Mar. 7th, 2009

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1. Augh, don't call me at 9:15 on a Saturday when you know I work evenings on Fridays.

2. I had a dream consisting solely of the line "Well, when you're Edwin O. Reischauer, that's the kind of spam you get."

(Reischauer died in 1990, so maybe he's getting it in the afterlife. Or maybe he got special SPAM for his musubi. I wish there had been some context there.)

Eesh.

Mar. 7th, 2009 12:14 pm
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A casual but decent post on Chinese[s] at Language Log, if you've been curious as to my occasional allusion to the notion of "Chinese" being a single language (unified in its written form, with various spoken dialects) as essentially a myth. The comments are interesting, too--there's a really great point about status and mutual intelligibility. Relatively non-technical (well, it would help to know that "AAVE" stands for "African-American Vernacular English").

Also, this is terribly embarrassing: Clinton's gift to Russian Foreign Minister is all wrong. I often complain about English websites and manuals from international companies--"couldn't they have found someone really fluent or a native speaker to spend 5 minutes looking at it?" But apparently the US Secretary of State staff couldn't find a SINGLE RUSSIAN to look at ONE WORD and go "Oooh, no, that's not how we usually say 'Reset'--what you want is 'перезагрузка'--OK? Bye!" (Again, the comments are full of clarifying context.) See, apparently we thought we'd be clever and give them a big red button, like the ones they sell at that one office store, reading RESET in Russian, to say "Let's reset our relations!" Instead they gave them one that reads RESET in English and ... "overloading" in Russian. *headdesk*



*No, "dialect" is not a put-down in itself; everybody speaks a dialect. Or several dialects.
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Red Mango, Pinkberry, Yoswirl, Fro-ggie, Yogurtastic, Sweetgreens, BlissBerry, Yoforia, Mr. Yogato, Iceberry, etc.

(I haven't been in most of these; my local favorite is actually Yogurtastic, but I have plans to try the Red Mango owned by Yul Kwon over in Palo Alto one of these days.)

If you find one of these places or any other strangely named new frozen yogurt place advertising "tart" frozen yogurt opening up near you, you need to go check it out--at least if you fondly remember the early frozen yogurt from the 80s (?) that still had the nip of actual yogurt to it. Froyo with actual yogurt qualities became popular in Korea with the Red Mango chain (debatably? as far as I understand it?) and then the Pinkberry chain knocked it off and ran with it in the LA area in the US, and then Red Mango followed them here, and then tons of copycats ran with the idea. But I hear tell people have come to blows over varying beliefs about that particular chain of events. Whatever, I'm just glad that frozen yogurt has gotten its groove back.

The best places will:

a) advertise or note live culture yogurt
b) be self-serve and sold by weight (it adds up fast), soft-serve in a large paper tub, so you can put swirls of several flavors (like original tart, tart pomegranate, matcha, and dark chocolate) in one tub
c) let you choose your own toppings and MUST include mochi pieces, which combine blissfully with the tangy yogurt, as well as things like mango chunks, kiwi pieces, and other fresh fruit, candy, cereal, flavored powders, and preferably a bunch of the colorful toppings used on shaved ice desserts in most parts of East and maritime Asia--red beans, fruit and coconut gelatins, etc.
d) include some non-tart versions for people who can't deal and for some variety

It's been around for some time now in California but since Yoforia has brought it to Atlanta and all, I figure i should mention it since it's hitting critical mass and you might miss out on it if you don't know what it is! So fabulous. :D Much like pearl milk tea with custard instead of pearls, it's quickly become one of my favorite things. It's usually low-fat and can taste watery to some folks; it doesn't have the luxurious mouthfeel of high-milkfat ice cream, but for me they're two totally different desserts, with tart yogurt being a much lighter and more refreshing choice for a totally different kind of dessert mood.

Anyway, if you're near any major metro in the US, try checking Yelp for "tart frozen yogurt" and see if you can get lucky, or keep your eye out for a place with a wacky name.
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Don't forget about the stupid early time change tonight, non-AZ/HI USA people. Sigh. G'night.
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It's a good thing the Kindle 2 isn't waterproof (despite its serious USB glitch). I do a lot of my reading in the tub at night, but it's sooo easy to buy books through the Kindle itself that I can imagine we might go broke rather quickly.

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