Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by forzainter, Oct 17, 2007.
Mila is making me thirst to try the new Jim Beam Apple bourbon.
UCLA was once a daily place to play for me, and I really like Westwood. For beaches, I went south to Del Mar. In L.A., if you stay west of the 405, you can avoid the pollution. If you can avoid the freeways for work, it is not such a bad place.
Milla Jovovich and Mila Kunis were both born in Ukraine.
Both would have been great Cold War spies, on either side, as they are smart and beautiful.
There is something comical about honeypots (honeytraps). Diplomats, spies, and government workers in places like Russia, the U.S., and China are briefed about the tactics, but it still often works.
Usually, the woman has a file about the target, and drops false information about similar interests, beliefs, or experiences to induce the initial bond. The funny thing is how the defenses go down when the subject believes she agrees with and thinks like him. In essence, the target is often falling in love with himself.
The foreign intelligence service also often has an idea of the tastes of the target. CIA and British intelligence have often (historically) used friendly intelligence services to find women for these spy games, due to the official constraints of their methods. Russia and China have no qualms with these tactics.
During the Cold War, it is my understanding that the Soviet Union was better at these operational methods than the West. Even businessmen are compromised in many countries by these tactics today, if they have useful information.
Lesson: if you are traveling, relevant to an intelligence agency, and meet a woman who seems too good to be true, that may well be the case.
You can train and brief people all you want, but the basic instincts are still the most powerful ones, aren’t they?
I’m pretty sure I won’t visit CA ever again. Then again, I’ve been sure about things before only to be proven wrong. Life is a timid cat...
I miss driving down Sunset Boulevard to the clubs of the Sunset Strip, sometimes seeing great bands, and often staying in a hotel because of the direction of the night.
I went to a Russian market yesterday, and among other things, bought three jars of very good pickled dill cucumbers.
Someday, humanity will get tired of watching Anthony Bourdain stuff his face with food.
I am already tired of being reminded by Peyton Manning that "chicken parm tastes so good."
Were they out of Beluga Caviar , Mike ?
Domino's opened a pizza joint in Milan last week, described by one commentator as "selling ice cubes to Eskimos." Domino's will deliver, a novel concept in Italy apparently. Best thing about Domino's pizza: if you turn in upside down and shake it, nothing comes off.
I tried Domino's once, about ten years ago, and it was basically pizza dough, with almost no sauce, cheese or toppings. I imagine they will come up with something completely different from what they sell in the American market, trying to somewhat match the local expectations in terms of quality and styles. This will be an interesting exercise in marketing.
American pizza chains have done well in places like Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, where the local pizza is usually very poorly done. It is hard to imagine going to Milan and having a pizza from Domino's.
Only eggplant caviar, Sentinel.
Tantalizing, as always, Mike !
Interesting exercise in marketing indeed.
^^ A friend worked years ago doing delivery for a local take-out roasted chicken joint. You actually had to use your own car and they would put a portable warming oven in the back seat. He turned on to a main road and hadn't adequately secured the back door, which opened, leaving the oven to fall out and the chickens to go rolling down the highway. Undaunted as a postman, he gathered up those chickens and the oven, threw them in the back seat, and made his deliveries.
Did the chickens cross the road during their interaction with gravity? Did the police issue tickets for jaywalking?
When I eat at a restaurant, I often worry about what goes on in the kitchen.
If I dined at a place called Hannibal's Bistro and they were short on the serving staff, I would not order the liver.
I woke up one morning in Stockholm by a lake, with a duck sitting right next to me.
Currently, I am not wearing a hat.
IBM, Apple, Dell/EMC, Cisco, Oracle...are The Walking Dead!
Dead Man Walking was a good film.
Has anyone seen Steve Jobs?
I should be asleep by now, but then I realize that the sushi at Kastrup airport looked rather excellent the last time I was there, so I guess i just have to be awake these two hours waiting for my bus to the train...
I never noticed sushi at Kastrup Airport. How was it? I am mostly familiar with Danish beer upon arrival in Denmark, whether by train, plane, or boat.
It was open but not anywhere near done when I arrived, so I decided to skip it. Instead decided upon an omelette and a rather decent IPA for a price that could classify as extortion in certain countries.
You can get sushi (decent sushi at that) practically everywhere now.
I consider that to be a good thing.
Agree to disagree, I'm afraid.
I wonder if Kastrup Airport serves real wasabi.
I used to stay away from Japanese food in non-Japanese places, but with all the computerized logistics, packaging technologies, cold chains and what not, I believe that anything is possible in today’s world.
It is strange how memory works. I was just channel serving and came across a show about Budapest that discussed Unicum liquor, which triggered a memory that I haven't thought about for many years.
In 1991, when I was young, a friend of mine and I went to Budapest. We met some Hungarian girls and agreed to go to a club that night. I bought two bottles of Unicum. We met outside the apartment of one of the girls, who didn't want us to bother her parents, so we drank Unicum in her father's little Soviet car.
There were five girls, and my friend and I, in this tiny car. One of the girls sat on my lap, and everyone smoked cigarettes and drank Unicum. At some point, two girls from Dresden, that one of them knew, joined us. It was cold outside and everyone left their coats in the trunk.
There was a tangle of legs, party dresses, high-rise shoes, cigarette smoke, and the smell of alcohol in the car. One of the girls played music on a tape recorder. Eventually, we went to a club, which I think was called Na Na.
I find that often times, buying a quality bottle from a duty-free shop is a more sensible and economical option.
Winter car parties were definitely popular in the 1990s. What I don’t like is when gypsy cabbies hang out drinking in one of the cabs for hours while waiting for customers in the middle of a winter night.
I would like to learn more about the nuances between different varieties of onions.
When I was 14, my finger lost its "virginity" in the backseat of a Volkswagen Beetle on a cold night in West Germany. Schnapps and Parkbrau lager were in the mix and Spencer Davis Group's Gimme Some Loving was on the radio.
A sandwich should not be so tall that you need to unhinge your jaws to bite into it.
Agreed -- cut them up, I say, even if it’s a burger. Glad I don’t have to worry about that with this new Djokovic gluten-free thing I am trying with no bread or noodles.
You are in training to make your poasts not SoBad???
I am disappoint!
I felt like I had been retiring from important TTW debates too often and needed a change.
Mustard is underrated, meaning the real thing, not the sugary bland mix pushed by the BigFood in the Anglosaxonia.
Other underrated foods:
- all seafood
@Mustard is a great contributor to discussions on this board concerning recent history of pro tennis. He and @Moose Malloy are walking encyclopedias of tennis facts.
Great suggestion but will be useless for most since they will ignore so perfect for this thread
Juniper plant used in gin production in 'critical state'
25 October 2015
A Scottish plant that is used to flavour gin is being killed off by disease, a report has concluded. The study by Plantlife said juniper was in a "critical state" due to the spread of the deadly fungal disease phytophthora austrocedrae. The report followed a science survey carried out by amateur enthusiasts.
As well as an ingredient for Scottish gin producers, juniper provides food for some wildlife including the juniper shield bug. The report concludes that the decline of juniper is caused by the failure of juniper bushes - many of which are over a century old - to produce seed.
I did buy bottle at the duty-free but it wasn't really quality drink but rather two bottles of Jack Daniel's.
Glad though that a carton of cigarettes were slightly cheaper than at home but a lot cheaper than in the UK. (£13,99 for a pack? Extortion!)
While not some sort of whiskey connoisseur’s dream, Jack Daniels is quality in my book. Tastes like they have the basic purification processes and quality control procedures in place.
London cigarette prices sound a bit like New York. Never even paid attention to the retail prices in NYC, always stocked up online, highest quality at around USD 30-40 per carton, including shipping.
My last duty-free score was 2 cartons of Seven Stars 14 (my favorite) at USD 20 apiece at the Busan airport. Not bad, considering the price in Japan is JPY 460 per pack. Would have bought 20 cartons, if not for the silly customs regulations...
P.S. ... and excess luggage weight charges imposed by the criminal enterprise known as Air Busan.
Juniper is definitely underrated and it’s sad to hear of its current critical state. I had a brief bout of addiction to Tanqueray 10, which is far from shy about letting the botanicals come through. I hope some medical research organization publishes a study some day about the magic of mixing juniper, quinine, and lime juice.
The bulletproof vest was actually invented by a pizza delivery guy from Detroit, he was shot twice on the job.
Ritchie Blackmore Highest-Paid Guitarist in the World
Ritchie Blackmore led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid guitarists” released on Wednesday.
It's been a rough year for the guitarist, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 70-year-old Ritchie Blackmore has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid guitarists for 2015 with an estimated $96 million in combined earnings.
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