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Ani ledodi ve dodi li

Ani ledodi ve dodi li is typically translated as: I am my beloved and my beloved is mine.

Kim and I were married seven years ago.


We've been eating grilled sardines with some frequency at Chez Hoover, and they are just fabulous.  

We get them at Gene's or Whole Foods.  Whole Foods will clean them for you and sometimes Gene's too, but I always find it necessary to go over them before I cook them.  I'd almost prefer to clean them from scratch.

According to wikipedia, the term sardine is imprecise, but whatever we are getting is pretty consistent -- it's an oily fish of some same species that's about 6-7 inches long.

I throw them on the grill (charcoal when I have the time) with salt and pepper and give them a deep charring.   I also toast next to them some pieces of French baguette cut on the bias and rubbed with a bit of olive oil.

Tonight I also threw on the grill baby artichokes (halved), radicchio (halved) and some green onions.

Some sliced cucumbers tossed in spiced rice wine vinegar and a bottle of 2009 Frog's Leap Sauvignon Blanc (very mineral-ly) rounded out the meal.

The bitterness of the radicchio was amazing next to the strong flavor of the fish.  And the wine was almost ideal.

It doesn't feel like summer yet here in the SF Bay area,  but we're eating that way in our humble abode.

FIve years old

Isaac is five today.  Happy birthday, little noodle.

nothing to see here ...

... move along.


hello, is this thing on?

Google Art Project

I'm working on the Google Art Project.

Here's a behind-the-scenes video.

"The proletariat doesn’t wage war against the ruling class because it considers such a war to be just. The proletariat makes war with the ruling class because, for the first time in history, it wants to take power. And because it will overthrow the power of the ruling class it considers such a war to be just… One makes war to win, not because it is just… it seems to me that the idea of justice in itself is an idea which in effect has been invented and put to work in different types of societies as an instrument of a certain political and economic power or as a weapon against that power."

-- Michel Foucault


My wife is awesome.


Solar thermal312
Offshore wind243
Solar photovoltaic211
Coal with CCS136
Gas with CCS89
Gas, combined cycle63

Levelized Cost of New Generation Resources Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Energy Outlook 2011 http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/aeo/electricity_generation.html

CCS = carbon capture and sequestration
Levelized cost = costs of capital, fuel, operation and maintenance, and transmission and adjusted for capacity factor (how much of the time the plant can be on line)