atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#7560: Trying enchiladas again

Different recipe. We were supposed to go shopping last night, but Mrs. Fungus left her purse and both her personal and work phones at the office and didn't discover this until she was nearly home. Since she had no driver's license, guess who had to drive her back up there to get these items?

...but we finally managed to have our big belated Valentine's Day Sushi Pig-out, at a restaurant near her office which has an "all-you-can-eat" option. You pay $25 and then you can order as much sushi as you want to eat, with the proviso that you are charged an additional $1 for each piece of sushi you do not eat.

And they had takoyaki on the menu!

Mrs. Fungus had a bowl of soup and a salad, and ordered a tempura appetizer for both of us, and she left 4 pieces of sushi. I only ordered sushi, and ate all of it. (Well, and an order of takoyaki.) One of the rolls I ordered had a menu price of $12.95, and besides that I had 2 pieces each of tako and eel nigiri sushi, a calamari roll, and my usual order of kappa maki--so believe me, I ate more than $25 worth of sushi. And the takoyaki.

It was my first time having takoyaki, and it was everything that anime and manga had led me to expect from it. Well--this didn't have any bonito flakes on it, but it was hot and gooey and salty with a little sweetness, and I think if I ever visit a festival in Japan like the ones we see in anime and manga, I'm going to gain ten pounds just from going to the food stalls.

There is, in fact, a household appliance you can buy which makes takoyaki, automatically, and if I thought I could find fresh octopus around here anywhere at anything approximating a reasonable price I might just try to find one. (Japan uses the 120v but frequency varies, so I'd need to make sure it was a 60 Hz model.) Amazon lists a whole slew of pans and cookers for it, though I want the one I saw on YouTube which automatically turns the balls over. Makes 8 at a time.

...because I was last at that restaurant in, I think, 2017. Yeah.

Anyway, we'd planned to hit the supermarket after she got home from work, but instead we drove to her office, got her gear, had sushi, and then came home again. So I looked up a recipe for enchiladas that I could make with what I had on hand, and found an extra-simple one that looked like it would work: this one. Except I don't have cumin (I never use it) and I finally used up all those cans of diced tomatoes I bought when they were 10 for $10; but I did have the two cans of Rotella diced tomatoes and chilis that I have on hand for making chili.


Instead of one 14.5 oz can of tomatoes, the two cans of Rotella, 20 oz worth. Omit the cumin, add extra cayenne pepper. The last batch of enchiladas I made tasted just a bit bland to me, so I think this will work. After I blended the sauce, it certainly smelled delicious. Four hours from now or so, we'll have chicken with which to fill enchiladas. We're going to need queso and tortillas, though....

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80,000 Bq per square kilometer, eh? The nice thing about that figure is how difficult it is to find something to compare it to. When I do a search to find out what the natural radioactivity of soil is, I get figures in Bq per kilogram, which is extremely difficult to convert into Bq per square meter.

Besides that, though? The Becquerel is a measure of disintegrations per second. A ton of Uranium 238 rates at 12.4 million Becquerels--and I would simply paint that one-ton block of U238 with a good layer of house paint and feel perfectly comfortable sitting on it for the rest of my life. (Well, not perfectly comfortable, because sitting on a metal cube sounds kind of harsh, but you know what I mean.)

Still, 80 kBq per square kilometer gives us something to work with; and since there are a million square meters in a square kilometer, it means 0.08 Bq per square meter from the "radioactive dust sweeping over parts of Europre".

Radioactivity of a seventy kilogram human adult: 7,000 Bq.

Radioativity of the old Atomic Fungus: 13,600 Bq.

Remember, Becquerels (Bq) are disintegrations per second, how many atomic nuclei are splitting. So, to equal the natural radioactivity of one human adult weighing 154 lbs, you need the "radioactive dust" from 87,500 square meters of the areas in Europe that got this "radioactive dust" spread upon it. That's 21 acres for people who use real measurements.
While some scientists have claimed it's "not dangerous"--others have cautioned that residues of Caesium 137--a radioactive isotope--may require cautions like staying indoors.

Citing the French NGO which monitors Europe for signs of nuclear contamination, Euronews reported this week that "Acro said it did tests on recent Saharan dust that it collected in the area of Jura, near the French border with Switzerland."

"Considering homogeneous deposits in a wide area, based on this analytical result, Acro estimates there was 80,000 bq per km2 of caesium-137," the organization said in a statement.
"This radioactive contamination, which comes from far away, 60 years after the nuclear explosions, reminds us of the perennial radioactive contamination in the Sahara, for which France is responsible," it added.
"Some scientists", they say, have claimed it's "'not dangerous'"--note the scare quotes--because IT'S DWARFED TO INSIGNIFICANCE BY THE NATURAL RADIOACTIVITY OF THE HUMAN BODY.

0.08 Bq per square meter? For this "radioactive dust" to add one Bq to the natural background radiation in the effected area, you need a plot of some twelve feet on a side. Okay? That is one nuclear decay in the area of a typical bedroom. I hate to tell you shitheads this--more accurately, I hate to have to tell you fucking morons this!--but that IS NOT dangerous. There's no "but", no qualification, no weasel words, no "kinda sorta maybe", but an emphatic, pointed, unqualified, "NOT dangerous", not even in your dreams.

It's one atom. Emitting one alpha particle, or beta particle, or neutron, or x-ray, or gamma ray. One.

This piece is nothing but anti-nuclear scaremongering.

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System comes with a Xeon W-2150B CPU, which beats the Ryzen 5 3600 in Iscandar, but of course Iscandar cost rather less than the five thousand dollars that the iMac Pro base model costs: $900 versus $5,000. The CPU Mark rating for Iscandar's Ryzen is a bit shy of 18k; the CPU mark rating for that Xeon is 20k.

Okay, 32 GB of RAM (twice the memory of Iscandar, but Mac apps are memory hogs) and twice the SSD that Iscandar has. I can get another 16 GB of RAM for under $100; the SSD might cost me as much as $150 depending on model. I can't beat the processor but I can meet or beat everything else on that iMac Pro for maybe $1200 out of pocket.

An 11% increase in performance is not worth $3,800. Not when you're talking about a desktop computer.

That article goes on to say that the Macs with the new M1 processor are much more powerful than the Intel-based Macs are, and that this news probably means that Apple will debut a new M1 iMac which will blow this one away, but in the Pixy Misa post from whence I got the link Pixy says, "It will be interesting to see what they do to replace it. Their own chips can't compete and releasing another Intel-based system at this point will look like admitting their own chips can't compete."

Not sure how good or bad M1 chips are, but I also don't really care. I realized that Apple would most likely never actually make a computer that beat the Windows-Intel paradigm after the PowerPC thing turned out to be a huge wad of hype built on a foundation of nothing (except for Steve Jobs' bloviations, and Macolytes' subsequent breathless acceptance of it as holy writ) so Pixy's assessment strikes me as likely to be true.

At that link to Pixy's post, there is also a discussion of the latest-and-greatest Intel "Rocket Lake" CPUs. These are still under non-disclosure agreements (NDAs)and people are not supposed to be releasing benchmarks, but someone in Europe goofed and put them up for sale before they were supposed to be sold. And when you buy a part at retail, NDAs don't apply, so they've run the thing and benchmarked it, to see how it will do.

Pixy's take: "It do bad." He then amplifies that a bit: "Except in two very specific benchmarks, the 5800X beats it, often by a substantial margin, while using less power."

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It's a stunning portrait of courage! A representative sits on the steps of the Capitol building and stares down the massive crowd of white supremecists and insurrectionists*, daring them to invade those hallowed halls while he's on watch!

* ...which existed only in his imagination, because he was sitting some 400 yards behind a fence patrolled by National Guard.

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Retail stores closing in SF. Yes, this is about the Walgreens stores in San Francisco that are closing because the government has decided not to enforce the laws against shoplifting.
But community members are so concerned about the closure, they've started an online petition hoping to stop it. The petition had 179 signatures as of publication and emphasizes the importance of the location to senior residents. The location where prescription records will be transferred, 1524 Polk St., is not accessible to people with disabilities, the petition says, and is up a hill.
How much do you want to bet that charges of racism are involved in this petition drive?

And--OH NO WE HAVE TO WALK UP A HILL--these people are shitheads.

Anyway, you can go ahead and collect signatures for your petition, but unless you want to take the thing to court it's not going to do you a lick of good--and even if you did take it to court, I'm not sure it would do you any good then, either.

You see, this store is in your neighborhood. It's your neighbors who are stealing so much merchandise from the store that it can no longer stay in business. Why don't you collect signatures to get the city to start enforcing shoplifting laws with a lower limit? I mean, technically, stealing anything ought to be prosecuted, but in the interests of not clogging up the courts, let's say that if you steal less than $5 of merchandise it's not worth prosecuting. That's still going to lead to a lot of shrinkage for stores, but at least it won't be super-blatant. If the store can make money, it won't close.

But of course that's not what these folks want. They think that an absence of criminal penalties means they live in a low-crime area, and they get upset if they don't have all the amenities that less crime-prone areas have. You know, like convenient prescription service and grocery stores and the like. They don't want to change their behavior, and to expect them to do so is "racism" and "colonialism". And the left will point fingers at me and scream about how I'm blaming the victim, but these people are themselves the cause of the poor outcomes they want to avoid. They tolerate lawlessness, ignorance, and laziness in their communities, claiming it's their "culture", and then get upset over "racism" when they end up living in crime-infested shitholes.

Stop tolerating the criminal behavior, stop tolerating ignorance, stop tolerating laziness, and mirabile visu your neighborhoods will stop being demilitarized zones.
And the sad part is I can't feel empathy for those suffering the consequences. They kept voting for the same morons and now they are so entrenched in their positions of power, they cannot be removed and rig the game to remain in power.
*shrug* That's about the size of it.

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Look at the first twittle linked in this column.
Suddenly, today, I panicked about life inching back toward "normal."

I don't want to travel endlessly for work. I don't want my weekends to be over-committed with activities. I don't want to miss bedtime with my kid. I don't want to wear blazers--or, hell, even shoes.
What was it that the feminists said about "barefoot and pregnant" being an undesirable state for a woman?

It used to be--before the baby boomers wrecked society--that a woman's place was in the home, raising children, while her husband went out and earned the money to pay for everything. That used to be possible for the middle class, but now it's not, because taxation has increased and the dollar has been systematically milked of all value by the oligarchy.

This woman doesn't realize what she's saying, but she's basically pining for the world where the man worked and the woman minded the home and hearth. Six of the embedded twittles are women, talking about not having to go out and act like men.

Of course, there are some twetts from men, too. The point of the post is entirely different from the one I'm making here (and it's a valid point) but that's what struck me about these twotzors: women long for the days when they could be nurturers, rather than having to be breadwinners.

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Biden voters are notoriously silent about how great their new president is.

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Generally speaking, if you do the opposite of what the CDC says to do, you won't do too badly.

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The chicken for the enchiladas has been in since maybe 1-ish, or 1:30-ish, and smells delicious.

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