Jun 232006
 

I apologize for this blog being down for that past week, which was due to events beyond my control.  However, as you may (or may not) have noticed, the downtime gave me an opportunity to move my blog to WordPress; which means that I’ll *probably* start using some of its more advanced features down the road.  This should be the last time that I’ll change my blog URL or the blogging software I use.  Hooray!

 Posted by at 10:44 am
Jun 122006
 

My birthday came 2+ months early today. Not in any actual sense, mind you, but in that my parents told me what they plan to give me for my birthday. For my 25th birthday, I will be getting…a DNA test.

If you haven’t bothered to click on the link in the preceding paragraph, the test in question is an analysis of one’s Y chromosome or mitochondrial DNA; genetic information from those sources is used to provide a (very rough) idea of a person’s “close” genetic relatives, which are called haplogroups.

The test is $100; sadly, the price does not include both the Y-DNA and mtDNA tests (you have to choose one or the other). Given that, I’ll probably have my Y-DNA tested. And now, because there are so many jokes I can make about DNA testing, I’ll leave you with a sampling. Feel free to add your own; it’s fun and easy!

  • It’s a shame the Relative Box doesn’t exist yet.
  • My DNA will be on handy reference for those pesky paternity suits.
  • I’ll have much of the information I need to embark on my own personal eugenics program.
 Posted by at 2:28 pm
Jun 062006
 

As promised elsewhere, here’s a tasty Chipotle-style burrito recipe. My apologies in advance for the lack of precise measurements; many of the ingredients are used “to taste” anyway.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. meat (shredded beef, steak or chicken)
  • 1 medium can beans (black, pinto, or refried)
  • 2 cups rice
  • 4 large tortillas
  • 2 – 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 1 small can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 – 2 tsp. lime or lemon juice
  • 1 – 2 tbsp. butter or olive oil
  • chopped cilantro (fresh or dried)
  • cumin
  • cloves
  • oregano
  • salt
  • cheddar jack cheese, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, hot sauce (all optional)

The first decision you’ll make is to either marinate or braise the meat.
Marinating:

  • Chop the meat into small pieces, and place in a bowl. Add to the bowl: adobo sauce from the small chipotle can, 1 – 3 minced chipotle peppers from the can, 1 – 2 cloves of garlic, cumin, cloves (sparingly) and oregano. Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 12 hours. As you prepare the other ingredients, either grill the meat or fry in a pan using the butter/olive oil.

Braising:

  • Chop the meat into small pieces, and place in a bowl. Add to the bowl: adobo sauce from the small chipotle can, 1 – 3 minced chipotle peppers from the can, 1 – 2 cloves of garlic, cumin, cloves (sparingly) and oregano. Turn stove burner to HIGH. Place meat and the butter/olive oil in a frying pan, stirring occasionally. When the outside of the meat is seared, transfer to a crock pot and cook for at least 3 hours.

Prepare the rice by steaming 2 cups in a pot or in a rice cooker. Add the salt at the beginning of steaming, and the juice and the cilantro in the last 2 minutes of cooking.

Prepare the beans by draining excess water from the can (if necessary) and place in a small pan or pot. Add onion, 1 -2 cloves of garlic and cumin. Turn stove burner to LOW, and place on stove.

Combine meat, beans and rice in tortilla, adding optional ingredients if desired.

Makes 4 large burritos.

 Posted by at 2:46 pm
Jun 022006
 

Regardless of how the Nebraska general elections turn out in November, the biggest story of the 2006 Nebraska elections will be Tom Osborne’s loss in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Now, I have heard many people explain the various reasons why they chose to vote for or against him, but the most unusual reason I’ve heard for a vote against Osborne was that he would try to eliminate Sunday sales of alcohol if elected governor. I do not remember Osborne making any statement to that effect, nor can i find any mention of it elsewhere on the Internet (news sites, other blogs, policy groups, etc.).

I’ve heard this particular reason given independently by two people. Did anyone else hear this rumor? If so, does anyone know where and when it originated?

 Posted by at 5:21 pm