A little improvisation... serves a scant 3 people...
Chop 1/2 small onion and saute in 1/4 cup butter. When onion starts to get soft add 2 crushed garlic cloves and a tablespoon or so of curry powder. Stir. Add 8-9 large scallops and saute over medium heat until scallops are opaque. Add 3 tbsp of yoghurt (I used cultured soy.) Stir until thickened. Serve over rice. I garnished with just a touch of paprica. Update: For some reason, this seems to be a very popular post. I see that lots of people have been searching for a recipe. If you make this, please let me know how it comes out!
Over the last year or so, I've hurt the feelings of a few people with my opinions on the movie version of LotR. I thought that I'd use this forum to see how many more people I can annoy!
First of all, I like the movie(s). The most fantastic thing about it is that it was produced at all. Getting someone in Hollywood to cough up that much money on something that has a potentially small (i.e. geek) audience is nothing short of a miracle.
Just behind that miracle is the overall visual effect. This is a truly beautiful movie. The scenery and buildings fit very well with my reading of Tolkein. I particularly like the Riders of Rohan; picking up the Scandinavian influence in Tolkein's work was just brilliant.
The creatures are great, too. There's something slightly off about the Ents, but I can't put my finger on it. Generally they're good, though. Gollum is just about perfect and the Orcs are delightfully disgusting.
I haven't always been a fan of Al Gore, but every day that passes makes me regret the 2000 election more and more. Thanks to Pharyngula, here's a link to the text of a recent speech by the former VP. His comments on the current occupant of the Oval Office are something to behold.
Honor? He decided not to honor the Geneva Convention. Just as he would not honor the United Nations, international treaties, the opinions of our allies, the role of Congress and the courts, or what Jefferson described as "a decent respect for the opinion of mankind." He did not honor the advice, experience and judgment of our military leaders in designing his invasion of Iraq. And now he will not honor our fallen dead by attending any funerals or even by permitting photos of their flag-draped coffins.
Update:Orincus has some further commentary on the Gore speech, and then begins to follow the trail of the Bush legal strategy on the treatment of prisoners.
Despite all of our progress in science and technology, as well as a better understanding of how to treat our fellow humans, in theory if not in practice, we are still woefully backwards. Presidents consult with astrologers and mystics; people tout "alternative" medicines with only the vaguest of anecdotal evidence; creationism gains a foothold in education. These are all examples of our growing irrationality.
What prompted this? Many things, but a friend forwarded this commentary from the L.A. Times ($$$.) I haven't read Wheen's book, but I'm going to... when I do, I'll let you know what I think!
A good friend of mine initiated a project for her kids' thirteenth birthdays. She freely admits that the idea came from Family Fun Magazine. She asked many people to write letters or essays to the kids, which she then had bound into a book. The contributors were family friends, teachers, scout leaders... anybody who might have something worthwhile to say. Being a Polonius-like windbag, I was thrilled that I was asked to contribute. Here is what I wrote: