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  1. Thanksgiving 2008

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
  2. Happy Veterans Day '08

    As an aside, what was truly wonderful to see today was a document that my Grandfather had. It was from the city on behalf of the Country to the Vets after they got back, thanking them for what they did and how everyone is indebted to them for fighting for our freedom. It was so awesome to see I cried at that. To know at one time this was appreciated so sincerely and deeply.
  3. Happy Veterans Day '08

    As would I. I visited my Grandfather today who served voluntarily in the Navy and ironically it's his 93rd birthday. Thank you.
  4. Chef Gordon Ramsay

    You're welcome Scott.
  5. Chef Gordon Ramsay

    People are always quick to point out his abrasiveness, but they don't seem to point out that he doesn't belittle anyone or make them feel horrible for the heck of it. And the fact that he spends so much of his time out there helping restaurants, because he genuinely wants to see them succeed. Kind of like what I try to do when I tell people about Objectivist ideas. It makes feel great when I get my ideas and values out there, and contribute a little in trying to "shape the world in my values". I've seen him be genuinely, pleasantly surprised when a restaurant has maintained what they learned from him and are out of debt.
  6. Chef Gordon Ramsay

    Yes, I have this episode. I am not used to his use of.... language, but I have noticed that a lot of the times he can be very patient and encouraging in his way. The only time I have ever seen him speak like that to other people is when they are evasive, dishonest or just plain stupid. A lot of these 'chefs' should know better, for example, not cooking the food properly (raw) , using frozen or powdered foods, sub-standard cleanliness and so on. Or for instance, in one of the first episodes, a 23 year old guy was a head chef, but he didn't know how to cook an omelette. I don't think these are cases of ignorance, (in which you should never blame someone), but instead a case where someone should know better but is being lazy. It's an insult to the industry. He gets frustrated at things that should be common sense, like this video here of not adding certain flavours together. I know that is an optional, but there are certain flavours that just don't go no matter what palette you have. For example salsa and peanut butter. Or when a kitchen hasn't been cleaned in months and has rat droppings behind the meat cutter. Yeah I'd get mad!! You're putting peoples health at risk! It mirrors my industry where a person is paying for an experience. They don't want to sit and see dusty tools, dirty floors, and staff that are un-professional or even rude. There are just certain standards of cleanliness and conduct. And these are the things that should be well known from the beginnings. When you're right on the brink of going bankrupt, and you have automatized a whole host of horrible habits such as the ones I mentioned above, coupled with managers that don't have the courage to be leaders, sometimes his way is necessary. Something like taking someone by the shoulders and shaking them saying "wake up and Think!" All I've ever seen is positive results from what he does. Yes, what he says seems harsh, but people remember it, and the situation becomes very real. It's not a game.
  7. Chef Gordon Ramsay

    Arnold, Could you please explain to me exactly what you mean by "His presentation is like presenting a bouquet of flowers in a piss-pot" ? That did not make sense to me. That's too bad you have a negative view of him.
  8. Chef Gordon Ramsay

    Sorry! I forgot to mention something. His shows are: 1) Kitchen Nightmares 2)Hell's Kitchen
  9. Chef Gordon Ramsay

    Regardless of whatever version it is, he is inspiring still the same. The only difference is how willing the people are to be honest. But to me, whether or not people are willing to accept the truth is irrelevant to me. It's Gordon.
  10. Election Day, 2008

    Thank you for that link Phil. That was a nice breath of fresh air.
  11. Happy Birthday to B. Royce

    Happy Happy Birthday Brian!!!
  12. The Daily Dose of Reason

    This is great! I love being to access his archived articles and blurbs. Thanks for the heads up.
  13. Happy Birthday to RayK

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ray!!!
  14. Happy Birthday to dondigitalia

    Happy Birthday!!
  15. I Got Part of a Job!

    Congratulations!! I hope you have a blast!
  16. Happy Thanksgiving weekend!!

    Happy Thanksgiving weekend!!
  17. Happy Thanksgiving weekend!!

    Thank you all! Mercury, I didn't know you were so up to date on the happenings of Kitchener Waterloo. Thank you.
  18. Happy Thanksgiving weekend!!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Thanksgiving
  19. How to procrastinate

    Haha! I love this!!
  20. Happy Birthday, Betsy!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!
  21. "Legend of the Seeker"

    I'm very excited about this series! I just hope they do a good job of it. I have a certain image in my mind, (having read the whole series once and on my second round) that I love and I hope they only improve upon the richness and loveliness of the concretes. Goodkind has a great ability to describe beautiful scenery very well. Whether or not it will convey Objectivist values, I am not sure, but one of the great things I love about his main character Richard Rahl, is his Psychological development and growth. I have picked up on a lot of rational ideas in the books... whether or not explicitly Objectivist, I don't think so. I have just enjoyed the book for what it was and abstracted out (ignored) the negative. Goodkind is incredibly imaginative and a very good writer. I very much enjoy the series, and look forward to future works of his
  22. Objectivism, Intelligence, and Cultural Change

    I was initially attracted to Objectivism because of my sense of life and intellectual honesty. Objectivism taught me how to think, and in doing so increased my intelligence.
  23. Happy Birthday to free spirit

    THANK YOU for your Birthday wishes everyone!! I appreciate all your kind words !
  24. Happy Birthday to Dan Cross

    Happy birthday fellow Libra Hope your day has been Great!!
  25. This recipe is from the website I told you about before, Epicurious.com I've always liked corn on the cob. I would boil it, smear some butter, and if adventurous, salt and pepper (!) But after making this recipe, I was so impressed at the combination of flavor. If you like corn on the cob, you'll love this recipe. MINI CORN ON THE COB Active time: 5 min Start to finish: 15 min Servings: Makes 4 servings Ingredients Kosher salt to taste 3 ears corn, shucked and cut into thirds 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 cup grated Parmesan Preparation 1. In a pot of salted boiling water, cook the corn, covered, for about 4 minutes. Drain and set aside. 2. Return the pot to medium heat and melt the butter. 3. Add the lime juice and chili powder and stir to combine. 4. Return the cobs to the pot and stir until they're coated with the mixture. 5. Transfer to a platter, sprinkle with the Parmesan, and serve.