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  1. Comment on King of the Hill, again | Men of the Hill in ~life

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    I'm the biggest KotH fan that I know of personally, as I have been watching the show over and over since probably 2003. It is my equivalent of The Office and at this point, I pretty much know many...

    I'm the biggest KotH fan that I know of personally, as I have been watching the show over and over since probably 2003. It is my equivalent of The Office and at this point, I pretty much know many of the lines from individual episodes.

    I will give this a watch later and try to post my thoughts on it.

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  2. Comment on What's the most expensive food you splurge on to make you happy? in ~talk

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    Agreed on the sauce part, but I will use it occasionally in marinades depending on what I am making. The good stuff really is life-changing, culinarily speaking.

    Agreed on the sauce part, but I will use it occasionally in marinades depending on what I am making. The good stuff really is life-changing, culinarily speaking.

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  3. Comment on What's the most expensive food you splurge on to make you happy? in ~talk

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    The stuff that I buy is Yamaroku brand but if someone has something a bit better, I want to try it! They have two different products: Kiku Bisiho Soy Sauce - Tsuru Bisiho Soy Sauce - More info...

    The stuff that I buy is Yamaroku brand but if someone has something a bit better, I want to try it!

    They have two different products:

    • Kiku Bisiho Soy Sauce -

    Yasuo’s koikuchi type soy sauce is called “Kiku-Bishio.” ("Bishio" is a derivation of "hishio," which is the ancient name for soy sauce.) Aged for a traditional two to two and half years, it is made with some of the best heirloom soy beans in Japan, marudaizu kuro-mame (whole, big, round black soy beans) from the Tamba-Sasayama area west of Kyoto, which is famous for growing the best soy beans in the country. They are rich, creamy, buttery beans that transcend the “beany” taste of most soy beans, while also being especially high in nutrients. They are so flavorful and prized that they are served simply boiled as a featured food during New Year’s celebrations. Yasuo gets them from Odagaki Shoten and Kane-zan, two shops that have been growing their beans for centuries and are known for they way they nurture their plants and hand pick their beans. The wheat used is locally grown in Kagawa prefecture, the sea salt is natural, and the wild, microbe-laden water comes untreated from a well on the property as was the practice for soy sauce makers in the old days.

    “Kiku-Bishio” is an exceptionally well-made, classic style soy sauce with a rich blood-red color, agreeably sharp saltiness (the enbun, or salt ratio, is 14.5%), and deep layers of umami. It has a unique taste of place because of the flavors imparted by the spores in the air, water, kioke barrels, and bones of the building, but it is not the taste of the delicate, light, balanced cuisine of the region. Yasuo continues the Shodoshima tradition of brewing a soy sauce for the strong, rich tastes of northern Japan, where the island’s soy sauce was shipped to in centuries past. “Kiku-Bishio” should be used for cooking, where its saltiness, deep umami, and unique taste can enhance and enrich food and add complexity and depth of flavor to dishes. In soy sauce’s most traditional way, it can be used to pickle and preserve foods. It can also add aroma and flavor to foods like grilled fish and roasted vegetables. Lastly, one teaspoon of “Kiku-Bishio” is perfect for adding a kakushi-aji (a secret seasoning or hidden taste) to long-braised dishes.

    • Tsuru Bisiho Soy Sauce -

    The other soy sauce that Yasuo makes is a finishing soy sauce to add aroma, color, and flavor to foods at the table, or in the very last seconds of cooking. It is called “Tsuru-Bishio” and is a double-fermented, extra long-aged saishikomi type of soy sauce. To make it Yasuo takes two-year-old soy sauce and blends it with new moromi and then ages everything for another two years. Most makers of this type of soy sauce age it for only three years in total. The soy beans are the hybrid Enrei from Toyama prefecture in Japan’s northern Hokuriku region. The wheat is the hybrid Haruyutaka and is also grown in the north, in Hokkaido. Both are hardy hybrids with lots of umami-producing protein and gluten. They have the strength to stand up to long fermentation, which works to bring out their best flavor.

    “Tsuru-Bishio” is very dark, almost black, and is very rich, creamy, and slightly sweet and alcoholic. The enbun is a lower 13.8%. It is a delicious soy sauce, and its rich, sweet, fruity aroma makes you hungry while its deep umami flavor makes you want to eat it by itself. “Tsuru-Bishio” gives richness to delicate yet full flavored foods like tofu and steamed fish. It can also be used on sashimi and goes best with strong flavored ao-zakana fish, which are rich and fatty, blue-backed types of fish. It can also be drizzled on salads, cheese, roasted vegetables, and grilled meats and is a great topping for desserts— puddings, ice cream, and cheesecake—when its mild saltiness and acidity enhances such rich, sweet dishes. Yasuo makes a ki-age (unpasteurized) version of this soy sauce. The difference is the ki-age type has a wilder taste and gives a quick hit of umami, while the unpasteurized type has a softer, slower aroma and its flavor dissipates more gradually in the mouth.

    More info about it here. I buy mine off Amazon but I'm sure there are better places to order it from.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Xbox and Xbox Game Pass are coming to more screens in ~games

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    I'm pretty excited for the Xbox Cloud gaming to come to browsers, I'm not always able to play my Xbox in the living room due to its proximity to my SO's work station. The controllers get too loud...

    I'm pretty excited for the Xbox Cloud gaming to come to browsers, I'm not always able to play my Xbox in the living room due to its proximity to my SO's work station. The controllers get too loud for certain games so I usually wait for some dead time to play, but this hinders my progress for the 360 games I am playing.

    It makes me wonder when they are going to roll out console streaming to PC. For the OG Xbox One, this was possible and much more preferable to cloud gaming.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on What's the most expensive food you splurge on to make you happy? in ~talk

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    For regular day-to-day grocery shopping, I have a few things that I buy now that I would never have splurged on when I was poorer: Air-chilled chicken breasts Lobster Filet Mignon The soy sauce...

    For regular day-to-day grocery shopping, I have a few things that I buy now that I would never have splurged on when I was poorer:

    • Air-chilled chicken breasts
    • Lobster
    • Filet Mignon
    • The soy sauce from Japan that has been barrel aged for years
    • Parmesan cheese aged as old as I can get it
    • High-end butter
    • Thick sliced bacon

    Food is basically entertainment for me so I will splurge on whatever high end ingredients I can get when making a dish.

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  6. Comment on What's the cheapest food that makes you really happy? in ~talk

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    Probably my GOAT: the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I can't eat them very often since they have so little nutritional value but I have been making those since I was 6 years old. Down those...

    Probably my GOAT: the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

    I can't eat them very often since they have so little nutritional value but I have been making those since I was 6 years old. Down those with a glass of cold milk while I play video games is my definition of comfort food. I used to keep everything I needed at my work desk to make a PB&J that ended up saving me a lot of money for a period of time. In more recent years, they have gotten more "artisan" with homemade bread, peanut butter, and jam.


    Edit: I suppose I can throw in healthy foods here. But sweet potatoes are excellent and low-calorie. Put a bit of paprika, chili powder, and cumin on them when roasting and you get a nice seasoned dish. Baked potatoes are also cheap and can be made as complicated as you want. Lately, I have been roasting chickpeas tossed in ranch seasoning for a good fiber/protein kick.

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  7. Comment on Asian Americans: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver in ~tv

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    The Chinese Exclusion Act was covered in my AP History class IIRC, as it applied to nativism sentiments around that era. Like with a lot of things that you learn in school, a lot of it was taught...

    The Chinese Exclusion Act was covered in my AP History class IIRC, as it applied to nativism sentiments around that era.

    Like with a lot of things that you learn in school, a lot of it was taught for memorization for tests and then subsequently forgotten about when the next round of classes start.

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  8. Comment on China's censorship is far reaching. Searching for "tank man" on some image search engines brings up zero results. in ~tech

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    It is indeed very crude. It makes me wonder about how our search results are being manipulated in seemingly inconspicuous ways? And what other search terms are causing certain results from being...

    It is indeed very crude.

    It makes me wonder about how our search results are being manipulated in seemingly inconspicuous ways? And what other search terms are causing certain results from being displayed?

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  9. China's censorship is far reaching. Searching for "tank man" on some image search engines brings up zero results.

    For example: Bing DuckDuckGo Baidu obviously doesn't show tank man, but rather an assortment of random tank images Yandex and Google seem to show the results no problem. Would be curious to know...

    For example:

    Bing
    DuckDuckGo

    Baidu obviously doesn't show tank man, but rather an assortment of random tank images

    Yandex and Google seem to show the results no problem. Would be curious to know for you Tilderinos outside the US if the same results apply to you?

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  10. Comment on Do you have any typology test recommendations? in ~talk

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    No, do the longer version if you got the time otherwise just do the shortened version.

    No, do the longer version if you got the time otherwise just do the shortened version.

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  12. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I was able to reach a new PR on my 5K this past week at 26:24. It's a far cry from my youth but I'm also 40 pounds heavier than I was in high school so I will let it slide and just celebrate the...

    I was able to reach a new PR on my 5K this past week at 26:24. It's a far cry from my youth but I'm also 40 pounds heavier than I was in high school so I will let it slide and just celebrate the progress I am making. I can only assume that my time would be faster if I could run on a track somewhere instead of running in sidewalks and waiting for crosswalks. *Mini* rant but I really wish people on bicycles would stay off sidewalks. I had an infuriating run last week where I kept being forced off the sidewalk from cycling families and nearly twisted my ankle a couple of times.

    My goals for June are still the same as in May: two days at the gym, two days of long-distance running, and two days of yoga. Every day I need to be getting at least 10k steps. Last month I got 365,000 so I want to try to break that in June.

    I was hovering at ~170 for the greater part of May before my weight finally cracked down to 165 suddenly. At some point though, I'm going to need to transition from a calorie deficit to a neutral calorie intake if I want to really start building up the muscle mass that my current protein intake (~170 grams a day) could achieve. I haven't made great strides at the gym with increasing the weight on my reps but that's okay since I'm focused on toning and fat burn right now.

    Hopefully, the mask mandate in the gym will end because I sweat like a mofo and the moisture builds up in my mask, making it incredibly hard to catch my breath. I want to incorporate the stair climber into my workouts more to build my V02 Max but I end up feeling suffocated within 10 minutes.

    On another positive note, my sugar intake went from a daily average of 71 grams in April to 35 grams in May. Most of the foods I am eating these days have zero added sugar so I can only imagine that is doing good things for my body.

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  13. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    That's crazy! Have you been given an idea of what your recovery timeline looks like?

    That's crazy!

    Have you been given an idea of what your recovery timeline looks like?

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  14. Comment on Where do you get your sense of community from? in ~talk

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    I'm awkward so I don't really have a sense of community. Like you, I have been making an effort to donate blood but I'm terrible at small talk so I don't get to know the people at my local Red...

    I'm awkward so I don't really have a sense of community. Like you, I have been making an effort to donate blood but I'm terrible at small talk so I don't get to know the people at my local Red Cross. They do like my jokes though.

    I guess I could say I have a small sense of community with my work but I know my usefulness to that "community" only runs as deep as they will keep me employed. I used to spend a few of my walks each week de-trashing the park near my home but the garbage never ceased to stop piling up. I got to the point where I really wanted to sit at the picnic areas with a megaphone yelling at people to not throw their chicken bones on the ground since my dog loves picking them up and trying to swallow them as fast as possible. So I'm on hiatus with that effort. I'm thinking I will be doing Habitat For Humanity this summer if some projects get closer to my side of town.

    My partner is much better at striking up conversations with random people and befriending them. She walks the dog and smiles at nearly everyone who passes by, comes home, and tells me about so-and-so that she met at the park. Meanwhile, I walk the dog and no one approaches me. Probably because I don't make eye contact or smile at anyone.

    We have had neighbor friends in the past who ended up ghosting us. We are weird-ass people so I don't hold it against them. She is the crazy dog lady and I'm the opinionated guy with my head in the clouds.

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  15. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Thanks! I will let you know how my effort turns out when I give it a whirl :)

    Thanks! I will let you know how my effort turns out when I give it a whirl :)

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  16. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (June 2021) in ~talk

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    Great work on the Sinclair Method. My partner had a realization over the weekend that she hadn't had a drink in 6 months all thanks to the progress from it. She kept track of her drinking from the...

    Great work on the Sinclair Method. My partner had a realization over the weekend that she hadn't had a drink in 6 months all thanks to the progress from it. She kept track of her drinking from the beginning so she was in awe of just how simple it has been to get to this point vs. total abstinence methods from the prior 10 years. We had some rough times during the initial part but I'm proud of her for persevering and will extend that pride to you as well. It isn't easy getting sober.


    I don't have much to add in regards to your partner but at some point, you will have to talk about it with her. I'm not great at giving relationship advice so take my opinion with a grain of salt, but if I were you I would likely frame that conversation from your own POV of the needs that aren't being met. For example, when my partner's alcoholism was taking a toll on me, I had to tell her that I needed stability and security in my life and when she drinks and loses control, I feel threatened and scared. Specific behaviors and examples are better, ensuring that I don't blame or frame things in a way that is very personable. So I would never have said "you are an out-of-control alcoholic and terrible to be with" but rather, "I love you but I'm uncomfortable with how last night turned out. When these things happen I feel helpless and sad because I don't feel my home is a safe place for me to be."

    I try my best to practice Nonviolent Communication and compassion/kindness when I have to have difficult conversations. When people yell at each other, it's because the person doing the yelling isn't feeling "heard" so I find NVC helps de-escalate and keeps things de-escalated.

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