#737

6:44 pm, Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

We ended up going to Pho Hoang (a Vietnamese place over by Kinko’s) yesterday instead of the sushi buffet. The food was good; we had spring roll appetizers (filled with greens, shrimp, and beef and served with a peanut/oyster dipping sauce — tastier than it sounds) and bubble tea (coconut for me, honeydew for Brett), and I had a bowl of beef soup with noodles. I’m definitely going there again for the bubble tea.

It snowed here last night — a whopping five inches in Federal Way alone. Tons of accidents and road problems followed, of course. I talked to Charlie on the phone a little while ago and apparently it took him seven hours to get home from work last night (that’s over in Southcenter — normally about twenty minutes away). It sounds like I-405 was the worst place to be in the early morning hours today… the helicopter footage showed lots of cars turned every which way there. Just ridiculous. I went to Safeway for sandwich makings today and their parking lot was a certifiable deathtrap: perfectly smooth ice about an inch thick covered every surface. I had to walk like an old man to get to the store entrance without falling down.

So as it turns out, the Monday game was canceled; apparently Keith had to get his windshield replaced on short notice. And Martin called me this afternoon to let me know the GURPS game was off. Probably just as well with the roads being in the state they are. Plus I’d been dreading the drive up that steep hill on Denny Way… that thing’s rough even in nice weather.

I made some great sandwiches for lunch today. After leaving Pho Hoang yesterday, we stopped by a neighboring bakery. We got a blueberry scone, some applebutter, and a loaf of Dakota bread, which is basically a honeywheat with sunflower and sesame seeds milled into it. Anyway, I took that bread and spread cream cheese on one slice, mayonaise on the other, and filled the gap with pan roasted turkey cold cuts, muenster cheese, leaves of romaine, and yellow mustard. Absolutely superb. I even took a picture to commemorate the meal.

Turley on Dakota with muenster

I found this neat little site called Omnipelagos. Its home page says it can find “the shortest paths between any two things.” Sometimes the links are a real stretch, but it’s amusing. Here’re the results of a search I did for the shortest path from pyramids to Frankenstein:

Pyramid
For thousands of years, the largest structures on Earth were pyramids: first the Red Pyramid in the Dashur Necropolis and then the
Earth
[Biosphere] latitude and height above the sea level separates biomes. Terrestrial biomes lying within the Arctic, Antarctic Circle
Arctic Circle
[Plot summary] The novel opens with Captain Walton on a ship sailing north of the Arctic Circle. Walton’s ship becomes ice-bound
Frankenstein

You have to translate that a little bit to see the connections clearly, but it works — in a nutshell, Omnipelagos is saying pyramids are on earth, which is also the home of the arctic, which is where one can find the arctic circle, which is one of the settings used in the book Frankenstein. Kinda nifty, huh? Here’s one connecting dysentery to lollipops:

Dysentery
[Etiology / Amoebic dysentery] Amoebic dysentery is transmitted by contaminated water, and is well known as a “traveler’s dysentery” because of its prevalence in developing nations
Water
Condensed milk is cow’s milk from which water has been removed and to which sugar has been added, yielding a very thick
Condensed milk
[Ingredients] sugar, corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, condensed skim milk, cocoa, whey, soya lecithin
Tootsie Roll
[History] New York Stock Exchange in 1922. In 1931, the Tootsie Pop, a hard-candy lollipop with Tootsie Roll filling was invented
Lollipop

So dysentery is transmitted by contaminated water, which is the substance one removes to make condensed milk and condensed skim milk is an ingredient in Tootsie Rolls, which, in 1931, were used to make Tootsie Pops, which are a kind of lollipop. I don’t think that’s exactly the shortest path, but it’s fun to see how the script used Wikipedia entries to get from one subject to another.

3 Responses to “#737”

  1. Keith:

    So Tristyn is still trying to find the best place to have replace the windshield. The weather in downtown Seattle is fine, but near my place some people can’t even pull out of the driveway. The roads and sidewalk are completely iced over. It took me almost 15 minutes to walk two blocks to my bus stop this afternoon.

    So I have to work next monday but I’ll be back for the 11th. I don’t think anyone is going to game on Christmas.

    I have a few ideas for a D&D game I’m thinking about after January.

  2. hjo3:

    How’d it break? Just crack from the cold weather?

  3. Keith:

    Yeah. She was driving to come get me and it expanded almost 3 feet across in a matter of seconds.