Archive for May, 2008

May 14, 2008

Not only did I totally know the answer to almost everything on my Automata final, today Vy and I made Carnitas. They were rapturous, and I want to share them with you:



Pork 1 (3.5 to 4 lb.) boneless pork butt, fat cap trimmed to 1/8 inch thick, cut into 2-inch chunks. Table salt (or kosher) and ground black pepper 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 small onion, peeled and halved 2 bay leaves 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 lime (squeezed) 1 orange, squeezed and halved 2 cups water
Garnish flour tortillas lime wedges minced white onion fresh cilantro leaves

1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 300 degrees. Combine pork, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, cumin, onion halves, bay leaves, oregano, lime juice, and water in large Dutch over (liquid should just barely cover meat). Juice orange into medium bowl and remove any seeds (you should have about 1/2 cup of juice). Add juice and spent orange halves to pot. Bring mixture to simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Cover pot and transfer to over; cook until meat is soft and falls apart when prodded with fork, about 2 hours, flipping pieces of meat once during cooking.

2. Remove pot from oven and turn oven to broil. Using slotted spoon, transfer pork to bowl; remove orange halves, onion and bay leaves from cooking liquid and discard (do not skim fat from liquid). Place pot over high heat (use caution, as handles will be very hot) and simmer liquid, stirring frequently, until thick and syrupy (heatsafe spatula should leave wide trail when dragged through glaze), 8 to 12 minutes. You should have about 1 cup reduced liquid.

3. Using two forks, pull each piece of pork in half. Fold in reduced liquid; season with salt and pepper to taste. Spread pork in even layer on wire rack set inside rimmed baking sheet or on broiler pan (meat should cover almost entire surface of rack or broiler pan). Place baking sheet on lower-middle rack and broil until top of meat is well browned (but not charred) and edges are slightly crisp, 5 to 8 minutes. Using wide metal spatula, flip pieces of meat and continue to broil until top is well browned and edges are slightly crisp, 5 to 8 minutes longer. Serve carnitas immediately after cooking in warm tortillas and with garnishes.


Characters from Some Upcoming Pixar And Disney Films
May 10, 2008

Characters from Some Upcoming Pixar And Disney Films:

Even though it’s kind of hard to see some of the details of some of the characters from The Bear And The Bow, I can already tell that Pixar is going in the right direction with this film… Here’s hoping they can pull off those awesome designs in 3D.

(Via Character Design.)

May 8, 2008


Say it with me everybody:

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Cutest Kitten in the World
May 8, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Cutest Kitten in the World


(Via Cute Overload.)

May 8, 2008

Children are the horrible, horrible future.

Phone cord sheep sculptures
May 8, 2008


Awesome. Awesome.

(Via MAKE Magazine.)

Lawrence Webb is Virginia’s first openly LGBT Black Elected Official
May 7, 2008

Lawrence Webb is Virginia’s first openly LGBT Black Elected Official:


The Victory Fund reports: ‘Last night, while most political onlookers were watching the race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in Indiana and North Carolina, a Virginia resident quietly made history as he became the state’s first openly LGBT African-American elected to public office. In his first bid for elected office, Lawrence Webb won a seat on the Falls Church City Council by a margin of 39 votes. He joins two other candidates on the City Council: Nader Baroukh and Robin S. Gardner.’

Said Webb: ‘I am grateful that the citizens of Falls Church have entrusted me with the responsibility to help guide the direction of our city’s future, and I thank them. I look forward to working with Council to make Falls Church an even better city than it is now. I also hope my election opens the door for others to get involved in public service. It doesn’t matter if you’re gay or black or both. What matters is your dedication to building a better community, and your willingness to work hard at it. I’m glad the people of Falls Church agree. I also want to thank the Victory Fund and its staff and donors. They were dedicated to this campaign from the beginning, and they worked very hard to help us win.’

(Via Towleroad.)

Marilyn Monroe in 1946
May 7, 2008


(Via reddit.)