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2015 May. 3rd

01:48 pm - Ittsa Quiz!

And it ain't easy: Quiz

Is it a 1) linguistic term 2) band name 3) both

Seems simple, don't it?

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2015 May. 2nd

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2015 May. 1st

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08:33 am - Who to Vote For

You see, you shouldn’t care whether a candidate is someone you’d like to have a beer with. Nor should you care about politicians’ sex lives, or even their spending habits unless they involve clear corruption. No, what you should really look for, in a world that keeps throwing nasty surprises at us, is intellectual integrity: the willingness to face facts even if they’re at odds with one’s preconceptions, the willingness to admit mistakes and change course.

And that’s a virtue in very short supply. Moar

2015 Apr. 30th

07:02 pm - NYT Critics’ Picks Plus some Avengers Movie

Review: Kristen Wiig as a Bipolar Lottery Winner in ‘Welcome to Me’
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Review: In ‘Iris,’ Albert Maysles Explores Iris Apfel’s Style
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Review: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Gets the Superband Back Together

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08:24 am - Viet Nam

Whose Vietnam War?
By NGUYEN QUI DUC

HANOI, Vietnam — Exactly 40 years ago, I left home. Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, was about to be taken over by North Vietnamese soldiers and renamed Ho Chi Minh City. It was April 30, 1975. I was 17.

I was staying with my uncles, and they took me with them when they escaped. I felt shameful about being on the losing side of the war, but also relieved: The millions staying behind seemed sure to face a bloodbath at the hands of the Communists. My parents were among them: My mother was stranded in Danang, in central Vietnam, and my father, a civil servant for the southern government, had been captured during the 1968 Tet offensive and was being held prisoner somewhere in North Vietnam.

I never thought I’d see them again. But in 1984 we were reunited in California. I also never thought I’d return to Vietnam.

It took me a decade and a half, along with serious and persistent questioning, to first visit the country. It took me another decade and a half to move permanently to Hanoi — the seat of the Communist regime that had driven us away.

From Saigon to America
By BICH MINH NGUYEN
My father was 27 years old when we fled Saigon on April 29, 1975, the night before the city fell to the North Vietnamese. Like his three brothers, he had been in the South Vietnamese Army, fighting and losing in what is known in Vietnam as the American War.

On the evening of April 29, my father looked at his two young children: my sister, 2 years old, and me, 8 months old. It was late. It was our last chance. So he and my uncles and my grandmother made their decision.

They gathered us up. They filled a knapsack with clothes and food. And then we left our home for good.

To this day, my father says it was luck that got us safely to the Saigon River on motorbikes. Luck that we found our way on a boat that took us out to the open sea where an American naval ship accepted us and brought us to a refugee camp in the Philippines. Eventually we made it to the United States and settled in a small town in Michigan, starting over in a new language.

Our Vietnam War Never Ended
By VIET THANH NGUYEN
LOS ANGELES — THURSDAY, the last day of April, is the 40th anniversary of the end of my war. Americans call it the Vietnam War, and the victorious Vietnamese call it the American War. In fact, both of these names are misnomers, since the war was also fought, to great devastation, in Laos and Cambodia, a fact that Americans and Vietnamese would both rather forget.

In any case, for anyone who has lived through a war, that war needs no name. It is always and only “the war,” which is what my family and I call it. Anniversaries are the time for war stories to be told, and the stories of my family and other refugees are war stories, too. This is important, for when Americans think of war, they tend to think of men fighting “over there.” The tendency to separate war stories from immigrant stories means that most Americans don’t understand how many of the immigrants and refugees in the United States have fled from wars — many of which this country has had a hand in.

Although my family and other refugees brought our war stories with us to America, they remain largely unheard and unread, except by people like us. Compared with many of the four million Vietnamese in the diaspora, my family has been lucky. None of my relatives can be counted among the three million who died during the war, or the hundreds of thousands who disappeared at sea trying to escape by boat. But our experiences in coming to America were difficult.

Room for Debate
Lessons, 40 Years After the Fall of Saigon

2015 Apr. 29th

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08:17 am - Food! Glorious Food!

Salt Cod With an Iberian Point of View
Recipes: Salt Cod, Potato and Chickpea Stew | More Cod

A Hands-Off Approach to Manzanilla Sherry
Wine Review: Manzanilla Sherry

Tequila Is Getting Company: Sotol, Bacanora and Raicilla
By FLORENCE FABRICANT
Recipes: Matador Norteño | Prietoni | Mezcal Cocktails | Tequila Drinks

Pass the Pork Belly, and the Joint
By RACHEL LEVIN
A Cooking Club That’s 124 Years Old and Counting
By KIM SEVERSON
Recipes: Date Cake Delicious | More Quick Breads


Conquering the Fear of Cooking Fish
Recipe: Pan Roasted Fish Fillets With Herb Butter

‘A Sustainable Chef’
By BRIAN MCGINN

Giving Northern Cuisine Its Due
By JEFF GORDINIER
Recipes: Boston Brown Bread | Chowders

April Bloomfield’s ‘A Girl and Her Greens’ Delights in the Details
Recipes: Boiled Potatoes With Butter and Mint | Whole Pot-Roasted Cauliflower With Tomatoes and Anchovies

Enchiladas, Light Yet Satisfying
Recipes: Greens and Chayote Enchiladas With Salsa Verde | More Mexican Dishes

White Bread That’s Beyond the Ordinary
Recipes: Excellent White Bread | Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread | More Breads

Bud Light Withdraws Slogan After It Draws Ire Online

Why ‘Natural’ Doesn’t Mean Anything Anymore

2015 Apr. 28th

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2015 Apr. 27th

07:28 pm - Jayne Meadows, Actress and Steve Allen’s Wife and Co-Star, Dies at 95

She [Jayne Meadows] recalled on her website that George Cukor, who had directed her screen test, asked Ms. Hepburn’s opinion of the newcomer, and that she replied, “Considering I’m old enough to be her mother and she’s playing my rival, I think she’s a genius.”

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2015 Apr. 26th

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10:20 am - On the recent Hugo Unpleasantness

How conservatives took over sci-fi's most prestigious award
Updated by Todd VanDerWerff on April 26, 2015, 10:00 a.m. ET

2015 Apr. 25th

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2015 Apr. 24th

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2015 Apr. 23rd

10:31 pm - NYT Critics’ Pick

Review: In ‘Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten,’ Cambodia’s Lost Generation of Pop Stars
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By A. O. SCOTT

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2015 Apr. 22nd

11:19 pm - Food! Glorious Food! The Late Wednesday Edition

Answer Found to Mystery of Missing Bourbon, Kentucky Officials Say By ALAN BLINDER
A grand jury charged nine people with engaging in organized crime, accusing them of being part of a syndicate that dealt in stolen bourbon and anabolic steroids.

New Orleans Bars Issue Last Call for Smoking
By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON
Just after midnight, it became illegal to smoke in the establishments, prompting a mix of cheers, lamentations and resigned shrugs.

Joseph Phelps Dies at 87; Brought Innovation to California Wines
By ERIC ASIMOV
Mr. Phelps brought a restless, entrepreneurial spirit to wine country that was evolving from a sleepy agricultural community into a modern engine of fine-wine production

A New Way to Look at Endive
By MARTHA ROSE SHULMAN
The French serve seared endive as a side, but the dish can be the main event for lunch, with a nice slice of blue cheese or Roquefort alongside.
Recipes: Seared Belgian Endive With Walnut Gremolata | More Endive

Springtime Sheet-Pan Chicken
By MELISSA CLARK
A sheet-pan supper, usually hearty winter fare, pares down for spring.
Recipes: Roasted Chicken With Potatoes, Arugula and Garlic Yogurt | More Chicken

Exploring California’s Bold Pinot Noir
By ERIC ASIMOV
A status report on the progress of wines from a relatively new region.

Everything’s Coming Up Daisies
By ROSIE SCHAAP
Spirits, fruit and a splash of fizz make for a drink as refreshing as its name.
Recipes: Tabletop | Signal

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2015 Apr. 21st

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2015 Apr. 20th

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2015 Apr. 19th

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2015 Apr. 18th

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2015 Apr. 17th

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07:39 am - It's War! War I tell you!

Lindström Loses Umlauts on Road Signs, and the Town is Dotted With Displeasure

Minnesota’s great umlaut war is over (also, Minnesota was having an umlaut war)

2015 Apr. 16th

09:43 pm - NYT Critics’ Pick

Review: ‘Felix and Meira,’ a Portrait of a Tempted Hasidic Wife
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By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS

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2015 Apr. 15th

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06:29 am - Food! Glorious Food! The Sandwich Edition

A Field Guide to the American Sandwich
A celebration of the sandwich, and an attempt to create a taxonomy for its many diverse forms.

Don’t Mess With My Bacon, Egg and Cheese

This Sandwich Is Worth the Space in Your Carry-On
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Roasted Pepper and Goat Cheese Sandwich
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A Roast Beef Sandwich the Way the Deli Makes It
By Melissa Clark
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The Best Roast Beef for Sandwiches
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A Tuna Sandwich With a Touch of Italy
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Spreadable Sausage to Give Your Sandwich a Kick
By FLORENCE FABRICANT

There’s No Mayonnaise Like My Mayonnaise
By KIM SEVERSON

The Right Wine to Drink With a Sandwich
By ERIC ASIMOV

The Ice Cream Sandwich Comes of Age

Vegetables à la Grecque Shows Its Versatility
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Open Sesame
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Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Yogurt and Sesame Seeds

Two Recipes From Tracy K. Smith’s Kitchen
By SARA BONISTEEL
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Poundcake
Alabama Lemon ‘Cheese’ Cake

A Revived New Orleans Market Champions the Local and Brightens Up the Neighborhood

Anne-Claude Leflaive, Vintner in Burgundy, Dies at 59
By ERIC ASIMOV

Homaro Cantu, Science-Minded Chicago Chef, Dies at 38
By PETE WELLS

2015 Apr. 14th

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2015 Apr. 13th

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2015 Apr. 12th

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2015 Apr. 11th

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08:57 am - ittsa Quiz!

Game Of Thrones: the big, brain-splattering quiz

I guess I oughta read the books...

2015 Apr. 10th

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05:28 am - NYT Critics’ Picks

Review: In ‘Ex Machina,’ a Mogul Fashions the Droid of His Dreams
NYT Critics’ Pick
By MANOHLA DARGIS

Review: In ‘Clouds of Sils Maria,’ a Celebration Turns Into a Memorial
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By MANOHLA DARGIS

Review: ‘Rebels of the Neon God’ Gets a New York Screening
NYT Critics’ Pick
By A. O. SCOTT
A retrospective devoted to the director Tsai Ming-liang offers the first real screening of his debut film in the United States.

Review: In ‘About Elly,’ a Middle Class Enjoying Itself Is Engulfed in Change
NYT Critics’ Pick
By STEPHEN HOLDEN

Review: In ‘Lost River,’ by Ryan Gosling, Surreal Scenes of Urban Decline
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By BEN KENIGSBERG

2015 Apr. 9th

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2015 Apr. 8th

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09:12 am - Food! Glorious Food!

Marco Pierre White’s ‘White Heat’: A Game Changer, Revisited
By DWIGHT GARNER
The British chef’s vastly influential first cookbook is reissued 25 years later.

Homemade Pizza, Easier and Faster
By SUZANNE LENZER
Two allies in the kitchen — your food processor and freezer — can make pizza a regular weeknight event.
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Quick Pizza Dough
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Taking the Mystery Out of Cardoons
By MARK BITTMAN
Cut, chop and parboil, and the vegetable’s bitterness is all but gone.
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Butter-Braised Cardoons With Mushrooms and Bread Crumbs
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Beer and Pasta From the Same Ingredients
By FLORENCE FABRICANT
A Pennsylvania beer repurposes its brewing leftovers; French Laundry to reopen with temporary kitchen; Charlotte Neuville joins Industry City; and more.

Tracy K. Smith’s Most Treasured Cooking Tool
By LIGAYA MISHAN
The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet’s KitchenAid mixer is a bond across time.

A Spring Chicken Soup With Miso
By DAVID TANIS
A noodle soup inspired by an evening in Japan.
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Spring Chicken Miso Soup
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An Easy Salmon Recipe for Weeknight Meals
By MELISSA CLARK
Anchovy butter amps up the flavor in this quick fish dish. (Article plus video.)
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Salmon With Anchovy-Garlic Butter
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HEY, MR. FOOD EDITOR
Chicken La Tulipe is a good date-night choice: fancy looking but free of any major prep headaches. Cleaning up the mess? Do it together.
Honey, I Messed Up the Kitchen
By SAM SIFTON
How to combat the disarray men create in the kitchen, and other cooking advice from a seasoned food pro.
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Chicken la Tulipe

The Enduring Appeal of Roasted Chicken Provençal
By SAM SIFTON
A simple and classic dish from the designer Steven Stolman.
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Roasted Chicken Provençal

Amuse-Bouche
By SADIE STEIN
The latest pastry sensation is a meringue and cream sandwich more than a century old. Meet the merveilleux.

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2015 Apr. 7th

07:26 am - Death, Freedom, and Cold Winters

Death, Freedom, and Cold Winters
July 13th, 2009 by Christian Rudder

First of all, thanks everybody for your comments and emails over the last couple weeks! Just to know that so many people have taken the time to read our writing and question our intelligence is an honor beyond measure.

Today, we’re going to revisit the mapping program from our first post two weeks ago and discuss some new questions we’ve plotted, starting with the below plots.

For anybody who didn’t see our previous map post, Rape-Fantasies and Hygiene By State, these show the responses of OkCupid users to selected user-submitted match questions. States answering “Yes” more often than the national average are greenish; states more often saying “No” are reddish. Yellow states are near the mean yes/no proportion.

Shamelessly Stolen from andrewduckerandrewducker

2015 Apr. 6th

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2015 Apr. 5th

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09:49 am - Happy Zombie Jesus Day!

May your smoked and salted pig leg be juicy, your Easter basket runnith over, and flower blooming everywhere.

So the Hugo Awards got slated, it's just spring, and it ain't the end o' the whirled.

2015 Apr. 4th

02:29 pm - Hugo Nominations:

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/04/2015-hugo-award-nominees

Congrats to the nominees

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2015 Apr. 3rd

08:53 pm - Ittsa Quiz!

Twenty of the most common North American birds

Some of which ain't in our area...

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