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12 October 2019 @ 09:56 pm
Yes, they do! A couple of my local grocery stores have eggnog on the shelves.
Not if you're concerned about cross-contamination with critter substances, at any rate.

Their website does warn -- if you go deep enough -- that "It is important to note that our Restaurants are open kitchen environments that also offer non-vegan options. The ingredients used in any of our menu options could have inadvertently come into contact with non-vegan ingredients during preparation." But this is not an accurate description of the state of affairs; it's not a "could", it's a "will". The patties are cooked on the same surfaces, with the same tools, as the meat-based items on their menu. I asked one of their servers last night if the cross-contamination rate is 100%, and she said "Yes."

So much for the alleged "The Beyond Sausage™ patty is vegan, but of the three sandwiches, only the Beyond Sausage™ Lettuce Tomato is vegan!".

I'd sent messages to their customer-service people twice, via their website, to ask about this. Perhaps not-so-oddly, they never got back to me.
06 May 2019 @ 02:15 pm
On his Everything Possible - Fred Small in Concert recording, Small attributes to Tom Paxton: "Tom Paxton said it best. Some folks you don't have to satirize; you just quote 'em." (I've asked both Small and Paxton about this quotation. Paxton doesn't recall having said such a thing, nor does Small remember the circumstances.)

But in my experience, some people and positions are very difficult to satirize... or at least very frustrating. Because what I regard as grotesque, ridiculous exaggeration, some of their supporters take to be enthusiastic agreement. And then those supporters take things even farther. My most bizarre imaginings don't — can't — go as far as what some people take to be absolute truth.

And, of course, I don't want to be perceived as being on their side.

29 April 2019 @ 12:51 pm
Ganked from [personal profile] madfilkentist , a very filk-y promotional video for the upcoming Good Omens mini-series: a lovely a cappella performance by the nuns of the Chattering Order of St. Beryl, "Brand New Baby Smell".

07 April 2019 @ 04:16 pm
Our home phone rang.  Just the once.  The caller was gone long before I could get to the phone, before even the call-display thing was able to get the phone number.  The call doesn't even register in the call history.

Hardly the first time, though usually the phone spammers at least connect long enough to have the call register.  But what's the point of making such calls?  It's not like they're going to get a lot of people responding.  Reacting, certainly, with annoyance.  But picking up the phone and hearing the spiel?  Not so much.

But I'm reminded of a little thing that has bugged me about a number of SF shows as far back as I've watched them, Star Trek being the first one that came to my attention in this way.  It's one thing to make a phone call, wait until someone picks up the phone, and say something like "Kirk to Engineering".  If you're not already talking to someone in that department, you're talking with someone who will forward the call.  It's quite another to activate a communicator, say "Kirk to Engineering", and expect that you will immediately be talking with someone in that department.  That would require you to have an open line to everyone you might need to talk to, and have them all waiting on your word.  Otherwise... until you say that magic word "Engineering", how can the system know how to route your call?  How can the recipient know instantly who's calling?  It would be somewhat better to say something like "Engineering, this is Kirk".  At least that way, your call can be going to the right person before you get on with the rest.  But you'd still probably need a few seconds for someone to respond, because they at least have to listen to your message before they respond to it.

06 April 2019 @ 03:58 pm
Ontario's government has been asserting that increasing high-school class sizes' maximum from 22 to 28 will be good for the students, by preparing them for the hardships of working life.


This morning I ran across a relevant Non Sequitur strip from August 1993:

Preparing students for real world, Non Sequitur 1993 Aug 20
01 April 2019 @ 02:07 pm
Pondering... would "autotonsillectomy" refer to tonsils spontaneously falling off, to removing one's own tonsils, or to yanking them out with a car?
20 March 2019 @ 12:07 am
I've heard from several sources about something of a public uproar regarding J.K. Rowling's having revealed in commentary on the recently-released Fantastic Beasts DVD that Dumbledore was gay, and had had a relationship with Grindelwald. The revelation is being described as entertainment news.

Umm... 11½-year-old news?

28 February 2019 @ 12:51 pm
Plot concept: random people, perhaps one in a thousand, suddenly acquire a moderate superpower, such as running-pace flight or throw-a-car-a-few-meters super strength, which fades away after a year or so. Result: a lot of criminal gangs which have a lot of turnover as well as mutual conflict.

I spent too much time early this morning, on the edge of sleep, alternating between pondering the implications and seeing them play out in a dream. My role was a guy who had managed to piss off a few of those gangs by declining their "invitations" to join, but who had a "superpower" of extraordinary luck which managed to let him not be hit -- just barely -- by various "accidents" and explicit murder attempts. For a bit more than a year, which meant that that luck was overdue for going away. And everybody knew it. "Don't worry about it, we'll get him next time."

My subconscious is not a happy person.

People are so accustomed to being misdirected by their GPS devices that one would hardly notice if it had been hacked to detour one into a gradually-narrowing dark lane for nefarious purposes.