Saturday, August 9, 2014

I'm ...


Will return on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2014
... maybe a little later.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Its, It’s and ... Its’?


Recently, on Food TV’s Good Eats program starring one of my favorite nerd-chefs, Alton Brown, one of the facts that popped up on the screen during his “American Classics V: A Pound of Cake” show made me sit up and squirm.

There, for all to see, was a big boo-boo. Now, I’ve seen “its” confused with “it’s” many times, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen the word “its’” used in any context anywhere.

The show first aired on Oct. 26, 2009, by the way. That’s five years. Do you think nobody caught the error? “Its’” a possibility.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Weird Chinese Menu Items


It's fun to read Chinese menus. Once you get past the misspellings and have a few laughs, try checking out the strange offerings. I found these dish listings at Asian Pearl in Fremont the last time the wife and I visited.

First, have you had goose webs? I've had duck's feet and chicken's feet, which are essentially the same thing as goose webs. So next time, I should try them. I think.


Should I have them with sea cucumber in a clay pot?


Or maybe braised in abalone sauce?


And speaking of sea cucumber and abalone, should I get the braised combination? It's pretty expensive.


I could get some pork belly and frog, but I'm leaning toward the "grab." I think they misspelled "crab," but I could be mistaken.


Oh, and how could I forget the goose intestines ... stir-fried, no less.

If I try any of these, I'll report back.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Have You Heard the Buzz?


The buzzing of the bees, actually.

When the widelia ground cover flowers in our back yard bloom, the honey bees come buzzing around in droves. They give me comfort when they're around.

After all, the bee population in the Islands is in peril. They've been under attack by Varroa destructor parasitic mites since 2007, and their populations have drastically declined (e.g., from 419 to 145 colonies in 2008 on Oahu, a 65% wipeout). The Big Island of Hawaii's bee population underwent huge destruction in 2009.

So yeah, they're in trouble.



That's why I'm so glad to see them gathering food from our widelia.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Phone Pix 28: Sonoma Wineries

When the wife and I visited Sonoma last year, we stopped by a number of wineries. Now, we aren't wine drinkers, but I had great interest in the process of winemaking, and in their gift shops.

I mean, after all, one is always amenable to learning things, and there are always gifts to get for people back home. And, since I was already there taking pictures with my Sony camera for inclusion in blog posts, it was no problem to whip out my phone, turn on its camera, and snap a few more.

Like these:

Gift Shop, Sebastiani Winery, Sept. 23, 2013

Gift Shop, Sebastiani Winery, Sept. 23, 2013

Gift Shop, Viansa Vineyard, Sept. 23, 2013

Gift Shop, Viansa Vineyard, Sept. 23, 2013

Outhouse, Benziger Winery, Sept. 24, 2013

Grape Juice Tanks, Benziger Winery, Sept. 24, 2013

Grape Processing Equipment, Benziger Winery, Sept. 24, 2013

Wine Barrels, Benziger Winery, Sept. 24, 2013

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Food Name Failures 1

It's incredibly unbelieving how companies come up with a trademark brand name. I can just see a committee of people huddled around a table discarding card after card of suggested names and/or catch-phrases until one grabs everybody's attention and imagination, and is declared the winner.

And so, a new product is born. Doomed, unfortunately, for an early demise if the consumer has anything to say about it.

Check out what what these committees came up with:







I have more,you'll see them another time.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Round, Round, Git Around


While driving to the Chinatown Marketplace in Kalihi, I saw some homeless tents set up next to the river. One can't help but feel for these unfortunates who can't afford a home or even the rent on a small apartment.

However, they still need to get to and from work. So the occupant of the red tent uses his motorcycle. Does it seem odd that a homeless person might still own a motorcycle?

It might, but not to me. I find it a bit inspirational.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Questionable Fixes 2

Okay then ... here are a few more pictures that I found on news.distractify.com (poster credit: Matt Buco). This time, it's bathroom fixes. It's amazing what some tape will do. And, how 'bout that multi-tasking drain thingy.





More to come later on.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Right on Cue

I usually don’t read the full-page ads that I find in my morning paper. You know, the colorful ones touting gold purchasing, or furniture, or coins. I just remove the sheet and don’t even look on the back because I know there’ll be another full-page ad there.

So it rather surprised me the other day when I turned the front page and my eyes went right to the word “que” (circled in the picture). I have magic eyes. If there’s a typo, grammatical error, or wrong word on a page, they’ll zoom right in on it.

There is no such a word as que. There IS a ’que (preceded by an apostrophe) that’s defined on Dictionary.com as “barbecue” (chiefly in California). If that’s what they meant, then is the reader being encouraged to laugh while sitting on a barbecue?

Or did the ad writers mean queue, as in standing in line? If so, is the reader advised to laugh at jokes while standing in line?

Family Hearing Aid Center (“33 Years of Service, 6 Locations to Serve”) spent a lot of money to purchase the ad space in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. You’d think Randy, the company’s leader, would have at least taken a look at the final proof before the ad ran, and if so, you would think he’d catch the error.
Maybe he doesn’t need one of his Lyric 3 hearing aids; maybe he needs a pair of eyeglasses?

Poor guy. I’m so embarrassed for him.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Knick Knack Paddy Wack

... Give the dog a bone.


Chris Carpenter just cracks me up.