Tatties

Ways to do potatoes – Dijon potatoes:

2 pounds small red potatoes, halved or quartered if large
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons whole-grain Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

I like roasties too but prefer chip shape with garlic and rosemary:

There are so many things you can do with potatoes, including getting some over to those Irish in 1845-9.  Warning, press Mute on the sound for this, it drives you batty:

How do you like to prepare them?

Fake restaurant queues

There’s fakery everywhere today, including with this restaurant app [shades of the crisis actors hired for Charlottesville]:

Pretend for a moment that you’re walking through your neighborhood and notice a line of people wrapped around the block outside a newly opened restaurant.

Local food bloggers haven’t written about the venue, so you assume the trendy-looking crowd must be the result of contagious, word-of-mouth buzz.

There was a time when that may have been undoubtedly true — when you could trust that a crowd of people was, in fact, a naturally occurring mass of individuals.

But that time may be passing thanks to Surkus, an emerging app that allowed the restaurant to quickly manufacture its ideal crowd and pay the people to stand in place like extras on a movie set.

Interesting to me is that the piece appeared in WaPo, the rag of lies, so the whole thing could be a lie.

We just don’t know any more.

[H/T Chuckles]

Building a bridge

Again, about Twitter:

It’s like electricity, having a car, it’s about anything in life – it’s how you use it that’s critical, that which you allow through and that which you don’t – it’s all in your own hands whether Twitter is to be a learning vehicle or an echo chamber.

Statements like ‘Twitter is for the chattering classes’ may well be true for the latter but just as with the net itself – there’s a world of learning out there, you just have to painstakingly gather it and shut out the dross.

If we’re adults.

Me-again

While it was nice some days back to be able to offer encouragement to Hope Hicks as the new comms director for the White House – she being a savvy and talented gal – sadly we must return to the worst type of women again today:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2017/08/11/report-megyn-kellys-co-workers-outraged-diva-like-host/

According to the New York Post, NBC is reportedly “sparing no expense” on Kelly even though she arguably dragged down much of the network during her first two months there as her Sunday newsmagazine show was usually NBC’s weakest link.

Due to terrible ratings, Kelly’s Sunday show was pulled at least two episodes sooner than planned, and there are questions about whether the Sunday news magazine show that exposed her vapidness will even return after the football season.

Viewers promptly returned to NBC to watch a rerun of Dateline as soon as Kelly went off the air.

For those not up to speed on this woman who’s always resembled a reptile to me, she was a high flier at Fox, anchoring their key news and interview show and the sky was the limit.

Friday on Saturday

1. With these new open borders May seems to want, let’s not forget the Fenian menace:

2. Think this one explains itself:

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/08/500-smart-locks-arent-so-smart-anymore-thanks-to-botched-update/

3. Under the ‘exactly as predicted’ heading:

http://www.climatedepot.com/2017/08/14/no-joke-sailing-trek-to-north-pole-to-highlight-effects-of-climate-change-cancelled-due-to-solid-pack-ice/

http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2017/08/meanwhile-in-no.html

http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2017/08/your-moral-and-439.html

4. Air Force losing personnel? Why not flood it with women?

http://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2017/08/15/the_air_forces_quiet_crisis_112052.html

Also, in comments:

The left has now fully degenerated into mindless thugs. Destroying confederate statues (cultural vandalism) is a metaphor for erasing historical context, essentially enforcing bland post modern nihilism as official thought.

[H/T Chuckles and haiku]