When I picked up my head from sleeping, he was looking at me in the strangest way I've ever been looked at by a human being. He pulled his shades down and he looked and said, 'Oh, she's sleeping?' I wanted to crawl under a rock and die.
So far? I appreciate MBDTF quite a bit, and I love many of the tracks; but it's a lot of work as an album, frankly, though I think it'll likely grow on me over time, and that's what I'm counting on.
It has kale, kabocha squash, bacon, and eggs. I've made it twice, now. It's great when you have leftover kabocha squash, or maybe some kale, or both (and everyone has eggs and bacon, right?).
First, I chop some peeled kabocha squash into small cubes (1/2 inch cubes or so), toss them in olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh thyme, and roast them until they're tender.
Then, I prepare a bunch of lacinato kale/cavolo nero like so (ala Lucques): half an onion, sliced, cooked in 4 tbsp olive oil until soft and just colored; a clove of garlic, minced, cooked with the onion for a minute; then the kale, stripped of ribs and roughly chopped, sauteed until done, alternating the heat between very low (most of the time) and very high (for brief periods), until it's dark green/black and kinda crispy. Season, of course.
And then: chop up some bacon into lardon-size pieces and saute them until crispy, then melt some butter, then add some eggs (I add 4, beaten) and scramble them. When they're done, mix in the kale and squash. We like it!
Probably my favorite song of the 2000s decade.
What's interesting (to me) is that this was released (as a single) only a year and a half after "Pop", and only two and a half years after "Bye Bye Bye" (one of the only videos I remember watching the making of).
And yet "Cry Me a River" feels way, way more recent (not to mention relevant, cf. "Abyss") than either of those.
The other day, a friend asked me a seemingly simple question: what's the best way to convert a list of integers into a string, presuming that the integers are ASCII values. For instance, the list [97, 98, 99] should be converted to the string 'abc'. Let's assume we want to write a function to do this.
This exercise in optimization (in Python) is pretty fascinating (via fold).
Just for fun, I rewrote most of the functions in Perl (you can check my work in this gist); the results are actually somewhat interesting (
f1() is very fast in Perl, for instance, while it's one of the slower implementations in Python). The results, using a 256-item list:
f3 6950/s -- -21% -50% -74% -98% f6 8839/s 27% -- -37% -67% -98% f2 14023/s 102% 59% -- -48% -97% f1 26920/s 287% 205% 92% -- -94% f7 421642/s 5967% 4670% 2907% 1466% --
The fastest in both languages is probably the one you'd expect; in Perl, it's using
pack, which is hugely faster than anything else.