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November 22, 2007

A Truly GIKKU Thanksgiving Here In California

Allen @ 9:52 pm   |  Comments (11)
Filed under: Food,GIKKU Approved,Video Games

This year, my family and I gave thanks in style.  I invited everyone over for a homemade Thanksgiving dinner, the first at my condo:

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Roasted Turkey Breast, Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots, Creamed Corn, and Truffled Mashed Potatoes.  The biggest hit was the brussel sprouts… go figure!

Then, the most awesome part… I showed my parents the Wii and they played Wii Sports Tennis:

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Jerry’s sleeping because he rocked out on the drums on Rock Band before my parents got there.

It was a good Thanksgiving.

WASP Rememberance

Mike @ 8:05 pm   |  Comments (3)
Filed under: Food

To the suppression of minorities.

To global warming.

To our mutual funds.

Let us give thanks.

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Thanksgiving Dinner with The Macallan 12
Bay Colony Country Club
Naples, Florida

Saluting Thanksgiving on Land and Sea.

Mike @ 2:15 pm   |  Comments (2)
Filed under: The Great Outdoors

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We also learned a new BABY IS COMING.

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My sister Anne and Richard. The baby’s father. My sister Laura, the future baby birther, is not pictured.

November 21, 2007

Teh baby. It knows.

Mike @ 11:24 am   |  Comments (2)
Filed under: Morality/Ethics

Babies can tell helpers from hurters

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer 38 minutes ago

WASHINGTON – Even infants can tell the difference between naughty and nice playmates, and know which to choose, a new study finds.

Babies as young as 6 to 10 months old showed crucial social judging skills before they could talk, according to a study by researchers at Yale University’s Infant Cognition Center published in Thursday’s journal Nature.

The infants watched a googly-eyed wooden toy trying to climb roller-coaster hills and then another googly-eyed toy come by and either help it over the mountain or push it backward. They then were presented with the toys to see which they would play with.

Nearly every baby picked the helpful toy over the bad one.

The babies also chose neutral toys — ones that didn’t help or hinder — over the naughty ones. And the babies chose the helping toys over the neutral ones.

“It’s incredibly impressive that babies can do this,” said study lead author Kiley Hamlin, a Yale psychology researcher. “It shows that we have these essential social skills occurring without much explicit teaching.”

There was no difference in reaction between the boys and girls, but when the researchers took away the large eyes that made the toys somewhat lifelike, the babies didn’t show the same social judging skills, Hamlin said.

The choice of nice over naughty follows a school of thought that humans have some innate social abilities, not just those learned from their parents.

“We know that they’re very, very social beings from very, very early on,” Hamlin said.

A study last year out of Germany showed that babies as young as 18 months old overwhelmingly helped out when they could, such as by picking up toys that researchers dropped.

David Lewkowicz, a psychology professor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton who wasn’t part of the study, said the Yale research was intriguing. But he doesn’t buy into the natural ability part. He said the behavior was learned, and that the new research doesn’t prove otherwise.

“Infants acquire a great deal of social experience between birth and 6 months of age and thus the assumption that this kind of capacity does not require experience is simply unwarranted,” Lewkowicz told The Associated Press in an e-mail.

But the Yale team has other preliminary research that shows similar responses even in 3-month-olds, Hamlin said.

Researchers also want to know if the behavior is limited to human infants. The Yale team is starting tests with monkeys, but has no results yet, Hamlin said.

November 19, 2007

I want one of these.

Mike @ 6:13 am   |  Comments (8)
Filed under: lol*

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I have no fuckin’ idea what it is.

But I like it.

I wonder what it eats?

Little pieces of hamburger, maybe?

November 18, 2007

Sometimes, it comes down to this.

Mike @ 11:59 am   |  Comments (5)
Filed under: boston sucks,Food

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You don’t need to know our names.

We’re just two middle aged guys sitting at the Beantown Pub, bitching about the insanely long line at The Paramount and resigning ourselves to eating scrambled eggs and chili.

Oh. And bacon.

But the bonus is: they serve alcohol here.

Short Conversation: The L.A. Ethos

Allen @ 12:18 am   |  Comments (1)
Filed under: Short Conversations

She: I’ve gained 20 pounds since I went vegetarian, I mean, what the hell?!

Me: Yeah, eat more meat.

She: Totally, you know what they say, right?

Me: … [shakes head]

She: Nothing tastes better than being skinny.

November 16, 2007

This pretty much sums it up.

Mike @ 12:42 pm   |  Comments Off on This pretty much sums it up.
Filed under: Advertising,boston sucks,cats

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November 14, 2007

Cal Band + Video Games = GIKKU Approved

Allen @ 1:26 pm   |  Comments (1)
Filed under: GIKKU Approved,Video Games

Here is the Cal Band doing a video game-themed halftime show. Can you name all the games?

Mike: Fast forward to 2:40 remaining for your theme song.

November 12, 2007

The Secrets of Miye McNugget

Mike @ 5:01 pm   |  Comments (1)
Filed under: Food

Miye Writes:

sorry, i forgot to give the recipe, which will totally explain the
crispiness. i like this recipe because it’s got just enough of
southern redneck in it to make it funny yet effective:

3/4 cup corn cereal
1 cup crispy rice krispy cereal
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 tsp sazon
1/2 teaspoon pepper
12 chicken tenders, halved
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/2 cups canola oil
1tsp vinegar

Put the two cereals into a gallon-sized bag and seal. Place on a flat
surface and, using a rolling pin, crush the cereal until it’s still
slightly chunky. Pour into a medium sized bowl and add the flour,
sazon, salt and pepper and mix to combine.
Beat eggs with tsp of vinegar – Dip the chicken pieces into the beaten
eggs, 1 at a time, and transfer to the breading mix. Coat well and
refrigerate for 30 minutes. I think refrigeration is KEY to keeping a
crunchy nugget so that the batter sticks to the chicken nicely and
doesn’t fall apart.

Pour the oil into a large saucepan and place over medium-high heat for
2 to 3 minutes. Test the oil by dropping a bread cube in; if it browns
within 1 minute the oil is ready. Drop the chicken nuggets into the
hot oil, 4 pieces at a time, and cook 2 minutes, or until the breading
is golden and the chicken is cooked through.

Next time I’ll try and puree the chicken like Allen – will probably
make it crunchier, but I like it whole because the inside is jucier.

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