Vanessa and I were talking about how some mangoes we got are stinging our tongue a bit. Why? Who knows? (I don’t plan to stop eating the tasty things, whatever the case.) Anyway, this reminded me of the tales of the poisonous fugu (a type of pufferfish) that slightly stings the tongue when you eat it. Fugu is a Japanese delicacy that must be expertly prepared by a specially licensed chef or else it may poison you. The poison works by leaving you paralyzed, but conscious. In 1975, a famous kabuki actor died after eating 4 servings of the liver, which is the most poisonous part…even after being warned about it by the chef. Occasionally, deaths still happen from it when people catch one and attempt to prepare it themselves without knowing what they’re doing.
I pulled out an old CD-based game to play with Sean on his PC. He asked, “How do you install it?” Yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve done this.
Apparently, it’s illegal in Oregon and New Jersey for you to put gas into your own vehicle. Someone from the station has to do it for you. Voters in Oregon had a chance to vote this ridiculous law down in 1982 and…they kept it. What?
I’m home sick from work today with a pretty bad sore throat. To find out if it was strep, I tried out Presbyterian Hospital’s Video Visit through the web. If you’re on a computer, they use Webex to do the session through your webcam. Beforehand, I took a pic of my throat and attached it to the request. Because of the pic, she didn’t need to try looking at my throat through the webcam. Because I don’t have a fever or cough, she was able to say it likely isn’t strep. The nice part of this is that I didn’t have to go wait for an hour at an urgent care.
I started using My Fitness Pal to track my food and exercise. It’s funny to look at the food reports after tracking things for a while. I can tell whether a given report is for something healthy or tasty by whether it goes below or above the goal line. For tasty things, the graph is usually above the goal line. For healthy things, it’s usually below the line
Had some interesting food today.
Mishkaki skewers, veggie samosas, curry corn, and short ribs at Safari Grill. African-style food…quite tasty. Some of it reminded me of Indian food too. I’d recommend the place. It’s near Panera on the west side.
After that, we went to the Golden Crown Panaderia for “the world’s best coffee milkshake“. It was very good…I guess it better be good at over $6. Vanessa said she saw them make the espresso for it on the spot. It reminded me of the Cold Stone coffee milkshake, which is also pretty good.
The Bad and the Ugly
Steak Sriracha Quesarito…only Taco Bell could come up with such evil. Imagine a Czechoslovakian lumberjack whose only experience with Mexican food was that he once ate a potato chip. Then this guy was put in charge of Taco Bell food development. This food item would be the result. Tasted like fish with sour cream.
In 1985 when production of Doctor Who was suspended for a year and it looked like it might be cancelled, they produced a charity music video called Doctor in Distress. Ironically, the video was a flop and embarrassed everyone who worked on it. It probably ranks up there with the Star Wars Holiday Special in terms of Sci-Fi embarrassment.
Html.Encode in .NET 3.5 (used to encode special characters to help stop SQL injection attacks) worked on all the special characters except a single quote. So if you called Html.Encode (“O’Connor”), it would not encode the single quote. They fixed this in .NET 4.0 when it started properly encoding to '
Over the recent holidays, we got a nice chance to play some board games with Uncle BoardGame. We played Castle Panic…a cooperative game in which you have to fend off orcs, trolls, etc. that are trying to destroy your castle. We played Bombay…a trading game in which you trade silk on cute little elephants. We played Cities…a simple little tile-building game that he was able to expand from 4 to 8 players just by buying 2 sets. My son really liked Say Anything in which you have several opinion-based questions on a card. We played a game where you balance bent-up metal rods, called Suspend. Reminded me of Jenga. Someone gave Sean Millionaire Monopoly. It’s close to normal Monopoly, except that the first person to $1M wins, so you don’t get into that depressing situation where one person takes a couple of hours to beat the other players. But this has an odd loophole where all the other players could suddenly buy one of their losing co-players’ properties and suddenly propel that person to a win…but this would be pretty spiteful!