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Odds and Ends
19 4, 9:30pm
Of course, we know that the reason Mars is an uninhabited wasteland today, is that several centuries ago the Martians were using so much land to grow durian to sell to the Majapahit, that they totally ruined their ecology, and didn't realize it until it was too late.
Speaking of octopus: I'll never forget the scene from an episode of Anthony Bourdain's
where he's in a Korean restaurant in one of the outer boroughs of NYC, and he and his Korean friend are served an octopus that is still wiggling.
Bourdain says, "Now just to be sure that we don't get emails and letters from animal rights groups - this thing
dead, right?" Korean guy: "Oh, yes, it's dead." Bourdain: "It's just too dumb to know it."
For my part, I love octopus simmered in tomato sauce and served over pasta, but I always use
the kind that comes in little tin cans
I've never tried to tackle a fresh one for myself.