twansalem
member since 03/23/2005
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50 days ago

Even though the open position was in the department where I was attending grad school, I wouldn't have known about it if a friend hadn't told me about it and encouraged me to apply.

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50 days ago

To some degree, yes. I was several years into grad school working towards a PhD in physics, married with a kid, and getting a bit burned out on doing research (which was basically just writing code, I didn't feel like I was really doing any physics). Then the lab coordinator in our department retired/rage quit for dumb reasons, and the position became available. I didn't even know that it was available, but I was friends with a postdoc who had been offered the job, but he wasn't interested. He told me I should apply. It required a masters degree, which I didn't have, but had met all the requirements for along my way towards the PhD. So I jumped through the proper hoops to get the masters, applied for the job, and got it. I couple years later I did finish the PhD, but I still have the same job and for the most part am quite happy with it.

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97 days ago

Review Icon twansalem reviewed Spice Cake in Cakes:
See my review for carrot cake.

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97 days ago

Review Icon twansalem reviewed Carrot Cake in Cakes:
Carrot cake (and its equally detestable relative, spice cake) is an all too frequent means of ruining perfectly good cream cheese frosting.

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97 days ago

The standard chocolate cake. Four, maybe even five stars as long as it has chocolate frosting. Two to three stars when people use white frosting (way too common way of detracting from good cake at weddings and graduations).

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97 days ago

Review Icon twansalem reviewed White Cake in Cakes:
White cake is OK, but it's nothing special. I suppose it is the standard cake for almost every kind of event because while it may not be anyone's favorite, no one really dislikes it either. I personally don't eat it anymore because my wife likes decorating cakes, and since this is her go to cake, we have it around a lot and white cake just isn't good enough for those extra calories.

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120 days ago

Sepia serpents are superhots that are a cross between Butch T Scorpion and 7 Pot Douglah peppers.

I haven't tried one yet, but am growing them for the first time this year, hence the three star rating as an incomplete. If you order seeds from Pepper Joe's, they give you two free packets of seed with each order. These were one of my freebies this year. Out of five seeds, I got three to germinate, and now have three little seedlings.

To be continued...

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120 days ago

Scotch bonnets have roughly the same amount of heat as an habanero, but I like the flavor a little better as they have a little less of that characteristic fruity flavor of most capsicum chinense peppers.

They're not the right hot pepper for everything, but they're essential for Jamaican jerk. They're also good in something like a pot roast where you can put them in whole, and then those who like them can put one (or several) on their plate, and everyone else (such as every other member of my family) can just avoid them.

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120 days ago

I prefer a dry manhattan (with dry vermouth instead of sweet). I haven't tried it with too many different bourbons, but if you're going with something a little more expensive, in my opinion I can say that Woodford Reserve is vastly better than Knob Creek in this one. Keep the maraschino cherry away from a dry manhattan. An olive makes for a better garnish for this version of the drink.

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120 days ago

As long as it is good bourbon, of course. My favorite these days is probably Woodford Reserve. The cheapest I can do on the rocks is probably Jim Beam Black. Anything lower quality than that needs a mixer.

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