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January 30, 2013

Batman Cape with Removable Mug









[via Nicole Wakelin and nerdalicious]

January 30, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Pot de Crème Durian


My crack LA correspondent, reading yesterday's post about my failed attempt to obtain Carl Malamud's Durian Cheesecake recipe, commented "Who needs Malamud?"

But wait — there was more. 

Much, much more.

He went on to offer us his until now super-secret, private recipe for Pot de Crème Durian.

It appears below, for one and all to enjoy.


Who needs Malamud?

My spouse can't stand the smell of any grocery store that sells fresh durian, yet she loves the following creation.

Fresh durian has significantly more cellular integrity than does frozen.

If you elect to use frozen durian (and most of you will have no other choice) then increase the number of egg yolks by two.

Without further ado, the world première of my Pot de Crème Durian.


Pot de Crème Durian



Good blender

Large non-reactive bowl to whisk the ingredients together

Double-boiler with insert capacity of at least 2 quarts at a low simmer

Large high-sided pan (think lasagna pan) at least 3" deep (to serve as a bain-marie)

6 Pyrex custard cups (or whatever you have that can withstand 250°F — coffee/tea mugs, etc.)

Large fine sieve (lined with a double thickness of cheesecloth (a chinois is perfect if you have one)) and a large Pyrex measuring bowl with a pouring lip



9 ounces fresh durian, blended on high for at least a minute (you may add up to 3/4 cup of the whole milk called for in this recipe to aid in creating a smoothly processed durian)

1-1/2 cups whole milk (3/4 cup if you took the optional step, supra)

1-1/2 cups heavy cream

6 large egg yolks (8 if using frozen durian)

5 tablespoons extra-fine granulated sugar ("baker's sugar")

1/4 teaspoon salt

Vanilla extract



Whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, and salt while the durian is blending. The yolks should be very light and form a "ribbon" when you lift the whisk from the bowl.

Slowly whisk in the blended durian, milk, and one (1) cup of the heavy cream. Once thoroughly combined, transfer the custard mixture to the double-boiler insert and place over the simmering water. Whisk the custard for five (5) to ten (10) minutes, until it just begins to thicken (a spoon dipped half-way into the custard will have a coat of thin custard cling to the spoon). Remove the insert with the custard from the double boiler and turn off the burner.

Place the cheesecloth-lined sieve over the Pyrex measuring bowl and carefully pour the custard from the double boiler insert into the sieve.  Using the back of a spoon, gently press on the cheesecloth lining to facilitate filtering the solids from your custard.

Pour the filtered custard into the Pyrex custard cups and then transfer all six (6) to the bain-marie (the lasagna pan with the hot water in it) in your oven.  Cook at 250°F for 50 min, or until the custard is firmly set (constantly topping off the hot water as it evaporates).

Carefully remove the custard cups from the water bath and chill.

Whip the remaining 1/2 cup of cream with a tablespoon of sugar and a drop or two of vanilla extract.  Serve your Pot de Crème Durian with whipped cream on top.  Don't tell you dinner guests what they are eating until after they compliment you.


Nathan Myhrvold, eat your heart out.

January 30, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Hanger Chair


Wrote Natalia Repolovsky on Shoebox Dwelling,


"There are no two things in higher demand in the house than seats and hangers. Imagine combining these highly useful items in one. The Hanger Chair by Philippe Malouin is a cool and unexpected hybrid — half furniture and half closet accessory."


"The idea came when designer realized that 'When space is an issue, an object such as a folding chair will clutter up the precious available space.' So he figured out how to make a folding chair serve us even when not in use — put it to work in your closet. Why didn't I think of that...?"

[via designrulz]

January 30, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Hemingway's "Ulysses" — unexpurgated and (literally) uncut


From the National Archives' Today's Document: "A copy of James Joyce's 'Ulysses,' with Ernest Hemingway's signature. From the Ernest Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Library. An archival note states the pages of the book are not cut — implying Hemingway might never have read this copy."

Join the club.

[via Clive Thompson]

January 30, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

4:01 a.m. Bottle Opener Series — Episode 11: Bottle Opening Thongs

Can your thong do that?

Erm, maybe that didn't come out quite right.


Never mind.

From the website:


As seen on the Today Show — How cool are these?

Never be without your bottle opener again on a hot summer's day.

These are no ordinary thongs!


Make an impression at your next BBQ or party.

The sole is made of black rubber and the strap is white sheen with the DRINK IT logo imprinted in red and black. 

Size Conversion: Men's Size 8 U.S. = Size 40 U.K.; Size 9 U.S. = Size 42 U.K.


I wonder if David Cameron owns a pair of these — what's his shoe size, anyway?

Prolly protected under Official Secrets Act in the land of a zillion surveillance webcams, what?

Never mind.


[via reader Fred]

January 30, 2013 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Running in the dark


This evening past I went out running and as usual dilly-dallied midway through, stopping for Bodo's soups at the Corner and all, such that my return home (3.5 miles, roughly) was completely in the dark.

I don't know how many times I've told myself to wear a lighted cap when I leave after 4:30 p.m. but it doesn't matter, I never do.

Same holds true for a reflective jacket.

Anyway, it was such a beautiful day here in Podunkville — high of 73°, clear and sunny — that even at 5:30 p.m. or so it was still in the 60s so I was perfectly comfortable in T-shirt and shorts.

Just for a change, seeing as I wasn't cold and sweaty and tired and hungry and miserable — the usual default setting for the loop back home — I decided to try running sans iPod shuffle blasting music at 10/10 volume into my fantastic RHA MA-350 earphones [top], which form such a tight (and comfortable) seal NO ambient sound can be heard.

What a revelation.

Not the ability to actually hear what was going on around me and my foot strikes, though that was different; no, what amazed and delighted me was how much better my vision was without the deafening music occupying whatever neuronal processing is required to make all that volume happen.

I felt far more sure footed and safe on the cracked and uneven sidewalks that are pretty much par for the course around here, and realized that my awareness of traffic was way better.

From now on I'm gonna try not to listen to music when running after dark: I think this practice is far more likely to extend my healthy lifespan than Kurzweil's Singularity and its consequences.

But I could be wrong and end up flattened by a truck tomorrow, having heard every approaching groan and rumble before I slipped and fell under its oncoming tires.

You just never know.

January 30, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

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