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15 Sep 2001 (updated 15 Sep 2001 at 23:13 UTC) »

yakk: Good thing the US eventually decided to intervene and send military forces to Rwanda. Thank goodness for US imperialism.

I have a feeling the US won't want the help of anti-terrorism experts from a country that can't account for a good 5-10% of it's own nukes, but it's kind of them to offer.

update: Here is a good article about the whole Rwanda story. Thanks, telsa for pointing this out to me. A very sad story all around. (I didn't vote for Clinton. (Or for the current Bush.))

effbot: It's good to hear Sweden offered help.

aelman: We are a nation of heroes, and we prove that every time a natural or man-made disaster hits in our country. But that's the problem: in our country.

Actually, the US has sent volunteers, financial assistance and medical supplies to the site of nearly every major natural or man-made disaster in the world over the past 60 years. When is the last time you have heard of another country sending financial or human assistance to the US? The US has also interceded in many world conflicts that might have otherwise ended in genocide. I won't try to say the US hasn't done bad things in the world, but I don't think the balance sheet is nearly as one-sided as some people try to imply.

I won't bother to answer most of the other stuff posted here recently.

Do you, or links you are posting sound like this?

To everyone who is taking this tragedy as an opportunity to get on their soapbox and expound on his or her pet political issues: fuck you.

This includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • extreme views on gun control
  • the evil of multinational corporations
  • the evils of islam
  • the evils of religion in general
  • the evils of patriotism
  • smug, self-righteousness about how the US is a "hypocritical global bully" that has been rightly punished by "brave" people for its "imperialism"; especially when accompanied by a ghastly, barely contained shadenfreude ineffectually disguised by occasional claims of sympathy for the victims.

Please have some decency already.

That really sucked. I am also amazed that people can keep up a flamewar at a time like this. At least wait a couple of days.

I made dinner tonight for roommates Steph and Nick, and guests Mark and other Nick. The menu:

  • A chardonnay/sauvignon blanc blend wine
  • Carrot risotto with leeks and shallots
  • Asparagus with chantarelle and porcini mushroom sauce
  • For desert, gorgonzola and champagne grapes drizzled with honey
  • An after dinner drink of grappa for those who wanted it

It all came off pretty well, particularly considering that I'd never made risotto before.

In other news, I've been hacking on bonobo-activation, gnome-vfs and nautilus a bunch lately. It's pretty fun. GNOME is much more fun to work on without having any personal corporate baggage associated with it.

Only 4 days til I'm a quarter-century old. I should probably have a party or something sometime. The job search is proceeding,

I got a couple of new CDs today despite the overall goal of not spending money.

I guess life is pretty boring. Being unemployed sucks.

Interesting day yesterday. I went to SFMOMA with yosh, uzi, uzi's girlfriend Doris, their summer subletters Kelly and Vanessa, yakk, and yakk's Aussie friend Tim. Buca di Beppo afterwards. Split a bottle of wicker-basket chianti with Kelly. It packs a surprising punch. The rest of the evening was further downhill in drinking terms. We went to play hyperbowl at the Metreon (or rather, they all played and I watched and partook of the conveninently located adjacent bar), and then came by to my place for hanging out and partaking of beverages (joined by roommates Steph and Nick, and later our friend Adam).

It's sad but drinking really helps me a lot with interacting socially, especially with strangers (near-total silence vs. actually starting conversations [or at least conversation threads]). If only it were not for the unpleasant side effects.

Anyway, after all that business, I tried to go to sleep but I couldn't (too many thoughts to fit in my head) so here I am posting a semi-incoherent advogato diary entry to pass some time.

It's getting light out (or at least getting light gray - lovely SF fog and all), which means it will probably be hard to sleep now even if I get in the right headspace. Oh well.

wednesday

Pretty uneventful day. I decided a couple of days ago that I'd go to the gym for as long as I'm unemployed. I may be poor, but at least I'll be in shape. They have a really vicious stomach crunch machine.

For dinner I made myself pan-fried breaded snapper, with mashed yukon gold potatos and canellini in a sauce of onions, marjoram, butter and tomato paste. The snapper was marinated in olive oil, rice vinegar, balsamic vinergar, soy sauce and little dash of worcestershire sauce, which gave it a sweet yet slightly tangy flavor. I breaded the fish the way my mom taught me, first dip in flour, then beaten whole eggs, then bread crumbs made by grating a dry leftover pieces of french bead. The beans came out a bit too buttery, but the fish ended up really really good. I need to try that marinade again sometime.

I didn't hack much at all today, but tomorrow I'll definitely put in serious work on the mystery project.

the past

Since some people seem to like my dinner descriptions, here's what I've made the past two nights:

Wednesday: Spaghetti with white-wine cream sauce and peas (I must say the cream sauce really loses something without tarragon, but I made up for it by throwing in a bit of sugar).

Tuesday: Pan-fried cubed potatoes with onions, chorizo, paprika, black pepper and salt. A very orange meal. I put in a bit too much olive oil, I'll have to watch that for next time I make this dish (which Steph requested). Maybe add some black beans too.

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