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    Post what you're watching

    Wtf? That looks goofy.
  2. Michael Formanek -- the Rub and Spare Change Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green -- Apex
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    And now what did you do TODAY?

    This morning there have been quite a few birds in the yard and especially in the bird bath where they have been splashing around in rain water. A few minutes ago I looked up because I heard a thud on the window and saw several birds streaking by. I went to the front door worried that one had hit the window. There was a little house finch laying on its side that was alive but stunned and maybe injured. Just as I put my hand on the doorknob to check it out, a small hawk -- probably of the short-shinned variety -- swooped down and flew off with the finch in its talons. It was very startling, but I'm assuming the finches had been fleeing the hawk in the first place. #WildKingdom
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    RIP someone or another

    RIP to Christopher Tolkien, the famous son of a more famous father, and Rocky Johnson, the famous father of a more famous son. Each of them brought me a lot of entertainment in my youth. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/01/16/books/christopher-tolkien-dead.amp.html https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/01/15/sports/rocky-johnson-dead.amp.html
  5. Voltron

    Which Cooking Are You?

    Some similar ingredients but not Chana Masala. https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1019772-spiced-chickpea-stew-with-coconut-and-turmeric
  6. Voltron

    Which Cooking Are You?

    'Tis the season for chickpea turmeric stew
  7. Voltron

    Post what you're watching

    Rachel Maddow interviewing Lev Parnas. Compelling stuff.
  8. Voltron

    Happy Birthday Grahame!

    Happy birthday Graeme! Cheers! 🥤
  9. Voltron

    Happy Birthday Dr. John!

    Happy birthday Mack Daddy Doc! I hope your new years resolution is to hang out with us more this year! Cheers!
  10. Voltron

    What are you listening to Part the Third

    Neither the prior owner nor I had even opened the shrink wrap on this one. 😂
  11. Voltron

    What are you listening to Part the Third

    Very, very familiar with this one.
  12. Voltron

    What are you listening to Part the Third

    A Rush album I have owned for a few years but never sat down to listen to. RIP Neil
  13. Voltron

    RIP someone or another

    RIP Buck Henry. Graduate, Get Smart, SNL, and much more. 🙁 https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/buck-henry-graduate-screenwriter-who-co-created-get-smart-dies-at-89/2020/01/09/c133ffc0-3295-11ea-a053-dc6d944ba776_story.html%3FoutputType%3Damp
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    Hippy B-day, Knucks!

    Happy birthday Knucklepimp! Cheers!
  15. Voltron

    What are you listening to Part the Third

    A couple of albums for Wilco's favorites of 2019
  16. Voltron

    RIP someone or another

    RIP Ron Nasty. 🙁
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    Post what you're watching

    Niners vs Seahawks. Go figure
  18. Voltron

    RIP someone or another

    RIP Danny Aiello on December 12. Not sure how I missed this one. I found Danny's obit from the hard copy version of this: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/obituaries/notable-deaths.html
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    RIP someone or another

    Seems fitting. RIP Lee
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    Happy Birthday Ric

    Have a great one Ric! Cheers!
  21. Voltron


    The beloved Mattnog recipe and the various iterations made over the years are sprinkled around in various parts of HC. This year, I thought we should establish a thread to keep it handy, and to remind people to make their batches early. Matt made his at the end of August when he first posted it. I made mine today and I think that is plenty of lead time even though six weeks is the bare minimum I would suggest. Mattnog Recipe by Matt NightWoundsTime Dunlop: In a one gallon container or two half gallons, such as glass milk bottles. 14 egg yolks 1 cup cane sugar 6 cups whole milk 1 cup heavy cream 1 750ml bottle of Rebel Yell bourbon (or similar) 1 cup of Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (or similar) 1 cup of Rip Van Winkle (or similar) 2 cups of Appleton Reserve Rum (or similar or substitute brandy/cognac or 1 cup of each) Combine all ingredients in a pot or large bowl and mix to incorporate egg yolks and dissolve the sugar. Once well mixed, pour into your container or containers and seal. I tape the plastic lids onto my milk bottles. Store in the refrigerator and shake at least weekly to continue blending. According to Matt: "Yes, the milk curdles and the whole thing is pretty gross for a while but time heals all. By December it will be a thick, creamy, and quite boozy. Also the entire point of this aged eggnog recipe is that the huge booze loadout kills whatever could be in the eggs or milk. The aging process is really a matter of the proteins and fat breaking down, combining with the sugar, and being super smooth and tasty. But you need the booze to keep it all safe for the ensuing months. The basic measurements of liquor in my nog is not far off of the recipe I used, it just had some cognac involved and less rum. Anyway this turns out much better than pasteurized homogenized lab thickened grocery store nog." For serving, you can drink it chilled and straight if you can handle the booze -- it certainly doesn't require additional booze to be tasty and strong. The best way to serve this nog in my opinion is with some whipped cream to make it even more smooth and rich. Place a dollop in the bottom of the serving glass, and fill with nog. If using a punch bowl, put the whipped cream in first and then gold in nog until you have the desired quantity and blend. Grate a little fresh nutmeg on top if you roll that way (thanks for the suggestion, Doug). Here is today's batch, and I'm not sure I can actually wait until December. Luckily, I increased the recipe slightly because I had a little extra milk, so I have 8oz in a jam jar to sample next month. Cheers Matt!
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    Happy Birthday, Ken!

    Merry birthday Ken! Cheers!
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