Archive for July, 2010

11
Jul
10

DnD Epicness

Yeah, so I’m an even bigger nerd than you thought: I play Dungeons and Dragons. Well, technically I don’t play the RPG Dungeons and Dragons, published by Wizards of the Coast ever since they bought out TSR. I’ve been playing with Paizo rules (with some throwbacks where we deem 3.5 better) for a few years now, and am currently a paladin in a campaign from Paizo’s Pathfinder setting (Curse of the Crimson Throne, in case you were wondering). Last night we had a few epic moments that I felt should be recorded for posterity.

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07
Jul
10

Real Life Phonology

Linguistics is a relatively young science, so it’s still got a few kinks to work out. One I just recently noticed is that the definition of “phoneme” needs a little work. The official definition is a little hard to pin down, but let’s go with the great Wiki’s “the smallest segmental unit of sound employed to form meaningful contrasts between utterances.” That’s a good enough definition for most purposes. However, phonemes are referred to by their base allophones, so I suppose that’s really what I have a problem with.

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06
Jul
10

Calf Liver

So, I’ve been wanting to try making calf liver for quite a while now. I’ve thought for most of my life that I didn’t like liver, but the more I hear and read about it, the more I suspect that I just don’t like the way Eastern European Jews cook liver (which, considering what I know of the cuisine of my heritage in general, isn’t such a big shock). Nevertheless, my sources say, liver is still a strong flavor and must be approached cautiously. In light of that caution (and having read Julie and Julia), I decided that calf liver would be a nice start, seeing as the younger the animal, the less strong the flavor.

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