Archive for the ‘Reader Challenge’ Category

READER CHALLENGE: That Familiar Feeling

September 28, 2007

Okay, this will sound silly, but it’s driving me crazy. Here you can see a picture of Cortana, a character from the Halo games. In particular that picture is from Halo 2. She looks really familiar, like a famous actress or something. If anyone can tell me who I am thinking of, you’ll be my friend forever.

Thanks!

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READER CHALLENGE: Cooking With The Whole Garden?

July 2, 2007

I still plan on doing the resolutions round-up, but first, from the inscrutable Moi (my girlfriend, for anyone new), a question for any biology-or-cuisine savvy readers.

The question stems from the fact that Moi has this odd habit of nibbling, like our own little bunny, on all the plants in our garden, even though most of them are not generally considered edible. From this, she has learned that carrot tops taste a bit like carrots, as do pea leaves taste like peas, while tomato leaves definitely don’t taste like tomatoes. Really, it is a miracle that we have any plants at all.

Clearly, she isn’t dead yet, so nothing is very toxic. But why, if these bits of the plant all taste as good as she says, don’t we eat them? This is my question to you? Is it a matter of gastronomic preference, or are their biological reasons for it? Are our stomachs even set up to digest some of these plants (I know we would need to evolve a rumen to extract nutrients from grass, for example)?

I hope someone out there has the answer. In the meantime, look for the Cooking with the Whole Garden cookbook.

READER CHALLENGE: Mystery Referral

June 12, 2007

Well, today has turned into something rather odd. Apparently, since midnight last night the site has gotten seven referrals from a Wall Street Journal On-line article (here). I e-mailed the site’s customer service page, but I won’t hold my breath. So, if anyone out there has a subscription and can find out why a link to my site is there, please! Mega-cool points will be awarded.

READER CHALLENGE: Spanish Shakespeare?

June 1, 2007

So, Moi and I were on the subject of crazy, messed up English today and our apparent complete hatred for following our own spelling and pronunciation rules. This is especially bad for her, because coming from a Spanish speaking background, she gets lost sometimes. But it’s totally adorable so who cares?

Anyway, it reminded me of an interesting argument I had heard, which went like this: English is a less attractive (in the sleek, efficient way an iPod is attractive) than other languages but is more descriptive because of the numerous linguistic traditions which have fed into it. Because English contains many duplicate words for one thing, these words have finer gradients of meaning then equivalents in other languages. take, for example, the difference between stupid and ignorant. Both mean that you lack knowledge, but ignorant adds that you are not at fault, because you never had a chance to learn, while stupid implies that you merely never wanted to learn.

In particular, the person I heard say this claimed that Shakespeare could never have existed in any language but English. Granted, this assumes that Shakespeare did the best job of crafting important literary archetypes in all of history. But I am curious what people think. Could Romeo and Juliet have been written in Spanish? Would a Rose’s smell be as poignant a metaphor in any language but English?

Feel free to weigh in, but please, behave! Polite debate.

READER CHALLENGE: Canon RAW Format

May 18, 2007

Hello all! Tonight I’m aksing for a little help. I have a Canon Rebel and have altely been shooting RAW, but can’t get my computer to recognize it. I have the canon raw extractor, I have photoshop, and I have windows XP. But no dice.

Anyone who can help with get mega cool points! until then, the pictures of my car are off limits.

Other then that, today was about work. Good work, though. Productive day.

First Ever: READER CHALLENGE!

May 6, 2007

Anyone who can identify the anime that this image comes from gets five cool points! And will sound smart!

Also, apparently jsut the other day the page had 16 views. What’s with that? Who is out there?