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Weekend social 01/02/2013

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Christmas truce 1914Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever.

No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?


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21 comments on “Weekend social 01/02/2013”

  1. r0b 1

    Sure is hot. I think I’ll head to the beach (again) this weekend…

  2. McFlock 2

    Hammock. Garden. Vodka. Tonic. Ice.

  3. Lanthanide 3

    Planning on going to Cave Stream.

    • Rogue Trooper 3.1

      Cathedral Cove? oops, wrong island, but you know where i mean. (On my wall I have a black and white photo I took of the “scooter” up past Castle Hill)

  4. shaz 4

    Tom Paine on Chris Laidlaw’s Sunday 11.40 Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint

    Flyer for the programme says “Wayne Brittenden has been Radio New Zealand’s correspondent in several capital cities over the years. Each week he gives fresh insights into a wide variety of topics of national and international concern, followed by Chris Laidlaw’s discussion of the issue with guests. Wayne’s topic this week is probably one of the most neglected figures in history. Despite championing crucial causes that were well before his time and playing an influential role in both the French and American revolutions, this great Enlightenment thinker has been marginalised by history. All will be revealed in Counterpoint, and Chris follows up with two American guests who help throw further light on an extraordinary figure. Can you guess the name?”

    • Rogue Trooper 4.1

      off the top of my head (have not heard, but took a wi peek) Voltaire?

      • rosy 4.1.1

        Yep. Voltaire fits the bill, but is he’s definitely not marginalised in France ; -)

        I saw his tomb in the Pantheon – directly opposite Rousseau so they can continue arguing in eternity, according legend.

  5. Murray Olsen 5

    Stay at home and think about the weekend two weeks from now, when I might be able to travel a little. Read, let my computer do some calculations, and curse myself for spending too much time on the internet.

    • rosy 5.1

      Our weekend is pretty much the same (including spending too much time on the internet) – except that travel is three days away when the watches change over to NZ time and we guiltily use up a decent chunk of greenhouse gas.

  6. NickS 6

    And recommendations on decent white and red wines for cooking with at the $10-20 range?

    Also here’s all of Minuit’s new damn-kickarse album: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10853894

    • JK 6.1

      I haven’t got a good wine for cooking (other than cask of course – that’s always helpful) but
      Ngatarawa Stables sauv blanc 2012 is ….. delicious ………… that’s within your price range, but
      drinking only … its too good for cooking with.

    • Rosie 6.2

      Hi NickS.

      It’s probably a bit late for it now as you were probably making a recipe last night that called for wine. None the less, heres what I’ve been told and what I’ve read.: Forget the the term cooking wine. Use the same wine that you will be drinking with your meal.

      In the past we tended to use cheap wine as an ingredient because we thought we that the “inferiority” wouldn’t come through once it was cooked into food, and because we saw cooking as being less deserving of good wine. In a way I think we were trying to imitate mediterranean and european recipes back in the day and thought we were being epically sophisticated. In the old days when NZ was in its baby stages of wine making there wasn’t the choice and quality there is now and wine was seen as a more precious thing, not to be “wasted” in food so we substituted cheap wine in place of decent wine in our recipes. I think this approach has kinda stuck as a food ingredient protocol.

      To that end, I very rarely cook with wine, preferring to drink it instead (unless its for a particular tomato based sauce that I make to go with spinach, parmesan and ricotta dumplings, and I do use a red wine, usually something thats hefty enough to deal with a garlicky chili rosemary tomato sauce)

      You’d probably find some more info about cooking with wine here: http://www.cuisine.co.nz

      Happy kitchen times:-)

      • Rosie 6.2.1

        PS NickS

        You might have a more refined tastes than me so maybe you’re acustomed to good wine, purchased from a proper wine store so to clarify my point above: when I talk about good wine, I mean decent wine and with my budget I usually get what I’d call decent wine for anywhere between $10 and $14. Both supermarket chains in NZ are often selling decent quality wine for below their wholesale value. Its pretty astonishing really. The Stables savvy that JK talked about is an example – and worthy of putting in your food…….! I also gravitate towards Sileni Estate and Yealands.

  7. Rogue Trooper 7

    Blame it on our A D D

  8. Sadly I did not win the NZonAir funding with the lovely 27 votes I amassed.
    Thanks to those that indulged me.

    Updated my world saving track First contact – I come in peace.
    You can vote if you want, or not. I’m liking it anyway.

    Premise for the video, song, short story, novel, play and movie (think that’s got it covered).
    Humans in the future work together to build a logic machine to reverse global warning. When they finally succeed in making the technology, they realise they’re too far post tipping point for it to work, so the Humanoid Logic Machine works out backwards time travel so they can take the survivors and equipment to a time they know it will work, and they launch a probe AL1 to prepare the world for the great arrival.
    Would be a cracking video.

    For Jenny. Not if I can help it either.

    http://www.theaudience.co.nz/the-al1en/first-contact/
    https://soundcloud.com/theal1en/i-come-in-peace
    http://www.al1en.org/

  9. NickS 9

    Note – growing garlic in plastic bins works really, really well, didn’t even have to top the bins up with more compost either 😉

    Mine got battered by the lovely gales we’ve been getting and the heat, so yanked them out to find that after three months of grow I had nice fat bulbs and giant root systems. One’s in the soil didn’t do so well, but that’s what adding more compost into the bed(s) is for. And not a single sign of bloody white onion rot either, though given how easy it is to get all the needed kit for genetically modify plants I may yet get around to some biohacking :3

    All it takes is some genes that create oxalate resistance through an enzyme that oxidises oxalate iirc.

  10. Rogue Trooper 10

    Colors:Like:oh the oxalis (pretty flowers though)

  11. Rosie 11

    Roguey, FYI, you gave me an earworm in my brain the other day. Jimmy Jazz, Jimmy Jazz. I was doing my daily nosey on the Standard busy reading away when I happened upon your reference to J. A. Z. Z. . It was with me for hooouuurs! It was ok though. Its on my revolving list of 500 favourite songs.

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