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"the products of a deranged imagination"

Happy birthday to my baby sister, Margret! (I posted a few pictures of us from her wedding in July here.) May you have a terrific one, Sis!

And happy early birthday to two other fabulous people, delenn1960 and lbilover. May you both have fantastic days and wonderful years to come!

A few notes:

* io9 poses a thought-provoking question: "Do You Really Want Science Fiction Books to be More Literary?"

* GeekDad has posted a list of "10 Favorite Actors from Geeky Movies and TV." It includes some of my personal favorites, including Sir Ian Holm, Lance Henriksen, Nathan Fillion, Clancy Brown, Alan Rickman, and of course The Chin himself, Bruce Campbell. What's not to love? (My one nitpick: I would have included Jeffrey Combs for both talent and geek cred.)

* Do we really want another Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy book, now that Douglas Adams is gone? Eoin Colfer, the author of the Artemis Fowl series, is giving us one. The Times is unimpressed.

* Now that I have the 10th Anniversary Edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in hand, here is my revised/updated list of books coming out in the next few weeks/months that already are available for preorder and about which I'm quite excited: in October, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Tales from the Perilous Realm by J.R.R. Tolkien with illustrations by Alan Lee; in November, Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon by Melissa Anelli and Watermind by M.M. Buckner; in December, The Vorkosigan Companion by Lillian S. Carl and The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling; and in January, The Sharing Knife: Horizon by Lois McMaster Bujold.

* It's not just infatuation: I'm officially in love with my brand new Zojirushi rice cooker. I've made several different kinds of rice already as well as Irish oatmeal. Next stop: couscous. If anyone has any special recommendations for vegetarian rice cooker recipes, please let me know. Thank you so much!

"It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination."
- Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe


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Sep. 18th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
Heh! I love that quote!

I have been thinking about getting a rice cooker largely because of Alton Brown and his oatmeal advice. *writes down Zojirushi*
Sep. 18th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
I love that quote, too!

This rice cooker is amazing. I ended up spending more than I'd intended, but I can already see it will pay for itself. I've used it at least once every day since I've had it! For oatmeal, I bought steel-cut oats, and some mornings I mix in either some dried cranberries or chopped walnuts to change things a little. It's fantastic. And the best thing about this cooker is that you can set the timer and its "fuzzy logic" takes over based on the amount of ingredients you add. So I put in the oats and water at night, tell the machine what time I want it to be ready in the morning, and then I wake up to warm and yummy oatmeal (and a house that smells like it, too!).

It makes the best rice I've ever tasted - plain white, basmati, brown, etc. And it has a function that will keep rice (or whatever's in there, including oatmeal) warmed up to 12 hours without burning it or drying it out.

If you end up getting a rice cooker, and you're interested, I've found some recipes I'd be glad to share with you. I'm working up to get adventurous and make an eggplant curry, which is one of my favorite dishes, but I've never made it before. (I don't exactly "cook," you might say. I warm things, and occasionally stir them, but I don't exactly cook. LOL!)
Sep. 18th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
I almost forgot: it makes polenta, too, which is high on my list of things to try.
Sep. 18th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
I'm with you! Cooking sounds like it would be such fun, but I only make time to enjoy it if I'm having guests, so my skills haven't particularly developed along those lines. heating and stirring, yep, that is me. ;)

Which model do you have? I see there are several.
Sep. 18th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
I ended up with the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 5-1/2-Cup Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker. (I bought it while Amazon was having its Labor Day sale; if you watch, you can usually catch a sale every few weeks on kitchen appliances.) I was going to get the smaller one - at most it will only be needed for two people - but in the eleventh hour I read that the extra size can be useful if you want to mix other things in such as beans, veggies, etc. to make a whole meal. I'm glad I did! It takes up less room on the counter than I'd imagined, too: significantly less room than our four-slice toaster!

I've named mine Artoo. :)
Sep. 28th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
I'm going to get a Zojirushi one of these days.

I added chopped onion to the rice and water in my $15 3-cup rice cooker, and the extra steam from the onions blew the plastic gasket on the steam hole across the room. Ooops. But I can't cook rice in a pot without burning it or getting glop.

Sep. 18th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
I nipped right over to check out that list to see what he had to say about Lance... How interesting... It was the Terminator role that made me LOVE HIM and made me see him in every other thing he'd made. OMG, talk about your obscure crushes - To this day, I dream about Detective Vukovich. Talk about your angst-fests! Somewhere I have a gorgeous piece of fanfiction about Vukovich... :::ponders:::

Do we really want another Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy book, now that Douglas Adams is gone?

There *can't* be another Douglas Adams book without Douglas Adams. You know, it wasn't about the story - it was his voice, his humor, his wit, his insights, that made his books so extraordinary. You can't duplicate that (and why would I want you to?) This is WRONG (not in the good way.)
Sep. 18th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Have we ever talked Millennium? Because Henriksen as Frank Black has to be one of my favorite characters of all time. There's something I can't define about him that reminds me of my father, too; my father's a bit like what you'd get if Lance Henriksen and Tommy Lee Jones had a child together. Sorry if that's TMI. ;)

I feel your pain re: Douglas Adams, especially with the "why would you want to?" question.
Sep. 18th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the birthday wishes!! *hugs* I'll be posting a new chapter of Woodjin on my birthday as a mathom for my friends. :))
Sep. 18th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, how exciting! I can't wait! :) Thank you in advance! *hugs*
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Sep. 18th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
It's official. September babies are the best.

Rice is good. Basmati's my favorite -- I actually made some last night, but I don't have a rice cooker. Do you like Indian food?
Sep. 19th, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC)
Yay for September babies! :) I hope you had a very happy birthday.

Rice is, indeed, good. And I love Indian food. And I still owe you an email. *headdesk*
Sep. 18th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
I Heart Zojirushi
I am so jealous of your rice cooker. I have spent more time lusting over Zojirushi rice cookers than I would like to admit. During the summer of rice cooker lust, Kat came very close to buying one for me as a birthday present, but I couldn't justify asking for something that expensive from her. The only Zojirushi product I own is a Mr. Bento, which is insanely large. I need more rice in my life. I could fill my Mr. Bento with rice and take him to work. Mmmm...

It's a strange coincidence that you would bring up rice. I had a conversation - I use that word loosely - with ReeRee on Monday about how much I love rice. She thought I was exaggerating when I tried to explain my feelings; she can't understand the depth of my love for rice.
Sep. 19th, 2008 01:03 pm (UTC)
Re: I Heart Zojirushi
I looked at those rice cookers for months before I finally broke down and bought one! I'm now a Zojirushi fangirl. I think your Mr. Bento needs rice. Mmmmm, rice.

Sep. 19th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
When I first saw the question of whether SF should be more literatry, my initial anser was a simple no. After reading the article, I've revised my response to, "Good God in Heaven, NO!!!!!"
Sep. 22nd, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
LOL! I know exactly what you mean. No, no, a thousand times, no!
Sep. 21st, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the first link to io9. I did not only love the article about what's literary writing compared to scifi, but instantly had to add this site to my bloglines :)) New brain fodder - thank you!
Sep. 22nd, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! I'm so glad it was of interest. I've really been enjoying io9.
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