6:42 pm, Friday, April 27th, 2007

You know what annoys me? When people refuse to acknowledge a dog’s correct gender. I’ve seen this happen so many times:

“Aww, what a cute doggy. How old is he?”
    ”Hah, thanks. She’s twelve.”
To the dog: “What a good boy! Aren’t you a good boy? Yes you are!”
    ”Heh, she really likes you.”
“What a pretty boy! Joojoo-joo!”

That scene played out in the unloading area at the Lewiston dog show at least a half dozen times right in front of me. I guess most folks just attach genders to particular breeds. Rottweilers must all be male, shelties are always girls, that sort of thing. I think it irks me cuz it’s kind of rude to the dog. Oh sure, they don’t know that they’re being insulted, but it still seems kinda wrong. You wouldn’t call an infant obscene names, right? Same thing.

While we’re on the subject of dumb stuff that bugs me, why do borg ships have control panels? I was watching Voyager yesterday (the one where Janeway travels to the borg dreamscape by mind-melding with Seven of Nine through Tuvok) and there was a scene where a drone could be seen tapping out something on a keypad in the background of a cube interior. Why don’t they use their “cortical transciever” (or whatever) to send those commands wirelessly? For that matter, why do drones retain most of their (organic) bodies after assimilation? And don’t even get me started on the absurdity of holograms being the only form digital intelligences can have (well, that or androids). The Doctor should be able to run in some kind of simulation without always needing to be projected somewhere physical.

Check out these Extra Manly™ pigs-in-a-blankets I made last night. You might not be able to tell from the photo, but they’re huge. Each one is almost as big as my fist. They were good, but the crescent rolls were a little on the rich side.

Super Manly Pigs-in-a-Blankets

Okay, I gotta get going — just wanted to get today’s entry out of the way before I headed to the Tri-Cities to meet Dr. Waldsmith and work on the digital X-ray system.

11 Responses to “#788”

  1. Beefy:

    My god! Those Extra Manly™ pigs in blankets look glorious. I think I’m going to make some now! But they’ll be Extra Extra Manly™ PIB…cause I’m making them…and I’m super dooper manly.

  2. Hank:

    Haha, thanks.

    Extra Extra Manly™? What are you gonna do, baste them with testosterone? :D

  3. Krunk:

    Haha! I never knew those were called pigs-in-a-blanket. I always just called them hotdog buns/wraps. I was just curious what makes them “extra manly”, the size of the hotdog?

    //krunk (^_^x)

  4. Peter:

    Extra manly?

    Shouldn’t those be called “Beefy”? Or would that be trademark infringement?

  5. Mom:

    You should come up with a extra special dipping sauce for those pigs in a blanket. Something with stone ground mustard, dijon mustard and maybe some creamy horseradish and a touch of beer, being manly and all. I always thought pigs in a blanket were sausages wrapped in pancakes? Is that polska kebasa wrapped in biscuit dough? Hot dogs will never seem enough now.

  6. Hecatomb:

    So much fascination over pig guts…

    But I’m actually commenting on calling infants obscene names. Why wouldn’t you? I do all the time, they don’t know.

  7. Hank:

    Re: Krunk: They’re Extra Manly™ because the meat is kielbasa sausage (like 1.8″ diameter) — much bigger than you’d normally use for PIABs. And the crescent rolls are the extra large size Pillsbury makes.

    Re: Peter: Well I think it’d be a misnomer since they’re pork-based. Plus that’s Keith’s nickname and that could get confusing.

    Re: Mom: Pancakes? That’s too weird. But crepes could be interesting.

    Re: Justin: lol, classic Justin.

  8. Beefy:

    RE: Peter – Total trademark infringement. I would sue.

  9. Beefy:

    Hey Hank, I can’t find your wp search to find it myself, but what plug-in did you use for the quotes on the bottom of every page?

  10. JediBear:

    Most of Voyager is in the category of “dumb stuff that bugs me.” I can’t believe I actually watched that show.

    Star Trek would have been a great deal better off without it, not that that’s saying much.

    I’m going to have to see if I can come up with a coin and try to do pigs in a blanket with vegetarian analogues. Never did get quite broken from that SDA diet.

  11. hjo3:

    Re: Beefy/quotes: This plugin. IIRC, I had to install Exec PHP to get it to work. And I tweaked the HTML and CSS a little bit to get it to display the way I like.

    Re: Robert: Yeah, the writers really didn’t seem to care about realism at all. I liked it better than Enterprise though.

    What the heck do you replace the sausage with in a vegetarian PIAB? Fried tofu? I’d like to hear how it turns out though.