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So it's been six weeks. Monday, 27 May 2013, 17:42
Back on the 16th of April, I decided to undertake an experiment. The idea was to try to focus more of my attention on my wife and less of my attention on my other friends, as she was feeling ignored. As a result, I decided to try avoiding social media and text messaging with my friends until we go to Anaheim. That meant avoiding Facebook and Twitter entirely, ignoring the e-mail address that those link to (a benefit of having purpose-based e-mail addresses), disabling the iMessage system on my iPhone (thus avoiding the ability to send messages without a record on the phone bill), and refraining from messaging and e-mailing friends other than Jennilee.

For the record, it hasn't worked quite like I had thought. I have had some messaging with Joyce, who is unique among my friends (other than Jennilee) in that I've actually physically seen her in the last six weeks (a function of being both a work colleague and a neighbor). Aside from that, though, I think I've held up my communication hiatus.

How's it going?

Two nights ago, Jennilee was looking at social media on her phone. "I just wanted to check on my Tumblr," she said; "it's been a while." When I said I thought she was just on there the previous day, she said, "That was yesterday morning; I didn't check again the rest of the day, and many of the folks on my feed are rather prolific posters." Wow, do I NOT miss that. Not that I have a Tumblr account (or Google+ or Instagram or whatever the last three fad services were), but the idea that <>, yeah, totally don't miss that.

What do I miss? Tough to say. I do still have moments where I have thoughts or ideas that I'd like to share with or confide in certain people, and I just have to ... not. It's not really a big deal, at least not as big as I would have suspected six weeks ago.

Is the experiment doing what it was intended to do? That's imposible to answer, since it's an experiment; its outcomes are what they are supposed to be, irrespective of what they might have been planned to be. Jennilee (who did not approve of this experiment to begin with, largely out of a fear from a previous relationship that my friends would turn on her for being controlling, which is poppycock but still how she feels) seems ambivalent on whether we've been any closer the last six weeks. She does feel somewhat suffocated when I share things with her (news articles and the like) that I might otherwise send to other friends or post somewhere.

I don't miss all of that as much as I would have thought. It's not like my friends aren't busy people and don't have better things to do than be pestered by me anyway; it's been a fact of life for as long as I've had adult-level friends that my friends are busier than I am, and the one time when that really wasn't true (when I was too busy to invest in those relationships) I functionally lost a longtime friend as we drifted. If I actually lose friends this year because I'm not on Facebook for a nine-week stretch, there should be serious questions about the caliber of friends I keep anyway. Of course, some folks (Jennilee included) have questioned my caliber of friends, and expressed dismay that I don't have more local friends, that I need to go out and fix that. You all know I don't work like that, and I never will. (If that means in your mind I need therapy, I respectfully disagree, and I know many of my friends (and relatives) support me in that.)

So, you're probably thinking that if I make this post here, that it violates the experiment. Not really, since I never visit or post here anymore anyway; I have no idea who might be in the audience, and frankly it doesn't much matter.

Ten years. Monday, 02 July 2012, 18:23

This account is ten years old, as of yesterday.

I can't say I noticed.

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Moving the Quest For The Cup Monday, 16 April 2012, 11:20
http://www.26376.org/stanleycup.xhtml

Since I can control the CSS much more easliy on my own page.
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And so it begins anew. Friday, 13 April 2012, 13:44
It's been a while. I'm going to see if I can keep up this year.

You know the drill. See your logo 16 times, earn the Cup. European style this year: home team first.

Wednesday, 11 April:

OVERTIME
Pittsburgh 3, Philadelphia 4 (OT)
Nashville 3, Detroit 2
Vancouver 2, Los Angeles 4
New YorkNashvilleLos Angeles
Philadelphia leads series 1 game to 0
Nashville leads series 1 game to 0
Los Angeles leads series 1 game to 0


Thursday, 12 April:

New York 4, Ottawa 2
OVERTIME
Boston 1, Washington 0 (OT)
OVERTIME
OVERTIME
St. Louis 2, San Jose 3 (2OT)
OVERTIME
Phoenix 3, Chicago 2 (OT)
New YorkBostonSan JosePhoenix
New York leads series 1 game to 0
Boston leads series 1 game to 0
San Jose leads series 1 game to 0
Phoenix leads series 1 game to 0
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Quest For The Cup Friday, 13 April 2012, 12:06
LegendHome Team Logo
Shown For Games
Game/Series Completed
Won By Higher-Seeded Team
(Eastern Conference)
Game/Series Completed
Won By Higher-Seeded Team
(Western Conference)
Game/Series Completed
Won By Lower-Seeded Team
(Eastern Conference)
Game/Series Completed
Won By Lower-Seeded Team
(Western Conference)
Game/Series
Not Completed
If Necessary

Conference Quarterfinal Schedule and ResultsCollapse )
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TV. Thursday, 09 February 2012, 21:05
I remember CBS ran a show called "Heartland", about which a big deal was made because it was supposedly the first prime time network TV show set in Nebraska. TV Guide had a piece at the time about the then-seven states which had not been so honored; this had to have been before 1990, because Alaska was on the list.

It's dismaying to try to reconstruct a list for the remaining states for three main reasons:
  1. TV? What's that? (I haven't watched first-run TV in seriously 15 years.)
  2. Where was that set? (Many shows I've seen, particularly but not limited to westerns and soap operas, I have no idea where they were set.)
  3. But that state's huge! (It's embarrassing when I can't, off the top of my head, come up with a show for a state with more than 15 electoral votes.)
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Music Thursday, 03 November 2011, 06:33
mood - nostalgic

There's a theme here.

Monday I generated a Genius playlist based off The Manhattan Transfer's "Birdland". A couple tracks that hit surprised me, more because I hadn't heard them in ages, including Joshua Kadison's "Picture Postcards From L.A.". I went looking for more, and I discovered my phone was missing a lot of tracks from certain albums. I fixed that last night, and now I have five particular albums swirling in a playlist.

  • Joshua Kadison -- Painted Desert Serenade
  • Marc Cohn -- Marc Cohn
  • Martin Page -- In The House Of Stone And Light
  • Bruce Hornsby and The Range -- The Way It Is
  • Don Henley -- The End Of The Innocence

I'm not sure what the theme is. I feel like I should send it to witchy1.

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Doing My Homework Friday, 23 September 2011, 11:07
Well, you know, if I want my 107 students to do Project 1 and actually do their own research to get the most out of the project, I really should be willing to do the same.

I am considering buying a car sometime in the near future, and I would like to have some idea of how feasible a purchase would be for me. I have read your Auto Loan Rates page, but it only lists the minimum rate. I suspect I would not qualify for the minimum rate, so I would want to know what my rates would be.

I would like to purchase a new vehicle with MSRP of $19425. I would like to know what interest rates I could expect for a 48-, 60-, or 72-month loan.

I also understand that there are certain loan discounts which could be applicable. The vehicle I am looking at is EPA SmartWay ceritfied with 39 MPG Highway, I am an Illini Advantage PLUS accountholder, and I would configure automatic payments on my loan; I believe each of those three would entitle me to a ¼% discount on the loan rate.

(I have two reasons for this request. One is that my 17-year-old car is dead and that my wife's 9-year-old car is not in outstanding condition, and we really would like to look at buying a new vehicle. The other is that I teach a General Ed math course at Parkland, and I'm asking my students to do a project right now involving some of the consumer math that we have covered. This is exactly the type of thing I am suggesting to my own students to research, so it would be appropriate if I did the same.)

Thank you for your assistance.
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The need for speed. Saturday, 09 July 2011, 10:48
mood - awake

Jenni said that Comcast mucked about with our internet speeds, and we were supposed to power-cycle our modem.

Okay.

I figured once I did that, I ought to run some speed tests. Apparently if I want to show off, I should hit the Flash test server in Toronto.

Speed Test #97722628 by dslreports.com
Run: 2011-07-09 11:25:04 EST
Download: 6609 (Kbps)
Upload: 3455 (Kbps)
In kilobytes per second: 806.8 down 421.8 up
Tested by server: 56 java (Parsippany, New Jersey)
User: 2 @ dslreports.com
User's DNS: comcast.net
Compared to the average of 989 tests from comcast.net:
* download is 43% worse

Speed Test #97722648 by dslreports.com
Run: 2011-07-09 11:27:19 EST
Download: 23643 (Kbps)
Upload: 1243 (Kbps)
In kilobytes per second: 2886.1 down 151.7 up
Latency: 17 ms
Tested by server: 68 flash (Chicago, Illinois)
User: anonymous
User's DNS: comcast.net
Compared to the average of 990 tests from comcast.net:
* download is 103% better, upload is 64% worse

Speed Test #97722706 by dslreports.com
Run: 2011-07-09 11:33:49 EST
Download: 5573 (Kbps)
Upload: 3639 (Kbps)
In kilobytes per second: 680.3 down 444.2 up
Tested by server: 54 java (Los Angeles, California)
User: 2 @ dslreports.com
User's DNS: comcast.net
Compared to the average of 991 tests from comcast.net:
* download is 51% worse, upload is 5% better

Speed Test #97722733 by dslreports.com
Run: 2011-07-09 11:35:31 EST
Download: 3878 (Kbps)
Upload: 746 (Kbps)
In kilobytes per second: 473.3 down 91 up
Latency: 34 ms
Tested by server: 5725 flash (Washington, District of Columbia (Virginia))
User: anonymous
User's DNS: comcast.net
Compared to the average of 992 tests from comcast.net:
* download is 66% worse, upload is 78% worse

Speed Test #97722753 by dslreports.com
Run: 2011-07-09 11:37:04 EST
Download: 7768 (Kbps)
Upload: 904 (Kbps)
In kilobytes per second: 948.2 down 110.3 up
Latency: 29 ms
Tested by server: 5726 flash (Denver, Colorado)
User: anonymous
User's DNS: comcast.net
Compared to the average of 993 tests from comcast.net:
* download is 32% worse, upload is 73% worse

Speed Test #97722793 by dslreports.com
Run: 2011-07-09 11:41:09 EST
Download: 22514 (Kbps)
Upload: 10297 (Kbps)
In kilobytes per second: 2748.2 down 1256.9 up
Boost: 650156
Latency: 177 ms
Tested by server: 5685 flash (Toronto, Ontario)
User: anonymous
User's DNS: comcast.net
Compared to the average of 995 tests from comcast.net:
* download is 94% better, upload is 198% better

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And then there were none. Thursday, 02 June 2011, 05:44
mood - sad

I've known this entry would come. I've thought about it a few times in the last few weeks, the fact that some morning soon I'd have to write it.

It's kind of embarrassing, now, that I have so little to say.

We saw my grandmother twice last month. We saw her at home on Mother's Day, and then on a Saturday two weeks later in the hospital. She was doing well both days; we picked two of her good days of the roller-coaster that has been her last six weeks or so.

The last thing she said to me as I left was, "I love you, Jason." I think she suspected she might not get to see me again; I suspected the same.

I have been privileged in my life to have known all four of my grandparents, as well as one great-grandparent. Grandpa (Weldon Nelson Nygren) died in March 1989 at age 68, when I was 12; he's the only one I never knew as an adult. Papa Joe (Joseph George Benda) died in March 2003 at age 85; Grandma JJ said at the time that she didn't want to live as long as he had. Grandma Jeff (Daisy Fay Jeffery), Grandma JJ's mother, died in February 2005 at age 93. Grandma (Ruby Nygren) died in December 2005 at age 80. Grandma JJ is the last to go, in June 2011, four weeks short of her 83rd birthday.

I feel like I'm writing an obituary to say she's survived by all six of her children, 11 (or 14, depending on who is counting) grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. It's still true.

Now is not the time to think about the future, the family politics that will by year's end shape the future in ways we do not yet know. Nor is it time to dwell on the past. Our family's matriarch has done all she can, and now she has left us. Her legacy lives on, of course, in each of us. We would never be who we are without her.

She did a good job.

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Good night, Grandma JJ. Thursday, 02 June 2011, 05:27
mood - sad

Mary Louise Benda (née Mary Louise Jeffery)
(29 June 1928 - 02 June 2011)
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Power Grid Japan. Saturday, 23 April 2011, 14:30
mood - stunned

I've played two games now of Power Grid on the Japan board. The first game was a two-player game with a modified deck (added 12 cards from the green deck, then removed 20 at random) on the middle three regions. I lost, $104 to $67; we both powered 21 cities the final turn.

The second game I played was a 5-player solitare game with the standard (grey) deck. The game suddenly ended on Turn 8, and I felt like the final turn belongs in the Annals.

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Purple finished in first place with 10 cities powered and $18.
Red finished in second place with 10 cities powered and $14.
Green finished in third place with 10 cities powered and $10.
Yellow finished in fourth place with 10 cities powered and $0.
Blue finished in fifth place with 7 cities powered.

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Anonymous Benefactor Is Anonymous Friday, 25 March 2011, 23:28
mood - surprised

It appears I have access to A Few More Icons now.

I have no idea who caused that, but thank you.

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A map for ambelies Thursday, 10 March 2011, 16:20
I haven't put the rivers or the terrain in, but I threw this map together this afternoon. I based the city size solely on Census data: 20000-49999 was a Small city, 50000-94999 was a Medium city, and 95000+ was a Major city.

Iowa map (PDF, 100K) -- printed 7 pages wide by 4 pages high
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I says to the MTD, I says: Wednesday, 09 March 2011, 15:56
I wanted to suggest a potential improvement to the way schedule information is accessed on your website, a sort of integration of the Maps/Schedules page and the Trip Planner.

As it is right now, the Trip Planner is a one-shot deal, whereas the Maps/Schedules page gives a very nice table of the schedule information. The advantage of the Trip Planner is to be able to use more than just timepoints as stops, but the Maps/Schedules page has the advantage of showing the entire day.

I live in Dobbins Downs, close to the Campbell/Queensway timepoint on the 3 Lavender route, and I work at Parkland College, a timepoint on the 7 Grey or 9 Brown routes. It is easy for me to look up the entire day's scheduled departures from home and arrivals at work, but what I can't look up easily is the transfers. I spent a good deal of time at the beginning of the semester (when the new schedule book was out) checking trip-by-trip in the Trip Planner to find out when each Lavender bus would reach Paula/Garden Hills and Bradley/Harris. The data is there, because the Trip Planner can pull it, but the Trip Planner can only return one routing at at time.

http://26376.livejournal.com/1171727.html is a blog post I made in early September showing the tables I came up with for all the best options to/from work. There's a link there to the Excel book I made from the Trip Planner data.

What I would like to see is the MTD's web site have the ability to produce a custom schedule page, like the Maps/Schedule tables that currently exist but adding a column (or two columns, in case one isn't boarding or alighting at a timepoint) for a custom stop location along the route. That way I could read in one query to the MTD when each run of the 3S Lavender will stop at my potential transfer points, instead of having to take an hour (and repeated queries to the Trip Planner) each direction to compile the data myself. An even more useful improvement would be to be able to do what I did by hand, combining routes and looking for the optimum transfer; this last idea, however, I think would be prohibitive to implement.

The Trip Planner as it stands is great for people who are going to ride the bus once, or for people who plan on riding repeatedly but always at the same times every day. For me as a part-time instructor at Parkland, I find myself coming and going at various times all week long (including coming home after evening classes when the MTD isn't an option). It would seem to me to not be that great a programming challenge to interpolate an additional stop all day long, especially since the Trip Planner will already do that interpolation, one trip at a time.
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This was certainly unexpected. Sunday, 06 February 2011, 09:29
mood - surprised

Observe the behavior of the following two functions:
f(x)=2^(7/(x+1)); g(x)=(x+4)/(x-1)

Considering I was interested specifically in the behavior of these functions on the interval [6,11], this was quite surprising for me.

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The state of things. Wednesday, 02 February 2011, 19:08
mood - blank

It's 19:00 on Wednesday, 02 February. According to the bulletin board at the park, there's a neighborhood meeting now. I would have thought that if they'd cancelled it, they would have posted a cancellation notice on the sign. Jenni assumed that it wasn't happening, and so didn't try to go.

Our street looks pretty good. Queensway west of Campbell looks really good, which bodes well for CUMTD service tomorrow. Queensway east of Campbell, not so much. Wellington looks like our street looked nine hours ago, except there's also a Pontiac sideways half-blocking the street. North of the Pontiac, the street actually is in good shape for a couple hundred feet.

Parkland will be open tomorrow. The world will attempt to return to normalcy here in Champaign County.

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The Lead Saturday, 08 January 2011, 21:36

Looking at my phone, I see the Jets have the ball in Indianapolis territory. I relay this to Jenni, noting that the Jets could take …

… the lead.

Jenni's response: "The [perfect fifth jump up in pitch] lead!"

Cue me laughing very muchly.

If you don't get the joke, go listen to Episode 30 of the Red Panda Adventures from Decoder Ring Theatre. And don't skip the commercial.

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I'm different. Thursday, 23 December 2010, 09:28
Just occurred to me that I'm definitely the only married person in this bar.

That quote last night, from an old friend of mine who was at Joe's Brewery in Champaign, sticks out to me as an attestation of how different I am. I'm disinclined to go to bars to begin with -- not opposed per se, particularly since the Smoke-Free Illinois Act of 2007 (*hugs the 95th General Assembly*), but disinclined. But beyond that, even if I went to a bar, I would never notice whether the other bar patrons were married or not. I don't know that about any random group of people.

It reminds me of the day in 1997 when Dr. Dorene Huvaere asked me what the racial demographics of the class I was observing at Joliet West were, and when I told her (honestly) that I had no idea, she was appalled. I tried to explain that since she'd now asked me to look at that, I'd pay attention next time, take notes, and report back, but that wasn't good enough; it was something that I needed to have already inherently noticed. At the time, I was appalled by that, because I felt like she was viewing the world through racially-stratified lenses. I don't think that was really the case (though I still dislike this instructor, mostly over this incident); I think it was just that I'm different.

I was asked once, indirectly, if I had a particular autism-spectrum disorder. I'd never heard of it, and I looked it up (which is how I found out it was an ASD). Though it bothered me that she felt like I projected some sort of disordered persona, I can somewhat understand why she would say that. I don't pick up on a lot of things that it seems many people take for granted that everyone just "sees". This has been the demise of more than one friendship I've had on multiple occasions, where someone just can't deal with me "not getting it" anymore.

I thought about an old former friend this morning, from about the same time period as the one from the bar, and I wonder if I drove her batty. I note that my life seems to have a long history of other people misinterpreting my relationships, usually third parties, but occasionally seconds too, I think. Most of that comes from people seeing things through their own worldviews, as one would expect, but then not realizing how different I am.

I have no idea why my friend knew he was the only married person in the bar, or even why that might have been the case at all. Really I never will.

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Cranberry sauce Sunday, 21 November 2010, 16:13

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 12oz package cranberries

Mix sugar and water in a deep skillet; heat just until boiling, stirring frequently to ensure sugar is dissolved. Add cranberries to pan; continue to boil for about 12 minutes, stirring frequently to ensure even cooking. (NOTE: individual cranberries may explode during cooking.) Pour mixture into blender with metal or glass carafe (caution: mixture is HOT and sticky; use heat-resistant scraper). Process until smooth. Pour into glass bowl or other serving dish (caution: mixture is HOT and sticky; use heat-resistant scraper). Cover with paper towel and allow to cool at room temperature, then refrigerate (if desired) before serving.

This is basically the recipe off a bag of Ocean Spray cranberries, the one for Jellied Cranberry Sauce, except it's put in a blender instead of strained. The flavor is similar to (though richer than) a typical jellied sauce, though the texture is much different. For years I could only get this at holidays when my grandmother would make it, until one year when she had me make it instead. Now I make it frequently. I think I'll go make some now.

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Sunday, 21 November 2010, 15:51

1 lb boxed pasta
1 lb frozen peas
4 cans tuna
Mayonnaise to taste (about .6 cups)
Spices to taste

Boil pasta until done (slightly overdone is preferable). Put frozen peas in colander, draining pasta over peas. Rinse colander contents with cool water. Drain tuna and put in large bowl; add pasta/peas and mayonnaise. Suggested spices include granulated onion, granulated garlic, red pepper, paprika, or dry mustard.

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Sunday, 21 November 2010, 15:51

1 lb boxed pasta
1 lb frozen peas
4 cans tuna
Mayonnaise to taste (about .6 cups)
Spices to taste

Boil pasta until done (slightly overdone is preferable). Put frozen peas in colander, draining pasta over peas. Rinse colander contents with cool water. Drain tuna and put in large bowl; add pasta/peas and mayonnaise. Suggested spices include granulated onion, granulated garlic, red pepper, paprika, or dry mustard.

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Rock Band track list Sunday, 31 October 2010, 10:03

This table is a little different than the previous ones I've made. Rather than pull the information off the web site (which doesn't give difficulties by instrument or album), I went into Rock Band 2 and manually copied the information. This actually has occasional discrepancies with the web site. Also note that while the green tracks are playable in LEGO Rock Band, the difficulty levels within LEGO Rock Band are not the same.

The 197 Tracks in our library playable in Rock Band 2 but not in LEGO Rock BandCollapse )
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Rock Band track list Sunday, 31 October 2010, 10:01

This table is a little different than the previous ones I've made. Rather than pull the information off the web site (which doesn't give difficulties by instrument or album), I went into Rock Band 2 and manually copied the information. This actually has occasional discrepancies with the web site. Also note that while the green tracks are playable in LEGO Rock Band, the difficulty levels within LEGO Rock Band are not the same.

The 184 Tracks in our library playable in LEGO Rock BandCollapse )
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Endorsements. Saturday, 30 October 2010, 14:23
Here's the same post from the last such election, though I've added a column or two.

Here is the ballot I'll see on Tuesday in PDF format. (I note that Mark Shelden now says my polling place is Jericho Missionary Baptist Church, though it's the same address as what's on my voter registration card.)

Incumbent   Patrick Quinn
office vacant
Other State OfficesCollapse ) Roland Burris Legislative PostsCollapse )
Endorsement Constitutional
Amendment
Governor
Lieutenant Governor
Other State OfficesCollapse ) U.S. Senate
Class III
Other Legislative PostsCollapse )
Belleville News-Democrat
Belleville, IL
NO Bill Brady
Jason Plummer
Other State OfficesCollapse ) Mark Kirk Other Legislative PostsCollapse )
The Pantagraph
Bloomington, IL
YES Bill Brady
Jason Plummer
Other State OfficesCollapse ) Mark Kirk Legislative PostsCollapse )
The Southern Illinoisan
Carbondale, IL
NO Bill Brady
Jason Plummer
Other State OfficesCollapse ) Alexi Giannoulias Other Legislative PostsCollapse )
The News-Gazette
Champaign, IL
NO Bill Brady
Jason Plummer
Other State OfficesCollapse ) Mark Kirk Legislative PostsCollapse )
Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago, IL
NO Patrick Quinn
Sheila Simon
Other State OfficesCollapse ) Alexi Giannoulias Other Legislative PostsCollapse )
Chicago Tribune
Chicago, IL
YES Bill Brady
Jason Plummer
Other State OfficesCollapse ) Mark Kirk Legislative PostsCollapse )
Decatur Herald & Review
Decatur, IL
  Bill Brady
Jason Plummer
Other State OfficesCollapse ) Alexi Giannoulias Other Legislative PostsCollapse )
Peoria Journal Star
Peoria, IL
YES Bill Brady
Jason Plummer
Other State OfficesCollapse ) Mark Kirk Other Legislative PostsCollapse )
Rockford Register-Star
Rockford, IL
NO Bill Brady
Jason Plummer
Other State OfficesCollapse ) Alexi Giannoulias Other Legislative PostsCollapse )
State Journal-Register
Springfield, IL
NO Bill Brady
Jason Plummer
Other State OfficesCollapse ) Alexi Giannoulias Other Legislative PostsCollapse )
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis, MO
NO Patrick Quinn
Sheila Simon
Other State OfficesCollapse ) Alexi Giannoulias Other Legislative PostsCollapse )
A blank cell denotes either that the paper did not consider an endorsement for the office or that I couldn't find their endorsement; No Endorsement denotes that the paper considered the candidates and expressly endorsed none. Red denotes Republican Party candidates; Blue denotes Democratic Party candidates; Green denotes Green Party candidates. Black denotes a non-partisan question. Note that in Illinois, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are elected as a single two-person slate; hence they are grouped together in a single column.
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Unpleasantries. Thursday, 28 October 2010, 21:59
tag: cs105 spring 2007

I had an unpleasant conversation this afternoon with dimplezusa about some of this.

Very unpleasant.

I wonder how I survived all that. I really do.

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Food. Tuesday, 26 October 2010, 21:33
Another one.

1 lb bag frozen broccoli/cauliflower mix
1 cup liquid egg
2 cups half and half
3/4 lb Swiss cheese, chopped or grated

pre-baked quiche crust in quiche dish

Heat the frozen vegetables in the microwave for about 5 minutes or until the bag explodes. Pour the vegetables, egg, half and half, and cheese over the quiche crust. Bake at 375°F anywhere from 40 to 90 minutes, until no longer liquid in the center.

This is basically a modification of this recipe, which I swear is (uncredited) stolen from The Frugal Gourmet Cooks With Wine. I've made it in a soufflé dish in California; it required a lot longer baking time. The most recent one I made used spinach instead of broccoli, and used fat free half-and-half and Muenster cheese. I should have spiced it with a bit of black pepper and dill, and it was a bit watery due to the spinach (and I made the crust too thick, but that's another issue). It came out well enough, though. I had to eat it all by myself.
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