【HD recipe】 How to make curry soba カレーそば

Speaking of Japanese noodles, though, here’s one quick and easy filling option that I would definitely recommend if you like that style of curry.

Especially welcome with more lovely November drizzle here tonight. ‘Tis the season for hot soupy-stewy food. Plus I had everything to make this, without going out in the rain 😉

I’d tried making similar with leftover curry before, but we didn’t have any today. This guy’s channel has lots of pretty good easy recipes, so I decided to try one of his as a guideline.

(Some changes, as usual: I used dashi powder instead of making fresh, added some garlic, used some homemade GF curry roux stashed in the fridge, and chicken because that’s what we had, and fried the onions/garlic with it for extra flavor. Also some King Soba brown rice noodles of the same shape, because it turned out we were out of their GF soba. Worked out great.)

As he says, this type of thing would probably work fine with about any kind of noodles you have. I may actually try GF spaghetti next time, because why not. Using chicken or veggie broth instead of dashi would probably also taste great, besides being easier and cheaper to find a lot of places.

because apparently this needs to be said AGAIN



in the most general aesthetic terms possible

1600s: most witch-hunts ended in this century. no witches were burned in North America; they were hanged or in one case pressed to death

1700s: the American Revolution. Marie Antoinette. the French Revolution. the crazy King George. most pirate movies

1800-1830: Jane Austen! Pride and Prejudice! those dresses where the waist is right under one’s boobs and men have a crapton of facial hair inside high collars

1830-1900: Victorian. Les Miserables is at the beginning, the Civil War is in the middle, and Dracula is at the end

1900-1920: Edwardian. Titanic, World War I, the Samantha books from American Girl, Art Nouveau

1920s: Great Gatsby. Jazz Age. Flappers and all that. most people get this right but IT IS NOT VICTORIAN. STUFF FROM THIS ERA IS NOT VICTORIAN. DO NOT CALL IT VICTORIAN OR LIST IT ON EBAY AS VICTORIAN. THAT HAPPENS SURPRISINGLY OFTEN GIVEN HOW STAGGERING THE VISUAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ERAS IS. also not 100 years ago yet, glamour.com “100 years of X” videos. you’re lazy, glamour.com. you’re lazy and I demand my late Edwardian styles

I just saw people referencing witch burning and Marie Antoinette on a post about something happening in 1878. 1878. when there were like trains and flush toilets and early plastic and stuff. if you guys learn nothing else about history, you should at least have vague mental images for each era

“Les Miserables is at the beginning, the Civil War is in the middle, and Dracula is at the end” sounds like the longest weirdest worst movie I’d pay to see in theatres five times.









It’s sad how much of what is taught in school is useless to over 99% of the population.

There are literally math concepts taught in high school and middle school that are only used in extremely specialized fields or that are even so outdated they aren’t used anymore!

I took calculus my senior year of high school, and I really liked the way our teacher framed this on the first day of class.

He asked somebody to raise their hand and ask him when we would use calculus in our everyday life. So one student rose their hand and asked, “When are we going to use this in our everyday life?”

“NEVER!!” the teacher exclaimed. “You will never use calculus in your normal, everyday life. In fact, very few of you will use it in your professional careers either.” Then he paused. “So would you like to know why should care?”

Several us nodded.

He picked out one of the varsity football players in the class. “You practice football a lot during the week, right Tim?” asked the teacher.

“Yeah,” replied Tim. “Almost every day.”

“Do you and your teammates ever lift weights during practice?”

“Yeah. Tuesdays and Thursdays we spend a lot of practice in the weight room.”

“But why?” asked the teacher. “Is there ever going to be a play your coach tells you use during a game that requires you to bench press the other team?”

“No, of course not.”

“Then why lift weights?”

“Because it makes us stronger,” said Tim.

“Bingo!!” said the teacher. “It’s the same thing with calculus. You’re not here because you’re going to use calculus in your everyday life. You’re here because calculus is weightlifting for your brain.”

And I’ve never forgotten that.

I actually also get really angry about this whole, “most people won’t use it” bullshit. Because yeah, by the numbers, most people won’t be astronauts and engineers and use calculus every day. But when you use that as an excuse not to teach it you go from “most of these kids won’t go into careers that use this”, to “these kids can’t go into the careers that will use this”.

I don’t use most of my education in my everyday life. But I wouldn’t trade away any of it. It taught me how to apply critical thinking, how to question. There are also things I thought I’d never use, but that I use all the time now. You don’t know who in a class is gonna need to know x or y, so all students might as well know it.

Besides, how do you imagine a world where you’re only taught what you’ll need would work? Baristas only knowing how to make coffee, accountants only knowing maths, History teachers only knowing historical facts? And who decides who needs to know what, how and when?

Yeah, this.

Tbh this is why I wonder about homeschooling sometimes too. I mean, when i was convalescing after surgery the tutor my school sent couldn’t explain calculus and it was the one thing I failed awfully.

I always think of that when I think about parents teaching their kids everything. How much does Jane Random know? I mean, she *might* be an amazing teacher, sure, and absolutely some parents actually are, but all I know for sure she did was make a human.

This is really interesting discussion, but I want to add that that’s not usually how homeschooling works. Typically, in the way I’ve experienced and/or seen it, it works in one of three ways:

1. Taking online classes/an online curriculum. This would typically have about the same set of subjects Classic School (public or private) would have, although less ability to say, ask a teacher things, so I’m not sure how useful it really is. I kind of get the impression that people usually go this route if it’s decided that the social dynamics of Classic School are too damaging to the kid involved to be worth it, or if the very specific time commitments would be.

2. Kind of being taught by a parent, but mostly by books. This is what I did from the ages of six to eleven, and I mostly learned a lot of stuff pretty well. Honestly I just read a bunch of textbooks and did a bunch of workbooks for a few years… it was concentrated on the subjects that interested me most, but I did a bit of almost everything.

3. In the best case scenarios, usually when the homeschooler is a teenager, they seek out tutorship/mentorship from an actual shit ton of people in the community, who each have various skills. Maybe their neighbor teaches them math, and someone a parent knows can teach them outdoor skills, and someone else can teach writing. I actually know some people who have managed to do this, so it’s apparently possible, although I never experienced it personally, and it seems to have worked out for the people who have done it.

Of course, some people also … kind of don’t do anything? Which sounds pretty bad, and I’ve often judged people for it, but oftentimes the people who didn’t bother with any schooling at all when they were like, ten, suddenly get motivated at a later age and do well in community college or something. I’ve seen that happen. I guess it’s kind of like protecting them from bad experiences with school at a young age so they can have good experiences later?

I think there’s a lot of arguments to be made for and against all sorts of things in education, and a lot of room for nuance too, but I did want to add all that.

Being able to essentially self teach from reading books at age 6 is likely pretty uncommon I think.

I think most parents can probably teach their kid reading and basic maths, if they have enough time.

I’ve seen a lot of examples of this not happening though. (yay, special interest in fundamentalism).

A relatively common pattern is this:

Generation 1: Has some post secondary education, can write well, without obvious spelling mistakes. Has 5-12 kids.

Generation 2: Graduates from homeschool at 16, appears functionally literate but with odd, idiosyncratic mistakes. Literacy skills may vary hugely with birth order, younger kids may be far less literate because they’ve been taught by teenage siblings.

Generation 3: Mostly still teenagers, but appear to be way, way less literate than you’d expect for age. Things like 16 year olds who write like 7-8 year olds.

I think it can work ok on a basic level, but if you don’t leave parental control and get education from experts at some point, then you get progressive decline.

The kids who are motivated to learn at any point likely end up ok eventually. You can learn to read and write as an adult. But the kids who aren’t motivated to learn are likely to end up functionally illiterate or so poorly educated they can’t hold down most jobs.

This caution is important.

Around here there are homeschooling groups, so you might teach your kid yourself for the stuff you’re good at and then take them to a class for French or something. I haven’t looked into it a lot yet since my son is only two.

I do remember when I was in high school (the early 1990s) I worked part-time at the public library, and we always hated the days when the homeschool kids came in because they were rowdy and had no respect for adults or the books they were there to read and sign out. So my initial impression of homeschooling was less than good.

I went to public school and it was okay. My husband went to public school and wasn’t challenged properly. We want to homeschool if we can. I’m pretty clear about my limitations, though; we’ll be seeking out that French class and some kind of social studies/history supplement because I am terrible at social studies and my French is, shall we say, rusty. I’m confident in my ability to teach English/Language Arts and elementary level science and math; my husband is a computer engineer, so he is very excited about looking after advanced science and math (though I may need to step in with biology and chemistry supplements to ensure a rounded education there).

And I’m open to sending my kid(s) to school if they want to give it a go when they’re older. I’m thinking high school, TBH. I’d rather he not have to deal with middle school “politics” and there’s too much about elementary school that can be screwed up by the wrong teacher, especially for a kid who isn’t neurotypical (which genetics say my kids definitely will not be).

Oh, and in case you think I forgot about art and music: I’m a musician and we already go to music classes, and he’ll take lessons as soon as he’s ready; and we have art supplies and I’m gradually exposing him to different materials as we go, and if he shows interest I’ll find him a teacher or class (I draw and paint but I’m not an art teacher).

I think it’s about knowing your actual limitations and respecting them.


I know you might be hurting right now, physically and/or mentally. I know people might be dragging you down and being hurtful to you. I know that you might feel like no one loves you and that you’re a waste of space. but no matter how hard your life gets, I want you to remember these three things:

you are enough

you are strong

and you are worthy of love.

this doesn’t fix what you’re going through, but I just want to remind you.












What you got made fun of in school for?

Being too white and too black at the same damn time

Being generally socially inept because I was homeschooled until 6th grade…

Being an antisocial bookworm who couldn’t pick up on social cues and interrupted conversations with total strangers.

Being socially innept because I was homeschooled until 8th grade and also having wild, unmanageable hair.

Being too dang pale and also very fat. (I’m not fat no more)

Bein’ a massive weeb and WAY too excitable.

Also it’s gonna make me sound like your typical “they’re just jealous” brat, but I was also bullied for holding some of the highest grades in the class.

For not fitting in because I had different interests, I liked reading, and I was friends with the teachers.

Being too poor to afford anything but ratty jeans and tshirts, and I ate weird crappy lunches. Sometimes I hid in the locker room because I had no food. Being a geek girl in the 80s; they made fun of me for reading a lot and liking Star Wars and comics. Mocked by teachers and students for trying to get a girl’s soccer team started at school. I practiced with the boy’s team but wasn’t allowed to compete in matches.

(I love 80s pop culture and nostalgia, but it really wasn’t the nicest time to grow up. People were cruel about dumb stuff. Cheerleaders and jocks really were considered supercool and they really were not very nice).

Mostly reblogging because my experience of growing up in the ‘80s really sucked too, in some similar ways.

The real answer there was being stuck in a school system with a super-toxic social environment. (Confirmed by pretty much all of it stopping when I was old enough to drive myself and transferred to a neighboring county out for self-preservation. I kept waiting for the torture to start up again, but it never did.)

But, I was nerdy and, gee surprise, autistic with some LDs that got ignored because I was “smart”–and also inexplicably stupid in specialized ways. I apparently stayed at 99% percentile on height and weight, until HS when more kids started catching up. My family was working poor and not White enough. Put a lot of effort into dressing “right” for a while and developed an ED, but that didn’t even slow any of the appearance-as-an-excuse stuff down. Shifting goalposts all over the place, with literally no way to win. Later on I was too punk, and at least that was actually fun. I also ended up in the psych system in middle school (gee wonder why), so that was of course low-hanging fruit after that.

From the feedback, I just didn’t girl right in general, and was a uniquely repulsive human being. Some of that harassment (starting in elementary school) made it harder to come to terms with the fact that I am actually very queer and don’t have the same relationship with gender that a lot of people seem to.

Basically, I’m so sorry and also angry again looking over this post, with all the reminders of the sheer number and variety of excuses people will concoct to justify treating children like shit. With other kids taking their cues from the adults around them. Nobody deserves to get treated like that. No matter how fucking weird they may or may not be in reality. Much less literal children.

I agree with @clatterbane here, this post really shows how many reasons people will create to bully people, I was too fat and too weird (mostly undiagnosed autism and other disabilities), another kid was bullied because of some intellectual disability, it’s unbelievable how many people were targeted by different reasons but this post also shows we have no guilt, no reasons or character that causes us to be bullied, it was nothing about us because anything can be used as an excuse, bullies can use anything to be cruel, they decide you don’t fit in and that you deserve it because they want a target so they choose what adults and society says it’s bad.

New Anne Frank play ignores her Jewish identity





The director has made inflammatory statements about Jews and the Holocaust before (effectively accusing us of ‘playing the Holocaust card’ for sympathy) and also fabricates a sexual assault in the play that maligns a real-life Holocaust victim because, and I quote, “The diary itself contains no drama.” 

Imagine being so depraved that you think it’s justified to paint a man who was murdered in the Holocaust as a sexual predator just because you’ve decided that Jewish people trying survive the genocide your ancestors perpetrated against them isn’t  “dramatic” enough for you.

Wait, so…it’s not set in WWII, there’s no mention of Nazis, nor that she’s Jewish, nor that she was murdered for it?

In WHAT SENSE is this an Anne Frank play?!

New Anne Frank play ignores her Jewish identity


A Noise Canceling Noodle Fork That Connects With an App to Drown Out Slurping Sounds With Music

Coincidentally, I just ran across some commentary on this last night, from a Japanese blogger: https://www.facebook.com/justbento.justhungry/posts/10156066700297454

Well worth clicking through, but a short version: It’s another obvious joke gimmick from Nissin, and the fork is not actually in production. “However, English-language media outlets seem to have completely missed the point.”