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rönin

rönin

Lurker. Drama-free. You can rest assured that if I ever decide to quit FF, it will be silently and in the dead of night.
When did food @ chain eateries become so bad? TGIF, Olive Garden, Applebee’s et al. It’s like a half step up from TV dinners these days.
I've never liked most food chains, but Red Lobster & Olive Garden used to be edible. Now, everything is salty & greasy. I sort of stopped eating at chain restaurants about 20 years ago, because there were none around & better options. I wonder if it's that distance than makes it taste bad. - Anika
I think in some ways, many have always been a bit sub-par, but stagnating wages and rising food and fuel prices cut into their bottom line. Skimping on ingredients, using frozen, pre-cooked parts of meals in place of fresh prepared, and limiting what kinds of cooking are done on site are all ways to make that up. - Jennifer Dittrich
They pretty-much ARE TV dinners.Everything is shipped from The Big Kitchen Somewhere Else. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Nothing will convince you like a microwaved steak with some last minute grill marks on it from Applebee's. - Eric - ill subliminal
I remember when Applebee's first started they were actually pretty decent. Same w/Olive Garden. It's been all downhill from then. I think Longhorn and Outback are still ok but it's been a while since I've visited either so I hope I'm not disappointed again when I do re-visit. - rönin
My annual visit to Ippudo. West this time. $2 kae-dama pretty much a must. #ramen #lunch http://instagram.com/p...
My annual visit to Ippudo. West this time. $2 kae-dama pretty much a must. #ramen #lunch http://instagram.com/p/w6wOk3MAFp/
Ah... Memories... But man, have they always been this expensive??? $50/book? Yikes! http://instagram.com/p...
Ah... Memories... But man, have they always been this expensive??? $50/book? Yikes! http://instagram.com/p/w6sRfpsAN0/
Last version was about $40/book, though you could often find them for less online. - Jennifer Dittrich
PSA: I should never be entrusted to wrap presents. #DidAHumanWrapThisOrAWolverine #fb
Hello Kitty Plane Will Head To Houston In June 2015 - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Hello Kitty Plane Will Head To Houston In June 2015
Maybe some year they'll make it out to the East coast. =p "Taiwan-based EVA Air has announced that starting in June, they'll send their brand-new Hello Kitty jet on a route from Taipei to Houston, meaning a whole new swath of the U.S. will get to see those tricked-out planes with Hello Kitty luggage tags, Hello Kitty pillows, Hello Kitty soap and inflight meals where every last melon slice, cheese morsel and rice patty is shaped like Kitty's adorable head." - rönin from Bookmarklet
The 3yo wants to know: Why are there highways but no lowways?
There used to be, but the term was deprecated. - Big Joe Silence from iPod
Oh yeah? What're they called now? Streets? =) - rönin
functionally, back roads. sometimes un-named, but often numbered. paved alleys qualify. - Big Joe Silence
YAAAATTTTTAAAAAA!!!!!! "@aicnanime: "Gintama" New TV Anime Series Slated for April 2015 http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-n... via @Crunchyroll"
YAAAATTTTTAAAAAA!!!!!! "@aicnanime: "Gintama" New TV Anime Series Slated for April 2015 http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2014/12/20/gintama-new-tv-anime-series-slated-for-april-2015 via @Crunchyroll"
'Marco Polo': Netflix's Critical Flop that Dared to be Diverse - The Atlantic - http://www.theatlantic.com/enterta...
'Marco Polo': Netflix's Critical Flop that Dared to be Diverse - The Atlantic
"But the truth is, despite its many, many flaws, Marco Polo actually does follow many of MANAA's suggestions, including the following: Asian names or racial features as no more "unusual" than those of whites. More Asian and Asian American lead roles. Until the proverbial playing field is truly level, Asian roles—especially lead roles—should be reserved for Asian actors." - rönin from Bookmarklet
The Naruto  Musical Cast Looks Darn Impressive in Costume - http://kotaku.com/the-nar...
The Naruto  Musical Cast Looks Darn Impressive in Costume
A musical? Oookkk... - rönin from Bookmarklet
How Turbans Helped Some Blacks Go Incognito In The Jim Crow Era : Code Switch : NPR - http://www.npr.org/blogs...
How Turbans Helped Some Blacks Go Incognito In The Jim Crow Era : Code Switch : NPR
How Turbans Helped Some Blacks Go Incognito In The Jim Crow Era : Code Switch : NPR
"There's a weekly trial on the Internet about who may be stealing culture from whom. Earlier this week, the defendants were Iggy Azalea and white gay men. A while back, it was Macklemore and the Harlem Shakers. Now, we have come across a story from the Jim Crow era about cultural mimicry between people of color." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Instagram makes teens and celebrities angry by killing millions of spambots | The Verge - http://www.theverge.com/2014...
LMAO. Although that is a pretty massive drop. "A crackdown on spam Instagram accounts has triggered a cataclysm in the world of low-grade social media celebrities. The event, which began today after the photo-sharing service made good on its promise to start deleting millions of fake accounts, has been dubbed the "Instagram Rapture" after the follower counts of apparently popular Instagrammers were savaged. Jenni Farley, maybe better known as Jersey Shore's JWoww, saw her followers drop from 2.6 million to 115,000, while rapper Ma$e committed Instagram's version of seppuku, deleting his account after freefalling from 1.6 million followers to around 100,000." - rönin from Bookmarklet
LOL, so tragic! - Jenny H. from Android
Now if only Twitter could do the same. - April Russo
I was thinking the same, April. :-) - Stephan
How To Make Taiwan’s Famous Ice Cream Burrito | Audrey Magazine - http://audreymagazine.com/how-to-...
How To Make Taiwan’s Famous Ice Cream Burrito | Audrey Magazine
How To Make Taiwan’s Famous Ice Cream Burrito | Audrey Magazine
Urrr... this must be a relatively recent thing. Cause my wife & I have never heard of or even seen this before. "Found around Taiwan’s famous night markets, the ice cream wrap features peanut candy shavings and a spring-roll crepe cover. There is a savory version of this with pork, cabbage and ground peanuts that is a long-standing, traditional dish. However, it’s the tart ice cream and crunchy peanut candy that makes the sweet version such a hit, starting from its origins in Yilan to trendy settings in Taipei." - rönin from Bookmarklet
The Amount of Trash America Produces is Staggering. So Why Don't We Copy Taiwan? - http://magazine.good.is/article...
The Amount of Trash America Produces is Staggering. So Why Don't We Copy Taiwan?
"When it’s garbage day in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, you won’t see abandoned trash bags on the streets waiting for pickup, as you might in Manhattan. Instead, you’ll find Taiwanese citizens lining up to heave their own bags into the garbage truck each and every night. By turning rubbish collection into a daily civic duty, this island of 23.5 million has been remarkably successful at achieving something that eludes most developing nations: The richer Taiwan gets, the less trash it produces." - rönin from Bookmarklet
"The former minister of Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration, Dr. Eugene Chien, who helped create the program during his tenure, says its success proves that if you educate kids, they do the work for you. “If you tell the adults that they must separate the garbage, they get mad with you,” Dr. Chien told a group of journalists at a meeting in November. “But if I teach their son or their daughter, then the parent will say, ‘Why is my child so smart?’ and they will do it.”" - rönin
Do we have the concept of "civic duty" here? - Brian Johns
We used to, at least. - Spidra Webster
The not leaving trash bags outside for pickup makes sense considering how hot & humid Taiwan is year round. When I was living in Taipei they hadn't started the blue bag only restriction yet but I can imagine that not going over well here. - rönin
North Korea Has The "World's Worst Airline," Here's A Look Inside | Diply - http://travel.diply.com/googlef...
North Korea Has The "World's Worst Airline," Here's A Look Inside | Diply
Besides being old it doesn't actually look too horrible. Plus the ability to fold down the chair in front of you if it's not taken is pretty awesome. =p - rönin from Bookmarklet
Even the food looks about normal for airline food. - rönin
Underwater Cameras Capture Incredible Footage of Killer Whales at Play - http://petapixel.com/2014...
Underwater Cameras Capture Incredible Footage of Killer Whales at Play
"Here’s a short clip from the Smithsonian Channel‘s series “Hunt for the Super Predator.” It shows an encounter a team of photographers and scientists had with killer whales at Bremer Canyon off the coast of Western Australia. Using a special camera rig he designed, wildlife cameraman David Riggs shot some amazing underwater footage of killer whales that looks too good to be true (you can find it at 1:35 in the video)." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Ylvis - Massachusetts [Official music video HD] (Explicit Lyrics) - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Ylvis - Massachusetts [Official music video HD] (Explicit Lyrics)
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A lil' irritating that the only way to import Youtube vids w/the actual vid itself is to favorite them on Youtube. Can't do it through bookmarklet anymore because of https. - rönin
Or you could copy/paste the link and remove the s from https. No need to favorite anything. - bentley
Ah, nice! Hadn't occurred to me to try that. So used to just using the bookmarklet for stuff like that. Thanks! - rönin
Man finds woman with same name as ex to join him on round-the-world trip | World news | The Guardian - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Man finds woman with same name as ex to join him on round-the-world trip | World news | The Guardian
"A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms Right. Jordan Axani, 28, and his then girlfriend, named Elizabeth Gallagher, booked heavily-discounted round-the-world air tickets in May, but their relationship ended and he didn’t want her ticket to go to waste. The ticket had a strict no-transfer policy, but since passport information was not required when booking, it can be used by any Canadian named Elizabeth Gallagher." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Creepy! Everyone Stabbed With This Knife Dies In 3 Days | ClickHole - http://www.clickhole.com/article...
Creepy! Everyone Stabbed With This Knife Dies In 3 Days | ClickHole
"Do you believe in curses? We’re as skeptical as they come, but it’s hard not to have doubts when you hear the story of the Whitmore Dagger. Get this: Every single person stabbed by this knife has died within three days. Sounds crazy, right? Well, here’s the story: In 1917, the original owner of the dagger, Charles Whitmore, stabbed a man in the stomach with it. Three days later, the stabbed man keeled over dead. Mysteriously, there wasn’t a single scratch on the victim—other than the stab wound!" - rönin from Bookmarklet
Dude. Spooky. - Steele Lawman from Android
New York State Just Banned Fracking | Mother Jones - http://www.motherjones.com/blue-ma...
New York State Just Banned Fracking | Mother Jones
"After years of wrangling between environmentalists, lawmakers, and fossil fuel companies, New York's top public health administrator said he would ban fracking in the state, citing health risks." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Enter The 1966 Subway System, Through Photographer Danny Lyon's Lens: Gothamist - http://gothamist.com/2014...
Enter The 1966 Subway System, Through Photographer Danny Lyon's Lens: Gothamist
"The MTA is bringing a little old school New York back underground, where they've installed a new exhibit featuring photos by Danny Lyon, who captured 1960s and 1970s NYC in vivid color after returning from other parts of America. The photos on display were all taken in the subway system in 1966, when Lyon was 25 years old and living in a loft on the corner of Beekman and William Streets. Upon settling back into the city, he took this advice from his mother: “If you’re bored, just talk to someone on the subway.”" - rönin from Bookmarklet
RT @robdaviaugamer: SNL should have Sean Bean host, kill him during his monologue, then do the rest of the show without any host and no explanation.
American Teens Love E-Cigs & China's Hooking Them Up With Little Oversight: Gothamist - http://gothamist.com/2014...
American Teens Love E-Cigs & China's Hooking Them Up With Little Oversight: Gothamist
I have noticed an uptick in stores selling primarily e-cigs in our area. "The NIDA's report surveyed over 41,000 students from 377 high schools, and while its findings confirmed a positive health trend—that fewer and fewer teenagers are taking up smoking—it does point to a surge in teenage e-cigarette use. 17 percent of 12th graders told the NIDA they were smoking e-cigarettes, while only 13.6 percent claimed they used traditional cigarettes. 16 percent of high school sophomores said they smoked e-cigs, compared to only 7.2 percent that claimed to smoke the old fashioned way. Perhaps most startling are the 8.7 percent of 8th graders that profess to be using e-cigarettes." - rönin from Bookmarklet
From moderate Democrats to white Evangelicals, nearly every demographic group believes torture can be justified - The Washington Post - http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...
From moderate Democrats to white Evangelicals, nearly every demographic group believes torture can be justified - The Washington Post
"Those ideological poles at opposite ends of public opinion aren't that surprising. But the distribution of demographic groups between them is. A majority of nearly every group — blacks, whites, women, young adults, the elderly, Midwesterners, suburbanites, Catholics, moderates, the wealthy — said that torture of suspected terrorists can be often or sometimes justified. A majority of only one other group beyond liberals and Democrats disagreed: people with no religion." - rönin from Bookmarklet
I think anyone who thinks that torture could be good, should volunteer to show me. - Anika
All Female Bone-Devouring Worms Fancy Dwarf Males, Except One | Deep Sea News - http://deepseanews.com/2014...
All Female Bone-Devouring Worms Fancy Dwarf Males, Except One | Deep Sea News
"Meet Osedax priapus, from the Latin “os” for bone, and “edax” for devour, the species name “priapus” stems from the Greek god of procreation and “personification of the phallus.” Oh yes. These males are not only independent, they likely use their manly trunks as a penis to directly transfer sperm to the females. Say hello to the bone-devouring-I-am-my-penis worm. Proposed motto: why have a penis, when you can be a penis?" - rönin from Bookmarklet
"When your ancestors are all dwarf paedomorphs, it’s not easy to be a root-bearing giant phallus living the free life." - rönin
"Prehensile penises are a marvel." - rönin
Gives new meaning to "boning". - Spidra Webster
Seriously? @TheDailyShow: #TDSBreakingNews Americans approve torture 2-to-1. So it’s official, even torture is more popular than Congress.
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Denver Cops Arrest Man who Exposed them Beating Man on Video While Promoting Cop who did the Beating - PINAC - http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2014...
Denver Cops Arrest Man who Exposed them Beating Man on Video While Promoting Cop who did the Beating - PINAC
You'd think after what's been going on nationwide w/cops they'd be on their better behavior. But no, not at all. "A man who video recorded Denver police repeatedly punching a man in the face, causing his head to bounce off the pavement, before tripping his pregnant wife and causing her to fall on her face – sparking an FBI investigation into the department – was arrested Thursday in what appears to be a case of retaliation. After all, Denver police not only arrested him on what they called a “newly activated traffic warrant” from a nearby county after he had just left the FBI office with whom he is cooperating on the federal investigation, they refused to allow him to bond out of jail, even though the warrant was regarding a measly missed court date over failure to provide proof of insurance and registration during a traffic stop a few months ago. Denver police are obviously upset that upset Levi Frasier managed to recover the footage from his Samsung tablet after they had deleted it,... more... - rönin from Bookmarklet
Will check to see if this is in the Denver news. - Joe
NYPD Deletes "Motivational" Tweet Quoting Nicholson's "A Few Good Men" Speech: Gothamist - http://gothamist.com/2014...
NYPD Deletes "Motivational" Tweet Quoting Nicholson's "A Few Good Men" Speech: Gothamist
"Col. Jessup is immediately taken into custody after admitting his role in the murder and is subsequently prosecuted, which isn't something NYPD officers have to worry about. The subtext of the NYPD's tweet presumably has to do with how police officers, like soldiers on Nicholson's proverbially "wall," sometimes need to do things (like homicide?) that the general public might find distasteful, in order to keep the general public safe. This is the hard "truth" that whiny liberal tree huggers like Tom Cruise and Bill de Blasio "can't handle."" - rönin from Bookmarklet
Even If You Think, 'Cat Cafe? Whatever, I'm Over It,' Think Again Because It's Amazing - WNYC - http://www.wnyc.org/story...
Even If You Think, 'Cat Cafe? Whatever, I'm Over It,' Think Again Because It's Amazing - WNYC
"Here's the scoop on New York City's first permanent cat cafe: it's on Hester Street at the edge of Chinatown and it is chock-a-block with cats and pussums and kitties and meow-meows." - rönin from Bookmarklet
High school student scores $72M playing the stock market | New York Post - http://nypost.com/2014...
High school student scores $72M playing the stock market | New York Post
"He’s the teen wolf of Wall Street. A kid from Queens has made tens of millions of dollars — by trading stocks on his lunch breaks at Stuyvesant High School, New York magazine reports in its Monday issue. Mohammed Islam is only 17 and still months away from graduating — but worth a rumored $72 million. “The high eight figures,” is as specific as the shy and modest teen would get when asked his net worth." - rönin from Bookmarklet
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