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The electorate were misled. Don't get angry at them; persuade them to get angry at the lying arseholes that sold them this crock of shit and told them it was shinola.

The shittiness of the crock of shit is already becoming apparent, but there's no use screaming I told you so at people who already feel crap because they were duped. Telling people they were wrong when they know they were wrong only leads to them doubling down and blaming immigrants, "benefit scroungers", women and LGBT+ folk even harder.

Don't tell them they were wrong, tell them they were tricked. Tricked by the same Bullingdon Boys they thought they were sticking two fingers up to. And then tell them what they can do about it, if they want to.

Show them that there are some politicians who will tell them the truth.
Show them that there is a better way.
Show them liberalism.
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24 Jun 2016 06:18 am
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So the pound is in freefall, and the markets haven't even opened yet.
The Nikkei and the Nasdaq have both suspended trading.
We've embraced xenophobia and nationalism.
We've given Nigel fucking Farage what he wanted.

How do I explain this to my daughter?
How do I forgive my mum for voting leave?
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Yes, they use indelible pencils in polling booths.
Yes, these are better than pens because they don't run out and are harder to chemically erase.
Yes, it's very funny that there's a bunch of tinfoil-hat-wearing people who don't realise either of the above facts.
Yes, it would be easily testable by taking in your own eraser and trying it for yourself in the polling booth, and yes, there are far easier ways to alter a ballot than erasing the mark placed there by the voter (putting another mark to spoil the ballot, for example).


Doesn't it say something about how low trust in our democratic processes has got when there are so many people willing to buy into this?

That makes me sad.

Anyway, go vote Remain. I have. You know it makes sense.
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Red White and Blue Potato Salad

22 Jun 2016 07:41 am
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Posted by Marc Matsumoto

Can you believe it's almost July? I've only just gotten used to writing "2016" on documents, and the year is already halfway over. With the 4th of July just around the corner, it's nearly the season for epic displays of red white and blue to show who's most patriotic. I've created a potato salad that let's you get there without resorting to food coloring. Head over to PBS Food for my full post and recipe.

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Just a quick heads-up for any of you who may live within striking distance of Columbus, Ohio. (And if that's not you, no need to keep reading. It'd just piss you off.)

So MidWest Photo, the folks that brought us the LumoPro LP180 and a bunch of other cool things, are moving to new digs in Columbus. And they are having two days of festivities on August 6th and 7th.

There is lots of stuff going on: speakers, classes, vendors, giveaways, etc. And it's all free.

I'll be speaking on both days. Saturday the 6th will be on my hybrid "dad/photographer" approach to traveling. And Sunday's presentation will be on learning to completely rethink and reshape your approach to photography. Each is a completely different talk, and both are geared towards the full range of photographers—from enthusiast to pro.

But better yet, Greg Heisler is also speaking on Saturday. In fact, I am following Greg on Saturday. You can imagine how thrilled I am.

If you have never heard Greg in person, I highly recommend it. I guarantee you you will learn some stuff. Especially in a small venue environment like this. As for following him onstage, I highly do not recommend that.

And since it is all free, it'll only cost you gas money. (And face paint if you are going to see Greg.) Kidding. Mostly. But that would be awesome.

Heads-up: it requires registration, because seating is limited. And this will certainly fill. So if you are up for it, make sure to register ASAP for one or both days, here.

Come out and meet us!


On Air: Biz Buzz Japan

20 Jun 2016 11:17 am
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I'll be on another episode of Biz Buzz Japan this week, airing on NHK World, June 23-24th, 2016 (depending on where you are). For this episode, Jon Kabira, Kenji Govaers, and I discuss food preservation technologies and how they're making it possible to send Japanese produce, fish and prepared foods to stores and restaurants around the world. Check the schedule below for air dates/times in your area. NHK World can be seen around the world on cable and satellite, but you can also watch it on your computer, iOS or Android device as well.

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9 Jun 2016 02:36 pm
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The words "pasty" "gritty" or "dry" should never be used in the same sentence as "hummus" unless you're using them to describe the hands of the person eating it. That's why I'm always appalled by the throat-clogging chickpea paste that passes as hummus over here. A good hummus should be soft and velvety, like a half-melted soft-serve ice cream, with a rich nutty flavor that's offset by a hint of tartness and plenty of pungent garlic. Today I'm going to show you how to make a super creamy basic hummus. Once you have the technique down, you can go crazy...

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Code push imminent!

18 Jun 2016 06:51 pm
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Reminder that I'm going to start working on tonight's code push in the next 30-45 minutes or so. I know you just CAN'T WAIT to use the larger icon filesize for your animated gif talents, so I'm going to start a bit earlier than originally planned, closer to 5:30pm PDT. I'll update this post when we're done!

Update: All done! Comment here if you notice any issues that need our attention.

Minty Gin Ricky

18 Jun 2016 11:23 am
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The searing temperatures of summer call for a cool refreshing cocktail. This minty gin rickey fits the bill with its citrusy herbal profile and lack of sugar. Head over to PBS Food this week for my recipe and full post.

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Radish Leaf Soup recipe

18 Jun 2016 02:11 am
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Radish leaf soup recipe from my new cookbook My French Family Table

Les grandes vacances sont enfin là….(summer vacation is finally here!). We can start to relax into it and breathe…it feels oh so good.


Rémy is happy to have his sister home to play. And I am happy to have her home to start planning fun summer activities. Next week–I know already–we will go strawberry picking together.

Today, for example, was a perfect start to our summer feel at home.


Early after breakfast, Lulu, Rémy, and I decided to drive to our local Whole Foods Market to pick up butter and our favorite eggs to bake a loaf of hazelnut bread, madeleines, and a prepare savory crust for a vegetable tart. Upon entering the store, Lulu spotted gorgeous-looking bunches of pink radishes.

Oh maman! Regarde les radis!, (look at the radishes!) she exclaimed immediately. “On pourra faire nos rouleaux de printemps!” (We can do our Spring rolls)

Tu en veux?” (do you want some?) I asked, happy to see how excited she was.


Without listening, she grabbed two large bunches and looked at me smiling. Their leaves looked stunningly fresh and green. I had not planned to buy any but right away, I knew they were too pretty to pass. The roots and leaves would be perfect to make a finely shaved vegetable salad and a pot of soup which I’d turn into lunch.

The radish leaf soup is extracted from my new cookbook. It’s one that makes me happy because nothing goes to waste, and it is also extremely fast and easy to put together.

What’s not to love about that?

With slices of freshly baked hazelnut bread (it’s a new gluten free recipe I know you will love!), it was a perfect kind of lunch, really…..


Code push tomorrow!

17 Jun 2016 11:06 am
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We are planning to do a code push around 32[*] hours from now, at approximately 6pm Pacific time on Saturday.

Here's a partial list of changes that will go live with this push, apart from the usual minor tweaks and bugfixes:

  • Icon size limit raised from 40kb to 60kb.

  • Fixed the "hook: enddata returned false" error when uploading multiple icons.

  • Posting DW links on Facebook will now use the "Swirly D" logo for the link image.

  • Added seven new color variants on the popular "Teeny Tinies" mood theme.

  • The user profile page now lists "Other Services" in responsive columns.

  • The user icons page no longer uses "(Default)" in the alt text for every icon.

  • Improved non-ASCII character support in plain text email notifications.

We'll update again to let you know when the code push is in progress!

[*] I had a computer check my math this time, because it was almost wrong again. YAY COMPUTERS.
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A woman is dead.
Her husband is a widower, her children are motherless, her colleagues and friends are mourning.
The vast majority of the profession to which she belonged is mourning, because we recognise that it could have been any of us.

And yet, and yet...

There's something unspeakable about certain of the tabloids, you know the ones I mean, the ones who use this to decide how they are going to cover an atrocity, who are today saying "don't politicise this". Quite apart from the fact that everything's political, when a politician gets assassinated in the act of being a politician by a man with known extreme political views who actually screams those political views while he's killing her... I honestly think it's not that big a leap to say that this was a political act.

Certainly no less political nor as big a leap as EVERY SINGLE TIME a black or brown person does something, leaping to blame it on Islam.
Certainly no less political nor as big a leap as saying someone has a history of mental illness like that's an explanation, when it's well proven that mentally ill people are far more likely to be the victims of violence than the perpetrators of it.
Certainly no less political nor as big a leap as positing mental illness as a shield from political opinions, like mentally ill people can't, or aren't allowed to, have political opinions.

The guy who killed Jo Cox has been described as "polite" (because shooting, stabbing and kicking a person while screaming "Britain First" is awfully polite) "not a violent man" (apart from that whole shooting, stabbing and kicking a person while screaming "Britain First" thing) and the inevitable "a loner who kept himself to himself" (because everyone who needs some alone time is to be feared and mistrusted). Despite the fact that he subscribed to an apartheid magazine, spent time on fascist websites, and made a gun using instructions he obtained from a Nazi book club that he splashed lots of the very little cash he had on, here are some words that much of the mainstream media are shying away from using:

White supremacist.

Choosing not to use those words when they are clearly appropriate is just as political as using them, especially when in the act of carefully not using them you instead cast aspersions about the mentally ill.

This happened less than seven miles from my house.
This happened less than seven miles from where I was manning a street stall last weekend espousing the very views that the shooter hated.
I may not be entirely objective about this. That said, there are things we could do.

- We could enshrine it in law that every time a newspaper prints a lie, they have to put the correction in the same size font on the same page, or if it's a lie about someone with a protected characteristic, they have to take up TWICE as much space for the apology as they did for the lie.
- We could make political adverts subject to the advertising standards agency, so that when they broadcast provable lies, they have to stop doing it, or at least be fined.
- We could make it so that rather than "balance", the thing broadcast journalists have to strive for is truth.
- We could, as individuals, say "no" when family or friends or colleagues say something bigoted and wrong, rather than letting it slide to avoid fuss.

We could.
We could, but I bet we won't.

I look at what happened yesterday, and I look at some of the reactions to it, that she deserved to die, that all politicians deserve to die, that this was all staged for a poll boost for remain, and I wonder what we're becoming. As Sarah said on twitter the other day, before this even happened, this is our 1930s moment, and we're failing. How far down the slope do we have to slide before someone puts the brakes on? I wish I knew. I really wish I knew.

I mourn for Jo Cox.
I mourn for politics in Britain.
I mourn for the open, friendly, welcoming, generous country I used to think I lived in.
I want that country back.

Jo's family are raising money for three charities - the Royal Voluntary Service, Hope Not Hate, and the White Helmets. If you can afford to, please give something.
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When [personal profile] cookwitch suggested that we pay a visit to a newly opening restaurant which combined Eastern Mediterranean recipes with free-range turkey as the choice of poultry, it sounded worth a visit. It was, it really, really, was. We visited on Wednesday, during their 'soft launch' this week. I'd hate to think what a hard launch would have been like, as pretty much every seat was full throughout the evening.

Their turkey is marinated for 24 hours, and then slow-cooked with a herb-and-spice mix before being used in a variety of dishes based on home-cooking recipes. Which are delicious.

We had the green Sicilian olives and the butter beans with cumin as initial nibbles while trying to decide what to order from the actual menu. For starters we decided on a fresh-tasting salad of watermelon chunks, crumbled feta, kalamata olives, mint, and roasted pumpkin seeds, while I had grilled sourdough with aubergine, soft-boiled egg, silk-smooth tahini, sprinkled with sumac, inspired by the Israeli sabikh sandwich. Both choices were excellent, and we're considering going back to go through the rest of the starters in instalments.

For our main dishes, [personal profile] cookwitch had the slow-roast turkey thigh on a bed of caramelised red onions and sweet potatoes, scattered with dried red barberries, served with a small jug of gravy. I had the hand-pulled turkey shawarma, which was served on a bed of freekeh (roasted and rubbed green durum wheat) with dates and pine nuts, and topped with a dollop of labneh (strained yoghurt).

We were initially considering steering clear of desserts, but having seen the dessert menu, and heard about the exclusive sorbets and gelato, we decided that we had space after all. [personal profile] cookwitch had a milk pudding topped with a delicious raspberry and rosewater treacle and a scattering of pistachios, while I tried a couple of the exclusive flavours - a toasted pistachio and orange-blossom gelato (in which you could taste both flavours independently) and a lime-and-mint sorbet (which was like a frozen, non-alcoholic, mojito).

Photos under here )

You'll very likely need to book, but I would recommend that you do so - so go to Strut & Cluck.

Full gallery of photos
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I acknowledge that people who are "concerned about immigration" think that the immigrants are causing the housing crisis.
I acknowledge that people who are "concerned about immigration" think that the immigrants are causing people to have zero hours contracts in low paid shitty jobs.
I acknowledge that people who are "concerned about immigration" think that the immigrants are swamping the NHS.
I acknowledge that people who are "concerned about immigration" think that the immigrants are bleeding the benefits system dry.

The problem is they are completely, objectively, provably wrong about all of those things.

The problem is that in "acknowledging their concerns", we validate them, and let them believe that they are right.

Underinvestment and policy cockups which make people suffer are not the fault of immigrants who can't even fucking vote, they are the fault of successive governments and the people who vote for them.

If you want a health service that's not bursting at the seams, if you want your local fire station to stay open, if you want disabled people to have a decent standard of living because benefits give them enough to subsist on, at some point you're going to have to realise that immigrants who pay more into the system than they take out, and who just want to quietly get on with living their lives and contributing to our economy are NOT THE FUCKING PROBLEM here.

You blame immigrants because you don't want to face up to your own complicity in voting for successive governments that have done this shit because you want European levels of public services with USA levels of taxation, and then "acknowledged your concerns" and cracked down on immigration so hard that we are actually deporting nurses now because they don't earn enough.

Stop being such racist arseholes, open your eyes, and take some fucking responsibility.

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