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Brikwars Club

Exactly what it says on the tin. A club to talk about the lego-based wargame Brikwars. If you wish to join the madness, here are a few resources:

And remember,God Listens... TO SLAYER!! --The Madman (talk) 01:15, 16 August 2013 (UTC)The Madman

[edit] A basic guide to the verse

With all the lore of the Brikverse, It's kinda hard to keep up. Luckily, your friendly neighborhood madman has a simple guide to the important topics in his own words. I'm working on adding links to the respective pages.

[edit] Notable Factions

  • Assyrian Star Empire:This massive empire controls much of their respective galaxy and is well known for their hatred of Peaches(Flesh-toned minifigs). Their field leader is the feared Major Natalya.
  • Immortal Empire:Invaders from outside the Brikverse, The Immortal Empire literally sparked a entire war the moment their fifth column force arrived. Their threat still looms over the Brikverse. Their leader is the mighty Warhead.
  • Scythian Empire:Keeping the trend of "Nonsense word with Empire at the end", The Scythians are a vast empire from the central core of the Meekly Way galaxy. They are led by Shadowscythe and are the founders of the Anti-Immortal Alliance.
  • Brittanian League:The Brittanians are basically "COLONIAL ERA ENGLAND...IN SPACE!". They still rely on the outdated steampunk technology. They are led by their royal family and are allies of the Immortal Empire.

[edit] Basic Lore Concepts

  • ABS:The magical substance that the universe is built from. As such it can do magical things.
  • Negaverse:A universe filled with evil counterparts of the residents of the Brikverse.
  • Hospital 555:The supposed origin of the modern minifig via horrific experiments.

[edit] Widespread Technology

  • Mecha:Giant walking tanks with a humanoid look. Such a impractical weapon is strangely common to most high-tech factions.
  • Orange Transparent Chainsaws:Chainsaws made of Orange Transparent ABS. One of the most powerful melee weapons.
  • Capital Ships:Huge massive flying hunks of brick that carry lots of guns.
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The Talk About Club

This is a club for people who want to talk about it. Members are encouraged to hate the movie Fight Club and other terrible films, but such dislike is not a requirement. We do not yet have a position on the novel Fight Club (or, to be less polite, the creator of the club hasn't read it).Rand0 (talk) 05:09, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

What if we've never seen Fight Club? ТyAhoy! 18:40, 28 March 2012 (UTC)
In that case, you are encouraged to watch it, if and only if you so desire, and make up your own mind. Again, dislike for the film is not a requirement, it's just what we encourage. Rand0 (talk) 22:06, 28 March 2012 (UTC)
I don't like Snowbeast, that must count for something. ТyTalk 22:10, 28 March 2012 (UTC)

[edit] Our opinions on which are the worst movies

What is the number one worst movie you have ever seen? Rand0 (talk) 08:22, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

I don't think there's such a thing as a bad film, just people who dislike it because it's not what they want. Though the Star Wars Holiday Special does come close to the only truly objectively terrible thing committed to film. Scarlet A.pngsshole 08:25, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
That's why the name of this section includes the term 'opinion.' Rand0 (talk) 08:31, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
Spy Kids. Dir. Robert Rodriguez. Miramax, 2001. Rand0 (talk) 08:48, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
The Aristocrats and....another one I can't remember. But it fucking sucked what ever it was. AceModerator 08:51, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
Isn't that just one long nob gag? Scarlet A.pngpostate 08:53, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
There's Something About Mary--Bob"What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence." 09:01, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
The Butterfly Effect. Worst pile of shite I've ever seen, including that one Wayans brother's film my friends made me pay £5 to go see with them where a couple adopts a baby for a weekend that's actually a criminal midget/dwarf or something. I remember my psychology teacher letting us watch Butterfly Effect at the end of my last year in high school and me thinking "wow, this is terrible. I wish there was somewhere I could go where this fucking movie couldn't find me." El TajDon't make me do stuff 10:15, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
Armageddon. Appalling movie. DamoHi 10:30, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
But Armageddon is so bad it's good (I assume you mean the Bruce Willis fiasco). They even cut the blue wire. I love it to bits and have watched it multiple times. My main contenders are the appalling remakes of films that should never be touched - the Italian Job anyone. Jack Hughes (talk) 10:34, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
Yes, really enjoy Armageddon. It surpasses badness and then comes out the other side. Unlike, for example, The Core - which is just bad. --Bob"What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence." 16:21, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
The Italian Job remake looks appalling (not seen it) but does it not hold a redeeming quality in starring Ed Norton? El TajDon't make me do stuff 10:59, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
In fact, The Italian Job remake wasn't too bad.--Bob"What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence." 16:19, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
I like Armageddon just because it's so self-aware of what it is. I know there's like 200+ scientific errors in it (that NASA apparently use to test people's knowledge) but when you consider that Deep Impact is supposed to be the "serious" and "realistic" one, it just as many gaffs. Scarlet A.pngnarchist 11:11, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
I watched the recent-ish Clash of the Titans not too long ago and it was pretty awful, especially because I like mythology. I think the most disappointing movies I remember (for me at least) were the sequels to Pirates of the Caribbean. I liked the original when I was a younger kid but the ones after were painfully mediocre. I am not sure why people my age liked Orlando Bloom? ±Knightoftldrsig.pngKnightOfTL;DRgoing galt: the literal crazy train 16:25, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

SIGNS is by far the worst movie ever fucking made. Hands down and without a doubt: just plain awful! Lord of Reckless Noise Hooray! I'm helping! 12:48, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

Generally everything by The Asylum, but The Robe has a special place in my hierarchy of loathing. ТyComplaints 13:11, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
There are a number of criteria for awfulness. To reach my personal "Jack Hughes Crap Movie Top Ten (tm)" the film has to be a serious, high budget release which is awful without intending to be. One of my all time greats was The Black Hole (1979) which had Dr Who props and scenery and a Disney budget. Spielburg's 1941 is another contender. With that director and that cast what could possibly go wrong - well, everything. I believe Pearl Harbor is another contender but I knew better than to go and see it. Jack Hughes (talk) 13:29, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
The Princess Diaries, I can't remember how I ended up watching that, must have been a hell of a long flight. But I agree that SIGNS was also bad. Redchuck.gif ГенгисRationalWiki GOLD memberModerator 16:28, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
I take it no one else has seen The Room: starring, written by, directed by, and produced by Tommy Wiseau, a weird looking and sounding guy from some indeterminate European country. Watch clips of it on youtube and you'll immediately want to watch the whole thing. Every second of it is about the most bizarre thing you'll ever see: it's like aliens made a sappy melodrama. Cow...Hammertime! 17:27, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
Ahh I remember now fucking Mission to Mars. My god it was fucking awful. AceModerator 20:07, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
Ashoka the Great is an ashockingly bad historical biopic. Thorvelden (talk)

[edit] RW bad SF award.

I don't know if anybody already does this - they probably do - but what about an annual RW award for the (SF) movie which most utterly ignores, distorts or misinterprets the laws of physics.--Bob"What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence." 16:24, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

I did a scathing review of the first episode of the original Lost in Space. I think I still have it somewhere. ТyYes? 20:10, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
Fucking mission to Mars. The man living in a tent, flapping open in the breeze, on Mars for years who is able to breathe because he grew plants. AceModerator 20:13, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
I think I've actually seen that. Doesn't it have stock footage from War of the Worlds or is that Robinson Crusoe on Mars? ТyNo 20:14, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
I have never seen this movie. Common sense is telling me that if he somehow even had mythical super-oxygen plants, they'd only be able to make enough for him alone. So now I am imagining some kind of weird dirt-dome helmet with plants in it and his face totally obscured by leaves. ±Knightoftldrsig.pngKnightOfTL;DRlavishly loquacious 13:51, 2 April 2012 (UTC)
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Dream Club

So, I thought I'd start a club for people to share/discuss their dreams. Star of David.png Radioactive Misanthrope 21:01, 12 December 2011 (UTC)

My dream last night was weird.

I was on Drew Carey's Improvaganza, with Ryan Stiles, doing some routine that involved glass doors. (You know the kind of doors you see on furniture cabinets? The kind that you push once to "pop" them out a bit so you can open them, then push again so they lie flush with the cabinet surface? It was those kind, only big enough for someone to walk through. Which in retrospect, seems unwise, as the glass used for them always struck me as rather breakable.)

I left at the end to go to the car, because I needed to get my clothes (yes, this was a "naked dream").

This would probably be a good time to mention that I was a woman. And blonde.

When I got back (wearing a gray hoodie, and still no pants), I was informed that my "father," a giant, shoulder-high tomato with a face on it, had botched the routine he was supposed to do, instead saying, "Bend over," eight times. (Interestingly, even though I wasn't there, my mind automatically supplied the tune of the nursery rhyme "Roll Over" for the words "bend over.")

Then I woke up.

Yah, the whole thing was just surreal. (I mean, me as a blonde? Jesus.) Star of David.png Radioactive Misanthrope 21:01, 12 December 2011 (UTC)

So, anyone else care to share their dreams? Star of David.png Radioactive Misanthrope 21:01, 12 December 2011 (UTC)

There is nothing more fucking boring than hearing about others dreams. Unless their dreams were about fucking...which mine were last night. Aceace 21:03, 12 December 2011 (UTC)
Isn't that a sign of sex deprivation? Scarlet A.pngd hominem 21:05, 12 December 2011 (UTC)
Well, I am not sex deprived so I don't really know how to respond to that. Aceace 21:06, 12 December 2011 (UTC)
The fucking in your dreams doesn't actually count towards your 5-a-day. Scarlet A.pngmoral 02:20, 13 December 2011 (UTC)
As much as i would like to fuck 5 times a day outside of work and drinking I only have about 2 hours of spare sobriety time that i can fit it in. Aceace 03:01, 13 December 2011 (UTC)
I actually find other people's dreams can be interesting at least, though I wouldn't try to find deeper meaning in them unless you're noticing a pattern across lots of dreams. Picon small.pngLiquid Blue 01:40, 13 December 2011 (UTC)
The thing I've learned from it is that if you think you're the only one having that dream you're probably wrong. Teeth, anyone? Scarlet A.pngsshole 02:19, 13 December 2011 (UTC)
Zombies. Nowwhat? 02:23, 13 December 2011 (UTC)
Dream interpretation is one of those games where everything's made up and the points don't matter. Nebuchadnezzar (talk) 02:49, 13 December 2011 (UTC)
The only dreams I get a lot on repeat is the banana boat dream, the classroom dream, window/mirror dream, being stabbed with a pencil dream, and the underwater dream. Though, I do get the occasional really weird ones...when I can remember them.--Dumpling (talk) 10:08, 28 December 2011 (UTC)
The "banana boat dream?" Star of David.png Radioactive Misanthrope 09:46, 29 December 2011 (UTC)
Yes. The Banana Boat dream. Situation is this. Being stranded in the middle of the ocean, and I'm in a banana boat. Literally. And I can't swim. I have no food. So, it's either to eat the boat and sink...or stay afloat and starve. It's weird.--Dumpling (talk) 03:58, 19 February 2012 (UTC)
And I thought my dreams were odd. And that includes the one about the RationalWiki Secret society, lead by Nx of all people, that was trying to work out the drag force caused by driving through a flock of seagulls. Peter Monomorium antarcticum 04:01, 19 February 2012 (UTC)
Wow. I don't think I've ever had a dream about RW. Hm...-hiss- Hellbirds. --Dumpling (talk) 04:04, 19 February 2012 (UTC)
It was around the time the "Darth Nx" image was circulating. It was quite a funny dream, from what I remember. Peter Monomorium antarcticum 04:06, 19 February 2012 (UTC)
Hahaha. I can only imagine!--Dumpling (talk) 04:08, 19 February 2012 (UTC)

[edit] It's in the bar.

My dream about me as Kubali Khan with full-body beard and modern goods tucked inside it, Linka, Hacker, Hammurabi, and Hitler. Read all about it. Oh, alright. I'll share it here.

I was Kublai Khan, but I had antennae and a beard that covered my entire body which I kept a TV, cell phone, and other modern goods in. I was in an argument with Hammurabi about pottery. Then Linka (from Captain Planet) came into the room, which oddly enough, had pink wallpaper and could only be accessed by crawling through the cabinet of my indoor outhouse. Then Hacker (from Cyberchase) began juggling. And Hitler blew up some gunpowder in the room, yet the room and everyone in it remained intact. And then we all ate Doritos. The Heidelberg Kid (talk) 18:49, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

I had a dream about a bunch of aliens in a strange city/spaceship taking over earth. Oh, and they all looked like Cthulhu. And then I was on a spaceship to Mars with a robot dinosaur that I was fixing. Then there were monsters.

--AT (talk) 02:09, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

I dreamed last night that Nicholas II and his delightful family survived and overcame the hideous bolshevik revolution. The monarch was restored!!! — Unsigned, by: AtreyuFalcor / talk / contribs 2014-03-28T18:40:59‎

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Writers' Club

Have something you wrote yourself that you want to share? Like to mercilessly tear apart things that people spend countless hours and sweat & tears on? Well, if so, you're an ass, but you're still welcome here!
Here's something I'm working on: The Colour Gray, a story about love, pirates, flying monkeys, and Islam. Just kidding -- it's about the future & shit. Fuckertalk to me :D 21:53, 20 November 2011 (UTC)

Hey, I only see the first sentence on your google doc.Rand0 (talk) 04:53, 21 March 2012 (UTC)
It's been a while since then, I think... Peter tanquam ex ungue leonem 04:56, 21 March 2012 (UTC)
(EC)Well, we kept telling them to cut the bad parts, so it's good to know they followed through on that. Star of David.png Radioactive Misanthrope 04:58, 21 March 2012 (UTC)
Perhaps it could be re-worked as a haiku?--Bob"What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence." 11:49, 8 April 2012 (UTC)
I think it just needs the addition of "And they all lived happily ever after". Everyone loves a short story with a happy ending. WèàšèìòìďWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 14:16, 8 April 2012 (UTC)
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Book Club

The first and only rule of Book Club is that you do not talk about Book Club.

RationalWikians have often asked for book recommendations. Please use this page to post your own recommended reading. Feel free to add you own comments about each book for the benefit of future readers. (Please try to keep to mission-related topics or genres that might appeal to most other RWians; no matter how much you might like Barbara Cartland.)

[edit] Science

  • The Ancestor's Tale - Richard Dawkins: A reverse pilgrimage through evolution, from modern homo sapiens to the earliest forms of life on Earth.
  • The Art of Computer Programming Donald Knuth
  • Why does E=mc2- Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw: Pretty much the best pop science explanation of special relativity you can hope for. Includes an easy to follow derivation of the titular equation.
  • Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You - Marcus Chown: A concise and entertaining read that covers quantum phenomena in remarkable detail despite being maths free. However, it might seem patronizing and bordering on woo if you're already experienced with quantum theory from an academic and mathematical perspective.
  • Seeing Further - Edited by Bill Bryson. Three hundred and fifty years of the Royal Society.
A fascinating history of the world's premier scientific society. Redchuck.gif ГенгисRationalWiki GOLD member

[edit] Philosophy & Religion

  • The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins. Dawkins' full-on attack on theism in general. People either love this book or find it unreadable. But it's a must-read if you want the clearest explanation of the position of the New Atheists.
I do find TGD to be very readable, and definitely a good book to cover the basic reasoning behind atheism. Anyone looking for ammo to attack religion could do worse than start with the examples Dawkins collects through the book. Dawkins is at his strongest here arguing from evolutionary and memetic grounds to explain the existence of religion, and a fair proportion of the book is given over to this and makes interesting reading. I don't recall his critics challenging him on these grounds. Scarlet A.pngd hominem 15:05, 23 October 2010 (UTC)
I heard it makes atheists ashamed of being atheists. Dawkins is like a beating a version of Christianity that is suitable for a 6-years old child. --Idiot number 57 (talk) 11:32, 23 July 2011 (UTC)
Perhaps you should read it before holding an opinion?--BobSpring is sprung! 11:45, 23 July 2011 (UTC)
Did I ask your opinion on my opinion?!--Idiot number 57 (talk) 12:01, 23 July 2011 (UTC)
  • On Liberty, John Stuart Mill. The definitive work on liberal thought.
  • The Black Swan - Nassim Nicolas Taleb. Working through the concept of the black swan and the theory of rare but high impact events.
The concept of the Black Swan is easy to understand and grasp, Eliezer Yudkowsky's writings on the subject are arguably easier if you just want to know what it is with sound and to-the-point examples. Taleb on the other hand, elaborates on it at great length, delving into the psychology and deeper nature of the problem. The autobiographical parts do seem a little self-indulgent but at least make it entertaining to read and gives you something to relate to. He also writes from the perspective of an economist, so anyone coming from a science background may be thrown by his more esoteric moments and the time he seems to spend bragging about how filthy rich he became by being a kick-ass Quantitative analyst and way smarter than you. However, even at his most self indulgent there are plenty of tidbits in there that really make you think. Learning about Black Swan Theory is a must for any aspiring rationalist, but do give the full book a good go too. Scarlet A.pngd hominem 14:53, 23 October 2010 (UTC)
Great book. Highly recommendable.--BobSpring is sprung! 11:46, 23 July 2011 (UTC)
  • The True Believer, Eric Hoffer - A sociological/psychological view into the nature of mass movements; what motivates people to join them, how they start/progress/end, what similarities they share across ideological boundaries, etc.

[edit] Politics

  • Arthur Schlesinger, The Imperial Presidency - great analysis of the changing role of executive power in American politics
  • Bob Woodward, Bush at War/Plan of Attack/State of Denial - the definite account of the Bush administration's planning and execution of the Iraq war
  • Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince - an all-time classic about how being a sociopath can be helpful in advancing your political career. His equally important, if less known Discourses presents the completely opposite personality at work, leading to Machiavelli being one of the least understood political theorists of all time. Beware of Poe's Law, Rousseau saw it too...
  • Woodward and Bernstein, The Final Days - The sequel, in a sense, to the hastily published All The President's Men, this is more in-depth and complete account of the events leading up to the resignation of Nixon
  • Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Oratore - Oratory for dummies.
  • Robert Fisk, The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East - 1300 concise pages of why there will be no easy path to peace in the Middle East. One of the few western writers who can convey the anger that many in the Muslim world feel against the US and its allies.
  • Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto. Read it - you have nothing to lose but your chains.
  • Friedrich von Hayek, The Road to Serfdom. Read it - you have nothing to lose but your chains.
  • Fareed Zakaria, The Future of Freedom - You may not agree with everything he says, but Zakaria is a guy who knows what he's talking about
  • Richard Hofstadter, The Paranoid Style in American Politics: And Other Essays - The title essay explains much about the right wing in the U.S. today, despite being written in 1964.

[edit] Economics

  • Robert Shiller, Irrational Exuberance - originally a study about market volatility during the dotcom bubble, also a nice perspective on the more recent bust
  • Dan Ariely, Predictably Irrational - a behaviourist critique of the rational-choice-school in economics, very entertaining
  • Schumacher, E.F. small is beautiful — economics as if people mattered - nineteen essays published in 1973, the original work is presented with sidebar commentary in a volume (1999) which adds the subtitle 25 years later... with commentaries. Schumacher argues that an economy and economics should first be concerned with meeting the needs of people, all people. Wikipedia entry .

[edit] History

  • Niall Ferguson, Empire, How Britain Made The Modern World - rather revisionist work which challenges preconceptions on the politically correct left.
  • Frederick Jackson Turner, The Significance of the Frontier in American History - Influential essay that explores the significance of the frontier on the American pysche, and how it came to define the 'American Race'.
"Influential?" Extremely influential. Picon small.pngAcer Blue 23:20, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Stephen Runciman, A History of the Crusades, 3 vols - most authoritative and entertaining history of the crusades in the middle east ever written.
  • Simon Schama, Citizens, A Chronicle of the French Revolution - self descriptive title, critical and excellently written.
  • Richard J. Evans, In Defence of History - sophists, postmodernist poseurs and old style empiricists beware - there is no moral clarity here.
  • Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy - Simply must be read.
  • Paul Kennedy, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers - very detailed analysis of power shifts in the last five centuries
  • Louise Young, Japan's Total Empire - something of a niche topic, but an excellent account of Japan's colonialism in Manchuria
  • Henry Kissinger, Diplomacy - think of the man what you will, but his historiography is an entertaining read
  • Tony Judt, Postwar - a history of Europe since 1945. Simply brilliant.
  • Cornelius Ryan, The Longest Day and A Bridge too Far - well written accounts of the D-Day invasion and Operation Market Garden, respectively
  • Barbara Tuchmann, The Guns of August - Account of the first month of WWI and the political/military lead up
  • George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia - Orwell's account of fighting the Facists in Spain and disillusionment with the Socialists.
It is a very good read; however, it's an autobiography, not a history book. It does paint an interesting, if personal view on revolutionary Catalonia. Bismarck (talk) 09:55, 22 April 2014 (UTC)
  • George Orwell, Down and out in Paris and London - Life in gutter in the pre-war years by everyones favourite deep cover conservatist
  • Jack London People of the Abyss - An account of the poverty in the city of London's turn of century East End
  • William Manchester, Douglas MacArthur: American Caesar. - A fascinating book describing, in surprisingly readable prose, why MacArthur was the greatest general the US has ever had, and how he wound up destroying himself/his career due to his own arrogance and ambition. Worth at least a look if you're into WWII or military history.

[edit] Fiction

  • Aldous Huxley, Eyeless in Gaza - has it all, including smarmy public schoolboys, trying to find intellectual consistency in an inconsistent age.
  • Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point - There is no clarity of argument. There is no clarity of thought. There is no clarity of soul.
  • Charles Dickens, Great Expectations - Dicken's classic bildungsroman charts the fortunes of Pip, set within Victorian London.
  • Charles Stross, Accelerando
  • David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest - Very funny/sad portrait of American addictions taking place in the not so distant future. Very non-linear with almost 200 pages of footnotes which are necessary to read. Not for everybody.
  • Douglas Adams, The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Nobody added this before now?
  • Frank Herbert, Dune The ones by Frank NOT HIS SON.
  • Fydor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
  • George Eliot, Middlemarch - Set in reform era Britain, at the outset of the Great Reform Act of 1832. Paints an image of a changing country with vivid description and sentimentality.
  • Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird - a genuine classic, enjoyed by children and adults alike for half a century.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin - Seminal abolitionist novel.
  • J.G. Farrel, Troubles, The Siege of Khrishnapur and Singapore Grip - These three novels comprise Farrells celebrated 'Empire' trilogy, which exposes the absurdity, the beauty, the aspiration, the hardship and the indignity of the British Empire through the mechanism of symbolic characterisation and some of the wittiest descriptive paragraphs ever put to paper.
  • J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings - no description necessary.
  • James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Although I have yet to read Ulysses, Portrait is a good headstart. Should tell you all you need to know about Joyce - how he conveys the incomprehension of perception, of the madness of reality, of the histrionic headache of what it means to be young and to not understand.
  • Jean M. Auel, The Clan of the Cave Bear - The tale of a young human girl who grows up with a clan of Neanderthals. The first one is brilliant. The later books less so, but still very readable.
  • John Irving, The Cider House Rules - Irving is one of the best American writers of the past 30 years. This is easily his most important book. Tackles a lot of big themes.
  • Jose Saramago. Cain. Last book by the author of Blindness. A ruthless critique of the old testament written in a passive aggressive, evocative and entertaining narrative.
  • Koushun Takami, Battle Royale - Think middle-school Survivor meets Lord of the Flies in the world of 1984.
  • Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Covers a lot of ground water. Runaway slaves and those who help them as heroes, vividly appealing descriptions of river transport, and lots of human idiocy along the way (e.g., woo-meisters who pose as royalty, and families feuding who long ago forgot why.)
  • Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon - Epic geek classic of cryptography, heroism and romance.
  • Orhan Pamuk, Snow - East and west collide... Within the east.
  • Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly - Explores the effects of drug abuse on an undercover policeman. Autobiographic elements thinly veiled by some minor sci-fi trappings (the scanners and the scramble suits).
  • Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials trilogy - Excellent & inventive fantasy, notorious critical of religion, also very moving. Also The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ for an exploration of how stories are bastardised by vested interests.
  • Robert Penn Warren, All The King's Men - Roughly based on the governorship of Huey Long, this novel explores the inner circle of a power craven corrupted Louisiana governor, and the various moral sacrifices made along the way.
  • Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt - A peek into 1920's conservatism
  • Sinclair Lewis, Main Street - Is small town, midwestern America really so different now as it was in the 1920s?
  • Terry Pratchett, Discworld series. Early books are straightforward satires of sword and sorcery novels, later books are broader social satires.
  • Victor Hugo, Les Miserables - the epitome of French melodrama.
  • William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch - Tales of drugs, perversion, and Mugwumps. Remember, though, "there are that least two things wrong with that title."
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Gay Club

I thought I'd create a group for all RW's gays/bisexuals/lesbians to get together to talk and for lulz! Introduce yourself below!— Unsigned, by: Tweety / talk / contribs

you chosen way of life is wicked! REPENT NOW! ACCEPT JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR NOW! THERE NO TURNING BACK! OR YOU WILL BE THROWN INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE! this message was bought to you by the church of jesus. Waronstupidity (talk) 22:30, 7 April 2010 (UTC)
Hmm, I wonder if RobSmith and TK want to join....... Tweety (talk) 22:35, 7 April 2010 (UTC)
you need to repent NOW! stop wasting your time! jesus love you but hate your lifestyle! JESUS JESUS JESUS! DIED ON THE CROSS FOR YOUR FUCKING SIN!Waronstupidity (talk) 22:37, 7 April 2010 (UTC)
Quit it already. Mei (talk) 22:39, 7 April 2010 (UTC)
dont be angry.Waronstupidity (talk) 22:42, 7 April 2010 (UTC)
I'm not angry. All is well. Mei (talk) 22:43, 7 April 2010 (UTC)
All ? what do you mean all are ?Waronstupidity (talk) 22:44, 7 April 2010 (UTC)
"All is well" just means everything is fine. Mei (talk) 22:46, 7 April 2010 (UTC)
Some of us gays ARE saved and have repented :-) By grace we are saved, not hetero-sex.--Barryjon (talk) 00:04, 1 November 2013 (UTC)

[edit] Gays

Buttsecks ftw! Tweety (talk) 22:42, 7 April 2010 (UTC)

homo homo homo homo homo teh rational ghey (talk) 15:31, 15 April 2010 (UTC)

Hello :-) Buttsecks is optional, right?--Barryjon (talk) 00:02, 1 November 2013 (UTC)

[edit] Bisexuals

  • Mei (talk) - I will probably not participate much in Club activities but I will throw my hat in out of solidarity.

[edit] Lesbians

Pics or it didn't happen. CrundyTalk nerdy to me 10:15, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

[edit] Oh hai

Can I play here? ħumanUser talk:Human 11:24, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

As long as your human. (ok that was corny). teh rational ghey (talk) 15:32, 15 April 2010 (UTC)

[edit] Goats

Are goat fanciers welcome or would it be better if I formed my own club?--Bill E Goat (talk) 11:52, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

If they are male goats, then you're welcome Tweety (talk) 10:23, 10 April 2010 (UTC)
Mmmm. A bit sexist.--Bill E Goat (talk) 20:19, 10 April 2010 (UTC)

[edit] Question for teh gays

Kind of a hypothetical...

If any of you homosex practitioners should ever happen to be graced with the company of Uncle Ed, would you try to come on to him, if only for the potential "Aha!" moment?

And if any of you would, will you please promise me that you will if you ever get the chance? — Sincerely, Neveruse / Talk / Block 17:37, 9 April 2010 (UTC)

I absolutely would. Secretly film it and send the video to Assfly. Tweety (talk) 10:22, 10 April 2010 (UTC)
Disgusting. I only fuck pretty, or at least smart, or at least funny. Or smells good. Pervy Uncle Ed meets none of those criteria. ħumanUser talk:Human 10:27, 10 April 2010 (UTC)
Excuse me while I throw up in my mouth. teh rational ghey (talk) 15:33, 15 April 2010 (UTC)
Even thinking that way about Mr. Ed is an abomination unto the Invisible Pink Unicorn. ... of liberals? (talk) 00:24, 2 March 2011 (UTC)

[edit] Just for fun.

Where is everyone from? YOU CAN PUT ONLY THE STATE ABBREVIATION (only-- example: CA or NY.. country. like UK. ;) ) The city, well that's up to you. I am not encouraging stalking. Just a general overview.

Me: NY (no, NOT New york city) --teh rational ghey (talk) 15:36, 15 April 2010 (UTC)

UK Tweetylet's have buttsecks 15:39, 15 April 2010 (UTC)
UK, but I'm not gay. Am I allowed in here? I only came in for the free macaroons. CrundyTalk nerdy to me 15:54, 15 April 2010 (UTC)
If you just close your eyes and pretend it's a girl, then yes! Tweetylet's have buttsecks 15:56, 15 April 2010 (UTC)
LOL teh rational ghey (talk) 16:37, 15 April 2010 (UTC)

[edit] ROLL CALL

C®ackeЯ

Jack Hughes (talk) 17:19, 21 February 2011 (UTC)

[edit] can i join your club?

i love gays (either gender) and i hate straights. i think heterosexuality is a sick, depraved, perverted disease that can be cured through intensive prayer. i think bisexuals are like "half way" on the road to recovery from heterosexuality, so i support what progress they have made so far, but encourage them to go to the next level and become exclusively homosexual instead. this can be achieved through prayer to the goddess. ProudHeterophobe (talk) 21:01, 26 November 2011 (UTC)

[edit] GLBT

Hi, I am GLBT-identified. And I represent a church which is a great way for GLBT-identified people interested in exploring Christianity to do so in a GLBT-positive environment. Restoration Christian Church (talk) 06:31, 26 December 2011 (UTC)

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Dinner Club

Moving here, because some people get pissed with me posting this in the Saloon Bar.

So, here's the deal. Post a photo of your dinner, with explanation, and be ready to answer questions regarding the recipe :)

[edit] Crundy dinner 04/02/2010

Just a burger today

Here's your starter for 10. Double pork and apple cheeseburger with wholegain mustard and jalapeno relish. Was lovely but quite hard to eat, being 7 foot tall and all. CrundyTalk nerdy to me 22:18, 4 February 2010 (UTC)

Pork and apple sounds delicious, especially with some jalepeno relish, but mustard is the tool of the devil. If you had toasted the bun a little (more?), I'd probably still be looking at the picture. Overall, nicely done. — Sincerely, Neveruse / Talk / Block 22:21, 4 February 2010 (UTC)
The burgers weren't made by me, they were from the butchers. Do you seriously hate all mustard, even wholegrain? If you haven't tried it then do give it a go. The odd thing is it's nothing like mustard! Very very good with sausages or roast pork. I don't toast my buns personally, but that might be because I'm shit at it. Please to be explaining the "proper" amount one should toast a burger bun, with a score of crispiness on a scale of 1 to 10, and I shall attempt it next time. CrundyTalk nerdy to me 22:26, 4 February 2010 (UTC)
Looks good. Although I'm not a fan of meat+fruit. Never tried pork burgers so may have to do so. I take pictures of my dinner anyway (sometimes), so no reason I can't stick some in here :) --Worm(t | c) 17:31, 6 February 2010 (UTC)
RE: toasting buns. It improves the flavor and adds another texture. Ideally one has a toaster oven with a timer and gets used to how long to set it for. Or it can be done under a broiler, again carefully using a timer. You're shooting for a consistent light brown, although dark brown might suit some people. If you overdo it a bit the black bits can be scraped off quite easily and the bun is still good. ħumanUser talk:Human 23:08, 6 February 2010 (UTC)
Worm, I'm so trying this :)
Huw, kk, I'd have to use the grill because my toaster isn't big enough. Or, could you not cut the bun and then toast on the griddle before cooking the burgers? CrundyTalk nerdy to me 12:48, 7 February 2010 (UTC)
Right, most toasters won't accommodate sandwich buns. I have a small "toaster oven" which is perfect for such chores. And, yes, toasting the bun on the griddle (weighted or unweighted) works fine. You could even butter it lightly first or fry it in bacon grease, lard, or suet... ħumanUser talk:Human 13:03, 8 February 2010 (UTC)
Just don't do what I did and forget to wrap the mozarella in the parma ham before you put it into the chicken. That took an age to sort out cos I had to unwrap and re-wrap everything. It's very nice though :) --Worm(t | c) 14:42, 7 February 2010 (UTC)

[edit] Should I tidy up sometime?

Although there's a bit of space by the hairbrush...
Totnesmartin (talk) 13:02, 7 February 2010 (UTC)
Hmm, maybe clear the drugs away, but otherwise that's a standard work desk. CrundyTalk nerdy to me 15:15, 7 February 2010 (UTC)

[edit] Worm dinner 08/02/2010

Perfect presentation

Chicken, butternut squash and leek gratin, with soya beans. Got a subscription to Delicious magazine for Christmas and this is one of the first thing's I've done out of it. Very nice :) --Worm(t | c) 20:24, 8 February 2010 (UTC)

Cool. I love Delicious magazine, but I got a subscription to Olive from the parents this year so I'm on that for a while. Did you use shelled soya beans or edamame (in the pod)? CrundyTalk nerdy to me 09:15, 9 February 2010 (UTC)
Shelled..less hassle :) The good thing about this was that I poached a whole chicken and only used half for this recipe, so I've got plenty left over to do Enchiladas tomorrow night. Plus chicken stock. Very thrifty. --Worm(t | c) 09:34, 9 February 2010 (UTC)

[edit] Worm Dinner 10/02/2010

Start here
End here

Sorry to hog the page - I just love cooking and taking picture of it for some reason. So this time I used the other half of the chicken I poached for the last recipe, and made enchiladas - turning a nice array of ingredients into a pretty messy-looking dish, which did taste very nice though. The Guinness is just for me ... not the recipe :) --Worm(t | c) 11:38, 11 February 2010 (UTC)

Wow! I thought it was Cannelloni when I saw the second picture :) Looks like a very veg-full dish. How many of your 5-a-day does that give you? P.S. I cooked Skate with capers and black butter, but didn't take a photo because I massively overcooked the skate in the court bouillon as my hob seems to have two settings: Max and off. CrundyTalk nerdy to me 22:45, 12 February 2010 (UTC)

[edit] Human's dinner Feb 14 2010

I ate a bunch of a cow's bum. At no point was it photogenic, but it was damn tasty. ħumanUser talk:Human 02:49, 15 February 2010 (UTC)

[edit] Worm dinner 23/02/2010

Pork and peppers

Not really dinner, but I made my own Pork Scratchings. Lovely stuff :) Then I continued the pork theme with pork chop and Delia's piedmont peppers - always a winner! The peppers are really, really, really gorgeous. Seriously - try them. Simple, but tasty as hell. Worm(t | c) 22:08, 23 February 2010 (UTC)

They look like roasted red peppers to me. Should they not be peeled after roasting? Oh by the way, I made Miso pollack with edamame noodles which was really nice, although I did add a little sweet chilli sauce and soy to the noodles. If you keep miso paste in the fridge then give it a go. CrundyTalk nerdy to me 13:25, 25 February 2010 (UTC)
Basically roasted red peppers, but stuffed with tomatoes, anchovies and garlic. Gorgeous. I guess you could roast them, peel them, then roast them again - not sure it's feasible though. :) Worm(t | c) 22:22, 9 March 2010 (UTC)

[edit] Worm dinner 09/03/2010

Rack of lamb

More from me I'm afraid. Rack of lamb with cabbage and roast potatoes. Rack of lamb is always a good bet, and this was no exception :) 22:26, 9 March 2010 (UTC)

And very nicely presented, too. ħumanUser talk:Human 00:19, 10 March 2010 (UTC)









[edit] ToP Dinner, 13 Mrch 2010

Roux
Gumbo

First the *ahem* "nutty" roux, and then the finished product--seafood gumbo.

Ooo..mussels. Love mussels. Can't get enough mussels. Nice work :) Worm(t | c) 10:35, 16 March 2010 (UTC)







I will cut you next time you borrow my shit without asking. Nutty Roux100x100 anarchy symbol.svg 05:23, 24 October 2011 (UTC)

[edit] Human dinner 3 26 or so 2010

yummy!

500 degrees (old money) for three minutes. Random paraphernalia also shown and identified. ħumanUser talk:Human 05:22, 27 March 2010 (UTC)

Update, 400 F for 7 minutes is much better. ħumanUser talk:Human 02:18, 14 November 2010 (UTC)










[edit] Human dinner a few weeks ago, repeating tonight

Chili ziploc.jpg

Chili I froze in early 2007.

Looking up one section made me hungry, might need some nachos with this... ħumanUser talk:Human 04:22, 22 August 2010 (UTC)

Look, that's just not possible without nanobots - David Gerard (talk) 07:32, 22 August 2010 (UTC)
Hehehe... ħumanUser talk:Human 01:31, 23 August 2010 (UTC)








[edit] Beef Wellington tonight

I bought the fillet from the local butcher's, and nearly had a heart attack when he rang it through the till. It tasted fucking delicious though. I will probably have an actual heart attack once all the cholesterol kicks in, lots of butter in this baby!

That's not blood, oh no, that's the 'juices'.
Looks awesome. Oh, and no, it isn't blood, it's metmyoglobin. I only know that coz of QI. P.S. If you like a good wellington with a twist, try one of these:
CrundyTalk nerdy to me 20:25, 27 August 2010 (UTC)
Wow I forgot about this forum. Gorgeous Wellington. Nutty Rouxnever mind 16:16, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

[edit] Spag bol last night

This is my favourite meal, and if I do say so myself; I make fucking good 'un!

Just needs half a pound of extra mature cheddar.

I like Bolognese so much I even make it in thre great outdoors:

The 'mince' is actually un-burgered burgers (which were made from 90% steak mince, and fucking delicious on the BBQ).

Fry off the onions.

Add the garlic (two thirds of a bulb's worth) and fry.

Add the mince and brown off, then chuck in plenty of tomato puree and Bovril.

Add mushrooms, the rest of the garlic, a tin of tomatoes, and enjoy a bottle or two of Loweswater Gold whilst it simmers away.

Spill some of your pasta on the floor, shout bollocks loud enough that people in the next tent look over, cover with cheese and stuff one's face.


It's Crundy curry night tomorrow as I cook for the missus and her mate whilst they drink wine, so wish me luck and stay tuned for more sad culinary photos! DeltaStarSenior SysopSpeciationspeed! 02:15, 26 August 2010 (UTC)

Isn't that more of a fett than a spag? Anyway, you oughtta duplicate this over at the recipe space, now that it's back! ħumanUser talk:Human 01:46, 27 August 2010 (UTC)
I consider my bolognese pretty damn good, and it differs in many ways from yours. I wonder which one is best? There's only one way to tell.... </HarryHill> Worm(t | c) 08:32, 27 August 2010 (UTC)
Whose has more coke? ħumanUser talk:Human 08:36, 27 August 2010 (UTC)
Yeah, the camping one wasn't spag bol, rather conchiglie bol - due to limited sizes of pans spaghetti (or taglatelli as I prefer) isn't the best pasta to cook when camping. I'll write it up and put it in recipe space when I can be bothered; it might be quite dificult to write up as I'm on autopilot whenever I cook this, and needless to say nothing gets measured! PS. Worm, I'm all for a bolognese fight, bring it on! (Don't wear white though) DeltaStarSenior SysopSpeciationspeed! 11:33, 27 August 2010 (UTC)
Using burger meat is a good idea, as long as they aren't padded out with rusk or breadcrumbs. Next time, try asking your butcher for chuck and get him to twice mince it for you (or mince it yourself) and cook it slowly. CrundyTalk nerdy to me 20:20, 27 August 2010 (UTC)
Oh, have you tried Heston's spag bol yet? CrundyTalk nerdy to me 20:29, 27 August 2010 (UTC)
Not tried Heston's yet, but I will do - it's actually very similar to mine - for instance, I always make a soffrito (and I have the oxtail in the freezer). My problem is that any time I vary it, Mrs Worm complains that it's not the same. I will document it next time so you get the idea. :) Worm(t | c) 00:47, 28 August 2010 (UTC)
So tell her it has a different name? ħumanUser talk:Human 19:21, 28 August 2010 (UTC)
Managed to get more oxtail, as mine was a bit old. So I am off to get started with Heston's Bol. fingers crossed Worm(t | c) 15:21, 28 August 2010 (UTC)
Jeez. Ok, I made curry as well, so it's not all been Heston, but I've just finished stage 1. The ragu and tomato sauce are on simmer - and I am knackered. OK, I don't have a mincer so I had to mince the oxtail by hand. This took an hour. This better be worth it :) Worm(t | c) 20:47, 28 August 2010 (UTC)
How was it then? I've never tried it, not eating beef and all. P.S. Do you like sausages? If so then it's worth investing in a proper electric mincer with a sausage stuffer horn. CrundyTalk nerdy to me 10:34, 29 August 2010 (UTC)
Having it tonight, so I'll let you know (including pictures). Not much beef in it, a mix of pork and oxtail, I'm sure you could up with something to replace the oxtail. Love sausages, not sure I can convince Mrs Worm that we need another gadget though. I only got away with the pasta machine because she likes my home-made tagliatelle. Worm(t | c) 11:48, 29 August 2010 (UTC)

[edit] Crundy curry tonight as promised

The best one so far!
Heh, I had that last night as well. You should try the Vindaloo as well. CrundyTalk nerdy to me 07:55, 27 August 2010 (UTC)

[edit] Gumbo!

Quite pleased with this for a first attempt. Bloody delicious it was, ah tell thee!
DeltaStarSenior SysopSpeciationspeed! 21:32, 6 October 2010 (UTC)
What is Gumbo anyway? Explain! I demand! CrundyTalk nerdy to me 21:39, 6 October 2010 (UTC)
It's a Cajun Jambalaya. Kind of a stir fry-come-reduced stew-come-sticky rice dish. Fry off some veg (onion, celery, peppers (I believe these are the Cajun holy trinity), spring onion), then add the spices and herbs (white and black peppercorns, cayenne pepper, oregano and salt) add some meat/fish (I used posh pork sausage) then a load of stock, then add dry rice and leave it to cook in the stock. Very simple, but very tasty and satisfying. I always struggle to cook rice, so it's nice to be able to let it go all stodgey and say "that's how it's meant to be!". I'll type up a proper recipe some time soon.... DeltaStarSenior SysopSpeciationspeed! 22:06, 6 October 2010 (UTC)
Isn't it supposed to have okra in it? Or is that Cajun for "celery"? ħumanUser talk:Human 03:58, 7 October 2010 (UTC)
Slight aside - Tip for light fluffy rice - rince very well, boil for five minutes, drain, steam for 10 minutes. Bootiful. Worm(t | c) 08:59, 7 October 2010 (UTC)
Depends what rice you're using. Apparently the best way to do basmati rice is to boil until almost cooked, then put in the oven, covered. For long grain rice you're best cooking it fully, draining and rinsing until cold, drain some more, then stir fry it. CrundyTalk nerdy to me 09:15, 7 October 2010 (UTC)
My basmati rice seems to go from being crunchy to stodgey in about 7ms. I rinse it with cold water then boil for about 8-10mins. I assume you method (Crundy) involves adding just enough water for the rice to cook, therefore there's no need to drain it, just shove the pan in the oven? Or do you drain it then place the pan in the oven? Worm, I've never tried steaming rice, I might have to try that. Do you rinse with cold or boiling water? DeltaStarSenior SysopSpeciationspeed! 12:38, 7 October 2010 (UTC)
Yes I think the recipe I have (never tried it) is using the absorbtion method. I'll post the full recipe if you like? CrundyTalk nerdy to me 12:48, 7 October 2010 (UTC)
Aye man, please. Or at least the ratio of rice to water needed.... DeltaStarSenior SysopSpeciationspeed! 12:53, 7 October 2010 (UTC)
I'll try and remember to do it tonight when I get a chance. CrundyTalk nerdy to me 13:01, 7 October 2010 (UTC)
Delia Smith's absorbtion recipe (which I have used - it works) uses a 2-1 ratio of water-rice (by volume) - a wide pan, put on a very low heat, just enough to tick over, and keep the lid on. Steaming method I got from Jamie Oliver. Wash in cold water to get rid of the starch, boil, then steam and it stays nice and fluffy. I do this by draining it after the boiling stage in a medium-fine colander, then putting the colander over a pan of water to steam. Worm(t | c) 14:05, 7 October 2010 (UTC)
I only really use the absorbtion method for sushi rice nowadays (which you can't really cook any other way). I used to have a microwave rice cooker which worked, but left the rice a little clumpy. That used 1:1.5 rice to water ratio. CrundyTalk nerdy to me 14:47, 7 October 2010 (UTC)

Here you go:

For perfect results follow my recipe carefully and remember a few simple rules:
  1. Always wash the rice in several changes of water. This removes the starch left over from the milling process and helps to keep the grains separate during cooking.
  2. Always drain the rice in a colander for about twenty minutes until the grains are dry.
  3. Use a heavy saucepan with a tight fitting lid, or cover the pan with a sheet of aluminium foil before replacing the lid.
  4. Cook rice on a very low heat.
  5. Always finish off in a preheated oven gas mark 3, 325F (170C), for about twenty minutes.
Indian restaurants use basmati rice, which, although more expensive than other varieties, has the right nutty aroma to complement our curries, in addition to being well suited for the sweet rice dishes popular in India.

From The Curry Secret. Good book if you like Indian restaurant food, but it contains nothing "authentic". By the way, she does say that the best way to cook rice is to use a steamer:

Use basmati rice. Supermarket own brands are fine. There is no need to wash the rice prior to cooking.

Invest in an electric steamer. In the UK, Argos do them for about £18. Avoid the cookers which are sold as rice cookers – they invariably produce disappointing results. The best ones to buy are the steamers which have a clear plastic tower of usually of three levels. They can actually be used to cook anything from vegetables to fish, but they come into their own in the preparation of fluffy and tasty rice.

Ignore the insructions which come with the steamer.

Steamers come with a small plastic bowl which should be situated on the first level of the tower directly above the water when cooking rice (the upper levels should be removed and the lid should go straight on top of the first level).

The method is simple: add a ½ tsp of salt to the bowl, and then add cupful of rice and cold water in a 1.0/0.8 ratio using a cup (i.e. slightly more rice by volume than water, as the rice gets most of the moisture from the steam). A cupful of rice is enough for two people.

If in doubt, always add less water as you can always add a little more if the rice is not soft enough at the end of cooking. Set the timer for 22 minutes from a cold start, and don't lift the lid until the bell rings. Serve straight from the cooker. There should be no need to rinse the rice in water prior to serving.

This method works for pillau rice too. Just add the fried rice mixture and proceed as above.

HTH CrundyTalk nerdy to me 17:20, 7 October 2010 (UTC)

Ricetastic! I've got a steamer but have never used it for rice, I'll give that a shot next time. Cheers. DeltaStarSenior SysopSpeciationspeed! 09:03, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
Dagnammit! Just tried to do some rice like that and it was a disaster. 0.8 is nowhere near enough water, and 22minutes is nowhere near enough time. DeltaStarSenior SysopSpeciationspeed! 18:23, 22 October 2010 (UTC)
Well, I'm glad you were the guinea pig with that one. I'm prolly gonna do the vindaloo tonight or tomorrow. I'll just boil the rice :) CrundyTalk nerdy to me 16:02, 27 October 2010 (UTC)

[edit] Dinner

It's a thai tossed Salmon & basil stir-fry thing, later mixed with jasmine rice. Sen (talk) 20:10, 28 October 2010 (UTC)
Look at the pretty colours!
Nom nom nom
Looks awesome! Recipe? CrundyTalk nerdy to me 20:19, 28 October 2010 (UTC)
Photoshopped. --I'm bored (talk) 20:35, 28 October 2010 (UTC)

Ingredients:

  • Salmon (350-ish gram?)
  • 1 Green, 1 Red, 1 Yellow Bell pepper (Combo bonus!)
  • 6 red/green small chillies (+1 metabolism)
  • 3 red medium chillies
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 3 shallots
  • 2 spoons Dark Soy Sauce
  • 2 spoons Fish Sauce
  • 1 spoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon "Kaffir Lime" (optional)
  • Lot's of fresh Basil leaves.
Cut with a knife the small chillies, and put them with the garlic inside a food chopper thing. You are supposed to use a mortar, but this works too. Let's designate the result as "hot goo".
Cut the bell peppers and medium chillies into strips. Designation: "Veggies".
Cut the shallots into little bits. Designation: "Shallots".
Cut the salmon into cubes.
Start with medium/high heat. Put 1 spoon olive oil in the Wok. To say the truth I think you can get away with even less (I just swirl it around a bit to coat the surface, and then throw some of it away). Then the hot goo. After 30sec or so, the shallots, and after 30sec or so again when they start to smell you switch to high heat and put the salmon in. Stir, stir, stir until it changes colour. Then I throw in the veggies in as well as the Soy Sauce, Fish Sauce and kaffir lime and some basil. (At which point your kitchen/house might end up smelling said sauces). Continue to stir. At some point, usually when the salmon begins to flake from the act of stirring alone you turn the heat off and throw the rest/most of the basil leaves in.
Somewhen during all that you also boil some rice. I usually just use a microwave rice cooker (not the same with microwaveable rice) and in the 15 minutes it takes to boil that, I finish cutting/preparing all the rest of the ingredients. I think you are supposed to serve that "on" rice, but I just throw the rice in the wok and mix everything up. Keep in mind that one characteristic of rice cookers is that the internal container is porous so when you lift it up, all the remaining water stays behind, otherwise I don't think that this would be a good idea. Sen (talk) 21:32, 28 October 2010 (UTC)
Nice. The pretty colors and the sharp knives are the only reason I cook anything. ħumanUser talk:Human 00:52, 5 November 2010 (UTC)

[edit] Dinner 2

Did you know that prawns are sea insects?
Bonus Salad

Paella like thing. Rice ended up a bit mushy but still edible. Sen (talk) 00:33, 5 November 2010 (UTC)

I did some squishing. Nothing to see here ;) ħumanUser talk:Human 00:49, 5 November 2010 (UTC)


[edit] Salsa

I'm a gonna make some. Bought 32 oz diced tomatoes, 16 oz tomato paste to thicken to suit, couple nice onions, 4 oz jar of garlic (peeling and mincing is for slaves), and a pound of jalapeno and serrano peppers, and a half dozen more plastic freezer containers. Probably cooking the mix tomorrow, only question is, did I store or junk that lovely art deco blender I had? ħumanUser talk:Human 00:47, 5 November 2010 (UTC)

Turns out I stored the blender, but it doesn't do very well at chopping up peppers, by hand is just as easy anyway. ħumanUser talk:Human 23:13, 14 November 2010 (UTC)
Was tasty, but I used a bit too much cumin, too little "tomato tang", and not enough "heat" for my taste (not that salsa can be made "wrong"...), so I gave most of it away for other people to nom nom nom and made some more Friday night/Saturday morning. Much closer to what I want this time. (sig added a few hours later) ħumanUser talk:Human 23:13, 14 November 2010 (UTC)
PICO DE GALLO OR GTFO. Nutty Rouxnever mind 19:45, 14 November 2010 (UTC)
Jealous! I love salsa. Used to make it all the time when I worked as a chef because we had a Mexican-themed menu and it went in everything. Worm(t | c) 10:58, 16 November 2010 (UTC)

[edit] Sea bass

Bollocks, I forgot to take a picture of this last night to post. Anyway, I thought I'd make something nice for the good ladywife, so I did moules mariniere (although somehow I forgot the shallots :-\) for a starter and I made up a sea bass dish which I guess would be called sea bass with crushed new potatoes and buttered corguette & carrot ribbons with a dill & creme fraiche sauce:

  1. Boil some new potatoes until cooked, then drain. Keep warm.
  2. To make the sauce, boil some good quality white wine (I used a nice Chablis) until the acrid smell goes, then add a knob of butter and a bit of concentrated chicken stock. Throw in some torn up dill (only a tiny bit, it's very strong) and take off the heat. Leave to cool.
  3. Make corguette & carrot ribbons by cutting them in half lenghtwise and taking long peelings. Blanch the ribbons in boiling water (carrots first for a minute, then add the corguette for a minute) and drain, heat butter in the same pan and add the ribbons back, tossing lightly. You want the carrots to have a bit of crunch and for the corguette ribbots to not turn into mush.
  4. Crush up the cooked warm new potatoes and pour in some olive oil and add some roughly chopped watercress leaves (stalks discarded). Oil the inside of a plating ring and lightly press the potatoes into it to form a cake in the middle of a warmed serving plate. Remove the ring, re-oil, and repeat for the number of dishes you are serving.
  5. Add the creme fraiche to the cooled wine and stock and bring back to the boil without heating it too quickly or it will split.
  6. To cook the fish, cut some slashes into the skin of sea bass fillets and season both sides with salt & pepper. Place skin side down into a very hot oiled frying pan and press down with a fish slice to stop it curling up. Turn the heat down to medium and cook until the fillets are cooked 3/4 of the way up, then turn over and cook for a further minute (or longer, depending on how thick your fillets are).
  7. Top the potato cakes with the veg ribbons, then top with a fish fillet (skin side up) and pour some sauce around the potatoes. garnish with a sprig of dill on the fish if you're a pretentious twat like me.

Was awesome, although I did make a little boo-boo: I wanted the sauce quite thick so I just crumbled a little bit of a chicken stock cube into the wine and ended up with a sauce that was way too thick, so make sure you do use made up stock or add a bit of extra water. CrundyTalk nerdy to me 12:47, 8 April 2011 (UTC)

[edit] Polenta Chips

Polentachips.jpg

I've tried polenta a few times and hated it, but found that if you mix in a lot of parmesan and some butter and then let it set, cut into squares and shallow fry it, it's actually quite nice. I had some left over from last night so I made myself some polenta chips as a lunch snack. Seriously give these a go. CrundyTalk nerdy to me 15:34, 9 June 2011 (UTC)

[edit] Having fun with Tuna

My experimental dinner today/last night. Seared tuna in a garlic-fig marinade, topped with carmelized onions and finished with a sprig of rosemary. It turned out pretty well, I'll have to remember what I did. OmNom.--Dumpling (talk) 09:56, 6 July 2011 (UTC)

Searedtuna.jpg
Looks yummy. I hate it when I make something good and forget to write down the recipe along the way... Welcome to the dinner club! ħumanUser talk:Human 10:23, 6 July 2011 (UTC)
Yeah you'll have to try and remember roughly what you did with that one and post it here! CrundyTalk nerdy to me 10:31, 6 July 2011 (UTC)
-bowbow- Thank you. I shall try my best to remember! --Dumpling (talk) 11:59, 6 July 2011 (UTC)


Ingredients for the Garlic Marinade(Mother has fig marinade left over, but I have no idea how to make that, soooo I just added it as a side):

  • 2/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Steak Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 Yellow onion, minced
  • 10 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced

This amount is enough for about 4-5 people...I think.

  • I sear the tuna in Olive Oil, not butter. A good 2-3 minutes on both sides...and I don't like mine well-done. So it's slightly pink in the middle. Yum.
  • Now, for the caramelized onions, I prefer yellow onions, because they're much sweeter, and is a rather good contrast with the garlic and slightly peppered tuna. The oil I use to caramelize the onions is veggie oil, and when it starts to stick to the pan, I use a bit of broth water and a of white wine to continue the process until I get the nice texture I want. Which is usually not too brown and stringy...I like to chop the onion pieces a bit fat, so it has a nice 'crunch' to it, as well as a nice khaki color. Rosemary for a nice smell, decor, and color balance.


TADAA~

(ó㉨ò)ノ♡ Enjoy!

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--Dumpling (talk) 09:04, 9 July 2011 (UTC)

[edit] Korean Brown Sugar Filling Hot Cakes AKA: Ho-Dduk 호떡

Not really a dinner...But it can be~ Haha. Actually, it's more of a snack or mini dessert.

Ho-dduk.jpg

To make the yeast:

  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 cup of warm milk
  • Canola Oil

Filling:

  • 1 cup of Brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of cinnamon
  • mashed up nuts

AND MIX IT!

★But in reality, you can use anything as a filling. But since it's mostly known as a dessert, the more popular fillings are brown sugar, cinnamon, red bean paste, sweet potato(boiled) with honey. But you can always try it with other stuff. My friend likes making a PB&J version. My dad likes turning it into a Ham and Cheese thing...like it's a Korean Hot Pocket of some sort. Oh well, It's just fun to experiment.

Instructions:

  1. Combine the yeast and water---stir and leave it alone for about 5-8 minutes; it should give it enough time to dissolve.
  2. Sift the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Make a hole in the center...kinda like a well, and pour in the yeast mixture and the warm milk (Mmm...warm milk. TEAAAAA~).
  4. Stir the dough till it just holds together, into a ball-like shape. You can transfer it to a new, clean bowl if you like.
  5. Cover the bowl with the dough with a plastic wrap for about 3-5 hours for the dough to rise. (3 hours if you place it in a warm-ish place, 5 if it's in a cool area. Or, you could leave it in your fridge overnight)
  6. Woo! Fun part. Divide the dough into about 15 pieces and make them into balls.
  7. If you have something like a potato masher, cover it with foil, so it'd be easier to flatten the dough.
  8. Flatten the dough a bit, then put the filling in the center and seal tightly. Kinda like making dumplings!
  9. Heat the oil in the pan/skillet and add the Ho-dduk. Cook it for about 30-60 seconds, then turn it over and gently start flattening it. Take turns on flipping it over and flattening it (DON"T BREAK THE DOUGH!), 'till it gets a nice golden brown color.
  10. Cool for about 5 minutes, then NOM! Careful with the filling. It's hot!

...I usually drink the ho-dduk with tea. Not that it...really...matters.

[edit] Cooking with science!

MelonCaviar.jpg

Got my molecular gastronomy chems in the post, so I made melon caviar and used it to top parma ham on blinis. Was tasty. Now trying to think of other things to spherify. CrundyTalk nerdy to me 12:58, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

Prosciutto and melon makes perfect sense and that looks delicious. Of course. How did the melon/agar balls come out and what process/ingredients did you use? Nutty Roux100x100 anarchy symbol.svg 14:02, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
They were really nice, although:
  1. I did "overcook" some of them a little, i.e. left them in the reaction bath a bit too long, so the gel coat was a bit thick
  2. I added a bit of RO water to the melon before blitzing it in the blender to make it easier to strain, which meant that they didn't taste as strong as they should have
The process / ingredients used are you create a flavoured liquid (in this case melon) and make sure its pH is 5 or above (add Sodium Citrate if you need to raise the pH). Use an immersion blender to mix in Sodium Alginate at a ratio of about 1g/100ml, which takes a while, then leave the mixture in the fridge for about an hour to get excess air out (important! I didn't do this initially and the caviar didn't sink into the bath so they didn't form properly). After an hour skim off the foam and discard. Make a calcium bath by mixing either Calcium Chloride (1g/250ml) or Calcium Lactate (1g/100ml) into water. Use a large syringe to drip drops of the flavoured solution into the bath, from a height of about 20-30cm. Any lower and the drops won't sink, any higher and the drops will break up in the bath. Leave in the bath for 30 - 60 seconds to "cook", then strain out, rinse in RO / distilled water, then strain and use as soon as you can (as they carry on cooking even after rinsing). I used a sieve in the bath to drip into which makes it easy to just lift out, rinse, then serve with a teaspoon.
Note that this is known as "basic spherification". You can also do "reverse spherification" whereby you dissolve the calcium (has to be calcium lactate for reverse spherification) in the flavoured liquid and then drip that into an alginate bath. You can't really make caviar with RS though. See more details here. HTH. CrundyTalk nerdy to me 19:34, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

[edit] Barramundi with a chipotle cream drizzle and wild rice

I got some barramundi and couldn't think of a better way to prepare it than in a tiny amount of clarified butter at high heat just long enough to make a nice crust on both sides and cook it through. I got a heavy pan nearly smoking and cooked the fish for maybe 1.5 minutes per side tops. The drizzle is half a cup of heavy cream, salt to taste, finely minced shallot, and just chipotle powder to get a sense of the earthiness without adding much heat. The chile is key. Chipotles are dried smoked jalepeños from the end of the summer when most of the fruit flavor of the chile is gone, leaving an earthy flavor that's complimented nicely by the smoke. Nutty Roux100x100 anarchy symbol.svg 05:02, 24 October 2011 (UTC)

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Never heard of barramundi. Looks really nice though. What other fish are they similar to in taste & texture? CrundyTalk nerdy to me 14:49, 24 October 2011 (UTC)

[edit] Birthday dinner

So it's coming up to that time of the year again whereby I make an excessive number of courses of weird food for us and friends. This year I'm going to play with my food, so I'm going for:

  1. Duck Liver Parfait
  2. Stilton with Honey Caviar & Black Tea
  3. Pea Parmesan Noodles in Saffron Consomme with Morel Dust
  4. Lychee & Lime Sorbet (palate cleanser)
  5. Sous Vide 5-Spice Duck Breast with Pak Choi
  6. Coconut Foam with Fruit Salad and Ginger

I might be tempted to try Hot Baileys Ice Cream as well, but that might be overkill. I'll let you know how I get on. CrundyTalk nerdy to me 10:41, 5 December 2011 (UTC)

Forgot to report back on this. So the pate was really good, but it's a fucking pain to run it through a sieve, although it did make the texture beautiful and smooth. The honey caviar was a pain to make (because it was difficult to drip the viscous honey into the bath) and didn't taste awesome anyway. The instant noodle dish wasn't very flavoursome, but I do like the idea so I think I'm going to try making a deconstructed miso soup with it (dashi stock with white miso noodles). The sorbet was more of an ice, but that was probably me making it wrong. Everyone still liked it though. The sous vide duck was fucking awesome. I'm going to do some more stuff sous vide now. Likewise the coconut foam is excellent, and I need to find more ways of serving it. CrundyTalk nerdy to me 10:58, 26 January 2012 (UTC)

[edit] Dolphin

I have a recipe from a family cookbook that actually calls for dolphin. The book was compiled for a reunion in 1990 but the recipe was submitted in 1985. Anyone interested? -- Seth Peck (talk) 22:10, 30 December 2011 (UTC)

They probably mean this. TyAnnoy 12:15, 26 January 2012 (UTC)

[edit] The Juicy Lucy

The beginnings
All assembled and ready to cook
End product

The Juicy Lucy is a Minnesota invention, first created back in the 1920's in the old speakeasy days of St. Paul and Minneapolis (hence the name). At its essence, a Jucy Lucy contains cheese and other ingredients grilled in between two hamburger patties. In the case of the pictured Juicy Lucies, I used two half-pound patties of lean, 93/7 hamburger and sandwiched two 1.5 inch cubes of 4 year cheddar cheese between them. Of course, this recipe can be modified to cheeses and additions that suit one's taste. I've often used Swiss cheese and fresh mushrooms in the middle instead of cheddar and, in some places around here, you can even get them cooked with habaneros and Pepper Jack in the middle. Typically, I'd take it outside and grill them to perfection. However, since it's the Minnesota winter and it's too cold to grill, I used a stove-top griddle and grilled them as best I could there. It's recommended that, when attempting to create the Juicy Lucy, you cook the meat to medium and no longer because, after a while, the molten cheese in the middle may start evaporate. Lord of Reckless Noise Hooray! I'm helping! 09:57, 26 January 2012 (UTC)

That's awesome. I have seen burger recipes before where you put the cheese in the middle of the burger, but I didn't know they had a name. Sadly I can't make them (as they're beef, I doubt the wife would eat pork a bit rare, and lamb mince would be a bit too fatty). I saw something where the guy made "perfect" burgers by mincing the meat through a coarse plate and then putting the strands into a long sausage, chilling it, then slicing the burgers off the roll. The idea was to bite across the grain rather than through it. I'll see if I can find it on youtube. CrundyTalk nerdy to me 10:54, 26 January 2012 (UTC)

[edit] Wikis about Burgers

For those hamburger lovers, I've created a new Wiki that is dedicated to burgers, burger joints, side dishes and all other things burger-related. Conservative Punk (talk) 22:19, 31 January 2012 (UTC)

lol did you recreate his wiki or is that on another hosting site? CrundyTalk nerdy to me 10:09, 1 February 2012 (UTC)
His burger joint went out of business, so (as his number 1 competitor) I felt obligated to fill the vacancy with a burger joint of my own. Lord of Reckless Noise Hooray! I'm helping! 13:03, 1 February 2012 (UTC)
Down? -- Seth Peck (talk) 04:32, 2 February 2012 (UTC)
I was wondering who knew about the Jucy Lucy in order to write an article on it. Mjollnir.svgListenerXTalkerX 04:39, 2 February 2012 (UTC)
Why your truely, of course. I've been to just about every Jucy Lucy joint in the TC area. Lord of Reckless Noise Hooray! I'm helping! 15:20, 19 February 2012 (UTC)

[edit] Valentines Meal

Kitteh took my seat!
1 & 3 were the nicest
Smoke with no fire!

I had to cook my Valentines Day meal last night instead of tonight as the wife is in court on Wednesday and so will be prepping files on Tuesday night. I went full Heston, other than cooking sous vide duck breast again (was meant to do sous vide venison steak, but everyone picked yesterday to sell out of venison steak). The Red Cabbage Gazpacho with Mustard Ice Cream was really good, but I think I added a bit too much vinegar to the soup. Will cut back next time. The Hot & Iced Tea was great, but my cup partition fell over while I was pouring mine so I didn't get the full "hot on one side cold on the other" effect. I'll have to ask someone to hold the partition in place next time! The whiskey gums were great, although the one made with Talisker had a bit too much of an aftertaste. The Highland Park was our favorite. I had a bit of a disaster with the Flaming Sorbet: I heated the ramekins in the oven with the stewed apple and sultanas, but as soon as I put them on the dry ice the heat just got sucked out of them so the whiskey didn't catch fire :-\ I'll probably do it without the dry ice next time. I also overcooked the crumble a bit. Otherwise was really nice. I would recommend the book to anyone who likes cooking weird food. CrundyTalk nerdy to me 10:38, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

"I went full Heston" - wow, that service station has bucked up its act! Sophiebecause liberals 10:43, 14 February 2012 (UTC)
Basically you are a god among men and I'm in even greater awe than I've never been ashamed of admitting. I would be honored to cook for you. Don't let it go to your head. I won't wash my hands. Nutty Rouxnever mind 04:07, 26 February 2012 (UTC)
Oh that reminds me, can you post / email me your fajita recipe that you explained a while ago? I want to give it a go with the chillis you sent. And yes the local supermarket does sell the right kind of tortilla wraps CrundyTalk nerdy to me 09:08, 27 February 2012 (UTC)

[edit] Chili: the first attempt

My first attempt at making chili from scratch

I've never made chili before, and this recipe was my first attempt. The raw ingredients were:

  • Half a green bell pepper
  • A whole red bell pepper
  • Two whole habanero peppers
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • A yellow onion
  • An half cup of black beans (my co-worker would later laugh at me, saying "real chili doesn't have beans!")
  • 2 whole tomatoes
  • 2 butcher-shop fresh, spiced pork sausages

I sliced and diced everything up while cooking the beans, and then sauteed all the veggies in butter while cooking the sausage. I then mixed it all together in a dutch oven on my stove top and added 2 cans of tomato paste, two tablespoons of chili powder, one teaspoon of garlic salt, a pinch of ginger, a pinch of brown sugar, a sprinkle of parsley flakes, and then the best part: a couple drops of naga jolokia sauce. Stirred it all in, and let cook for about 20 minutes until it was hot. Made a delicious, albeit it spicy as fuck, meal. Reckless Noise Symphony (talk) 07:06, 12 March 2013 (UTC)

Looks good. The claim "real chili doesn't have beans" seems to be one promulgated by Texans, and should be thus dismissed purely on ideological principle. VOXHUMANA 07:10, 12 March 2013 (UTC)
Even if you took the beans out, it would've made one awesome food dish. Reckless Noise Symphony (talk) 07:11, 12 March 2013 (UTC)
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RationalWiki Coin Collectors Society

The RationalWiki Coin Collectors Society is a group of rationalwikians who really love pocket change. We salute the usage of currency in its less flammable form (although we sure miss the barter system.) This place serves two purposes:

  1. Showing off and bragging (you know you want to)
  2. Seeking help identifying coins

[edit] Rules

  1. Please scan coins when possible. Usage of links here is greatly discouraged. Users who do so may be seen as phonies.
  2. Users must create their own gallery on this page.
  3. Identify which coins you need identifying with a message such as "Help Me" in the gallery.
  4. Both sides are not needed, but would be appreciated when identifying coins.
  5. If help is not needed, identify the coin in the gallery. You don't have to be nice, this is where you show off.
  6. When identifying a coin, please do so on the images talkpage.
  7. Pithyness is encouraged with your gallery.
  8. Feed the goat and brush your teeth before going to bed.

[edit] The contents of Thanatos' pockets (minus lint)

[edit] Aboriginal Noise's pocket change

[edit] Human's Speshul Money Do Not Peep or Tuch

All scans to scale, gallery suppresses this wonderment of effort.



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