • frustrate: (misspelled and mispronounced as “fustrate”)
  • dilemma: (for some reason I always want to put an “n” in there, as “dilemna”)

January 1, 2011

Happy New Year (2011)

Filed under: personal — Nick @ 8:31 pm

Another New Year is upon us and I wish everyone who might read this to have a happy and healthy 2011.

There have been some changes and changes to come in my life. On the plus side, a few months ago I started a job that really like, which was an extra plus considering I have been un- or under-employed for awhile. On the negative side, my wife of 28+ years has decided that things would be better if we were apart. It’s not a decision that I agree with, but it’s something that I will have to accept and adjust to during this new chapter in my life in the new year.

Since this is the time of year in which people seem to like to make resolutions, I will add a minor one, in that I hope to keep this site more active so that it does not look abandoned.

May 31, 2010

Memorial Day 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nick @ 12:19 pm
George Theodorakis gravestone June Theodorakis gravestone

May their memory be eternal! I miss you, Mom and Dad.

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