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Is quinoa kosher?

The Times reports. You decide: Tasty, gluten-free, protein-rich—and, by many accounts, kosher for Seders lacking in carbohydrate variety—[quinoa] has become a staple of Passover cookbooks. Gourmet magazine hailed it in 2008 as the new “belle of the Passover ball.” If … Continue reading

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There goes the neighborhood

From The North County Times, via Megan McArdle: Authorities have begun to put into place the measures they say will protect the public when they torch a house in northern Escondido that is said to be riddled with explosive materials. … Continue reading

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Tariq Aziz sentenced to death

[Via Research Maven] The Guardian has the story. Talk about your weird synchronicity—just yesterday I was rereading a scene in The Mirage where my fictional version of Aziz narrowly avoids getting killed. I knew the real Aziz was still alive, … Continue reading

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#9

A human foot washed up on a Washington State island Friday morning, raising the tally of feet found on beaches in the Pacific Northwest since 2007 to a total of nine. And while we’re on the subject of history repeating … Continue reading

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Your camera may be telling the world where you are

An article in today’s Times points out a surprising (to me) security vulnerability in smartphone and other GPS-equipped cameras: They mark images with invisible but easily readable* “geotags” pinpointing where (and when) the photo was taken. Take a picture with … Continue reading

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My kind of science fiction

Last Sunday’s New York Times magazine offers a portrait of a modern odd couple. Peggy is a hospice worker whose job is to help people die with dignity. Her husband Robin is an economics professor who plans to have his … Continue reading

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Now what will I eat after civilization collapses?

Last ostrich at Woodland Park Zoo dies. “…after injuries caused by a fall into a water tub.”

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What’s the frequency, Rupert?

Twelve hours after the attempted car bombing in Times Square, CNN is doing non-stop coverage/speculation about the story, while Fox & Friends is interviewing a guy in a George Washington costume about a national park closing in Pennsylvania. Weird.

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Lollipop guild flag at half-staff

Meinhardt Raabe, who played the Munchkin coroner in The Wizard of Oz, and also served as an aviator during World War II, is dead at 94.

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Also, it’s the devil’s game

Dungeons & Dragons Prison Ban Upheld: In an opinion issued on Monday, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit rejected the claims in a lawsuit challenging a ban on the game Dungeons & … Continue reading

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