Nitrous Oxide (dental procedure) and insufficient Vitamin B12

A not good time was had by me. I’m not writing about this so I can get pity or sympathy, but so that at least if someone on the Internet talks about it then someone else who runs into it and can’t figure out what happened might learn an explanation for it. Also, I’d like anyone who spoke with me to know that the time may just be gone for me.

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3M Privacy Filter – Extra Tabs

This is largely for my own reference, but I bought this ungodly expensive 3M Privacy filter for the spare 21.6″ monitor that I own but am using at work, and I noticed that the one-time stick-on tabs that they provision you to help keep the filter properly placed on the monitor are one-time stick-on, and not reusable, so I wondered, “Where, I wonder, do I get extra stick-on tabs?”

And then with a very little creative Googling, I found the link.

Looks like the request is even free.

Updated 7/19/2011: Updated link. Looks like it’s still free

Updated 4/12/2015: Updated link. Still free.

Five Spice Chicken

I think I must have posted this in my defunct and deleted LiveJournal posts, so I shall repost this recipe here. This is from a writeup I wrote for bearsir 3 years ago.

It’s good for chicken (my family prefers dark meat – thighs especially) or for chicken organs (we prefer hearts or gizzards) and I think probably also good for duck and assorted bits and bobs of duck. It would probably work for pork as well (though fowl is ideal) but I’d definitely want to tweak it or use another sauce entirely for beef, lamb or buffalo. I bet it’d be good with ostrich too, though I’ve never tried it.

Also, it might be pretty good with frozen and pressed tofu.

Tonight we are cooking up chicken gizzards and hearts from last weekend’s farmer’s market.

Five Spice Chicken

For each pound of meat, mix in a bowl large enough to hold all the meat:

  • 1 teaspoon Five Spice powder
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced/crushed
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of dry sherry (if you use cooking sherry, it’ll be salty, so you may wish to cut down the amount of soy sauce to compensate)
  • 2 Tablespoons of soy sauce
  • (optional) drizzle of hot (sesame or other) oil, to taste
  • (optional) 1 Tablespoon of minced green onion/chives (these do taste differently, so experiment)

Procedure:

  1. Mix all Five Spice marinade together in the bowl. Dump in meat. Toss thoroughly (I use my hands, but if that’s too squicky, that’s okay).
  2. Marinate (refrigerated) the meat for at least 20 minutes. Overnight is okay, but the marination may in fact taste pretty strongly if you do marinate overnight. I’d experiment to find out what I liked.
  3. To cook: Dump contents of entire marination bowl into a large coverable frying pan, or, if too large, cook in batches. The point is to cook meat in a proportional amount of marination sauce.
  4. Cover and heat (medium to high). This is very fuzzy, but the aim is to steam the mixture in its own juices for a while, then take the cover off and simmer until the juices reduce. If the juices reduce too far, add water. You don’t want to cook the stuff dry, but always cook in some liquid. Cook the meat this way until it’s done. If it’s hearts, just stir it around. If it’s chicken thighs or larger pieces like pork chops, be sure to turn them every few minutes.
  5. My dad and I traditionally slice off a piece or take a piece of the cooking meats out of the mixture to slice it up, taste it and otherwise fuss it to determine doneness, but a meat thermometer should work for most things, although I’m pretty sure hearts are too small.