From our Food Maven, TaMara:
I’m anxiously waiting for Daylight Savings Time. I hate losing the hour of sleep, but love the opportunity to ride every evening. Yesterday was a challenge as I battled unexpected headwinds and 20 mile gusts. I felt like Almira Gulch in the tornado.
One of the guys was stuck in the office with me today, so I ran the options for tonight’s menu by him. He decided the chicken sounded good. We’ll go with the other option next week.
On the board tonight:
1. Crispy Potato Chicken
2. Steamed Carrots in butter
3. Banana Foster Ice Cream
Recipes and shopping list at the link.
J. Michael Neal
Duluth East and White Bear Lake go double overtime in the high school quarterfinals. Fortunately, East won. Unfortunately, going two OTs means that Edina should have a cakewalk into the final tomorrow.
Since this is the first openish thread in a while, I put this here. Several complaints have been filed regarding the WI collective bargaining fiasco.
Clearly FYWP does not want anything about WI posted on this thread. My first comment went into moderation. The second one, worded differently, was flagged as a double. WTF.
@J. Michael Neal: Bah. I didn’t even grow up in MN and I don’t want Edina to win.
I’m new to BJ and I thank Christ that y’all are polite to me. The most accurate criticism of liberals is that we’re afraid of confrontation. Fuck them and fuck trying to reason, they’ve declared war on us, let’s give them war back.
joe from Lowell
Mrs. joe from Lowell gave birth to a son today.
I never knew how much I wanted a son until this afternoon.
thanks for the simplified bananas foster recipe. Copied and stored thank you very much.
Not sure how that will fit into my new healthful slimming diet, but I will find a way some how. No matter what the necessary sacrifice, so that FREEDOM wins.
J. Michael Neal
@Suffern ACE: The first rule of Minnesota high school hockey is: if it wears green, root against it. The rule covers both Edina and Hill-Murray. It also includes Roseau, but you have to be absolute about this one. If you aren’t, you could be watching the tournament at a bar and, having one too many, start rooting for a team you think is Roseau, but turns out to be Edina. Just say no to green.
This works for NCAA hockey, too. North Dakota? Green. Michigan State? Green. Northern Michigan? Green. The only problem is that Boston College doesn’t wear green, so it isn’t comprehensive.
Bought my corned beef for next week. I am seriously considering making these cupcakes, but they would be a LOT of work.
I can start riding my bike to work a couple of days a week once daylight saving time hits, which is good, because gas is now over $4 for regular here in So Cal. Good times, good times.
@joe from Lowell:
Congratulations! Hopefully everyone is resting well after their hard work.
@joe from Lowell: Congrats. I hope Mrs Joe and Little Joe are doing well.
TaMara, do you track the hits at your website? If so, what are the 3~4 most viewed meals you have posted?
(also, the weather here in Idaho has been lousy so I am really looking forward to making your Washday Beans & Rice this weekend!)
joe from Lowell
This is the richest country in the world, and everyone should get the kind of care my family received today at Lowell General.
@joe from Lowell: Congratulations! Here’s wishing you and the rest of the joes the best of everything. And hang in there; the sleeplessness does end!
@joe from Lowell:
Congrats Joe, and Mrs Joe. And of course little Joe.
J. Michael Neal
And, dammit, Eden Prairie goes up 2-0 on Moorhead late in the third. Gotta root for the Spuds.
J. Michael Neal
Double dammit, that should be Eagan. Eden Prairie destroyed Lakeville North earlier this evening.
@joe from Lowell: What an awesome way to express that feeling. Congratulations!
@joe from Lowell: Congratulations to you, mrs. joe, and baby joe! Welcome to the world, little joe.
@Suffern ACE: Always always root against Every Day I Need Attention. You cannot go wrong following this rule of thumb.
@joe from Lowell: W00t — congratulations! I didn’t even know that you and the missus were cooking a baby. Picture?
TaMara, you may actually tempt me to cook that soon. I used to make a very similar recipe (keeping the Dijon) using bone-in breast of chicken. The best part was little scatterings of potato falling off the chicken and into the pan and crisping up on their own. I may have deliberately shredded extra potato sometimes.
Good on you for persevering in the face of gales. Not much riding here the past couple of days for me as Toronto has been layering snow and ice and sleet parfaits on the road. I rode downtown, in the dark, during a healthy snowfall while surrounded by snowplows a couple of weekends ago, but I have learned the hard way that a little ice and a little water are big trouble. We’re promised sun and above freezing temperatures this weekend, though.
@asiangrrlMN: I went to college with a number of people from Edina. What is the issue here? Is it THAT suburb, the really snotty one?
ETA: Or is that Wayzata?
@joe from Lowell: Congratulations! Hopefully you’ll let John post pictures because FSM we need some happy baby juju these days.
@vodkamuppett: Oh, hello! Welcome. You will find that we are a delightful bunch, but the polite thing? It’s only for the newbies. Welcome to the jungle, bay-beee!
@Omnes Omnibus: Yes. Very much yes.
ETA: Yes & yes. Also, too.
@sven: Off the top of my head, potato soup, apple popovers, To Kill a Mockingbird Lane Cake, and baked eggs come up at least a couple times a week as top searches. Menus pretty evenly get a thousand plus hits across the board – fish turns out to be the least favorite, but a clear favorite has not emerged. Does that help?
@asiangrrlMN: The daughter of the then Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota went to college with me; I believe they lived in Edina.
@Comrade Mary: Mmm, love the little crispies. 50mph winds predicted tomorrow…I think I’ll have to pass on trying to take those on. Saturday, warm, sunny and not even breezy. When does spring come to Toronto? July?
Okay, I must head off to sleep…I can’t believe there is one more work day to get through, I needed it to be Friday on Tuesday.
Mike in NC
@joe from Lowell:
Best wishes to you all. I’m still trying to track down my scumbag brother who used to live in Lowell. We hear he’s on a ski trip in Utah despite being unemployed.
Watching Maddow tonight, I must say I really enjoyed seeing the governor of Florida in “The Hills Have Eyes”.
@Omnes Omnibus: Most likely. Or maybe Eagan or Eden Prairie. One of the E-burbs.
J. Michael Neal
@joe from Lowell: Does this mean you get to be played by Telly Savalas? That would be cool.
@Omnes Omnibus: Went to college with a few, too. Shopping at Carson Pirie Scott and a field trip to Europe does not entitle one to the adulation you think it does in the wider world…
@Suffern ACE: Your casual use of Carson Pirie Scott made me shudder. Flashbacks, man! It’s not pretty.
J. Michael Neal
@asiangrrlMN: There were far too many teams with names beginning with “E” in this year’s tournament, and every fucking one of them won. If Duluth East can’t find a way past Edina tomorrow, I may just skip the Class AA final. At least there’s only one team I can’t root for (St. Thomas Academy) left in Class A. I’m pulling for Hibbing/Chisholm, though.
@joe from Lowell: Congratulations!!
@TaMara (BHF): Thanks, that was exactly what I was looking for.
One thousand hits per day is a lot of meals!
Huge congrats to Joe and Mrs Joe, and may fate treat you all kindly.
As open thread fodder, I’ll point out that Maddow tonight showed video of huge protests in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana, as well as Wisconsin. Why the frak aren’t those all over the news too?
@joe from Lowell: Mazel Tov!
I think James O’Keefe did something to Charlie Sheen or something like that.
@J. Michael Neal: Anyone but the E-burbs! That’s quite catchy, doncha think?
@jnfr: Because apparently, this revolution will not be televised.
@joe from Lowell: OMEDETO GOZAIMASU!! And way to hold out on us man, no one had any clue you had a puplet on the way!
@asiangrrlMN: No narrative = no TV time.
Hi hon. I wish I could develop a strategery for driving to work that wouldn’t cost me a fortune.
That’s the third major earthquake in Japan within the last hour or so — any news?
@scav: No reports of major damage but a rather nasty tsunami warning in effect. Hopefully it’s nothing too terrible.
THis is the best I’ve got so far as it includes mention of the tsunami although not sure about the latest 6.4
Whoops, sorry here’s The Telegraph. I was just counting on the late night crowd here with Asian(ish) locations.
@Yutsano: Hi, hon. You can’t bus? And, the earthquake is an 8.9. Live feed from Al Jazeera.
@Steeplejack: Your presence is always welcome. Glad to see you checking in, and doubly-glad you’ll have a three-day weekend soon.
Night shift (belatedly) checking in. Just one more (short) shift tomorrow night and I reach the nirvana of a three-day weekend. Everything–everything–has been really bugging me this week, and after Cole’s “I haz a happy” post earlier today I have decided to chalk up my own dysthymia to seasonal affective disorder and let it go at that. As good an excuse as any.
Nothing else to add. I haven’t been able to get into any of the threads tonight, in terms of contributing anything substantive, and yet I felt the urge to make my baleful presence known. That is all.
Thanks Yutsano and asiangrllMN, found the Al Jazeera feed over at CR and who knows where my comment that actually had the link to The Telegraph article went to.
@scav: It went wherever FYWP wanted it to go.
ETA: Tsunami warning for Taiwan. Shiatsu.
@asiangrrlMN: yeah, but it’s freaking me out over at the usgs site — I refreshed and just caught the third quake and now we’re up to 5 over 6.x in less than two hours.
@scav: I know. And, 8.9? I can’t even put that into context.
@Mnemosyne: That is one smart kitteh! And, he’s such a cutie. Pic?
I need to start getting ready for bed, because we’ve discovered that if we go to bed after Keaton falls asleep, he wakes up in the middle of the night, gets all freaked out, and starts banging on the bedroom door to make sure we’re in there and haven’t deserted him. If he sees us go to bed, he knows where we are and doesn’t bug us. (At least not until he hears the alarm go off the next morning.)
We love him, but sometimes it’s a pain having a really smart cat.
8.9? Godzilla is unhappy.
Yikes! This is not good. To say the least. I know their buildings are built to withstand pretty severe earthquakes, but that many in a row would make me very, very nervous about any building I was in.
Agreed–but let’s make sure that we bring the “great vengeance and furious anger” down on the folks that really deserve it.
Still, I had to go check out these recipes. I know that there’s so much going on, but it’s nice to take a time out and concentrate on making some good food.
8.9 and a tsunami. This coastal LA area resident is quaking a bit too.
Hey, hope things are okay.
It’s crazy but every time I hear about an earthquake in Japan, no matter how minor, the first thing that pops into my head is Sakyo Komatsu’s JAPAN SINKS (NIHON CHINBOTSU).
I don’t have anything particularly new, but I do have one of him in a disturbingly tiny box. We’re still not quite sure how he squeezed himself in there.
Man, I am fixated on the news coverage and feel so awful for the folks in Japan. If I was a praying man, I’d send prayers but for now I will just HOPE this tsunami doesn’t kill anybody.
They are saying California is fine. The islands around Japan and Hawaii are the places that seem to be possible targets for the tsunami.
@Mnemosyne: Buwahahahahahaha! He’s so ridiculously cute in his itty-bitty box. He could give Maru a run for his money.
I love Maru almost as much as I love Tunchie.
@Yutsano: Ah. I thought you bused. But, I understand. How you be otherwise?
@asiangrrlMN: Oh I bus every day. It’s just nicer to jump in the car like I did tonight and cruise on home. I don’t necessarily mind the bus, except it’s longer and especially tonight with the winds I bet it wasn’t fun.
Al Jazeera has good coverage:
PS: I love that people are checking Al Jazeera before CNN. (Which hadn’t reported the tsunami when I checked a few minutes ago. NYTimes and LA Times had news up long before.)
@Martin: I’m more worried Godzilla decides to look westward. I love Seattle, but the fact that we sit on a huge fault line is always in my brain.
@Elizabelle: According to the Twitter, they are doing something on Charlie Sheen? But, on one of the offshoots, they have live coverage of Japan.
ETA: That would be CNN, not Al Jazeera. I believe Al Jazeera’s official stance on Charlie Sheen is, “We don’t give a flying fig what that crazy mortarfudger does.”
@Yutsano: Godzilla doesn’t much like Seattle. Beware of King Ghidorah, however. Perhaps you guys could hire Sarah Palin to watch for winged monsters heading over the horizon.
Wow, that damage is horrifying. I’d be more worried if the Japanese weren’t awesome at preparing and dealing with this stuff.
Time to haul out the earthquake kit and make sure it’s not all expired. :-s
@Martin: It helps when you’ve lived with these disasters for centuries. The Japanese have developed some of the best tsunami warning systems out there. Even then I’m certain there will be loss of life. IIRC the prefecture where the major wall of water hit is rather rural so communications may have been slow.
Plus I have a co-worker with a Japanese wife. I bet she’s freaked out to no end.
Ain’t that the truth! This and Christchurch, New Zealand quite the wake up call.
Shit, a lot of these aftershocks are up in the 6s. Those are a lot more damaging than they would be without a big one to loosen things up. I think there’s going to be some non-trivial casualty counts on this one.
The live feed of the tsunami in the Sendai area is horrendous. Hope it doesn’t hit Hawaii.
Barb (formerly Gex)
@asiangrrlMN: Hey, Eagan isn’t all bad…
ETA: Pardon My French, swimming pools, pup dogs…
1 death just reported. A woman died when a building fell on her? Around her? Didn’t quite catch it.
Barb (formerly Gex): That’s true! Esp. since a certain Alaskan Eskimo Dog lives there!
Here’s the USGS listing:
5.8 2011/03/11 07:10:59 37.899 142.734 30.0 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
6.3 2011/03/11 06:57:14 35.758 140.992 30.2 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
6.3 2011/03/11 06:48:47 37.993 142.764 22.3 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
7.1 2011/03/11 06:25:50 38.106 144.553 19.7 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
6.8 2011/03/11 06:15:45 36.126 140.234 30.2 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
6.4 2011/03/11 06:07:21 36.401 141.862 35.4 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
6.4 2011/03/11 06:06:11 39.025 142.316 25.1 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
8.9 2011/03/11 05:46:23 38.322 142.369 24.4 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
That’s 7 moderate/major earthquakes after the 8.9, all within an hour.
@Martin: The live feed from NHK had cars trying to outrun the tsunami (and many failing…) This is going to be very bad.
@joe from Lowell:
Congratulations. If this is your first, I guarantee that you have no idea how much your life is about to change. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.
And another 6.3. Wow.
Minnetonka. One of my favorite memories from undergrad school involves an itty-bitty freshman girl from Minnetonka’s first encounter with Purple Jesus.
@Martin: This is a huge earth movement. Something major is happening under there. We might have to do some fundraising here soon, Japan can’t really take on the debt load to fix everything themselves.
Dude, don’t have the cock ring quite that tight if it’s turning purple.
Does anyone remember a series of such strong quakes anywhere?
And I’ll add, good morning juicers. What a conversation to wake up to. Earthquakes, tsunami (not the kind with Jenny Toomey). I can’t say I’m happy with the ring of fire lately. (cue a repeat of my joke from #79).
Which means that every lunatic big-wave surfer in the world is frantically trying to book a flight to Honolulu, while the sane Hawaiians are going in the opposite direction.
Stuff can be replaced, but dead is permanent.
@Elizabelle: In recent memory no. But there have been reports of earthquakes in China where the ground shook for days, but that was way back in the 16th Century before a scale had been developed to measure their intensity.
@MikeJ: You just got up? Or, are you sending out good cheers to the BJers currently slumbering?
Silly boy: purple jesus = grain alcohol + grape juice.
Nah, wrong kind of waves. You need wind for good waves for surfing.
@Yutsano: Thank you.
@burnspbesq: Wow. This now has me wondering if Fuji-san is about to wake up.
@asiangrrlMN: I just got up. Sleep sched is screwed. The miracle of the interwebs means I don’t have to get on an airplane every time some one in yurp wants a server tweaked, but when the non techies get involved there are endless meetings, and that means being awake when they’re in the office. And they feel better if I look and sound halfway awake.
NHK World live feed:
Tsunami warnings for the whole Pacific except US and Canada.
@Calouste: Here’s a tsunami travel time map.
The NYT editorial on the al-Kidd case includes a link to a wonderful amicus brief in favor of al-Kidd, filed by 31 former Federal prosecutors. Well worth a read.
@joe from Lowell: Congrats to all the From-Lowells! (looks classy, like Bonham-Carters or something. But should that properly be the Froms-Lowell, instead? Hmm.)
In any case, yay for good news! Welcome, small one!
It’s incredible to be able to discuss and research this in real time with all of you.
The NY Times readers’ comments include on the scene posts.
@Calouste: Tsunami warning sirens just went off in Hawaii.
@MikeJ: Ah. Got it. I’m hitting the sheets soon myself.
And, eight people have been pronounced dead in Japan (from the quake).
Gets a little squeaky if you ask me.
@joe from Lowell:
Congratulations on Baby Boy Lowell. Lovely news. Enjoy the new little tiger.
16 aftershocks 5.6 or greater in the first 2h15 after the quake.
One last thing before I call it a night.
Can I get a hearty “Fuck You AT&T” from the congregation? Bastards want to force me to give up my grandfathered unlimited iPhone data plan in order to use the hot-spot feature in iOS 4.3.
@Yutsano: hmm. bit of a reach, I’d say, but you’re probably right; err on the side of cheerfulness. From-Lowells it is!
@joe from Lowell:
Felicidades on the little Joe!
Jeepers. I just took a look at Japan in Google Earth, and it’s showing about 30 earthquakes in the last 5 hours, most off of the East Southeast coast of Honshu. All of them over 5 magnitude on Richter Scale.
Holy shit this quake and tsunami is bad.
@stuckinred: 8.9 on the Richter Scale, according to the reports I’m seeing. One of the largest ever recorded. The 2004 Boxing Day quake registered about 9.2, for reference, and caused aftershocks as far away as Alaska.
I’m concerned that this one may set off quakes elsewhere around the Pacific Rim, particularly California. I’m also concerned that one of the continuing aftershocks might even top the initial in Japan. They just keep coming, like some sort of major tectonic plate shift has been set in motion.
@JGabriel: Roger that. My sis and family are about a mile from LAX and brother in the Valley.
This wouldn’t be happening if Japan was Christian.
@JGabriel: Oddly enough, just did a similar count, 31 aftershocks over 5.0, of which 13 are over 6.0 which includes the 7.1.
Tsunami advisory up for coastal Washington. Swell not expected to be more than a foot, and of course the major population centers are all well away from the coast. Still, tell all your vampire and werewolf friends out in Forks to keep an eye out.
The director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says that the quake was too far away to trigger the Cascadia Subduction Zone. I hope he’s right.
@scav: My count is up to about 32 or 33 now, with another 9 smaller quakes (2.0-4.5, most under 3.0) in Hawaii. And a possibly related small quake in California too.
Here’s a link to the USGS, for people who are wondering where we’re getting this info.
@scav: and we’ve already to a +2 in over 5.0, one of which is over 6.0. Somebody, find the off switch.
This would be happening if Obama used the bully pulpit.
Why is it that when something big happens that affects a lot of people all at once, it’s always bad. I mean, how come we never get headlines like, “Major Lottery Winnings Strike NYC, 8,000,000 People To Become Multi-Millionaires”?
Why is it always war or natural disaster or terror attacks?
@JGabriel: step away from the bong
Buchanan notes that the nation of Japan is dying.
That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and
snakes, an aeroplane and Lenny Bruce is not afraid.
Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn – world
serves its own needs, dummy serve your own needs. Feed
it off an aux speak, grunt, no, strength, the Ladder
start to clatter with fear fight down height. Wire
in a fire, representing seven games, and a government
for hire at a combat site. Left of west and coming in
a hurry with the furys breathing down your neck. Team
by team reporters baffled, trumped, tethered cropped.
Look at that low playing. Fine, then. Uh oh,
overflow, population, common food, but it’ll do to Save
yourself, serve yourself. World serves its own needs,
listen to your heart bleed dummy with the rapture and
the revered and the right, right. You vitriolic,
patriotic, slam, fight, bright light, feeling pretty
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.
@David Koch: Let me walk down the street and see if Stipe is awake yet.
I’m in San Francisco (a mile from the ocean) and the Tsunami warning goes something like this: You are being warned that a Tsunami might be coming but then again it might not show up. But if it does show up we don’t know how big it will be. So, be warned.
@CaliCat: What would you like it to be?
@stuckinred: Heh. It’s like a decade and a half since I last … wait, what’s the statute of limitations again?
@TaMara: I’ll get you, my pretty. And your little dog too!
@stuckinred: I’d be happy with an anti-climactic whole lotta nothing.
I don’t have cable and instead use an antenna. When the local channel spoke about the tsunami, I turned on Al Jazeera.
Because of my little Roku device, I’m able to live stream to my TV. My second news source was Balloon Juice because I knew I could follow a time line of the events in the comments.
One of Japan’s nuclear plants is leaking and nothing good can come of that. I didn’t hear where the plant was located.
Mother nature is not happy with us.
This is unbelievable: Japan has been averaging about 6 earthquakes an hour, all of them over 5 magnitude, about a third over 6, for the last 6 hours. Just brutal.
Update to my post..according to the NYTimes
Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the disaster caused major damage across wide areas, The Associated Press reported. But he said there had been no leakage of radiation or radioactive material from nuclear facilities..
I heard, on Al Jazeera, that the cooling plant at one of the reactors had gone down, but there was no leak. Has that changed? Or did you mishear it?
Edited to Add: Never mind. I was still writing while you were posting the above update.
@JGabriel: hopefully I misheard it. Don’t do online puzzles while you are watching TV. I’m getting to old to multi-task.
There was 7.2 two days ago which spawned 21 5+ aftershocks. But this might last for days. You could even say that the 8.9 was an aftershock of the 7.2
@joe from Lowell:
How sweet. Congratulations to you and Mrs. Joe. I found that cheesecake was the best birth recovery food for the first two weeks. Post a picture when you’re able.
@Calouste: nah, more that the 7.2 is a pre-shock for the 8.9.
@Calouste: I’m looking at the USGS list of 100 most recent quakes, and only coming up with about 11 or 12 events in the Honshu area between the 7.2 quake and 8.9 quake. A lot to be sure, but not quite 21. Or are you including quakes from other parts of the world, which might not be related to the Japanese events?
I’m with Calouste on that one. I think the 8.9 actually is an aftershock of the 7.2.
joe from Lowell
@something fabulous: Are you saying that “from Lowell” is like “Attorney General,” or “court martial?”
@joe from Lowell: Congrats to you and your wife. There’s nothing better than cuddling a little one.
@joe from Lowell: Congratulations! The absolute proof that love at first sight exists. And that sleep is very overrated.
Just wanted to stop by and say Daylight Savings Time sucks and it costs you extra money.
I hate it with a passion.
@JGabriel: Your logic being? Expert I saw was going the other way. I’m not a fulll-on physnoid geographer so I’m not pretending to be 100% sure.
I need to see if any of the news channels have put Dr. Kate on to explain what’s going on in Japan. Dr. Kate is teh awesome.