P J Evans

P J Evans

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    Passed URL to friend who is in need of a source for nopalitos and corn husks....
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    My father's youngest sister and her husband, both brought up in Southern California, spent many years in the Boston area, starting in the early 1960s. They'd take tortillas home with them, until they got a tortilla press and started making...
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    That would be some derivative of Cantonese (or villages in that region)....
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    Yeah, Texas is a bit behind the times. I was south of the Panhandle, in an area that was civilized enough to have Chinese food, some from a restaurant that had been there since about 1930 (and an actual Chinese...
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    We had spam on camping trips, and also canned Vienna sausages. Because when you have to carry it in, and carry the trash out, and there's no fridge (outside of what the weather leaves you)...it's canned. (Dehydrated was barely there,...
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    Pastrami is apparently originally from Romania - beef that's salted, then dried, and has various seasonings added. It's good - especially on rye bread. It's also not much like corned beef at all. (In the US, it's also possible to...
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    The people running the one whose menu I linked to are South Indian, I understand. I don't know where their fryer is from - but it definitely works. (My sis and I are Evanses by birth, so...)...
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    Or, as happened to friends: job goes bye-bye, you're over 50 so new jobs are hard to find and usually aren't as good, you still think you can get back to the income level you had before and refuse to...
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    The chippy my sis and I went to in California has fish-and-chips, plus deep-fried veggies. It's very good, though eggplant slices get a little mushy when battered and fried. Very small; you have to wait for the food. But it's...
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    Thanks to those who are telling me that there are two more axes - my math isn't that advanced! (It's also rusty. But most of what I've needed in the last 30 or so years doesn't get much past algebra.)...
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    And it occurred to me last night that numbers are frequently represented as points on a plane, with a "real" axis and an "imaginary" axis. There should be another axis for a third dimension. What would it be?...
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    I'm not a mathematician; I took math in college through the calculus of multiple variables, and failed [intro to] differential equations twice, so I'm hardly more than an amateur. My view is that all numbers are complex, with both transcendentals...
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    Apparently they're citing a story/paper from the early 20th century where the writer claimed to have done it successfully. (There's no follow up, no confirmation, and not much other information, so it should never have been taken seriously, especially by...
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    Much like "Canadian bacon" then, but in bigger pieces?...
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    The US Coast Guard also does scientific research. (One of my brother's classmates went to the Coast Guard Academy and helped design some of their research ships. He figured it was better than the military - they graduated from high...
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    I understand that in the more tropical parts of Mexico they're wrapped in banana leaves before steaming. Many regional cuisines there - what the US got, until relatively recently, was from the northern states like Sonora and Chihuahua. (Regional and...
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    I gather he'd never met tamales - which isn't strange, as they were still pretty regional at the time. For those who haven't met them: they're something like a steamed dumpling, made with a special kind of maize-flour dough, stuffed...
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    Wikipedia: "In September 2008, the US Congress considered a new rail safety law that set a deadline of December 15, 2015, for implementation of PTC technology across most of the US rail network. The bill, ushered through the legislative process...
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    They should have left the capital in San Jose, IMO: more room. As for tunnels and faults, there's a classic photo of a tunnel wall that lifted at the same time the rails went sideways, and it came down on...
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    There are tunnels in the coastal mountains. The first one is about three miles west of my local station. It's single track, 2km long, more than a century in service, and there's no room to add another tunnel. I suspect...
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    SF to LA is about 400 miles by road, farther by rail. You can't do straight line, because mountains. (We think of it as north-south, but it's actually NW-SE, to about a degree. (It's farther by rail because rail can't...
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    Back in the 70s, some of the cars that SP ran on that line were single-deckers from sometime before 1940 - they had wooden window frames! Also, they can't make a lot of speed because there's a station about every...
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    Between SF and LA - another very busy air route - the only train is the once-daily-each-way Coast Starlight. (At one time it ran 8 times a day.) And it doesn't go through SF at all, but through Emeryville, with...
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    Oops - that's supposed to be "extended the seven miles"....
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    401(k)s came into use in the 80s, IIRC; before that it was IRAs. The general idea was to make people fund their retirement, instead of having Social Security. (Privatization that hasn't worked.) In roughly 20 years of funding mine, at...
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    See the request - in the last year! - for the line to Dublin to be extended the seven to Livermore - it's in the same relatively-flat area, and they've been paying taxes to get that line since BART started,...
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    BART is generally faster than driving. Better than the bus system, as far as speed goes (though I wouldn't drive in the more urban parts of the Bay Area, and I grew up there). I've been through the Transbay Tube...
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    BART (Bay Area Random Rapid Transit) is third-rail electric. So are the Red and Purple lines (subways) in Los Angeles; the rest there are overhead-electric - or bendibuses, on the Orange line....
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    I could live very comfortably on less than $100K per year. Before taxes. That much *after* taxes - I could get a bigger place to live, and get rid of the storage unit....
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    I have Win10 only because it's the one that I need to use the internet. If it has that stuff, it's been turned off on my machine. (And I did turn off some stuff.) But I'd still rather use XP...
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