1/Haven’t posted a recipe in a while. Here is a simple shrimp roll - you can think of it as a poor man’s lobster roll. Relatively cheap, easy, nice for later summer. Details (this is for 2)….
2/You small dice a stalk of celery and a green onion. Then chop a small bunch of parsley, dill and chives. Mix with zest of 1/2 a lemon and its juice. 2 large spoonfuls of mayo. 1/2 tsp of Dijon. Same of paprika. 1 tsp red wine vinegar. 1/2 tsp old bay seasoning. Cranks of salt and pepper. Stir together.
Jul 13 • 7 tweets • 1 min read
1/The disconnect b/w people saying USA is stronger than ever, and those bemoaning its decline, is that they’re talking about entirely different things. Short thread:
2/If you look strictly at projection of military force, ability to throw around economic weight with reserve currency, and focus on GDP figures, inflation targets, etc. - USA doesn’t look bad off…
Jun 9 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
I did the tweet b/c someone said he didn’t like that Jamie-Lynn Sigler was partially Jewish, when of course she was beautiful in the picture I posted and anyone claiming otherwise is a ridiculous liar. But I knew this would follow, was curious to see the fallout.
This has never been a dating account btw
Jun 2 • 9 tweets • 5 min read
1/As promised, I will explain these French bistro burgers. They are lightly seasoned with allspice, dash of cinnamon, salt/pepper, drizzle of olive oil and parsley. I like to serve it with a carrot salad with a citrus dash to cut the richness (link to salad at end). This is for 2 2/ For the meat - you want 12 oz of fat heavy (ça 80%) ground beef. Hit with cranks of salt/pepper, 1/8 tsp allspice, pinch cinnamon, and healthy chunk of parsley minced. Add dash of olive oil, form into balls. Refrigerate for while, then form patties as below:
Jun 1 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Recurrent theme among white collar workers in 30s-40s is ‘did I really spend all that time in school for this?’ Economy deadens intelligent people, makes them feel trapped, humiliates them.
This is why the globalist system will collapse eventually. It’s Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.
This is also why people flooded the streets in 1914 celebrating the outbreak of WW1. People threw off their deadening shackles, suddenly felt alive.
May 28 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Re China technology posts. When you’re in China, it feels sort of modern, but in an Albert Speer way. Streets so large you can’t cross them, don’t want to walk them. Enormous air conditioned shopping malls where no one shops - they want clean, filtered air and escape from heat.
These modern areas are juxtaposed against 1950 style slums, and side streets where guys ride around on scooters with kids hanging off the back, no helmets.
May 27 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
1/I will share with you a technique I like for mashed potatoes. This is more interesting than the Trump/DeSantis hysterics (very low bar, I know). These are potatoes mixed with caramelized carrots and chives. They’re good - earthy - go with many dishes.
2/Take about 1 lb of potatoes, cut them into discs about 1/2 inch thick. Chop up some carrots (4-5), a small handful of chives. Melt 2 tbsp butter over medium heat, add carrots, and cook for about 10m till you’re caramelized them - they’re brown, not burnt.
May 25 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Something to consider - they called Bush Hitler. They trashed McCain, Romney. They called Trump Hitler, Mussolini. Maybe DeSantis has better chance than Trump if he wins nomination (doubtful given GOP base and charisma deficit) - but they will call him Hitler too incessantly.
Those claiming he has the "ability and knowledge" to win and all that - you need to take into account that the media will attack anyone who challenges the left-liberal system, no matter who it is. They will invent affairs, scandals, everything. Lesson of Russia hoax etc.
May 15 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
1/Simple gnocchi sauce made of cream, wine, Roquefort cheese and some chives. Very simple if you’ve made and frozen gnocchi in advance or if you bought it at the store. Details…
2/What you need. I’ve got about 3/4 cup of heavy cream about 1/3 cup of wine, I chopped handful of chives up (didn’t use it all) and about 3 oz Roquefort
May 9 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
‘Vietnam taught America you don’t fight a war because some intellectual tells you it might be a good thing. I don’t think you’re gonna get Americans to fight a war again unless it really means something.’ - Stanley Kubrick in documentary film ‘Kubrick on Kubrick.’ He was wrong.
This is a short, good film put out by Arte France. It consists of recorded interviews with Kubrick discussing his films, and archival footage of actors he worked with, and clips from his films. Recommend.
May 8 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
1/Regime/culture change is possible w/extreme brutality. If you kill all elites, lay waste to society, humiliate the culture, then rule w/iron fist - you can remake a society. But no one wants to do this now, and so all crusades to remake societies are fools errands.
2/Germany post WW2 is example of how this can be done. Firebomb the cities for years, kill all the best soldiers for years, rape every woman in sight, then hold every politician under your thumb for decades - and you can have a fat pliant woman like Merkel as the output…
May 6 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
For the Americans swooning over the pageantry of monarchy. Pick up a biography of any British monarch since about George III. These people are not really that interesting, not remarkable, don't have any involvement in actual government. They are tourist attractions.
To the extent that their existence generates tourist dollars and helps the British economy, they continue to justify themselves. But that's about it.
Apr 28 • 7 tweets • 5 min read
1/So here is a peposo (beef cooked in wine, pepper, aromatics) served alongside some simple mashed potatoes and green salad. This is very rich, takes some time, but is worth it couple times a year. Details…
2/I had roughly 5 lbs of Chuck, which I trimmed of fat, then cut into cubes. I salted them lightly, let them sit at room temperature for an hour. I prepared aromatics - 3 shallots, head of garlic, 2 carrots, handful of rosemary and 3 bay leaves. Onion would be good too.
Apr 24 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
1/Computers have grown so strong at chess that world's best players have no chance. People can look at games computers play, and get ideas, but can't beat them. For years people kept saying chess was "dead," had been "solved." Really what happened is humans reached their limits..
2/Same thing has happened in Go. The neural network computer that beat the best players, teaching itself how to play, attacked the game differently, in ways humans had not thought of and maybe could not have come up with on their own. Humans have a horsepower ceiling, shown here.
Apr 20 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Linguistic note - modern German "atmen" (to breathe), derives from Indo-European root, as did Sanskrit word "atman," which means breath or essence. In Hinduism this word came to mean something like universalism of human existence. In German it never acquired religious meaning...
...there are hundreds of examples of in historical linguistics of words with an origin, splitting off in derivative languages into all kinds of different meanings, but the divergence maintaining a kind of logic...
Apr 18 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Heidegger prioritizing language/poetry - in contrast to Schopenhauer w/music - may have had something to do with his thorough Jesuit training that would have stressed Logos. Schopenhauer's affinity to Eastern religion may also be connected to his prioritizing music.
Another thing that Jesuits learn is that God "meets you where you are," and they encourage a form of prayer called the Examen, where a Christian contemplates his life each day, and seeks moments where God was active. This probably influenced aletheia, truth disclosing itself.
Apr 17 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
1/Reading new book in linguistics, was startled to see statistic that majority of world population is bilingual or multilingual. Probably surprises everyone living in the Anglosphere. There are some interesting mental traits of people who operate in more than one language...
2/..for instance - when asked about something in their past, they are more likely to remember specific details when talking about the matter in the language in which the events occurred. If it's in the other language, they leave out details - the memories are recorded...
Apr 15 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Promote ‘free trade’ all through the 1980s-90s so your manufacturing base goes to Asia. All your chips/semiconductors are built in Taiwan. Top guys get rich, middle America eviscerated. Then promote war if China invades Taiwan to protect ‘investment,’ send middle America to die..
…it would be easier, cheaper over the long run, and it wouldn’t risk so many lives just to build some plants here. Doesn’t even have to be all plants, but just some, so that we don’t have to saber-rattle to defend stupid decisions that were based on short-term financial gain.
Apr 14 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Chaotic situations reveal unseen talent. People in West joke about Putin as mid-level KGB stuck in Dresden, w/out realizing in stultified USSR that was about all a competent person could hope to aspire to. When everything collapsed, he had the chops to rise…
…one of the underlying tensions in the West is that it is also a stultified society, where people of wrong race/gender, w/no connections - they quietly hope for collapse - to open up opportunities. The connected are holding on to what they have no matter what…
Apr 7 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
One of things I like about southern dudes is they seem to be last Americans w/a sense of legacy/tradition. Mostly dead in New England, never existed out west. Removing Lee statues or digging up AP Hill’s grave is at least partly about breaking this tradition - making them docile.
The historical arguments, the ranting about slavery, the deliberate simplification of events leading up to the Civil War - this seems like pretense, a way to demoralize people so you can dispossess them. No one in rural south even thinks about this stuff. It’s all carpet baggers.